RLH: What separates your organization from the myriad of other AAU programs across the country?
McMurray: The pure family feel of it! And the relationship we have with our players after they are out of our program.
RLH: What is the back story on how your organization was created?
McMurray: The program was started by a few dads back in 1997, and has grown into what it is today.
RLH: Who are some notable players who have worn your organization’s uniform?
McMurray: Malcolm Hill (Illinois), Javon Pickett- (Mizzou), Mark Smith-(Mizzou), Tarkus Ferguson-(UIC)
RLH: Describe the team’s prior summer season and point out any significant tournament victories or games that stand out in your mind.
McMurray: Won the opening tourney at NY2LA! Beating (3) EYBL teams: Mac Irvin, Meanstreets and All Ohio Red.
RLH: What is your team’s philosophy on offense and defense?
McMurray: Offense: is a motion mixed with some dribble drive. Defense: depends on the team make up, but we love man to man with tons of pressure!!
RLH: Who are some players to watch from your team next season?
McMurray: Rashad Weekly 17u Trinity Catholic MO.6’2 pg; Nate Garett 17u Hazelwood Central MO 6’5 wing; Patrick Readye 17u 6’8 f/c Althoff Catholic IL; Simon Wilson 6’5 SF Mt. Vernon IL; Quani Rudd 6’5 Mt. Vernon IL SF 16u; Brennan Weller 6’4 Edwardsville IL SF 16u; Shaun Riley III 6’6 F/SF OFallon IL 16u
RLH: How many opportunities has your squad had to play mid-west teams? How did you fair against those teams?
McMurray: We have played a fair share of Midwest teams and have posted wins vs Mac Irvin, Peoria Irish, All Ohio Red and etc.
RLH: What was your record last year?
McMurray: Our 16u last year was 39-7!
RLH: What style of play is your team known for?
McMurray: A style that is wide open to showcase kids skill sets
RLH: What tournaments do you plan on participating in this year?
McMurray: Omaha Nebraska RL, KC RL, Stl Prep hoops, Chicago Prep hoops, Atlanta RL, Minnesota Prep hoops