Traveling Team Top 25

Once again, changes abound in the's Traveling Team Top 25 Poll. A couple of new teams enter the latest update and there was plenty of movement among the top five after the Tournament of Champions and the Memorial Day Classic this past weekend. The next update won't come out until July. If we forgot anyone, please feel free to e-mail Jeff Goodman at The rankings will be updated every other week.


1. Georgia Stars (Atlanta, Ga.) – (18-1) *1

Notes: The Stars had won all 14 of their games en route to titles at Boo Williams and Kingwood before finally suffering their first setback at a major tourney – to The Family at the Memorial Day Classic. Louis Williams (Georgia) averaged 23.3 points in the tournament and the Stars had a 41-game winning streak (which includes minor tournaments) snapped.

Next: Peach Jam (S.C.) – July 14-17

Key Wins: Alabama Lasers, The Family, Boo Williams, Illinois Warriors, Playaz, Team Texas, Spiece Indy Heat; DC Blue Devils; Oregon Select

Key Losses: The Family

2. Spiece Indy Heat (Indianapolis, Ind.) – (26-3) *4

Notes: Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr. & Co. have reeled off a pair of titles at the adidas Classic and the Tournament of Champions. The 7-foot Oden scored 25 points and Duke-bound forward Josh McRoberts added 12 in a 61-57 win over the Meanstreets in the title game of the adidas Classic while freshman Eric Gordon poured in 20 in a 67-63 victory against the New Orleans Jazz to win the TOC crown. Oden had 18 in a semifinal win over SRAP and its big man Andray Blatche.

Next: Reebok Big Time (Nev.) – July 22-26

Key Wins: Boo Williams; Playaz; Illinois Wolves; YOMCA; Illinois Fire; Meanstreets; DC Assault; SRAP; New Orleans Jazz

Key Losses: Georgia Stars; Illinois Fire; Rotary Select

3. New Orleans Jazz (New Orleans, La.) – (13-1) *3

Notes: The Jazz had a long layoff, but it didn't seem to affect them as they advanced to the title game of the Tournament of Champions before losing, 67-63, to the Spiece Indy Heat. D.J. Augustine scored 17 in the title game while Tasmin Mitchell had 19 in a quarterfinal victory against the Dallas Mustangs. Both Augustine and Mitchell earned all-tournament honors.

Next: adidas Super 64 (Nev.) – July 22-26

Key Wins: Houston Select; Sports Academy; Pump ‘N Run; Dallas Mustangs; NY Panthers

Key Losses: Spiece Indy Heat

4. Rotary Select (Seattle, Wash.) – (12-1) *2

Notes: These guys have been off since reaching the title game at Spiece, where they had to leave early to catch a flight. Terrence Williams, a strong 6-5 combo guard, is planning to take visits to both Indiana and Louisville in the next 10 days. Marcus Williams (no relation) is trying to set up trips to N.C. State and UConn.

Next: Rose City Classic (Ore.) – June 13-14

Key Wins: Compton Magic; Pump ‘N Run; Spiece Indy Heat; Illinois Fire; Illinois Warriors

Key Losses: Philly MJC

5. SRAP (Syracuse, N.Y.) – (21-2) *5

Notes: Greg Paulus and Andray Blatche led SRAP to a semifinal berth at the Tournament of Champions, but depth became a problem and they got pounded by Spiece Indy Heat, 66-37, in the semis. Blatche had 27 in a quarterfinal win against the Memphis Bulldogs while Paulus scored 27 in a game against the KC Pump ‘N Run. These guys also captured the Five-Star Classic in Springfield, Mass., winning all six of their games and beating BABC in the championship game.

Next: adidas Super 64 (Nev.) – July 22-26

Key Wins: Gauchos; Illinois Fire; Belmont Shore; AZ Magic

Key Losses: Team Texas; Spiece

6. New York Gauchos (Bronx, N.Y.) – (21-4) *7

Notes: The Gauchos have done well nearly everywhere they've been, but unlike a year ago, they are coming up just short. This time is was a championship game loss to YOMCA at the Memorial Day Classic. Both Jessie Sapp, who averaged a tournament-leading 23.8 points per game, and Saquan Stone, played extremely well. Stone had 28 in a semifinal win against Friends of Hoop while Sapp led the team with 26 in the title-game setback.

