YAAACE Survives Death Pool @ Super 64: “We Need to Close This One out with a Championship”
LAS VEGAS, NV–By now you should be familiar with YAAACE, an elite U15 team out of Toronto. They have moved forward in the Adidas Super 64 tournament after besting Pool A with a first place finish over strong U.S. teams such as #2-ranked Indiana Elite, Atlanta Celtics and Compton Magic 2016.
Since the beginning of the summer, YAAACE has made the right adjustments and guys are excelling in their roles. The depth and coaching on this team is what their success up to this point can be attributed to. The starting lineup is well balanced with size, speed and pieces that can step up in any given game.
“We’ve been getting slept on because we haven’t closed up tournaments in the past, but now I think most guys have realized that its a mental thing. We got to get past it and close this one out with a championship,” expressed YAAACE point guard, Godwin Boahen.
Boahen was a major piece in St. Michael’s College OFSAA championship run this past season and he has a similar role with YAAACE: a solid defender and offensive contributor.
Jackson comments on the play and character of his teammate Boahen.
“Godwin is a special player, he’s tough like nails, you can’t get to him. Being undersized isn’t an issue for him.”
On Saturday morning coaches will be flocking the bleachers to get acquainted with this team. For most kids at this age, the atmosphere gets to their heads and they feel like they need to do more, however on this team everyone is comfortable and has accepted their role.
Jermaine Haley First Offer, Sukhjot Bains Fresh on Scene
Coming into our third day in Las Vegas, four Canadian teams made it in to the Platinum brackets of their tournaments. The Canadian talent pool in the major tournaments has prospects that are considered to be NCAA bound, starting at the low-major level all the way to high-major plus.
YAAACE 15U, Drive 15U, Grassroots Canada 15U, 16U Drive Elite, allBall Black 17U and Team Ontario 17U all moved on with perfect records in their respective pools.
Making a splash earlier today was AthElite’s 2014 shooting guard Sukhjot Bains (Tamanawis Secondary School). Bains has a high motor, complimented with good size and skill for his position; definitely a name for low-mids to keep tabs on.
In addition, 2015 stud, Jermaine Haley out of BC has just picked up an offer from New Mexico State and garnered interest from Illinois, Mississippi State and Nevada. Coaches that watch Haley for the first time quickly become interested in his recruitment and are surprised to hear that he only has one offer at this point.