AAU Top 25 Basketball Teams Report
July is by far the busiest in the entire AAU season. There
have been several major tournaments played and all of them have had a major impact
on the latest AAU top 25 rankings including the AAU National Championships in
Walt Disney World, Florida.
1. Georgia Stars (Atlanta, GA)
The still reigning #1 team has had some mixed results
over the last few weeks but rebounded strongly later in the month to hold on to
the top spot. They started off weak at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, SC
by not even making the playoffs. It was a very mediocre showing, which was a shocker
to many of the teams participating. The main player for the Stars was Louis Williams
who had the highest points in three of the five games. He averaged over 22 points
a game during the contest. However, the Stars quickly got back to its winning
ways and played hard in the AAU 17U Super Showcase in Walt Disney World, FL making
it all the way to the semi-finals before losing to the NJ All Stars in a close
contest. Finally, the Stars came back with a strong charge in the Nationals by
defeating YOMCA and winning the title of the 2004 AAU National Champions. Once
again, Williams put on an amazing show demonstrating how he just might be the
best high school player in the nation. In Fridays action, during two games
he went an amazing 21 for 27 from the floor. In the title match-up, he finished
with 33 points.
2. Spiece Indy Heat (Indianapolis, IN)
Heat had a fantastic showing in the Reebok Big Time in
Las Vegas by beating Team Breakdown for the title. In the championship game, the
projected 2006 #1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden dominated once again, just like he
did at the Reebok ABCD camp. No one at the Big Time could stay with the big man.
In the final game he scored 26 points, a game high.
3. YOMCA (Memphis, TN)
Had a nice run in the Nike Peach Jam making it to the
quarterfinals before suffering an elimination loss to Houston Hoops. Top player
for the Memphis squad was JP Prince averaging 15 points a game. They again made
the quarters in the Super Showcase and then had their best performance at the
Nationals losing to the Georgia Stars in the championship. Again, JP Prince and
company stepped up and had a terrific performance and almost pulled out a second
straight national title.
4. New Orleans Jazz (New Orleans, LA)
Had a sub par outing at the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas,
NV. Did not get overall team effort and fell short of making the quarters. Three
players on the team however did show up to play and they were Lamar Falley, Tasmin
Mitchell, and Terry Martin. All three were named to the all tournament team but
were unfortunately not able to carry them far enough.
5. Illinois Warriors (Oak Forest, IL)
Started off the month of July very strong by taking home
the Nike Peach Jam title defeating BABC. Julian Wright led the way averaging over
16 points a game and scoring 12 in the championship shooting 60% from the floor.
However, in the Super Showcase they faltered, not even getting deep into the field.
Wright did not have as strong of a performance and it cost them down the stretch.
6. Meanstreets (Chicago, IL)
Were quiet most of the month but then stepped up to the
plate and showed great perseverance against many of the top squads during the
Nationals and finished up in the semis before losing to YOMCA in a thriller one
point difference. Brandon Dagans was their main man once again drilling it from
downtown and carrying the team. Meanstreets is a solid squad, which will continue
to threaten top caliber lineups.
7. Dallas Mustangs (Dallas, TX)
Played strong at the Big Time finishing up in the semis
before losing to eventual champion Spiece Indy Heat. Byron Eaton, who had a stellar
performance throughout, was named to the all tournament team. Eaton averaged in
the high double digits for most of the weekend.
8. Houston Hoops (Houston, TX)
This team is usually very consistent with their play.
They seem to hover around this position in the top 25. They started off the month
at the Peach Jam making it to the semis. High scorer Nic Wise averaged over 14
points a game during Houstons balanced offensive attack. Wise scored 12
in the semi-final loss to BABC. However, that was the only highlight of their
month, as they did not fare too well in their next competition, the Main Event
in Las Vegas, NV by falling short of post pool play.
9. Playaz Basketball Club (Paterson, NJ)
The Playaz have made a substantial move up the rankings
by first winning the title in the Playaz Ball at Seton Hall University, NJ. They
defeated the NY Ravens and defended their home turf. Gerald Henderson finished
with 16 points, guiding the Playaz to a 10-point victory. After that accomplishment,
they werent finished yet and astounded many in Las Vegas during the Adidas
Super 64 making it all the way to the semis. The Playaz have shown clearly that
they are more then just some little team out of NJ. They are a national force
to be reckoned with.
