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Friday / July 20.
  • Williams Postpones Announcement; Waiters, Gilchrist, Team Final Win Bob Gibbons

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    Latavious Williams, a 6-7 wing from Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center ranked the No. 6 power forward in the nation, pushed his college announcement until Tuesday in Houston.

    “About 2  o’clock [Central Time]. I didn’t do anything today,” he wrote in a text.

    Williams will decide between Georgetown, Memphis, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Florida International. He previously told me Memphis was his leader.

    Dan Wolken of The Memphis Edge is also reporting that 6-7 forward Noel Johnson will ask out of his Letter of Intent to USC because of the
    NCAA investigation in the wake of the O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush cases. Memphis could be one possible landing spot for Johnson if he gets his release.

    TEAM FINAL WINS BOB GIBBONS

    Team Final, a Pennsylvania-based AAU team coached by Rob Brown, beat the CP3 All-Stars to win the Bob Gibbons U17 Tournament of Champions bracket on Sunday.

    “The kids played hard, the kids played real well,” Brown said.

    Syracuse commit Dion Waiters of Burlington (N.J.) Life Center Academy scored a game-high 27 points to win MVP honors. The 6-3 Waiters is ranked the No. 6 shooting guard in the Class of 2010.

    St. Patrick of Elizabeth (N.J.) standout Michael Gilchrist, the No. 3 player in the Class of 2011, caused matchup problems all tournament and added 22 points.

    Team Final also featured Villanova commit Markus Kennedy of Apex Academies, Tyreek Duren of Neumann-Goretti  and Trevor Cooney of the Sanford (Del.) School.

    Team Final brought only eight players to the tournament, and then lost the 6-foot-8 Kennedy for the second half of the final with a patella tendon injury but still won the title.

    Team Final ousted Kyrie Irving and the New Jersey Roadrunners in the quarterfinals, holding Irving to just 9 points after the St. Patrick junior guard had dropped 40 or more on a couple of teams.

    “He’s becoming a dynamic player,” Roadrunners coach Sandy Pyonin, who over the years has coached future NBA guards like Bobby Hurley, Jason Williams and Randy Foye, told the Fayetteville Observer. “And he doesn’t like to lose. So if guys aren’t playing at his level, it bothers him. But it always bothers the great ones. Kyrie is very humble and very mature and very comfortable with his game.”

    **Paterson (N.J.) Catholic sophomore guard Myles Mack of the Playaz Basketball Club was named MVP of the 16s.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.