In the Summer of 1997 "A Step Ahead Basketball" (ASA) was established by then Newton North Freshman Coach Brendan Smith through Newton Parks and Recreation, In it's innuagral year ASA was a two week summer camp program located at Cabot Park in Newton. Each year the program grew and expanded to it's current day status of 45 camps in Massachusetts and NH. Although no longer affiliated with Newton Parks and Recreation ASA will forever be thankful to those who invested in us. Long time NPR manager Judy Dore nurtured this program from the outset and helped it become what it is today. Registration is currently underway for our 20th camp season, register at: www.asahoops.com/camps. Come be apart of our most exciting year yet...
ASA Hoops 3rd, 8th, 9th and 10th grade teams have attended team functions during Celtics games over the last week. All of these teams were able to participate on the Garden floor and experience what it truly feels like to play in an NBA arena. Thank you to all who attended the ASA Staff had a great time.
In our last regular season tournament ASA once again proved itself to be one of the best programs in New England. Competing in Mass Premiers “Club Championship” ASA’s 4th Select, 7th Select, 8th Select and 10th Select all took home division championships with 3-0 records. ASA finished 2nd overall in the Club Championships with 18 total points, just 1 shy of the first place club. Our regular season is complete for the Spring 2016 Season. Next up Nationals…
4th grade ASA West continued to impress going 4-0 in the Battle for Central Mass Tournament hosted by Pal of NCM. This group went 3-0 in Pool play to capture the 4th grade Division Championship. In Mass Elite’s Spring Stampede event held in Waltham, MA -- Coach Sullivan’s 8th grade Select went 3-0 to win their division and first tournament championship of the spring. Congrats to both teams on a job well done.
This past weekend ASA 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade Select teams went a combined 12-3 at the Kingston Thunder Tournament. ASA 8th grade Dazell had a terrific weekend going 2-1 and beating a very tough Thunder squad who they had previously lost to. Coach Burns 10th grade squad had a great run this weekend going 2-1 in Pool play before falling to a strong MYCW team in bracket play. Finally, 9th grade Coach Green and 11th grade Coach Smith both went 4-0 to win their divisions. Congrats to all 4 teams on a great weekend of Basketball.
ASA 5th and 7th Select teams participated in the New England Recruiting Reports Super 16. This event was held in new Haven Conn, and fielded teams from all over the Northeast. Both of our teams did very well at this event. 7th Select went 2-1 in pool play and advanced to Bracket play before falling 59-55 to a tough New England Playaz team. ASA 5th Select also went 2-1 in Pool play advancing to Bracket play and winning the Champion Game vs Rhode Island Elite. This is the second major event 5th Select has won. Congrats to Coach Alex and team on a job well done.
In their 6th and Final tournament of the spring ASA’s 3rd grade team ended the season as it began: Champions. Winning their 3rd tournament of the Spring this group once again exhibited relentless defense and great ball movement to go 3-0 in the Boston Warriors “Hoop Summit”. Beating GT Elite, Dana Barros and the very tough opponent in Urban Achievers ASA 3rd grade finished their season with a record of: 16-4. Very impressive accomplishment, the entire ASA is very proud of this group and looking forward to their future development.
ASA 9U and 11U had terrific weekends representing our program in the Massachusetts State Tournament. 9U played their hearts out going 1-1 in pool play, defeating MYCW in the first game of bracket play before falling to a talented RI Crush team in the Final Four. This group of youngsters as they have done all season played great team ball and inspired defense. In the process of advancing to the Final Four --- they qualified AAU Nationals.
11U lead by Coach Alex Giangregorio are the Massachusetts Division 2 State Champions. This squad was tested throughout the weekend dropping the first game of the tournament to the NE Storm, before winning 3 straight games vs Mass Elite (twice) and New Bedford Hoops. The stage was now set for a rematch with NE Storm in the Finals. ASA outplayed the Storm from start to finish to hang on to 45-44 win. This is the first State Championship for ASA, the entire staff is extremely proud of this group of players and parents. Job well done…
ASA Hoops hosting’s it’s 4th annual May Mayhem at the Reggie Lewis Center did a great job of protecting its home turf. ASA 6th grade Blue, ASA 10th grade West, ASA 8th grade Select Dalzell, ASA 5th grade Excel and ASA-Wildcats 14U all won their divisions and Championship T-shirts. Two of the must see championship games took place late Sunday 8th grade Dalzell taking on 8th grade ASA West 8th grade. ASA West pushed 8th grade Select Dalzell to the limit getting to within 2 points in the closing minutes before falling 61-53. In other action ASA 4th grade Select gave ASA 5th grade Excel everything they had in the Championship game falling 43-36.
ASA 5th and 6th grade Select had a memorable weekend at the Zero Gravity Boston Breakout Event. Both of these teams went 3-0 in pool play to set up an eventful Sunday against some very tough opponents. ASA 5th Select after beating CMBA by one 1-point on a buzzer beater from Terrance MacArthur 30-29, fell to the same CMBA in the championship by double digits. ASA 6th grade Select had two tough games in pool play beating the Central Mass Swarm and GT Elite to move to 5-0 and clinch the 6th grade international division championship.
ASA and the ASA-Wildcats had a great showing this past weekend in the MetroWest Roundball Classic. Many of our teams finished with winning records and when defeated still showed tangible growth as individuals and teammates. 8th grade ASA Select Dalzell and 9th grade ASA-Wildcats Wicks came away with Tournament Championships and brought home the hardware. Dalzell rolled through pool play going 3-0 before beating a tough Derry Spartans team 55-51. ASA-Wildcats 9th grade played their best ball of the season going 3-0 winning their pool. Congrats to all teams who competed and job well done.
Coach Dalzell’s 8th grade Select team had a terrific weekend at the NH Spartans Best of New England Tournament. Lead by the scoring of Myles Avalon and the play making ability of Ibby Muhammad-Denson, ASA went rolled through pool play going 3-0. Down by 12 points in the Championship game to NE Storm ASA rallied back to win by 12 points. A great team win and an impressive weekend for this hard working group of young men.
ASA 5th Excel geared up Saturday morning for the Mass Elite Hoopster Mania Tournament with pure excitement. Coming off a great week of practice, they went into Game 1 with a full head of steam against Mass Elite. They took a quick 14-2 lead and never looked back. With a great defensive game from Camden Rainford (Randolph), and Taj Horowitz (Brookline). Every single player on the team scored a basket this game, a true team win.
The next battle was against a more aggressive Boston Warriors team. The game started slow, with no one scoring a lot in the first 8 minutes. ASA 5th Excel then went on a huge run, and took a 12-point halftime lead. The entire team was able to push the tempo in 2nd half to take a decisive victory from the Warriors. In their 3rd game of the weekend 5th Excel took care of Worcester United 41-13. Congrats on a great weekend and tangible signs of improvement.
Player of the Weekend
Taj Horowitz (Brookline) – Taj had an awesome weekend for ASA 5th Excel. Each games leading scorer, and defensive stalwart. He guarded the opposing teams’ best player all 3 games, and was able to be very efficient from the free throw line, something he has worked hard to improve on all season. Taj is aggressive on the fast break, and manages to make a fair amount of and-1 layups on his way to the FT line. Taj is a very hard worker and it’s no surprise on this nomination for player of the week.
