2012 Bill Hensley Run N Slam Saturday Action

Created on Sunday, 06 May 2012 03:01 Written by Van Coleman


The 2012 Spiece Bill Hensley Run N Slam moved from Pool to Tournament play this evening at the Spiece Fieldhouse as eight teams survived to move to the Elite Eight in the morning at the Spiece Fieldhouse.Spiece_Gym_Rat


But, before those teams emerged there was a number of upsets. One that caught our eye was the opening round upending of the Spiece Indy Heat by the Wisconsin Swing who were playing a man short as their 6-9 Indiana commit Luke Fisher wasn’t with them in Fort Wayne. But, that didn’t seem to make a difference to their deadeye perimeter duo of Bronson Koenig and Nick Fuller who flat out put on a shooting show versus the host squad. Fuller finished with thirty-three according to one un-official tally. It was close early as 6-1 Bryson Scott matched them shot for shot, but in the third period he cooled off and the Swing ran away for a twenty-plus point win that left the crowd buzzing.


Some other early round surprises saw the King James Shooting Stars edged the Iowa Barnstormers 17’s, while the Michigan Mustangs moved to the Elite Eight with a hard fought win over the Illinois Wolves. It looks like the Upper Bracket will have the truly war tested squads, while the lower bracket could contain the tournament Cinderella. With that in mind here are tomorrow mornings 9:30am Quarter-final match-ups:


Quarter-final No.1 – Mac Irvin Fire vs. Ohio BB Club

Quarter-final No.2 – The Family vs. All-Ohio Red

Quarter-final No.3 – Dorian’s Pride vs. Michigan Mustangs

Quarter-final No.4 – Wisconsin Swing vs. Club Elite Stars


But, Saturday was also a day we got a chance to see a number of the young teams play this afternoon as they made the rounds of the Spiece Fieldhouse in pool play and tonight’s first round of the tournament. We are going to look at some of the top young talent along with the rising seniors who stepped up in Saturday Action at the Spiece Bill Hensley Run N Slam Classic:


Saturday’s Top Performers & Risers -


Jahlil Okafor 6-10 C (2014) Mac Irvin Fire – Sometimes its just tough to not mention a dominate player, and that is definitely the case with this physical and quick footed big man who just flat out dominated in both games we watched Saturday on the blocks. He has great footwork and a soft touch on shot that make him impossible to stop down low!


Maverick Morgan – 6-10 C Martin’s Wolverines – This physical 240-pounder can block shots, get on the glass then outlet rock and run floor. He has good hands on the blocks and showed he can finish with dunk or soft touch in the paint. One that high majors have to start monitoring.


Mark Donnal 6-9 PF Indy Elite Red – This skilled Michigan commit gave us a glimpse of what the Wolverines like about his game. He knocked down the jumper from around the arc with a solid stroke, then rolled to block o catch it on blocks and score with turnaround off the glass. He can catch it on elbow and drive on opponents bigs to. He should be a solid addition in Ann Arbor.


Fuquan Niles 6-9 C/PF Seattle Rotary Select – He didn’t light a fire when we saw him last night, but after watching him today, his ability to explode and swat shots, board and start break with outlet pass started to open our eyes. He can catch oop and slam it down or post and finish with strength in paint. He’s raw offensively, but he uses his 240-pound frame to his advantage. Look for schools to start lining up to take a look at him this summer.


Kwan Cheatham Jr. 6-8 PF Shining Stars-Schaefer – This long and athletic insider can score around the hoop with his length, but he also showed he can step out and hit elbow jumper or make dump down pass from the high post. He is still rough around the edges, so he will continue to get better!


Richard Freeman 6-8 PF Indiana Elite Stars – This bouncy athlete caught our eye with his ability to catch it in traffic and finish with bounce at the rim. He can pop out to 17-feet and drive or hit left handed pull-up jumper. Mids on up should take a look at this athletic power forward.


Jabari Parker 6-8 WF Mac Irvin Fire – The amazing thing about Jabari Parker is that he finds new ways to amaze you! He showed his range from three, then explodes to hoop and scores with excellent body control in traffic or throws it down to get crowd buzzing. Then he makes a no look pass to a cutting teammate or Okafor on the baseline to create dunk or lay-in. He has the complete package that is going to make him a lottery pick in the future. He does it all with a smile!


James Young 6-7 WG/F 6-7 The Family – Another prospect that just won’t let us write a top player update without him. He went for 17 points in one quarter while we watched. He can knock down deep three, or attack hoop with quick explosion off his crossover and then finish with floater or highlight slam. He can create for teammates too, as he is a solid passer, especially in transition. One of fastest rising talents in Class of 2013!


Keita Bates-Diop 6-7 WF (2014) Illinois Wolves – This long and lanky wing man has tools to score with dribble drive and finish with bounce to the rim. He sets it up with a solid perimeter jumper inside the arc, especially off one or two dribbles. As he gets stronger he has tools to become special.


Ethan Happ 6-7 WF (2014) Iowa Barnstormers – This physical and strong wing man has a knack for finishing drive at the rim with contact, he can stretch defense with range to the arc and is willing to take on a challenge on defensive end. He’s hearing from Mo valley and that could be a good start for him as he has a lot of David Gruber (former UNI all-Mo Valley) and current Mo valley star Doug McDermott in his approach and skills.


Bronson Kessinger 6-7 W/PF (2015) Spiece Indy Heat – This long and lanky combo forward has quicks to face up and handle to create dribble drive and finish at the hoop. He showed range to 17-feet on pop out. He is active on every play and has the motor to draw lots of high major looks in the future and is definitely one for Big Ten schools to monitor.


Kyle Kuzma 6-6 WF Dorian’s Pride – This thin, but bounce wing man can knock down jumper off the dribble inside the arc or penetrate with dribble drive and hit open man on wing or finish with explosion at the rim, He needs to get stronger, but should see interest from Mids-up start to build.


Nick Fuller 6-6 WG/F Wisconsin Swing – This smooth left handed wing can knock down the three with best in the class, create drive and finish in traffic with surprising strength at the rim. He has a Chris Mullens type game (there’s a name from the archive) and can flat out score as well as create shot for others with pass on the wing.


Bronson Koenig 6-3 PG Wisconsin Swing – This tough, hard nosed floor general knocked down jumper from three and off the dribble inside the arc. He is an excellent passer who has a knack for finding big man on baseline for oop or drop step and dunk. He is a winner who will be a solid floor leader form day one at the next level.


Mory Diane 6-3 P/WG (2014) The Family – This quick combo can stroke jumper from arc or off he dribble. He uses it to set up a deadly cross over and then attacks the hoop with both hands. He has excellent tools and is definitely on the rise in the Class of 2014.


Bryson Scott 6-1 PG Spiece Indy Heat – This Purdue commit lit it up in the first half we watched versus the swing hitting five jumpers from beyond the arc. He has good quicks, sees the court and gets ball to open man in transition game. He and Kendall Stephens will a formidable perimeter shooting duo for the Boilermakers in the future.


Jaylon Brown 6-0 PG Martin’s Wolverines – This quick point can flat out go by you off the dribble and finish with floater in the lane or rise up and throw it down. He has range to NBA arc and isn’t bashful off the dribble. He is a good passer who will see stock rise this summer!


We will be bringing you more coverage of the Spiece Run N Slam this weekend, as our good friend Chris Johnson of the Hoop Scoop will bring us the final day’s championship action from the Spiece Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, right here at