Ohio teams struggle at AAU U17 National Tournament – Surprising? Very


Wayne’s Travis Trice enhanced his stock and landed a scholarship from Michigan State thanks to his play this summer.

The AAU National Tournament has come and gone, but 2010 wasn’t as kind
to the Ohio troops as last season. The Ohio U17 boys failed to place anyone, which was a bit surprising considering All-Ohio Red won the title last year in the U16 division. A few teams displayed good showings, but not what anyone had hoped for.


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.

The Ohio 17-and-under boys failed to place anyone in the national tournament, which was a bit surprising considering All-Ohio Red won the championship last year in the U16 division.

A few teams displayed good showings, but not what anyone had hoped for. In all, 15 Ohio teams made the trek to Orlando in hopes of bringing home the national championship in addition to one West Virginia and one Indiana squad featuring Buckeye players.

The trip didn’t go as planned as nary a team placed, but as always the Ohio teams represented itself with class making the Buckeye state proud.

U17 Pool Play:

The locals got off to a torrid start in pool play with seven teams winning their respective pools including six unbeatens (3-0).

Friends 4 Life, SYF Players, Buckeye Ballers, All-Ohio Red, Shining Star Sports- KY, and the West Virginia Wildcats Select 2011 all finished unbeaten. Club Ohio- Thomas ended (2-1), but virtue of the tiebreaker beat out the Albany City Rocks and Team Illinois Hawks God’s Glory for the top spot.

The above seven moved on to Gold Bracket play along with second place finishers Shining Star Sports- Black, Queen City Prophets, King James Shooting Stars, Shining Star Sports- Blue, and All-Ohio Swag. Those teams all finished at (2-1) in pool play.

Team CBIZ also ended (2-1), but Lituuanica beat them out for the second spot due to head-to-head play.

The Cincinnati Royals- Wulf, All-Ohio White, and MAC Ohio all ended pool play at (1-2) finishing third along with CBIZ.  These teams were sent to the Classic Bracket along with fourth place finishers.

Ohio Crossover Athletics struggled in pool play finishing winless.

Of the 17 teams featuring at least one Ohio player, those teams combine to go (35-16) in pool play.

U17 Gold Bracket:

The 69 winning percent in pool play was terrific, but the teams struggled mightily in bracket action ending just a combine (23-27).  No team won more than three games in any bracket and only the Buckeye Ballers and SYF Players were able to accomplish that feat.

Four teams made the round of 32 including the West Virginia Wildcats Select 2011, SYF Players, All-Ohio Red, and Friends 4 Life.

The Wildcats had to win two games to make the round of 32 as they didn’t have a first round bye. The WV-based squad defeated the King James Shooting Stars (43-42) and Boston Warriors Elite (89-52) before HCYP Elite knocked them out (60-51).

The SYF Players had a first round pass and then proceeded to beat Team Nashville (88-59) in the second round before losing to LI Lightning Dingle- Blue (77-76).

All-Ohio Red also drew a bye then defeated Maryland’s Finest (62-36) before the dream of a repeat ended at the hands of Houston Hoops (66-56).

The other team notching a bye was Friends 4 Life. The Cleveland-based squad knocked off the Atlanta All-Stars (70-53) before falling to a very good CP3 All-Stars team (54-48) featuring several high-major prospects.

Shining Star Sports- KY defeated Gold Coast in round one and then lost to DA House Lighthouse (76-43) in the second.

All-Ohio Swag enjoyed a first round bye and then fell to Old Gold/Dream Team in the second round, 63-54.

The Buckeye Ballers, who benefitted from the services of 2012 Michigan State commit Kenny Kaminski, earned a first round bye but came up short in round two against the Carolina Ravens. The Ravens eventually took home national runner-up honors.

Club Ohio- Thomas also lost to the Ravens as they fell in round one, 69-60. Shining Star Sports- Blue lost in round one to Spiece Select (51-44) as did the Queen City Prophets to Team Power 2011 (70-59) and Shining Star Sports- Black to YOMCA.