Next: Rumble in the Bronx (N.Y.) – June 11-13

Key Wins: Philly MJC; Metro Hawks; Wisconsin Playground; Miami Tropics; Atlanta Celtics; Dallas Mustangs; Texas Blue Chips; Alabama Lasers; St. Louis Eagles; Metro Hawks; Friends of Hoop

Key Losses: Illinois Warriors; SRAP; DC Assault; YOMCA

7. YOMCA (Tenn.) – (16-4) *21

Notes: After losing all three of its games at Boo Williams, the boys from Memphis have come back with a vengeance. They went 6-1 at Kingwood and lost to Spiece Indy Heat in the semis and then reeled off a title at the Memorial Day Classic. Memphis-commit Shawne Williams re-joined the team and had 14 to lead YOMCA in the title game, a 68-63 win against the Gauchos. Willie Kemp added 13, Pierre Niles 10, Thaddeus Young 7 and J.P. Prince finished with 6 in the victory. Desmond Yates missed the tournament with a knee injury.

Next: Peach Jam (S.C.) – July 14-17

Key Wins: Blessed IJN; Belmont Shore; Illinois Fire; Meanstreets; Team Texas; Boo Williams; Illinois Warriors; The Family; Gauchos

Key Losses: Illinois Warriors; DC Blue Devils, Portland Elite; Spiece Indy Heat

8. Illinois Warriors (Oak Forest, Ill.) – (20-8) *8

Notes: Other than losing all three games at Kingwood, the Warriors have advanced wherever they've been. They won six straight before losing to Spiece Indy Heat at the adidas May Classic and won their first four games before bowing out at the hands of eventual champion YOMCA at the Memorial Day Classic. Justin Dentman scored 36 in the loss to Spiece and the prep school-bound guard averaged 19.8 points at the MDC.

Next: Peach Jam (S.C.) – July 14-17

Key Wins: YOMCA; Gauchos; HP; Michigan Hurricanes

Key Losses: DC Blue Devils; Georgia Stars; Belmont Shore; Houston Hoops; SC Ravens; Rotary Select; Spiece Indy Heat; YOMCA

9. Friends of Hoop (Seattle, Wash.) – (7-3) *20

Notes: Martell Webster is getting closer to making his return and that's good news for Friends of Hoop, which went 5-1 at the Memorial Day Classic. Jon Brockman continued to pick up the slack, averaging 19.5 points in the tournament. Brockman had 18 in a quarterfinal win against Nike Team Florida and added 17 in a semifinal loss to the Gauchos.

Next: Rose City Classic (Ore.) – June 13-14

Key Wins: Metro Hawks; Athletes First; Team Texas; Nike Team Florida

Key Losses: Team Florida; Georgia Stars; Gauchos

10. Meanstreets (Chicago, Ill.) – (26-5) *22

Notes: Tai Streets' club may not have won a title quite yet, but the Meanstreets advance everywhere they go. The latest was the consolation crown at the Tournament of Champions, where they pounded the D-1 Greyhounds in the title game. They also reached the championship game at the adidas May Classic and beat The Family en route before losing to Spiece Indy Heat, 61-57. Jerel McNeal had 15 in the loss while Donnell Lyons scored 17 and Brandon Dagans kocked down five trifectas in the victory over the D-1 Greyhounds.

Next: AAU Nationals (Fla.) – July 27-31

Key Wins: SC All-Stars; HP; Compton Magic; New England Playaz; Howard Pulley; The Family

Key Losses: YOMCA; Portland Legends; High Five America; Spiece Indy Heat; NY Panthers

11. D.C. Assault (Washington, D.C.) – (18-5) *18

Notes: Jeff Green, who is hoping to qualify so he can wind up at Georgetown in the fall, continued to thrive – but he was unable to lead D.C. Assault to a win against loaded Spiece Indy Heat in the playoffs at the Tournament of Champions. Green finished with 12 points in the setback.

Next: Playaz Ball (N.J.) – July 15-17

Key Wins: Boo Williams; All-Ohio; Houston Hoops; Gauchos

Key Losses: NJ All-Stars; Georgia Stars; Spiece Indy Heat

12. Dallas Mustangs Blue (Dallas, Tex.) – (22-4) *15

Notes: The Mustangs, despite being without Austin Jackson because of baseball, won the St. Louis Eagles tournament and went 3-2 at the Tournament of Champions. They won two of three games in pool play and were eventually knocked out by the New Orleans Jazz in the layoffs. Booker Woodfox had 18 in the loss to the Jazz.

