16U Preseason Power Rankings: March 28, 2012

Mac Irvin is preseason No. 1

Mac Irvin and Team SCAN start off at the top two spots and really either could be the eventual Summer National Champion. But we don't want to sell everybody else short. The Top 25 this year is as deep as ever, with top-five candidates coming from every region of the country.

So did we pick the top teams or did we snub your summer club? Share your comments below.

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Chicago, Ill.

Key Player: Paul White
White, a 6’8” swingman, has the chops to make noise at the 17U level, but him playing his age group for a large portion of the season, should make the opposition nervous. 

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New York, N.Y.

Key Player: Chris McCullough
Chris McCullough is 6’10”, long, athletic and skilled. Any time you have a player like that on the 16U level, you better watch out. Point guard Conrad Chambers will also be playing a big role for them. 

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Las Vegas, Nev.

Key Player: Stephen Zimmerman 
At this age, size is so much of a factor and that's exactly what 6'11'' sophomore-to-be Zimmerman brings to the forefront. He’ll be complemented by 6’1” Ajon Efferson on the perimeter. 

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Washington, D.C.

Key Player: Phil Booth
Phil Booth is a 6’2” beast disguised as a combo guard. His length and athleticism paced this team to the Super Showcase title last year. Takeover started out the season with a title at the Playaz Spring Fling as well. 

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Dallas, Texas

Key Player: Mickey Mitchell 
This tight-knit 15U team will be playing up this season and should still be capable of top-5 status at this age level. The Titans have won three straight nationals and come into the season with one of the best sophomores-to-be, Mickey Mitchell

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Newark, N.J.

Key Players: Karl Towns Jr.  
Towns Jr. has already been drawing interest from some of the nation's top programs. He does it all on the floor …at the size of 6’10”. Sports U. beat Team Scan at the Providence Jam Fest last year and due to their close proximity, we expect many rematches this season. 

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Houston, Tex.

Key Players: Justice Winslow
Texas, Baylor and Florida have already offered the 6’6”, 200-pound Justice Winslow and we expect more offers to flow in during the season. Khadeem Lattin and Brandon Etienne will also be integral to the Defenders’ success.  

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Chicago, Ill.

Key Player: Drake Harris
Once again, two of the best teams hail from the Windy City. Meanstreets should have mean streak in them after losing in the Final Four of the adidas Invitational last year. They also took home first place honors at the adidas May Classic

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Key Player: Isaiah Briscoe 
The Playaz are always a top team coming from the Northeast region. They believe Isaiah Briscoe is the "Future" … and so do we. They made the Final Four at the Pitt Jam Fest last year, won Rumble in the Bronx and beat New Heights at the Playaz Tune-Up Tournament

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Las Vegas, Nev.

Key Player: Diontae Jones
The Prospects come into the season with a bevy of guards and the title of reigning adidas Super 64 champions — that can't be ignored. How will they respond to the high ranking?

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Minneapolis, Minn.

Key Player: Alex Herink 
This team went all the way to the finals of adidas Super 64 last year until they ran into the Las Vegas Prospects. Herink’s development could be the difference in 2012.

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Bloomington, Ind.

Key Player: Quinten Snider 
Semifinal finishes at adidas May Classic, Best Buy Chicago and the adidas Invitational are proof that this team can hang with the best. Let’s see if Snider can get them over the hump. 

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Louisville, Ky.

Key Player: Brandon Hatton 
Last year's adidas Invitational winners are back for more with a stacked roster, including 6’2” point guard Brandon Hatton, who is hearing from major schools across the country.

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Forest City Heat
Forest City, N.C.

Key Player: L.J. Peak 
L.J. Peak has been playing on the high school level for two years now, so a new age group shouldn't too much of a change. 

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Milwaukee, Wisc.

Key Player: Riley Lachance
Last year ended with a disappointing loss to the Las Vegas Prospects in the quarterfinals of the adidas Super 64. We expect a bigger 2012.

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Kansas City, Mo.

Key Player: Clay Cluster
Cluster already has offers from Kansas State and Oklahoma State and interest from the likes of Indiana and
Arizona. He’ll lead the charge for MoKan.

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CP3 All-Stars
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Key Player: Shelton Mitchell
The 17U team will be tough to beat. We expect the same from the younger group, who feature Shelton Mitchell, who is fresh off a 2A state finalist run in North Carolina. 

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Olathe, Kan.

Key Player: Nick Norton
Last year's Jayhawk Invitational winners will look to add more trophies to the case this season. 

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Little Rock, Ark.

Key Player: Trey Thompson
Last year's Real Deal in the Rock and Memorial Day Madness winners clock in at No. 19 to tip-off 2012.

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Naperville, Ill.

Key Player: Sean O'Mara
This team might not stand out with elite talent, but they were champs at Fab 48 last year and made it to the Final Four at Best Buy Chicago

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Oakland Soldiers
Oakland, Calif.

Key Player: Trevor Dunbar
Dunbar (with his terrific handle) and the Soldiers should keep teams off-balance all season. This program has developed numerous D-1 players and should continue the trend with this age group. 

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Boston, Mass.

Key Player: Marcel Pettway
This team won't have the help of Wayne Selden in 2012, but BABC still has the firepower to finish among the nation’s top teams. 

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Georgia Defenders
Marietta, Ga.

Key Player: Ahmed Hill
Hill scores in bunches for this team that reached the Final Eight at Super Showcase last year.

 

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Cincinnati Knights
Dayton, Ohio

Key Player: A.J. Harris 
The 2011 Hoosier Shootout champions have the personnel to make another solid run this summer. 

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Oakland, Calif.

Key Player: Temidayo Yussuf
Yussuf has the size to play down low but also has the ability to penetrate to the rim. He should cause fits for opposing teams. 

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