Several Utah AAU programs have thrived in out-of-state tournaments this year

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    June 25, 2013 1:14 a.m.

    Rockarolla, what "next level" are you talking about "most" all-americans not doing well at? Looking at the 2011 McDonald's roster, it's safe to say Behanan, Carter-Williams, Christmas, Kidd-Gilchrist, Hairston, McAdoo, Plumlee, Blackshear, Kabongo, Rivers, Teague, Thomas, Wiltjer and Zeller all did well, to say the least, at the college level and are all looking at being drafted in the 1st round (except Rivers, Teague and Kidd-Gilchrist, who already were). Looking at the McDonald's game MVPs since 2000, Zach Randolph, J.J. Redick, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, J.R. Smith, Josh McRoberts, Chase Budinger, Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, Tyreke Evans, Derrick Favors and Harrison Barnes don't seem to be having a problem at any of the next levels they've moved onto (Eddy Curry in 2001 was the only one between 2000 and 2010 without any lasting NBA success).

    Don't get me wrong, it's great that Utah teams are doing so well, but the real purpose of AAU these days is to get players recruited, not in wins or losses. Colleges all run vastly different defenses. They don't necessarily look for the players that "play" good defense, but for the physical tools to play.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    June 24, 2013 9:51 p.m.

    I think that the Utah teams do well because they choose to play defense. I have attended many many AAU tournaments across the country and most players only care about their highlight reel dunks and moves. Most McDonald all americans and AAU tournament MVP don't do well at the next level because they can only shine on the offensive side of the game. Look at last years national champ Lone Peak. That team thrived on the defensive end of the floor. I think that the High School and Some of the AAU coaches here in Utah are the best.

  • jpal1397 ,
    June 13, 2013 11:59 p.m.

    By adding Dayon Goodman to the list of players who have played with Utah Pump N Run over the years (Since 2004) this brings the total of scholarships awarded to players with Utah Pump N Run experience to 93. For the amount of time in the AAU basketball circuit I don't think anyone can compare with those numbers for scholarships.

  • Sheamus Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    AAU has exploded in Utah. Interestingly enough, a Davis High team back in 1986 was the first Utah AAU team to participate in an AAU National Tournament in Memphis.