Saturday, March 28, 2015

We Took Care of Business Friday Night!


Yes we did. How about 75 to 3. The Mighty 10U BLACK 2023. Just Go Select!!!

The Mighty 9U SYNERGY Select!

And we did too, defeating one of the top teams in the state.

Well, Just Go Select!!!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Now It's 21, Not 20, I said 21 Select Nation Teams in Action This Weekend!!!

The Mighty 8U Lady Select BLACK Diamond
The Mighty 8U SOUTH SIDE
The Mighty 9U SYNERGY Select (GS)
The Mighty 9U SYNERGY Select (JB)
The Mighty 10U BLACK 2023
The Mighty 10U SILVER
The Mighty 11U BLACK 2022
The Mighty 13U Lady Select RED
The Mighty 13U Lady Select WHITE
The Mighty 13U COLLEGE Bound
The Mighty 14U PRIME
the Mighty 14U BLACK Elite
The Mighty 14U COLLEGE Bound
The Mighty 15U RED
The Mighty 15U BLACK
The Mighty 16U SILVER
The Mighty 16U BLACK
The Mighty 16U RED Elite
The Mighty 17U PRIME
The Mighty 17U PRO
The Mighty 17U BLACK (Gates)
The Tournaments
Georgia Metro Invitational - Lithonia GA
Georgia AAU District/State - College Park GA
Tournament R Us - Marietta GA
Halftime Sports - Marietta GA
Big Shots - Columbia SC
USSSA Elevate Circuit - Norfolk VA
USBA Dominique Wilkens - Atlanta GA
Ga Tarheels - Snellvie GA
Atlanta Metro Challenge - Atlanta GA
The Icebreaker - Augusta GA
The Head Coaches
Coach Mandeldove - 8U Lady Select BLACK Diamond
Coach Jackson - 8U SOUTH SIDE
Coaches Baskerville & G - SYNERGY Select
Coach Chan - 10U BLACK 2023
Coach Harris - 10U SILVER
Coaches Keown & Elston - 11U BLACK 2022
Coach McCrae - 13U Lady Select RED
Coach Lewis - 13U Lady Select WHITE
Coach Woods - 13U COLLEGE Bound
Coach Hall - 14U PRIME
Coaches Thompson & Stephens - 14U BLACK Elite
Coach Johnson - 14U COLLEGE Bound
Coach Burton - 15U RED
Coach Morris 15U BLACK
Coach E. Hill - 16U BLACK
Coach T. Hill -16U SILVER
Coach Ferrell - 16U RED Elite
Coach JayBee - 17U PRIME
Coach Glenn - 17U PRO
Coach Gates - 17U BLACK (Gates)

Just Go Select!!!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Select Nation's Current NEWS, Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015


Good Morning Select Family and Friends,

A total of six trophies earned over the weekend. Here is a recap of what each of the 16 teams in tournaments did last weekend.

The Mighty 9U SYNERGY Select with Coaches Baskerville and Stewart - Champions - YBOA Wheeler Classic. Played on Sunday.


The Mighty 10U BLACK 2023 with Coach Chan and Tabb - Champions - Hardwood Super Regional. Played on Sunday.


The Mighty 11U BLACK 2022 with Coaches Keown and Elston - Runner - Up - Hardwood Super Regional. Played on Sunday.

The Mighty 12U RED with Coaches Lawson and Malone - Slow start, picked momentum, made it to the Quarter finals. Hardwood Super Regional. Played on Sunday.

The Mighty 13U SILVER with Coaches Frazier and Windfield - 1 - 2 in Pool Play - Hardwood Super Regional.

The Mighty 14U PRIME with Coaches Hall and Cooper - Slow start, picked up momentum, made it to the Quarter finals. YBOA Wheeler Classic. Played on Sunday.

The Mighty 14U BLACK Elite with Coaches Thompson and Stephens - Runner - Up - Georgia Cup. Played on Sunday.

The Mighty 15U SILVER Elite with Coach AC - Quarter final finisher at YBOA Wheeler Classic. Played on Sunday.

The Mighty 15u BLACK with Coaches Morris and Wells - Tough Weekend at the Hardwood Super Regional.

The Mighty 15U RED with Coaches Burton and Sanders - Quarter finals finisher - Hardwood Super Regional. Earned a bid to the Div I AAU Nationals. Played on Sunday.

The Mighty 16U Classic with Coaches Ricker and  Larkin - 1 - 2 in Pool Play at the Hardwood Super Regional.

The Mighty 16U BLACK with Coaches E. Hill and T. Hill - Quarter final finisher at the Hardwood at Dobbs Creek. Played on Sunday.

