This 2014 summer was full of unforgettable moments defining our four year journey. Going into the Spring we added a few new players that helped change the mindset of the team. The new mindset was able to help us accomplish several of our goals, including the main goal of being one of the top teams on the Adidas circuit. These accomplishments did not come without trials as we ended the Spring with injuries and game losses without a complete team. From last second buzzer beating wins to playing with only 5 players, the loses opened our eyes as a coaching staff and provided insights into how to coach the team moving forward.
In June, our players experienced invite only individual camps and playing with their respective high school team camps and tournaments. During this time in June, the players and coaches began to prepare for July knowing we had a goal of positioning our players for the best opportunities to obtain college scholarships. We knew it was going to be an uphill battle, but the thought of playing one last time together helped us drive towards our end of the summer two week trip.
We began late July with two tournaments in California. We performed very well in the first tournament. We ended the tournament with a record of 4 and 1 playing against some of California’s elite teams.
The next tournament featured some good teams from all over the country. One game during the tournament attracted over 40 coaches to watch us play. The interest and respect was humbling and exciting because this four year process has taken us from the unknown to being known all over the country.
The last tournament was in Las Vegas, Nevada where the exclusive 32 successful teams on the Adidas circuit were to battle it out to become champion. The first two games in pool play were played very well, but ended in loses. We played much better in the next two games which resulted in wins. We won the first round of the tournament against a very good MBA Elite team. The Sweet Sixteen was not as sweet to us as we loss in an epic, close game to a very respected rival in the EG All-Stars.
The last game of the summer was truly meaningful – it was full of emotions and unforgetrable teaching moments. Even though we lost our final game, we still ended up as one of the elite teams on the Adidas circuit and earning the respect of AAU and college coaches through out the country!
Our success is seen through signees:
Jake Holtzmann (University of Denver)
Austin Conway (University of Wyoming)
Mitch Lombard (University of Colorado)
Kyron Allen (New Mexico M.I. Junior College)
Karamoko Cisse (Eastern Wyoming Junior College).
Alex Olesinski, Tyler Garcia, Troy Green, and Nate Brown Bull have not made their decision yet with their school choices – CHOICES!
We did it…we set out in the beginning four years ago with the idea that our young men would end their AAU careers with school choices. Our success has come to fruition: to see each of our young men fulfilling their ambitions by playing at the collegiate level. What a journey!