As mentioned above, the King James Shooting Stars lost to the WV Wildcats by a single point in the opening round. 

1st Round Consolation Bracket:

The teams in this bracket were battling for 9th place; however, no Ohio even came close. Shining Star Sports- Blue, Queen City Prophets, King James Shooting Stars, Shining Star Sports- Black, and Club Ohio- Thomas all lost its first round game.

QCP, King James, and Club Ohio were knocked out by a combine four points.

2nd Round Consolation Bracket:

The Buckeye Ballers had a very good showing in this consolation bracket. Though, the Ballers bid for an 8th place finish came up a bit short. The team consisting mostly of Northeast Ohio players defeated the Charlotte Royals (61-58), Hudson Hornets, and Middlesex Magic (59-52) before a very good Team Next, NYC outfit beat them in the Elite Eight.

Shining Star Sports- KY also won a game in this bracket by defeating NC Force Elite (56-53), but they couldn’t overcome a good Jackson Tigers team in round two as they succumbed to a lopsided defeat.

All-Ohio Swag dropped its opening round nod to the Illinois Heat (65-51).

3rd Round Consolation Bracket:

The SYF Players made a good run at 7th place, but came up short against the Florida Rams Black in the championship game of this consolation bracket. The Rams defeated SYF, 80-69 putting the Indiana-based squad in 12th place.

SYF, who features Huber Heights Wayne point guard Travis Trice Jr., defeated a very good Albany City Rocks Team (85-78) featuring Dejuan Coleman and Tyler Harris, Team Charlotte (80-73), and another very good outfit in the Westchester Hawks.

All-Ohio Red knocked off Friends 4 Life (67-53) in a battle of two of the top Ohio U17 teams, but then lost to the Florida Rams Black (68-60).

The WV Wildcats also won its opening round contest by defeating Lituanica (81-72) before dropping out to Hoop Heaven Heat Elite (69-61) the following round.

U17 Gold Bracket Championship Game:

The Arkansas Wings Elite 17U finished the AAU National Tournament unbeaten after a 48-46 victory over the Carolina Ravens in the title contest. The Ravens were just (1-2) in pool play, but the tiebreaker allowed them to move on to the Gold Bracket where they took full advantage of a second chance. The Wings were led by high-major recruit Ky Madden.

The Wings got into the championship game with a hard-fought (65-61) win over CBC 17U, which features top 2012 prospect Andre Drummond (6’11). The Ravens defeated HCYP Elite, 78-66.

Classic Bracket:

The Cincinnati Royals- Wulf made a strong showing in the Classic Bracket advancing to the Elite Eight with wins over MAC Ohio (69-67), Florida Prospects (71-67), and the San Antonio Rohawks (72-67) before falling to the Tampa Titans (61-48).

MAC Ohio got by the South Florida Sharks before losing to the Royals.

All-Ohio White advanced to the round of 32 with victories over SWFL Select (74-53) and Berks BBALL Club (52-50), but couldn’t overcome the San Antonio Rohawks falling short (62-60).

Ohio Crossover Athletics, after a disappointing (0-3) showing in pool play, made a nice run in the Classic with wins over Martin Bros. 15S (44-41) and Each 1 Teach 1.  Austin Rivers didn’t play in the AAU National Tournament for E1T1 as he shut it down after the Super Showcase. OCA ended up losing to the Detroit Fire (78-62) in the round of 32.

CBIZ, who was snake bitten the entire AAU season, lost to GA Elite South (67-65) in the opening round.

