2007 Warrior National Prep

Shirley Allen Cunningham Jr. Family Foundation
4050 Georgetown Road
Lexington, Kentucky
May 26-27, 2007

Copyright 2007 Ron Harrison

The Shirley Allen Cunningham Jr. Family Foundation

“The Shirley Allen Cunningham Jr. Family Foundation (SACFF) was established to enhance the total academic, athletic, and leadership abilities of area youth.  Activities at the SACFF started well over 15 years ago with the sponsorship of several basketball teams for boys.  Over the years, girls’ basketball teams were added.  It is common that participants start with a team at approximately seven years of age and continue team participation through middle school.  Repeatedly, the teams have ranked among the top 25 in the nation for Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Leagues.  A lifetime dream and milestone for the Foundation was achieved in late 2002 with the opening of the 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility to house the SACFF. 

The Central Kentucky Warriors AAU club has been formed to provide Central Kentucky boys with above average basketball skills, a chance to play on a team with other competitive players, and against other competitive teams.  We are members of the national AAU and Kentucky AAU organizations.”

Mission Statement

“The mission of the Central Kentucky Warriors is to provide the youth of the Lexington and Central Kentucky community with the opportunity to learn and enjoy basketball at the highest competitive level.  Our program is designed to develop skillful play, promote good sportsmanship, team spirit, and team loyalty.  The Central Kentucky Warriors demand a high degree of ethical conduct by all its coaches, players, volunteers, and parents so that it provides a positive example for the community, the opponents, and it’s participants, in our players’ growth and development into adulthood. 

It is the further mission of the Central Kentucky Warriors to cooperate and participate with other youth basketball organizations currently operating youth basketball programs including but not limited to AAU, AACC, BCI, USTOC, and YBOA.”

The preceding information and mission statement are quoted from the 2007 Warrior National Prep event program.

This event will feature eight quality teams with each team scheduled to play five games over a two-day period.  The teams scheduled to participate are:  Central Kentucky Warriors, South Florida Wildcats, Houston Select, Louisville Legends, Lexington Blaze, DC Assault, Indy Ice, and Northern Kentucky Tarheels. 

 

Saturday May 26th

Game No. 1  Louisville Legends   57     South Florida Wildcats   43
The Louisville Legends pulled away in the final quarter to defeat South Florida 57-43.  The victors were led by Craig Owens and Antonio McDaniels with 15 points each.  Taariq Lewis led the Wildcats with 14 points including four three three point baskets. 

Louisville Legends

14

12

13

18

-

57

South Florida Wildcats

10

18

11

4

-

43

 

Louisville Legends

(57) -

Byrd 7, McDaniels 15, Owens 15, Scott 3, Walker 8, Williams 5, Talley 2, Johnson 2.

South Florida Wildcats

(43) -

Downes 5, Babbit 3, Mooney 6, Lewis 14, Shirajee 7, Naide 1, Morales 4, Fitzgerald 1, Haney 2.

 

Game No. 2  Northern Kentucky Tarheels   26     DC Assault   22
The Tarheels defeated DC Assault 26-22 in a hard-fought defensive struggle.  Zach McCormick and Jalen Beal led Northern Kentucky Tarheels with nine and seven points respectively.  DC Assault was led by Cedrick McFadden and Jalen Houchins with seven and six points respectively. 

Northern Kentucky Tarheels

7

4

8

7

-

26

DC Assault

4

4

9

5

-

22

 

Northern Kentucky Tarheels

(26) -

McCormick 9, Palmer 6, Simpson 2, Crim 2, Beal 7.

DC Assault

(22) -

Houchins 6, Gregory 4, Bowman 1, Anderson 4, McFadden 7.

 

Game No. 3  Houston Select   59     Lexington Blaze   36
Justice Winslow and Damien Lewis led Houston Select with 11 and 10 points respectively.  Zack Gordon and Foster Porter led Lexington Blaze with nine and eight points respectively. 

