June 12, 2006

Minnesota AAU Weekend Review

A week following the Minnesota AAU championships, several teams had the weekend off for testing or just some rest. But there were players attending camps in Iowa and the Howard Pulley Panthers took their players who weren't testing to New York for the Rumble in the Bronx. While in camping in Ames, Jon Leuer picked up a Big 12 offer and he was at the camp with several Minnesota kids including Shakopee's Eric Carlson who is also getting some solid Division I interest.

With seven kids from the Pulley 17s teams taking tests, the Panthers brought Holy Angels power forward James Pfitzinger and Duluth East small forward Ryan Shea with them to play with the White team and both had solid tournaments playing at the 17 and Under level. And for the second time this year, one of the top forwards in the country George Goode joined the Black team from Kansas City. In a 76-57 win over the Albany City Rockets, Goode added 18 points, Angelo "Bear" Johnson scored 19 with six assists and new Northeastern commit Matt Janning scored a game high 21 points with seven rebounds

Then in a 71-69 win over the Westchester Hawks, Janning scored 16 points including two free throws in the final seconds to put away their oppoenents. Johnson had a game high 25 while Goode added 12. In their third pool game, the Panthers lost to the NYC Bingo All-Stars 66-61 although Janning put in 18 points while Johnson added 12. In the first round of tournament play, the Panthers were beaten by Louisiana Select 65-63.

The Pulley White squad also lost in the first round of tournament play but their highlight of the weekend was another major upset. Earlier this year they defeated the Illinois Warriors and then this past weekend they added a victory over the Metor Hawks to their resume. In the one point, 72-71 win, Jordan Taylor scored 16 points to go along with six assists and Shea scored 14 points and had four steals.

Minnesota attendees at the Iowa State camp in Ames included Leuer of Orono, Carlson of Shakopee, Andy Burns from Minnetonka and Chris Pfeifer of Hopkins. Leuer impressed the Iowa State coaches with his long torso, excellent shooting stroke with a high release and strong set of offensive moves down low. He left Sunday with an offer from the Cyclones and that is now added to his offers from Rice and St. Louis.

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