AAU Rankings: Which Programs Stood Out This Summer

Posted on 02. Sep, 2009 by Nolan in High School

It was a summer filled with epic individual performances, buzzer beaters, and highly competitive tournaments. My favorite tournaments of the year in no particluar order were Peach Jam, Bob Gibbons TOC, The Reeebok Summer Championship, Adidas Super 64, and The AAU Nationals in Orlando. Below I’ve ranked the teams that impressed me the most througout the summer.

1. All-Ohio Red: Jared Sullinger (#1), Adreian Payne (#31), Juwan Staten (#78), Jordan Sibert (#94)- Were talking about a team that won everything this summer. They captured the Spiece Hensley Memorial, beating a very good Seattle Rotary team in the Finals, and they dominated at Peach Jam, capturing one of the most difficult titles of the summer by beating Team Final. If that wasn’t enough they went out and won both the Orlando Super Showcase and AAU Nationals in Orlando.

2. Team Detroit: Ray McCallum (#12), Trey Ziegler (#18), Dominique Ferguson (#20)- Champions of the Las Vegas Reebok Summer Championship have the best backcourt on the circuit in McCallum and Ziegler to go along with FIU commit Dominique Ferguson up front. McCallum is the engine and a flat out winner.

3. Memphis Magic Elite: Joe Jackson (#23), Tarik Black (#63), Adonis Thomas (2011)- Winners of this years Las Vegas Adidas Super 64, beating an absolutely superb field. Joe Jackson dazzled throughout and was named MVP. Black does the dirty work, Thomas is versatile and does a little bit of everything, and Jackson drops the buckets.

4. Grassroots Canada: Tristan Thompson (#25), Dwight Powell (#27), Cory Joseph (#34), Myck Kabongo (2011)- This team features two unbelievable defenders in the backcourt in Joseph and Kabongo while also being loaded with talent up front. They won the Adidas Super 64 in 08, but weren’t able to go back to back.

5. Team Final: Dion Waiters (#15), Markus Kennedy (#55), Tony Chennault (#90), Michael Gilchrist (2011) , Trevor Cooney (2011), Rakeem Christmas (2011), Malcolm Gilbert (2011)- This team has it all. They’ve got the #1 player in the class of 2011 (Gilchrist), the best shooter in the country (Cooney), a solid point guard in Chennault, and one of my favorite combo’s in the country, Dion Waiters. They had their hearts broken by Sullinger at Peach Jam, but were Champions of the Bob Gibbons TOC.

6. Boo Williams: Travis McKie (#28), Kendall Marshall (#33), James McAdoo (2011), Justin Anderson (2012)- Best big man in the class of 2011 (McAdoo) to go along with the high rising 2012 wing (Anderson) who scares his opponents and the rim when he drives the lane. This team should be outstanding next summer.

7. CP3 Al-Stars: Reggie Bullock (#16), Melvin Tabb (#85), P.J. Hairston (2011)- Lost in the Championship game of the Bob Gibbons TOC to an explosion by Dion Waiters and the rest of Team Final. Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston are both outstanding two guards who will be taking their games to North Carolina. Tabb is an athletic and blossoming power forward.

8. Seattle Rotary: Josh Smith (#17), Tony Wroten (2011)- Dubbed the Seattle “Wrotary” because of the electric play of point guard Tony Wroten, Seattle isn’t just a one trick pony. They also have one of the best big men in the country in Josh Smith.

8. D-One Sports: JT Terrell (#40), Quincy Miller (2011)- When JT gets it going, look out. He can score the ball in bunches and will let it fly from anywhere in the gym. He wears his emotions on his sleeve and is the heart and soul of D-One Sports this year. Quincy Miller is a very versatile wing who can rebound, pass, and score the ball. He also defended the opposing team’s big man most of the summer. This team was rebuilding this summer after they lost John Wall and Ryan Kelly.

9: California Supreme: Tyler Lamb (#50), James Johnson (#51), Gary Franklin Jr. (#57), Keala King- Gary Franklin Jr. led the Supreme to the create n finish bracket championship at the Reebok tournament in Las Vegas. They’ve had a heck of a run in Vegas over the last two years, also winning the Nike Main Event in 2008.

10. Albany City Rocks: Tobias Harris (#9), Will Regan (#70), Taran Buie (#82): Tobias Harris was the story of the summer as he shot up the rankings and played outstanding at every stop. He trimmed down and could be the most versatile forward in the country.

11. MBA Elite: Demarco Cox (#66), LaQuinton Ross (2011), Deville Smith (2011): LaQuinton and Deville have been playing together for years and it shows. They are both very highly touted 2011 recruits. MBA should be even higher on next years list with their two young guns coming back. Cox is a Mississippi commit with an enormous body (300 pounds). He owns the paint for the MBA Elite and allows Ross and Smith to put on a show.

12. Wisconsin Playground Warriors: Noah Cottrill (#26), Evan Anderson (#38), J.P. Tokoto (2012)- This team is very organized and their players are extremely fundamental. The team is led by West Virginia commit Noah Cotrill who reminds me a bit of Teddy Dupay. They have one of the few true back to the basket centers in Wisconsin commit Evan Anderson and a dynamic up and comer in J.P. Tokoto.

13. Spiece Indy Heat: Marquis Teague (2011), Michael Chandler (2011)- Any team with Marquis Teague on it has a heck of a chance of coming out victorious. The number 1 point guard in the class of 2011 dominated everyone he played all summer long. He’s much further along than his older brother Jeff (first round pick from Wake Forest) was at the same time in their development.

14. DC Assault: Josh Hairston (#35), Tyler Thornton (#58), Jordan Goodman (2011), Quinn Cook (2011)- Hairston is a Duke commit who is versatile and Wiry. Thornton will be joining Hairston at Duke and is a heady point guard who does a great job running the Assault offense. Cook is also a point guard and will take over for Thornton next season.

15. Atlanta Celtics: Jason Morris (#30), Trae Golden (#72)- With Derrick Favors gone to Georgia Tech, it put a lot more pressure on Golden and Morris. Golden really did a nice job picking up the slack as a clutch shooter who gets it done with the game on the line. Morris is an ultra athletic wing who is superb in transition. He’s an excellent finisher capable of providing plenty of ooo’s and ahhh’s.

Nolan Shulman

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One Response to “AAU Rankings: Which Programs Stood Out This Summer”

  1. WTF

    02. Sep, 2009

    What about the Indiana Elite? They would beat the Atlanta Celtics by 30.

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