Lake Buena Vista– Mark your calendars! The 2013 AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships have been set to take place June 18-26, 2013 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
The 13 Classic and 18 Classic divisions have been added for 2013. The Open division is the highest, most competitive level of play. Club division is the middle level and Classic is the lower level of competition.
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Lake Buena Vista, FL– The 2012 AAU Track and Field Club Championships were a wrap today in Orlando, Florida at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. Over 3,500 athletes from around the country put on a display throughout the course of the event! Despite soaring temperatures in the upper 90’s and afternoon rain delays, it was another great week of AAU Track and Field for the history books.
Over 70 records were broken this week! CLICK HERE to view the records broken each day.
Late in the week, athletes and spectators enjoyed a special surprise visit from Olympic 100m gold medalist– Justin Gatlin. Gatlin is a former AAU Athletics member and is currently training for the 2012 London Olympics at the training center in Clermont, Florida. One of his last stops before his plane ride to London was to the Club Championships to take pictures, sign autographs, and give advice for kids aspiring to be in his shoes one day.
WATCH Justin’s EXCLUSIVE interview and see how AAU Track helped him:
The 2012 AAU Track Club Championship Finals were broadcasted LIVE on ESPN3 on Sunday. Over 16 records were broken. Stand out performances included Jordan Gouldburg and Kaylin Whitney of Star Athletics (Justin Gatlin’s track club), Briana Williams, Ashton Allen, Daesha Rogers and Tia Jones.
Gouldburg, Whitney and Williams took home gold medals in the 1o0m and 200m.
Jones, an 11 year old competing in the midget girls division broke records in the 80 meter hurdles, the 200 meter dash, the 100 meter dash, and the midget girls pentathlon! Tia is from The Heat Track Club in Georgia. Standout hurdler Kendell Williams trains at the same track club and is the reason Jones wants to excel in track and field.
Lake Buena Vista– Ah! Memorial Day is in the air! While most are preparing for cookouts and beach trips, over 330 boys and girls basketball teams around the Southeast have been putting in long hours in the gym. Why you ask? For the 2012 AAU Basketball Memorial Day Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL, May 25th-28th.
The 2012 AAU Memorial Day Classic serves as the final chance for teams to qualify for the 2012 AAU Basketball National Championships later this July. There are several returning clubs including: Each 1 Teach 1, Atlanta All Stars, Adidas Rams Venom, Tampa Bay Inferno, Florida’s Finest and many more. In it’s forth year, the AAU Memorial Day Classic has seen yet another increase in participation. Up from roughly 270 teams last year, the AAU is looking forward to another great weekend of basketball.
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Lake Buena Vista, FL– The 2012 AAU Boy’s Basketball Spring Classic wrapped up Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports with several close finishes. The 10th Grade and 11th Grade teams for E1T1 Elite and Florida Tarheels faced off against each other in the Division I Championship games. E1T1 edged the Florida Tarheels by two points, taking the 10th Grade championship game 48-46. Their older brother teams mirrored their performance in an intense battle, with E1T1 coming out on top by one, 66-65.
Other close finishes included Florida Elite and Orlando Lightning in the 10th Grade Red Division II, with Elite taking it by two and Central Florida edging out True Ballers in the 10th Grade DII Blue Division 68-66. For complete results of all championship games, CLICK HERE.
The AAU Spring Classic served as one of the final Disney Classics to prepare for AAU Basketball National Championships. The AAU Memorial Classic at ESPN Wide World of Sports is the last of the Disney Classics to qualify and prepare for Nationals.
Lake Buena Vista– Over 250 teams are on their way to Orlando, Florida for the 2012 AAU Boys Basketball Spring Classic this weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Boys will be competing in grades 3rd-12th, division I and II. Competition kicks off Friday at 4pm EST, with championship games being played on Sunday, starting at 4:45 p.m. EST.
“We’re looking forward to another great weekend of basketball,” said Stan Quash, Director of Basketball. “Competition will be high as teams will be playing for a chance to qualify for AAU Basketball National Championships this summer.”
