Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Basketball Spotlight 13U Top 10 Rankings: Youth Interlock Staggers But Holds On

Youth Interlock Holds On To #1

The Basketball Spotlight 13U Rankings had some movement and quite a few new teams. We would like to start off by saying we have heard a few reports about the Juice All Stars and on paper they have a stacked squad. Unfortunately, we cannot include them in our rankings until we see them in person. We had every intention of watching them this past weekend but they dropped out of the Blow Up. Hopefully we will get a look at this squad soon. These rankings are based on tournament play and who we feel are the top 10 teams. This is only our opinion and should be taken as such.

Basketball Spotlight 13U Top 10

1. Youth Interlock: YI ran through their AAU regionals as expected but suffered a couple of losses in a recent tournament. These losses might benefit them in the long run as they get ready for a strong title push at the AAU Nationals in Memphis.

2. Team Nelson: The “Triple Crown” winners continue to stack trophies. The have the coaching and experience to beat anyone that steps on the floor. That proved this at the MDC by winning several games by 3 points or less.

3. BABC: I saw this squad at the Hall Of Fame Classic and I’m telling they are loaded with talent. The have a couple of forwards that play above the rim and couple of guard with some serious swagger. This squad is dangerous.

4. Gauchos: The Choz lost to Juice All Stars in their regional finals and have been under the radar this year. Things will get a little interesting at the MIT as they will be in the same pool as Team Nelson. That should be a good match-up.

5. Team Scan: Scan made it to the final four of the MDC and recently won a tournament in Virginia. I like this team’s toughness and willingness to play anybody anywhere. They also have one of the best coaches in the region.

6. Team Final: The MDC runner-up uses a physical style to frustrate opponents. The loss a close to #2 Team Nelson in the finals of the MDC but went on to knock off #10 NJABC for the title at the Never Nervous Invitational.

7. Philly Select: I love some of the pieces on this squad. Their guard play is tremendous and they have the rugged big men that can cause problems on the blocks. They are a team many don't want to see at the Nationals.

8. Team Underrated: The boys from Long Island lost to Team Nelson in the semifinals of the MDC. They have been close but have not crossed over the championship rope since their title at the Boston Massacre.

9. Westchester Hawks: I saw the Hawks up in Massachusetts and they have the talent to make some noise. Their guard play is good and they seem to understand how to share the rock. I just need to bring out the killer instinct to put teams away while also raising their level of play.

10. Team NJ ABC: The smallest squad in the region made it the finals of the Never Nervous Invitational. The have one of the best guard attacks in the Northeast but they will need to add some size before they go to Memphis at the end of the month.