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Mayor’s Notebook: Top 16u Teams

20 May

The 16U division has several teams capable of picking up hardware every weekend. Rosters remain subject to change.  This is Summer ball after all.

In no particular order.

Mustangs-Faletti- Things start-up front with Trevion “Tractor Trailer” Williams, a dominating 6-7 wide-body from Dearborn Henry Ford Academy. They also feature the 3D, DeWitt’s dynamic duo in 6-6 Luke Hyde and 6-4 Tanner Reha.  Add Danny Kolp 6-8 from Petoskey and this team definitely packs a punch inside.

Reach Legends- Nice front-court tandem between 6-7 Quinn Blair (Dearborn Divine Child) at one forward and Tray Jackson 6-7 Detroit Western at other the forward to cause match-up problems.  Rashad Williams has had a pleasant Spring scoring the ball, and Matthew Richmond is a steady extension of a coach on the floor.

1 Nation- This team can really run.  Godwin Heights guard Lamar Norman is a deadly scorer.  Markeese Hastings, also from Godwin Heights, adds length inside.  Jalen Tobias is tough to keep off the glass to go along with an improving skill-set, and P.J. Mitchell from Detroit Loyola is really coming into his own shooting the ball and has improved defensively.

FAMILY- This team is led by David DeJulius, he is a great floor general and has the ability to take over a game.  Add 6-4 Bryce Washington from Southfield Christian and 2019 diminutive but skilled guard Julian Dozier from U of D Jesuit to bolster up the back-court.  Up front is Deante “Spider” Johnson 6-8 from Detroit Edison holding down the paint.

Michigan Gators- The Gators are an old school type team that rely on yet again a good backcourt.  Brandon Wade does it all and is a top five player in the ’18 class.  His splash brother, Skyline teammate Jack Ammerman, can shoot it from anywhere.  Ann Arbor Huron forward Avery Lewis has a high-motor and is an inside threat for the Gators.

Michigan Warriors- The warriors have a deep line-up.  Their back-court has Belleville’s speedy grid-iron guard Karme Carey and Milan sharpshooter Trevor Ballard.  Walled lake Northern’s Huston Tucker, DJ Lundy from Romulus and Devin Alverson from Belleville command respect in the paint.  This team already took gold at the Chicago Jamfest

TEAM BASKETBALL- Team Basketball is well coached and they come at you with a pair of talented and high IQ guards in Nate Davis 6-2 (Rochester Stoney Creek) and Justin Fischer 6-2 (Warren De La Salle) . This team makes few mistakes on the offensive end, especially in the half-court.

North Oakland Wolfpack- The Wolfpack are led by Clarkston guard C.J. Robinson.  Robinson a plus scorer and loves to get to the rack. Tristen Mysen, a teammate of Robinson at Clarkston, is a presence on the glass at 6-6.  The Wolfpack captured gold at the Warrior tournament.

Contributed by Adam “Mayor” Troia

July AAU Preview

8 Jul


July is a major month in the AAU sphere. As college coaches from all levels may view potential recruits for three five-day sessions.

From the Spring session of AAU, here are the top teams heading into the final stretch of the travel season.


1. The Family

Quick outlook: Aside from seniors Cassius Winston, Miles Bridges, and Brailen Neely, The Family is a relatively young team, at both guard and forwards. Ike Eke and Greg Eboigboden are two of the best forwards in Michigan’s rising junior class, as well as ’17 members Amauri Hardy and Jaron Faulds both made their presences known mid-way through the Spring following a transition from 16u.

Key players: Cassius Winston, Miles Bridges, Brailen Neely, Ike Eke, Greg Eboigboden, Amauri Hardy, Jaron Faulds

Notable accomplishments: Qualified for Nike Peach, Grand Rapids Storm Classic gold champs.

2. Reach

Quick outlook: It was a consistent Spring of winning for Reach. Guard play = championships.

Key players: Trishton Jackson, Armani Tinsley, Kareem Murray, Terrance Sewell, Jaylin McFadden.

Notable accomplishments: Michigan Invitational gold champs, Mustang MYBA Spring showdown gold champs, Run-n-Slam silver champs.

