Flint Beecher point guard Monte Morris, who recently committed to Iowa State University, is one half of what may be the best AAU backcourt in the country. Alongside University of Michigan commit Derrick Walton, the Michigan Mustangs were the unlikely winners of the Adidas Super 64 Tournament in Las Vegas on Sunday.
The game, which was televised nationally on CBS, was competitive throughout though the Mustangs were clearly more talented than New Heights (NYC). The Mustangs won the title 84-71, capping off an undefeated week in Vegas.
Morris actually sent the Mustangs to the finals with a last-second shot in the semis.
For what it’s worth, Michigan’s somewhat enigmatic sponsored AAU program (rare to see them compete in state), The Family, lost in the semifinals of the GRBA National Championships in Fort Wayne to the Illinois Attack.
Clearly the title of best U-17 team in Michigan this season goes to the Mustangs, who actually lost to the Family early in the season. The clearest sign that the Mustangs were the top dogs in Michigan came in May, when The Family pulled out of the championship game versus the Mustangs at the Spiece Run ‘n’ Slam citing cramps.
The Mustangs’ victory is a clear point of pride for basketball fans in Michigan, since many believed the glory days of were all but over. The Class of 2013 in Michigan has brought the state back to prominence nationally.