5th grade Select’s first game was slated against the NE Playmakers, an unfamiliar foe. The game started with a 10-0 lead for ASA, and wound up being a 38-18 win. The second matchup was against the S.E. Mass Silk. The Silk took an 17-7 lead in the first ten minutes. ASA was cold and could not produce buckets. The first half ended with a 28-18 lead for the Silk. ASA 5th clawed their way back into the game in the second half to a taking a 41-40 lead but fell just short losing 43-42 win.
5th Select qualified for Bracket Play via points differential and battled a very strong NE Storm team to the finish losing 52-47. Although ending the weekend at 1-2, this team learned a lot, about what it takes to play at an Elite level.
It was another exciting weekend for ASA 7th Select as they would compete against a few of the top programs in the State. Game one, ASA 7th Select would be out sized, but would battled to the end dropping their first game to the eventual Tournament Champions Evolution. In their second game ASA would set the tone early with their full court pressure, jumping out to a 30-2 lead over GT Elite. ASA would never look back in this game taking a commanding victory 59-21. Sunday morning would bring another exciting win over the Boston Bobcats 68-45.
After their win over the Boston Bobcats ASA 7th Select would qualify for bracket play. They would draw a first rough matchup against another Evolution Team. The game would go back and forth throughout, before falling 57-59. ASA 7th Select player of the weekend goes to Ryan Donahue who averaged 15 points throughout the weekend. His ability to continually run the court and attack the rim would open up continuous scoring opportunities.
ASA-Wildcats participate in North Central Blaze Tournament. As expected Coach Dalzell’s girls Varsity group is picking up where they left off last Fall picking up a couple of wins this past weekend. Strong interior play and great ball movement were the keys to success in their two wins. Coach Ferdinand and his 14U group had an excellent weekend at the Blaze event finishing at 3-1. 5th and 6th grade are competing and getting better with each game, the energy level and enthusiasm is great. 9th grade Team Wicks is a solid group of girls who play extremely hard and selfless. This group has a tremendous amount of potential is on the cusp of a breakout tournament.
ASA 11th grade SELECT Smith and 10th grade SELECT Burns participated in the New England Recruiting report (NERR) tournament held in Hanover, MA this past weekend. Both teams played extremely hard and finished at 2-1 for the weekend. In their first game of the tournament 10th grade Burns had a terrific win against the NH Spartans, coming back from as many as 15 points down the 2nd half. ASA’s relentless pressing attack lead by Sana Dahaba, Anton Lucas, Lance Utley and Patrick Isberg fueled the comeback and 52-51 win. 10th grade SELECT would lose a tough game to synergy basketball in game two but bounce back for a big 63-54 win over Evolution in their 3rd game.
11th grade SELECT ran into a very tough BABC team in game one and did not fair well. BABC’s size, length and 3-point shooting made it very difficult for ASA to get anything going and lost 59-31. In their 2nd game of the day ASA 11th matched up with a very tough Central Mass Swarm team. Down 6 points with just 30 seconds left in regulation ASA came back too tie game on a “And 1” from Justin Yue and a 3-point bomb at the buzzer from Bijan Rosen. In overtime down 3 with just seconds left ASA’s Aref Elbeik hit a 3-point fade-way from the left corner to tie game and send into double OT. ASA was able to pull away in the 2nd OT through the strong play of big-man Neils Wright who owned the inside throughout the contest. In game 3 ASA was able to outlast a physically imposing YABC team for a 62-56 win. Congrats to both teams on a great showing at this high powered event.
ASA’s 2nd annual April Attack was a huge success. Teams from throughout Massachusetts / NH would form a very competitive field for boys grades 3-11. Some of the biggest and most reputable clubs in New England chose to play in our event including: Boston Warriors, Mass Elite, NE Storm, Rise Above, Dana Barros, Boro- Blazers, KSC Thunder – to name a few.
Games throughout the weekend would prove to be competitive and well played. ASA was fortunate enough to win 3 division championships: 3rd, 5th and 9th grade. ASA 3rd grade was extended to overtime and won on a last second shot by guard Casey Bazzano. This is the second tournament championship in as many weeks for 3rd grade, they are off to a great start.
ASA 5th grade SELECT went undefeated in pool play and finished with a 3-0 record. Coach Alex has this group playing at a very high level and are proving to be one of the toughest 5th grade teams in the area. ASA 9th grade SELECT lead by Coach Scott Green had a terrific weekend winning close games with KSC Ducks, Central Mass Ballers and the Boston Warriors to win their Division championship. Coach Green is very happy with this group and sits at 4-2 on the season thus far.
It was an exciting opening weekend for ASA Hoops in the “Tournament of Champions” hosted by Boston Warriors. ASA 4th West and ASA 3rd grade taking home the championship trophies . ASA 4th Grade West would open up the season taking down Rise Above 4th Gould by a score of 42-30, Mass Elite 4 Inglas 39-20, and WU 30-17 taking the pool championship. Coach Obi’s ASA 3rd Grade would also finish off opening weekend with an impressive 3-0 start to their Spring AAU Season claiming victory over GT Elite by a score of 34-12, Rise Above 3rd Grade 27-16, and Boston Warriors West 36-25 being crowned Pool Champions for their division.
On the South Shore 7th Grade Excel would wrap up an exciting weekend taking down Notre Dame of Fitchburg, MA in the Championship game of the “Rising Storm Tournament” by a score of 65-62. It would be an exciting game from the tip. Both Teams playing with size and agility on both sides of the ball. ASA Excel would lead throughout the game, as Notre Dame would continually answer as ASA would attempt to expand their lead. It would come down to big free throws down the stretch from Sam Prudovsky and Corey Szeto, as well as Patrick Murphy hitting a huge three pointer to extend the lead to 5 with under a minute left in the game. A Notre Dame layup would bring it to within three points, but it wouldn’t be enough as ASA 7th Grade Excel would be crowned Champions. 7th Grade Excel would advance first out of their pool by taking down Mass Elite 67-38, Boston Warriors 54-29, and the Cape Cod Warriors 52-44. Great Job this weekend!!
ASA Hoops and ASA-Mass-WILDCATS High School AAU tryouts are just days away. Don't miss out on the chance to join one of New England's most successful programs. Our players come from various communities to form some of the most competitive teams in the area. Our High School tryouts are for boys and girls grades 9-11. All tryouts can be found at: www.asahoops.com/aau
The ASA 11th and 12th grade team is well represented this season on the Brookline High School Girls Varsity team whose season has well underway. No less than 6 players on the varsity including 4 out of the 5 starters played this past season for the ASA girls program. In the 2015 Fall season the ASA high school varsity division team won 3 tournament championships and developed a reputation among the most prominent AAU programs as being a team to watch out for.
This seasons Brookline High School Varsity team fields two ASA players as co-captains of the squad in Noa Dalzell and Alicia Landry, along with two other starters, Maya Page and Seren Huggins (also ASA players) round out the Brookline starting five. Olivia Grimes and Ari Contante are first off the bench. Brookline has set its sights on making it to the MIAA playoffs this year and with the help of these talented ASA players, they are sure to get there.
