The 2014 National AAU’s wrapped up last night in Louisville, Kentucky at fabled Freedom Hall with the crowning of two national champions in the 16U & 17U divisions. In the 16U championship the Wings Elite behind the dominant inside play of 6-10 Mitchell Smith and the long range sharpshooting of 6-1 point guard Tyrik Dixon over powered, a game, Cinderella squad in Nova Village 78-42 in the final. In the 17U championship game, The Ville behind 6-9 Louisville recruit Ray Spalding & his front court mate 6-7 Will Parker dominated the backboards to power their team to a hard fought 46-40 victory over a tough Albany City Rocks squad. (Check out those games on video August 1st to the 5th on Universal Sports & TBC in August.)
But, as always the summer is about the players who travel across the country to compete in the various national tournaments and to be seen by the nation’s top college coaches. The AAU is without a doubt one of the premier venues for the nation’s top talent to show their game. We observed more than 250-plus coaches in Louisville at the Kentucky Expo Center and had over one hundred coaches courtside at number of the games we broadcast on TBC this past week. With that in Mind here’s our forst look at the top performers from the 16U & 17U Championship games.
AAU Championship Games Top Performers:
Mitchell Smith 6-10 C (Wings Elite) – This long shot blocking big man was a force in the 16U final scoring 16 points and grabbing 8 boards while altering shots in the paint and forcing bad shots by Nova Village. With added strength he can be a force at college level.
Ray Spalding 6-9 190 PF (The Ville) – This skilled and smooth big man put on a show smashing dunks in the lane and knocking down trailing jumper to the arc. He gets on the glass and ca run floor like wing. He needs strength, but in time wil be good one for Pitino at Louisville.
Elijah Burns 6-8 225 PF (Albany City Rocks) – Skilled power forward more than held his own in every game we watched. He can knock down face up jumper or roll to blocks and power it to the rim to finish versus contact.
Emmitt Holt 6-7 220 PF (Albany City Rocks) – This tough hard nosed rebounder doesn’t back down from anyone in the paint and has surprising quickness to the rim on face-up. Motor guy who will attract HM interest as game extends on court.
Jason Carter 6-7 205 PF (Nova Village) – One of the 16U tourney’s top surprises he comes to play hard each time out and was a key piece to Nova Village making its run to the finals. He has range to three and knack for finishing in paint.
Will Parker 6-7 210 PF (The Ville) – He was the 17U’s version of Carter, he comes to play hard each time out and was a key piece to The Ville making its run to the finals. He has range to three and knack for finishing in paint.
Tyrik Dixon 6-1 170 PG (Wings Elite) – This sweet shooting lead guard can stroke it from deep (had 5-threes in final) and can create drive or pass with equal skills. He s a leader who wants ball when game is on the line.
Kyron McClure 6-0 160 PG (Nova Village) – He struggled in the final, but was a leader who helped his team in quarters and semi-finals to reach the championship game. He has range to three and a quick first step that will bring D-1 coaches interest in the future.
We will have more updates on the top talent from the AAU’s on Wednesday, right here at TBCnets.com.