Young Prospects Shine at Southern Invitational

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The Southern Invitational AAU Tournament hosted at the University of Virginia
over the weekend featured the best AAU teams from up and down the East Coast.
Teams congregated for two days of round robin action Friday night into Saturday
afternoon, capped by a bracket-style playoffs Saturday night and Sunday. In the
17-and-under division, it was CJ Harris and the CP3 All-Stars who exhibited ball
movement and team play unbecoming of an AAU squad and easily took out the
National Christian Academy in the championship, after barely escaping the
Georgia Ballers in round one the night before.

At the 16 and 15-and-unders, Boo Williams steamrolled through the competition
for most of the weekend. In something of an upset, however, it was Malcolm
Gilbert and Team Final who came back from down double digits to roll past Travis
McKie and Boo Williams in the 16-and-under championship. James McAdoo, Justin
Anderson, Levon Harper, Trey Davis, and the rest of the 15-and-unders of Boo
Williams, however, had no such trouble, as they went unchallenged into the
championship round and were simply too much for Team Phenom, as they won by
double digits.

In a tournament that has seen the likes of Sean Singletary, J.R. Reynolds,
Vernon Macklin, Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson, and O.J. Mayo, the field once
again represented the future of college basketball. Here are some of the players
that scouts had their eyes on and what they bring to the table.

Cadarian Raines, F, Petersburg Elite Stars U17

The enforcer in the middle for the Stars, the 210-pound big man out of
Petersburg shows off a strong inside game and an almost deceptively good touch
around the basket. He could use a few more inches to his 6-foot-8 frame,
however, to make up for a lack of foot speed.

A double-double performer at Petersburg High School, Raines has a tendency
with the Stars to disappear from the offense for long stretches; when he did get
the ball on the block, however, good things happened. A spin to the baseline is
his bread-and-butter move, but Raines also offers a jump hook in the lane and
can hit the 15-foot jumper when left alone. More assertiveness at the offensive
end would not only do the Stars a favor, but would also