16u/15u AAU Preview

4 Apr

After examining the top teams at the 17u level we now take a look at the top travel teams from the classes of 2014 and 2015. With younger players more and more teams will establish themselves as elite, but heading into the season here is who TDP has our eyes on. Remember this is just a preview, teams are not listed in any particular order!

16u

  • King James: It would be tough to say that there is a more talented team at the 16u level in Ohio then King James, the product of a combination of most of last year’s King James team and the top players from the Ohio Tarheels. Forward Vince Edwards, wing Justin Bibbs, guard Javon Bess, post Victor Dorsey, guard Zach McCormick, and guard Juan Ford make up the core of the team. They will be joined by two emerging talents in center Logan Weimer and Angel Rivera; both of whom should make their presence known this AAU season. At press time it was uncertain but King James might also have the services of Dayton point guard Robert Caldwell.
  • All-Ohio Red: The state’s top program pulled a huge recruiting coup this offseason by acquiring forward Jae’sean Tate from King James, putting them in the conversation for Ohio’s top 16u team. Complimenting Tate will be returning players in wing Rosel Hurley, wing Kendrick Mallory, forward Connor Kearn, guard JeMichael Blanton, and guard Willy Greene; while Red also picked up a nice forward in Cleveland prospect Marsalis Hamilton.
  • Ohio Varsity: One of the state’s fastest rising programs has a talented core of guard Ty Hairston, forward Alex Stewart, wing Ronnie Williams, guard Jeff Thomas, forward Tyrone Johnson, forward Landon Brazile, forward Alex Murphy, and guard Ben Harraway. OV’s “White” team should be competitive with anyone in the state and as we know from past OV teams they’ll be the scrappiest team on the circuit.
  • Team Work: Not many teams will be able to match the interior two headed monster of Peyton Aldridge and Gavin Skelly who return to the team formerly known as Team CBiz looking to increase their exposure. Aldridge and Skelly are two of the best big men in Ohio and should see a big boost in their recruiting stock this AAU season.
  • Ohio Phenoms: The 16u team from Ohio’s newest Adidas program looks strong as well as Coach Tre Potter will be handing the point guard reigns to RaChaun Martin. Guard Martin Jones, forward Nate Harris, post Blake Simpson, wing Nate Allen, wing Dezhontae Bennett, and forward Alejandro Williams are all players that should make names for themselves this year as well. Northern Kentucky based point guard Nick Ruthsatz also joins the 16u Phenom team to give them another playmaker in the backcourt.
  • Ohio Basketball Club: Tyonte Robertson, a point guard, and big man David Bell highlight a mystery team that contains several out of state prospects.
  • King of the Court: Evan Bailey and Tyler Herron try to become household names in Ohio in another season with KOTC.
  • Queen City Prophets: The top two scorers from last year return in wing Kevin Daniels and guard Ronnie Rousseau while QCP was also successful in the recruiting game by adding forward Roderick Mills, guard Tyler Williams, and guard Correy Cavins. The Prophets will be on the smaller side again but their tempo and depth at guard should give other teams problems.

15u

  • King James: Formerly known as the Cincinnati Knights, Coach Galemmo has one of the premiere teams in the country, with several of his players already getting heavy Division I interest and offers. Wing Luke Kennard, center Nate Fowler, point guard AJ Harris, shooter MaCio Teague, wing Kyle Ahrens, forward Jaquayles Matlock, and defensive stopper Isaiah Jones make up the King James core at the 15u level. You won’t find this team in their normal age group often however; they plan on playing most of their tournament up at the 16u level.
  • All Ohio Red: Lamonta Stone, Esa Ahmad, Tony Anderson, Three Dayton area prospects, including two Wayne players add depth to the roster in D’Mitrik Trice, Xeyrius Williams, and Andre Foster. The big surprise for Red could be the play of VJ King, a 2016 prospect playing up at the 15u level. King is from North Carolina but will be moving to Ohio this summer to attend high school at Akron SVSM.
  • All Ohio White: Two more Huber Heights Wayne players from the 2015 class are playing with the All-Ohio program as forwards Ahmad Wagner and Isaiah Fairley star on this Dayton based squad.
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