17U Power Rankings: Week 4: May 2, 2012

Title of No. 1 goes north of the border

After two EYBL sessions, just one unbeaten team remains. And that team, CIA Bounce, tops our power rankings for week four. Three ranked teams from last week, however, were all without missing players and they paid the price. The Oakland Soldiers didn't have Aaron Gordon, the Eric Gordon All-Stars were without Collin Hartman and the Mac Irvin Fire were without Jabari Parker. But at the end of the day, you have to win your games, and that is reflected in our rankings.

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1 3 up
Brampton, Ontario

The last remaining unbeaten EYBL team moves into the No. 1 spot after a perfect 5-0 Boo Williams session. WigginsEnnis and Rathan-Mayes led the high-powered Canadian attack, with the latter telling us he's picked up 11 scholarship offers since last week.

2 5 up
Dallas, Texas

The inside-outside duo of Julius Randle and Duke-commit Matthew Jones were way too much for the competition in Hampton. Jones put his shooting touch and scoring prowess on full display with three 20+-point performances at the Boo Williams Sportsplex.

3 6 up
Chicago, Ill.

A perfect 5-0 slate in Hampton has Tai Streets' crew right underneath top-ranked/undefeated CIA Bounce in EYBL's "Division of Death."

4 2 down
Indianapolis, Ind.
Without feature wing and IU-commit Collin Hartman, EG10 won four games over the weekend but drop two spots with a loss to No. 19 Wisconsin Swing at the adidas Spring Classic. Michigan-commit Zak Irvin was stud and took home tourney MVP honors despite the semifinal defeat.
5 15 up
Las Vegas, Nev.

Dream Vision showed they are still a force to be reckoned with winning its bracket at a Real Deal. Even though they didn't face any ranked teams, they left Little Rock with a championship and for that they jump 12 spots to No. 5.

6 24 up
Columbus, Ohio

The Red moved to 8-1 overall in EYBL play after running off five straight in Hampton with notable wins over Team Final and BABC.

7 17 up
California Supreme
Los Angeles, Calif.

A 4-1 EYBL weekend included wins over BABC and Team Final. Coach Miles Simon has a good one in 2014 PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who was an absolute handful for opposing teams all weekend long in Hampton.

8 1 down
Oakland, Calif.

The reigning top-ranked team came to Hampton shorthanded without star Aaron Gordon and got sent back to the Bay Area with two losses. 

9 up
Washington, D.C.

Nate Britt and Co. not only won their bracket at Real Deal, but also picked up two quality wins over ranked opponents No. 15 Houston Defenders and No. 10 Sports U.

10 10 none
Newark, N.J.

Moving up two spots, Sports U. played at a high level down at Real Deal with its only hiccup coming in the semis against DC Assault at the buzzer -- its first and only loss of the young season.

11 18 up
Illinois Wolves

The Wolves surge ahead nine spots to No. 11 after going 5-0 at the Philly Jam Fest. Another weekend like this one could merit a top-five ranking.

12 7 down
St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Rams fall out of the top 10 with a semifinal loss to No. 25 Upward Stars at Bob Gibbons.

13 8 down
Raleigh, N.C.

Strong 5-1 weekend for the Bulldogs, but they suffered an embarrassing loss in the finals to No. 23 Team Nash. You never want to see a team get mercy ruled, particularly in the championship game.

14 14 none
Each 1 Teach 1

A two-point loss to BABC in the last game of the session on Sunday is the only thing in the way of E1T1 having a perfect EYBL slate. The Florida squad sit tight in the 14th slot.

15 12 down
Houston, Texas

Falling one spot this week, the Defenders made it to the finals at Real Deal where they loss to No. 9 DC Assault.

16 up
Arkansas Wings

Archie Goodwin who? The Wings are out to a fast 7-2 start in EYBL play after going undefeated in Hampton with wins over No. 18 Mac Irvin and No. 23 CP3.

17 up
Team United

After a tough EYBL start in Minnesota, Team United got its act together in time to go a perfect 5-0 in Hampton with signature wins over No. 7 Cali Supreme and no. 18 Mac Irvin.

18 4 down
Chicago, Ill.

The Oakland Soldiers weren't the only team to come to Hampton without a marquee name. Playing without Jabari Parker, the Fire slipped up twice, falling to 6-3 overall in EYBL play.

19 up

The Swing make its return to the rankings following a big win over former No. 2 Eric Gordon All-Stars at the adidas Spring Classic where they also captured the title.

20 13 down
Houston Hoops
Houston, Texas

Fortunes changed all too quickly for the Hoops in Hampton, who were cruising through EYBL play before a careless late turnover against Spiece and an Ishmail Wainwright (Team Takeover) buzzer-beater resulted in back-to-back losses.

21 9 down
Philadelphia, Pa.

Dropped two games in Hampton this past weekend, but look for Final's all-star cast to become a force in the EYBL once becoming more comfortable with playing together. 

22 11 down
Winston-Salem, N.C.

CP3 drops 11 spots after falling twice in Hampton, including a bad loss to 2-7 Texas pro.

23 up
Nashville, Tenn.

Team Nash enters the rankings for the first time after capturing the championship down at Bob Gibbons in Atlanta with a mercy rule victory over then-No. 8 Garner Road in the title game.

24 up
Memphis, Tenn.

Making their first appearance in the rankings, Team M33M not only won its bracket at Real Deal but also knocked off previously-ranked New Heights to take over the No. 24 spot.

25 up

Rounding out the Top 25, Upward Stars showed their resilience by fighting back after going down 20 to the No. 12 Florida Rams in the quarters before suffering a tough one-point overtime loss to Garner Road in the semis.

Best of the Rest

Team Penny, Compton Magic, New Rens, Long Island Lightning, Nike Baltimore Elite, Playaz Basketball Club, Ohio Basketball Club, Kingdom Hoops, Boo Williams, Team Takeover, BABC, New Heights

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