3. 1Nation

Quick outlook: With or without Josh Jackson, 1Nation is a very talented team. Throughout the course of the Spring it seemed as if there was a revolving door on the roster, but as the month of May ended, the team found a strong nucleus of players and ultimately qualified for the UAA championships.

Key players: Josh Jackson, Spencer Littleson, Justin Turner, Devon Daniels AJ Jackson, Jason Williams, Kyle Hayes.

Notable accomplishments: UAA Championship qualifier

4. Showtime

Quick outlook: Showtime is a show in itself on the offensive end of the floor. The closest thing to East English on the AAU circuit, a plethora of guards and a few bigs round out a solid group.

Key players: Karmari Newman, Chris Rollins, Cedric Lattimore, Kevin McKay, Nate Bowlware, Malik Williams.

Notable accomplishments: King James gold champs, Up-North Classic gold champs.

5. Detroit Stars

Quick outlook: Standard procedure for the Stars, play up one level. Mostly a 16u squad, a few 17u additions for July will stabilize a young, but talented team.

Key players: Donnie Tillman, Jamal Cain, Luster Johnson, Tyrese Searles, Greg Elliott.

6. Michigan Playmakers

Quick outlook: Better hold on to the ball against this team. As their guards are known to press full-court and create turnovers. Explosive and athletic front-court as well.

Key players: Dwight Burton, Richard Talley, Dequan Powell, Colyn Waldron, Miguel Priest, Antwan Johnson, James Jenkins.

Notable accomplishments: Michigan Warriors Jam Fest gold champs, Chicago Classic silver champs.

7. Grand Rapids Storm

Quick outlook: A blend of players that come from high school programs and individual skill.

Key players: Leon Redd, Micah Rosser, Ryan Stevens, Andrew Madison, Dylan Carl.

Notable accomplishments: The Family Mothers Day champs.

8. GreenWood Elite

Quick outlook: GreenWood can compete with any team in Michigan, just hasn’t turned into victories yet.

Key players: James Towns, Billy Thomas, Billy Burton, Jacob Joubert.

9. Michigan Warriors

Quick outlook: This team has played for together for upwards of five years now. A little inconsistent at times, but always a tough draw.

Key players: Mike Bruce, Rashaan Pope, Logan Ryan, Rayjon Williams-Jackson, Brent Davis, Sameer Jabbo.

Notable accomplishments: Michigan Playmakers Invitational gold champs.

10. ACB Bankhoops

Quick outlook: Is it possible for a team to go five guards? ACB has a collection of west Michigan’s best guards. Either facilitating, attacking, or three-point shooting.

Key players: Shae Somers, Curtis Dawson, Jaton Gunn, Anthony McIntosh, Mike Littlejohn.

11. Michigan Mustangs

Quick outlook: A down year by Mustang standards on the adidas tour. The silver lining is Brian Bowen and Austin Davis will bring coaches to games.

12. Michigan Soldiers

Quick outlook: Couldn’t quite get over the hump with second place finishes in gold division at King James and The Family events, but a very scrappy and competitive team.

Key players: Trey Burton, Tariq Archibald, Danny Pippen, Derrik Jamerson.

Don’t forget about:

Michigan Mustangs- Woodruff

West Michigan Lakers

Michigan Titans


1. Michigan Mustangs- Allison

Quick outlook: A 38-2 overall record, safe to say the Mustangs have been dominant this past Spring.

Key players: Everyone

Notable accomplishments: Grand Rapids Storm classic champs, Adidas Gauntlet Indianapolis champs, Spiece Run-n-Slam champs.

2. Triple-Threat

Quick outlook: A well tuned machine that finds ways to win. Not over-reliant on star power, a solid collection of players that embrace their roles.

Key players: Brandon Johns, Reece Middleton, Westin Myles, C.J. Foster, Juan Warren.

Notable accomplishments: Indianapolis classic silver champs, Michigan Warriors Jam Fest gold champs, Moneyball Shootout gold champs.

