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July 14, 2008 at 11:20 PM

AAU tourney at BCC

If you are in the Seattle area and have some free time tomorrow you’ll have one last chance to check out the Northwest Premier AAU Tournament being held at Bellevue Community College. The tournament features many of the top teams in the Northwest and simply checking to see how many college coaches you can spot is worth the price of admission.
I went tonight and saw one of the highlight games of the tournament — the Seattle Rotary team featuring Peyton Siva, Garfield High sophomore-to-be Tony Wroten and Kentwood junior center Josh Smith against the Panthers, featuring Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley.
Rotary won 90-72 in a score that’s pretty indicative of how the game went — Rotary busted out to a big, early lead and was never really headed.
The Panthers made a run to start the second half to get within single-digits, but Rotary quickly regained command with a Siva drive for a behind-the-back layin and then a Wroten drive and pass to Smith for a thunderous dunk.
Siva took a hard shot to the head diving for a ball late in the game and was down for a few minutes but got up under his own power and seemed fine afterward.
I didn’t keep stats and none were provided but all five had moments that surely impressed the coaches there. One observer told me that Wroten has impressed with his understanding of the game and ability to pass the ball, Bradley with his scoring, and Smith with his uncommon physicalness and hands.
There were a lot of coaches there, including Lorenzo Romar, Mark Few and Rick Barnes of Texas — Few and Barnes spent much of the game sitting next to each other chatting. UCLA’s Ben Howland was there earlier in the tournament — it began Saturday — and a Bruins assistant was there tonight. UCLA is said to be really high on Smith, and conventional wisdom is Smith may be reciprocating those feelings as many feel that’s where he’ll end up.
One person told me that no one’s really sure about Gaddy and Bradley, who each mention a number of schools as ones they are still interested in, and have said they would consider a package deal, but also that they might go their own way. Gaddy lists 14 schools and Bradley 13. lists UW as a school of medium interest for both.
Among other coaches there were Portland State’s Ken Bone and assistant Curtis Allen, a former Husky player, as well as former UW player Grant Leep, now at Eastern Washington, and assistants for WSU, Cal and any other number of schools.
Also there was former NBA great John Stockton, helping coach his son’s team, a mix of players from Spokane and Walla Walla. That team pulled one of the upsets of the tournament when it beat the Panthers and Bradley and Gaddy in an early round.
The tournament concludes tomorrow with the title game at 3, although Rotary will apparently play in a semi-final game around 11:30 a.m. or so.

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