ASA Hoops (Boys) & ASA-Mass-WILDCATS (Girls) will be hosting girls and boys AAU Tryouts starting 1/16/2016. For more information visit on our Greater Boston or Metro-west program visit: www.asahoops.com
On Sunday "A Step Ahead" athletes Tomer Wenderow and Max Rudikoff competed in Newton, MA against a talented Lunenburg team. Starting off the game strong it would be Newton's tempo that would give them an early lead, but Lunenburg would get hot in the second and third quarter to a 13 point lead. Entering the fourth quarter Tomer Wenderow would set the tempo making numerous transition assists, allowing his teammates easy scoring opportunities. Max Rudikoff would own the defensive boards down the stretch. It would be too little to late unfortunately, Lunenburg would go on to win 51-47.
"A Step Ahead" would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday Season.
ASA Hoops will be hosting their Holiday Clinics in Newton December 26, 28, 29, 30th from 9:00AM-1:00PM Register: www.asahoops.com/event/762
Holiday Clinics also taking place in Southborough, MA at the Fay School December 28, 29, 30 to register plus visit us: www.asahoops.com/event/801
Exciting Weekend for "A Step Ahead" Athletes. In the first game of the weekend Newton 7th Grade Division 1 would face off against Brookline 7th Grade Division 1. In an exciting game Newton would edge out Brookline by a score 64-57. Four athletes from Coach Allan's 7th Grade Team would all play well including Brookline Forward Aaron Shlayen grabbing multiple rebounds and started numerous fast break opportunities to keep Brookline in the game. It would once again be the defense played by Duncan Bubar that would be the difference, contesting multiple shots while maintaining position to grab defensive rebounds. While Michael Antonellis would get it done offensively attacking the rim and finding open gaps within Brookline's Zone Defense.
This weekend also brought some exciting 6th Grade games as well, seeing two more "A Step Ahead" athletes taking the floor, and leading their teams to victory. Marat Belhouchet would hit huge free throws, and take the bulk of the ball handling responsibility to lift his team to victory in overtime. We would also get a great showing from ASA 6th Grade Select member Jason Antonellis. Jason would have a great game both defensively and offensively including scoring the first 10 points of the game.
ASA Hoops is very excited to welcome Coach Patrick Ferdinand to our program. Patrick is currently the Head Varsity Girls Coach at Watertown High School and the new ASA-Mass-WILDCATS girls program director. Prior to his position at Watertown High he coached the Cambridge School of Weston and Regis College. Patrick has a great deal of experience dealing with players of all levels and finds great satisfaction motivating student athletes. His success on the court speaks for itself leading Watertown High to two straight North Finals and named the Boston Herald 2014-2015 Division 2 coach of the year.
Girls Grades 7-12
Program highlights: Tournaments could include: Massachusetts State Tournament, Super Regionals, NERR Events, ZG Events, Basketbull Events, Gym Rat Challenge (Albany NY), Rumble in the Bronx and local Club Directed Events. Eligible teams may decide to extend season for National tournament or exposure play.
1. Two Mandatory Team Practices
2. Minimum Six Tournament schedule.
3. Optional conditioning and skills (2-3 weeks in March)
4. Membership to Hudl, online source for film editing, film breakdown.
5. Certified Coaches by either NHFS or MIAA
6. First aid and CPR, Concussion trained coaches
7. Member of ASA loyalty discount program
Girls grades 4-6 Program highlights Tournaments could include: Massachusetts State Tournament, ZG Events, and local Club Directed Events. Eligible teams may decide to extend season for National tournament or exposure play.
1. Two Mandatory Team Practices
2. Minimum 5 Tournament schedule
3. Optional conditioning and skills (2-3 weeks in March)
4. First aid and CPR, Concussion trained coaches
5. Member of ASA loyalty discount program
On Sunday the Newton 7th Grade D1 Metrowest team hosted Brockton D1 Metrowest. After a hard fought battle and a 4th quarter run by Brockton, Newton would hold on to win 60-51. A Step Ahead Players on this team include Karim Belhouchet, Michael Antonellis, and Duncan Bubar. All three athletes had great defensive games causing multiple turnovers, pulling down rebounds, and beginning fast break opportunities. Antonellis and Bubar both pulled down multiple important rebounds throughout the game to keep Brockton from second chance scoring opportunity. While Karim would set the pace in the open court hitting multiple teammates cutting to the hoop, and for open jump shots. Great win boys!
ASA 8th West finished off the Fall AAU season with a 2-1 record. The last game of the tournament ended the season with all players getting into the scoring column. A signature for coach Brickley lead teams. Solid defensive efforts and transition offense were the staple for the tournament. Luchini, Driscoll, Zanini & Rancatore were stand outs on the defensive end. While the offensive load was carried by Finfrock, Darling & Brickley. Sean Brickley saved his best for last. Besides his normal ball handling and passing at the PG position, he decided to display his shooting touch. Over the 3 games he was 16/31 shooting while 10/16 from behind the 3pt arc. Sean was named the player of the tournament for his team. Good luck to all Coach Brickley’s players as they begin their town travel season. We hope to see you in the Spring.
ASA 7th White Player of the Week. Kevin Prendergast is this week ASA 7th White Team Player of the Week. Kevin had a great weekend while playing multiple roles in the teams successful weekend. In the first game of the weekend it was Kevin’s defense that would be the difference maker in the game. He marked up the Boston Warriors best player and locked him down though giving up a lot height wise. In ASA 7th White second game of the night, it would be Kevin’s offense that sparked his teams battle against a strong Mass Elite Team. With his drives to the hoop, and ability to knock down open jumpers he kept his team in the game before falling in a 48-49 loss. In Sundays game it would be Kevin’s defense that would lead to the offense, once again being called upon to guard the teams best player. His defensive intensity would lead to multiple fast break and scoring opportunities, finishing the Fall Season on a high note with a 54-47 victory.
ASA 7th Black Player of the Week goes to Benson Lu. Over the weekend Benson stepped up not only as a Point Guard, but a true Floor General. With his ability to lead others, Benson was able to make proper offensive reads to put his teammates in place for scoring opportunities. By recognizing defensive changes from other teams on the fly he was able to communicate with those around to lead a successful scoring weekend that included ASA 7th Black posting Season High Scores of 71 Points, 76 Points, and 62 Point games. On the Defensive side of the ball Benson sparked ASAs Press attack on Sunday afternoon against a much bigger Mass Elite Team. His defensive intensity brought life back into a team that started out slow and quickly found itself in a 12 point deficit early in the game. With his ability to see the floor, quick rotation, and communication skills Lu would lead the attack to advance his ASA Black Team to the Championship Game, where they would take care of business and be crowned D2 Champions of the Boston Warriors Fall Wrap Up Tournament.
ASA Player of the Week goes to Karim Belhouchet. Karim's competitive edge and passing ability make those around him better at all times, he is a true asset to have within our program. Leading the ASA 7th White team to the Championship Game in this past weekends Mass Elite Tournament. He lead the attack with his ability to see the floor and knock down open jumpers. Karim's ability to create space off the dribble, combined with his lightning quick shot release make him a weapon from any part of the floor. We wish him luck this Winter playing for Newton A Metro West, and look forward to watching him compete in the future.
