Can Anyone Dethrone Rytes Warriors?
November 20, 2010Texas AAU Basketball
Top 5 5th Grade (Gulf Coast)
1)Team to Beat - Rytes Warriors (Black) - Finished up last season with huge
success at AAU nationals as the runner up. They are currently ranked number two
in the nation. Led by two of the top wing players in Noah Thomas and Jamal
Bienemy along with their floor general Edan Holt. However the talent does not
end there, "Big Mac" McDonald and Jalen Preston round out the starting pound.
The bench has added key pieces to go along with returning power forward Malik
Tousant and Jalen Crutchfield for another run at a national title. Bet on Coach Holt to have this group hitting on all cylinders. Bring your "A" game if their on the schedule or your in for a long day.
2)GCBC - Coach Brian has a team loaded with talent this year. Jeremiah Gambrell
might be the top player in the class. That's right, and he has joined the Blue
Chips to play with his natural age group for select tournaments from what my
sources tell me. That's not all, PJ Byrd and Unique Mency join a team led by
Bryson Etienne. E ttienne is a athletic combo guard with big game experience.
They may have a shot to dethrone the Rytes squad who has had the crown since
this group was in second grade if Joshua McCulloch can hold down the middle.
3)No Fear - Always lurking in the shadows is this talented bunch who beat Rytes
Black last season. Coach Jarvis always has his crew ready to play. They play
fast and can shoot the three with a balanced attack. Certainly a team to be
reckoned with this season.
4)Runnin Rebels - Led by "do it all" combo guard Quentin Grimes this is a
dangerous team. Quentin has advanced athleticism and a skill set to match. A
serious contender for "player of the year" due to his versatility and
production. He is not alone though, coach Grady has assembled a nice team that's
primed for a breakout season.
5)D Gibs - This team would be ranked higher if not the rumored departure of
their head coach and some top tier talent. Don't count them out though. We will
need to see who actually is returning before making an accurate assessment of
this group. However, they finished the season winning multiple titles which
could be a spring board for this season.
One to watch:
Houston Elite - Elite did not field a 4th grade team for most of the season so
this is the first year this group is playing together. It starts with dynamic
playmaker Sahvir Wheeler. A scoring point guard who might be the most exciting
player in the city. He is moving up this year from third grade. He will be partnered in the back court with long range gunner T. Remmington Minor. A kid that's in range once he enters the gym.They do have size with big guys Mr. Peavy and Trace Oldner. Without the big boys (playing defensive line on somebody's football team no doubt) they went undefeated (6 - 0) in the fall ball league at the Stallions facility. Sahvir led the team in scoring as they led wire to wire throughout the tournament. They beat the likes of GCBC, Bulldogs, Cy Fair Heat and the 6th grade Dream Team. If they add a few pieces Coach Teddy will have this group ready to rock and roll sooner than later.
Player of the Year - Jamal Bienemy, Rytes Warriors: This is a no brainer. Top
flight wing who could morph into a point guard one day. He owns "the best
floater in youth basketball" according to my top scout.The top player on the
number two team in the USA. That's a statement in itself. He plays the game and makes it look easy. Reminds of Harrison Barnes of UNC. Great length and skill.
6th Man of the Year - Jalen Crutchfield, Rytes Warriors
A combo guard who thinks shot on every catch. He made all tournament in Memphis
and was an impact player at every big tournament. Probably would start on every
other team in the city. Some say he should start on this team. A scorer and
Defensive Player of the Year - Noah Thomas, Rytes Warriors
Probably leads the country in steals. Plays the passing lanes like a shut down
cornerback. The key to making the Rytes press so effective is his court
coverage. Anticipates well and closes out in a hurry. A big time athlete. He not only gets the steal but knows how to finish the play with a bucket or the assist.
Best Kept Secret - Sam Martin, Martin Brothers
Reminds me of Mark Price the way he splits defenders, scores, and finds open
teammates. Plays with a very high basketball IQ. Understands the game and is
never in a hurry like most guards his age. Changes speeds and can get hot from
deep. He could be with D Gibs this year being that he finished last season in
Vegas with them and had a successful trip. If so, that makes D Gibs a top three
team with Jay Carter and the returning guards.
All District 5th Grade
Jeremiah Grambrell - GCBC, Guard
Jamal Bienemy - Rytes Warriors, Guard
Noah Thomas - Rytes Warriors, Forward
Quentin Grimes - Runnin Rebels, Guard
Big Mac McDonald - Rytes Warriors, Center
Bryson Etienne: GCBC, Guard
Sahvir Wheeler - Houston Elite, Guard
Kendrick Davis - Hawks, Guard
Remy Minor - Houston Elite, Guard
Jalen Preston: Rytes Warriors, Forward