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TODAYS SPOTLIGHT TEAM is the U17 UNITED TEAM. They are coached by one of the best coaches in New Jersey AAU or High School in JIMMY O. Untied is one of the best AAU programs in New Jersey. They play the best competition every year and turn out great players such as ALL STATE players Brynn McCurry (Villanova) and Allison Sweeney (Richmond) last year. The program is known for having high academic type students and playing team basketball. Last year they won the U17 HGSL CHAMPIONSHIPS. This year they will move to Select 40. They years group is a talented blend of athletic players. It is a mix of young stars and  seasoned veterans. They have one of the best freshman and sophomore’s in the state on their roster. This is a team college coaches should swam too!

                           THE TRACK RECORD


Last years group won the HGSL CHIP. This years group has started out with a bang. Last weekend they blew out all the competition in the Coaches Choice. It should not have been a surprise. Because  prior to that, they went to Boston and took on elite competition. They knocked off two of the best EYBL TEAMS in the country. Addy Platt and Ella Kruzer are proving they can play with the best in the country. Carlie Lapinski has seen real improvement and appears ready to take her game to the next level. Brooke Baisley showed she indeed is a D1 player. Maya Summerville has picked where she left off last year and was simply wonderful. This entire time has a proven track record of winners. Jimmy O is the conductor. They have drama free parents and a AAU culture like no other. The play together and win together. College coaches are again in for a big treat. College coaches would be wise to remember this, the UNITED KIDS HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF  ALL GETTING BETTER AS THE SUMMER MOVES FORWARD.Many times UNITED kids out grow their current recruitment by summers end.







Before I start I would like to clear up a little terminology. When I say a player is a lock Division one player that means a player has a offer on the table or I believe will eventually have multiple D1 offers at some point…key word being “multiple”  MY TRACK RECORD IN THIS AREA SPEAKS FOR ITSELF











Fence sitters  are players without a D1 offer that can land on either the D1 side or the  D2/D3 side of the fence based on their summer performance.




When I call a player a GYM RAT, that player is constantly in the gym, outside their team practices and comfort zone. The player seeks competition outside their AAU environment and their work ethic is bigger than their ability. GYM RATS don’t train alone, they train with killers. These players train against high level competition. I never call a player a Gym Rat, unless I have personally seem them against older elite competition and PERFORM at a high level while doing so. They are not just in the gym at every turn and seem to always be around. BUT THEY CONSTANTLY DO MORE AND ALWAYS EXTRA. These players will be better in college than in high school and can play a level HIGHER than their recruitment. I believe you build programs with gym rats…they have an added value recruiters do not get to see. Gym Rats are tough to find as all coaches know. But remember  just because a player is not a gym rat. IT DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE NOT HARD WORKERS. There are hard workers and then there are GYM RATS…Learn the difference.




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Jimmy “O” as he is known, is well known in the AAU world for one reason. He is one of the best coaches in the business. He is a masterful teacher. Few understand or know how to develop a team better. His teams are known for playing as a unit with players all embracing there roles. It’s why college coaches love UNTIED players. But perhaps what JIMMY “O” is most know for in college circles is this. You must see his teams early and late. That’s because all his players seem to h jump a level from the start of the summer to the end.  Jimmy was a successful high school coach long before he started dominating the AAU world. His teams always play the best competition an are always prepared. Jimmy “O” is organized and detailed minded. It’s what separates him from most of all other programs. That and winning chips. He prepared kids for the next level without drama or over bearing parents… this is no ordinary coach or program.



Possible  D1 players (6)

Special note- this team has (2) DIVISION 1 fence sitters




















She has all the tools to be a great player one day. She shoots the three with range and is excellent at attacking the rim. She is talented baseline offensive finisher in traffic.. She is a dangerous offensive rebounder. She is athletic and aggressive. She walked away with the MVP at the Battle of Boardwalk vs nationally ranked #4 SJV. She has a rock solid handle without all the flash and dash.  She is  D1 talent, especially if the defensive side becomes elite, which it should be the case because all the tools are there. She has a true competitive nature. ALWAYS in the mix.  HIGH ACADEMIC, Ivy and Patriot schools would be wise to check in.












