Rumble In The Bronx Preview

At look at the 2004 Rumble In The Bronx

One of the country's top tournaments continues to add more depth to its talent base each year. This year tournament director Jim Hart has 32 teams, several of them that come from out of the New York City area. We take a look at the Rumble in the Bronx in the 17 and under division. The Rumble begins this evening at Fordham University. Admission is $5 per day or $10 for the weekend.

Pool A

The Playaz, Metro Hawks, New Heights and National Christian will all compete in this very competitive pool. The Playaz are competing at two different events this weekend. Jimmy Salmon's team is out in Oregon competing at an ADIDAS event. But this Playaz team playing at the Rumble has some talent too. Ryan Ayers, a 6-foot-6 athlete from Germantown Academy in Penn., has already made a decision. He committed to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Ayers will be joined by Hashim Bailey, a 6-foot-10 center.

New Heights could be the favorite in this division. But there is late word that Notre Dame recruit Kyle McAlarney will not play as originally planned for New Heights. Lance Thomas, an outstanding forward, is expected to play while Vernon Goodridge, a center many colleges are also recruiting, told us earlier in the week he plans to play for New Heights. The Metro Hawks have some top line talent in Jonathan Mitchell, the rising junior from Mount Vernon. Tyrell Biggs is also listed on the roster and this big man also has several high division one offers. Herbie Allen loves to shoot the ball from the perimeter and hopefully Niko Scott will be available after suffering some sickness. This should be an exciting team to watch.

National Christian Academy is led by nationally known 6-foot-9 forward Kevin Durant, who is being recruited by many high major colleges and universities.

Pool B

Team Texas, the New York City Bounce, Coast to Coast and the Connecticut Flame make up "Pool B." Team Texas is loaded with national talent in 6-foot-9 forward Kevin Rogers, 6-foot-4 Terrel Harris, and 6-foot-6 C.J. Miles. It will be awfully tough to beat this AAU team if everyone listed on the roster competes this weekend.

The New York City Bounce roster is intriguing though. Theo Davis of Cardozo High School is listed. However, Cardozo is participating at the Team Hofstra camp this weekend and may have some conflicts. Craig Austrie, a player well known in the New York City area but not so much nationally, also could play with the Bounce giving them a great outside/inside combination.

Pool C

The New York Panthers will have plenty of competition in this pool. The Houston Hoops, Howard Pulley White team, and the New Jersey Roadrunners comprise this division. The Panthers will have to wait on Danny and Rashad Green of St. Mary's. Chris Lowe is the steady guard in the backcourt for the Panthers while Kahiem Seawright adds more size upfront. The Panthers will be hard to beat in this pool.

Pool D

The Albany City Rocks, YABC, Kansas City Rocktown and Lancaster Elite are the AAU teams battling in this pool. The host team of this tournament, the Albany City Rocks, possess an outstanding guard in Emanuel Mayben. "Tiki" has been impressive so far this spring. But the Rocks won't have warrior Paul Harris, who will instead play for the Buffalo AAU team entered in this tournament. But the Rocks will have some stiff competition from the Kansas City Rocktown AAU team. This team lists Brandon Rush (who is also listed on Howard Pulley's Black team), Kiwan Smith, and Julius Powell among the top talent on its roster. Rush is considered by many scouting services among the top 25 players in the country.

Pool E

The New England Playaz, Howard Pulley Black, Fairfield County Stars, and the Westchester Hawks are in this division. The Playaz, led by Antonio Anderson (who took a visit to Connecticut yesterday), Chad Millard (recruited by many high division one programs), Kendric Price, and Colin McIntosh. This team is fast and deep and could surprise in this tournament. The Westchester Hawks have already proven they are a very good AAU team. Sleeper Randy Wilson plays in the backcourt while Quentin Martin is a very capable frontcourt player.

Pool F

The Louisiana Select, New York Ravens, Juice All Stars and the Dajuan Wagner All Stars will vie for the title in this bracket. The Ravens are led by Ricky Torres, a high division one prospect, along with Chris Bethel and Elvis Lora. The Juice always have top level New York City talent. Eugene Lawrence, a player St. John's is recruiting for this upcoming season, is listed on the roster. Corey Fisher, an outstanding perimeter player, will also play in the backcourt for the Juice.

Pool G

Team Breakdown from Florida, the Houston Elite, New York Elite, and Rhode Island Breakers make up this division. Christian Soto is expected to play for Team Breakdown while the New York Elite feature Andray Blatche and James Tchana. Unfortunately for head coach Eric Jaklitsch, point guard Greg Paulus is in France and unable to play. Otherwise, this team would be a favorite to win the tournament.

A forward to keep an eye on this tournament is Gerald Green, 6-foot-8 of the Houston Elite. Many high major schools love his size and skills. He's a player that many top programs will watch seriously this July. The Rhode Island Breakers are an underrated team. .They don't have many big names but seem to be a cohesive unit that can give many AAU teams fits.

Pool H

The New York City Gauchos are always a tough AAU team. However, they will face some rough competition to get out of this pool. The GC Ballers have workhorse warrior Paul Harris who doesn't like the idea of losing at all. Philly MJC features Villanova bound Shane Clark while Metro Boston also lists Antonio Anderson.

While some players are listed twice, obviously they can only play for one team. So stay tuned to this site as we update you on the games and the athletes who are playing in this event.

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