The Mighty 16U SILVER with Coaches T. Hill and E. Hill - Runner - Up - Hardwood at Dobbs Creek. Played on Sunday.

The Mighty 17U PRIME with Coach JayBee Brown - 2 - 1 in Pool Play. Missed championship round by Point Spread.

The Mighty 17U PRO with Coaches Glenn and Glenn - 2 - 1 in Pool Play. Top Six finisher. Played on Sunday.

The Mighty 17U BLACK (Gates) in 2 tournaments.  Bombed in Hardwood Super Regional. Champions at the Hardwood Dobbs Creek. Played on Sunday.

Twelve of 16 teams played on Sunday. Eleven made it to the quarter finals, Three finished second (Runner - up). Three Champions. Sixteen teams earned six trophies over the weekend. The Trophy Count is now 25. We met our goal for March of 25. Only 75 more to go by Sept 1, 2015.

Coach Baskerville - 9U Team SYNERGY Select = 5
Coach Johnson - 14U COLLEGE Bound = 3
Coach Jackson - 8U SOUTH SIDE = 3
Coaches Keown & Elston - 11U Black 2022 = 3
Coach Lawson - 12U RED = 2
Coach Chan -10U BLACK 2023 = 2
Coach Hill - 16U SILVER = 2
Coach Shepherd - 8U PUNISHERS = 1
Coach Frazier - 13U SILVER = 1
Coach Woods - 13U COLLEGE Bound = 1
Coaches Thompson & Stephens - 14U BLACK Elite - 1
Coach Gates - 17U BLACK (Gates) - 1

Twelve or 1/3 of our 36 named teams have earned trophies. Four of the teams have met their quota of 3 trophies for the season. I hope they do not stop achieving. 

The AAU District/State tournament for ages 8U, 9U and 10U is this coming weekend. Coach Jackson and his Mighty 8U SouthSide, Coaches Baskerville & Stewart and their Mighty 9U SYNERGY Select, Coach Chan and his Mighty 10U BLACK 2023 and Coach Harris and his Mighty 10U SILVER will represent the Select Nation. Good Luck to all.

There is no discount to play in a USBA tournament this year but the Administrative fee of $39 per team has been paid by the organization. Remember when registering to play USBA do not pay the admin fee. 

I want to commend Coach AC Christopher (Mighty 15U Silver) for handling a delicate situation on Saturday in which could have resulted in a brawl on the basketball court. An opposing player (Georgia Kings) called our player the N word and all Hell could have broken out. Coach AC stepped in and controlled the situation enforcing our Codes of Conduct. He reported the incident to the YBOA Director and in turn the Director of the opposing team has offered an apology and has implemented a diversity/sensitivity program for all his teams. I commend the Georgia Kings Director for his swift action and apology. Lesson Learned for Atlanta Select. Discuss how a player should handle a situation like this and how you as a coach should do, also. Talk to Coach AC for input. It's a SYNERGY thing.

I have a thing for you as a team to take good  pictures for posting on our website and other social media. Pictures are a thousand words to the world on who we are and what we are all about. I posted a picture of the Mighty 16u BLACK team as our cover photo on Facebook with no comments except the name of the team. It has received a tremendous amount of hits (Likes). It shows professionalism and class. I encourage all of you to continue sending me pictures for posting. If they are not of good quality you will not see them posted. Just Business.

I encourage you to periodically check out our web site and Facebook posing. Many pictures and stories are posted that give a flavor of what we are doing and who we are. You must be ready to talk about our organization.

The goal was for every Select team is to play in a tournament in March. Some are not quite ready to do so. I understand and that's no problem. I know that you are still planning, waiting for uniforms and of course some are just getting started. Teams that are up and ready I task you to support your brother/sister teams. I have a thing about this SYNERGY.


We have passed the 300 mark in AAU/Atlanta Select paid membership this year. The largest in Georgia and still growing. Several teams are still gathering and finalizing their rosters. Hey, 400 members are in sight. We do not strive to be the largest organization, only the one that uses youth basketball as a tool to expand the horizon of young people with the primary goal to successfully prepare young boys and girls, both academically and athletically, for the opportunity to pursue a degree of higher education at the college level.  Thus, our mission. Guess what? We would rather have 12 teams thoroughly immersed in our mission than 36 teams just fiddling along. We will not have any fiddling teams. 


Coach Hill and I are extremely proud of the teams we have assembled this year. We have a group of dynamic coaches, who know how to take charge and make things happen. No Excuses. We have haters. But we have many more who admire our organization and its operations. It is you who receive the credit. All I do is sit back and write emails. You are the ones that make it Happen and that is why we all should be justifiably proud to be called an Atlanta Select or a member of the Select Nation. Tell all to "Just Go Select!!!"



