In the summer heat, hoops thrive indoors
The Rockdale girls participated in the Thorndale league, while the boys played in the Cameron league.
Participating in the Thorndale league is a combination of upcoming freshmen and returning junior varsity and varsity players from last year.
Visha Henderson, Shelby Evans, Taylor Pickett, Ansley Jenkins, Samantha Muston, Emily Norris are the high school girls participating along with upcoming freshmen Jasia Rubin, Djhoria Davis, Chloe Contreras, Tekia Sandles, Haley Perez, and Jolie Carpenter.
Freshman sensation Velma Mitchell had arch surgery and is out for the summer.
Henderson, Jenkins, Norris, Rubin, and Contreras were joined by Marlene Hall, and Alix Hoffman of Thorndale as they competed in the TABC Camp of Champs and took third place in the Gold Division with a record of 6-3 during the pool play and tournament play.
They added three other players from camp and finished 8-4 to claim a 4th place finish.
Mitchell received best ballhandler at TABC.
Speaking of Mitchell, he was just named the Class 3A free throw champion for 2012.
Mitchell, a sophomore-to-be, sank 115-of-138 free throws for 83 percent accuracy from the line.
Just a couple of years ago, Rockdale’s Lance Loewe won the same award in 2010.
Viva Las Vegas
Milano resident Aubrie King is spending his summer playing with the Elite 2014 16-and-under AAU basketball team that is based out of Georgetown but is made up of players from all over Central Texas towns, including Round Rock, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Killeen and Georgetown.
The team recently played in the Las Vegas Live 16U Tournament and after going 1-2 in pool play with teams from Canada, California and Washington, rebounded to snag the first place platinum trophy.
The Elite steamrolled over teams from Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Seattle in the championship finals. All those teams were previously unbeaten.
King, a two-time All-State selection who led Mumford to the state finals this past season, led the way in the finale with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
After the Las Vegas victory, the Elite—who start playing in March—are now 42-19 on the season. They have captured five tournaments so far this summer.
At 6-foot-6, King is the tallest player on the all-star squad.
With King and sophomore postman LaKendrick Hyson and seven other lettermen returning next season, Coach Chris Sodek’s Mumford team will likely enter the season ranked number one in the state.