The 1st annual Simply Challenge kicked off with a bang. Many of the top aau programs and players was in attendance which made for some exciting plays as well as competitive matchups. Here are some of the Creme of the Crop of the 17u Division.
Kevin Gadd - Team Grr (Granada) Very good size that can do it all. Sharp Shooter with excellent vision making him a superb passer. Earned MVP honors and led Team Grr to the Championship!
Zion Wilburn - Team Lillard (Pinole Valley) Only a 2024 played well vs older competition and showed his athleticism and improving 3pt touch. Put us on notice with his excellent court vision.
Jalen Glenn - PHPS (Inderkum) Attacks the rim with force and can finish high over the rim. Also Jalen can hit the deep 3 ball which makes him a tough matchup to stop each night. Stock has been on the rise all year long!
Jalen Stokes - PHPH (Dublin) Very Impressive in the Simply Challenge event scoring at well and attacking the rim with force often finishing with aggressive dunks. Great size which lets him play inside and out. c/o 2025.
John Squire - Bay City Warriors (St. Ignatius) - Dominated the paint all weekend long, and had many plays above the rim! Will be on many of the HA's and ivy's this spring/summer!
John Squire (2023 6’7) dominated the inside this weekend and showed an ability to make plays happen facing up or back to the basket. Will be a hot topic for many of the HA’s from across America. @BayCityBBall— SIMPLY BASKETBALL (@simplyy_bball) March 27, 2022
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Andre Gomez - CTB (Grant) One of the top 2026 players on the west showed why he will be an immediate impact player when he plays his HS game.
Benny Ruiz - Mudville Elite - Was the catalyst for Mudville as he a hard nose defender and knockdown shooter.
Savion Daniels - Sac Hoyas (Inderkum) at 6'4 Sac plays bigger than his listed height is quick on his feet and punish you like a football player. Expect his name to pop up frequently these next 365 days.