The summer sports world is one that is full of top-level competition. No matter the sports, each student athlete is trying to prove to college coaches that they deserve a spot on their roster. There is no better example of that than AAU summer basketball.
When looking at AAU basketball there are many different levels. The best level of AAU is split into three different circuits. The Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour circuits. All of which travel the country playing in a gauntlet of tournaments to prove who is the best team in the country. This past weekend the Under Armour circuit traveled to Westfield, Indiana where top players in the country battled against one another over the Memorial Day weekend.
While there were no current Indiana University commits or recruits at the tournament, there was top level talent including multiple 5-star players and many players that have been offered by teams within the Big Ten.
5-star IMG Academy junior power forward Jarace Walker, who plays for Team Thrill, was the highest rated player at the tournament with a 0.9971 composite ranking according to 247Sports.com. Walker is the 7th overall ranked player in the class of 2022 and holds offers from Michigan, Maryland, Auburn, and Florida State among many others.
5-star Oak Hill Academy sophomore point guard Caleb Foster, who plays for Stephen Curry’s AAU team, was the highest rated point guard with a 247Sports composite rating of 0.9926. Foster, who has just recently jumped into the eyes of college coaches, holds offers from Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and has interest from Louisville. Foster is the 21st overall ranked player in the class of 2023.
4-star IMG Academy junior small forward Noah Batchelor, who plays alongside Jarace Walker on Team Thrill, was the highest rated small forward with a composite rating of 0.9487 according to 247Sports.com. Batchelor is the 99th overall player in the class of 2022 and hold offers from Maryland, Memphis, and Clemson among many others.
Without question, the one player that had the most eyes on him this weekend was Emmanuel Hansel. Hansel has taken over the internet this summer with his high-flying ability but what makes him so unique is the fact that he is missing his left arm.
Hansel, who is from the Dominican Republic, was in a horrific accident that resulted in him losing his left arm. When he was six years old and living in Santo Domingo, a wall fell on him, leaving him trapped for almost two hours. Nevertheless, Hansel has been able to produce must-see highlights that have captivated basketball fans across the world.
The Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour circuits will continue to travel the country as the summer progresses. The next circuit to come to Indiana will be the Adidas Invitational held in Fishers from July 9th through the 11th.