The Cincinnati Royals are the 2003 Ohio Association AAU State Champs at 15U/9th grade. To carry this honor they had to beat the Queen City Prophets not once, but twice. The tournament was full of talented players and teams, but the aforementioned and All-Ohio Red will be representing Ohio at the National tournament June 28-July 5th in Kingsport, TN.
Here's my all-tournament team: Best coach: Craig Bickel. Prophets could not solve stingy zone defense, hence Royals carry the crown. MVP: Ben Haarmon (Royals/Roger Bacon), stay tuned this young point guard let it be known that there were too many discussions about who's the best without his name included. I call Ben "Anderson Hunt" because he will pull that tre ball in your eye in any two on one, three on one, or four on one fast break situation reminiscent old UNLV days.
Other all-tournament performers Rayshawn Green (Royals/Finneytown), this guard drove the basket against some of the best and never seemed to get stopped. John Brown (Royals/Mt. Healthy), probably the tournaments most valuable defender. Got the big rebound and the big block at the right time. Adrian Graves (Prophets/Hughes), big time wing guard that let Poellinitz have it in the final four game against All-Ohio. Eddie Gray (Prophets/Taft), does things at a real fast pace and runs the team effectively, a dynamite little point guard that will remind you of A.I. Brandon Russ (Prophets/Hughes), quietly outplayed Josh Chichester in the first round of tournament play. Derrick Smith (Prophets/Princeton), was a monster all weekend, until a chin injury prevented him from playing in the championship game. James Dews (All-Ohio/Lakota East), still top three in the state. Chris Poellinitz (All-Ohio/Toledo St. John), still top three in the state. Josh Chichester (Cowboys/Lakota West), most athletic big man in the class! Chris Gideon (Cowboys/St. Xavier), special and ambidextrous. Nick Duffy (Slam/Roger Bacon), teams couldn't call him fast enough, was picked up before anyone else. Billy Allen (Cincinnati AAU/Hamilton), coach's son is the real deal and playing up!
There were other good players too, and just because you didn't make this list does not mean I didn't notice how good you were either. Any comments email me at OzieDavisiii@hotmail.com!