3. The Family

Quick outlook: Missed a coveted spot in the Nike Peach Jam. However, The Family is never short on talent.

Key players: David DeJulius, Ronquavious Southward, Brock Washington, Will Weems, Zach Trent, C.J. Wilson

4. Reach

Quick outlook: Passion and defense. Two traits that can win a lot of ball games in AAU.

Key players: Tariq Derrickson, Jamal Keese, Drequan Bell, Juwan Snoody, Mike Green, Liam Soroghan.

Notable accomplishments: Moneyball Shootout 17u division champs.

5. Michigan Playmakers

Quick outlook: A bit inconsistent at times. But under a George Ward led team, defense will be the focal point for success.

Key players: Jesse Scarber, Tre Orr, Keyon Brown, Jordan Jones, Eric Williams, Marlin Talley, Terronie Cook, Demoines Whitney.

Notable accomplishments: Michigan Invitational gold champs, Michigan Playmaker Invitational champs.

6. 1Nation

Quick outlook: If the entire roster was to play a month together, this team could easily would have far more championships than indicated.

Key players: Armonee Felder, Josh Long, Rog Stein, Michael Flowers, Reme Torbert, Austin McCullough.

7. The Program Elite

Quick outlook: Play more like a high school team than a AAU team. Must happen when you have both legendary coach on the sideline and one on the floor.

Key players: Darian Owens-White, Garrett Gardette, James Davis, Josh Perkins, Garvin Crout.

8. Common Bond

Quick outlook: Another team that has played together for some years now. Plenty of 6’2″ – 6’4″ guards/wings.

Key players: Cedric Benton, Derric Murray, Lawrence Rowley, Alec Anderson.

9. GreenWood Elite

Quick outlook: Like their 17u team, will be in the game at the end, but not a lot of trophies to show for it.

Key players: Levane Blake, Malik Ellison.

10. Grand Rapids Storm- Fleming

Quick outlook: Traditional Storm team. Tough, competitive, and always a hard draw.

Key players: Jesse Hillis, Demetri Martin, Jason Majerle

11. Michigan Warriors

Quick outlook: Individual talent is not the problem. Have to avoid mental errors that cost games.

Key players: Kaevon Merriweather, Dylan Price, Jordan Graham, Jaren English, Daijon Parker.

12. Elite Nation

Quick outlook: Safe to say a Carlton Valentine team will have more chances to win games than not.

Key players: Ontario Burnett, Forrest Bouyer, Matt Havey.

Don’t forget about:

Detroit Spartans

Michigan Mustangs- Watts

Michigan Titans


1. The Family

Quick outlook:A steady rotation of guards has equaled major success for this team.

Key players: Pierre Mitchell, Elijah Collins, Bryce Washington, Rashad Williams, Julian Dozier, Carrington Wiggins, Shayne Scruggs.

Notable accomplishments: Grand Rapids Storm Classic champs, Mothers Day Invitational champs, Great Lakes Classic champs, Michigan Playmaker Invitational champs.

2. Michigan Mustangs- Faletti

Outlook: Depth, size, skill and talent usually prevails on the 15u level.

Key players: Thomas Kithier, Jaylin Tobias, Zavon Godwin, Davion Williams, Carl Bow, Goliath Mitchell, Tanner Reha, Taylor McCaskill.

Notable accomplishments: Michigan Invitational gold champs.

3. Michigan Gators

Quick outlook: A rare traditional AAU team that has found success competing in the modern grassroots circuit when given the opportunity. A well-disciplined and consistent group.

Key players: Brandon Wade, Jack Ammerman, Ryan Wade, Vincent Williams, L.J. DeWolf.

Notable accomplishments: Various state AAU titles, Great Lakes Classic champs.

4. Reach

Quick outlook: Guards, guards, and more guards. Reach has guards that can shoot, score, play tough defense, and create for others.

Key players: Anthony Roberts, Mark Watts, Ron Hill, Matthew Richmond, Dave Hearns, Quinn Blair.

Notable accomplishments:

5. Michigan Warriors

Quick outlook: A team that wants to use their speed and athleticism on defense to convert into easy offense.