With the Boston Warriors Fall league concluding on 11/1 ASA advanced two teams to the Championship game. Our 3rd grade team after having a very good regular season and semi-finals round lost by 2 points in the Championship game. The ASA Staff is very proud of this group and the effort put forth. ASA 4th grade after an un-defeated regular season and semi-final round won the Championship game beating GT Elite by 11 points. Congrats to both of our teams on a great Fall season, the future is bright for these young ball players.
What a weekend for the ASA 5th Grade Select (Alex) team. With a tough schedule against the three headed monster of the Boston Bobcats, Middlesex Magic, and Mass Elite, it made for an interesting road to the Championship game. The first battle against the Boston Bobcats the boys came out firing. With a huge lead out of the gate, it became an easy battle, as we rolled 52-18. Every player on the team scored. Ball movement and defense were the keys.
Game two was similar to game 1. Right off the bat, it was 8-0 with all 8 points by Guard Dylan Capua of North Attleboro, two 3’s and a layup. Score 42-20. With only 38 points allowed in the first two games, ASA 5th was looking like the favorites to win the American Silver Division.
Game three did not come as easy as Game 1. Facing a familiar foe in Mass Elite 5th, it was tied 18-18 at half. The game was changed by one miraculous play by Guard Braeden Shrewsberry of Wellesley. After beating his man to the basketball, he threw a no look pass to Forward Sam Rudikoff of Newton for an easy layup. From then on we held the momentum, finishing the game with a 33-29 victory.
After a great run, the Central Mass Lions came out on top in the Championship game. Either way, it was a solid tournament for the ASA 5th Select team.
This weeks “Player of the Week” for the ASA girls varsity team is Catherine Alex. Catherine led the ASA girls to their second consecutive Zero Gravity Championship this past weekend with some prolific scoring and rebounding including 23 points, 12 rebounds and 6 steals in the opening game against the Bay State Flash. Catherine was unstoppable with a variety of spinning post moves, slashing drives to the basket, combinedwith her deadly outside shooting from behind the 3-pt line. Catherine is making a name for herself on the AAU circuit this Fall so keep an eye on her !
ASA 4th grade boys went undefeated over the weekend in route to a championship victory in the Zero Gravity tournament. Christopher Camozzi led ASA 4 with strong all around play. Chris was ASA's leading scorer knocking down shots from all over the floor and beyond the arc. He also showed that he could handle the ball better than any other big out there by helping to break down presses and creating scoring plays for his teammates. On defense, he stepped up to take on one of our opponents top players in every game and cleaned up on the boards. High 5 to Chris and ASA 4!
This past weekend ASA sent 3 teams to battle in the NERR Tournament. Our Girls Varsity Team coached by Jon Dalzell won it’s second tournament in as many weeks and is proving to be a very tough opponent. ASA’s 4th grade Select team lead by Coaches Cloonan and O’Connor rolled through pool play going 3-0 before winning a thriller 46-45 in a Championship contest vs Evolution. Finally, 11th grade Select had a strong showing going 3-0 in pool play before losing a semi-final contest 66-62 to the 12th grade Mass Elite team. With a great mix of Metro-west and Boston based players these teams have been tough to beat.
Margaux Welsh is this week’s “Player of the Weekend” for the ASA girls high school team. Margaux lead her team to a 4-0 record and the championship of the Zero Gravity Beast of the East tournament in the high school varsity division with an array of drives to the basket, setting up teammates with creative assists and her usual tenacious defense. Margaux had 11 steals, 11 points and 12 rebounds in the finals including 3 steals in 30 seconds in the second half. Margaux’s work ethic and determination on the court are her trademark and she has become the spiritual leader of the girls varsity team.
This past weekend in the Zero Gravity "Beast of the East" our girls Varsity team made a huge statement. This group went 3-0 in pool play to advance to the championship game where they improved to 4-0 and tournament champions. Congrats girls on a job well done.
In the ASA hosted event "Fall-Ball-Hoops" over 65 teams competed over Columbus Day Weekend. With many well known programs attending it was a top notch event, that had many competitive games. ASA faired well defending it's turf winning bracket championships in: 5th, 6th, and 11th grade. Thank you to all who participated and we welcome you back to our Spring events. 6th grade Select Team Spinner and 11th grade Team Smith seen below in championship pictures.
The Mass WILDCATS are excited to announce merger with ASA Hoops ASA is well established in the boys AAU circuit and is known for its ability to bring the game of basketball to a new level through its proven year round programming that spans from Metro-west to Greater Boston and into Southern NH. The Mass WILDCATS have been a fixture in the girls AAU world for the past 32 years and has established a reputation for teaching the fundamentals of the game and a proven record of success on the court and after. Because ASA and the Mass WILDCATS share a similar philosophy of teaching the game of basketball and playing at a competitive level, together we will continue to provide high quality coaching, training and skill develop. The merger of The Mass WILDCATS and ASA Hoops will aid your daughters in getting "A Step Ahead" in their basketball development. To visit Mass-WILDCAT website click here
ASA had another great weekend while participating in the Middlesex Magic Fall Tournament. Two of our teams: 11th grade Select- Team Smith and 8th grade Team Brickley went 3-0 to win division championships. Other notable performances included ASA 6th grade Team Alex, 8th grade Select- Team Bubar and 3rd grade Team Obi.
ASA kicked off it’s Fall season this past weekend at “Battle of the Boards” at the Rim sports complex, Hampton Beach NH. Our 6th grade SELECT team lead by Coach Spinner hasn’t missed going 3-0 and capturing the first division championship for ASA this Fall. In other action Coach Alex’s team continued their winning ways finishing at 2-1, while Coach Dalzell 8th grade and Coach Allan 7th grade went 2-1. Very good opening weekend for ASA Hoops.
Player(s) of week 9/26 - 9/27
ASA 7th Select Player of the Week is Dontè White-Barbosa. Donte had a great weekend in New Hampshire at the NH Spartans Tournament. Owning the boards in all three games he set the pace for a strong running game, as well as getting multiple assists off of his passing abilities in the open court. While being a force on both the offensive and defensive boards, Donte also had a strong scoring weekend putting up double figures in each of the teams 3 games.
ASA 5th Select Player of Week Liam Price of Brookline (Class '23)- Special player. Scores the ball, distributes the ball with accuracy, while also contributing at a high level on defense. Going to be an exciting player to watch continue to develop.
ASA did very well this past weekend at Mass Premier's club championships. Coach Dalzell lead the 7th grade boys and 11th grade girls to 3-0 records, winning bracket championships with both groups. Not to be out-done Coach Alex lead 4th grade Excel to a 3-0 record and it's first championship of 2015. Coach Bubar 2-1 (7th grade), Coach Spar 2-1 (5th grade), and Coach Green 2-1 (8th grade) all had terrific weekends coming up just short of championship play. Congrats to all teams on a job well done.
ASA teams had a number of outstanding performances this past weekend. ASA participated in the Zero Gravity "States", MIBC's "Spring Bash" and Central Mass Warriors "Head for the Hills" tournaments. Notable performances included 4th grade SELECT finishing in the Final 4 of ZG States, 10th grade SELECT and 5th grade Girls team winning the MIBC event with a combined 7-0 record. Congrats to these teams on a job well done.
