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Travel Team Preview: Team MOAM 17U

By Rick Staudt, 04/19/17, 9:00PM CDT

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Next up in our travel team preview series is Team M.O.A.M out of Central Florida.  The acronym stands for “Man On A Mission” and the team is sponsored by Los Angeles Clipper Austin Rivers.

“This group will be competitive and defensively tough”, said Head Coach Andrew Gustafson.  “We’ve got good kids that are academically qualified and play with a bit of a chip on their shoulders.  It is a very athletic team and the kids are fun to coach.  Our schedule will put us out in from of as many college coaches as possible and they will soon see these guys deserve a real chance to play at the next level.”

While it may not be a deep group inside, each player brings a great deal to the table in their own way.  Junior Dejuan Lockett, a 6’5 forward from Orlando Christian Prep will be joined by 6’9 junior Francis Agbata of Orlando Faith Christian, 6’6 Andres Czechowicz from Orlando Downey Christian, and 6’9 senior Mac Poole from Winter Park.

“Lockett is ‘Rodman-esque’”, said Gustafson.  “His motor is always firing, he’s very productive on the glass at both ends, and simply knows how to make plays.  His mid-range game is improving and he’s a staunch defender.  Agbata is relatively new to the game but he plays with high energy and is a great rebounder and rim protector.  Andreas is a high flyer.  He’ll put together highlight reels in transition but he is a solid rebounder and has a real nose for the ball around the basket. Poole is a hard worker, energetic and mobile.  He knocks down the fifteen footer, gets up and down the floor well and doesn’t mind playing physical defense.”

The team will have a lot of options on the perimeter, starting with 6’0 Dante Treacy out of Central Florida Christian Academy in Orlando.  Running with him will be 6’4 senior Kimar Edwards from Poinciana, 6’5 Keon Ellis of Leesburg, 6’1 Jordan Grant from Orlando Olympia, 6’3 senior Jacob Newman from Poinciana and 5’9 Devon Knaub of Oviedo.

“Treacy is a true playmaker and point guard”, Gustafson said.  “He has the ability to score and consistently does so in double figures but he looks to set up his teammates first.  Edwards is a tough, athletic guy with a high basketball IQ.  He’s versatile at the offensive end and a solid defender.  Ellis is one of those guys that has a chance to really raise his recruiting profile this spring and summer.  He’s long, defends, and has a knack for putting the ball in the basket.  Grant does all the little things that win ball games.  He makes open shots, sees the floor well and finds open teammates for easy scores, and finishes his drives well at the basket.  Newman is a very good scorer that can get to the basket and also knock down shots out on the perimeter.  Knaub is quick into the lane and makes good decisions with the basketball.  He’s solid with the ball vs. pressure and is consistent with his shot out to the arc.”

In April, the team will travel to Atlanta and Pittsburg during the live period.  The team’s plans for the July live period are still tentative but no doubt college coaches at all levels will want to find them.