In 2018 at the 7u AAU National Championships, Team Thrill beat New World for the chip. For the next 12 months the group of kids and coaches of the runner-up team were on a mission to get a piece of that national championship. The prelude to a 2019 national championship started with a name change from New World to Team Takeover Black under the umbrella of the Nike EYBL Team Takeover.
A year later, back in the DMV where they accepted defeat in 2018 in Baltimore, the boys in black and orange were fueled by that fire in 2019 and prevailed in the 8U National Championship game in Washington DC with a 36-30 win over Team Thrill. A team effort in the championship but Marcus Walker and Yusuf Zaid were co-MVP of the title tilt. In addition to winning the AAU national championship in 2019, they put together a monstrous resume along the way.
Team Takeover Black didn't peek at the beginning of the season and run the gauntlet but they got better all season long and began to peak in June towards the seasons end. Takeover played in 9 tournaments, appeared in the championship game in all 9 and won 7 tournaments along the way. Their tournament wins included the MLK Junior Phenom, McDavid Battle at the Lake, Potomac Valley AAU Regionals, June MIT, Balling on the Beach and the Junior Phenom The Finale Championships.
Takeover has three of the toughest guards in the nation for 2029 with Marcus Walker, Luke Roberts and C.J. Simms. These guards are tenacious on the defensive end which a lot of the time leads to points on the offensive end. Basir Smallwood, Ethan King and Yusuf Zaid are great wings that all shoot at a high clip and can put the ball in the goal.
The big man in the middle is the most intriguing kid in this class. Ethan Thabeet is the son of former #2 overall NBA Draft Pick, Hasheem Thabeet. Ethan already stands 5'7 and is a force on the defensive end blocking shots and rebounding every miss.
Success isn't easy, these boys practice 2-3 times a week while spending 2-3 other days training individually to build their individual skill set. The Takeover program has a great balance of team oriented basketball and skill development. Team Takeover finished the season as a co-#1 ranked team in the country with the All Indy Gym Rats who will now be known as the North Coast Blue Chips in 2020. Class of 2029 Team Rankings