ASA’s 8th grade Select Team Smith had a terrific weekend at the Massachusetts State Tournament. It started with a strong showing in pool play beating the Wellesley Raiders and NE Storm Black to gain the #1 seed and a bye into the quarterfinals. In bracket play they defeated NE Storm Silver to advance to the Final 4 while qualifying for Nationals. Final 4 will take place May 30-31 at Mass Premier in Foxborough.
ASA’s May Mayhem witnessed 100+ teams competing at the Reggie Lewis Center this past weekend. Many high profile programs were in attendance: Boston Warriors, Rise Above, Mass Elite, Bay State Magic, ICE among others. ASA teams more then held their own capturing division championships in grades: 4, 5, 7 and 9th. It was an extremely competitive weekend and ASA would like to thank all who attended.
ASA had a tremendous weekend at the Massachusetts Boys AAU State Tournament. With six teams participating ASA earned five National Tournament bids. ASA 3rd and 4th grade both coached by Alex Giangregorio not only earned National bids but, advanced to the Final 4 held May 30-31. Coach Alex hopes to lead both groups to State Titles. ASA 5th grade SELECT coached by Jamie Spinner had a great weekend, advancing to the Final 4 (held on 5/9) to drop a heart breaker to the Bay State Jags 42-38.
7th grade SELECT and 9th grade SELECT had exciting weekends beating some of the top programs in Massachusetts to earn bids. The ASA staff is extremely proud of these teams and happy with the continued improvement of the program.
This past weekend ASA took past in Mass Elite Hoopster Mania. This event was loaded with some of the top programs from across New England: Boston Warriors, Boston Bobcats, Rise Above, Central Mass Warriors among others. ASA had a terrific weekend bringing home 3 bracket championships: 5th grade D2, 6th grade D2 and 10th grade D1. Coach Allan had an amazing weekend finishing at 7-0 between his 6th and 10th grade teams. ASA has some exciting weekends ahead as State Tournament time has arrived…
ASA hosted over 125 AAU teams from New England this past weekend in its inaugural April Attack Tournament. This event was loaded with some of the best clubs in the area: Boston Warriors, Mass Elite, NH Spartans, Central Mass Warriors, Rise Above among others. ASA teams more then held their own taking home 4 bracket championships. Our 4th grade SELECT, 5th grade EXCEL, 7th grade EXCEL Coach Chris and 8th grade SELECT team Smith went undefeated and took home championship t-shirts. Thank you all who attended and hope to see you all at our May Mayhem Event: May 8-10. Many of our tournament champions seen below.
This past weekend ASA SELECT 5th grade Spinner, 8th grade Smith and 10th grade Allan all proved they belonged on the big stage. 5th grade team Spinner more then held their own in the ZG Gold Rush Tournament going 2-1 and coming just a few points shy of bracket play. Coach Allan lead is 10th grade squad to a 2-1 record and qualified for bracket play before coming just short of advancing to the semifinals.
At the NEAAU Super Regional’s 8th grade team Smith went 2-0 in pool play to finish with a #1 seed heading into Gold Medal bracket play. Unfortunately for this group they ran into the Rhode Island Crush the eventual runner up to BABC. ASA 8 down just by 5 at the half, ended up losing to the very talented RI Crush. Despite the heartbreaking losses, ASA proved it belonged and is looking forward to the next challenge.
ASA entered 24 teams into NEAAU Power Ranking Events for the weekend of March 28-29. Our teams were spanned across two states and three Tournaments. There were many highlights including 3rd grade boys and 5th grade girls getting their first wins as ASA team members. 8th grade SELECT Team Smith, 10th grade SELECT Team Allan and 11th grade SELECT Team Kaplan all advanced to the championship rounds before losing tough games. The ASA coaching staff is very happy with the results of the first weekend and are excited for the up-coming events.
Mission Statement ASA Hoops is a "teach first" AAU program; we value the instruction process as much as the result. Our teaching approach creates highly disciplined players who can apply strategy, purpose, and forethought in real time on the basketball court. As educators, ASA feels strongly our core values are important traits in developing young people into successful adults.
1) ASA - National SELECT ASA - SELECT will be our version of the commonly used word ELITE. Our SELECT teams will be comprised of the best basketball players in our program, we very well may be Elite, however we do not subscribe to labeling ourselves. SELECT as we define it will be a partnership between ones family and ASA. A family / player is SELECTING ASA to maximize their potential and ASA is SELECTING the very best players to represent our teams in highly competitive situations. Each Select team will be expected to make every effort to attend Nationals upon qualifying.
Last but not least it is very important that our players understand that AAU should be used as a vehicle to reach ones ceiling. Our expectation is for ASA Select players to take the lessons and improvement they have gained while under our wing back to their respective schools and make significant impacts on their programs.
SELECT program highlights: 1. 7 -Tournaments
2. 3 nights of on-court practice / training
3. ASA Player Profile exposure page
4. Membership to Hudl, online source for film editing, film breakdown (games can be recorded, uploaded to server for players to watch).
5. Certified Coaches by either NHFS or MIAA
6. First aid and CPR, Concussion trained coaches
7. End-of-Season written evaluation
8. Member of ASA loyalty discount program
2) ASA - EXCEL ASA - EXCEL will be home to the majority of our Athletes. ASA - EXCEL athlete will be a combination of players who either deemed close to being able to join our SELECT teams or are talented multi-sport athletes who cannot commit to SELECT schedule. EXCEL teams may still choose to attend Nationals upon qualifying.
EXCEL program highlights 1. 6 Tournaments
2. ASA Player Profile exposure page
3 2 - Nights of on-court practice / training
4. First aid and CPR, Concussion trained coaches
5. Member of ASA loyalty discount program
ASA Hoops had 7 teams competing in the playoffs (Warriors Fall league) this past Sunday. ASA 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th all advanced to the Finals, to be played Sunday 11/2. ASA 3rd and 5th grade Black have been dominating their competition all season, for a combined record of 13-1 heading into Sunday. Both teams are highly competitive, play terrific team basketball and are well coached. Confidence is not lacking heading into Championship play.
ASA 7th grade Black and West both head into the Finals competing in opposite divisions. Coach Brickley leads these teams and his looking for an ASA sweep with two trophies to celebrate. ASA 8th grade Black snuck by in the semi-finals beating the Wellesley Raiders 37-36 in the final moments, and advancing to the Finals.
ASA 4th and ASA 7th grade White were both defeated in tough semi-final games, although they will not be advancing to the Finals congratulations to Coach Chris and Alex on successful seasons.
ASA 7th Black takes home ASA Fall Ball Championship
After a tough road to the finals, ASA 7th Black walked away with it's first tournament championship of the Fall season. In game 1, ASA 7 cruised past Mass Premier, taking the victory 61-26. In Game 2, things got very interesting, as they faced off against ASA 7th White team. It was close at half 27-21, but ASA 7 Black rolled in the second half winning 50-31. The championship was a nail-biter, it was a close one all the way through. In the last minutes of the game, ASA took advantage of their good shooting, and knocked down clutch shots to win the championship 37-35 over a solid Rise Above 7th Grade team. Congratulations to the ASA 7 Black team on representing this weekend!
