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Under Armour Association: Weekend Takeaways

Cassius Stanley Photo | Under Armour

NEW YORK- With the high school basketball season over, the AAU circuit is under way. With the modern day “shoe wars” kicking off their seasons, Under Armour started their AAU battles in New York City at the gorgeous Basketball City complex.

With players such as Jahvon Quinerly, Scottie Lewis, Khavon Allen and many more taking the courts, there was plenty of talent for the plethora of Head Coaches to observe. Here are my top four takeaways.

Piggs Perspective 

  1. Sports U Is Here To Win

    In the second game of the day, Sports took on Texas Hard Work. From the moment Sports U won the tip there was no looking back. The four headed monster Quinerly, Naz Reid, Luther Muhammad, and Atiba Taylor took control of the game. After falling to Team Rio National on day one 57-60, Four of the “New Jersey Fab Five” refused to let history repeat itself. Quinerly led the way with 13 points and 5 assists. In their second game, Sports U completed a superb comeback against the Florida Vipers winning 63-56.  The New Jersey team is on a mission this year and is undoubtedly one of the most talented teams in the field.

  2. Under the Radar Players Make a Name For Themselves

    With a ton of assistant and head coaches in attendance, from all different schools, the AAU circuit gives players a huge chance to make a name for themselves. Some of the lesser known players really made impact performances in there games. A few even picked up offers right after the game, such as Florida Vipers Darius Day picking up an offer from Texas A&M following a 17 point 10 rebound performance. Some other players who impressed were:

    1. Darius Day, Florida Vipers- picked up the Texas A&M offer, also has UVA, Oklahoma, and Memphis among others.
    2. Joey Baker, Team Felton- Had an impressive showing against highly touted Khavon Allen, scored 19 points and grabbed 5 boards. He said most active teams have been Louisville, Texas, and Florida. 
    3. Jarrett Simmons, CBC- 42 points in two games and yet only one offer from Rider? That should surely change with an impressive showing from the CBC guard.
    4. Cardell McGee, Wisconsin Playground Warriors- WPW went up against the DC Blue Devils in a battle of elite level guards. While Jordan “The Next White Chocolate” McCabe stole the show with his elite handles and vision, Cardell McGee caught my eye with some impressive moves to the rim. Before going down with an apparent ankle injury (status unknown). Junior guard holds an offer from DePaul so far.
  3. Stars Shine Bright

    At the end of the day, big time players make big time plays. At the UAA, some of the biggest stars shined the brightest. Top players like for 2018 like Moses Brown (New Heights), Naz Reid (Sports U), Silvio De Sousa (Florida Vipers), and Jahvon Quinerly stood out. The class of 2019 had some big names as well. Cassius Stanley (Earl Watson Elite), Bryan Antoine, and Lewis (Team Rio National) also had some nice performances. All are high-major players each vying for a spot to get that coveted invite to the Under Armour Elite 24 game at the end of the summer.

  4. City Ball

    If you think basketball is all glitz and glamour you have never seen East Coast AAU basketball. The physicality of each game was something that was absolutely outstanding. With some of the top bigs in the nation going at it, bodies were flying everywhere. The hustle from many players stood out, to not only me but coaches. Players diving for loose balls was not rare on Saturday. At one point during the Sports U Florida Vipers matchup, the referee had to speak to Reid and De Sousa about their physicality. Everyone watching could hear Reid say “We’re just playing basketball, we’re not fighting”.

 

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One Comment

  1. Ron

    April 26, 2017 6:56 pm at 6:56 pm

    Interesting read