Houston Select

16

8

16

19

-

59

Lexington Blaze

10

9

8

9

-

36

 

Houston Select

(59) -

Otis 6, O’Suji 2, J. Lewis 6, Winslow 11, D. Lewis 10, Trauber 5, Hunter 2, Williams 6, Wiley 4, Hanson 4, Jones 3.

Lexington Blaze

(36) -

S. Johnson 6, Farris 3, Gordon 9, Price 6, Porter 8, Allen 2, L. Johnson 2.

 

Game No. 4  Indy Ice   48     DC Assault   39
Stanford Jackson and LaSalle Thompson led Indy Ice with 12 and 11 points respectively.  Darian Anderson, Cedric McFadden, and Kevin Goode led DC Assault with eight points each. 

Indy Ice

12

8

12

16

-

48

DC Assault

11

10

8

10

-

39

 

Indy Ice

(48) -

Garnett 5, Hawkins 6, Thompson 11, Rollins 6, Francis 2, Jackson 12, Price 3, Sheplock 3.

DC Assault

(39) -

Anderson 8, Bowman 5, Gregory 5, McFadden 8, Goode 8, Onaghise 4.

 

Game No. 5  Northern Kentucky Tarheels   46     Louisville Legends   38
Zach McCormick led the Tarheels with 23 points including four three point baskets.  Antonio McDaniels and Craig Owens led Louisville Legends with nine and eight points respectively. 

Northern Kentucky Tarheels

4

12

17

13

-

46

Louisville Legends

9

6

4

19

-

38

 

Northern Kentucky Tarheels

(46) -

Avery 3, McCormick 23, Palmer 7, Simpson 4, Crim 2, Beal 7.

Louisville Legends

(38) -

Oyler 4, Brasher 2, McDaniels 9, Owens 8, Scott 7, Walker 6, Byrd 2.

 

Game No. 6  South Florida Wildcats   64     Lexington Blaze   45
Sean Mooney, Sean Downes, and Barry Babbit led South Florida Wildcats with 15, 13, and 10 points respectively.  Snoop Johnson and Zack Gordon led Lexington Blaze with 12 and nine points respectively. 

South Florida Wildcats

17

13

13

21

-

64

Lexington Blaze

13

13

4

15

-

45

 

South Florida Wildcats

(64) -

Lewis 6, Mooney 15, Warren 4, Babbit 10, Downes 13, Morales 4, Shirajee 4, Haney 4, Fitzgerald 2, Naide 2.

Lexington Blaze

(45) -

Gordon 9, Farris 3, Price 5, Boyd 7, S. Johnson 12, Jackson 5, L. Johnson 4.

 

Game No. 7  Central Kentucky Warriors   52     DC Assault   47
Christen Cunningham led the Warriors with 17 points including five three point baskets.  Mustafa Diaw added 13 points.  Jordan Green pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.  Cameron Gregory and Cedrick McFadden led DC Assault with 12 and 10 points respectively. 

Central Kentucky Warriors

24

6

17

5

-

52

DC Assault

13

7

18

9

-

47

 

Central Kentucky Warriors

(52) -

Grundy 5, Cunningham 17, Diaw 13, Green 3, Miller 4, Lewis 3, Johnson 5, Henry 2.

DC Assault

(47) -

Anderson 7, Houchins 7, Bowman 4, Gregory 12, Goode 4, McFadden 10, Yancey 3.

 

Game No. 8  Indy Ice   40     Houston Select   39
LaSalle Thompson hit his free throws down the stretch to give Indy Ice the victory.  Thompson and Jordan Garnett led the victors with 11 and 10 points respectively.  Jaquel Lewis led Houston Select with 11 points. 

Indy Ice

8

11

7

14

-

40

Houston Select

9

12

8

10

-

39

 

Indy Ice

(40) -

Garnett 10, Hawkins 4, Thompson 11, Williams 4, Jackson 8, Price 1, Sheplock 2.

Houston Select

(39) -

Wiley 4, Otis 8, O’Suji 4, Winslow 8, D. Lewis 2, J. Lewis 11, Hunter 2.

