Monday, October 21, 2013

NYBL Partners With Dunk Dog

NYBL to Partner with

As our motto promises, the National Youth Basketball League’s (NYBL) mission is to provide “Elite Competition and Maximum Exposure.” To this end, in an effort to maximize exposure for the teams and players in our league, the NYBL has entered into a media partnership agreement with to provide coverage for the 2014 NYBL season.’s Sr. National Scouting/Recruiting Coordinator Spencer Pulliam is a long-time supporter of middle school basketball, and has provided quality media exposure to numerous youth for nearly a decade.

During the 2014 season, will work exclusively with the NYBL to provide our teams and players with a high level of exposure and opportunities to place themselves on the collegiate radar. In fact, for each of the four sessions, including the ‘NYBL All-Star Weekend’, Pulliam says will publish previews, session recaps, as well player and team evaluations. In addition, the site’s popular weekly podcast, known as the ‘Slamcast’ will return for the 2014 season and provide an audio platform for live coach and player interviews. With as a media partner, the NYBL is poised to remain a significant force in middle school basketball in coming years! Please join us at the NYBL in welcoming Spencer Pulliam and to the NYBL family!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NYBL Release National Top 100 Player List

Wendell Moore-2019's #1 Ranked Player
The NYBL staff has worked very hard to compile the most complete and accurate National Basketball Class of 2019 Top 100 Ranking.  The NYBL staff has had the pleasure of watching and evaluating these players during the competitive inaugural NYBL season, the 6th Grade AAU Nationals in Hampton, VA, at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase where the NYBL All Star Top 20 and Top 40 games took place and at various other tournaments and camps around the country this past AAU season.  These rankings represent post season rankings that will be updated after this upcoming year’s AAU season at which time we will also release National Rankings for the Class of 2020.  When looking at our rankings we take into account the performance, production and potential of the prospect.  Also the player’s IQ and Skill Set come into the equation when we evaluate players.

Although many things can change between a player’s 6th grade year and his senior year of high school, we believe that this is a good starting point in the evaluation process for those talented players who are trying to earn college scholarships.  We understand that there will be debate that some players should be placed higher or lower in the rankings, and that players will move in and out of the class due to the reclassification phenomenon from year-to-year and certain players will get better and others will not, some will stop growing and others will sprout up, but it’s our goal to provide the best and most accurate list through our evaluation process.  So let’s dig in and analyze the Class of 2019 Top 100 National Basketball Rankings.

Jeremiah Francis-NYBL's Top PG
The Perimeter Rules 2019
Right now the breakdown of the Top 100 is heavily weighted to the perimeter.  The class doesn’t seem to have the overall size that the 2018 class does, but that could change as there is a lot of good height on the Watch List and the class is still very young so there is always a potential that the perimeter strength of the class could shift to the post down the road.  There are 22 Point Guards, 22 Shooting Guards, 22 Wing Forwards, 18 Power Forwards, and 16 Centers that comprise the Top 100.  58 of the Top 100 played in the NYBL.  We have also included a 35-player Watch List of players that we are monitoring and who could crack the Top 100 rankings when they are updated next fall.

Scottie Lewis-WF New Jersey
Wing Forwards are the Cream of the Crop
10 of the top 30 players are wing forwards led by Shariff Kenny who plays for DC Assault and plays up with the 2018 team that won the AAU National Championship two seasons ago as 6th Graders.  Kenny is followed by Chandler Lawson, Scottie Lewis, Jordan Mitchell and Thomas Bruner as the Top 5 Wing Forwards in the class.
Kobe Langley-Carolina Prep's Floor General
Carolina Preps have Major Talent
Wendell Moore checks in as the overall #1 prospect and top power forward in the class.  He was the horse that helped lead the Carolina Preps to the National Championship at AAU Nationals and a second place finish in the NYBL.  The Preps have 5 other players that teamed up with Moore to bring home the crown in Hampton debuting in the Top 100. Kobe Langley, Keyshaun Langley, Mike Green, Chaz Gwyn, Max Farthing all are ranked 63 or higher.

