AAU Nationals Update
BABC and Caron Butler Team Takeover to vie for 16U title; 17U bracket down to 32 teams.
On the first day of the AAU Nationals playoffs, we saw some upsets, spectacular plays and a host of the nation's best players. The 16U Championship is now solidified while the 17U bracket has been whittled down to the final 32.
BABC and Caron Butler Team Takeover both advanced to the 16U National Championship finals. BABC defeated Ohio Varsity White 51-29 and Takeover advanced with a 65-64 win over a very talented New York Gauchos team.
Top Player Matchups:
- Nerlens Noel (BABC) vs. Beejay Anya (Team Takeover). This battle of the bigs has a lot of scouts already salivating. Five-Star rated Noel is the most dominant defensive center in the country while Anya's a physical presence who will control the paint with his wide frame and length.
- Stan Robinson (Team Takeover) and Josh Hart (Team Takeover/Sidwell Friends) vs. Wayne Selden (BABC) and Jaylen Brantley (BABC) pits the nation's best backcourts against each other. Selden and Brantley are coming off a tough loss in the 17U Showcase Finals and look to win their 3rd National Championship in two years as Robinson and Hart look to continue what's been a strong showing in Orlando.
- Rodney Purvis (CP3 All Stars): A dynamic scorer and playmaker, Purvis has led CP3 into the round of 32 with his all-around play. He notched over 20 points in a pair of games on Wednesday and Thursday against BWSL and the Atlanta Xpress, respectively.
- Aaron & Andrew Harrison (Houston Defenders) are a dynamic duo. After dismantling the BABC team to capture the Showcase title, Brothers' Harrison put on a show in early Nationals games. The Defenders were beat by Texas Pro in the first round of the playoffs and squad.
- Jhaustin Thomas (GT Stars ASA): Thomas was a man-child on ASA’s huge win over CBC on Friday. He faced off with Five-Star rated big man Andre Drummond and more than held his own. Thomas slammed home a thunderous dunk on ASA's second possession of the game and posterized the CBC front line three more times before all was said and done. He finished with a double-double and what will surely become a following of high-major coaches looking for a capable power forward.
- Rasheed Sulaimon (Houston Hoops): The Five-Star rated Duke-commit is as smooth as they come. Sulaimon led Hoops to a hard fought win over South Florida Elite in overtime and Charlotte Select in the tourney's first two rounds, and now prepares for a meeting with All-Ohio Red.