 

Game No. 9  Louisville Legends   46     Lexington Blaze   36
Craig Owens and Kyle Walker led Louisville Legends with 10 and eight points respectively.  Paul Price, DaQuice Jackson, and Zack Gordon led Lexington Blaze with 11, nine, and eight points respectively. 

Louisville Legends

10

14

18

4

-

46

Lexington Blaze

8

6

5

17

-

36

 

Louisville Legends

(46) -

Owens 10, Byrd 6, Scott 2, Brasher 6, McDaniels 4, Johnson 4, Walker 8, Williams 4, Talley 2.

Lexington Blaze

(36) -

McCann 2, Jackson 9, Porter 2, Price 11, Farris 2, S. Johnson 2, Gordon 8.

 

Game No. 10  Central Kentucky Warriors   41     Northern Kentucky Tarheels   29
Mustafa Diaw and Dakari Johnson led Central Kentucky Warriors with 11 and seven points respectively.  Jordan Green pulled down 12 rebounds.  Zach McCormick led the Tarheels with 15 points. 

Central Kentucky Warriors

12

13

10

6

-

41

Northern Kentucky Tarheels

10

7

7

5

-

29

 

Central Kentucky Warriors

(41) -

Grundy 4, Diaw 11, Miller 4, Cunningham 6, Green 4, Johnson 7, Ware 5.

Northern Kentucky Tarheels

(29) -

Avery 4, Palmer 2, Simpson 4, McCormick 15, Beal 2, Morgan 2.

 

Game No. 11  Indy Ice   55     South Florida Wildcats   30
Jordan Garnett led Indy Ice with 15 points.  South Florida was led by Sean Downes with 10 points. 

Indy Ice

15

18

12

10

-

55

South Florida Wildcats

10

6

6

8

-

30

 

Indy Ice

(55) -

Rollins 4, Hawkins 3, Thompson 8, Francis 4, Garnett 15, Jackson 6, Sheplock 8, Price 4, Brooks 1, Williams 2.

South Florida Wildcats

(30) -

Lewis 2, Babbit 1, Downes 10, Mooney 4, Warren 4, Shirajee 3, Naide 2, Morales 4.

 

Game No. 12  Central Kentucky Warriors   41     Houston Select   25
The Warriors were led by Trey Grundy with 11 points and eight rebounds.  Mustafa Diaw and Teddy Ware added seven points each.  Justice Winslow and Ryan Otis led Houston Select with eight and five points respectively. 

Central Kentucky Warriors

15

4

10

12

-

41

Houston Select

5

4

8

8

-

25

 

Central Kentucky Warriors

(41) -

Cunningham 4, Miller 2, Green 4, Diaw 7, Grundy 11, Lewis 2, Johnson 2, Ware 7, Henry 2.

Houston Select

(25) -

O’Suji 4, J. Lewis 2, D. Lewis 2, Winslow 8, Otis 5, Wiley 2, Hanson 2.



 

Sunday May 27th

 

Game No. 13  DC Assault   38     Louisville Legends   34
Cameron Gregory led the victors with 15 points.  The Louisville Legends were led by Craig Owens with 11 points. 

DC Assault

6

7

13

12

-

38

Louisville Legends

7

4

5

18

-

34

 

DC Assault

(38) -

Anderson 4, Gregory 15, Bowman 2, McFadden 6, Goode 5, Onaghise 2, Yancey 4.

Louisville Legends

(34) -

Brasher 4, Byrd 3, Owens 11, McDaniels 5, Walker 2, Talley 2, Johnson 4, Doan 3.

 

Game No. 14  Indy Ice   61     Lexington Blaze   24
Kendall Rollins led Indy Ice with 12 points.  Jordan Garnett and Joshua Price added nine points each.  Snoop Johnson led Lexington Blaze with seven points.  DaQuice Jackson added six points. 

