Pictures from the OTA have been posted on the team's official Facebook page. The event was a total success. Everyone had a great time (even Aziz I think haha). The kids were really well behaved. As worn out as I was by the end of the day, by the next day I already was missing the kids and ready to get back to practice. Here is the link to the photos:
Once again, a big thank-you to Victoria's mom Blanca for putting this event together and also taking all the pictures. And a BIG thank-you to all the chaperones that helped me keep the kids safe.
Our next OTA will be Scorin' Torin's birthday party. EVERYONE is invited. The event will be June 8th and here is the address:
Wintermist Pool in Irvine. The cross street is East Yale Loop. Simply head West past the Boys & Girls Club on East Yale Loop until you hit Wintermist Ave and then take a Left Turn. Within a block and a half you will see the community pool on the left.
Bring shorts for swimming as well as basketball shoes since there is a court to play on. And bring a crazy costume. We will be filming our own version of the Miami Heat's "Harlem Shake".
Welcome to the Team
Please welcome our newest members of the teams:
Alex has been a practice player for some time now. At only 9 years of age and relatively new to the country (he recently moved here from Spain) he has worked EXTREMELY hard to get up to speed. He spends countless hours practicing at home and has come a long way since joining the team. With his work ethic, he as a bright future with our team. Andrew brings with him superb instincts, defense, and ball handling to help sure up our point guard position. With Andrew and Aanan working together at PG, the position has now become a strength of this team. Tim is a player that gave us a LOT of trouble during Winter League and Im very glad he's now on our side. He plays great defense, can score at will, and never takes a play off. Tobias brings excellent learning ability. I never have to tell him something twice. His defense is superb. I think that at some point this season with Tobias, Victoria, Marcus, Andrew all on the same court at the same time, it will be nearly impossible for opposing teams to score. Peyton & Marcus L are the newest members to join. They are eager to learn our system, get in shape, and show they have what it takes to play our style of basektball. And then their is Xavier. One of the most unique kids Ive ever met. He has the swagger of 10 rappers all in one lil body. He is a fast learner and plays GREAT defense. And then there is "Lucky". This kid has a knack for keeping everyone on their toes, and laughing at the same time. I have high hopes for him, I dont think he's really aware of his potential.
Im thoroughly excited about every member of this team going forward. With each season we are adding more and more talent. Our bench players are nearly as strong as our starters at this point. That will make us a very dangerous team.
As some of you may know, we will be splitting the team into 3
- 8 & under
- 10 & under
- 12 & under
Some of the more talented players on our team will have the opportunity to play on multiple teams. For example, I expect Marcus Green to suite up for both the 10U & 12U team. A few other players will fit this example as well.
The 8 & under team is my newest project. This is a work in progress. I hope to have the entire squad set and ready by July so we can enter our first tournament. So far, I have 3 outstanding talents on board. Khmori, Noah, and Gabriel. These 3 are going to be the foundation of what I know will be a DOMINANT basketball team one day.
Summer League Schedule
I will have our Summer League schedule finalised by this Sunday once the league has been formed this Saturday. We will be playing games on both Thursday & Friday evenings most every week from now until August.
July 5th thru 7th we will be entering our first tournament. The WCE25 Championships in Anaheim. The cost will be $325 per team. I have already registered both the 10U & 12U teams. So the cost per player will be split up evenly amongst the team. That should work out to about $50 per player if everyone wants to attend.