The highlight game of the day was definitely the Orange and White Classic with many of the camp’s top draft picks performing as they were expected to by their coaches and their peers. There were few surprises as to who made the team. And then the spotlight was on the players. The NCAA All-Star game would set the tone for the evening as the stars came out to put on a good show for everyone. Much to the delight of everyone in the gym, Brandon Allen, who became a favorite of all coaches and players with his tenacious play on both ends of the floor and his unselfish game, had the entire audience going crazy. His slick dribbling and ability to dice through an entire All-Star roster it seemed at times had the crowd on its feet often. Not to be outdone was Thornton Scott who used the game as a platform to showcase his ridiculous range. Scott bombed several threes from well past the NBA 3-point line. The two definitely stole the show. As for the NBA, they were not to be outdone. The Hawaiian contingent (Chris Dillard, Zachary Reeves, and Curtis Tavares) gave the east coast a good show but many of the locals starred as well. Some of the All-Star standouts included Josh Oliver, Markel Gray and Thai Scott. Taking All-Star Game MVP honors were Keith Braxton of the NBA and Brandon Allen of the NCAA.
As for the day’s playoff games, the results mirrored that of the opening night draft. The playoff seeding was almost a complete reversal of the draft order. The games would play out similarly. In each match-up the team who had a higher draft pick to begin camp would go on to lose the quarterfinal match-up. The semifinal matchup yielded similar results. After two intense rounds of playoff action, the two teams left standing were the Spurs and Thunder. The finals match-up figures to be a good one with both teams winning their regular season games in rather convincing fashion.
And let’s not forget about the younger stars as well. Led by the phenomenal play of do-it-all guard, Brandon Allen (an absolute steal in the second round the of the NCAA draft), Kansas would coast to the finals where they will meet an undefeated Duke team that features a balanced attack by MOP candidate Thornton Scott. Brandon Allen did it all this day. He was able to lock down some of the better offensive weapons in all of camp and did so convincingly. He was also far from being a one-trick pony. Easily the frontrunner for camp MOP, he used his playmaking ability, court vision and unselfish attitude to set up teammates all day long. And yes, he did his fair share of scoring as well.