Player of the Tournament: Russell Campbell
Russell took over from the get-go, slashing to the hoop, knocking down threes, and rebounding relentlessly. Russell always shows up to play, but this weekend in particular he was dominating all over the court. Russell not only took over when needed, but he was a great team player as well, helping on D, and always making the extra pass for the open shot.
ASA 7th West represents for the other side of ASA this weekend
ASA West is still a brand new program, but this team does not play like it. They have great team chemistry, running their read and react offense with ease. In game 1, they handedly beat the Boston Warriors 48-34. In game 2, they lost to Rise Above 7, who ended up taking second place, losing to ASA 7th Black in the championship. Rise Above’s height was just too much for ASA West. In the final game of the tournament, ASA West played an evenly matched ASA Black team. In a tough fought game, ASA West stole the victory 49-36. It was close all the way through until the end, both teams leaving everything on the floor.
Player of the Tournament: Bobby Sommers
Bobby plays on two of our three ASA 7th grade teams. This kid always plays 110%. Rebounding, defense, three pointers, slashing to the hoop, Bobby does it all and he does it every game. Its been awesome watching him improve.
ASA 7th White gives strong effort in ASA Fall Ball Tournament
This team is the definition of speed and athleticism. They have fast, and good ball handling guards, and big ferocious big men. In this weekend’s tournament they finished 4th place, facing two tough ASA teams on their journey. In Game 1, they beat Mass Premier 53-26, doing whatever they wanted all game. They outrebounded, and pushed the pace all game. In game 2, they played the champions ASA 7th White. It was a tough fought game, but they walked away with a loss to a very skilled, and very strong ASA team. In the game for 3rd place, they had to face ASA West 7. Again, it was close all game, but ASA West took a big lead in the second half and made it tough to climb back. They lost by 13, but never gave up along the way.
Player of the Tournament: John Shore
John shot the lights out this weekend. In one game, he hit three straight three-pointers, back-to-back-to-back. He was virtually unstoppable in that game, and finished with 15 points. He was always lined up against the opposing team’s best guards, and faired very well on defense, using his quick hands to get steals in passing lanes. John is always improving, a coach can’t ask for more.
ASA West 8th fights till the end
ASA West 8th played hard this weekend, taking home 4th place in a very tough 8th grade division. In game 1, ASA West’s defense was just too strong for the Middlesex Hawks, taking home the victory 58-46. Their full court press was relentless, leading to a 12-2 run to start the second half. In game 2, ASA West lost a very close one to the Boston Warriors team, losing 66-61. In game 3, ASA West lost to eventual 8th grade champions, the Hock Valley Panthers, 68-40. ASA 8-West learned a great deal this weekend, and will take these lessons as a valuable expereince.
Player of the Tournament: Jeff Hunter
Jeff played amazing this weekend. His three point shooting was on point, along with his relentless defense. At one point, he had 12 straight points, knocking down shot after shot, he really has a knack for finding open spots to shoot. His lefty stroke was too much for opposing defenses. Not to mention, his long arms causing opposing teams issues all over the court. Jeff has improved every time he steps on the court.
ASA Boys teams dominated the Warriors Fall League Sunday 10/5 going 13-1. There were may hard fought battles along the way, however ASA Team Spinner 5th grade may have had the most exciting finish. In the final seconds they came from behind beating the Warriors at the buzzer to win by 1 point. Great job to all coaches and players keep up the good work.
ASA Team Smith 8th grade
ASA 8 Team Smith was able to pull off a hard fought victory over All For One 8 by a score of 48-42. With the early characteristics of a physical game, ASA would rise to the challenge answering numerous attempts by AFO. Timely rebounding and ball movement would lead to open shooting opportunities for ASA 8s sharpshooters to maintain their lead. With ASAs shots falling All for One was forced to guard the three point arc opening up driving lanes and transitional baskets. With time winding down ASA would setup an inbound play that allowed for an open layup to seal the deal.
Player of The Game
ASA 8 Team 1 vs All for One, Win 48-42
Marckenley played multiple roles in ASA 8s victory on Sunday. His early defensive pressure and hustle allowed his team to control the tempo of the game. Marckenley's ability to control the boards allowed his teammates transition opportunities and open shots, while he would put on a shooting show himself matching three pointers from the opposing team, twice down the stretch maintain the lead, while finishing the open layup that sealed the victory.
ASA Team Allan 10th grade
ASA 10 would come out strong in the beginning of Sunday's game, but would not be able to maintain their lead in the closing minutes of the second half pulling off a close victory by the score of 38-37. With their forward and centers working extra ASA would control the rebounding game and set the tempo for the better part of the game. However, late efforts by the Warriors would prove to be a challenge for ASA 10. With the opposition knocking down two three pointers in the last two minutes, ASA was able to maintain pressure and stall out the clock for the win.
Player of the Game
ASA 10 vs Boston Warriors, Win 38-37
Joe had a great game against the Boston Warriors this week. His effort and hard work on both the defensive end and offensive end. Joe controlled the defensive boards while forcing the opposition to take contested shots. While on the offensive end Joe cleaned up teammates shots on numerous occasions and had some great put backs.
ASA 6 Team 2
ASA 6 would come out slow allowing Boston Warriors 6 to get an early 9 point lead, but they would battle back to win 33-24. Playing full court man to man ASA 6 was able to speed up the tempo while finishing at the hoop and knocking down open jump shots. ASA 6 would keep up the pressure throughout the game playing hustle defense that the opposition couldn't answer. This was a great team victory for ASA 6 with great play by all.
Player of the Game
ASA 6 Team 2 vs Boston Warriors, Win 33-24
Sam had a great game for ASA 6, converting on numerous occasions, while taking the lead role on the court into a new offense directing his teammates to open space, and distributing the ball to others. Sam would go on a run of his own playing a role in six straight scoring opportunities, four in which he hit an open jumper and two making fundamental passes to open teammates to extend their lead.
ASA 8 West took on a tough Boston Warriors team this past Sunday. They came out strong taking an 8 point lead early, forcing the Warriors to call their first timeout. The game was back and forth till about midway through the second half when Warriors went on a run and took an 8 point lead. ASA 8 West could not close the gap. Their were man positives from the game, but heading into practice, their is still much to be done for our new program. Every week looks better and better.
Player of the Game: Kris O'Brien
Kris played awesome this past Sunday. Not only was he one of the leading scorers, but he played amazing defense throughout the whole game. He burned his man on numerous one on one matches, and made two big And-1's. I can't wait to see what this kid has in store for the rest of the season.
ASA 4 matched up against ICE 4 this Sunday in a tightly contested match. The game was back and forth before ICE took a big lead heading into the last 5 minutes. After calling a crucial timeout, the boys regained some energy and made a comeback bringing the game to within 3 points, with :35 seconds to go. Unfortunately, a costly turnover allowed ICE to score another bucket, brining their lead to 5, and closing out the game. ASA 4 never gave up, and played great team basketball, passing, and making unselfish plays.
