Friday, October 29, 2010

Basketball Spotlight Season Preview: Midwest 13U Preview

Indy Hoosiers Are The Midwest Kings Right Now!

The basketball season has arrived and Basketball Spotlight will kick things off with our season previews. We decided to do breakdown each AAU district by age or area and give you an inside look to some of the teams. Here’s look at the Midwest 13U Division. We understand that these teams don’t play in the same AAU district but as we see more teams from this area our previews will expand next season. (Remember some things can change because no rosters are set.)

Team To Beat: Indy Hoosiers

The Hoosiers finished #4 in the country and have a cast of top talent. This was my first time watching this crew but I saw the potential in their players and coaching style. Vijay Blackmon and Eron Gordon are one of the top combinations in the country period.

Dark Horse: Elite Cavaliers

The EC was the class for the age group for years. They finished ranked lower than usual at the 12U AAU Nationals. They are one of the best coached teams in the country and can’t beat anyone on any given night

Preseason Player Of The Year: Vijah Blackmon (Indy Hoosiers)

Blackmon has the complete package in terms of size and ability to make plays. At the 12U Nationals he showed that he was ready for the big stage while leading his squad to the Final Four. We will definitely get a chance to watch Blackmon rock this season.

Best Kept Secret: Malik Dow (Hoop Dreams)

Dow is a promising prospect that didn’t attend the AAU Nationals. He was a post player but now has developed to play the wing. In due time is he continues to develop his jump shot and ball handling he should be a force to reckon with.

Midwest Preseason 1st Team
Vijay Blackmon (Indy Hoosiers)
Eron Gordon (Indy Hoosiers)
Ashon Riggins (Cincinnati Lakers)
Jarron Cumberland (Elite Cavaliers)
Ryan Dickinson (Indy Hoosiers)

2nd Team
Malik Dow (Hoop Dreams)
Braxton Beverly (Kentucky Elite)
Caleb Tregre (Elite Cavaliers)
Roderick Caldwell (Cincinnati Lakers)
Anthony Dockery (Prep Hoyas)

3rd Team
Nick Ward (Ohio Warriors)
Leon Davis (Elite Cavaliers)
James Manns (SCAA Buckeyes)
Brandon Knapper (Charleston Cavaliers)
Paul Price (Hoop Dreams)

Next Stop: New England Preview

Note: This is only our preseason look we know there will be many other players emerging before the season ends. Keep working hard youngsters!