April 30, 2007

Next Level AAU tournament shows top Texas talent

The past weekend marked the second consecutive weekend that the state of Texas hosted a major national AAU tournament during the spring season. The Next Level National AAU Tournament took place in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with the 17-and under groups concentrating in Duncanville.

The top teams in Texas were joined by some of the best in the country, and were watched by college coaches from all over the nation.

A few of the coaches in attendance were Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon, Kansas head coach Bill Self, Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie, Missouri head coach Mike Anderson and Marquette head coach Tom Crean.

Disappointing No-Shows

There were a few disappointments, however, as a couple big time prospects didn't show up with their teams. T-Mac All-Stars five-star guard J'Covan Brown didn't play with T-Mac or Port Arthur Heat, who he has made appearances with over the past months. Instead the rumors were that Brown stayed back home in Port Arthur for the prom.

Without Brown, T-Mac was without a guard on a forward-laden team. The tournament, however, ended the same way as it did at the Kingwood Classic as T-Mac was knocked out once again by Alabama Challenge, but this time in the second round.

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