She is STRONG with a real physical true physical presence. She has a college body and is always fit.  She is a traffic rebounder on both sides of the glass. She can play bully forward of the stretch four as she has range to 23 feet. She has seen a serious upgrade in her performance. She is a physical defender who is not be afraid to mix it up. She is an underrated passer for the high post or in the paint. The step up in AAU competition should elevate her game and act as a proving ground.  She sprints the floor and plays with real energy. Carlie Lapinski has the look of a future D1 player.












She is SUPER athletic and a rebounding machine.  This is a player that defends all 5 positions. She has reliable handle, that allows her to play inside or out. She  has willed herself into a  3 point shooter. Plays way bigger that her true 6’0” height. Blessed with a Competitive nature, she comes to play every night. Winning attitude and work ethic. Blessed with a true work desire to master her craft. Her Length and mobility combined with nice quickness make her a defensive difference maker. This is a young lady who has made a living being under the radar while out playing brand name players for years now. This is a future D1 player with a proven track record. She is HIGH ACADEMIC recruit. But Mid Major plus schools must get in the mix. I say she will be even better at the next level.











She is a big strong guard, slasher, knocks down the three to 25 feet. Has the ability to get to the rim. Excellent body and size, that should make her an excellent defender at the next level. Wonderful rebounding guard that can push the ball. She is a willing passer.  Saw massive improvement during the high school season. She is no stranger to playing against Top competition, as high school team played a high competitive schedule.  She has am improving handle, with lots of upside. She is a natural talent with a possible D1 future with a big summer.. stay tuned!









SO VERSATILE it can only be called a gift., She handles the ball against pressure, like a point guard.  She has one of the most dangerous 1st steps in the state. She is already an  elite defender and masterful in passing lanes. The always dangerous three point shooter is a handful because of her next level up pull game to the table.  Has every type of finishing move at the rim with either hand. She is not just Next level at filling lanes in transition, she is ELITE. COACHES SHE IS FLAT OUT FLITHY IN TRANSITION. Plays the role of play maker or decision maker because of her ability to see 2nd level defenders. Coaches this is the real deal in every aspect of the game. She unselfish and a dream like teammate, dropping dimes like it’s a bad habit. One of the best players in New New Jersey’s 2025 class. Classic Gym Rat. She is not just athletic, quick and tough. She brings a real basketball IQ to the table as she is the product of elite coaching at level of basketball. She trains at US HOOPS the home of too many great players to mention and one of the true teaching  school in the training world. Her coach Joe Gaba of Chatham, is one of the best minds in New Jersey and is a task master. Then during AAU it’s with Jimmy O turn. Do you get the picture? This is how you do it coaches, teaching, development and competition, she my friends is doing and getting it all. She is HIGH ACADEMIC type student. She is D1 lock multiple with  offers on the table and Future ROCK STAR!












Great body and built for any style of play. Reliable no frills handle. Nice shooting rang to 23 feet. Rare female that elevates over opponents on her jumper. She is murder in the post vs smaller guards do to the elite footwork. She is murder in transition. She has a nose for the ball and is a 50/50 ball star. She is improving defender daily and always has active hands and she is very  mobile. Voted the Star Ledger top freshman this past season. Many believe a Top 5 baby in the state. They may be right. But one thing is clear she is a future D1 lock. It is impossible not to fall in love with this young ladies game.  She had a old school game with a modern day talent.


The word pesky is how to start. Winning competitive nature. Total floor general. Knows how to organize a team. She is a next level point guard that knows  how to distribute the ball. She has a full understanding of clock and Situation. Makes opponents pay for going under screens. Elite ball care taker. Knows when to go and when to stop.. rare stuff in young point guards. Despite size attacks the basket. Reliable head of your defense, strong  on ball defender with active hands and harassing style…The GYM RAT who embraces high level competition is  a Future IVY and Patriot lead guard. Insanely skilled and blessed with a next level IQ. Winning attitude and personality. This is a player that makes your culture elite and we don’t have to tell how important that is these days.










She is one Tough hombre. She is a classic duty work player. Does all the little things that fans don’t notice but coaches appreciate. She is a clean up woman on the glass. Fights tooth and nail in the post. She  shoots the jumper but relies on shot selection. Know how and when to attack the rim. Talented and vastly underrated. Classic effort blue collar player wrapped around true ability.












She is  pure point guard, very quick, makes everyone better, smooth jumper, defends, excellent court vision. She is a program kid.


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