Under Armour has been very aggressive looking to distinguish its grassroots basketball league, the Under Armour Association (UAA), in recent seasons and their efforts have never been more apparent than in the competition's fourth season. With a revamped website
that looks more like that of a professional league than one dedicated to grassroots hoops, unparalleled coverage of the 15U and 16U age groups, dedicated measurements on all players, Synergy Sports Technology integration, and free livestreams featuring premier matchups, the UAA has looked to raise the bar on the summer circuit.
One understated area where the UAA has made major strides is with their record keeping. Offering box scores, play-by-play, and live stats from the 15U, 16U, and 17U levels, no summer circuit offers more data for public consumption than Under Armor. In part one of our two-part series diving into the available data on the UAA, we take a look at the advanced statistical leaders from all three age groups. Part two will focus on the measurements.17U Advance Statistical LeadersEstimated Wins Added (Value Added)
2.6 Silvio De Sousa
- Florida Vipers
2.6 Jahvon Quinerly
2.0 Joshua LeBlanc - Louisiana Elite
1.9 Devon Dotson - Team Charlotte
1.9 Saddiq Bey - DC Premier
It isn't surprising to see IMG (FL) standout Silvio De Sousa
hold down the top spot in Estimated Wins Added in the UAA this year among four other seniors-to-be. A consensus top-25 players in the class of 2018 being recruited by a who's who of college programs, De Sousa posted one of the highest EWAs at last summer's FIBA Africa U18 Championship playing for Angola thanks in large part to his imposing combination of strength, quickness, and explosiveness. PER, which EWA is based on, frequently favors productive big men, and De Sousa's chiseled frame, dominance on the offensive glass and work as a finisher in transition distance him from the pack here. He's improved his skill-level as of late, showcasing a budding jump-shot, improved footwork as a slasher and post-up threat, and a focus on crashing the defensive glass and pushing it himself in the open court.
Among the most productive guards in the UAA each of the last two years, Jahvon Quinerly
out of Hudson Catholic (NJ) is shooting a remarkable 60/50/85 through 8 games while also dishing out assists at an elite rate. A creative playmaker who continues to make strides with his pick and roll prowess, Quinerly has taken his game to another level in large part due to the improvement of his jump-shot. He's playing the game with superb confidence and poise, and making a very strong case for himself as one of the top point guards in this class.
Madison Prep (LA)'s Joshua LeBlanc ranked as one of the most efficient scorers in the UAA last season and has been extremely productive on a per-minute basis this season averaging 22.2 points, 14.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.6 steals, and 4.1 blocks per-40 minutes. A long power forward who is constantly around the ball and doesn't hover too far from the paint, LeBlanc is a consummate workhorse inside. He doesn't have elite size for a big man at 6'7, but his plus five wingspan helps compensate for that. He's starting to rack up offers from a host of power five schools as of late, in large part due to his gaudy production on the AAU circuit.
One of the faster rising prospects in the country this spring, Devon Dotson is a talented two-way guard who does a little bit of everything from the point guard position, but excels in the open floor and on the defensive end where his quickness allows him to be a difference maker. Already productive at this level, Dotson's improvement as a decision-maker on the move could raise his profile even higher down the road.
Another player who has picked up a lot of steam already in recruiting circles over the last month but remains a bit under the radar, Saddiq Bey out of Sidwell Friends School (DC) is a jack of all trades wing whose productivity is indicative of the winning style he plays. 16U Leader:
2.1 Eric Dixon - WE R1
A tough, long-armed, imposing 16-year-old center out of Abington (PA) with a mature frame, Dixon is a 2019 prospect whose ability to create his own offense in the post and make plays with his competitiveness on the boards has helped make WE RI a force in the 16U Division. Already holding a number of high major offers, Dixon played at the USA Basketball Junior Minicamp last summer. 15U Leader:
2.1 Jaden Springer - Bobby Maze
Another player who was invited to the USA Basketball Junior Minicamp last summer despite being a year younger than nearly all the other attendees, 14-year-old shooting guard Jaden Springer
has been nothing short of dominant in the 15U Division posting the number above over that competitions shorter schedule. A 2020 prospect whose cousin is NBA player DeAndre Bembry
, Springer is a natural scorer whose size, length, aggressiveness and ability to create contact set him apart at this level.
141.0 Tucker Richardson - SportsU
140.5 Jahvon Quinerly
134.1 Russell Barlow - Texas Hard Work
134.1 Saddiq Bey - DC Premier
133.3 Immanuel Bates - Team Felton
A former 2017 prospect who has served as a valuable offensive roleplayer in a complementary role, Tucker Richardson's success has a lot to do with the player slotted right behind him, as Jahvon Quinerly
has propelled the UAA's most efficient offense with his play from the point guard position. Richardson is a tremendous shooter who spaces the floor effectively with his deadly jumper, but can also come off screens and is making 56% of his 3-pointers in the UAA. He has a strong feel for the game, and his ability to play a role efficiently, combined with his size, will undoubtedly help his recruiting efforts.
