Nike's and adidas' AAU champions will tangle in Las Vegas

Nike's and adidas' AAU champions will tangle in Las Vegas

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Nike's and adidas' AAU champions will tangle in Las Vegas

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Rawle Alkins can now prove which team is really the best in AAU. / Kelly Kline

Rawle Alkins can now prove which team is really the best in AAU. / Kelly Kline

Just after he dropped 34 points to lead the NY RENS to the adidas Gauntlet Finals championship last week, Rawle Alkins was quick to add perspective on what the win meant in his eyes.

“This proves that we’re the best team in the country,” Alkins said. “I mean who is better than us?”

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The GA Stars, who took home the Nike Peach Jam title last week, would beg to differ.

Recently, we caught up with players from each of the big three shoe company’s – Nike, adidas and Under Armour – AAU circuits to get their take on which circuit had the best talent.

Naturally, each player was adamant that their circuit was the best.

Come July 22, the answer to that question may be a bit clearer when the RENS and the Stars meet up for a showcase game at Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas), according to RENS coach Andy Borman.

The RENS beat the Atlanta Celtics, 80-66, in the adidas Gauntlet Finals; the Stars were equally dominant in their, 104-77, win over the St. Louis Eagles for the Peach Jam title.

The RENS feature Alkins, who is ranked No. 22 in the ESPN 100, and Mustapha Heron, who is ranked No. 26. The Stars feature Jared Harper, an Auburn commit who posted 34 points, eight assists and four rebounds in the Peach Jam title win, Udoka Azubuike, who is ranked No. 19, and Wendell Carter, who is ranked No. 4 overall in the ESPN 60.

When asked if he finally got what he wanted with the game against Nike’s champion, Alkins simply replied, “Yessir!”

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