MUST SEE This Week
  • 6... Coming Soon - The Youthees
  • 5... Coming Soon - Nutrition and Fitness Page
  • 4... Fri - Y1 Hockey Rankings Week 17
  • 3... Thurs - Top Weekly Wrestlers
  • 2... Weds - AYHL Week 18 Top Performers
  • 1... Weds - AYHL Week 18 Recaps

Eighth-Grade Boys Basketball Top 10 Rankings

8thgradeboysbasketballbanner
(Youth1 Basketball) – Our first-ever basketball team rankings dissects the best eighth-grade AAU teams in the Mid-Atlantic. We have picked teams based upon coaches input, league director’s opinions, recent play, and head-to-head results.

 #10 New Renaissance (NY)

renslogo


New Rens, as they’re known, takes the final spot in our rankings based upon leadership and quality wins. They defeated the previously unbeaten Team Scan 45-39 in the Jr. Pros league with grit and tenacity led by forward Christian James and Brandon Hurt (6-3). While they didn’t advance out of their pool at the Tip-Off this past weekend, their coach, Artie Cox, is a 28-year veteran of basketball in New York City and a terrific leader. Look for him to take the games of stars Marco Morency and Jose Alvarado’s to the next level.

 #9 Expressions Elite (MA)
expressionslogo
The team from Boston has developed a nice rivalry with CBC. While they aren’t as talented as the boys to the South, they are worthy of this spot and play tight games against them. Last weekend, Nate Pierre-Louis joined Expressions at the Tip-Off which instantly gave them national credibility. “The Great” averaged 27 points, despite the team going 1-2. Todd Quarles’ team is currently competing in the Baltimore Elite Winter League. They were missing some key parts and went winless in the first session, losing to Team Final, Team Takeover, and Baltimore Elite. Guard Shyheim Hicks did a solid job drawing defenses away from Pierre-Louis.

 #8 Team Final (PA)

teamfinallogo


This could be the lowest you see Team Final ranked all season. The talent-rich squad out of the Philadelphia area has stumbled out of the blocks. At the first session of the Baltimore Elite Winter League in which they went 2-1, Final was without key players such as Trevon Duvall, Evan-Eric Longino, Manny Stokes, and Anthony Ochefu. Last weekend at the Tip-Off, Orlando Hidalgo and Khayree Burton’s group went 1-2, losing close games to P.Y.O. by two and the Playaz by six. It’s by no means time to hit the panic button. With players like Nick Alikakos (6-5), Quade Green (5-10), and De’Andre Vilmar (6-3), they have an experienced, skilled core.

#7 P.Y.O. (PA)
pyologo
P.Y.O. hangs their hat on defense, energy, and tenacity. They are 2-0 in the Funsport Jr. Pros league playing in the Kyle Anderson Pool. David Beatty (G) has averaged nine points and five rebounds and has received scoring help from Isaiah Culpepper (G). Last weekend, the Philadelphia-based squad beat their local rival, Team Final, by two points at the Tip-Off. While they may not have elite talent up-and-down the roster, they are off to a strong start and get positive results from hustle and effective schemes. Brothers Ahmad and Ahmin Williams are players who provide consistency and depth.

#6 Playaz Basketball Club (NJ)
playazlogo
Anytime a team has a player like Jamir Harris on it, they are a threat and contender. The “Terminator” flashed his exceptional ability at last weekend’s Basketball Spotlight Tip-Off, raining pure jumpers and scoring from just about anywhere despite facing double and triple teams. Teammates Marcus McClary (F) and Leondre Washington (G) provided valuable secondary options and helped guide the Playaz to a semifinal appearance at the Basketball Spotlight Tip-Off. Coming off of victories against Team Final and P.Y.O., the Playaz squared off against Takeover in the Final Four. Harris put up 20 points in the first half, but was limited to eight in the second, and the team lost by two. The club based out of Paterson, NJ has been around since 1997. The 14U team has a packed schedule through next October. They will take the court next at the Jingle Bells Jubilee in Paterson on December 26.

