At the Las Vegas Classic, California Supreme Elite won the 16U platinum division title game 43-41 over Houston Hoops Woods. Cal Supreme not only defeated the defending 16U champion, the team also avenged its only loss in the tournament to finish with a 7-1 mark.
Five-foot-9 2016 point guard Devearl Ramsey (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) continued his excellent play and two pivots who’ve really stepped up in the last two viewing periods — 6-foot-10 2016 Michael Cage Jr. (Santa Ana, Mater Dei) and 6-foot-5 Roy Hemsley (Windward, Los Angeles) — led the charge for Gary Franklin Sr.’s program.
Hemsley has immensely improved his mid-range shot, shooting touch and conditioning and it has led to an increased confidence in his overall game. Cage had a big double double in the semifinal victory over Arizona Power Black. As the viewing period ended, Cage (the son of the former NBA forward) picked up a scholarship offer from UCLA.
“Hemsley has really come on big-time for us,” Franklin Sr. said. He also pointed out the play of 5-foot-9 2015 point guard Ellis Salahuddin, who reportedly will be transferring out of Gardena Serra this fall.
“A player that came off the bench and I believe that we could not have won it without was Ellis Salahuddin. He helped Devearl to just go score at times when it was needed.”