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AAU 2016…Bidding For The Best

February is here and fans of travel league circuits will start to get an open look on a behind the scenes  battle of the major shoe brands.  Their campaigns revolve around solidifying the best young basketball players in the nation.  If a sort of “who has the advantage” scorecard was kept for the summer of 2015, the win would slightly go to the EYBL.

As the pride of amateur basketball for NIKE, the EYBL was able to host the best young basketball talent in the world culminating with the Global Challenge.  The event created a media frenzy and became a gathering place for countless professional scouts as well as numbers of college coaches.  Behind the scenes, the Under Armour Association has taken note and gets ready to host an unbelievable display of talent for this upcoming travel circuit.

Having the top rated guard, Trevon Duval, will make the UA association a target of the major high school sports media outlets including ESPN, Scout.com, and 247 Sports.  The Adidas Gauntlet Series and Reebok Breakout Classics have also become star studded events in the realm of high school basketball.

It must be said that social media has greatly contributed to the fame of these travel circuits.   Minute by minute images, updates, and stats of highlighted players  are a new norm.  The most interesting concept or rather question that is being posed about the summer league travel circuit is whether high school players will play in multiple series.  Will we soon see a five star athlete play in a Nike Series as well as an Under Armour circuit? Or will a player make the choice to play in both Adidas and Reebok travel circuits?

Since most of the games in these circuits are played in the same weeks this can be difficult for players to attend multiple circuits. On the flip side, these players are still considered amateur athletes and are not under any binding contracts and can play on whatever circuits that will accept their respective teams.  One would be clueless to think that the aforementioned labels are not vying for the top basketball prospects and AAU programs to participate in their leagues.  Once the high school season ends we can expect this bidding war to begin in the realm of travel circuits.  Stay tuned.

AAU Basketball 2015…..A Return to 2006?

As the top AAU basketball teams ramp up for the upcoming season, could fans be in store for a repeat of the 2006 season? No one can forget the excitement from that year that included incredible match-ups and one of the greatest runs by a team in the history of the sport.  The guard combo of Eric Gordon and Derrick Rose versus Tyreke Evans, or how Jimmer Fredette and his Albany team shot their way deep into tournament play at the Boo Williams invite are just parts of the memorable season.  Maybe the most incredible part of the 2006 season was the 47 game winning streak that the SoCal All stars completed which was led by present NBA players Brandon Jennings and Kevin Love.  Mix these highlights together with one of the greatest dunk shows (SoCal vs. D1 Greyhounds), and you arguably have the greatest year in AAU basketball history.  This upcoming season may bring about a new “greatest season” as some new and incredible talent takes to the floor.  The obvious headliners will include Jayson Tatum, Miles Bridges, Seventh Woods, and Zach Norvell.  But it may be the class behind 2016 that will provide that added spark and excitement which would make this one of the more talked about seasons.  The class of 2017 will bring a vast amount of talent to the floor led by Michael Porter, Jalek Felton, Nojel Eastern, and Victor Bailey Jr.  Bottom line…Fans should get their cameras ready and make plans to witness one of the more memorable AAU basketball seasons. (click on player names for highlights)

Eric Gordon and Derrick Rose versus Tyreke Evans

Jimmer Fredette

Brandon Jennings and Kevin Love

Jayson Tatum

Miles Bridges

Seventh Woods

Zach Norvell

Michael Porter

Jalek Felton

Nojel Eastern

Victor Bailey Jr.