10. New Heights (New York, NY)
New Heights also had a very strong July by first finishing
in the final four at the Playaz Ball. They then finished with a solid showing
at the Big Time making it to the quarterfinals against some very tough competition.
The New Heights squad was another example of how well the NY teams did out west
in some very strong territory.
11. DC Assault (Washington, DC)
Again started off great just like New Heights finishing
in the semis at the Playaz Ball. However, then hit a snag during their July play
by doing poorly in the Super 64. Jeff Green once again had a great time at the
Playaz Ball but then him and his team ran out of gas later in the month.
12. SRAP (Syracuse, NY)
There is not much to say about SRAP. The only reason why
they are still ranked in the top 25 is because they were ranked in the top 5 prior
to this months action. They fell way short in both the Playaz Ball and the
Super 64 getting outmatched in many categories. This team used to be a strong
power not too long ago but needs to recruit some stronger players if they are
to compete against the national powers in the future.
13. Friends of Hoop (Seattle, WA)
Had an impressive month by taking home a title. First,
they made it to the quarters of the Peach Jam behind high scorer Jon Brockman,
who averaged over 19 a game. Then they won the Main Event over Cecil-Kirk. Brockman
stepped up again scoring 24 pts and snagging 13 reb in the dominating victory.
14. Bounce NYC (New York, NY)
Their only action was at the Big Time where they fell
short of any post action. Their ranking falls down 4 spots but behind the strong
inside play of Theo Davis, still a strong and solid team that just ran into some
bad luck out west.
15. NY Gauchos (Bronx, NY)
At the beginning of the AAU season, they were supposed
to be one of the top teams but ran into some injuries and other chemistry issues
and were not able to make a huge impact, however did rebound this month. They
made it to the final four at the Super Showcase and made it to the quarters at
the Peach Jam but then finished weak at the Nationals getting knocked out early.
Star player Antonio Pena led the way for the Gauchos. In the Peach Jam, he averaged
over 15 points a game.
16. Pump N Run (Chatsworth, CA)
Had a decent showing at the Super 64. Played very strong
but couldnt make it far enough against some of the tougher national teams.
During my last rankings I said that this team was the best in CA. Well, despite
lacking any explosiveness this month, they still are.
17. NJ All Stars
Was the biggest surprise this month coming out of nowhere
and beating Martin Bros Select to take home the Super Showcase title. Can definitely
start giving the Playaz some action in NJ.
18. Texas Blue Chips
Devon Mosley, their star PG, couldnt get them out
of the cellar as they were handled quite easily during the Big Time tourney. Mosley
averaged in the double digits but the rest of the team dragged behind him.
19. EBO/EA Sports (Fresno, CA)
A huge west coast surprise stole the title at the Super
64. Tournament MVP Brook Lopez knocked in 14 points while dominating all aspects
of the game. Both Travon Willis and Derrick Jaspers helped their teammate with
a game-high 15-point effort in their teams 66-57 victory over the Atlanta Celtics.
20. Team Breakdown (Florida)
Edwin Rios made the all tournament team as Breakdown made
it to the championship game before losing to Spiece Indy Heat. Rios had a strong
game but his squad was outmatched by the quickness and height advantage of Heat.
Oden was too much trouble in the middle.
21. Boo Williams (Hampton, VA)
Started off the month very well finishing in the final
four of the Peach Jam. Vernon Macklin averaged over 14 a game to lead the team.
Macklin continued to be the main player and helped Williams make the semis at
the Nationals, another very impressive showing. The only disappointment was during
the Showcase where they didnt get far at all.
22. Rotary Select (Seattle, WA)
Had a weak display at the Super 64. Terrence Williams
kept his average in double digits throughout but did not have a lot of support
23. Atlanta Celtics (Atlanta, GA)
Guards Senario Hillman, Javaris Crittenton, and Sharaud
Curry combined for 30 points during a strong effort against EBO/EA Sports before
suffering the loss. Made a huge comeback during the title game but could not stay
with the CA squad.
24. Fairfield County Stars (Fairfield, CT)
Lost to Cecil-Kirk at the semis in the Main Event but
has been very consistent most of the AAU season. Beat the New England Playaz twice
and also had a substantial victory against DC Assault. Showed a lot of poise and
determination during their play in Las Vegas.
25. Illinois Wolves (Downers Grove, IL)
The Wolves started off bad at the Big Time but quickly
came back finishing in the quarters of the Nationals. Bobby Frasor, the North
Carolina commit, led a strong offensive attack to prove they belong among the
top teams in the nation.