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July 8, 2001
Looking to the Future
Often, you will hear coaches use the cliché that their teams are not rebuilding, but rather reloading. This principle clearly applies here in the state of Virginia.
The Boo Williams 17U AAU team has the national recognition and has had an outstanding spring season, leading into the critical summer events, where coaches will be out evaluating. Boo's 17U team dominated the competition in Charlottesville at The Southern Invitational, and includes a number of high-major prospects. In fact, the state of Virginia is very prominent in early national Top-50 lists, heading into the summer evaluation period. You can find J.J. Redick, John Gilchrist, Sani Ibrahim,Mario Boggan,Chadd Moore, Justin Gray and now Carmelo Anthony, all attending either Virginia high schools or Virginia based schools, on most Top 50 lists.
However, the younger talent in the state must not be overlooked and it is here where the reloading theory comes into effect. While the Boo Williams 17U team was dominating the competition in Charlottesville, the Virginia Squires 16U team was quietly winning their division at the same Southern Invitational. And, at the prestigious Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions during Memorial weekend in Chapel Hill, Richmond Metro Gold were the runner-ups for 15U crown, in a quality nationally represented field. All of which makes college coaches across the state, as well as across the country, eagerly anticipate this rising junior class, coming on the heels of what appears to be a deep and talented senior class. While a great deal of the recruiting attention will be rightly centered on the senior class in the state, we must not forget that behind this senior class remains another solid and talented class. Virginia does not have to take a back seat to any state when younger talent is being discussed.
With this in mind, VirginiaPreps will take a closer look individually at some of the rising juniors, whose names will make college coaches , fans and alumni of schools very happy a couple of years from now.
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