Alabama Heat Elite Gear Up for Fall Finale Showcase

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The Alabama Heat Elite AAU girls  basketball club is heading to Power Springs, Ga. for the Fall Finale Showcase.

The tournament will be held at McEacherm High School and serves as the last evaluation period for NCAA coaches before high school basketball tips off.

During July, the Heat played in a series of tournaments across the Southeast, and the girls’ performance improved at each showcase. According to freshman team head coach Steve Ward, his players finished 1-3 in the 10th-grade gold division at the Super Showcase in Orlando, Fla., the Sweet 16 at the Battle of the Boro in Franklin, Tenn., the Elite 8 at the Basketball on the Bayou in New Orleans, La., and were runners-up at the Garden City Summer Final in Augusta, Ga. In its first year of inception, the sophomore team also showed signs of progression.…super-showcase/ Continue reading “Alabama Heat Elite Gear Up for Fall Finale Showcase”

Alabama Heat Elite Suit up for Super Showcase

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Photo by Brittany Young: Alabama Heat Elite freshman and sophomore Amateur Athletic Union basketball teams practicing at Homewood High School.

July is probably the most popular month of the summer season. During this month, not only does America celebrate its independence, but college basketball coaches have the independence to travel across the country and recruit student-athletes for their programs. On the flip side, July is an opportunity for student-athletes to showcase their talent and skills in hopes of catching the eyes of coaches and later receiving scholarship offers.

Garnering attention from coaches shouldn’t be a problem for the ladies of the Alabama Heat Elite. The Amateur Athletic Union basketball club consists of a ninth and tenth-grade team. The ninth-grade team is ranked No. 2 in Alabama, No. 17 in the nation and has players who already have scholarship offers.

Both teams are preparing to embark on a journey of showcases across the Southeast, beginning with the Super Showcase in Orlando, Fla., July 5. Steve Ward is the head coach of the freshman squad. As talented as the athletes are, he admits it can be challenging to get them to stay focused.

“It’s hard because they are still young and they’re still learning how to be consistent,” Ward says.

However, Coach Ward doesn’t have to stress much knowing he has a composed, floor general in Hannah Barber. The Homewood High School 6A state champion already has scholarship offers from Jacksonville State, Samford and the University of Southern Mississippi. Continue reading “Alabama Heat Elite Suit up for Super Showcase”