Key players: Kmare Carey, Devin Alverson, D.J. Lundy, Andy Milikan.

6. Michigan Mustangs- Vallar

Quick outlook: Again, hard to comprehend the Mustangs have two quality teams at the same level. This Mustang team is not as deep as the other squad, but is just as talented.

Key players: Duane Washington, Lamar Norman, Nelson McCauley.

Don’t forget about:

Grand Rapids Storm

Key players: Susu Davenport, Payton Harley, D’Avery Moore, Markesse Hastings.

GreenWood Elite

Key players: Terrell Tucker, Mario Whitley.

Michigan Playmakers

Key players: Jacob Brantley, Antonio Marshall

Michigan Mustangs- Haney

Key Players: Tray Jackson, Luke Hyde.


2015 AAU Season Preview

2 Apr

The high school season has concluded, off to AAU.

Initial teams to watch for before the first weekend.  More to come.


The Family


Michigan Mustangs

Reach Legends

Grand Rapids Storm

Michigan Warriors

Michigan Playmakers

Team Basketball

Detroit Showtime

Michigan Soldiers


Michigan Mustangs

Detroit Stars

Reach Legends


Common Bond

The Program Elite

The Family

Tripe Threat

Detroit Spartans

Michigan Playmakers


Michigan Mustangs

The Family

Michigan Warriors


Reach Legends

2015 Players To Watch This July

11 Jul

It’s their last month of AAU. College interest and offers will rise for many, here are a few players to keep an eye out for this Summer.

Point Guards
Eric Davis: 6’4″ Saginaw Arthur Hill, The Family 17u
Bakari Evelyn: 6’2″ 1Nation 17u
Latin Davis: 5’10” Milan, The Family 17u
Josh McFolley: 6’0″ Detroit Western, 1Nation 17u
Andia Marsh: 6’1″ Taylor Kennedy, Michigan United (White) 17u
Jerald Booker: 6’1″ Walled Lake Western, Michigan Playmakers 17u
Khari Willis: 6’1″ Jackson Lumen Christi, Michigan Mustangs 17u
DeShawn Brocks: 5’7″ Detroit Westside Christian, Detroit Spartans 17u
Dilon Aten: 6’1″ Wayland, ACB Bankhoops 17u
Andrew Meyers: 6’0″ Clarkston

Shooting/Combo Guards
Deleon Brown: 6’4″ Grand Rapids Christian, SYF Players
Jaylin Walker: 6’2″ Romulus, Reach 17u
Rob Edwards: 6’3″ Cass Tech, Reach 17u
Marquel Ingram: 6’2″ Pershing, Reach 17u
Ted McCree: 6’3″ Renaissance, Michigan Playmakers 17u
Brandon Childress: 6’3″ Baldwin, Parallel 45
Delaney Blaylock: 6’2″
Mikhail Myles: 6’3″ East Lansing, Triple Threat 17u
Quae Furlow: 6’3″ Parallel 45
Austin LeVan: 6’2″ Millington, Triple Threat 17u

Xavier Cochran: 6’4″ Ann Arbor Huron, Michigan Mustangs 17u
Josh Davis: 6’4″ Detroit Henry Ford, 1Nation 17u
De’qavion Johnson: 6’3″ Saginaw Arthur Hill, Saginaw Underdawgs 17u
Joeviair Kennedy: 6’3″ Muskegon, Spiece Indy Heat
Daniel Jeffries: 6’3″ Detroit Central, Reach Core City 17u
Brent Hibbits: 6’6″ Hudsonville, Grand Rapids Storm 17u (Blue)
Jaire Grayer: 6’4″ Flint Southwestern, The Family 17u
Armani Lee: 6’3″ Detroit King, Loyalty of Detroit 17u
Antonio Capaldi: 6’3″ Bishop Foley, Michigan Playmakers 17u
Derek Murphy: 6’4″ Warren Mott, 1Nation?

