The AAU National Tournament has come and gone, but 2010 wasn’t as kind
to the Ohio troops as last season when Ohio won national championships
in each of the three major age groups, U15-U17. In our two-part series we will first take a look at the 16-and-under
division where Ohio did enjoy some success. There were no championships,
but All-Ohio Red was oh so close.
Orlando, Fla. – The AAU National Tournament has come and gone, but 2010 wasn’t as kind to the Ohio troops as last season when Ohio won national championships in each of the three major age groups, U15-U17.
In our two-part series we will first take a look at the 16-and-under division where Ohio did enjoy some success. There were no championships, but All-Ohio Red was oh so close.
Red finished runner-up in the Super Showcase just a week ago and in doing so they defeated BABC. However, a week later, Red would once again face BABC in the U16 National Championship tilt. Once again, AOR ended runner-up as BABC avenged the Super Showcase setback with a 56-53 win to capture the 2010 U16 National Title.
Regardless, it was a remarkable run by Red over the course of 10 days for a team which struggled much of the AAU season. It was a classic case of getting hot at the right time.
All-Ohio Purple, who won the U15 National Championship a year ago, finished 9th. The only other team to place was the Ohio Shooting Stars. The Northeast Ohio-based team finished 3rd in the Classic Bracket.
U16 Pool Play:
Pool play consisted of 37 pools with four teams in each. The top two finishers in each pool moved onward to Gold Bracket play, while the bottom two squads in each pool moved to the Classic Bracket.
When a team lost in the Gold Bracket they dropped down into a consolation bracket with a chance to place. There were 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and 4th Round Consolation Brackets.
If a team was participating in the Classic Bracket, one loss sent the team home.
Just two teams of local interest finished pool play unbeaten (3-0) with All-Ohio Red and the West Virginia Wildcats Select 2012 doing so.
Red struggled with Florida Elite but held on (48-42) before racing by Maryland’s Finest and Mid State Ballerz. The Wildcats got a forfeit win over Team Florida then handled FBCG Disciples and Memphis Magic by double digits.
The other pool winner was the Cincinnati Knights, which finished (2-1). The Knights lost a late night game on Monday to Fidonce United (59-57). Derrick Stewart tortured the Knights much of the game.
Cincinnati Purple, Team CBIZ, All-Ohio Gold, and Cincinnati Royals- Blue all finished (2-1) finishing second in their respective pools, which allowed them to make the Gold Bracket. Club Ohio also finished (2-1), but by virtue of the tiebreaker it ended up placing third in the pool. A 22-point loss to the SYF Players was Club Ohio’s downfall.
Purple’s one-point loss (45-44) to the Rising Stars was filled with drama and a raucous crowd. It was the first time we have ever seen a student section storm the floor after an AAU contest.
CBIZ fell to Team Breakdown, Gold dropped a nod to Drill 4 Skill (48-42), and the Royals succumbed to the Southern Phenoms (58-55).
West Virginia Wildcats Select 2013 placed third in its pool, while playing up a division. The West Virginia Wildcats- Elmore also finished third (1-2).
The Ohio Shooting Stars had a very productive week, but was snake bitten in pool play and finished (1-2) placing third. The King James Shooting Stars also finished third playing in a tough pool including BABC.
All-Ohio Black was held winless in pool play after finishing strong in the Super Showcase. However, the competition with Southern Select, BWSL- Nelson, and Team Daniels Q6 All-Stars was very tough.
Shining Star Sports- Moman and Ohio Players Basketball Team also ended (0-3).
U16 Gold Bracket:
All-Ohio Red, as mentioned above, came up short but let it be known the boys in Red surprised almost everyone outside of its huddle.
Red opened up tournament action with a hard-fought win over a very good Showtime Ballers squad. Red was forced to overcome a terrific performance by the Ballers, Billy Dee Williams.
It is cliché to say it was a total team effort, but the statement couldn’t be truer in regards to All-Ohio Red’s play over the past 10 days.