A big bodied center with a mature frame, Russell Barlowe isn't the flashiest player, but at 6'8, he's a capable shooter out to three-point range who can hold position inside and finish with solid touch proving very efficient in his role.
Bey ranks in the top-5 here as well as he's a good reflection of DC Premier's offense on the whole with his ability to draw fouls and avoid turnovers.
A long, bouncy forward who plays way above the rim, the vast majority of Immanuel Bates's shots in UAA play this point have been dunks. A prolific shot blocker and offensive rebounder, the Northwood Temple Academy (NC) senior-to-be has the type of high level physical tools and athletic ability that make him a very intriguing prospect to watch down the road. 16U Leader:
135.6 Gregory Gibson - Texas Hard Work
A sweet-shooting forward playing on one of the better teams in the 16U Division, Gibson is making 43% of his three-pointers, has been lights out form the elbows, and only goes inside when he can score opportunistically. 15U Leader:
151 Godsgift Ezedinma - Texas Hard Work
A 6'7, 2020 power forward averaging a double-double, Ezedinma is an energetic player with good touch and a budding skill set in the paint. Points Per-40 Minutes
33.67 Silvio De Sousa
- Florida Vipers
30.22 Devon Dotson - Team Charlotte
27.83 Joey Baker - Team Felton
27.80 Miller Kopp - Houston Defenders
26.95 Jalen Suggs - Grassroots Sizzle
Leading the UAA in dunks by a significant margin, De Sousa has made himself at home around the rim through two sessions. Devon Dotson has been similarly productive in the open floor using his shiftiness with the ball to break down the defense, but has also made set shots at a serviceable rate from the perimeter.
Joey Baker is the only 2019 prospect on this list, and after a solid showing in the UAA last year, he's emerged as one of the most capable scorers at the 17U level this season. A skilled wing with a nice frame, Baker is a terrific jump shooter who has improved as a shot maker off the dribble and already has offers from some of the top schools in the country.
A super aggressive offensive player who is prolific in transition but fairly inefficient in the half court, Miller Kopp is the highest usage player in 17U this year in terms of possessions per game.
A two-sport star playing up two years, Jalen Suggs doesn't look or play like a 15-year-old 2020 prospect. An active defender with good instincts attacking the rim, Suggs already has a number of big offers with plenty more on the way. 16U Leader:
31.4 Zach Dieterich Harvey - KC RUN GMC
A skilled scorer with nice touch away from the rim, Dieterich-Harvey played a key role in KC RUN GMC's 15U Championship last season. A capable shooter and slasher ranks as a consensus top-75 prospect in the class of 2019, the 6'4 guard has good athleticism and impressive scoring instincts. 15U Leader:
35.8 Jaden Springer - B. Maze
Unsurprisingly, Springer had been the most productive scorer in the 15U Division helping B. Maze to a massive 41.4 points per 100 possession scoring differential. Rebounds Per-40 Minutes
16.18 Emmanuel Dowuona - Team Breakdown
15.73 Moses Brown - New Heights
14.60 Joshua LeBlanc - Louisiana Elite
14.44 Elijah Kiah-El - Philly Pride
14.33 Nazreon Reid
Emmanuel Dowuona left his native Ghana at age 16 with little playing experience, but intriguing raw ability. A lean, mobile center with good size and length for the college level, Dowuona turned 19 earlier this year, but is still fairly new to the game. He's developed into a prolific rebounder, but struggles with foul trouble and is still learning how to make his presence felt on a consistent basis offensively.
Among the most intriguing physical specimens in high school basketball, Moses Brown is a rapidly developing true 7-footer beginning to make strides towards attaining his lofty long-term potential. A tremendous area rebounder, Brown's sheer size and steady motor make him a difference maker on the glass.
LeBlanc and Elijah Kiah-El are the shortest players on this list. LeBlanc's length allows him to play bigger and he has perhaps the best rebounding instincts of any power forward in the UAA this season. Kiah-El, on the other hand, isn't particularly long, but is a true grinder for a Philly Pride team that is comfortably the top defensive team in the UAA this season.
