This 17U team has a solid core led by Tre Vallar(Grand Rapids Christian), Camryn Carpenter(Powers Catholic), and. Anthony Crump(Plymouth). The team has had a lot of roster changes since sending Roger Stein to Lake Superior State and Austin McCullough to Cal. Also, star guard Carl Bow(Hazel Park) was absent this past week due to injury.
The team’s first game at Best Of The Midwest was a matchup against Michigan Titans. This Titans team is filled many D3/NAIA D2 players so it was bound to be a good matchup. The team was trading big buckets throughout this whole physical game. Despite a good effort put forth by the Titans, Greenwood Elite came up with the 63-57. Crump turned many college coach’s heads during this contest. Crump has a very tall and long stature but plays like a guard. Randy Gilbert(Cass Tech) ended with 17 points. Carpenter showed his athleticism getting to the basket and hitting his usual outside shot. He ended with 15 points. Crump ended with 14 points and Nelson McCauley(Ottawa Hills) ended with 13 points.
Later that day, Greenwood Elite played a tough and challenging NW Ohio basketball team. The game was a battle, but Greenwood Elite never let up. Greenwood Elite ended up winning 57-52.
Greenwood Elite finished off pool play that Friday, with matchups against Team Focus and Northern Exposure. Both opponents put up strong fights in the. beginning but Greenwood Elite easily pulled away. Crump continued to turn heads with his skill and versatility in both games. Greenwood Elite beat Team Focus 79-37 and then beat Northern Exposure 70-38. They had made it to the platinum bracket.
Greenwood Elite 17U drew a hard first round matchup against the host team, Grand Rapids Storm. This Storm team is filled with studs from all over the mitten. The skilled Greenwood Elite team put up a strong fight, but the size and skill was too much. Grand Rapids Storm won with a final score of 66-53.
Greenwood Elite was set to play a strong OPS team from Ft. Wayne. This OPS team does not blow one away with size, but with skilled guards. During pool play, OPS beat The Elite(Adidas Gauntlet). With college coaches in attendance the game was bound to be a good one. The talented and high IQ guards from OPS ended up being too much for Greenwood Elite. OPS pulled away in the final minutes and ended up winning 63-57.
Greenwood Elite/Plymouth (Anthony Crump) 6’6- Crump is special. The Plymouth baller is extremely versatile. Crump stands at 6’6 and possesses a very long wingspan. He runs the floor and handles the rock like a guard. Crump also gets his lethal jumper off easily due to his size. He can take the ball to the basket and can score at all three levels. Crump is bound to have an impressive senior campaign.
Greenwood Elite/Cass Tech (Randy Gilbert) 6’6- The PSL champion is a freak athlete. Gilbert is a solid rebounder and post player. He also showed that he could hit the outside shot, hitting two threes against Michigan Titans. Spiece should make sure that their rims are screwed in tight this week because Gilbert can jump put the gym and he might throw down some thunderous slams.
Greenwood Elite/Powers Catholic (Camryn Carpenter) 6’0- Carpenter is very talented guard. Most who know Carpenter’s game know that he can shoot from downtown. However, most were surprised when the rising senior guard tried dunk on someone on the Michigan Titans. The 6’0 guard can also get up there. Carpenter is a high IQ guard and lockdown defender. The Flint native is looking to receive his first college offer this week at Spiece.