Tyler Brelsford-DMV's Top PG
The DMV is Strong with Ballers
5 of the Top 25 teams in the 2013 6th Grade DI Final AAU Power Rankings hail from the DMV which is DC, Maryland and Northern VA.   #8 ETU Select, #11 Baltimore’s Finest, #15 DC Assault, #17 Team Takeover, #22 MADE Elite shows the elite level talent that is in the DMV for the Class of 2019.  Metro Sixers also won the Classic Bracket which would make them the 26th best team in the country.  These top elite nationally ranked team explains why 19 of the Top 100 players reside in Maryland (12), Washington, DC (2), and Virginia (5).  Shariff Kenny, Justin Moore, Levar Allen, Gerard Mungo, Tyler Brelsford are the Top 5 ranked players in the DMV and are all ranked in the Top 27 in the class. The NYBL will take the next 5 weeks to analyze the five Position Rankings starting with the Point Guards next week.  After that we will begin to release our Pre-Season Team Rankings. Let the debate begin!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

NYBL Press Release

Season #2 of National Youth Basketball League Promises More Competition & Exposure

Columbus, Ohio (October 6, 2014) – Season #2 of the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) promises even more competition and exposure, as the league will expand from 3 sessions and one 24-team division, to 4 sessions and up to 100 teams in 3 grade divisions. Beginning in Washington DC on March 22, 2014, the league plans to host 40 seventh grade teams (2019), 32-40 sixth grade teams (2020) and 20 fifth grade teams (2021). In terms of the competitiveness of the league last season, of the 8 teams that advanced to Elite 8 at the 6th grade AAU Nationals in Jully, 7 of those teams participated in the NYBL this year, including both teams in the tournament finals and the reigning Nationals Champions!

As was the case in the inaugural season, the level of exposure generated by the NYBL will be unprecedented, as the league will partner with more of the major media outlets the traditionally cover middle school basketball. Not only will media outlets such as Basketball Spotlight, Dunk Dog, Buckeye Prep Report, Middle School Hoops and the Hoops Report be covering every move the NYBL makes, but the league’s new official website will be offering more coverage including session-by-session recaps, top performer lists, player and team profiles, special feature stories as well as national individual and team rankings. In fact, the NYBL will soon publish its list of the top 100 players in the class of 2019 on its official website.

In terms of the format, the same basic principles will be in place for season #2. Each of the teams in their respective divisions will be divided into four, 5-10 team divisions (depending on the division), and during each of 4 sessions, each team will play a total of 5 games (3 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday) against teams from an opposing division. Team standings, individual player stats, team and individual player profiles and photo galleries will be posted on the NYBL’s new website (, and at the conclusion of the first 3 sessions, the NYBL will culminate in a national championship in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of June 7th & 8th 2014. Because the league will feature most of the nation’s top teams in each grade division, session #4 will be considered a true “National Championship!”

2014 NYBL Session Dates & Locations:

Session #1                             March 22 – March 23, 2014                            Washington DC
Session #2                             May 3 – May 4, 2014                                         Atlanta, Georgia
Session #3                             May 17 – May 18, 2014                                     Louisville, Kentucky
Session #4                             June 7 – June 8, 2014,                                      Columbus, Ohio
All-Star Weekend               August 22 – August 24, 2014                          Washington DC

To ensure that the NYBL is second to none in organization, competition and exposure there are some very time sensitive items that are required for all participating teams. Below are the links it is imperative that all deadlines are met.

NYBL Team Commitment Deposit Due on or Before December 6th, 2013

Player Profile Form (must be completed for each player by March 1st 2014)

NYBL Team Registration (Must be completed with entry fee balance by January 31st , 2014


Rob Taylor  (614) 203-2929