Monday, July 27, 2009

AAU Super Showcase

Got back from the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando this morning after a solid four days of watching some of the best U-16 and U-17 teams and players in the country. Highly-touted prospects like Jared Sullinger, Reggie Bullock, Will Barton and Kyrie Irving represented the 2010 class, while 2011 was represented by Mike Gilchrist, Austin Rivers, Rakeem Christmas, Bradley Beal, Kentavious Caldwell and Marquis Rankin. Even 2012 stars DaJuan Coleman, L.J. Rose, J-Mychal Reese and Andre Drummond were featured.

Of course, the main story was arguably the top two AAU teams in the country -- All-Ohio Red and Team Final -- being knocked out early in bracket play. Each One Teach One -- sans Brandon Knight and James Bell -- reached the championship against Team Takeover.

In the coming days, I will have much more on the top players, teams and recruiting notes and tidbits I gathered in Lake Buena Vista at the Wide World of Sports complex at Disney.

Also, the next tournament I will be covering is the Summer in the City at St. John's University, featuring a plethora of quality teams, including New Heights, Playaz, Metro Hawks, Team Philly, Team NJ ABC, Juice All-Stars, New York Panthers, Team Phenom and Long Island Lightning. It was originally a three-day tournament, but earlier today it was announced that it would be condensed to a one-day event on Friday, focused on the U-16 and U-17 teams.

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