At this point, most 2019 basketball fans already know just how ultra competitive the field was in the inaugural season of the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL). As an example, of the 13 teams that played in the NYBL this year and are currently participating in the 6th grade AAU Nationals in Hampton, Virginia, all 13 teams won their opening round games on Tuesday. In fact, in most cases on Tuesday, NYBL teams not only won, they won BIG!
Below are the day-one results: The league champions, All-Ohio Red, defeated VA Select 70-28 to make a big opening round statement; Carolina Preps smashed the Georgia Stars 78-36; Deron Williams Elite crushed Team FOE 62-18; the Southern Stampede got by ACAD Prep Hawks 56-47; the SC Hornets rolled over the Louisiana Jaguars 68-28; 6th Man Warriors pulled out a 54-49 win over the Cats; ETU Select got a 55-26 win over the Aiken Warriors; Carolina Chaos outclassed the Atlanta Celtics Black 62-37; the Metro Flyers beat the Metro Sixers 51-42; New Heights defeated the Milwaukee Spartans 58-45; the Upstate Warriors squeaked by M.A.D.E. Elite 47-43; E1T1 notched a 55-48 win over Middle TN Impact; and Team Izod/Sports U blew by South Piedmont Heat 46-30 to secure an opening round win.
In all likelihood, one of the NYBL teams listed above will take home a national championship. If the NYBL finals are any indication, All-Ohio Red and Carolina Preps could be the favorites to win it all. With that said Deron Williams Elite, SC Hornets or Southern Stampede could get on a role and pull the upset. The only real chance that the NYBL won’t be able to claim national championship is if the G3 Hoosiers get by Deron Williams Elite in the Sweet 16 and makes a run at the title.
The way I see it, they only way we see an all NYBL final is if Deron Williams Elite can get by the G3 Indy Hoosiers in the Sweet 16 on Friday and the Memphis War Eagles on Saturday in the final 4. I think one of these teams will come out of the left side of the bracket. Unfortunately, the other top teams are all on the right side of the bracket and are likely to knock each other out. It should be a great tournament and the NYBL should be well represented in the medal round come Sunday! Good luck to all of the NYBL teams!