Naz Reid ranks among the top long-term prospects in the UAA this season. A long power forward with a mature frame that belies his 17 years of age, Reid is a uniquely strong, skilled prospect that is still learning how to impose his will on games. Nearly averaging a double-double while shooting 42% from beyond the arc, Reid is a massive talent with a potentially very bright future. 16U Leader:
16.6 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl - KC RUN GMC
Another highly regarded 2019 prospect from KC RUN GMC's 2016 15U Championship team, Robinson is a physical 6'8 forward with a strong frame who can be a factor on both ends around the rim. 15U Leader:
22.5 Godsgift Ezedinma - Texas Hard Work
A major reason Ezedinma leads the 15U Division in EWA is his massive rebound rate. Texas Hard Work is the only 15U team outside of B. Maze with an efficiency differential of over 25 points per-100 possessions as they appear to be class of the Division. Assists Per-40 Minutes
10.09 Jaecee Martin - Connecticut Basketball Club
9.01 Jahvon Quinerly
8.74 Paul Person - Team Breakdown
8.70 Denelle Holly - Philly Pride
8.62 Jordan McCabe - Wisconsin Playground
A diminutive point guard with great quickness who weaves in and out of traffic, Jaecee Martin is a fearless penetrator who does his best work as a pass-first point guard who likes to make the simple play as well as drive and dish unselfishly. He's already fairly capable facilitating out of ball screen actions and already holds a number of Division I offers from smaller programs in the northeast, but needs to improve his consistency as a jump shooter.
Among the most prolific pick and roll weapons on the summer circuit, Jahvon Quinerly
's combination of vision and shooting ability give him good long-term potential as a lead guard at the college level and beyond.
Paul Person has struggled with his efficiency as a scorer, but has made an impact in a variety of other areas rebounding the ball at a high level, getting others involved, and playing hard-nosed defense. Not a particularly polished decision-maker, Person's quickness allows him to make some plays in drive and dish situations nonetheless.
Denelle Holly is a steady floor general out of Martin Luther King (PA) who flashes terrific vision and unselfishness coming off the bench for the Philly Pride. He has room to grow as a scorer, but has a good feel for his role as a facilitator.
A crafty, creative point guard with a penchant for making highlight reel passes who also plays with excellent pace, West Virginia commit Jordan McCabe is arguably the top ball handler in the class of 2018. Not overly big or explosive but extremely crisp making moves off the dribble and delivering the ball to teammates, McCabe has consistently stood out among floor generals in the UAA. 16U Leader:
8.4 Nico Mannion - Earl Watson Elite
One of the more highly regarded prospects in the class of 2020, Nico Mannion
is the son of Pace Mannion
who played at Utah before moving on to a lengthy stint as a roleplayer in the NBA and a star in the Italian 1st Division. A 6'2 point guard with an advanced scoring arsenal, reliable jump shot, and an impressive feel for the game, Mannion has already fielded offers from some of the best programs in the west.
6.3 Braelon Bush - Houston Defenders
A small, but creative guard with a solid skill level, Bush is a capable penetrator and passer and makes some smart rotations defensively, but is still very early in his development as a 2020 prospect. Blocks Per-40 Minutes
8.33 David Iwowari - Houston Defenders
6.71 Immanuel Bates - Team Felton
5.45 Riley Sorn - Washington Supreme
4.27 Dion Harris - SportsU
4.07 Scottie Lewis
- Team Rio
A long, athletic forward from Nigeria, Iwowari passes the eye test with the way he covers ground defensively and read opposing scorers timing up his rotations over to the weakside. He's been nothing short of spectacular protecting the rim in UAA play.
Immanuel Bates has been almost as impressive.
Riley Sorn ranks among the tallest players on the grassroots circuit thing spring. The Richland (WA) standout measures a massive 7'3.5 in shoes with an even wingspan allowing him to block shots on his stand reach alone.
Dion Harris isn't the biggest or most freakishly explosive player on this list, but he's a quick, versatile defender whose competitiveness helps him get to a lot of shots as they're going up.
Scottie Lewis ranks among the more intriguing prospects in the class of 2019 with his combination of length, athleticism, and versatility. He's really struggled to find his offense and has looked frustrated at times in turn, but his placement here shows how versatile he is as a player. The only true wing on this list, Lewis's explosiveness and motor are what separate him as a prospect. Able to impact the game in a variety of ways, Lewis does his best work at the moment as a rebounder, defender, and finisher. 16U Leader:
6.2 Makhel Mitchell - DC Blue Devils
A physically mature big man whose twin brother Makhi has been the more productive scorer and rebounder, Makhel Mitchell is a physical presence on the interior where his length allows him to provide some rim protection. The 2019 prospect out of Bishop McNamara (MD) is a candidate to grow into one of the top-100 players in his class. 15U Leader:
8.6 Atwood Newton - Team Thrill
A skinny wing with great size, Newton is early in his development as a player, but his size and quickness allow him to swat shots pretty effectively at this level as he regularly surprises shooters.