Super 100 Spotlight: 13u D-Favor Celtics- Are they the next best AAU team since the 2012 13u Georgia Stars??
Georgia is known for having some of the best AAU Programs at the elite level in all of the major shoe circuits including the NYBL, Addias Gauntlet Series, and the Under Armour Association. In their developing stages the 2016 13u Georgia Stars were the 2011 and 2012 state champions AAU Nationals runner ups, and won […]
Georgia is known for having some of the best AAU Programs at the elite level in all of the major shoe circuits including the NYBL, Addias Gauntlet Series, and the Under Armour Association. In their developing stages the 2016 13u Georgia Stars were the 2011 and 2012 state champions AAU Nationals runner ups, and won the King James Shootout three years in a row, along with a dozen or so D1Spects Elite Signature events. That team produced seven committed Division One Prospects, including two players who decided to play football for Georgia Tech and Georgia.
Former Georgia Stars Head Coach Harold Thompson stated, “That was one special group, I wish we could have stayed together, but they are all doing well and you will remember those names.”
After that 2016 Georgia Stars split up in 2014, Georgia AAU basketball has not been the same or that dominant in the developing stages.
Until the arrival of the 13u D-Favor Celtics who are not only built like the 2012 12u Georgia Stars team but they have a strong coach who believes in them in Coach Chuck. Chuck told D1Spects, ” We have kids that bring in the team camaraderie as a Celtics’ program. Celtics traditionally have produced scrappy teams that play great defense.”
The Celtics know what is expected of them and they go out and play with at a level that draws similarities to that dominant 12u Georgia Stars team. They are a very dangerous group especially when they man up and use their full court press.
And when it comes to putting points up on the score board, the Celtics are no strangers to the task led by their outstanding shooting guard Alex Edler (pictured Right) (Westminster Middle School) Chuck added, “He is pretty much our Stephen Curry of the group.” Attacking and controlling the glass belongs to Zach Williams, Julius Lymon (Young Middle) (Pictured left) and their work horse of the group known as “Big Baby”. Chuck followed up, “Big baby is our glue and loves to play hard. I hate to put him on the same level of Lebron James, but he plays Lebron James Hard. He is our horse.”
The Celtics will be entering the D1Spects Super 100 with a target on their back, but Chuck understands the tradition of the Celtic basketball program and each day reiterates to his team what it is all about.”I try to pound that into the kids. The older kids in our program know about the tradition and what it is to have the target on their back, we use them to teach our younger kids. ”
As for the early hype regarding his team, Chuck downplays their achievements, stating ” We are still in our developing stages. We concentrate on improving and growing. We want our kids to play smart basketball.
Now that Georgia has a team that can play among the nations best AAU Teams, it will be interesting to see can this Georgia team actually one up the 13u 2012 Georgia Stars’ team to get over the hump, by winning nationals. The Celtics have the talent, heart, toughness, and blessings of NBA Center Derrick Favors. But it will be their thirst for greatness that only time will tell if they can be the team that brings basketball back to Georgia.