Week 1 of the PYBL Summer season is off to a fast start. While a few squads didn't have the best debuts, the beauty of the season is watching the growth and development of such a talented group of youth basketball players.
It was a hard decision but after seeing each team make their debut, the first edition of the PYBL Summer Power Rankings is finally here. I'm sure there will be some gripes and by all means, feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@HereGoJayAgain), I might respond.
1. Arlington (1-0) - The Arlington Elite squad looks like one of the deepest squads in the PYBL. In their first game of the summer, they won easily over Prince William behind a barrage of scoring. All but one of their 11 players scored in their opening game. They're a team that isn't scared to share the ball, nor are they afraid to turn up the pressure on defense. They boast an attack fullcourt press that is relentless all game long. With the length of Deshawn Harris-Smith, Bryson Moore and Cortland Simmons, Arlington certain has the potential to challenge for the summer crown. They will face a tough Fairfax squad at Bishop Ireton on Thursday at 6:30PM.
2. Baltimore (1-1) - They took a loss in the opening week to a solid Frederick Elite group, but their victory over Anne Arundel rules the day. It looked like Sunday's doubleheader took some energy out of the Baltimore Elite squad on Sunday. After opening their first game strong, they came out in the second game lackadaisical and it cost them a win in the long run. I'm sure it will motivate them going forward as they don't play again until June 24.
3. Southern Maryland (1-0) - It's hard to put last summer's defending champions out of the Top 3. They won their opening game of the season, 80-45, over Charles Elite and they made it look rather easy. Isaiah Arnold scored 24 points on nine made field goals while Asaa Gregg finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. They should be tested throughout the season but with Arnold and Gregg leading the charge, don't count them out. They play Prince George's on Wednesday at 7:45PM.
4. Anne Arundel (1-1) - Anne Arundel Elite is another squad that could contend for the summer crown, despite losing to Baltimore Elite this past Sunday. Jaden Johnson is averaging 20.5 points through their first two contests. They're still feeling each other out, but their opening victory over Loudoun County was impressive. Big man Amani Hansberry is another name to watch as well. He's averaging 13.5 rebounds per game already. Anne Arundel will face Montgomery on Tuesday at 6:30PM.
5. Washington D.C. (1-0) - Washington D.C. Elite is a scrappy group led by Jeremiah Quigley and Jaden Winston. The duo combined for 35 points in their team's comeback victory over Prince George's County. Quigley fought through foul trouble to come through his squad at the end. Dajuan Riggs and Colin Rynalds should also key contributors on the team this as well. They'll face Charles Elite on Wednesday this week.
6. Fairfax (1-0) - Fairfax Elite debuted a new star in Jacoi Hutchinson to pair up with Ben Woodward in the backcourt. Hutchinson finished with 28 points in their victory over Alexandria, 63-61. His 28 points so far the season-high for most points in a game this season. Jacoi is starting early on his King of the Summer campaign. Along with Hutchinson and Woodward, Aiden Billings and Isaiah Ragland are two other players who should be solid contributors on this squad. With a meeting against Arlington on Thursday, they have a chance to shake up the rankings.
7. Frederick (1-1) - Frederick Elite is No. 7 for now, but with more victories like the one on Sunday, they'll certainly move up the ranks. A victory over Baltimore Elite has boosted their prospects for now, thanks to Marvin Brimage Jr.. Brimage poured in 21 points against Baltimore after scoring just nine in their opener against Montgomery. They were missing Terrell Webster on Sunday but other guys like Zane Adnan and Mathani Swinson stepped up huge. They'll need more from them this Tuesday against Prince William at 7:45PM.
8. Montgomery (1-0) - Montgomery Elite won a close game in their summer opener over Frederick, 56-54, so it's no surprise they're one spot behind them. Corey Chesley put up a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) in the victory, showing off his potential in the process. Quint Booker also had 12 points while Farrell Crowell scored eight of his 10 total points from the free throw line. They're a balanced squad, that's for sure, so their spot at number eight should definitely change soon. Montgomery will face Anne Arundel on Tuesday at Landon School at 6:30PM.
9. Prince George's (0-1) - Prince George's County Elite lost a tough one to Washington D.C. last week but that tough word should get them some more victories this summer. Tieron Vick finished with 11 points and eight rebounds on 5-of-7 shooting. Habib Kamara had 13 points. Their premier player Kalen Cobb didn't have his best shooting game (1-of-13) but he still had 10 points on 8-of-9 free throws along with 16 rebounds. With first game jitters out the way, things should change for Prince George's soon. They face Southern Maryland this Wednesday at Cesar Chavez at 7:45PM.
10. Alexandria (0-1) - Alexandria Elite finds themselves in a tough position in the power rankings but a few wins could change all of that. They're ninth for now but they've got talent in Macon Dean, Ramon Jones Jr. and Cameron Gillus. Dean and Jones led the team in scoring in their first game with 15 points. Gillus led the team in assists with five and steals with four. They'll need to find their star power to make a move in the ranks. Their first chance comes against Loudoun County this Thursday at 7:45PM at Bishop Ireton.
11. Prince William (0-1) - Prince William Elite was short two big men due to injury and their lack of size was instantly exposed in Week 1 by Arlington Elite. Nasir Coleman did manage to score 14 points but the rest of the squad managed just 19 points on 8-of-39 shooting. Coleman also had seven rebounds and five steals. They'll need to find some new production to recover or it could be a long summer for them. They face Frederick in Week 2 at Landon School.
12. Charles (0-1) - Charles County Elite drew a tough Week 1 matchup in facing defending champion Southern Maryland and it showed. They fell 80-45 but they showed some good things. Jayden Brown led all scorers with 14 points. Kyan Bowman led the team in rebounds with eight. They only shot 4-for-20 from 3-point range in the first week, but a few adjustments in the gameplan can change that. Their next game will be this Wednesday against Washington D.C. at 6:30 PM.
13. Loudoun (0-1) - Loudoun County is a young and scrappy squad but their lack of depth showed in Week 1. They put up 44 points in their loss to Anne Arundel this past Tuesday. Sean Robertson fueled the offense with 11 points. Alex Bokman had a rough shooting night, going 3-for-14 in the season opener. He finished with six points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. They'll need to lean a Robertson and Bokman a lot this summer if they hope to win some games. Their next opponent will be Alexandria Elite this Thursday at Bishop Ireton.
Check out last week's highlight's below: