Thursday, July 1, 2010

(Sam Parker) Spotlight South 13U AAU Nationals Report: Part 3 (Who Made The Trip?)

King McClure (Triple A Stallions)

Memphis, TN - Some of the best rising eighth grade teams and players in the country are on display this week in the Bluff City. The beautiful Mississippi River is serving as a backdrop for the 2010 13U AAU National Championships, and as pool play wrapped up Wednesday evening, now is a perfect time to reflect on the highlights the class of 2015 has provided to this point. So what have we learned?

(PART III): SOME of the top players are in attendance … and SOME are not.

Among the missing in Memphis are names like KeJuan Johnson (Georgia), Tyler Dorsey (California), and Perry Dozier (South Carolina). These guys have been the face of the class in years past but competition is brewing and could perhaps be boiling over by the conclusion of the week. So who are the challengers? How about 6’8 forward Horace Spencer (Pennsylvania) of the Philly Aztecs? Before fouling out in an overtime loss on day one, the triple-double machine help his squad take favored S.W.A.T. Elite to the wire. S.W.A.T. has their own star in 6’4 guard Jordan Cornish (Louisiana) and then there’s 6’7 Mickey Mitchell (Texas) who is without question the most versatile talent in the entire tournament, and has the Texas Titans looking strong headed into bracket play. Chicago-native 6’5 Brandon Hutton (Illinois) has looked unstoppable for the Illinois Flash and K.Y.D.A.’s 6’6 Bobby Martin (Pennsylvania) has established himself as one of the better prospects in the country for the young 2015 class. Also worth noting are guys like Jabbar Brown (ICP Select), Haanif Cheatham (Florida Family), A.J. Harris (Cincinnati Knights), Matthew Holba (Indiana Thunder), King McClure (Triple A Stallions), Douglas Moore (Southwest Elite), Reginald Parker (Future Players Organization), Blair Ramsey (A.R.C.), Ethan Staes (Atlanta Select), and Chandler White (Indiana Elite).