AET Makes A Statement With Winter Jam Crown
January 6 2020
DALLAS, TX — The seventh-grade division was the largest of the HYPE Sports Winter Jam, and in the end, AET (Oklahoma) emerged as the Platinum Division champions from the 42-team field as well as the only unbeaten team in the Class of 2025.
An opening 40+ point win against HHBC Red (Texas) set the tone for the weekend, as AET earned a 6-0 record at the tournament, with an average margin of victory of 21 points per game. Their opening bracket game against Team Griffin (Oklahoma) proved to be their closest, but following wins versus San Antonio Future (Texas), Gladiators Sports (Texas), and BTR (Oklahoma) there was little doubt that AET was the most talented team in attendance.
The Gold Division winners, Drive Nation (Texas), also impressed as their only loss of the weekend was against AET (Oklahoma) in pool play. Lastly, the Silver Division champs, Mansfield Trojans (TX), are deserving of special mention after bouncing back from a pair of pool play losses to end their weekend with four consecutive victories.
Personally, I’m very curious to see how all of these teams will fare at the national level in the coming months, because typically Texas is regarded as one of the most respected states when it comes to youth hoops talent. Considering that fact, it should not be overlooked that Oklahoma currently appears to have at least three teams deserving of national recognition in the Class of 2025, including AET, Below The Rim (BTR), and Team Griffin.