Around the Midwest, plenty of people know about all of the talent in the class of 2013 in Michigan high school basketball. If the rest of the country wasn’t aware, the Michigan Mustangs AAU team winning the prestigious Super 64 in Las Vegas will surely do the trick. Jason Hickman of Max Preps has a recap:
“This means a lot,” said (Derrick) Walton, who is coached by his father at Chandler Park Academy (Harper Woods, Mich.). “In a couple of weeks it will hit me that it was my last AAU game, but it’s good to go out with a win.”
Walton received support from 6-7 forward Jalen Hayes (23 points), 6-4 wing Fredrick “Boo Man” Edmonds (22 points, 7 rebounds) and co-point guard Monte Morris (12 points, 6 rebounds) – an Iowa State commitment.
“We have a lot of good guys on the team,” Walton said. “We aren’t a one-man show. Everybody can contribute in their own way.”
The Mustangs beat Garner Road of North Carolina by two points and Minnesota Pump N Run by one earlier in the day to reach the championship game at Rancho High School. The program’s most impressive victory of the event came Saturday in a 34-point drubbing of tournament favorite Florida Elite.
Jared Field of Great Lakes Hoops summed up the significance of the performance nicely:
The Mustangs’ victory is a clear point of pride for basketball fans in Michigan, since many believed the glory days of were all but over. The Class of 2013 in Michigan has brought the state back to prominence nationally.
Not much I can add to that.