Myles Hamilton (6’1/2012) of Lakewood St. Edward was nails tough on the perimeter taking the role as the team glue. Leroy Alexander (6’1/2012) of Toledo Springfield, Jordan Potts (5’10/2012), and Cam Wilson (6’0/2012) of Dublin Jerome all had their moments at the guard spots.
Jake Kretzer (6’7/2012) of Waverly and Mark Minch (6’4/2012) of Lakota East hustled and scrapped finding ways to get buckets.
Deontae “Teddy” Hawkins (6’6/2012) of Dayton Dunbar, Jalen Robinson (6’8/2012) of Columbus Northland, and Gary Akbar (6’4/2012) of Dayton Dunbar held it down in the paint.
Hawkins is starting to assert himself more and really beginning to impact the game. He was very good in Orlando as was Robinson. The West Virginia commit, Robinson, has always displayed very good skill and foot work but is now starting to impact the contest more with some aggressive play.
Red moved on to round two where it defeated a very talented CP3 All-Stars, 76-67. Following the win over CP3, Red handed the South Florida Panthers a 55-42 setback to advance to the Elite Eight.
In the quarters, AOR made short work of BWSL- Chatman handing them an 87-63 throttling.
In the semis, much to the surprise of most, Red served up another beat down. The Arkansas Wings were on the receiving end of Red’s sparkling play which resulted in an 80-62 loss.
After defeating BABC only a week ago, many considered AOR the favorite to bring home the Gold. For a while, it appeared those words would hold true. Though, in the end, BABC dashed Red’s dream and took the crown back to Boston.
The Cincinnati Knights were the only other Ohio team to win a Gold Bracket game. The Knights made the round of 32 by defeating the SA Bearcats (49-32) before losing to the Southern Kings Gold (65-50). The Southern Kings made the Elite Eight.
Team CBIZ fell to Crusader Nation in round one, 86-82 as did All-Ohio Purple being defeated by Team Daniels Q6 All-Stars (30-28).
Though, they didn’t win a game in Gold Bracket the following teams earned a bye advancing them to round two. All-Ohio Gold lost to a very good Arkansas Wings Elite club led by Archie Goodwin, 72-37.
West Virginia Select 2012 lost to VA- Cardinal (65-48) in a very uninspiring effort by the Wildcats. Also, the Cincinnati Royals- Blue was defeated by Southern Select (71-53). Southern Select ended up losing in the Elite Eight.
1st Round Consolation Bracket:
All-Ohio Purple rolled through this bracket en route to a 9th place finish, which was a bit disappointing for the defending national champs. Purple scored wins over CBIZ (57-41), Ferrari (61-54), and Next Level Sports (62-57) to secure a top 10 finish.
2nd Round Consolation Bracket:
The Cincinnati Royals and the West Virginia Wildcats Select 2012 each won a game in this bracket, but both fell in the following game. These teams were playing for 8th place.
The Royals defeated Team Breakdown 16U (64-37) before losing to Each 1 Teach 1 (66-50), while the Wildcats beat OP Gators Elite (56-37) and then lost to the Alabama Celtics (71-64).
All-Ohio Gold lost to the SYF Players, 61-51.
3rd Round Consolation Bracket:
The Cincinnati Knights continued its strong play with a (63-61) over Florida Elite, but couldn’t overcome a very good Houston Hoops squad (58-57) in the second round.
The 3rd Round Consolation Bracket teams were playing for 7th place.
The Ohio Shooting Stars are virtually an unknown outside of the AAU circle, but they certainly made a good showing in Orlando (FL).
The Shootings Stars were placed in a tough pool finishing just (1-2), but they did some real damage in the Classic Bracket. The Stars run started with a win over the Runnin Rebels (61-56) followed by victories over the Orlando Wildcats (55-48), West Virginia Wildcats Select 2013, and Garner Road- Abdullah (70-60) before Baylor BBALL knocked them of course by the count of (62-54).
