April 24, 2007
AAU Profile - MeanStreets
With two tournaments in hand, the MeanStreets AAU program has already had quite a bit of success, losing by one point in the championship game at the Boo Williams Invitational, and making the Elite Eight at the Kingwood Classic, a tournament in which they defeated the Southern Cal All Stars Elite, and Atlanta Celtics Black. For many coaches, this opening to the season would be satisfactory. For MeanStreets' coach, Tai Streets, he was content with the results, but the goal of his MeanStreets' squad is to win each and every tournament they enter. If their early season play is any indicator, tournament victories are well within the reach of this squad.
"This year's squad is very talented, as we have the ingredients to go in and win each tournament we are entered in," stated Streets. Streets is not taking the easy route to get a tournament victory, as each tournament they are entered in thus far is among the nation's best; Boo Williams, Kingwood Classic, King James Classic, Spiece Run -N- Slam, Adidas May Classic, and the Nike Memorial Day Classic. The reason this sort of schedule was made? "MeanStreets does not back down, as we know every game is a tough fight. Our teams play hard and play together, and 99% of the time, MeanStreets will put their best effort forward"
The MeanStreets' team is filled with at minimum, three high-major prospects, with others potentially making it to that level. When asked who the leader on the team is, Streets stated, "That is a tough question. The man with the ball in his hand at most key times is Kevin Dillard. He is like me, as he is a competitor and hates to lose. This past weekend (at Kingwood), Matthew Humphrey led us on the court, and just had an outstanding tournament. Our bigs, Josh Crittle and Michael Dunigan combine together to be a force down low, and make our team so difficult to play against."
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