Posted On: 07/30/19 6:26 PM

The AAU season is officially over for majority grassroots programs after this past weekend. I’ve decided to hand out some awards to multiple individuals and one particular team for their outstanding seasons. Here are the award winners below:

Best Coach: Vonzell Thomas Marcus Smart YGC 36

Coach Vonzell Thomas was my unanimous pick for best coach in the 17U division.  He did a great job of preparing his talented YGC 36 squad game in and game out. His attention to detail, in-game adjustments and ability to put his players in the right situations, resulted in them winning the Adidas Gauntlet Finale.

MVP: Cade Cunningham of Texas Titans 

Cunningham was my most valuable Texas player because of what he did on the EYBL Circuit this past summer. The point guard displayed an elite ability to create for himself and those around him at a high level, and also showed that he was his teams vocal leader.

Best Offensive Player: Baylor Hebb 3D of Empire

Hebb is a gifted scoring guard that knows how to play with or without the ball in his hands and just has a knack for putting the ball in the rim in an efficient manner. Hebb has exploded for multiple thirty and forty point-scoring games this season for 3D Empire.

Best Defensive Player: D’Avian Houston of  Cooz Elite 

Houston was a phenomenal all grassroots season on the defensive end. The point guard  is a versatile defender who uses his strong frame and lateral quickness to frustrate opponents.

Breakout Player: Manny Obaseki of Mudiay Elite 

 Before the season began Manny Obaseki was not a nationally ranked prospect, but after his terrific play on the UA Circuit he has received offers from High major schools and is now recognized as a top 50 player in the country for the class of 2021. The athletic guard has shown that he can make good decisions at the lead guard spot and knows how to use his explosive gifts when attacking players off the dribble.

Best Team: Marcus Smart YGC36 

YGC36, in my opinion, is the best team in Texas because of what they were able to accomplish this season by winning the Adidas Gauntlet Finale. The Dallas based AAU team was fun to watch because of how they share the basketball and play for one another. This gifted group had depth and versatility at every position on the floor.