Thursday, July 1, 2010

(Sam Parker) Spotlight South 13U AAU Nationals Report: Part 1 (Field Is Wide Open)

Can Jordan Cornish Lead SWAT Throught This Wide Open Field?


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 I): There are NO favorites to win the championship.

After only three days of pool play, it is clear that this 2015 group has changed dramatically over the course of a year. Many of the squads regarded as the “top teams” have improved while others have allowed the talent gap to close over the course of 365 days. The 2009 National Runner-Ups, A.R.C., suffered a loss in pool play. For that reason, they will potentially meet up with the 2009 National Champions, Texas Titans, in the round of 16! And if that isn’t enough to get the action heated up during the first day of bracket play, the Georgia Stars Black, 11th place finishers in 2009 have to win a game before even having a shot at 2009 5th place finishers Cincinnati Knights of Ohio in the round of 32. Should seeding hold true, the Cincy Knights will then be greeted in the round of 16 by Louisiana-based S.W.A.T. Elite, who finished 3rd in 2009. In short, there may be four new teams that advance to the semi-finals in 2010, and a minimum of two based entirely on how the brackets are constructed. It’s parody galore, so expect more shake-ups as we get closer to championship Sunday.