Elite hoopers make their picks for AAU awards and superlatives

Jaylen Brown was voted "Top Bucket Getter" by his peers. / adidas

Jaylen Brown was voted “Top Bucket Getter” by his peers. / adidas

The players have spoken.

After more than four months traveling around the country, and world, for AAU events, showcases, Team USA, skills camps and tournaments we polled more than 30 elite players in the rising senior and junior classes, who were instructed not to choose themselves, and tallied their votes to come up with winners in different categories; everything from Most Likely No. 1 NBA Draft pick to Biggest Trash-Talker.

Here’s who the players decided deserved the hardware.

BEST DUNKER: Kwe Parker, Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), AAU – Karolina Diamonds (N.C.), SG, 2016

BIGGEST TRASH TALKER: Isaiah Briscoe, Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.), AAU – Playaz (N.J.), PG, 2015


BEST BACK-TO-THE-BASKET GAME: Diamond Stone, Dominican (Milwaukee), AAU – Young Legends (Wis.), C, 2015

BEST FACE-UP GAME: Skal Labissiere, Evangelical Christian (Memphis), AAU – Team Penny (Tenn.), C, 2015

BEST PASSER: Jalen Brunson, Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.), AAU – Mac Irvin Fire (Ill.), PG, 2015

DEADLIEST SNIPER: Austin Grandstaff, Rockwall (Rockwall, Texas), AAU – Team Texas Elite, SG, 2015

BEST SHOT SWATTER: Ivan Rabb, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), AAU – Oakland Soldiers (Calif.), C, 2015

BEST KILLER INSTINCT: Malik Newman, Callaway (Callaway, Miss.), AAU – Jackson Tigers (Miss.), SG, 2015

BEST HANDLES: Isaiah Briscoe, Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.), AAU – Playaz (N.J.), PG, 2015

MOST LIKELY TO DECIDE ON A COLLEGE LATE: Harry Giles III, Wesleyan Christian (High Point, N.C.), AAU – CP3 All Stars (N.C.), F, 2016

MOST LIKELY TO DECIDE ON A COLLEGE EARLY: Antonio Blakeney, Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.), AAU – E1T1 (Fla.), SG, 2015

MOST LIKEY NO. 1 NBA DRAFT PICK: Ben Simmons, Montverde (Montverde, Fla.), AAU – E1T1 (Fla.), F, 2015


BIGGEST MATCHUP PROBLEM: Jayson Tatum, Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis.), AAU – St. Louis Eagles (Mo.), F, 2016


MOST LIKELY TO LIVE ON THE SPORTSCENTER TOP 10: Malik Monk, Bentonville (Bentonville, Ark.), AAU – Wings Elite (Ark.), SG, 2016

TOUGHEST DEFENSIVE ASSIGNMENT: Dennis Smith Jr., Trinity Christian School (Fayetteville, N.C.), AAU – Team Loaded (N.C.), PG, 2016

TOP BUCKET-GETTER: Jaylen Brown, Wheeler (Alpharetta, Ga.), AAU – Game Elite (Ga.), SF, 2015

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