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The Kids Are All Right


The Amateur Athletic Union offers young players the best exposure to pro and college coaches. Here are the most renowned teams and recent top alums

The Illinois Wolves

Last season's National Basketball Association No. 2 overall draft pick, Evan Turner, once played for the Wolves—considered the top Chicago-area team—alongside University of Illinois star Demetri McCamey.

The Southern California All-Stars

The L.A.-based team is coached by Pat Barrett (former University of Nevada-Las Vegas coach Jerry Tarkanian once called him "the biggest whore I've ever met"), who launched Tyson Chandler's career.

The P. Miller Ballers

Owned by its namesake, rapper and entrepreneur Master P, the Houston-based club counts Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings and Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar Derozan as alums.

The Miami Tropics

Florida's top AAU team, largely underwritten by Nike (NKE), is best known for producing Memphis Grizzlies point guard O.J. Mayo, who as a college player received cash gifts that violated NCAA rules.


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