 #5 DC Assault (DC)
dcassaultlogo
DC Assault is in the fifth-spot mainly because of their talent level and potential. Jamir Moultrie (6-1) is the leader and captain of the team. He is one of the best pure scorers in the region. Coach Fred Howze’s squad underwent a complete overhaul after the sixth-grade season. A year of playing together should turn chemistry from a question mark into a strength. Chris Lykes (5-7) runs the point with tremendous ball-handling ability and a knack for creating turnovers. At the Basketball Spotlight Tip-Off DC Assault did not advance to the Final Four, but did take down Expressions and the Milbank Flyers (NY). The cast is back from an Elite Eight appearance at the June MIT and a semifinal bid at the FAB 48 in Las Vegas. They have the chance to achieve great things this year.

 #4 New Heights (NY)
newheightslogo
The team from Harlem has been very busy to start their season. They’ve been playing in both the Funsport Jr. Pros basketball league in Brooklyn and the Baltimore Elite Winter League. Despite their 1-2 mark in both circuits, well-known coach Rahme Anderson has his been teaching his team valuable lessons which will be useful later on. New Heights had their most impressive showing last weekend at the Tip-Off when they advanced to the Final Four after beating DC Assault and Expressions Elite. Six-foot-five Hayes Kelcher is a beast in the middle. The 8th-grader is a rebounding machine who has a size advantage over most of his opponents. Chris Coalman (6-5) forms a terrifying interior with Kelcher. Coalman’s strength is his versatile methods of scoring. New Heights presents matchup problems for all of their opponents. They are a dangerous team.

 #3 Team Takeover (DC)
teamtakeover
Between last year’s results and their offseason additions, Team Takeover can make a strong case for the top spot. Tony Thompson’s squad has finished in the top-six at AAU nationals four years out of the past six; including last year’s fourth-place mark. They won championships at the Nike Invitational at Boo Williams, Basketball Spotlight’s Clash for the Cup, and the Potomac Valley AAU Qualifier. Newcomer Tre Woods has provided stability and depth to the guard position, creating a dynamic backcourt with Aaron Thompson (5-11) and DJ Mitchell (6-3). Andre Boykin is a vital player for Takeover, as the 6-3 forward is strong near the basket, but possesses nice touch. Boykin could be their most important player, since the only flaw of Takeover is interior size. They lost a tough battle to CBC last weekend in the final of the Basketball Spotlight Tip-Off (despite DJ Mitchell’s best efforts). At the Baltimore Elite Winter league, Takeover beat New Heights by ten, Expressions by 17, before losing by four to Sports U.

#2 Team IZOD/Sports U (NJ)
sportsu
This is an interesting team. Sports U/Team IZOD has merged with St. Michael’s to create an all-star group. St. Michael’s had five core players re-class (making them 8th-graders again) from last year’s New Jersey 14U AAU championship team, including star guard Ray Cortes. This has created a squad with experience, size, and strength- a winning combination. Forward Patrick Stryzala (6-4) has been impressive, averaging a double-double at last weekend’s Basketball Spotlight Tip-Off. Along with the NJ championship, coach Lou Delgado’s team also won the Clash for the Cup last year in the Garden State. Through the first session of the Baltimore Elite Winter League, Sports U beat Team Future 59-58, Team Final 61-57, and Team Takeover 61-57. Impressive wins against top competition. Takeover avenged their loss last weekend with a four-point victory over St. Michael’s at the Tip-Off. Stud forward Kahmonie Foster (6-5) has recently transferred from the Jersey City Boys Club to Team Izod, that’s a major score.

#1 Connecticut Basketball Club (CT)
cbclogo
Connecticut Basketball Club (CBC) has a firm grip on the top spot-and most people wouldn’t argue about it. The “Money Team” is fresh off of a championship at the Basketball Spotlight Tip-Off this past weekend. They blew through their competition until the finals against Team Takeover where they won a close contest, 48-44. Point guard Jaecee Martin is the leader and orchestrator of CBC’s potent, balanced offensive attack which features Jermaine Samuels (6-4) and Chaylyn Martin (6-1). Coach Reggie Hatchett’s starting lineup is filled with long athletes backed by deadly shooters. If healthy, this team is a legitimate contender for a national championship in July. CBC’s next big tournament appearance will be at Basketbull’s Junior Hoophall Classic in January at Springfield College. Last year, the Milbank Flyers (NY) won the 13U division. Something tells us this year could be different.

