Bay Area, CA – As the Fall and Winter basketball season approaches, we have to look back at one of the biggest tournaments of the summer in Northern California. Bay Area Sports Tournament of Champions at the end of August 2015 was a huge extravaganza for youth basketball. With well over 125 teams, they filtered in to various gym sites to see who would reign supreme. Bay Area Sports have been conducting weekly tournaments for three years. Co-founder, Jon Robles stated, “What we really try to do is match teams in similar competitive brackets and skill levels.” We are the premier weekly tournament in the bay area. One of our goals, is to bring national exposure and be able to invite teams from all over.”
Bay Area Sports has done a wonderful job in bringing national exposure by recently adding and inviting national scouting agencies as guests to their bigger events. PremierBall.com National Scout Kameo Williams along with Ladell Hill from MidMajor Hoops Reports were present throughout the weekend and were able to catch some talent and rising stars. Several of the top youth basketball programs were present. The Oakland Soldiers , The Oakland Rebels 16U Black, Cal Stars, Vision Basketball Academy, Morris Elite Basketball , Team Legit to name a few.
Merritt College gym is where the Tournament of Champions Varsity boy’s games were played. CAL Stars had a big win over NorCal Jump Squad. The Oakland Rebels 16U Black led by Coach Damond Mitchell, defeated FTS in the 16U bracket, the Silver Bracket was led by the14U Oakland Soldiers who took home a TOC title. Elite 14U boys Team Legit defeated a strong PeakBall team. Team Legit is a great program with an explosive and talented backcourt. Coach Saunders & Coach Beasley have put together a team to put on your watch list as that group is definitely making a trail to follow in Bay Area Sports Tournaments.
For the 13U division, Vision Basketball Academy San Leandro took the championship and were led by twin dynamic duo (Amen & Assar Thompson). Vision Basketball Academy is bringing in some heat in this upcoming fall AAU season. This is a special group of future prospects. Their size, IQ, floor and court awareness and ability to get their entire team involved is what separated them from others in their bracket.
Here are some of the student-athletes that stood out at the Tournament of Champions event.
Surako Follings, Oakland Rebels 16U Black, 6’0 Combo Guard, 2017(Fremont HS). Surako has a great motor and a variety of skills that helped lead the Rebels in their 1st place victory in the Gold division of the TOC tournament. Surako had 27 points and 5 rebounds 4 assist.
Kyree Walker, Oakland Soldiers, 6’4, Class of 2020, 14 year old that is full of potential and has a bright future ahead of him. Walker clearly demonstrated that he is a strong contender to be a force wherever he lands for high school. Kyree is very skilled in ball handling, shooting and his athleticism and bounce give him that edge over opponents in his class and above. He is a team player, passes well and likes to motivate his team and help build them up. A young leader on the floor in the making.
Raymond Hawkins, Oakland Soldiers, 6’8 Forward, 2019 (Bishop O’Dowd HS). Raymond has worked on different parts of his game and it showed at the Tournament of Champions weekend. An asset to his team, a strong team player that has worked on bringing his shot out to extend his range. Great finisher around the basket, Raymond Hawkins is definitely someone to put on the watch list for the Class of 2019.
Garrett Pascoe, Cal Stars, 6’1 Guard, 2018(Clayton Valley HS). He is a do-all player, plays tough on both ends of the floor, handles the ball well, can shoot and does not let up on defense. He is tough and scrappy. High IQ guy that distributes the ball well.
Nick Klarman, Cal Stars, 6’4 Wing/`Forward (Clayton Valley HS). Nick is a smooth, wing/F. He is a finesse player with a nice soft touch but can bang and rebound when he decides to get on the boards. Nick is a solid forward that can come out 12-15ft or more. For his size, has good court vision and can pass too.
Emani Scott, Oakland Rebels 16U Black, 6’4 Guard, 2017 (Oakland Tech HS). Emani was a dominant factor for the Rebels success at the TOC tournament series. Emani has a nice touch on his shot and plays solid defense. Has a great motor and runs the floor very well. His size as a guard is definitely an advantage and his athleticism and knack to score and rebound, makes him a solid prospect on Premierball’s scouting report.
Jalen Scott, Team Legit, 5’10 Guard, 2020 (Green Valley Middle School). Jalen is a combo guard that did very well in the TOC. He is athletic, an offensive threat with or without the ball in his hands. Jalen works hard on both ends of the floor. As long as he plays his game, he is very hard to stop. Quick feet, hands and smarts is his big advantage.
Wellington Beasley, Morris Elite Basketball, 5’8 PG 2017 (Will C. Wood HS). One of the quickest guards of the tournament. Floor general with great leadership skills and ball handling skills. Court vision and awareness, good shot selection, team player that is an in your face defender. Wellington = heart.
Lamont Couch Jr. Mountain House Wolverines, 5’7 PG 2018(Tracy High School), Very quick, left handed, paint touches, smooth with the ball, although he is a small guard, he plays bigger than his body. A good reader on defense, definitely someone to put on your watch list.