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2016-17 NWBA Junior Division December Rankings

12/19/2016, 6:00pm CST

Varsity & Prep

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The NWBA Junior Division announced its 2016-17 December Rankings for Varsity and Prep levels of play. The rankings include the Top 40 teams for Varsity and Top 25 teams for Prep.

The undefeated (16-0) Dallas Jr. Mavericks - Blue enter the rankings for Varsity in the No. 1 slot for the first time for their Varsity team. A record that includes six wins versus top 10 ranked teams in Varsity. The Dallas Jr. Mavericks – Blue are led by seniors Tyler Buysse of Gunter, Texas and Zachary Steger of Richardson, Texas.

The Atlanta BlazeSports Jr. Wheelchair Hawks have a single blemish to their resume this season with a record of 10-1 and currently are ranked second. Contributors on offense for the BlazeSports Jr. Hawks include Samuel Armas of Villa Rica, Georgia and Joshua Joines of Kenneshaw, Georgia.

The defending Varsity national champions, Minnesota Jr. Rolling Timberwolves, come in as the third-ranked squad in Varsity. Rounding out the top five ranked teams in Varsity are the TIRR Memorial Hermann Jr. Hotwheels and Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers – A.

The top 16 ranked teams for Varsity will earn an invite to play in the National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NJWBT) at the 2017 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBT) presented by ABC medical in Louisville, Kentucky, March 30-April 2. Outside of the top four ranked teams, the following Varsity teams have received an automatic bid from results of Qualifying Junior Division Regional Tournaments to attend the 2017 NWBT: Denver Jr. Rolling Nuggets and Utah Rush – Varsity. Teams ranked 17-32 will receive an invite to participate in the National Junior Invitational Tournament at the 2017 NWBT. If a team does not accept their bid for post season play, invitations will be sent to the next team, in order of ranking, until both tournaments are filled.

The 5-0 Charlotte Jr. Hornets - Prep come in as the number one ranked team for the Prep level of play. The Jr. Hornets – Purple are led on both sides of the ball by Preston Howell of Charlotte, North Carolina, 2016-17 NWBA Junior Prep Player of the Week for the week of October 31.

The Chicago Skyhawks – Prep are ranked second as they look to defend their crown from the 2016 National Prep Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.

The WASA Bucks – Prep currently hold the No. 3 spot for Prep with a 9-1 record. The WASA Bucks – Prep are an offensively charged team having scored at least 24 points in all but one game and scoring more than 30 points four times.

The top 16 ranked teams from Prep are initially offered an invitation to participant in the National Prep Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NPWBT) at the 2017 NWBT. After confirming the intent to attend of the top 16 teams an invitation is sent to the remaining teams to fill all16 slots for the NPWBT.

2016-17 December Rankings – Varsity

  1. Dallas Jr. Mavericks - Blue*
  2. Atlanta BlazeSports Jr. Wheelchair Hawks
  3. Minnesota Jr. Rolling Wolves*
  4. TIRR Memorial Herman Jr. Hotwheels*
  5. Grand Rapid Jr. Pacers - A
  6. LWSRA Rolling Hawks - 10'
  7. RHI Indy Racers
  8. Denver Jr. Nuggets*
  9. Utah Rush - Varsity*
  10. Nebraska Red Dawgs
  11. WASA Bucks - Varsity
  12. Brooklyn Jersey Jr. Nets
  13. ParaSport Spokane – Varsity A
  14. Chicago Skyhawks - Varsity
  15. Seattle Jr. Sonics
  16. BORP Jr Road Warriors
  17. Oklahoma Blaze 10’
  18. Fairfax Falcons
  19. Peoria Wildcats - Varsity
  20. Phoenix Banner WC Jr. Suns
  21. Synergy Jr Bulls
  22. Michigan Rollin' Pistons/Challengers
  23. Tulsa Jammers*
  24. Bennett Blazers
  25. Katie's Komets
  26. Music City Thunder
  27. Richmond Sportable Spokes
  28. Mississippi Wheelcats
  29. Rockford Jr. Chariots
  30. Lakeshore Lakers
  31. Mad City Badgers
  32. Rancho Renegades
  33. Charlotte Rolling Hornets - Varsity
  34. St. Louis Jr. Rolling Rams
  35. Dallas Jr. Mavericks - White
  36. Portland Jr. Wheel Blazers
  37. San Antonio Stars
  38. San Diego Hammer - Varsity
  39. UAH Chargers
  40. The Revolution

*Automatic Regional Bid
**Automatic Conference Bid

2016-17 December Rankings – Prep

  1. Charlotte Jr. Hornets - Purple
  2. Chicago Skyhawks - Prep
  3. WASA Bucks - Prep
  4. BlazeSports Jr. Wheelchair Hawks Prep - Orange
  5. Fairfax Falcons - Prep
  6. Miami Valley Jr. Raptors - Prep
  7. RHI Indy Jr. Racers
  8. Minnesota Rowdies
  9. Parasport Spokane - Prep
  10. Oklahoma Blaze - Prep
  11. Bennet Blazers - Prep
  12. LWSRA Hawks - Prep
  13. Dallas Jr. Mavericks - Prep
  14. Lakeshore Sharks
  15. Kaite's Komets - Prep
  16. Grand Rapids Jr. Pacers
  17. Synergy Jr. Bulls - Prep
  18. Cincinnati Dragons - Prep
  19. Turnstone Flyers
  20. NY Rollin Fury - Prep
  21. MI Pistons/Challengers - Prep
  22. Nebraska Red Dawgs Jr. Prep
  23. Portland Jr. Wheelblazers - Prep
  24. St. Louis Jr. Rolling Rams - Prep
  25. GLASA Warriors

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