Passing of the Torch

As the high school season hits mid-season break, the AAU teams begin gearing up for summer play. One of the strongest teams around year in and year out is MBA Hoops. MBA has one of the better groups of guys finishing out their careers and hitting the college ranks. Among them are Kenneth Nwuba (UCLA), Chukwuebuka “Jude” Akabueze (UAB), Ty Brewer, Michael Barber, DaQuan Smith (Murray State), Garrison Wade, Miles Miller and Onyinyech “Brown” Eyisi.

In the AAU world, it’s about getting the guys the best offers you can then moving on to the next group up. The guys leaving out provided tons of firepower for MBA Hoops the last few years but the upcoming guys are looking more promising than ever.

Jaemyn Brakefield, who plays a nationally challenging schedule at Huntington Prep (WV), is one of the most heralded and sought after sophomores in the country. The highly ranked 5 star player is lining up to be a blue blood catch. He already has three visits to Kentucky in his young career. I fully expect the top 20 ranked player to continue to climb the rankings to a top five spot.

Following Jaemyn will be an up-and-coming freshman from Tennessee. Joining MBA Hoops this season will be a 6-8 sharp-shooter that is soon to be a nationally ranked prospect. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, Clarksville Academy (TN), journeyed down to Meridian in the fall to participate in the Rodney Hood Camp. Brandon quickly rose as the top player for his age and was placed with the upperclassmen. He later participated in the All-Star games from the camp against several former and current pro players. Since the camp, I’ve learned that Brandon will join MBA Hoops and he will  help Jaemyn continue MBA Hoops success. With both of these blue blood studs in back-to-back years, MBA Hoops should continue to roll as one of the best around.

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Brandon Huntley-Hatfield 6-8 ’21 SG/SF

Other great MBA Hoops Alumni

Rodney Hood 6-8 G Duke/Utah Jazz

Monta Ellis 6-3 G formerly Indiana Pacers/Golden State Warriors

Trey Johnson 6-5 G Jackson State/formerly New Orleans Hornets

Fletcher Cox 6-6 MS State/NFL-Philadelphia Eagles

Wesley Harris 6-9 F West Virginia

BJ Miller 6-0 PG Troy

Mario Kegler 6-8 G/F Baylor

Malik Newman 6-3 G Kansas

Tyson Carter 6-5 SG MS State

DaQuan Smith 6-2 G Murray State

LaQuinton Ross 6-8 SG Ohio State/NBA G League

Lamonte Turner 6-0 PG Tennessee

Malik Hines 6-10 C UMASS

Kevin Sims 5-10 PG Tulane/former International Pro player

Deville Smith 6-0 PG UNLV/International Pro player

Julyses Noble 6-0 PG Arkansas

Jeremy Wise 6-3 PG Southern Miss/International Pro player

Derrell Robertson 6-10 C Depaul

Dylan Smith 6-6 SG Arizona

Nick Weatherspoon 6-2 PG MS State

Jude Akabueze 6-10 C UAB

Kenneth Nwuba 6-11 F/C UCLA

Tymond Howard 6-6 F UTEP

Darius Hicks 6-8 F NC State

Demarco Cox 6-8 C Georgia Tech/International Pro player

Romero Osby 6-8 Oklahoma/formerly Orlando Magic

Maurice Bolden 6-10 SF Southern Miss/ NBA G League

Shawn Buchanan 6-0 PG New Mexico State


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