5:44 PM EDT, April 12, 2010
Have you seen the future? Musician/hoops maven/proud papa Bruce Hornsby asked the question during Boo Williams' annual spring invitational last weekend, and I knew exactly what he meant.
Have you seen the next great talent? The player we'll be talking about two, five and 10 years from now?
Probably not. Guards Bradley Beal, Marquis Teague and Austin Rivers were terrific. So were forwards Quincy Miller and Rakeem Christmas.
None, however, was a revelation.
But Hornsby, whose son Keith plays for Boo's team, triggered another thought. Since this marked the 25th anniversary -- a remarkable benchmark -- for the Williams event, who have been the best of the best?
Based primarily on performance at the tournament, here's a five-man squad that might win a pick-up game or two.
Power forward: Although he played in the event's handful-of-teams infancy, Alonzo Mourning was the most dominant high school-aged player these parts have seen. He was bigger, stronger and tougher than his opponents, and he never took the night off.
A graduate of Chesapeake's Indian River High and Georgetown, Mourning retired from the NBA last year and should make the Hall of Fame.
Center: Tyson Chandler is the tournament's only two-time MVP. At 7-foot-1, he led a Southern California team to the 1999 and 2000 Boo championships, blocking and altering countless shots.
Chandler turned pro out of high school and was the second pick of the 2001 draft. He's finishing his ninth NBA season, his first with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Point guard: Kenny Anderson in 1987 and John Wall in 2008 were unstoppable, but they don't match Jason Kidd.
Chronicling the 1990 title game between Boo and California's Mid-Valley, Comrade Dave Fairbank wrote, "Kidd left an indelible impression, though he scored only 11 points and played just a little more than half the game.
The show was his while he was on the floor and he may have made the most spectacular play in the tournament, leaping over three players from behind for a one-handed monster dunk on an offensive rebound. He probably fouled on the play, coming over people's backs, but it was too pretty to blow the whistle."
Kidd is completing his 16th NBA season and is a cinch Hall of Famer.
Shooting guard: Playing for Boo's team, Allen Iverson showed up for the 1993 semifinals against Memphis in time for the second quarter. He still scored 31 points and added 28 in the final against New York's Riverside Church.
Iverson's NBA career appears over, but few if any little guys played so big.
Small forward: Five springs ago, pre-Booplex, I ventured to Phoebus High to see the D.C. Blue Devils and their acclaimed point guard, Ty Lawson. He was good.
His teammate, a skinny 6-9 kid effortlessly making 3-pointers off the dribble was astounding. His name was Kevin Durant. A first-team All-American at Texas as a freshman in 2007, Durant is averaging 30 points a game this season and has turned the Oklahoma City Thunder into a force.
Durant is 21. He is the future.
David Teel can be reached at 247-4636 or by e-mail at email@example.com. For more from Teel, read his blog at dailypress.com/teeltime