The Coca Cola Nationals took place June 18th – 20th in Garden Grove California. The event featured nearly 500 youth teams ranging from 2nd grade all the way to the 11th. This huge tournament-style event featured 5 competitive divisions for each age group. Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Invite, which was the top division. I spent most of the weekend evaluating talent in the Invite division, which featured several high-level glass cleaners. In this article, we take a look at the top Rebounders from the event.
Malachi Hennigham 6’4 PF AEBC Skyriders 2026 – High Motor, uber-competitive, athlete. If it came off the rim, Hennigham probably grabbed it. He has the total package as a rebounder, size, athleticism, a high motor, and a tremendous second jump. He was able to fly through the air to grab out of area boards, and he simply outworked everyone for in traffic rebounds
Ty Coleman 5’9 PG Vegas Elite 2026 – Rebounders come in all sizes and pound for pound, Coleman is one of the best. The diminutive PG has a knack for coming down with boards. A lot of it is motor, Colman never quits on transition plays, putting himself in position, and then using sheer will and determination to wrestle down in traffic rebounds.
Mikey Wilkins 6’6 PF Heights 2025 – Wilkins moves well for a young player of his size. He has good lateral movement and foot speed and gets off the ground well. These skills applied to a powerful 6’6 frame, make Wilkins a problem on the glass. He got several tips and putbacks, using a quick second jump to either keep the ball alive or retrieve it himself. When engaged he rebounds alone off both backboards.
Braxton Caruso 6’0 C Sneaker Steal 2027 (featured image) – Caruso works hard. He’s a dedicated glass man constantly banging down low for position. He has strong hands and showed the ability to maintain control of rebounds, keeping the ball high to avoid being stripped by pesky guards looking to swipe down. His rebounding ability helped Sneaker Steal take home the 12U title.
Alvin Loving 6’2 PF SF Soldiers 2025 – Loving played a huge hand in the Soldiers making a run to the 14U title game. The lefty banged down low, grabbing tough in traffic rebounds to help his squad advance.