The Shooting Stars, under Head Coach Ed Heben, bounced back to take 3rd place in the Classic Bracket with a 66-57 win over Richmond Metro Gold.
All-Ohio Black, after finishing pool play winless, made a run to the Elite Eight in the Classic Bracket. Black defeated Flash BBALL (75-59), WV Wildcats- Elmore (73-62), MN Heat Elite (54-47), and LA Dream Team (73-66) before falling to Baylor BBALL (74-55).
King James Shooting Stars also made the Elite Eight with triumphs of Fleur De Lis All-Stars (63-50), Georgia Prospects (53-44), and YOMCA (72-48) ahead of a loss to Fidonce United (74-65).
The WV Wildcats Select 2013, who were playing up a division, defeated the Broward Tigers (58-51) and the Lagrange Warriors (60-55), but then suffered defeat to the Shooting Stars.
The Ohio Players Basketball Team lost in the first round of the Classic to BMD Franchise (72-51) as did Club Ohio to TMP (65-54) and Shining Star Sports to Select Platinum (58-51).
Top U16 Players We Saw:
Jaylen Benton (6’1/2013)- Columbus Northland- WV Wildcats Select 2013
Dustin Crouser (6’2/2013)- Nitro (WV)- WV Wildcats Select 2013
Javonne Staunton (6’0/2013)- Oak Hill (WV)- WV Wildcats Select 2013
Mark Winters (6’6/2013)- Magnolia (WV)- WV Wildcats Select 2013
Andrew Johnson (5’9/2013)- Woodrow Wilson (WV)- WV Wildcats Select 2013
Joe Ballard (6’5/2012)- Thurgood Marshall- Cincy Knights
Joe Thomason (6’3/2012)- Thurgood Marshall- Cincy Knights
Devin Williams (6’7/2013)- Cincinnati Withrow- Cincy Knights
Ben Galemmo (5’11/2012)- Cincinnati Moeller- Cincy Knights
Giovanni McKnight (6’2/2012)- Middletown- Cincy Knights
Willie Moore (6’3/2012)- Cincinnati Aiken- Cincy Knights
Kevin Craighead (6’4/2012)- Lakewood St. Ed’s- Ohio Shooting Stars
Jordy Barham (6’3/2012)- University School- Ohio Shooting Stars
Cody Dillon (6’4/2012)- Newton Falls- Ohio Shooting Stars
Terry Rozier (6’0/2012)- Shaker Heights- Ohio Shooting Stars
Mike Roberts (6’6/2012)- Cleveland Benedictine- Ohio Shooting Stars
Dwayne Standford (6’5/2012)- Cincinnati Taft- All-Ohio Purple
Adolphus Washington (6’6/2012)- Cincinnati Taft- All-Ohio Purple
Jalean Lowe (6’3/2012)- Cincinnati Aiken- All-Ohio Purple
Derrick Stewart (6’6/2012)- Neuman-Goretti (PA)- Fidonce United
Josh Gray (6’2/2012)- Washington-Marion (LA)-
Hendrix Emu (6’5/2012)- Miller School (VA)- Squires Richmond
James Ford Jr. (6’4/2012)- Christ Church School (VA)- Squires Richmond
Ryheem Lockley (6’4/2013)- Middlesex (VA)- Squires Richmond
Rodney Williams (6’8/2012)- Squires Richmond
Andrew Fellus (5’7/2013)- Herricks (NY)- Rising Stars
Amby Fall (6’6/2012)- Wings Academy (NY)- Rising Stars
Anthlon Bell (6’2/2012)- Bartlett HS (TN)- Memphis Magic