CLICK HERE for the complete schedule and up to date results of this weekend’s event.
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Lake Buena Vista– Today kicks off the 2012 AAU Easter Classic. Over 350 boy’s basketball teams from around the Southeast are making their way to Orlando, Florida for what is the first tournament for a lot of clubs.
“It’s going to be a great weekend,” said Stan Quash, Director of Basketball at the AAU. “We’re expecting a lot of great competition as many of these teams are vying for a spot in the AAU Basketball National Championships this summer.”
Boys in grades 3rd through 12th will be competing in 19 divisions– Division I, II, and II. The 2012 AAU Easter Classic has set a new record, surpassing last years totals by more than 100 teams.
For FULL SCHEDULE and RESULTS of the AAU Easter Classic, CLICK HERE.
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Lake Buena Vista– The 2012 AAU Girls Basketball Spring Fling I is in the books! Over 120 teams descended upon the ESPN Wide World of Sports for one of the first AAU girl’s basketball tournaments of the season.
Thirteen champions were crowned in the 4th Grade through 11th Grade divisions in Division I & II.
Some highlights include a nail-biting finish in the 9th Grade DII Championship game between Tallahassee Lady Comets and Florida Allout Allstars. The Allout Allstars rallied back to bring them within 3 with 30 seconds remaining in the game. In the end, the Lady Comets held out to take the title. Congratulations to both teams on a great game! In the 10th Grade DI final, the Florida Angels defeated the East Tampa Thunder Blue in a decisive 46-34 finish.
For complete results of all pool play and championship games at the AAU Spring Fling I,CLICK HERE.
In all, such a great weekend of girls basketball. CLICK HERE for a PHOTO GALLERY from the weekend.
Sad you couldn’t participate in AAU Girls Basketball Spring Fling I? Don’t worry, there’s a Spring Fling II in May! Visist www.aaugirlsbasketball.org for more information.
Congratulations to the CIA Bounce from Canada for taking the 10th Grade AAU Super Showcase title today vs Gardner Road, 66-55! And boy did Andrew Wiggins, a rising sophomore ranked 3rd in the ESPN Terrific 25, have a game! Unloaded with 31 points, snagged 13 rebounds.. oh and dropped a several dunks along the way. Catch what he and his coach had to say about the game… and Wiggins also gave us an insight as to who he’d like to mirror his game after. Take a look!
Check out the great photo galleries from the Finals: Photo Gallery #1 CLICK HERE , Photo Gallery #2 CLICK HERE
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Andrew Wiggins has the type of name recognition companies pay millions for.
Not like Xerox or Google. Not even like Kobe Bryant or LeBron James. Not yet.
But walk into any AAU tournament, high school showcase or all-star game and mention his name and there’s a great chance that someone will incorporate the word “phenom.”
“It’s crazy,” said Myck Kabongo, a freshman point guard at Texas who played with Wiggins last summer on the AAU circuit. “I think everyone puts ‘Andrew Wiggins’ and ‘phenom’ together. Most people haven’t even seen him play … Then again, I’m not saying they’re wrong in saying it, though.”
Agree or not, the label — at least for now — is here to stay.
It didn’t hurt that Wiggins dropped 31 points and snagged 13 rebounds to lead CIA Bounce (Canada) past Garner Road (N.C.), 66-55, for the AAU 17U Super Showcase title Monday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports as part of the ESPN RISE Games.
“I like the phenom stuff OK,” said Wiggins, a rising sophomore forward ranked No. 3 in the ESPNU Terrific 25. “I’m definitely not a cocky person, but I mean who wouldn’t want to be thought of as a phenom?”
Perhaps the better question is does he warrant the label? Or is the skinny, 6-foot-7 athlete with tight handles, a consistent jump shot and freakish athletic ability a blind pick in a class we don’t know a whole lot about?
C’mon, the kid is only 16 with dishpan hands.
