LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL- Wednesday marked the start of a shift in the population surrounding the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as AAU Boys Basketball National Championships shift into gear.
The 10th Grade Boy’s Basketball National Championships will be the first to invade Orlando, with DI-DIII nationals beginning play today and capping it all off on Thursday, July 19th. Reigning 9th Grade Boys Champion BABC is back and looking to repeat. Team Heat (North Carolina), Arkansas Wings Elite and Ascension Jaguars are all back, hungry for a title after being knocked out in the quarterfinals and semis. The 10th Grade DI semi finals and finals, as well as 10th Grade DII finals will be broadcasted LIVE on ESPN3.com. See broadcast schedule below for full details.
MUST SEE highlights from last year’s final between BABC & Team Takeover. BIG dunks from soon to be Kentucky player Nerlens Noel:
A week later, the 8th Grade boys will be the next to joining the AAU National Championship crowd as they kick off play on July 21st. There will be a new champion crowned this year, as reigning 7th Grade champs Louisiana Select won’t be back to defend their title. Instead, Georgia Stars Black, E1T1 Dynasty and Indy Hoosiers will be looking to get back to that Final Four spot. The 8th Grade DI semi finals and finals, as well as 8th Grade DII finals will be broadcasted LIVE on ESPN3.com. See broadcast schedule below for full details.
WATCH these big blocks from Mickey Mitchell in last year’s 8th Grade final:
The 11th Grade Boys will be joining the party July 24th. Almost 300 11th grade teams will be invading Orlando for a week of basketball. With BABC not returning for another possible championship run, the 11th Grade DI championship could be anyone’s ball game! The tournament will culminate on July 30th with LIVE broadcasts of all 11th Grade Division I semi finals and finals, as well as the 11th Division II National Championship. See broadcast schedule below for full details.
Check out highlights from last year’s 11th Grade final:
Last but not least, the 12th grade boys will be crashing the courts at the ESPN Wide World of Sports on July 26th. The boys will be joining the party for 3 full days of tournament play, with the championship game being played on July 29th.
AAU Basketball National Championship broadcast schedule:
8am EST- 10th Grade DI semi final
10am EST- 10th Grade DI semi final
12pm EST- 10th Grade DII Final
2:30pm EST- 10th Grade DI Final
8am EST- 8th Grade DI semi final
10am EST- 8th Grade DI semi final
12pm EST- 8th Grade DII Final
2:30pm EST- 8th Grade DI Final
8am EST- 11th Grade DI semi final
10am EST- 11th Grade DI semi final
12pm EST- 11th Grade DII Final
2:30pm EST- 11th Grade DI Final
CLICK HERE for schedules and results of all National Championship games.
Also, be sure to check out two AAU Boys Basketball 11th Grade Super Showcase Gold highlight games that will be broadcasted LIVE on ESPNU! On July 25th, the top-ranked Harrison twins and the Houston Defenders will take on Anthony Barber and Boo Williams Summer League at 7pm. On July 26th, No. 2 recruit in the country Julius Randle and the Texas Titans will take the court versus E1T1 at 7pm EST. Make sure to tune in!
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