SYNERGY!!!


Coach Z.
COO


Just Go Select!!!

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

With a Bang!!! - The Mighty Atlanta Select 14U BLACK Elite.

Kudos to the Mighty Atlanta Select 14U BLACK Elite with Coaches Thompson and Stephens.

In their first tournament of the season the team is 3 - 0 in pool play at the Georgia Cup.

They will be playing on Sunday, an achievement for any team in tournament play.

A shout out to Chase Stephens and Jordan Davis as they are providing strong backcourt play. 

Let' follow the Mighty BLACK Elite team and read about them on Monday.

Yes, they open the season 
"With a Bang!!!



Just Go Select!!!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

16 Select Nation Teams in Action This Weekend.


Nearly 1/2 of the Select Nation will be in action this weekend.

The Mighty 9U SYNERGY SELECT
The Mighty 10U BLACK 2023
The Mighty 11U BLACK 2022
The Mighty 12U RED
The Mighty 14U SILVER
The Mighty 14U PRIME
The Mighty 14U BLACK Elite
The Mighty 15U RED
The Mighty 15U BLACK
The Mighty 16U SILVER
The Mighty 16U BLACK
The Mighty 16U CLASSIC
The Mighty 17U PRIME
The Mighty 17U PRO
The Mighty 17U BLACK @ 2

The teams are playing in the Georgia Cup, the Hardwood Super Regional, the Hardwood Classic and YBOA Wheeler.

Just Go Select!!!
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Select Nation Current NEWS, Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015

Hello Select Nation Family and Friends.

Another  fantastic weekend. The Nation earned 4 trophies.

The Mighty 9U Team SYNERGY, old name 9U SILVER, With Coaches Baskerville, Stewart and Butler, Champions - Hoops 2 Dunk Cancer Classic.


Congratulations to the Select players that made the Hoops 2 Dunk Cancer All-Tournament team:
Dravius Jackson, Gordon LaGrove and Tyrek Woods the Mighty 9U Team SYNERGY.
Khessli Ingram the Mighty 12U RED Team.


The Mighty 10U BLACK 2023, with Coaches Chan and Tabb, Champions - AAU Super Regional, N. Augusta SC. Team earned a bid to the AAU Nationals.






The Mighty 13U COLLEGE Bound, with Coaches Woods and Johnson, Runner Up - EOTO Classic at New Birth Lithonia GA.

























The Mighty 16U SILVER, with Coaches Hill, Hill and Harris - Runner Up - St Patrick's Day Classic Tournament R Us.





















Congratulations to all. The Trophy Count now is 19, only 81 more to go. Can we get 25 by the end of the month? If we average 25 each for April, May and the rest of the season we should easily achieve our goal of 100. If each team average 3 then 3 times 35 = 105. Should be easy. A man must have a goal.

Coach Baskerville - 9U Team SYNERGY = 4
Coach Johnson - 14U COLLEGE Bound = 3
Coach Jackson - 8U SOUTH SIDE = 3
Coach Lawson - 12U RED = 2
Coaches Keown & Elston - 11U BLACK 2022 = 2
Coach Shepherd - 8U PUNISHERS = 1
Coach Frazier - 13U SILVER = 1
Coach Chan - 10U BLACK 2023 = 1
Coach Woods - 13U COLLEGE Bound = 1
Coach Hill - 16U SILVER = 1

We welcome our newest Head Coaches and team, the Mighty Unsigned Seniors (Team PREEMINENT) with Coach Al Hansbrough and Mrs. Maddox.
















This weekend will be more exciting. We have teams participating in the two competing Hardwood Classics, (The Dobbs Creek Classic and the AAU Super Regional at McEachern HS) the Georgia Cup and in the YBOA Wheeler Classic. 

We now have over 200 Atlanta Select members for 2015. Some question why must you get an AAU membership since we may not play any AAU tournament? Because we are an AAU official organization and all members who wear Atlanta Select must be AAU members. 

A shout out to the Mighty 11u BLACK 2022. Wow, they look good. Our teams are a class act. Check out the profile picture on our Facebook page.  Thanks for taking great pictures and representing Atlanta Select visually extremely well. You only have one time to make a first impression. Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good, Act Good. Be Good. And Just Go Select. EXPOSURE Baby. 


By the way we have reached over a quarter million hits on our website and have over 3000 friends on Facebook. EXPOSURE Baby.


SYNERGY.


Coach Z.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Select Nation's 2015 Mighty 11U BLACK 2022 Team


We Welcome the Mighty 11U BLACK 2022 to the Select Nation.
See them on the Hardwood beginning March 20 - 22, 2015.

Just Go Select!!!

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