The tip off of the Top 25 Scout event in Cincinnati on Friday night marked the official start of the 2024 AAU Season. As is the case with most tournaments, day one tended to produce a number of blowouts. Example number one, in the 4th grade division, the Buckeye Prep Hoopsters faced off against a talented Indy Premiere to open pool play, and although the scrappy team from Indianapolis fought hard early in the contest, Buckeye Prep’s depth eventually wore them down, and the Hoopsters went on to collect a 20 point win (39-59) to start the season.

Also in the 4th grade division, the Cincinnati Blazers had an easy time with REP Elite. A better game in that division featured the Chicago-based Splash Athletics against DoubleDown Elite. Although Splash Athletics would race out to an early lead, by halftime, DoubleDown would fight all the way back to tie the game. From there, it was close until about midway into the 2nd half, when Splash opened up the lead to close the game.

The 5th grade division had its own slate of lopsided games as well, as evidenced by the 47-11 win by Midwest Pumas-Pentello over the Battle Creek Bulldogs. In addition, BNU Black, a “B” team of sorts, easily defeated Dews Elite 65-33. Despite the blowouts, there was plenty of individual talent on display. Below is a list of day I standouts. Day II should be very competitive. Stay tuned.

Standout Performers

Name Pos/Hgt Class City/State
Will Harding 5’2″/WF 2032 Dayton, OH
Brighton Trent 4’10″/PG 2032 Chicago, IL
Brandon Mazson 4’10″/PG 2032 Cincinnati, OH
Jordan Davies 4’11″/SG 2031 Dublin, OH
David Perry 5’0″/WF 2032 Dayton, OH
Aiden Williams 5’2″/C 2032 Columbus, OH
Datrell Harvey 4’6″/PG 2032 Indianapolis, IN
Trustin Farmer 4’11″/PG 2031 Flint, MI
Montez Spencer Jr. 5’6″/C 2031 Louisville, KY
Amare Blakely 5’6″/PG 2028 Brownsburg, IN
Jonathon Glenn 4’6″/PG 2032 Indianapolis, IN
Taj Davis 4’9″/SG 2032 Philadelphia, PA

Standout Performer Pictures

Will Harding

Brandon Mazson

Jordan Davies

Trustin Farmer

Aiden Williams

Datrell Harvey

Montez Spencer

David Perry

Amare Blakely

Taj Davis

Jonathon Glenn