“But that’s the thing, when he was 13, he was proving himself against seniors in high school,” said Grassroots Canada AAU founder and coach Ro Russell, who coached Wiggins last summer. “I definitely don’t think you should put labels on kids too early, but sometimes it’s undeniable.”
To Russell’s point, Wiggins has consistently matched and dominated McDonald’s All-Americans and probable lottery picks.
Wiggins’ coming out party came in 2009 at the ScoutsFocus Elite 80 at Barton Community College in Wilson, N.C., where he played against McDonald’s All Americans like C.J. Leslie, now a sophomore at North Carolina State; Reggie Bullock, now a sophomore at North Carolina; and P.J. Hairston, now a freshman at North Carolina.
Wiggins averaged 18 points per game and had so many Sportscenter-esque dunks that he became an instant YouTube sensation. His 40-second clip has more than three million views.
“That got everything rolling for him,” said ScoutsFocus tournament director Joe Davis. “His skill level at 14 was on par or ahead of most high school seniors in attendance.”
Wiggins, who averaged 22 points and eight rebounds this AAU season, got it honest. His father Mitch was selected by the Pacers as the 23rd overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft and played six seasons with the Bulls, Rockets and 76ers. Wiggins’ mother, Marita, won two silver medals for Canada in the 1984 Olympics.
“If you were trying to construct the perfect athlete you’d want his parents to have their credentials for sure,” CIA coach Mike George said. “It’s absolutely in his genes. Some players just have God-given ability and Andrew’s definitely one of them. He’s had some special moments.”
Like last July when Wiggins scored 12 points in the bronze medal game to help Canada’s U17 National team squeak past Lithuania, 83-81, at the FIBA World Championships in Germany. James McAdoo led the USA U17 National team past Wiggins and the Canadians, 103-83, in the semifinals. Despite the lopsided loss, Wiggins scored a team-high 20 points in just 23 minutes.
Here’s some perspective: Every player on Team USA’s roster, comprised of players from the 2011 and 2012 graduating classes, were consensus top 10-15-ranked players. It makes it easy to understand why coaches from North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Connecticut, Kansas, Marquette, North Carolina State and Florida State are in hot pursuit of Wiggins.
“I couldn’t believe that he was so young,” said McAdoo, now a freshman at North Carolina. “He played with so much energy and he wasn’t scared out there at all. He’s a star.”
Wiggins will return to the U.S. this high school season after playing a year at Vaughan (Vaughan, Ontario, Canada), where he averaged 28 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks per game. He hasn’t made his mind up about which lucky school that will be yet.
“I’ll decide soon,” Wiggins said. “Right now I’m just trying to get better. I don’t want to be the guy that had a lot of potential. I want to live up to it. I want to be the best, but I know I have a long way to go to truly be a phenom.”
And so the quest begins.
Lake Buena Vista–The AAU Super showcases have returned! Thousands of college coaches, media and scouts are flocking to the ESPN Wide World of Sports to see some of the best prep basketball action in the country
The AAU Super Showcases feature marque 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade club teams from around the country. The events include two days of pool play and single elimination there after.
In past years, the AAU Super Showcases have seen the like of top college and NBA players including: Amare Stoudemire, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, Tyler Hansbrough and J.J. Reddick.
This year is no different.
The Super Showcases will be headlined by the nation’s top players, ranked by ESPNU, including:
Class of 2012:
#2 Isaiah Austin
#4 Mitch McGary
#5 DaJuan Coleman
#7 Rodney Purvis
Class of 2013:
#1 Julius Randle
#3 Nerlens Noel
#6 Troy Williams
Class of 2014:
#1 Theo Pinson
#2 Dakari Johnson
#3 Andrew Wiggins
You’re not going to want to miss the action!
