The 1st D1 open period of the 2017 AAU season is upon us with back to back open weekends. Now this weekend there's nothing of note going on locally. Just a couple of minor tourneys. But here's where everybody else will be.
In the Des Moines area, its the Midwest Live Tourney. 13 17U teams make the trip. That includes 8 local teams in the 32 team top bracket. 43 Hoops has a pretty open bracket in the top quarter. They knocked off D1 Minnesota last weekend (no Matt Hurt though). D1 Prospects and WOTN could meet in the 2nd round in the 2nd quarter of the bracket. But Nike rep MOKAN has their 16s playing against WOTN in the 1st round. Fury Wilde and MN Eagles are in the 3rd quarter. Spiece Indy Heat's 16s from the Nike circuit are also here. The quarter of doom is the bottom quarter. Fury Antl, Mpls FAB, MOKAN Select, SD Attack and a Grassroots group are all here. Also in Des Moines, 10 16U teams and 8 15U teams.
In Sioux Falls, its the Sanford Pentagon Spring Jam. 12 Minnesota teams make that trip. GetShook 15s who are off to a very nice start will be in Chicago.
As to the teams in leagues. Comets and Select will be at the Lone Star Invitational in Dallas as part of the NY2LA league. Also in Dallas is the Adidas Gauntlet. D1 Minnesota will have their top 15, 16 and 17U teams there. Net Gain also has 15s and 16s in the top Adidas gauntlet. The 16U teams are in separate brackets in Dallas but the 15s could meet in the semifinals. Howard Pulley has their top 2 teams in Virginia for the opening weekend of the EYBL. The 15U teams are in a local event.
Let's talk matchups for those teams playing on the shoe circuits.
Howard Pulley has a matchup against a loaded California Supreme team on Saturday. That includes Shaquille O'Neal's son Shareef who just committed to Arizona. Manute Bol's son Bol Bol is also a star on that roster. Pulley finishes with a pair of fun point guard matchups. Tre Jones is ranked #27 in the new Rivals rankings. He'll see #30 Ayo Dosunmu of Mac Irvin Fire and #129 David Dejulius (Michigan recruit) of The Family in the last 2 games. #75 Daniel Oturu not only gets O'Neal but also #96 Trevion Williams of The Family. #107 Jeenathan Williams and #38 in 2019 Isaiah Stewart will be the challenge in the Friday opener vs Albany City Rocks.
Grassroots has a tough Under Armour Association opener against Team Breakdown in Brooklyn. Jalen Suggs will see #28 Elijah Weaver and #51 Anfernee Simons. Game 2 isn't much easier as #21 6'9" Miles Norris and Earl Watson Elite are the matchup. Washington Supreme and Houston Defenders are the other 2 opponents for Grassroots. The Grassroots UA schedule is favorable as the 1 team they'll miss is DC Premier.
D1 Minnesota will see Texas PRO, Mass Rivals, Stackhouse Elite and Game Elite in the 1st half of Kyle Lowry division play. Their 1st pair of games are tough as well. #65 Jaedon LeDee vs #117 Race Thompson and #6 2019 Matt Hurt (assuming he plays with the hand injury) is the matchup there. #55 5'11 G Kendric Davis is going to be a tough matchup for the D1 guards. Mass Rivals has a couple of players on the edge of the top 50. #50 David Duke is 6'3" and 6'5" AJ Reeves is #54.