Sunday afternoon saw the 10th annual Jayhawk Invitational come to a close. With help from Harrison…
Jayhawk Invitational: Day Three Rundown
Harrison Barnes may have looked sluggish during the first day of the Jayhawk Invitational, but he shook the rust off and had it rolling the rest of the week, as he led All-Iowa Attack to the 17's tournament championship. In the finale, All-Iowa Attack knocked off Trevor Releford and KC Pump N Run. Barnes did, however, have plenty of help, especially on the interior, where Zach McCabe and Trayvon Wright made their presence known. McCabe buried timely three-pointers and scored off drives to the rim, while Wright worked the baseline for drop off passes and put back opportunities. The 16's championship consisted of the Minnesota Pump N Run and the St. Louis Eagles. This one had a bit more drama than the other two, as the Eagles went up by a bucket with under five seconds left. On the ensuing inbounds play 2011 stud wing Brad Beal was called for a foul and the Pump N Run squad knocked in two free throws to secure a one-point win. Led by freshmen Isaiah Austin and Nick Banyard, Team Texas 2012 won the 15's championship over a fiery Howard Pulley team. Ultimately their size was a big difference in the title game. Harrison Barnes, SF, All-Iowa Attack – Much like a NBA All-Star pushing his team through the playoffs, Barnes, a 6-foot-6 wing, took over games when needed and led his squad to a tournament championship at the Jayhawk Invitational. To go with his usual mix of three-pointers and finishes at the rim, Barnes rebounded well, made the right passes and made big plays when they were needed. Trevor Releford, PG, KC Pump ‘N Run – Every event we attend there's a guy that surprises us with his play. This time around, it was this 5-foot-11 floor general that drew our eye. After a so-so game on Friday, buzz drew around him on Saturday setting up for a big Sunday from the standout at Shawnee Mission (Kans.) Bishop Miege. Releford is as good of a handler as we've seen in this class. On top of that he's got terrific speed and can quickly change directions. When by defenders, Releford has a floater in his arsenal, but often times will drop off passes to teammates for open buckets. Seantrel Henderson, C, Howard Pulley – Apparently on the football field Henderson ranks among the top prospects in the country. To get a good feel for just how good of an athlete the 6-foot-8, 310-pound big man is, we think if he focused primarily on basketball, he'd likely contend for a spot in our Top 100. For a guy his size, he's incredible mobile and has great touch inside. In a semi-finals loss to the Atlanta Celtics, Henderson had his dominant moments inside where he posted aggressively, showed a right hook and scored off a reverse move. Kevin Ware, PG/SG, Atlanta Celtics – The future is bright for this Atlanta Celtics sophomore. A 6-foot-4 guard, equipped with long arms, Ware is great in pressing situations and has a chance to be a great defender down the road. Offensively he's got a burst of speed that many don't and he's a high level athlete that is tough to contain when he attacks the rim. Long term, the jumper appears to be an area he'll need to work on, but he'll keep defenders honest and knock one down every now and then. Isaiah Austin, Nick Banyard, Team Texas 2012 – These two big men led their Team Texas squad to a 15's crown. Austin, a 6-foot-11 center, has incredible length, already has the ability to face up defenders and attacks the rim aggressively if he gets it on the block. Baynard, a 6-foot-7 power forward, is active on both ends. He looks to score on the offensive side of things, and he's tough to stop due to his strength and athleticism. Gavin Thurman, PF, KC Pump N Run 15's – In the semi-finals Thurman matched up with Austin and Baynard, and he more than held his own. Actually offensively, he's probably more skilled, as he's developed a consistent jumper out to 18-feet. A 6-foot-6 power forward, Thurman looks to have a few more inches in him. He's got a long set of arms, runs the floor with ease and is active defensively.
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