 

Get insider access! To read the rest of this article & other premium content,

please click on one of the Press Pass Options below.

PressPassFall 1 Year Membership6 Month MembershipMonthly Membership30 Day FREE Trial
Have a PRESS PASS? Sign in Below!

About the Writer

Zachary O'Connor-Robol
Zach, the Basketball Sports Manager, has a deep-rooted appreciation for the sport of basketball, having experienced the game from all sides of the court. He both played and coached basketball, and now promotes the best of the game every day. After going to school at the College of New Jersey, located in a hoops hotbed, Zach looks forward to covering the top youth talent nationally. He still loves banking his jumper off the glass just like Tim Duncan; tell him about YOUR game! Please share your questions, comments or stories with Zach at zoconnorrobol@youth1.com or call 973-878-0132.
Event Name Date Sport Location State Event Type
SuperSeries Atlanta Super99 Series January 24, 2014 Hockey Duluth GA Tournament
SuperSeries Dallas Super02 Series January 24, 2014 Hockey Irving TX Tournament
SuperSeries Pittsburgh Super99 Series January 24, 2014 Hockey Moon PA Tournament
The Philadelphia School: Friday Advanced Training January 24, 2014 Basketball Philadelphia PA Clinic
2014 Bulldog Father & Son Baseball Winter Camp January 25, 2014 Baseball Starkville MS Camp
I-5 Shootout January 25, 2014 Basketball Vancouver WA Tournament
Ferris State University Individual Softball Camp January 25, 2014 Softball Big Rapids MI Camp
Wisconsin Badger Softball Winter Camps January 25, 2014 Softball Madison WI Camp
Wittenberg University Tiger Hitting Camp January 26, 2014 Baseball Springfield OH Camp
Wittenberg University Tiger Pitching Camp January 26, 2014 Baseball Springfield OH Camp
Wittenberg University Tiger Catching Camp January 26, 2014 Baseball Springfield OH Camp
Buena Vista University Baseball Winter Youth Clinic January 26, 2014 Baseball Storm Lake IA Clinic
Players Only Inc. 7th Annual Youth Spring Training January 26, 2014 Baseball Eden Prairie MN Camp
Purler Wrestling Christmas Break Scoring Camps January 26, 2014 Wrestling Joplin MO Camp
Purler Wrestling Christmas Break Scoring Camps January 26, 2014 Wrestling Wichita KS Camp
SuperSeries Indianapolis Super2K Series January 31, 2014 Hockey Fishers IN Tournament
The Steel City Tournament Series: Steel City Cup January 31, 2014 Hockey Pittsburgh PA Tournament
Great Lakes Tournament Series: The Great Lakes Cup January 31, 2014 Hockey Holland MI Tournament
Ferris State University Individual Softball Camp February 01, 2014 Softball Big Rapids MI Camp
Wittenberg University Tiger Catching Camp February 02, 2014 Baseball Springfield OH Camp
Wittenberg University Tiger Pitching Camp February 02, 2014 Baseball Springfield OH Camp
Wittenberg University Tiger Hitting Camp February 02, 2014 Baseball Springfield OH Camp
Lehigh Wrestling 2013-14 Mountain Hawk Youth Clinic February 08, 2014 Wrestling Bethlehem PA Clinic
Players Only Inc. 7th Annual Youth Spring Training February 09, 2014 Baseball Eden Prairie MN Camp
Presidents Day Weekend One Day Shootout February 14, 2014 Basketball Gladstone NJ Tournament
Congressional Cup Tournament Series: Congressional Cup February 14, 2014 Hockey Washington DC Tournament
SuperSeries Minnesota Super99 Series February 14, 2014 Hockey Fairbault MN Tournament
SuperSeries Saginaw Super2K Series February 14, 2014 Hockey Sagniaw MI Tournament
SuperSeries Hershey Super2K Series February 14, 2014 Hockey Hershey PA Tournament