Forwards and Centers
Deyonta Davis: 6’9″ Muskegon, Spiece Indy Heat 17u
Nick Perkins: 6’7″ Milan, Michigan United (Gardette) 17u
Jeron Rogers: 6’7″ North Farmington, Reach 17u
Corey Redman: 6’6″ Boyne City
Brad Brechting: 6’9″ Cedar Springs, Grand Rapids Storm (Blue) 17u
Michael Edwards: 6’8″ Westland John Glenn, Michigan United (White) 17u
Seth Dugan: 6’10 Otsego, ACB Bankhoops
Gerald Blackshear: 6’8″ Detroit Western, 1Nation 17u
Rodney Scales: 6’6″ Oak Park, Reach 17u
LJ James: 6’7″ Wayland, ACB Bankhoops 17u
Aaron Overhiser: 6’6″ Fennville, West Michigan Lakers Black 17u
Devin Haygood: 6’6″ Ypsilanti Lincoln, Detroit Spartans 17u
Nazir Wallace: 6’5″ Detroit Country Day, Reach core City 17u
Mykel Tyson: 6’6″ Detroit Consortium, Detroit Spartans 17u

Michigan 2016 Players to Watch in July

10 Jul

Regarded by many to be the best class right now in Michigan, 2016 is loaded at every position, and even those who got “snubbed” are still quality players in their own right.