Next: Reebok Big Time (Nev.) – July 22-26

Key Wins: Wisconsin Playground (three); Portland Legends; HP; NY Ravens; Arizona Magic; Howard Pulley

Key Losses: Texas Blue Chips; Gauchos; Milwaukee Running Rebels; New Orleans Jazz

13. Metro Hawks (Bronx, N.Y.) – (18-6) *24

Notes: The former Riverside Church lost to the rival Gauchos in the quarterfinals of the Memorial Day Classic. Jonathan Mitchell scored 23 in a win against the DC Blue Devils and had 17 in the loss to the Gauchos. Tyrell Biggs led the team with 25 against the Blue Devils. The Hawks also reached the title game at Basketball City before losing on a last-second shot to the New England Playaz.

Next: N/A

Key Wins: NY Panthers; Team Florida; Portland Panthers; SC Ravens; Houston Hoops; Oregon Select; DC Blue Devils; Gauchos

Key Losses: Playaz Basketball Club; Friends of Hoop (Wash.); Alabama Lasers; Georgia Stars; Gauchos; New England Playaz

14. Illinois Wolves (Downers Grove, Ill.) – (9-3) *9

Notes: The Wolves, after a quarterfinal appearance at Kingwood, advanced to the semifinals of the consolation bracket at the Tournament of Champions before losing to O.J. Mayo and the D-1 Greyhounds. Bobby Frasor kept up his torrid shooting, and a few days after returning from an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill, committed to the Tar Heels.

Next: Reebok Big Time (Nev.) – July 22-26

Key Wins: Tallahassee Wildcats; Team Texas; Atlanta Celtics; Arizona Magic; NY Ravens; Atlanta Celtics

Key Losses: Spiece Indy Heat; D-1 Greyhounds

15. Illinois Fire (Chicago, Ill.) – (14-7) *12

Notes: The Fire struggled at the adidas May Classic, losing to Cincinnati Blue and All-Ohio Red, but rebounded to win their first four games at the Tournament of Champions before losing to the New York Panthers, 82-77, in overtime of the quarterfinals. Nate Minnoy had 34 in the loss to the Panthers. The Fire will get some added bulk when Louisville commit Clarence Holloway returns from a broken wrist later this month.

Next: N/A

Key Wins: Team Florida; Rotary Select; Spiece Indy Heat; Martin Bros.

Key Losses: SRAP; YOMCA; Spiece Indy Heat; Rotary Select; NY Panthers; Cinci. Blue; All-Ohio Red

16. Alabama Lasers (Huntsville, Ala.) – (7-3) *10

Notes: The Lasers dropped games to the Gauchos and were knocked out by The Family out at the Memorial Day Classic. They also posted wins over Martin Bros. and the St. Louis Eagles. Tyler Holloway had 15 and Richard Hendrix, who will choose between Alabama and North Carolina, added 11 in the loss to The Family.

Next: Peach Jam (S.C.) – July 14-17

Key Wins: The Family; Metro Hawks; Team Texas; Wisconsin Playground

Key Losses: Georgia Stars; Gauchos; The Family

17. Playaz Basketball Club (Paterson, N.J.) – (24-8) *11

Notes: The Playaz younger team is tearing it up, winning six tournaments already – but the under-17 isn't showing nearly the same consistency. The Playaz lost to New Heights at the Basketball City tournament and, after winning all three pool-play games, were knocked out by the Memphis Bulldogs in the first round of the playoffs at the Tournament of Champions.

Next: Rose City Classic (Ore.) – June 13-14

Key Wins: NY Ravens; St. Louis Eagles; DC Blue Devils; DC Blue Devils

Key Losses: Metro Hawks; DC Blue Devils; SC All-Stars; Georgia Stars; Spiece Indy Heat; Boo Williams; Boo Williams; New Heights; Memphis Bulldogs

18. Team Texas (Dallas, Tex.) – (18-8) *13

Notes: C.J. Miles & Co. won the Mustang Invitational with a victory against the Dallas Mustangs in the title game and went 2-2 at the Memorial Day Classic, beating Boo Williams and California Elite in pool play and losing to YOMCA. A loss to Friends of Hoop, in which Miles scored 18 points, knocked them out of the tourney.