Player of the Game: Brendan Fulham
As soon as Brendan showed up to the game, I could already tell he was in the zone. He dominated on the boards throughout the whole game, making it impossible for the other team to box him out. He had numerous put back layups, and mid range jumpers. He also led the team in steals, ensuring his man was not going to score. With just under a minute left in the game, Brendan hit a huge 3 pointer to bring ASA 4 within 3 points. His game has improved weekly, and he left it all out on the court on Sunday.
ASA Hoops prevails in some hard-fought contests this past Sunday at the Warriors Fall League. ASA 4, 6, 7, and 10 all critical moments in last few minutes that pushed them to victory. Coaching staff very proud of the way these players stuck to our concepts in pressure situations to earn victories. 4th grade player of day summary by Coach Alex seen below, while Coach Allan took care of grades 7 and 10.
ASA 4 vs Boston Warriors: Win 27-25
Player of the Game: "SJ" Finucane-
SJ was an all around leader against the Boston warriors this Sunday. He helped his team defensively, on the boards, and as a vocal leader. When I called for half court man to man, SJ was right at halfcourt waiting for his man, hungry to play defense. He always knew who to guard even in transition. To add on to his stellar defensive play, he hit a deep jumper, got an Offensive board followed by a put back layup over his man, and had a nice assist to Finn Hayes for a go ahead bucket at a crucial point in the second half. He was unselfish, and left everything on the floor. I couldn't ask for more as a coach.
ASA 10 vs MA Crusaders Win 32-28
After a hard faught battle ASA 10 took home their first victory of the season defeating Mass Crusaders by a score of 32-28. ASA battled back from 11 down at half time to take home the W. Coming out of the second half strong and playing together as a group they were able to take advantage of open space and knock down outside jump shots. While they're full court pressure controlled the pace.
Player of the Game: Paul Szulc
Paul sparked the defensive activity of the game extending his hands up and picking off passes leading to fast break opportunities. He also moved well without the ball, finding open space and knocking down open jumpers. While his jump shot chipped at the deficit it was his penetration that opened lanes up for his team mates getting everyone involved.
ASA 7th White vs Boston Warriors- Win 41-22
ASA 7th White came out of the gate strong earning an 11 point lead going into halftime. Their constant full court pressure and fantastic defensive rotation were able to take advantage of the passing lanes and score often in transition. When they were slowed down they used over play to their advantage and converted on numerous back door cuts.
Player Of The Game: Daylon Trotman
Daylon lead the way on the defensive end stepping into passing lanes and playing hard nosed defense picking opponents pockets on multiple occasions and finishing in transition both left handed and right handed. He also saw the floor well from the point guard position hitting his teammates in open space.
ASA's boys teams kicked off the season yesterday in the Warriors Fall League. ASA Grades 3-10 battled it out all day playing some great games along the way. ASA 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 all had big wins, while grades 6, 9, and 10 played their heart out and fell short. With some key additions to our rosters and sidelines, ASA Hoops will be sure to make some noise this Fall. Stay tuned...
With Summer coming to a close A Step Ahead Basketball was excited to be hosting Walter's 100 Invite Camp at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, MA August 25-28. This camp consisted of the Top 100 Campers that came through ASA, Walter McCarty, and ASA Nike Basketball Camps this Summer. With A Step Ahead Hoops constantly expanding we were able to invite our top campers and view talent from all around the New England Area, which included athletes from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Conneticut, Vermont, and Maine.
With a tremendous group of talented athletes coaches continuously were introducing new concepts and drills that challenged players both mentally and physically. During these times it was exhilarating to watch as a coach to depict which athletes would step up and become true leaders of their groups. However, this camp was also run much different from other A Step Ahead Camp formats. This week we broke players up by divisions, but we also broke them up into teams where they competed with their teammates throughout the week. With all the excitement and hype gravitating around the Reggis Lewis Center ASA Hoops caught the attention of some local hoops broadcasters in Beantown Hoops who covers all basketball throughout the state of Massachusetts. Feel free to follow them and read about our successful wrap up of Walter's 100 at www.beantownhoops.com/blog/walter-mccarty-camp-top-100-review.
Although this is ASA's last Camp of the 2014 Summer we would like to Thank all the athletes and Parents that came through the door this Summer, and not only hope to see you next Summer to continue to improve on your skill work but during our Fall AAU season as well as Skills Classes and Holiday Clinics being offered at www.asahoops.com
It was another great week for A Step Ahead Basketball hosting Walter McCarty Camp, as its last Summer Basketball Camp in Newton for 2014. This was not only our last camp in Newton this Summer but it was also the last opportunity for athletes to be invited to attend Walter's 100 Camp which is being held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, MA. With the athletes realizing this was the last opportunity for an invite to Coach McCarty's elite event their best efforts were on display all week. With an experienced coaching staff, and athletes that were continuously competing for invites there was some very close competitions with Caleb, Jesse, and Joey taking home full court 3v3 Championships for there respected divisions. While in the half court teams of three would compete throughout the week to see who would mold best together and again it was an exciting opportunity to watch these athletes compete. Taking home Championships in half court 3v3 were Jonah, Joshua, and Elijah in the D-League, while Sophia, Brad, and Avery took the NCAA, and Riley, Glenn, and Joey would take home the hardware for NBA. With all the hard work being put forth, Friday afternoon was exhilarating for both athletes and coaches as a Surprise Guest, Boston Celtics First Round 6th Pick Combo Guard from Oklahoma State University Marcus Smart came to speak on the importance of working hard on both ends of the floor. When asked about his defensive believes Marcus Smart simply answered "Points wins games, but Defense wins Championships". With Smart's great energy and enthusiasm of starting his career in Boston we wish him the best if luck and will certainly be cheering him on, and we hope he continues to attend ASA Camps in the future. We here at ASA would like to thank all of its athletes who came out to camp this Summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall for classes and clinics as well as more camps next Summer.
Can 60 young athletes and 6 coaches have more fun than we did at the Brown Middle School ASA Hoops camp??? NO WAY !!! Not only did the campers become better teammates, athletes and basketball players but they had a blast (and our coaches did too). See u next week for the McCarty Camp in Newton, this is the last chance in earn your Walter 100 invite...
Wow!!! Our week at the Walter McCarty camp flew by so fast! We were at the beautiful Derby Academy in Hingham, MA and camp could not have been more fun.
Under the watchful eye of the 10 year NBA veteran and current Celtic legend and Assistant Coach, Walter McCarty himself, we worked hard and played hard!
The work: We ran, shot, defended, rebounded and dribbled along with doing push-ups, burpees and planks. The fun: We played Money Basket, went 1 on 1 against Coach McCarty, learned how the shoot free throws while the whole gym was cheering, and so much more. Next stop on McCarty Camp tour: Framingham State 8/11
ASA and Nike come to Maine! I'm excited to announce that we just finished a great week of camp at The University of New England's Harold Alfond Forum in Biddeford, Maine. This was our first camp in Maine and by all accounts it was a success. The Harold Alfond Forum is one of the best Division 3 facilities in all of New England and we were fortunate to be able to use it. It is also an enormous facility and we are excited to grow, and give more young boys and girls the opportunity to attend camp here.