Top U17 Players We Saw:

Jalen Bond (6’8/2011)- Albany City Rocks
Dejuan Coleman (6’9/2012)- Albany City Rocks
Tyler Harris (6’9/2011)- Albany City Rocks
Jerel Scott (6’5/2011)- Albany City Rocks
Daudao Soumaoro (6’9/2011)- Albany City Rocks
Galal Cancer (6’2/2011)- Albany City Rocks
Nate Anderson (6’9/2011)- Teays Valley HS- All-Ohio Red
Trey Burke (6’0/2011)- Columbus Northland- All-Ohio Red
Rian Burrell (6’3/2011)- Zanesville- All-Ohio Red
George Fant (6’7/2011)- Warren Central (KY)- All-Ohio Red
Elijah Macon (6’8/2012)- Columbus Marion Franklin- All-Ohio Red
Brandon Neel (6’4/2011)- Cincinnati LaSalle- All-Ohio Red
Stevie Taylor (5’9/2011)- Gahanna Lincoln- All-Ohio Red
Malcolm Riley (6’5/2011)- Bama Boys
Deandre McIntyre (6’3/2011)- Bama Boys
Kameron Woods (6’8/2011)- BA Hoyas
Arman Marks (6’4/2011)- BA Hoyas
Jeremy Watson (6’7/2011)- Homewood HS (AL)- Birmingham Ice
William Truss (6’8/2011)- Vestavia Hills HS (AL)- Birmingham Ice
Keith Hornsby (6’3/2011)- BWSL
Justin Anderson (6’6/2012)- BWSL
Ajayi Olamilekhan (6’10/2011)- BWSL
Simuel Frazier (6’1/2011)- BWSL
James McAdoo (6’8/2011)- BWSL
Paul Byrd (6’1/2011)- Cincinnati Roger Bacon- Cincinnati Royals- Wulf
Ryan Flemming (6’3/2011)- Cincinnati LaSalle- Cincinnati Royals- Wulf
Joel Scudder (6’0/2011)- South Dearborn (KY)- Cincinnati Royals- Wulf
Jalen Billups (6’6/2011)- Cincinnati Shroder- Club Ohio- Thomas
Kairo Cannon (6’4/2011)- Cincinnati Shroder- Club Ohio- Thomas
Semaj Christon (6’1/2011)- Cincinnati Winton Woods- Club Ohio- Thomas
Jared Bryant (6’8/2011)- Cincinnati Roger Bacon- Club Ohio- Thomas
Dennis Thomas (5’11/2011)- Cincinnati Winton Woods- Club Ohio- Thomas
Taji Coger (6’8/2013)- CP3 All-Stars
Bishop Daniels (6’3/2011)- CP3 All-Stars
Jacob Lawson (6’7/2011)- CP3 All-Stars
Theo Pinson (6’4/2014)- CP3 All-Stars
Rodney Purvis (6’3/2013)- CP3 All-Stars
Dezmine Wells (6’4/2011)- CP3 All-Stars
Chris Wilson (6’2/2011)- CP3 All-Stars
PJ Hairston (6’5/2011)- CP3 All-Stars
Brett Comer (6’3/2011)- Each 1 Teach 1
Adam Jones (6’7/2010)- Each 1 Teach 1
Trevor Lacey (6’3/2011)- Each 1 Teach 1
Steve Moundu-Missi (6’6/2011)- Each 1 Teach 1
Lance Stokes (6’5/2011)- Each 1 Teach 1
Trey Brown (6’5/2011)- Warren Harding- Friends 4 Life
Anton Grady (6’7/2011)- Cleveland CC- Friends 4 Life
Marvin Owens (5’9/2011)- Marion Harding- Friends 4 Life
Justin Seymour (6’3/2012)- GA Stars 17U
Tony Parker (6’8/2012)- Miller Grove HS (GA)- GA Stars 17U
Chris Bolden (6’2/2012)- GA Stars 17U
Rod Booker (6’8/2011)- Norcross (GA)- GA Stars 17U
Thomas Higginbotham (5’11/2011)- GA Stars 17U
E. Victor Nickerson (6’6/2011)- Norcross (GA)- GA Stars 17U
Jaron Blossomgame (6’6/2012)- Chattahoochee HS (GA)- GA Stars 17U
Jaqwan Raymond (6’2/2011)- GA Stars 17U
Kedren Johnson (6’4/2011)- GA Stars 17U
