Sunday, July 25, 2010

12U AAU Nationals Rankings: Top 10 Wing Guards

Tyus Battle Finished As The #1 Wing Guard.

The 12U AAU Nationals featured the top players in the country from the Class of 2016. Basketball Spotlight spent the entire week at the Boo Williams Center. We decided to break down the top players by position. This list should be taken very lightly because these players are young and will have plenty of time to develop. Now we will look at the Top 10 Wing Guards.

12U AAU Nationals Top 10 Wing Guards

1. Tyus Battle (Team Battle)- His play during the last five games was poetry in motion. The outside shot was falling and his moves towards the cup were on a high school level. Battle also got to show other intangibles of his game by averaging close to 8 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. Do I smell “The Stamp” coming soon?

2. Vijay Blackmon (Indy Hoosiers)- Blackmon came in with a national rep and I can see why. This kid has a polished game and was likely more explosive before a knee injury. I like his court presence and his scoring ability.

3. Jayson Tatum (Memphis War Eagles)- Tatum has the length and the genes to get even taller. That’s a scary thought because the skill set is already there. Once he improves his foot speed he might convert to a big point guard. We haven’t heard the last of this kid.

4. Eron Gordon (Indy Hoosiers)- This kid might shoot up the rankings. Eron is built similar to his brother from the LA Clippers. He knows how to muscle his way to scoring buckets and probably could have been in the combo section.

5. Reggie Gardner (DC Assault)- As projected Gardner is beginning to stretch out like a giraffe. He showed me some fire against Team Battle in their highly anticipated matchup. If he continues to bring this aggression every night there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be one of the top shooting guards in America once he reaches high school.

6. Jerrick Ahanmisi (Impact Basketball)- I like Jerrick’s size, athleticism and ability to make plays. He handled the rock a lot of his club which is good for his development. He used his length to shoot over smaller defenders and hit the boards.

7. Jacob Valero (Next Level)- Valero is a big name Texas. He showed he’s worth the hype by making some huge plays in Hampton. He likely will move over to the point guard spot as his game progresses. The Lone Star State has a good one in this kid.

8. Joshua Hall (Defenders Select)- Hall has the size and touch to become a big time wing guard. His high arching jumpers tickled the twine several times. He also plays good defense like his ball hawking teammates.

9. Ty Graves (SC Ravens)- Many people marveled at the way this kid shoots the rock. He knocked down some big shots during their national title march. He also has the genes that indicate he will be at least 6’2. If so he might be wearing that Carolina Blue.

10. Jamal Allen (MABC)- MABC knocked off a few teams and Allen was one of the reasons. The lefty got into the gaps of the defense and used the floater. When they backed away he knocked down the long trey ball. He showed he was a national level player.