2011 Summer Program of the Year: BABC
It's tough to match the experience and credentials of this Boston-based program
Consistency. continuity, (quality) coaching and championships. Since 1977, Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) has exemplified the four Cs that constitute a successful program.
And 2011 was a hallmark year for the boys from Beantown.
BABC earns our distinction of 'Five-Star Summer Program of the Year' for its dominant top-to-bottom performance throughout the entire spring and summer, headlined by its 17U-14U squads.
Take a look at the program's remarkable resume...
17U: Winners of the prestigious Nike Peach Jam title, BABC's 17U squad rattled off an unparalled 92-4 ledger over the course of four months. They also claimed the Boston Shootout, earned a spot in the Super Showcase finale and notched 11 wins against Top 25 teams. BABC spent 17 weeks inside the Top 25, four weeks at No. 1 and finished second overall in our final rankings.
16U: Got 'chips? BABC's ultra-talented 16U squad piled up the hardware this summer behind the efforts of Nerlens Noel, Jaylen Brantley, Wayne Selden and Goodluck Okonoboh, who all were good enough to play up for the 17U team, too. They captured the Hall of Fame New England Championships, 16U Massachusetts State Tournament, Boston Shootout Championship, Hoopville Spring Finale and AAU National Championship. To top it off, they finished at No. 1 in the final Five-Star Top 25 with a 30-0 overall record.
15U: Success trickles downward for BABC. This mighty 15U team won the 9th Grade National Championship, and Boston Shootout, and even made a run all the way to the Super Showcase finals before losing to Team Takeover, 61-54, to secure the silver medal. Final record: 67-3. Not bad, eh?
14U: BABC 14s went 6-0 en route to a Rumble in the Bronx tournament championship. At Super Showcase, they went unblemished in pool play (3-0) and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Gold Bracket. BABC also won a pair of gold medals at the 2011 NEAAU District and Super Regional tournaments, but were surprisingly knocked out in the first round of bracket play at 14U AAU Nationals after going 2-1 in pool play action.
BABC's success was unmatched this year on the circuit, but the following group of programs deserve a mention.
"BABC is honored to receive the inaugural Five Star Basketball Program of the Year award, said founder, coach and program director Leo Papile. "In our 34 years we have strived to represent amateur basketball in the most professional fashion possible. Our players work extremely hard at all facets of this goal. We try and uphold the time-honored traditions of the most successful prep and college programs across the USA with maximum effort and total execution on the court, as well as exemplary behavior off the court. Thank you to Five Star Basketball for validating our goals with outstanding coverage all season, culminating with this great honor."
Others receiving consideration:
- Memphis YOMCA: The 16s and 17s were ranked in the top 10 pretty much all year and were constantly in our National Championship conversation. Their 15s made it to the semifinals of the Classic bracket at Nationals and the 14s lost in the first round at Nationals to Alabama Challenge.
- New Heights NYC: Quickly establishing themselves as one of the premier programs out of the NYC metro area, New Heights was very good across the board this summer. The talented 16U crew led the way, closing out its year with a Super 64 quarterfinal finish in Vegas after winning the adidas Invitational, Providence Jam Fest and Nike Baltimore Elite Invitational. The scrappy 17U squad made the round of 16 at Super 64, while New Heights' 15Us ended their season in the quarters in Vegas.
- Spiece Indy Heat: Everybody knows about the 17U squad that went 10-5 in EYBL play before a respectable showing at Peach Jam, but the 15U team that played up as 16Us are arguably the most talent-laden young group in the country. They feature a pair of 2014 Indiana-commits in Trey Lyles and James Blackmon, Jr., along with Trevon Bluiett, JaQuan Lyle and P.J. Thompson. Spiece's 14U squad wasn't too shabby, either. They went 25-5 in their last five events, winning titles at the King James Showcase and GRB Nationals, not to mention a semifinal appearance at the Adidas Invitational in Indy. Notable name on that team: Derrik Smits, 6-7 big at Zionsville HS and the son of Pacer great Rik Smits.
- Team Takeover: While the 17s and 16s finished ranked third and 16th respectively, both 15U teams saw early exits at the Super Showcase in Orlando. Meanwhile the 14s won the Bronze Championship with a title game win over Long Island Lightning.
Award Criteria: Continuity and consistency across age groups; winning program; minimum of four age groups; quality coaching; track record of preparing kids for college on and off the court
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