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Monday, June 25, 2012

Oakland Soldiers YouTube Video Guide

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 5:28 PM

The Oakland Soldiers have planted a flag and made camp on Youtube. - ANDREW J. NILSEN
  • Andrew J. Nilsen
  • The Oakland Soldiers have planted a flag and made camp on Youtube.

Type "Oakland Soldiers" into the YouTube search box and 18 pages of highlights and interviews load up. As suggested in last week's feature story, "Swoosh Dreams," the teenage ballers on this AAU team are all over the internet.

There are three primary genres of summer league basketball YouTube video: the team highlight, the individual mixtape, and the interview.

Here's a dose of each.

Yay Area's Finest, a local production company headed by Travis Faris, created this highlight reel of San Jose Archbishop Mitty High School's Aaron Gordon, one of the top recruits in the nation:

Yay Area's Finest introducing this year's Oakland Soldiers roster:

And then with highlights:

As noted in the story, Soldiers' Executive Director Mark Olivier invited Faris to travel with the team. Here's his compilation of the team's best moments from this summer league season's first Nike EYBL session in Minneapolis:

Many who follow the Soldiers say that this year's team -- which features Gordon and top shooting guard prospect Jabari Bird of Vallejo Salesian High School -- isn't even the best team of the last three years. That would be the 2010 team, which fielded at least nine D-I recruits: Brandon Ashley, Dominic Artis, Kiwi Gardner, Josiah Turner, Jabari Brown, Nick Johnson, Chuks Iroegbu, Kyle Wiltjer, and Richard Longrus Jr. This is the team going 8-0 at the Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament:

Stanley Johnson, an incoming junior from Matter Dei High School in SoCal, and Bird, do an interview with

With Bird and Gordon out with injuries for the final two EYBL sessions, Johnson took control of the offense:

Perhaps the team's most memorable moment of the fourth EYBL session, in Hayward, was Trevor Dunbar's stutter step-spin that made a defender fall down (Dunbar will be a junior at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco this fall):

"The Circuit," Nike's web series chronicling this season's EYBL, has released some teasers and trailers on its YouTube page. Here's clips from the Soldiers' game against the Houston Hoops in the fourth session:

Here's Soldier Tyree Robinson hitting a game-winning three-pointer in the second session:

The show's official trailer:

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