Marcus Badger (6’2/2011)- Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS (PA)- Keystone Blazers
Stephon Baker (6’2/2011)- Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS (PA)- Keyston Blazers
Keith Coleman (6’9/2011)- Lee Academy (ME)-  Keystone Blazers
Samuel Pygatt (6’2/2011)- Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS (PA)- Keystone Blazers
Jakarr Sampson (6’8/2011)- Akron SVSM- King James Shooting Stars
Nyles Evans (5’10/2011)- North Canton Hoover- King James Shooting Stars
Shonn Miller (6’6/2011)- Cleveland St. Ignatius- King James Shooting Stars
Ricky Johnson Jr. (5’9/2011)- Akron SVSM- King James Shooting Stars
Markus Crider (6’6/2011)- Huber Heights Wayne- King James Shooting Stars
Davonte Beard (6’1/2011)- Akron SVSM- King James Shooting Stars
Darius Norman (6’6/2011)- Kalamazoo Central (MI)- King James Shooting Stars
Matt Bohannon (6’4/2011)- Martin Bros Select 17S
Trent Washington (5’11/2011)- Martin Bros Select 17S
Connor Niehaus (6’7/2011)- Martin Bros Select 17S
Shane Benton (6’3/2011)- Martin Bros Select 17S
Tavian Pomlee (6’6/2011)- Martin Bros Select 17S
Deng Aguoc (6’10/2011)- Martin Bros Select 17S
Omar Calhoun (6’4/2012)- Christ the King (NY)- New York Gauchos
Kadeem Jack (6’8/2010)- South Kent School (CT)- New York Gauchos
Anthony Givens (5’8/2011)- New York Gauchos
Charlie Byers (5’10/2011)- Cincinnati Moeller- Queen City Prophets
Carl Porter (6’5/2011)- Cincinnati Withrow- Queen City Prophets
Jaylen Ragland (6’5/2011)- Chillicothe- Queen City Prophets
Aaron Thomas (6’4/2011)- Cincinnati Aiken- Queen City Prophets
Tevin Westbrook (6’6/2011)- South Florida Sharks
Donnie Hale (6’9/2010)- Spiece All-Indiana
Travis Trice Jr. (6’0/2011)- Huber Heights Wayne- SYF Players
Jeremiah Jones (6’3/2011)- Merrillville (IN)- SYF Players
Branden Dawson (6’5/2011)- Lew Wallace (IN)- SYF Players
Max Bielfeldt (6’8/2011)- Notre Dame HS (IL)- SYF Players
Mychael Henry (6’6/2011)- Orr Academy (IL)- SYF Players
Brandon Clark (5’10/2011)- Merrillville (IN)- SYF Players
Aaron Abrams (6’4/2011)- Lew Wallace (IN)- SYF Players
Jared Smoot (6’11/2011)- Crown Point (IN) SYF Players
Mitch McGary (6’10/2011)- Chesterton (IN)- SYF Players
Jessie Parnall (6’1/2011)- North Augusta (SC)- Team Power (2011)
Patrick O’Connor (6’5/2011)- Tuckahoe Titans
Justin Mann (5’10/2011)- Tuckahoe Titans
Jacob Shuman (5’10/2011)- Tuckahoe Titans
Paul Honigford (6’7/2011)- Garaway-  WV Wildcats Select
Traevon Jackson (6’2/2011)- Westerville South- WV Wildcats Select
TyQuane Goard (6’7/2011)- George Washington (WV)- WV Wildcats Select
Chris Hester (6’5/2011)- West Mifflin (PA)- WV Wildcats Select
Craig Ponder (6’2/2010)- Hargrave Military Academy- WV Wildcats Select

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