What’s up DeaconSports, this is Travis McKie and this is my fourth installment of my monthly journal.
The AAU Nationals in Orlando, Florida was my last AAU tournament. It is hard to grasp the fact that I do not play AAU anymore. I've been playing since I was nine years old and going from a big head kid to an ACC player is a long journey. Anyway, we couldn’t end the season any brighter. We breezed through pool play and pretty much the bracket. We beat tough teams on the road to the championship game: NJ Roadrunners (Kyrie Irving), Rising Stars (Lenzelle Smith, Jordan Dystrka & Ben Burst), Georgia Stars (Jeremy Lamb & Marcus Thorthon) and the Arkansas Wings. In every game of this tournament, I felt that I played my best of the summer. Stat-wise, I was averaging about 25 point and 12 rebounds, but everyone on the team was clicking and having fun.
In the championship game, we ran up against the favorite to win everything, All-Ohio Red. There is no need to explain who they are because most people already know who they are. This was our last AAU game so we were focused and determined to win this game. Early on, they jumped on us and gained a big lead. We kept fighting and fighting but they were too big inside to handle. We lost by 10 and won second place. I had 23 points in the game while Jared Sullinger had 30 for All-Ohio. To be honest, I couldn’t think of a much better way to end my AAU career.
My last summer event was in the best place, my future home. The Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp was for the top 40 high school guards in the country. This was a great camp because it exposed us to CP’s workout & how hard he pushes himself to get better. We learned a lot of new drills and techniques to advance our game to the next level.
Also, it was good to spent time with great basketball players like my point guard forever Kendall Marshall, Harrison, Quinn, Markel, Tyler, Deuce, Bishop, P.J., Tony, Dezmine and of course myself -- the list could go on for a while. On the last day, we started a 5-on-5 tournament. My team won the championship and we didn’t have to run a 3-2-3. Whew! Anyway, this was a great learning experience and I took a lot back home to Richmond to work on.
Ok, as far as recruiting goes, I think we are looking for a center in the 2010 class. My guess is that it will be either be Damontre Harris or Carson Desrosiers. I could be wrong but that is just my guess. In the 2011 class, I think that we have got things under control. I am almost sure that C.J. Barksdale is coming to Wake. There is no doubt in my mind that there's no place he would rather go. For the point guard position, Marquis Rankin is a leading candidate. I was talking to him at CP3 and you know what I was talking to him about - Wake Forest. He heard a lot of my mouth & we got a shot with him. Also, at the point guard position is my young "little brother" Quinn Cook. Quinn and I grew up as friends on the AAU circuit. We have been real good friends since we were 10. He is also interested in Wake and would love to play in the ACC. He loved Winston-Salem when he was there. The 2011 class is going to be interesting. Another target for the class I’m after is Quincy Miller. He understands where I come from.
Right now, I’m trying to enjoy the rest of the summer before I go back to school after Labor Day weekend. Currently, I’m in the process of selecting an official visit date with the coaches. We came to an agreement that Melvin, J.T., Tony and I are going on the same weekend, we just don’t know when. In the meantime, I will be working out & lifting at my high school. State Championship or bust.
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