Summer of Basketball 2017

One more day and our kids wrap up their first year of school living in Arizona. The move has been great for our family. The kids are experiencing so much and are loving it. Once again as we look forward to summer, it is going to be jammed packed.
Daxon is going to be extremely busy with both football and basketball as he prepares to enter high school. Tia is finishing her junior year and preparing to be a senior. With all she has worked towards in basketball over the years, this summer is going to be one of the most important in determining where she will go on to play after high school.
We live in Arizona, but decided that the best thing for her to do this summer is play for a team she was invited to join that is based out of Los Angelas. The team is the GBL Candace Parker National team. This team is very well coached and their focus is to get their players in front of the college coaches to give them the opportunities to earn a scholarship.
As soon as school ball ended the focus turned to GBL. So we have made a lot of trips from Arizona to California on the weekends for practice and games. GBL is an Adidas sponsored team and follows the Adidas Gauntlet tournaments, in addition to a number of other tournaments. So far they have had the Phoenix Adidas Gauntlet tournament, the US Junior Nationals (USJN) in Irvine CA  and another tournament last week in San Diego.
Their upcoming tournaments are:
June 3-4 Swift Hawaiian Classic in Corona CA

June 17-18 GBL Hosted DII, DIII Viewing Event

July 6-8 Cal Storm Tournament

July 10-12 Adidas Gauntlet Finale – Dallas TX

July 23-25 Brandon Clay’s Peachtree – Atlanta

July 27-29 Adidas Nationals – Atlanta

 
It has been fun to watch the process as college coaches have been reaching out to her. She has been invited to a number of Elite Camps where the coaches can evaluate her. The challenge has been trying to schedule all of these camps and know which ones to prioritize by how serious the coaches are.  Tia has worked hard to get to where she is basketball. She has also worked hard to keep a 4.0 GPA. I’m confident that all of this hard work will pay off and she will have the opportunity to go on to play at a great school where she can also get a great education.

 
This video is Tia’s most recent highlight tape comprised of some of her final high school games plus the Phoenix Adidas Gauntlet and US Junior Nationals.

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Father / Daughter / Basketball

My greatest love is my family.  Along with that, something else I love is basketball.  Fortunately, I have the opportunity that I can enjoy both of them together quite often.  My son, Daxon, just started organized basketball and I am able to spend some quality time with him in that setting.  My oldest daughter, Tia, caught the basketball bug a while ago.  She’s only in the eighth grade right now, but I have had the opportunity to be involved with coaching her for four years now, whether it has been in the club ball setting or the school setting.  

Over the past few days I’ve been able to see where Tia’s love and dedication to the game have brought her.  She made the final cut that qualified her to tryout for Team Alberta this weekend and I am very proud that she made the team.  The coaching staff and the team are great.  This is another opportunity for her to push herself and take her skills to another level.

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U15 & U17 Boys and Girls Team Alberta 2014