The 2008 Top of the Rockies was a massive success. It is the largest and most prestigious tournament in the Rocky Mountain Region and the only tournament that features Open Pools and every top team in the region.
Congratulations to the Colorado Chaos 17s White for taking the title in Division One. Colorado Basketball Academy took home the Division Two title and the Colorado Chaos 14s Blue ended up taking home the hardware in Division Three. A tournament summary and All Event Team can be found below.
The Colorado Chaos 17s White took home the title in Division One. They finished the tournament 7-0, including wins over five Open Pool teams. They won a thriller in the Championship game over The Force. The game was close throughout and a layup with ten seconds left proved to be the difference as the Colorado Chaos 17s White came away with a 52-51 victory. In the semi finals, the Colorado Chaos 17s White defeated a very tough Wyoming Storm team 65-61 and The Force defeated Red Shield 64-47.
Eric Swift (63 SG Denver Street School 2009) was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. He is a great looking prospect with a ton of upside who seems to improve every time he steps on the floor. This should certainly boost his recruiting stock.
Some of the top 2009 prospects who made the All Tournament Team include: Pierce Hornung (65 SF Ralston Valley 2009), Craig Von Allman (64 SG Windsor 2009), Bryse Velasquez (510 PG Doherty 2009), Michael Dietz (67 SF Natrona County, WY 2009), Tommy Earl (64 SF Natrona County, WY 2009), Brett Green (64 SG Peyton 2009), Davaguhn Thornton (65 SF Denver East 2009), Nick Fox (67 CF Sand Creek 2009), Johnathan Morse (67 P Fairview 2009), Travis Shepherd (65 SG Fairview 2009) and Logan Deputy (511 Calhan 2009).
Some of the top 2010 prospects who made the All Tournament Team include: Wesley McKenzie (61 CG Liberty 2010), Nate McAuliffe (63 SG Fort Collins 2010), Bud Thomas (66 CF Regis 2010), Ray Riley (59 CG Thomas Jefferson 2010) and Javon Hall (60 CG Pueblo South 2010). One 2011 player, Terrell Brown (63 SG Colorado Springs School 2011) also made the All Tournament Team.
Colorado Basketball Academy ended up taking the title in Division Two with a thrilling come from behind 72-71 victory over the Colorado Hawks 14s. A layup with ten seconds left gave Colorado Basketball Academy the victory after they trailed by 11 points with three minutes left in the game. In the semi-finals, Colorado Basketball Academy defeated the Colorado Canes 70-65 and the Colorado Hawks 14s defeated the Colorado Chaos 15s Blue 64-54.
Uriah Carter (58 CG Mullen 2011) was named Most Outstanding Player. He played very well throughout the tournament and also made the game winning layup in the title game. He is a scrappy guard who has a knack for scoring. Eighth grader Chris Thomas (61 CG Denver East 2012) also had a coming out party on a large stage for the Colorado Hawks 14s and made a strong case to be named M.O.P.
Other top prospects who made the All Tournament Team include: Parker Semin (64 SF Arapahoe 2011), Andrew Bowers (66 P Lutheran-Parker 2011), Drew Dyer (65 SF Regis 2011), Jordan Dick (62 Natrona County, WY 2011), Cade Kloster (60 SG Longmont 2011), Vonte Whitney (65 CF Mullen 2011), Corbin Fromm (62 SG Arapahoe 2011), Ben Marum (63 SF Fort Collins 2011), Cory Calvert (61 SG Regis 2012) and K.J. DeCristino (62 SG Mullen 2012).
The Colorado Chaos 14s Blue went undefeated throughout the tournament for an impressive title, which included winning the Open Pool and cruising through the playoffs. They defeated Next Level 14s 56-45 in the finals.
Shane Jensen (64 CF Valor Christian 2012) was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. He is a great looking prospect with a ton of upside. A few other notable prospects who made the All Tournament Team include: Brandon Castro (60 CG Pueblo South 2012), Chad Ervine (62 SG Arapahoe 2012), Max McCaffrey (511 SG Regis 2012), Kai Belveal (60 SG Cheyenne Mountain 2012), Josh Adams (59 CG Chaparral 2012), Alex Welsh (60 SG Pomona 2012) and Brandon Bane (62 SG Silver Creek 2012).