2009 AAU District Qualifier 15U Preview

We start the previews of this weekend's AAU district qualifer with a look at the 15U pools. For all scrolls from the qualifier, click here.

Pool A
Gotta like the MN Suns in this pool with Richfield's Darrien Johnson and MCA's Darrien Pittman. They were impressive at the Midwest Festival of Teams 2 weeks ago in a run to the semis before losing to eventual champ Spiece MoKan. That run included a 24 point thrashing of the MN Static. I'll take Trent Pollard and Eric Gebeke to lead the MN Heat Elites to the 2nd spot. Those 2 teams play at 3:15 on Sunday. Easiest pool.

Pool B
A surprise appearance by the 2nd Howard Pulley squad and there's some talent there to note. Chad Potas and Damien Reinke give them an inside presence with Will Iverson and Dwight Anderson as solid perimeter players. They'll be a tough out. Nate Daniels' 43 Hoops squad is loaded with athletes and size. Will Johnson, Josh Turnquist and Cutler Finneman give them quality size up front with Marcus Marshall and Tommy McDermott forming a quality backcourt. Those are my top 2 picks in the pool despite 43 Hoops struggles in Iowa 2 weeks ago (see below), but TC Elite Black could make some noise here as they've had a nice season and MN Magic was solid in Iowa. 43 Hoops takes on Howard Pulley White at 2 PM on Sunday. Difficult pool.

(Czar's Note 5/28/09: The 43 Hoops team mentioned was not the 43 Hoops team that played in Iowa, that was the 15U Robinson squad.)

Pool C
WOW! What a loaded pool. Comets Elite, Pump N Run and a top notch Southside team are all here and then add in the top 43 Hoops 14U squad. Yikes. Joey King of Southside will be the player to watch here. Don't know if Pump N Run has found more than 7 kids, but the 7 they do have are a nice cohesive group. Waterbug point guard Cortez Tillman and forward Taylor Montero from CDH lead the way. Then an athletic 43 Hoops squad with a 6'10 center and you have a really deep pool. Hard not to pick Southside to win it. But this pool could be a major mess with everybody beating each other up. Southside vs PNR 3:15 on Saturday. PNR vs 43 Hoops Sunday at 11:30. Southside vs 43 Hoops Saturday at 7 PM.

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