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AAU teams continue to compete in their weekend tournaments, but the circuit will be on fire when the first evaluation period starts up on July 8th. It will be three weeks of chaotic hoops, with teams heading to Vegas, Cali, Duncanville, and more. Teams and players will have a shot at playing against the best competition across the country, and the chance of landing on a college programs radar, or even better in grabbing an offer.
We give you a quick glance at some of the area AAU teams and how they’ve faired this spring, getting ready for the summer AAU circuit.
SA Spurs- Led by a good mix of ’16 and ’17 talent, the Spurs recently won their Bryan/College Station GASO Championship bracket. Led by top 2017 prospects, PG Kobe Magee (Brandeis) and SG/SF Marco Anthony (Holmes HS), paired with climbing 2016 prospect Robert Christian (SG) of Sam Houston HS, the Spurs have plenty of talent up and down their roster. In their championship win over the Howard Elite, it was Christian leading the way with a cool 21 points.
PACT (black)- Also claimed a championship bracket over another local team, the Texas Bulls at the College Station GASO. It’s a trio of 2016 studs that are leading PACT: Deandre Young (O’Connor), Imani McKnight (Churchill), and Kijana Love (Steele). Young and Love make a good backcourt combination, while McKnight uses his 6’6″ frame down low to be effective around the basket, both on offense and defense.
SABO (Gold)- Led by the best prospect in the ’16 class, Clevon Brown (Churchill HS), the Warhawks are usually mentioned as a part of the top group. They did capture a San Antonio GASO Championship where Clevon Brown led the way with 23 points. They also feature two of the area’s top ’17 prospects in River Reed (Reagan HS) and Jeff Fesperman (Churchill HS), and a bunch of talented ’16 players in Lesean Brown (TMI), Dorian Lopez (Marshall), and Colin Hale (Aransas Pass).
Texas Tigers Elite- They fell just short in their quest for a GASO bracket championship, falling to FV 5:17, 71-66 in OT. This group is led by the 2016 local talent of Sam Kearns (Clemens), Devante Ford (Clemens), Ethan White (East Central), and Nassier Fludd (Churchill). In the championship game loss, it was Kearns who paced the Tigers with 20 points.
210 Jayhawks- Over the last 2-3 years, the Jayhawks have established themselves as one of the better clubs in the Greater SA area, and this AAU circuit is no different. Last month they won their Memorial GASO Championship bracket led by guard play. The trio of Devin Blair (Judson HS) and Jarehn White (Judson HS), and Patrick Ramos (Judson HS), are as good as any in the SA area. Up front, the Jayhawks pose problems with versatile big man and Columbia commit, Karthik Reddy (St. Mary’s Hall), and the ever improving Lavaris Duncan (Judson HS) who has slendered up and is showing he can get up and down the court.
Team Hoop Dreams- A fairly new organization ran by Mr. Hoop Dreams himself, William Gates, has been the area’s biggest surprise, making some noise with success at the Kingwood Classic, GASO, and local tournaments. They feature a talented squad that can go toe to toe with most, if not all area AAU teams: Jalon Gates (Clemens), Jhonathan Dunn (Alamo Heights), Frank Harris (Clemens), and Charles Johnson (Warren).