This year we had a talented group of campers and a great staff, which made for a positive experience for everyone. We gave out 10 invitations to the Walter's 100 Camp to be held at the end of August, which is a testament to the quality of basketball being played in Southern Maine. Special thanks to Ronnie Barris of the Bombers and former All-State center Kurt Randall of Gorham for lending their knowledge to the campers for the week.
We are excited about our future in Maine. In addition to our camp at UNE next summer, be on the look out for other ASA-Nike camps and clinics in the southern Maine area throughout the year!
It was another exciting week for ASA - Nike at The Rim Facility in Hampton, NH. Throughout the week players continually worked hard improving every aspect of their game. Campers competed for the coveted drill stations award, pushing their skills to the limit and competing against previously held records. Our top campers were invited to our invite only event to be held Aug 25th in Boston, invited can be seen below. It was an exciting week for ASA NH, with great facilities and a fantastic group of athletes we are eager to take another trip to Hampton very soon.
What a great week ASA campers and staff had at the oldest public school in the USA: Boston Latin School founded in 1635 is the oldest public school in the Country. Our campers had a great week of basketball despite the heat wave campers tested their shooting, ball handling, passing, rebounding and defensive skills. Our athletes competed within our drill stations and scheduled events: 1 on 1, 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 games. Campers showed great focus, effort and determination throughout the week on improving their skills. ASA staff was very happy with this group is looking forward to seeing many of them at our 7/21 program.
ASA Hoops is now offering AAU teams in the Southborough / Framingham area in addition to it's current home base of greater Boston. Our staff is very excited to bring our basketball culture West of the Boston area. ASA will utilize many of it's camp hubs: Fay School, St Marks, Framingham State, Marian High school for not only tryouts but practice sites. Boys tryouts for grades 3-8 have been posted as well as girls grades 5-11. All information can be found at: www.asahoops.com/aau
ASA and Nike Basketball camps have had a busy few weeks. With over 150 campers in just two weeks the ASA / Nike coaching staff had it’s hands full. All campers came ready to work hard and improve their games. Campers endured the heat wave and focused on the goals set forth by the staff: GET BETTER. Participants are met with daily skills-drills challenges and are asked to not only improve but compete while doing so. Many of our camp pictures and top performers are seen below.
Nike Basketball camp had a great turn out in Quincy this past week. With campers coming from all over the South Shore the energy and focus in gymnasium was awesome. Campers competed in many contests: 1 on 1, 3 on 3, Hot Shot, but none more important than the drill station challenge. Campers throughout the week were given goals by coaching staff and many met this challenge with great effort. Week was highlighted with a competitive and exciting championship Friday concluding with our “Walta 100 invites”.
It was an exciting week for ASA Nike Basketball Camp at Framingham State University. While the weather showed true for the first week of July campers came in with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. With only a four day week we crammed in as much fundamentals as possible. Though we weren't able to break any records our campers still put forth their best efforts and out up some good numbers. Leading the way and taking Drill Stations Champion this week for our NBA division was Zack M taking high honors in three different drills including; Xbox-5, Mikan-17, and tying with Cam W and Robby P in X-Dribble with 8. Taking home top honors in the NCAA Division was Porter M. He would go onto to tie Oren W in Rapid Free Throws recording 8 apiece. Porter's dedication to hard work proves that you don't have to be the best to win, you just have to work your hardest and the numbers will go your way. Rounding out the NCAA Division taking two drill stations was Oren W finishing with a score of 14 in Mikans, while Brendan M would place a score of 5 1/4 in Xbox. It was an exciting week for all at Framingham State University and we would like to thank all those who came out.
ASA is taking part in the D3 National Tournament in Hampton Virginia this week. Our team is comprised of our top 5th grade players combined with 4 of our current 6th graders. Team is being lead by coach Josh Bubar and has been prepping for tournament for 4 weeks now. The ASA family is very proud of this group and wished them the best of luck.
First stop of the Walter McCarty Summer Camp Tour was held Framingham State College 6/23 -6/27. The week was filled with teaching, learning and competitive games. Players, ranging in age from 7 to 16 came in to the week fully prepared, and excited, paying no mind to the intense heat that lingered outside the gym walls. Continuing in the traditions of ASA camps, participants were looking to break records in statistical drill stations, and shooting competitions. ASA Hoops prides itself on the teaching portion of each day, all drills are carefully recorded to ensure accuracy and improvement. The McCarty camp is not just about hard work but exciting surprises: Kelly Olynyk, Phil Pressey, Chris Johnson and Chris Babb stopped by to say hello as well as answer some questions. The week was capped off with our Championship Friday and our Walter 100 invites. With 5 stops left on the McCarty tour it’s promising to be a great summer.
The 6/23 camp was a great week at ASA / Nike Basketball in Manchester. Our athletes came into the week ready to work on their game, and they did not disappoint. Taking a leadership role this week and learning a lot about the importance of keeping his teammates on the same page Ryan P of Bedford, took home Player of the Week credentials while also being invited to participate in Walter McCarty's invite event in late August. Throughout the week and as coaches crunched numbers it was clear today that it would be an exciting Championship Friday. Taking Free Throw Championship in the NBA division was Kody H from Concord, NCAAs Cameron O, and JUCOs Michael C. Taking home Top Hot Shot honors for the JUCO Division was Jake O while Trey S (NBA) and Parker H (NCAA) took Top Honors in their divisions. With drills changing everyday their were quite a few consistent workers throughout the week but the three that took home some Nike socks were Franklin N (NBA), Andrew Z(NCAA), and Tyler D (JUCO). Once again results that would come down to Championship Friday in the 1 V 1 competition where David M would take it in the NBA, accompanied by TJ O'Connell of the NCAA, and Spencer H of the JUCO Divisions. It was a great first week of camp at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, NH looking forward to many more.
Walter's Top 100 Invites
ASA Hoops taking place in "Living By Numbers" challenge set by Nike camp partner Elite Hoops of Atlanta Georgia. "Living By Numbers" was created by Elite Hoops owner Lee Miller as a creative and informative method to improve ones game. Each camp day a different drill is implemented into the basketball curriculum, drills are not only recorded but statistical averages and high scores are documented for a reference point. ASA Hoops is extremely happy to be taking part in this program and looking forward to seeing how we stack up. Check out a few of our top performers from 6/16 camp week.
ASA Hoops is very excited to introduce a new event taking place at the Conclusion of the summer: "Walta's 100". This event is for our top campers from 2014. Each week ASA staff will select the top 15% of camp to be invited to our signature event. We are looking for not only the very best campers but the hardest working. Event is taking place August 25-28 at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Our Nike camps are off to a great start with strong showings in both Dedham and Hingham. Both camps were very competitive in all events including are new 3 on 3 full court, where each player is his / her own team through week. Also new in 2014 includes our participation in a friendly competition with Nike Camp Partner Elite Hoops, both camps will take part in drills during camps while comparing statistics. ASA did very will in it's first week coming close to breaking a few long standing records, check out Nate Kocho on two ball dribbling. Lastly, all ASA / Nike top campers will receive invites to "Walta's 100" at the Reggie Lewis Center August 25-28, this weeks invites were very excited to learn of the news. Next stop on camp tour: Manchester, Newton and Framingham.
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