Point Guards

Cassius Winston: 6’0″ U of D Jesuit, The Family 16u

James Towns: 5’9″ Detroit Henry Ford, 1Nation 16u

Brailen Neely: 5’8″ Detroit Western, The Family 16u

D’Angelo Hansbro: 5’10” Romulus, The Family 16u

Mike Bruce: 6’0″ Belleville, Michigan United 16u

Jason Williams: 5’9″ Allen Academy, Reach 16u

Brandon Allen: 5’10” Haslett, Michigan Mustangs-Carson 16u

Shae Somers: 5’9″ Bellaire, Parallel 45

Chris Rollins: 5’9″ East English Village, Detroit Showtime

William Deuparo: 5’9″ Detroit Consortium

Sevann Williams: 5’8″ Romulus, Reach 16u

Ean Blackwell: 5’8″ Detroit Southeastern

Jordan Webber: 5’9″ East Jordan

Kyree Boyton: 5’9″ Detroit Western

Nate Bowlware: 5’6″ East English Village, Detroit Showtime 16u

Shooting Guards and Combo Guards

Justin Turner: 6’2″ Renaissance, Michigan Mustangs-Carson 16u

Kamari Newman: 6’3″ East English Village, Detroit Showtime 16u

Billy Thomas: 5’10” Stars Basketball

Corey Allen: 6’2″ Ypsilanti, The Family 16u

Kyle Woodruff: 6’2″ Holly, Michigan Mustangs-Woodruff 16u

Tristan Jackson: 6’3″ West Bloomfield, Reach 16u

Marlo Brown: 6’4″ Southfield Christian, The Family 16u

Terrance Sewell: 6’2″ Detroit Northwestern, Reach 16u

Kalebb Perry: 6’2″ Mt. Pleasant, HoopGrind 16u

Luster Johnson: 6’0″ Consortium, 1Nation 16u

Karim Murray: 6’0″ Detroit Western, 1Nation 16u

Gage Kreski: 6’2″ St. Ignace, Michigan Mustangs-Carson 16u

Joan Andoni: 6’2″ Livonia Churchill, Michigan United 16u

Jacob Joubert: 6’0″, North Farmington, Stars Basketball

Ryan Stevens: 6’1″ Lowell, Michigan Mustangs-Carson 16u


Josh Jackson: 6’7″ Detroit Consortium, 1Nation 17u

Ty Groce: 6’6″ Ypsilanti Lincoln, Michigan United 16u

Devon Daniels: 6’4″ Kalamazoo Central, Michigan Mustangs 17u

Danny Pippen: 6’6″ Allen Academy, Detroit Stars

Anthony Johnson: 6’5″ Flint Beecher

Jaylen McFadden: 6’3″ East English Village, Detroit Showtime 16u

Kevin McKay: 6’4″ Warren De La Salle, Detroit Showtime 16u

Quay Burks: 6’3″ Flint Beecher, Michigan Mustangs-Woodruff 16u

Rashaan Pope: 6’3″ Belleville, Michigan United 16u

Jalen Martin: 6’3″ Chandler Park Academy, Reach 16u


Algevon Eichelberger: 6’7″ Saginaw, The Family 16u

Austin Davis: 6’9″ Onsted, Michigan Mustangs-Carson 16u

Kelvon Fuller: 6’7″ Oak Park, The Family 16u

Tony Poljan: 6’7″ Lansing Catholic

Cedric Lattimore: 6’4″ East English Village, Detroit Showtime 16u

Alaric Jackson: 6’5″ Renaissance, Oakland County Ballers 16u

Dylan Carl: 6’8″ Alma, Grand Rapids Storm 16u

Orlando Little: 6’4″ Kalamazoo Central, Michigan Mustangs-Carson 16u

Braden Burke: 6’10” Stevensville Lakeshore, The Family 16u

Maxwell: 6’7″ Adrian Lenawee Christian, Michigan Magic

Jerry Ben: 6’10” New Haven, Stars Basketball

Logan Ryan: 6’7″ Canton, Michigan United 16u

Darwin Hubbard: 6’4″ Cass Tech, 1Nation 16u

Collins: 6’6″ Adrian Lenawee Christian

Isaac Zin: 6’9″ Okemos

Kyle Hayes: 6’7″ Ypsilanti Arbor Prep, Michigan Mustangs Carson-16u

Thanks to Jeff Mckinney for helping with this list. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @McKinneysWorld



2017 Players to Watch In July

9 Jul

For many in the Class of 2017, it is there first live period of travel basketball.  Here are some players to keep an eye out for by position.

Point Guards

Jermaine Jackson Jr: 5’6″ 1Nation 15u

Armonee Felder: 5’8″ Detroit Pershing, Reach 15u

Amauri Hardy:  6’1″ Southfield, The Family 15u

Malik Ellison: 5’6″ Flint Beecher, Michigan Mustangs-Allison 15u

Christian Rodriguez: 5’9″ Wyoming Godwin Heights, Michigan Mustang-Allison 15u

Ronquavious Southward: 5’9″ Saginaw, Saginaw Underdawgs

Garrett Gardette: 5’8″ Milan, Michigan United 15u

Shonnie Suddeth: 5’9″ Jackson Michigan Mustangs 15u

Christopher Wilson: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Detroit Stars 15u

