Sunday, July 13, 2014

Johnson, Robinson, and Madison: ABR Live Summer Send-off

Darius Williams is not the only new* face on the GA Stars Augusta AAU team. Daquarius Johnson, Jaylan Robinson, and Keon Madison are also recent additions who seem poised to make an impact during the July evaluation period.

Johnson (6'4" forward) is extremely explosive with a soft shooting touch. Robinson has a very quick first step and he attacks the basket well. And Madison is a defensive pest who can run a team and knock down the open shot.

See these high school teammates (GAIS Eagles) in the video above of action from session 1 of the ABR Live Summer Send-off.

Brown's vs Angels: ABR Live Summer Send-off

The opening game of last Tuesday's ABR Live Summer Send-off was a good one between Brown's Electric and the Alleluia Angels.  Alleluia jumped out to an early lead behind the inside play of Hayden Hebert and the sharp shooting and heady basketball of guards Ben Dresser, Mac McBride, and Elliot Balducci.  But Brown's guards proved to be too much for the Angels in the end.  See the highlights from the game in the video above.

And join us Monday, July 14, at the Old Columbia Middle School for session 2 of the ABR Live Summer Send-off.

GA-Lina Heat: ABR Live Summer Send-off

The GA-Lina Heat 16u AAU team lost to a tough opponent (GA Stars Augusta 17u) in session 1 of the ABR Live Summer Send-off.  But the Heat are very capable of doing damage in July.  The team was led last Tuesday by the inside-outside combination of Daniel Chisolm (Laney) and Stephon Washington (Butler).  Watch the duo in the video above.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Darius Williams: ABR Live Summer Send-off

Along with the Southern Kings, the Georgia Stars Augusta 17u team has long been our area's top program. And the return of Josey guard Darius Williams makes them a scary draw in July.

Williams shoots and handles the ball so well. Add explosive athletic ability and Williams is able to score better than anyone locally. He averaged over 30 ppg as a junior, and he showed why it comes so easily Tuesday during session 1 of the ABR Live Summer Send-off.

See a sampling of what Darius does in the video above. And stay tuned as we follow Williams and his Stars teammates through session 2 of the Summer Send-off and next week's Peach State Summer Showcase.

Brooks, Taylor, and Walker: ABR Live Summer Send-off

I have long been impressed with the Laney (Southern Kings AAU) trio of Jayshawn Brooks, Jalen Taylor, and Jervon Walker. I saw them consistently play hard and play well as they tore through Laney's June Summer League schedule, including an undefeated run through the Augusta Metros Summer Series. And they were at it again Tuesday at the old Columbia Middle during the first session of the ABR Live Summer Send-off.

As expected, Laney coach Buck Harris' guys play the game the right way. Brooks is a lights out shooter with very good athleticism. And he is rapidly improving his ability to create off the dribble. Taylor is long and athletic. And he can bury the mid range jumper consistently. Walker plays harder than most, sacrificing his body for loose ball and rebounds, running the court, and finishing in the paint.

Brooks is probably a future shooting guard in a division 1 program. But at the high school and AAU level, these three make up a formidable front line.

Stay tuned to this site for updates about the Southern Kings 17u an the rest of the areas AAU teams who are competing during July's evaluation period. And watch for the July 14-15 ABR Summer Send-off Session 2" schedule!

Reid Impressive in his Return

It has been 16 months since we have seen former Harlem guard Reggie Reid.  After leading Harlem to a .500+ record and a spot in the 2012 GHSA state playoffs, Reid transferred to Elev8 Academy in Florida.  Tuesday at the first session of the "ABR Live Summer Send-off" was our first look at him since the 2012 Spring Showcase.

Reid has always been an exceptional athlete who uses his quickness to attack the basket and his strength to finish in the paint.  And one look at Tuesday's pre-game lay up line was enough to verify that Reggie has continued to develop his athleticism.  But during the game, he also showed the ability to knock down the perimeter shot off the catch and off the dribble.  I look forward to seeing Reggie play this month with his Augusta based Southern Kings team.

The Southern Kings will compete in the Augusta/Aiken based Peach State Summer Showcase July 16-20.  But they will begin the evaluation period today with an 8:00 P.M. game in Atlanta against the nation's 5th ranked AAU team, the Florida Vipers.  

Stay tuned for more stories and videos about the area players we hosted Tuesday in session 1 of the "ABR Live Summer Send-off."  And watch for the July 14-15 session 2 schedule!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Team Power is Ready for the Test

The Augusta based Team Power 16u AAU team has been competitive on the national stage for years. The team features most of the area's best rising juniors.  And session 1 of the "ABR Live Summer Send-off" gave the Power the chance to test its group against the area's top 17u team, the Southern Kings.

The Kings prevailed.  But the Power represented itself well and seems poised for an impressive run during July's evaluation period.  While Augusta Christian guard Madison Williams and Monroe (Albany, GA) High School forward Napoleon Harris showed flashes, Westside guard Damontrez Hawes competed fiercely throughout the evening.  The Patriot standout did a little bit of everything, burying threes, making mid range jump shots, attacking the basket, and defending the ball.

Coach Greg Williams' squad will take on the formidable Florida Vipers in the Atlanta area Thursday to begin a month of ultra competitive basketball.  Stay tuned for updates about area teams and for the July 14-15 "ABR Live Summer Send-off: Session 2" schedule.