Indy Ice

22

19

11

9

-

61

Lexington Blaze

5

8

8

3

-

24

 

Indy Ice

(61) -

Rollins 12, Garnett 9, Thompson 8, Hawkins 7, Price 9, Jackson 7, Sheplock 6, Williams 2.

Lexington Blaze

(24) -

S. Johnson 7, L. Johnson 2, Gordon 1, Boyd 4, Piersawl 2, Allen 2, Jackson 6.

 

Game No. 15  Houston Select   32     Northern Kentucky Tarheels   24
Justice Winslow and Ryan Otis led the victors with 10 and eight points respectively.  Kameron Crim and Zach McCormick led Northern Kentucky Tarheels with nine and six points respectively. 

Houston Select

7

6

6

13

-

32

Northern Kentucky Tarheels

8

3

8

5

-

24

 

Houston Select

(32) -

D. Lewis 5, Winslow 10, O’Suji 5, Otis 8, J. Lewis 4.

Northern Kentucky Tarheels

(24) -

Palmer 3, Simpson 3, McCormick 6, Crim 9, Avery 3.

 

Game No. 16  Central Kentucky Warriors   65     South Florida Wildcats   30
Mustafa Diaw, Trey Grundy, and Jordan Green led Central Kentucky Warriors with 12, 12, and 10 points respectively.  Grundy recorded four three point baskets.  Green pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.  Jordan Henry chipped in with nine points on three three point baskets.  Sean Mooney led the Wildcats with 11 points. 

Central Kentucky Warriors

19

12

16

18

-

65

South Florida Wildcats

11

4

5

10

-

30

 

Central Kentucky Warriors

(65) -

Diaw 12, Grundy 12, Miller 2, Green 10, Cunningham 3, Ware 2, Lewis 7, Johnson 8, Henry 9.

South Florida Wildcats

(30) -

Lewis 3, Mooney 11, Warren 3, Babbit 4, Downes 5, Morales 2, Shirajee 2.

 

Game No. 17  Indy Ice   45     Louisville Legends   14
LaSalle Thompson, Kendall Rollins, and Stanford Jackson led Indy Ice with 12, 11, and nine points respectively.  Antonio McDaniels led Louisville Legends with four points. 

Indy Ice

16

21

7

1

-

45

Louisville Legends

7

4

1

2

-

14

 

Indy Ice

(45) -

Thompson 12, Rollins 11, Francis 2, Hawkins 1, Jackson 9, Sheplock 3, Price 5, Williams 2.

Louisville Legends

(14) -

McDaniels 4, Owens 3, Brasher 2, Byrd 2, Walker 2, Talley 1.

 

Game No. 18  Houston Select   29     DC Assault   24
Justice Winslow and Ryan Otis led a balanced Houston Select attack with six and five points respectively.  Cameron Gregory led DC Assault with 11 points. 

Houston Select

10

10

0

9

-

29

DC Assault

8

8

4

4

-

24

 

Houston Select

(29) -

Otis 5, O’Suji 1, D. Lewis 4, Trauber 3, Winslow 6, J. Lewis 4, Hunter 2, Jones 2, Wiley 2.

DC Assault

(24) -

Bowman 2, Gregory 11, Anderson 4, Houchins 3, McFadden 4.

 

Game No. 19  Central Kentucky Warriors   54     Lexington Blaze   24
Mustafa Diaw led the victors with 14 points and seven rebounds.  Teddy Ware, Christen Cunningham, and Dakari Johnson added 10, eight, and eight points respectively.  Snoop Johnson led Lexington Blaze with nine points. 

Central Kentucky Warriors

14

17

13

10

-

54

Lexington Blaze

5

9

4

6

-

24

 

Central Kentucky Warriors

(54) -

Cunningham 8, Diaw 14, Green 4, Miller 2, Johnson 8, Lewis 2, Henry 6, Ware 10.