Marlin Talley: 5’9″ Ecorse, The Family 15u

Shooting Guards

Matt Beachler: 6’1″ Lowell, Michigan Mustangs-Allison 15u

Michael Flowers: 6’0″ Southfield , 1Nation 15u

Troy Brown: 6’1″ Flint Southwestern, 1Nation 15u

Greg Elliott: 6’0″ Detroit East English Village, Detroit Stars 15u

Ray Mungo: 6’1″ Romulus, The Family 15u

Reme Torbert: 6’1″ Southfield, Reach 15u

Jawan Snoody: 6’2″ Pontiac Academy of Excellence, Reach 15u

Ontario Burnett: 6’5″ Kalamazoo Central, Michigan Mustangs-Allison 15u

Gabe Meriwether: 6’0″ Bellaire, Parallel 45

Cedric Benton: 6’1″ Ann Arbor Pioneer, Common Bond


Brian Bowen: 6’6″ Saginaw Arthur Hill, The Family 16u

Dylan Alderson: 6’3″ Davison, Michigan Mustangs-Allison 15u

DraQuan Bell: 6’3″ Reach 15u

Jamal Cain:  6’5″ Melvindale ABT, Detroit Stars 15u

Austin McCullough: 6’4″ Portage Central, 1Nation 15u

Keion Epps: 6’4″ Detroit Douglass

Brock Washington: 6’3″ Southfield Christian, The Family 15u

Ben Spiker: 6’5″ Clarkston

Reese Middleton: 6’4″ Perry High School, Triple Threat Elite

Koby Boyton: 6’3” Melvindale


Donnie Tillman: 6’6″ Cass Tech, Detroit Stars 15u

Xavier Tillman: 6’6″ Forest Hills Central, Michigan Mustangs-Allison 15u

Jack Ballantyne: 6’8″ Warren De La Salle, 1Nation 15u

Eke Ikechukwu: 6’8″ U of D Jesuit, Stars Basketball

Jaron Faulds: 6’8″ Holt, The Family 15u

Gregory Eboigbodin: 6’8″ U of D Jesuit, Stars Basketball

Elijah Smith: 6’5″ Melvindale ABT, Detroit Stars 15u

Levane Blake: 6’7″ Flint Beecher, Michigan Mustangs-Allison 15u

Will Weems: 6’7″ Detroit Western, The Family 15u

Ross Koella: 6’5″ Grand Haven, Indiana Grind

James Beck: 6’7″ Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills, Michigan Mustangs-Allison 15u

Zach Niewkoop: 6’5″ Wayland Union, ACB Bankhoops 15u

Tre Orr: 6’8″ Detroit Southeastern

Dajon Parker 6’5″ Westland John Glenn, Michigan United 15u

Thanks to Jeff McKinney for helping with this list. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @McKinneysWorld


Spring AAU Schedule

5 Apr

puigHere are some events Michigan AAU teams will be partaking in the Spring portion of their schedule.

April 4-6: Swish n Dish, Milwaukee, WI.

April 4-6: Elite Invitational, Walled Lake, MI.

April 11-13: Grand Rapids Storm Classic, Grand Rapids, MI.

April 11-13: Motown Showdown, Walled Lake, MI.

April 12-13: Common Bond Classic, Ypsilanti, MI.

April 17-19: Michigan Invitational, Detroit, MI.

April 19: Capital Area Classic, Lansing, MI

April 25-27: King James Classic, Akron, OH.

April 25-27: Adidas Hoops Challenge, Wadsworth, OH.

April 25-27: Hoosier Jam Fest, Merrillville, IN.

May 2-4: Bill Hensley Memorial’s Spiece Run n Slam, Ft. Wayne, IN.

May 2-4: Warrior Jam Fest, Westland, MI.

May 9-11: Moneyball Shootout, Lansing, MI.

May 9-11: W. Michigan Lakers’ Tulip Tip Off, Holland, MI.

May 16-18: Camp Darryl Classic, Lansing, MI.

May 16-18: NY2LA Invitational, Milwuakee, WI.

May 23-25: Gym Rats Memorial Day Run n Slam, Ft. Wayne, IN.

May 23-25: Up North Challenge, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

May 23- May 25: Chicago Classic, Chicago, IL.

May 31- June 1: Playmakers Classic, Dearborn Heights, MI.

10 Teams To Look Out for This AAU Season

5 Apr

AAU USA LogoAAU is back.  Michigan once again is loaded with some of the premier grassroots talent in the Midwest.  This isn’t necessarily a team ranking like a poll during the high school team season, instead, this is simply a list of teams to look out for this AAU circuit.


The Family

REACH Legends

One Nation


Grand Rapids Storm

Michigan Mustangs

Parallel 45

Michigan Warriors

Saginaw Underdawgs

Michigan Playmakers


The Family

Reach Legends

Michigan Warriors

Michigan Mustangs – Carson

Michigan Mustangs – Woodruff

One Nation

Starts Basketball

Michigan Hurricanes

Hoop Grind Michigan

Detroit Showtime


One Nation

Detroit Stars

Michigan Mustangs

The Family


Michigan Warriors

REACH Legends

Grand Rapids Storm

Detroit Spartans

Triple Threat

Special thanks to Jeff McKinney for assisting in this post.  Please follow Jeff on Twitter: @McKinneysWorld

Live Period Underway

12 Jul

AAU USA LogoThe Live Period for high school hoops across the country is now in full swing.  What that means is that colleges from any level, not just division two or three, can attend AAU games.  As we all know, the State of Michigan will once again be packed with basketball talent for the upcoming 2014-2016 classes, and these very players will be participating in some of the country’s most prestigious tournaments, with nationally ranked AAU teams and players serving as opponents.  From games in South Carolina, all the way to Nevada, Michigan players will be putting their talents on display in order to receive attention from college coaches, with the dream of receiving scholarships.  The following events are all NCAA Certified, and some of the top colleges in the country will be on hand to take in some high school basketball.

