Raymond Felton Leads N.C. Pro-Am Summer League Team To Championship

 

Via the American Chronicle

Aug. 09–DURHAM — With former North Carolina star Raymond Felton running the show and former N.C. State standout Josh Powell providing the finishes, D1 Sports & Charles Ryan wrapped up the SJG Greater N.C. Pro-Am summer basketball league tournament with a 135-124 victory over Team Hendrick of Durham on Sunday at NCCU’s McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium.

D1 Sports took control early and built a double-digit lead that it never relinquished. The closest Team Hendrick, which was led by former Tar Heel Jawad Williams, got was within four points at 100-96, but D-1 Sports stretched the lead back out and cruised to victory.

The summer league has attracted some of the top local NBA talent, as well as collegiate talent for the past three seasons. Duke’s Andre Dawkins and Ryan Kelly joined Felton, who plays for the New York Knicks, and Powell, who plays for the Atlanta Hawks, to make up one of the most diverse teams of local interest. Joining Williams on Team Hendrick were NCCU’s Nick Chasten and former Southern High standout Julian Gamble, who now plays at the University of Miami.

A little more about the victory from the Charlotte Observer:

DURHAM.  Duke basketball players Andre Dawkins and Ryan Kelly, who won an NCAA championship as freshmen in April, picked up another title on Sunday.

The Blue Devils duo helped D1 Sports defeat Hendrick of Durham 135-124 in the championship game of the 2010 S.J.G. Greater NC ProAm’s summer league tournament.

“Winning this was great, but not quite as good as winning the NCAA championship,” said Kelly, who scored 16 points Sunday. “We didn’t get to cut down the nets this time.”

Dawkins, who scored 18 as the team’s third-highest scorer, added, “Yeah, and after tonight, we get to rub it in the other guys’ faces.”

Kelly also won the Rodney Rogers Spirit Award for sportsmanship.

“It’s a great honor to be given this award that’s not just for my basketball ability, but something else that I take pride in,” said Kelly, who played in last year’s summer league as a Ravens croft graduate. “It’s been great, and this league is a very special league, and it’s filled with guys that really want to compete.”

Both Duke players were in the starting lineup for D1 Sports, along with former N.C. State standout and current Atlanta Hawk Josh Powell (33 points), former UNC star and current New York Knick Raymond Felton (28 points) and Marcus Fisher (31 points) of the Tru Hope Trailblazers, a semipro team in Norfolk, Va.

Fisher was named the tournament MVP.

Hendrick of Durham featured Jawad Williams of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Derrick Wiley, an East Carolina graduate.

Competition between the two teams was fairly even throughout, with the game getting pretty fierce for a summer league – including Kelly taking a charge in the first half.

Looks like Felton will be ready to play at training camp. That’s good news.