|All-Ohio Red (2019) Debuts at #1|
Not only does the NYBL spotlight the top individual talent in the country, the league provides exposure to many of the top teams in the nation as well. Although the level of competition in the league has been well documented, the link below seeks to rank the best of the best that currently participate in the N.Y.B.L.
Heading into Session #1 in Washington D.C. a couple of weeks ago, the CP3 All-Stars, the defending AAU National Champions, were the consensus #1 team in the class of 2019, after having collected a handful of early championships. However, a defeat at the hands of Texas Express Elite early on day one in D.C. upset the natural order of things. Just when everyone was about to anoint Josh Woodson’s squad top dog, the South Carolina Hornets staged an upset that now gives them a legitimate claim to the thrown.
Lost in the early conversation was Demorko Bradley’s All-Ohio Red team. Despite being the reigning NYBL champions, including a top 3 finish at the AAU Nationals last year, All-Ohio some how had slipped in the public opinion polls. However, their stellar play in the Nation’s capital has put them back in the conversation as potential winners. A 5-0 start in the opening weekend is always a great way to start. The overhauled Team Rio National had a lot of momentum heading into the season, and a 4-1 record keeps their title hopes alive. Mike Saunder’s George Hill Rising Stars squad is new to the league this year and their 1 loss in District Heights proves they are also contenders.
The state of North Carolina has reason to poke their chest out, as they have 3 teams (CP3, Team United & Carolina Chaos) debuting in the top 10. Team United is new to the league and already has 5 wins to their credit. Mike Dobbins’ Carolina Chaos is still looking for respect after a great 2013 campaign and a 4-1 start (5-0 due to forfeit). Don’t let Team Takeover’s 3-2 record fool you; they played one of the toughest schedules in the league in D.C. and they have the talent to upset some teams if they aren’t careful. A couple of sleeper teams include the Brampton Warriors and Butler Elite, both of whom are loaded with talent and are well coached. Either team could get hot in Columbus and upset a higher seed
Below is a link to the league’s official team rankings, which will be updated at the conclusion of each session. We will not only consider than win/loss record, but also the strength of schedule. As is the case with all rankings, there is some subjectivity, but we tried to use common sense when formulating the rankings. In addition, we ranked all 32 teams in the 7th grade division this time, but going forward, only the top 25 teams will be ranked. Finally, later in the week we will release the 6th grade rankings as well as the official Session #1 Top Performer list. For now, let the debate begin!