Nike EYBL Peach Jam (July 9-14) North Augusta, South Carolina

Next Level Invitational  (July 10-14) Mequon, Wisconsin

2013 Adidas Invitational (July 10-14) Indianapolis, Indiana

Under Armour Summer Jam (July 17-21) Mequon,Wisconsin

Brawl for the Ball (July 18-21) Grand Rapids, Michigan

Crossroads Challenge (18-21) Fishers, Indiana

Hall of Fame Invitational (July 19-21) Springfield, Massachussets

Fab 48 (July 25-28) Las Vegas,  Nevada

GRBA National Championships (July 25-28) Ft. Wayne, Indiana

July Tune Up Recap

8 Jul

hypeThe July Tune Up held at Hype athletic center in Dearborn Heights served as a warmup for AAU teams before the July live period that begins next week and runs through the remainder of the month, a period where coaches can attend AAU games.  With that being said, many of the players the participated in this event will  be sure to have a few coaches watching their games in the next few weeks.  Now is the time where we separate the contenders and pretenders for college offers.

Justin Tillman 6’7″ 200 lbs (Reach 17U)– Justin showed us why he is one of the top recruited prospects from the State of Michigan this weekend, again.  What fans, opponents, and scouts know when they see Justin play is that he is going to play hard on both sides of the court.  Whether that be blocking multiple shots on one possession on defense and still getting the rebound, or creating second and third chances on the offensive glass.  The bottom line was that he was too athletic for anyone to handle and was hands down the best player in the gym.

Mike Laster 6’4″ Wing (Reach 17U)– Did a little bit of everything for the Reach Legends.  Scored, hit perimeter jump shots, got to the basket, and rebounded.  One of the more underrated wings in the C/O 2014.

Tyron Hamby 6’0″ 165 lbs PG (Reach 17U)–  Really one of the more underrated point guards in the State of Michigan.  If he was at any school other than Romulus he would most likely have a few offers as of now.  What stood out at this tournament was Hamby’s defense.  Whether it was making a nice anticpation off a pass, or just outwilling the opponent for the ball, Hamby got the ball and it resulted in nice and easy breakaway points for Reach.

Nick Perkins 6’6″ Forward (The Program Elite 16U)– Continuing on a great Summer that resulted in a Toledo offer, Milan forward Nick Perkins has soared to perhaps a top ten ranking in Class of 2015.  Nick is a big, strong physical post presence that uses strength to carve out space down low for rebounds and post position.  Willing passer that makes good decisions to find shooters on the perimeter.  But on defense, Nick changed shots and made it hard just to get shots up.

Trishton Jackson 6’1″ Combo Guard (Reach Legends 15U)–  Tristan is a very talented offensive player that can score the ball.  In one game, playing the Michigan Warriors 16U team, Jackson went off for 26 points and single-handedly kept his team in the game.  It was a combination of three-pointers, and finishing through contact at the basket.  Trishton is up there with the top sophomores for next year and should have a breakout season next year at West Bloomfield.

Jeron Rogers 6’7″ Wing (Michigan Warriors 16U)–  Jeron made the switch from Reach Legends to the Michigan Warriors this Summer, but nothing has changed about his game.  Jeron is a matchup nightmare for defenders.  Put a taller defender on him and he will use his quickness to get to basket, but put a smaller defender on him he’ll go to the post and shoot a fade-away jump shot.  Good scorer that runs the floor well, and a jump shot that can be extended to the perimeter.  Will be a high major target one day.

Tyler Johnson SG (Reach)– Nice pickup for Reach Legends.  In the first tournament this Summer, Johnson was unstoppable from beyond the arch.  Tyler was hitting three’s on kick backs from post players, or dribbling up the court and stopping at the top of the key.  Should pick up some nice interest during the live period.

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