SuperSeries Atlanta Super2K Series February 14, 2014 Hockey Duluth GA Tournament
SuperSeries New Jersey Super02 Series February 14, 2014 Hockey Morristown NJ Tournament
SuperSeries Wooster Super03 Series February 14, 2014 Hockey Wooster OH Tournament
SuperSeries New Jersey Super03 Series February 14, 2014 Hockey Morristown NJ Tournament
President's Day Championships February 15, 2014 Basketball Portland OR Tournament
Great Lakes Tournament Series: Great Lakes Presidents Cup February 15, 2014 Hockey Holland MI Tournament
Liberty Cup Tournament Series: Philadelphia Presidential Power-Play February 15, 2014 Hockey Philadelphia PA Tournament
Empire State Tournament Series: Rochester Presidential Power-Play February 15, 2014 Hockey Rochester NY Tournament
Chicago Cup Tournament Series: Chicago Presidents Cup February 15, 2014 Hockey Chicago IL Tournament
Hemby Cup Tournament Series: The Hemby Cup February 15, 2014 Hockey Charlotte NC Tournament
The Steel City Tournament Series: Pittsburgh Presidents Cup February 15, 2014 Hockey Pittsburgh PA Tournament
Hoosier Cup Tournament Series: Fort Wayne Presidents Cup February 15, 2014 Hockey Fort Wayne IN Tournament
The Music City Tournament Series: Nashville Presidents Cup February 15, 2014 Hockey Nashville TN Tournament
Presidents Day Weekend One Day Shootout February 16, 2014 Basketball Gladstone NJ Tournament
Buena Vista University Softball Clinic February 16, 2014 Softball Storm Lake IA Clinic
Players Only Inc. 7th Annual Youth Spring Training February 16, 2014 Baseball Eden Prairie MN Camp
President's Day Challenge February 17, 2014 Softball New Brighton MN Tournament
Hooperstown Liberty Cup February 22, 2014 Basketball Hillsboro OR Tournament
Players Only Inc. 7th Annual Youth Spring Training February 23, 2014 Baseball Eden Prairie MN Camp
Great Lakes Tournament Series: Great Lakes Spring Classic I February 28, 2014 Hockey Holland MI Tournament
SuperSeries Des Moines Super2K Series February 28, 2014 Hockey Urbandale IA Tournament
SuperSeries Des Moines Super03 Series February 28, 2014 Hockey Urbandale IA Tournament
SuperSeries Rochester Super03 Series February 28, 2014 Hockey Rochester NY Tournament
SuperSeries Des Moines Super04 Series February 28, 2014 Hockey Urbandale IA Tournament
Chico State Women's Soccer ID Prospect Camp March 01, 2014 Soccer Chico CA Camp
Junior NW Shootout (Boys) March 01, 2014 Basketball Portland OR Tournament
Junior NW Shootout (Girls) March 01, 2014 Basketball Portland OR Tournament
Players Only Inc. 7th Annual Youth Spring Training March 02, 2014 Baseball Eden Prairie MN Camp
SuperSeries Dallas Super2K Series March 07, 2014 Hockey Irving TX Tournament
Empire State Tournament Series: Rochester Rumble March 07, 2014 Hockey Rochester NY Tournament
Liberty Cup Tournament Series: Liberty Cup Spring Classic March 07, 2014 Hockey Philadelphia PA Tournament
Great Lakes Tournament Series: Great Lakes Spring Classic II March 07, 2014 Hockey Holland MI Tournament
Players Only Inc. 7th Annual Youth Spring Training March 09, 2014 Baseball Eden Prairie MN Camp
Hemby Cup Tournament Series: The Hemby Cup Spring Classic March 14, 2014 Hockey Charlotte NC Tournament
Congressional Cup Tournament Series: Congressional Spring Classic March 14, 2014 Hockey Washington DC Tournament
Players Only Inc. 7th Annual Youth Spring Training March 16, 2014 Baseball Eden Prairie MN Camp
Smith College Children's Swimming & Diving Lessons March 28, 2014 Swimming Northampton MA Clinic
San Diego Sol Spring Camp April 02, 2014 Basketball San Diego CA Camp