Lexington Blaze

(24) -

S. Johnson 9, Gordon 5, McCann 2, Ryan 2, Jackson 4, Piersawl 2.

 

Game No. 20  South Florida Wildcats   52     Northern Kentucky Tarheels   48
Sean Mooney led the Wildcats with 23 points including three three point baskets.  Sean Downes added 11 points.  Zach McCormick led the Tarheels with 19 points including four three point baskets.  DaQuan Palmer and Blake Simpson added 10 and nine points respectively. 

South Florida Wildcats

14

16

14

8

-

52

Northern Kentucky Tarheels

14

21

10

3

-

48

 

South Florida Wildcats

(52) -

Downes 11,Mooney 23, Lewis 7, Warren 2, Morales 4, Naide 3, Shirajee 4.

Northern Kentucky Tarheels

(48) -

Crim 2, Palmer 10, Avery 5, Simpson 9, McCormick 19, Beal 3.

 

Game No. 21  Central Kentucky Warriors   43     Houston Select   38
This game was not originally scheduled but was added at the request of Houston Select who wanted another game.  The Warriors raced out to a 28-9 halftime lead and held on down the stretch to earn the victory.  Dakari Johnson and Mustafa Diaw led Central Kentucky Warriors with 15 and 10 points respectively.  Ryan Otis and Justice Winslow led Houston Select with 16 and 10 points respectively. 

Central Kentucky Warriors

13

15

4

11

-

43

Houston Select

6

3

14

15

-

38

 

Central Kentucky Warriors

(43) -

Diaw 10, Green 4, Cunningham 6, Grundy 8, Johnson 15.

Houston Select

(38) -

Otis 16, Winslow 10, D. Lewis 2, Hunter 3, J. Lewis 7.

 

Conclusion

The records at the end of this two-day event were as follows:   Central Kentucky Warriors (6-0)*, Indy Ice (5-0), Houston Select (3-3)*, Louisville Legends (2-3), South Florida Wildcats (2-3), Northern Kentucky Tarheels (2-3), DC Assault (1-4), and Lexington Blaze (0-5). 
*Central Kentucky Warriors and Houston Select played an extra game.

Based on the score sheets the leading scorers for each team are as follows:  
  Central Kentucky Warriors:   Mustafa Diaw (11.2), Dakari Johnson (7.5), and Christen Cunningham (7.3)
  Indy Ice:   LaSalle Thompson (10.0), Stanford Jackson (8.4), and Jordan Garnett (7.8)
  Houston Select:   Justice Winslow (8.8) and Ryan Otis (8.0)
  Louisville Legends:   Craig Owens (9.4) and Antonio McDaniels (7.4)
  South Florida Wildcats:   Sean Mooney (11.8) and Sean Downes (8.8)
  Northern Kentucky Tarheels:   Zach McCormick (14.4)
  DC Assault:   Cameron Gregory (9.4)
  Lexington Blaze:   Charles “Snoop” Johnson (7.2)

There was a tremendous amount of talent on display this weekend with several excellent teams who could challenge for national honors.  The Central Kentucky Warriors have a very talented team from top to bottom.  Christen Cunningham displayed the ability to nail the long-range jumper and score off the dribble.  Dakari Johnson and Mustafa Diaw are a formidable inside duo and the Warriors have talented wing players in Trey Grundy and Jordan Green.  The Warriors subsitute liberally with each player capable of making major contributions. 

The talent level was not limited to the Warriors as each team had an impressive bevy of talented players.  While the parents were proud of their sons’ achievements, they were equally proud of their academic achievements. 

This was an excellent, well-run event and hopefully this will become an annual event.

 

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to Shirley Cunningham Jr, Charles Grundy, and Walter Overstreet for the hospitality extended me during this event.  Also a note of appreciation to all the volunteers who put in long hours and a lot of effort to make this event memorable.  Also, a shout out to Teddy Ware for some of the best Bar-B-Que this side of Memphis.

Please feel free to send your comments and questions concerning this event, teams, or players to me at prephoops@yahoo.com .

Ron Harrison’s reports on this and other basketball events appear on http://www.kyprephoops.com.