Billy Rosenberg (6’6/2012)- Raleigh-Egypt (TN)- Memphis Magic
Victor Sharpe (5’10/2012)- Mott (MI)- Detroit Fire
Dylan Kaufman (6’4/2012)- Berlin Hiland- Team CBIZ
Seger Bonifant (6’6/2012)- Strasburg- Team CBIZ
Mark Lieberman (6’0/2012)- Dayton Christian- Team CBIZ
Tony Armstrong (6’4/2012)- Carver High School (AL)- Alabama Challenge 16U
Jimmie Taylor (6’8/2013)- Greensboro HS (AL)- Alabama Challenge 16U
Craig Sword (6’2/2012)- Carver HS (AL)- Alabama Challenge 16U
Rhett Harrelson (5’10/2012)- Enterprise (AL)- Alabama Challenge 16U
Aimal Jibrail Hayes (6’0/2012)- Dallas County (AL)- Alabama Challenge 16U
Tre Payne (6’4/2012)- Putnam City (OK)- OK Spirits Elite
Jordan Woodard (5’10/2013)- Edmond Memorial (OK)- OK Spirits Elite
James Woodward (6’4/2012)- Edmond Memorial (OK)- OK Spirits Elite
Cody Coyle (6’0/2012)- OK Spirits Elite
Jamil Donovan (5’9/2012)- Northwest Classen (OK)- OK Spirits Elite
Cayeveoon Jones (6’4/2012)- OK Spirits Elite
Darrell Bowie (6’6/2012)- Wauwatosa East (IL)- Rising Stars Gold
Jordan Foster (6’0/2012)- Oak Park River Forest (IL)- Rising Stars Gold
Jonathan Geske (6’6/2012)- Warren (IL)- Rising Stars Gold
Mike Latulip (6’1/2012)- Prospect (IL)- Rising Stars Gold
Brandt Gribbin (6’1/2012)- North Catholic HS (PA)- Drill 4 Skill
Barnett Harris (6’9/2012)- Gateway HS (PA)- Drill 4 Skill
Benjamin Klimchock (5’11/2012)- Greensburg Central (PA)- Drill 4 Skill
P.J. McLaughlin (6’7/2012)- Greensburg Central (PA)- Drill 4 Skill
Currie Benjamin Mickens (6’4/2012)- Allderdice (PA)- Drill 4 Skill
Anthony Dallier (6’5/2012)- North Allegheny (PA)- Drill 4 Skill
Ke’Chaun Lewis (6’4/2012- Columbus Northland- WV Wildcats Select 2012
Devon Scott (6’8/2012)- Columbus Northland- WV Wildcats Select 2012
Zac Grossenbacher (6’7/2012)- Parkersburg (WV)- WV Wildcats Select 2012
Billy Dee Williams (6’6/2012)- Evans HS (FL)- Showtime Ballers
Devon Walker (6’4/2012)- Winter Haven (FL)- Showtime Ballers
Deontae Hawkins (6’6/2012)- Dayton Dunbar- All-Ohio Red
Leroy Alexander (6’0/2012)- Toledo Springfield- All-Ohio Red
Myles Hamilton (6’1/2012)- Lakewood St. Ed’s- All-Ohio Red
Jake Kretzer (6’7/2012)- Waverly- All-Ohio Red
Mark Minch (6’4/2012)- Lakota East- All-Ohio Red
Jordan Potts (5’10/2012)- Columbus Northland- All-Ohio Red
Jalen Robinson (6’8/2012)- Columbus Northland- All-Ohio Red
Cameron Wilson (6’0/2012)- Dublin Jerome- All-Ohio Red
Gary Akbar (6’4/2012)- Dayton Dunbar- All-Ohio Red
Matt Bingaya (6’3/2012)- Delaware Hayes- All-Ohio Gold
Matt Rhodes (6’5/2012)- Westerville North- All-Ohio Gold
Matt Kurelic (5’11/2012)- Worthington Christian- All-Ohio Gold
Evan Bradds (6’6/2013)- Jamestown Greeneview- All-Ohio Gold
Zack Parsons (5’11/2012)- Delaware Hayes- All-Ohio Gold