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AAU Nationals 18 Open: Preview and Predictions

Will Kennedi Orr set her Lights team to Gold in its one and only National Championship effort?

AAU Nationals for the 18s Division is happening this weekend, a month earlier than it is normally. The 18 Open division in Orlando is typically smaller than other fields and we'll see that again this year. At the 2018 AAU National tournament, for example, 20 teams competed in 18 Open, versus 54 in the 17 Open field.

Part of the complaint about 18s AAUs in years prior was that it was too late into the summer - too many teams couldn’t fill a complete roster because players had early college obligations or wanted to be finished with the club season sooner.

So, AAU moved the event from June to the end of May and cut the tournament from four days to three. That being said, I’m curious as to why there are even less teams this year – just 16 in 18 Open.

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    May 22, 2019 at 11:22 am

    A number of teams from our area of the country are not going because a large number of schools graduate on Memorial Weekend. Students don’t want to miss graduation.

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    Sloane Green

    May 22, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    That’s a good point, too. Can’t accommodate everyone, I suppose!

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