Next: Rumble in the Bronx (N.Y.) – June 12-13

Key Wins: SC Ravens; Martin Bros; Belmont Shore; Portland Legends; Tallahassee Wildcats; Miami Tropics; SRAP; Boo Williams

Key Losses: NorCal Elite; Alabama Lasers; Georgia Stars; Illinois Wolves; Houston Hoops; YOMCA; Friends of Hoop

19. Boo Williams (Hampton, Va.) – (13-6) *14

Notes: Boo went 2-2 at the Memorial Day Classic, despite strong play from Vernon Macklin and Stefan Welsh. They dropped games to Team Texas and eventual tournament winner YOMCA and knocked off the KC Keys and California Elite. The team will head to Brzil from June 13-23 to play against numerous teams.

Next: Peach Jam (S.C.) – July 14-17

Key Wins: Louisiana Select; NorCal Elite; Playaz; NJ Panthers; Cal Elite

Key Losses: Albany City Rocks; Georgia Stars; Spiece Indy Heat; DC Assault; Team Texas; YOMCA

20. Texas Blue Chips (Texas) – (10-1) *17

Notes: The Blue Chips have been idle since going 4-1 at Kingwood and advancing to the semifinals, where they lost to the Gauchos. Raymond Hicks signed with Miami and Dominique Kirk inked with Texas A&M. Sophomore Damion James is the centerpiece of the team and one key addition is 6-1 point guard Devon Mosley.

Next: N/A

Key Wins: Dallas Mustangs; New Heights; NY Panthers

Key Losses: Gauchos

21. D.C. Blue Devils (Washington, D.C.) – (11-6) *19

Notes: The D.C. Blue Devils went 2-2 down at the Memorial Day Classic in New Orleans, beating the Arkansas Wings and Arizona Stars in pool play and losing to the Georgia Stars. A loss against the Metro Hawks knocked them out of the tourney. Tywon Lawson averaged 20.3 points per game and fellow rising junior Kevin Durant added 17.8 points per contest.

Next: Peach Jam (S.C.) – July 14-17

Key Wins: YOMCA; Illinois Warriors; Playaz

Key Losses: Portland Legends; Wisconsin Playground; Tallahassee Wildcats; Playaz; Georgia Stars; Metro Hawks

22. Portland Legends (Portland, Ore.) – (16-7) *23

Notes: The Legends got their big-time duo of Kevin Love and Brian Morris back after they missed the HP/Sabes Invitational. Love scored 13 and Morris had 12 in a 65-62 loss to the Georgia Stars in the first round of the Nike Memorial Day playoffs. The Legends knocked off the Houston Hoops in pool play, but lost to the Metro Hawks.

Next: Rose City Classic (Ore.) – June 13-14

Key Wins: DC Blue Devils; YOMCA; Houston Hoops

Key Losses: Illinois Warriors; All-Ohio; Team Texas; Utah Vipers; Metro Hawks; Georgia Stars

23. New York Panthers (New York City, N.Y.) – (15-5) *NR

Notes: The Panthers have gotten better each time out and it showed at the Tournament of Champions, where they advanced to the semifinals before losing to the New Orleans Jazz. The additions of rising junior forward Rob Thomas and rising senior guard Chris Lowe have been key.

Next: Rumble in the Bronx (N.Y.) – June 11-13

Key Wins: Tallahassee Wildcats; Meanstreets; New England Playaz; Illinois Fire

Key Losses:Metro Boston; Metro Hawks; Tall Wildcats; Texas Blue Chips; New Orleans Jazz

24. The Family (Detroit, Mich.) – (10-6) *NR

Notes: After a 2-3 start at Boo Williams and having to withdraw from the Kingwood Classic due to injuries, The Family seems to be hitting its stride after a semifinal berth at the Memorial Day Classic. Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 28 in handing the Georgia Stars their first loss of the year and Ramar Smith added 19. Speedy undersized point guard Tajuan Porter led the team with 15 in a 66-44 semifinal loss to eventual champion YOMCA. Speedy Walker's boys also went 3-2 at the adidas May Classic.