The Class of 2012, 2013, and 2014 players will be squaring off in hope of making it to the championship, with the Finals airing LIVE on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. 10th Grade Super Showcase FINAL will be LIVE on ESPN3.com on July 25 at 3 p.m. On July 26 and 27, ESPNU will be airing Select 11th Grade Gold Super Showcase games culminating to the Finals of the 11th Grade Gold Super Showcase on July 27 at 7 p.m.
The 11th Grade Gold Super Showcase Semis will be broadcasted LIVE on July 27 at 12 p.m and 3 p.m. Then at 5 p.m., the 11th Grade Super Showcase Silver Final will take center court on ESPN3.com.
To stay up to date on all the results and schedules, CLICK HERE.
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Don’t forget to check out tomorrow’s wrestling finals LIVE on ESPN3.com starting at 3pm.
For all results at the Scholastic Duals, CLICK HERE
This year, 130 teams will visit ESPN Wide World of Sports for the 2011 AAU Wrestling Scholastic Duals, the largest Scholastic Duals Event in history. Teams from over 20 different states will gather for the toughest dual event in the country.
“Word has gotten out in the wrestling community about the quality and high level of competition at this event,” said Trevor Hartwig, AAU Wrestling sport manager, when asked about the growth of the tournament. “This event offers more “bang for the buck” giving wrestlers about 8-13 matches for the duration of the event.”
Last year’s District/All Star champion, Team DIESEL, is returning to defend its title from 2010, while other teams like Team Fuzzy Bees, Manatee Mafia and the Loafing Leprechauns will be vying for first place in the Community DI, Community DII, and Developmental Divisions.
The event is used as a showcase for college coaches, where they can recruit or evaluate athletes. For the fourth year, the Florida Army National Guard is sponsoring a team in an effort to ensure the absolute best athletes are able to represent the state to compete against the best wrestlers the country has to offer
The District/All Star Championship match will be broadcast on ESPN3, with coverage beginning at 4p.m on Tuesday, June 28. Check out the action from last year!
Lake Buena Vista– The AAU Junior National Championships are here again! Over 1,300 teams will be flocking to Orlando, FL June 14-22 for one of the largest youth volleyball tournaments in the nation. Teams are traveling from as far as: Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico.
Over 350 college coaches will be traveling between the Orange County Convention Center and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex to take in all the great tournament action.
Things kick off June 14 at 7 p.m with the opening ceremony and parade of teams at the ESPN Wide World of Sports baseball complex, home to the Atlanta Braves Spring Training.
Pool play for ages 10-15 will start Wednesday, June 15. The 15u and 18u open teams will begin serving up competition on Saturday, June 18 and the 16u-18u will take the court starting Sunday, June 19.
There will be a recruiting seminar Monday, June 20 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and is open to all coaches, parents and athletes. We have an amazing line up of volleyball coaches that include: University of Florida head coach Mary Wise, Chris Catanach from the University of Tampa, Penn State assistant coach Dennis Hohenshelt, Flager College head coach Taylor Mott and several others.
Be sure to tune in to ESPN3.com on June 18, 21 and 22 for live broadcasts of the finals. Here’s a breakdown of coverage each day:
Saturday, June 18:
*(newly added) 10:00- 11 Semifinal
1:30- 11u Championship Final
3:30- 12u Open Championship Final
5:45- 13u Open Championship Final
8:00- 14u Open Championship Final
Tuesday, June 21:
*(newly added) 11:00- 18u Semifinal
2:00- 18u Open Championship Final
4:30- 15u Open Championship Final
*(newly added)6:30- 17u Open Pool Play
Wednesday, June 22:
*(newly added) 12:00- 18u Club Semifinal
3:00- 18u Club Championship Final
5:00- 17u Open Championship Final
7:00- 16u Open Championship Final
We will also have coverage at the Orange County Convention Center from Space Coast Sports TV. Click Here to watch.
Stay up to date on all the tournament action by following us on Twitter @AAUVolleyball and on our Facebook page, Amateur Athletic Union. We will be giving score updates and posting videos daily so come interact with us!
For more information on this year’s tournament and results from last year click over to www.aauvolleyball.org.