Next up in our spring/summer awards is the Most Surprising Team category. There could be many reasons that a team falls into this category: their success was unexpected; their overcoming of obstacles; a new team; or other reasons. In the end, the programs highlighted in this category are ones to pay attention to in the future.
At the beginning of the travel season, we liked the makeup of the Team MOAM squad. There were some concerns about the team’s lack of size but individually and as a whole there was a lot of basketball IQ and work ethic on the squad.
The team was solid but not spectacular in the events they participated in and the players were getting the looks needed from the level of colleges that best fit them. Then came the final weekend of the July “live” period and the AAU Silver Showcase.
After surviving an OT win in the opening round of pool play, MOAM took their play to another level. They got solid perimeter play from the likes of Dante Treacy, Jordan Preaster, Keon Ellis, Sean Holloran and Jordan Clark while DeJuan Lockett was a tough cover on the perimeter and got help from Francis Agabata and Markel Hudson. In bracket play they defeated the 17U National Champs in Team NLP and ultimately won the event with a solid performance against TMP out of South Carolina.
With no player of impact over 6’5, it was a big statement by Team MOAM out of Central Florida to take home a major title such as the AAU Silver Showcase.
2019A stand-alone program this season, Team Knight went out on a challenging Adidas circuit and performed well. Using a system that emphasized players over positions, the squad become a challenging matchup nightmare as the travel season went along.
More times than not scouts tend to focus on the older age groups such as 17U and 16U. We try to find the time to catch the youngsters in action but we feel like we can certainly catch them later in their high school career.
When we had the chance to take a look at E1T1’s 2020 crop, we were pleasantly surprised. With a solid complement of players on the perimeter in the form of Kobe Knox, Jadrian Tracey, Selton Miguel, and Alijah Harrison, the team didn’t have any issues when it came to scoring points. Helping out on the boards were Isaiah Elmore and Jamile Reynolds.
The team was solid in their play at the Orlando Hoops Festival and should continue the run of success that the E1T1 program has had over the years.