Next: Peach Jam (S.C.) – July 14-17

Key Wins: Georgia Elite; Tennessee Travelers; Albany City Rocks; Miami Tropics; Alabama Lasers; Georgia Stars

Key Losses: Georgia Stars; Alabama Lasers; S.C. Ravens; YOMCA; Meanstreets; Illinois Bobcats

25. Houston Hoops (Houston, Texas) – (15-6) *6

Notes: The Hoops didn't fare well out in New Orleans, losing three games – to the Metro Hawks, Portland Legends and Arkansas Wings. Rashad Woods returned to the team after leaving prior to Kingwood. Martellus Bennett, a power forward and two-sport star, committed to Miami – where he'll play both sports.

Next: Rumble in the Bronx (N.Y.) – June 11-13

Key Wins: H-Squad; SC All-Stars; Team Texas; Illinois Warriors

Key Losses: AZ Cagers; Belmont Shore; DC Assault; Metro Hawks; Portland Legends; Arkansas Wings

Dropped Out:

No. 16 Belmont Shore (Long Beach, Calif.) – (15-5)

Notes: Dinos Trigonis' boys were shorthanded – Jamal Boykin was back home in a school play and Ed White was in the midst of final exams – and it showed as Belmont Shore lost all three of its games at the Tournament of Champions.

Next: N/A

Key Wins: Blessed IJN; Houston Hoops; Illinois Warriors; Team Breakdown

Key Losses: Team Texas; YOMCA; Lee Bulls; Philly MJC; Seattle Team YES

No. 25 Howard Pulley Panthers (Minneapolis, Minn.) – (12-12)

Notes: The Panthers surprised some with a strong performance at Boo Williams, they have struggled since – losing to the Texas Top Prospects in the first round at the Jayhawk Invitational, losing to the Dallas Mustangs in the semifinals of the St. Louis Invitational and losing all three of their games at the Memorial Day Classic.

Next: Rumble in the Bronx (N.Y.) – June 11-13

Key Wins: Miami Tropics; St. Louis Eagles (twice); Greensboro Gaters; Jackson Panthers

Key Losses: Athletes First; Illinois Warriors; Tennessee Dream; Mean Streets; Portland Legends; Texas Top Prospects; Just Vs. Milwaukee; Tenn. Travelers; Dallas Mustangs; Nike Team Florida; SC Ravens; Louisiana Select

Others to Watch: Southeast Elite (Huntsville, Ala.); Arizona Magic Blue (Phoenix, Ariz.); Arizona Cagers (Ariz.); Arkansas Wings (Ark.); Southern California All-Stars (Los Angeles, Calif.); Pump ‘N Run (Chatsworth, Calif.); H-Squad (Calif.); California Elite (Calif.); Inland (Calif.); Oakland Slam ‘N Jam (Calif.); NorCal Elite (Calif.); Fairfield County Stars (Conn.); Delaware Sharpshooters (Milford, Del.); Tallahassee Wildcats (Tallahassee, Fla.); Miami Tropics (Miami, Fla.); Team Florida (Clearwater, Fla.); Team Breakdown (Fla.); South Florida Heat (Fla.); Atlanta Celtics Black (Atlanta, Ga.); World Wide Renegades (Ga.); Smyrna Stars (Ga.); Blessed IJN (Fort Wayne, Ind.); Martin Bros. (Waterloo, Iowa); KC Pump ‘N Run (Kan.); Louisiana Select (La.); Baltimore Select (Md.); New England Playaz (Springfield, Mass.); BABC (Boston, Mass.); Michigan Hurricanes (Mich.); Team Minnesota (Minn.); Magnolia Stars (Miss.); St. Louis Eagles (St. Louis, Mo.); N.J. All-Stars (N.J.); New Jersey Panthers (N.J.); New York Ravens (Bronx, N.Y.); Albany City Rocks (N.Y.); New Heights (New York, N.Y.); Westchester Hawks (N.Y.); N.C. Gaters (N.C.); All-Ohio Red (Ohio); Cleveland Basketball Club (Ohio); Portland Elite (Ore.); Philly MJC (Pa.); Athletes First (Okla.); South Carolina Ravens (Columbia, S.C.); Tennessee Travelers (Newport, Tenn.); Memphis Bulldogs (Tenn.); Mid-State Ballerz (Tenn.); Houston Elite (Houston, Texas); Houston Select (Texas); Utah Vipers (Utah); Squires (Va.); Wisconsin Playground Warriors (Milwaukee, Wisc.); Fox Valley Skillz (Wis.); Wisconsin DTA (Wis.); Friends of Hoop (Wis.)

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