REGIONAL STANDINGS April 25

 

 

Let’s take a look at the standings as of April 25, 2015. The positions and the vote tallies of these teams are subject to change and what is published here may not be reflective of the standings as they currently exist on TheTournament.com.

For up to the minute standings, check out the TEAMS page.

Northeast

The Syracuse alumni team jumped out to an early lead, hit 1000 fans within its first week, and hasn’t looked back.  The story in this region, though, is probably best seen in positions 2-4. Lynchburg College Club Basketball, HBC (Hurley Basketball Club), and Triumph all employ an online grassroots approach to vote recruiting. Their ground-games must be outstanding for them to have done so well, so early. With momentum on their side, expect these three to continue to rack up the votes. WOYG, led by YouTube basketball star Dre Baldwin isn’t far behind and can be expected to steadily increase its vote total, as Baldwin continues to call on the support of his many social media followers and YouTube subscribers.  Liberty Ballers is another to watch, as the popular Philadelphia-based blog has the type of following, and forum, to continue to get the message out through June 1 and beyond.

 

  1. SYRACUSE ALUMNI 1,136
  2. LYNCHBURG COLLEGE CLUB BASKETBALL 386
  3. HBC 365
  4. TRIUMPH 351
  5. WOYG 347
  6. LIBERTY BALLERS 312
  7. THE HORSEMEN 307
  8. TEAM MILL RATS 282
  9. BINGHAMTON GREEN ARROWS 232
  10. THE CITI TEAM  232

Midwest

The boys from Eberlein Drive continue to benefit from their experience in qualifying in 2014, this year drawing on the combined efforts of the citizens of Fraser, MI and the fan-base of 2014 qualifier Olivet Nazarene. Armored Athlete has used a consistent social media effort to drum up support, while One Chicago, which entered, qualified, and ultimately withdrew in 2014 as Chicago Solid Gold, has used a grassroots, personal communication effort to get to third place. Watch out for the Sconnie Legends (2014’s 3rd overall vote-getter) and the Illinois Hoopville Warriors, both of whom have the experience and the fan-base to pull in significantly more votes than they have to date. The Wisconsin alumni team, which already boasts the support of NCAA National Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky, is a clear threat to take over the votes in this region, while Houston Live, a pro/am team that has been barnstorming the country and winning tournaments for years, is another team that could challenge for a first round bye.

  1. EBERLEIN DRIVE  474
  2. ARMORED ATHLETE  303
  3. ONE CHICAGO  153
  4. MAJERUS SLU CREW 133
  5. SCONNIE LEGENDS  121
  6. MINNESOTA FLAME 110
  7. ILLINOIS HOOPVILLE WARRIORS  103
  8. WISCONSIN 88
  9. HOUSTON LIVE  63
  10. MINNESOTA RANGERS 37

 

 

South

Small towns, big cities, and individual, grassroots outreach are the stories so far in the South region, where Showtime, based in tiny Council, VA (pop. 500) is in the lead with 255 fans. Following closely behind are the Brooklyn Blazers, led by Tamel Straker, an MTA Train Conductor and basketball trainer from Brooklyn, NY. The Jabroni Project continues to enfranchise fans in droves. Expect the Jabroni’s to get a boost, having recently inked Josh Brown as a booster and added several players who can all assist GM Eric Fischer in the vote-getting.  Team Krossover, supported by and named after the NY-based game-film breakdown company, continues to reel in votes. Expect big things in the vote-getting from Team BDB, which boasts viral sensation Aquille Carr, former #1 national recruit Josh Selby, and Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders as a booster. Another team to watch from a votes perspective is Dunk City, a reunion of the famed Florida Gulf Coast team that made a memorable run in the NCAA tournament in 2013.

  1. SHOWTIME  256
  2. BROOKLYN BLAZERS 226
  3. JABRONI PROJECT 218
  4. TEAM KROSSOVER  207
  5. OKLAHOMA 125
  6. TEAM BDB  79
  7. DFW SQUAD 61
  8. DUNK CITY  35
  9. SEAN BELL ALLSTARS 15
  10. HEAT CHECK 9

 

West

In the West region, Cali Boyz and Global Select, both of whom boast excellent rosters so far, lead the way. Larry Gordon (GM/SG for the Cali Boyz) and Brian Gee (GM/SG for Global Select) went to competing schools in CA and look to continue that rivalry in TBT. The biggest recent mover in this region is the Colorado Buffs alumni squad, which made a big splash on Thursday and has seen its fan count go from zero to 130+ in two days, a testament to the planning of GM Beau Gamble. 7Outz, based out of Las Vegas, and Seattle ProAm are also very likely to bring not only strong squads, but also high vote totals to TBT by the time the voting ends on June 1. Look out for The Pistol Shrimps, an all-women’s team based out of L.A. with the sworn purpose of beating down the haters.

  1. CALI BOYZ 174
  2. GLOBAL SELECT 158
  3. COLORADO BUFFS  141
  4. 7OUTZ 83
  5. SEATTLE PROAM 77
  6. TEC NATION 52
  7. PISTOL SHRIMPS 22
  8. UNRECRUITED19
  9. COAST 2 COAST 17
  10.  THE E LEAGUE 11