The Magic bring home another title
Without question, Ellis Myles and his U-15 Louisville Magic are the best AAU team for their age group in the entire country. In fact, until they had to forfeit a game in the first round of the Ky Hoop Fest earlier this week (because they were double-booked and were too busy winning the title at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis), they had won an astounding 12 in a row on the AAU circuit. After dusting off a few more huge wins at the Hoops Fest, they collected their second straight title in July. With 5-6 high D-1 players on the roster, they have assembled the perfect amount of attitude, hoops savy, and pure talent. They play hard and aggressive on both ends of the floor, something rare in the summer months when most players tend to coast at one point or another. Led by sophomores-to-be D’Angelo Russell (Central), Quentin Snider (Ballard), Trey Grundy (Henry Clay), Jordan Green (Henry Clay), Brandon Hatton (Dixie Heights) and Craig Owens (Trinity) the Magic have begun to catch the eye of Rick Pitino and his staff. Pitino was on hand in Indianapolis to watch the action up close, and then had assistants here in Louisville for the Hoops Fest. With a heavy drought in quality talent in the greater Louisville – Lexington area over the last several years, it’s incredibly refreshing to see some hometown kids getting the attention they deserve.
Suffice to say, if things continue to progress, we could have a couple of All-Americans on our hands in a few years.
*photo courtesy of the Courier Journal