Posted On: 04/15/19 10:41 PM
AAU Is Live! was held over the weekend in Fort Lauderdale. South Florida Elite would take the 16-U championship game, 51-50, over (Cooper City) Team Future on a half-court 3-pointer at the horn by Carlos Franco.
Here are the top 16s standouts from AAU Is Live!:
Carlos Franco, South Florida Elite
The Lake Worth 10th-grader impressed all day Sunday. Then he made the final play of the tournament, canning a half-court shot at the buzzer to defeat Team Future. Franco (pictured) has good size, excels at both ends and plays with composure. “Carlos is a great player,” SFE 16s coach Josh Yesner said. “He’s very versatile … can play multiple positions. He can rebound. He pushes the ball up the floor, and as you saw can hit a half-court shot when need be. But he’s a good kid and that’s the more important thing.”
Wilkenson Herve, South Florida Elite
The 6-foot-6 2021 big out of North Miami Beach Senior manned the middle for SFE. “Wilkenson is a great kid as well,” Yesner said. “Long arms, really rebounds well, has a nice mid-range touch. We’re looking for high-character players. We’ve got those here and they buy into what we want to do.”
Elijah Wyche, Team Future
Wyche is just a freshman at Cooper City High and is oozing with potential. You can play the 6-4 2022 at a variety of positions.
He averaged 10.4 points and 7.5 rebounds as a ninth-grader. Team Future lost in a one-possession game in the final despite Wyche missing the entire second half with a right ankle sprain.
Michael Robaina, Team Future
Robaina, a 10th-grader at Cooper City High, is a very composed point guard. He played an excellent floor game in a 57-52 semifinal victory over Next Step Elite. He showed he can also put the ball in the basket in the championship game before also getting hurt. Robaina went down with a left foot injury.
Max Gordon, Next Step Elite
Gordon, a 2022 guard out of Cypress Bay High, showed he was a big-time scorer Sunday. He was special in a 57-52 loss to Team Future. Gordon excels both from deep and at leading the break. Defensively, he applies heavy pressure. He caused several steals off the press late in the game.
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