World-Herald prep recruiting specialist Mike Sautter is in Atlanta, Georgia, this weekend to watch the second weekend of the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet series.
Midlands teams in the tournament include Omaha Sports Academy 17U, 16U and 15U. Papillion-La Vista junior Ed Chang, who is playing for the Iowa Barnstormers, unsigned Winnebago senior David Wingett (Chauncey Billups Elite), Omaha Benson sophomore Javier Turner and Omaha Roncalli sophomore Cortez Marion-Holmes. Each team is guaranteed four games during the Friday through Sunday event. Check out game recaps, analysis and more below for the latest updates.
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>> OSA 17U 66, Lexington (Ky.) Hoop Dreams 63: In its opening game, OSA was led by 17 points from Kearney’s Kanon Koster. Shereef Mitchell (Omaha Burke) scored 13 points and Roman Behrens (Omaha Central) 10 points. Brady Heiman (Platteview) hauled in seven rebounds. OSA hit 9 of 22 from the 3-point line, with Koster making all four of his shots from beyond the arc. Not only did Mitchell score 13 points, he led the team in assists with five and was once again a catalyst on defense — shutting down Hoop Dreams top scoring threat.
>> OSA 16U 87, Chicago Team Rose 86: OSA was led by Elkhorn South’s Jace Piatkowski, who had 17 points, making 2 of 4 from 3-point range. Chase Thompson (Omaha Westside) was the only other player in double figures with 15 points. Akol Arop (Creighton Prep) made the game-winning basket with no time left on the clock.
Made up for it with this game winner. OSA 16U Adidas 87 Team Rose 86. pic.twitter.com/jcerd6ZenG— MikeSautterOWH (@MikeSautterOWH) April 29, 2017
>> Alexandria Team Loaded VA 79, OSA 15U 49: Omaha Central’s Max Polk led the way for OSA with 10 points and Jared Lopez (Lincoln North Star) chipped in seven. Team Loaded VA had a front line that measured 6-10, 6-8, 6-7 and 6-10. OSA’s tallest player is Rashawn McNeal-Lee (Omaha South) listed at 6-4.
>> Iowa Barnstormers 70, Fort Worth (Texas) Marcus Smart YGC36 59: Papillion-La Vista’s Ed Chang scored 15 point, hitting 6 of 17 from the field and hauling in six rebounds.
Nebraska's Division I programs were out in force Saturday to scout the talent. Creighton coach Greg McDermott was in attendance, keeping a close eye on the Barnstormers and Ed Chang. UNO assistant Tyler Erwin and Nebraska assistant Kenya Hunter were in attendance, too. Other D-I programs represented at the OSA 17U game were Minnesota coach Richard Pitino checking on Brady Heiman, NU assistant Jim Molinari and assistants from Air Force, West Point Army, Loyola-Chicago, East Tennessee State and South Dakota.