The Philadelphia School: Friday Advanced Training April 04, 2014 Basketball Philadelphia PA Clinic
Chicago Cup Tournament Series: Chicago Spring Classic April 25, 2014 Hockey Chicago IL Tournament
Smith College Field Hockey Shoot and Save Clinic April 26, 2014 Field Hockey Northampton MA Clinic
Smith College Field Hockey 7v7 Tournament April 27, 2014 Field Hockey Northampton MA Tournament
Chicago Cup Tournament Series: Seven Bridges Spring Classic May 16, 2014 Hockey Chicago IL Tournament
2014 Auburn Swim Camps I June 01, 2014 Swimming Auburn AL Camp
2014 Auburn Swim Camps II June 08, 2014 Swimming Auburn AL Camp
Auburn Elite Gymnastics Camps June 08, 2014 Gymnastics Auburn AL Camp
Buckeye Baseball Blockbuster Event 1 June 08, 2014 Baseball Sandusky OH Tournament
Auburn Tiger Golf Camp June 09, 2014 Golf Auburn AL Camp
2014 Cincinnati Soccer Academy Summer Half-Day Camp I June 09, 2014 Soccer Cincinnati OH Camp
2014 Cincinnati Soccer Academy Summer Day Camp I June 09, 2014 Soccer Cincinnati OH Camp
Auburn Gymnastics Day Camp June 12, 2014 Gymnastics Auburn AL Camp
2014 SlumpBuster Session 1 and Omaha NIT June 12, 2014 Baseball Omaha NE Tournament
2014 Auburn Swim Camps III June 15, 2014 Swimming Auburn AL Camp
Buckeye Baseball Blockbuster Event 2 June 15, 2014 Baseball Sandusky OH Tournament
2014 SlumpBuster Session 2 June 16, 2014 Baseball Omaha NE Tournament
2014 SlumpBuster Session 3 June 19, 2014 Baseball Omaha NE Tournament
2014 Auburn Swim Camps IV June 22, 2014 Swimming Auburn AL Camp
Buckeye Baseball Blockbuster Event 3 June 22, 2014 Baseball Sandusky OH Tournament
Ferris State University Hockey Camps Week 1 June 22, 2014 Hockey Big Rapids MI Camp
Oregon State Men's Baseball 2014 Individual Camp June 23, 2014 Basketball Corvallis OR Camp
2014 SlumpBuster Session 4 June 24, 2014 Baseball Omaha NE Tournament
Buckeye Baseball Blockbuster Event 4 June 29, 2014 Baseball Sandusky OH Tournament
Camp All Star June 29, 2014 Basketball Readfield ME Camp
Ferris State University Hockey Camps Week 2 June 29, 2014 Hockey Big Rapids MI Camp
Buckeye Baseball Blockbuster Event 5 July 06, 2014 Baseball Sandusky OH Tournament
Ferris State University Hockey Camps Week 3 July 06, 2014 Hockey Big Rapids MI Camp
2014 Cincinnati Soccer Academy Summer Half-Day Camp II July 07, 2014 Soccer Cincinnati OH Camp
2014 Cincinnati Soccer Academy Summer Day Camp II July 07, 2014 Soccer Cincinnati OH Camp
Oregon State Volleyball Specialized Skills 1 July 11, 2014 Volleyball Corvallis OR Camp
Oregon State Volleyball Specialized Skills 2 July 12, 2014 Volleyball Corvallis OR Camp
Buckeye Baseball Blockbuster Event 6 July 13, 2014 Baseball Sandusky OH Tournament
Camp All Star July 13, 2014 Basketball Readfield ME Camp
San Diego Sol Summer Camp July 14, 2014 Basketball San Diego CA Camp
Oregon State Volleyball Commuter All Skills Camp July 15, 2014 Volleyball Corvallis OR Camp
Oregon State Volleyball Overnight All Skills Camp July 18, 2014 Volleyball Corvallis OR Camp
Oregon State Volleyball Serving Camp July 18, 2014 Volleyball Corvallis OR Camp
Camp All Star July 20, 2014 Basketball Readfield ME Camp
Buckeye Baseball Blockbuster Event 7 July 20, 2014 Hockey Sandusky OH Tournament
Camp All Star July 27, 2014 Basketball Readfield ME Camp
Oregon State Men's Baseball 2014 Individual Camp August 04, 2014 Basketball Corvallis OR Camp
San Diego Sol Summer Camp August 11, 2014 Basketball San Diego CA Camp
San Diego Sol Carlsbad Camp August 19, 2014 Basketball Carlsbad CA Camp