Congratulations to Nicholas Grant and D.J. Edgar for graduating from the 5TH grade as straight A honor students and Presidential Academic Excellence Award Recipients! Not only do these guys have a grueling practice schedule, but they’ve managed to maintain exceptional grade point averages and test scores all year-long. Collegebound Sports Initiative is proud to highlight their success and accomplishments. Shout out to all of our Phenom graduates for your hard work and dedication and successful completion of elementary school…middle school here they come!
Memorial Day weekend for the Phenoms was filled with excitement and exhaustion. These boys managed to bring a trophy back Houston after playing together as a team for only four months….now that’s impressive! Their bracket was no cakewalk either going up against the #8 team in the nation Georgia World Wide (formerly known as the Georgia Kings). The ended up battling EOTO, also from Georgia, for the championship in the Purple Bracket and coming home with a second place trophy. Although not the win they hoped for, they played hard, gained some experience, and didn’t come home empty-handed. Job well done Team Dano!
Who says the kids are supposed to have all the fun? During the New Orleans Super 60 Tourney in May, some of the parents of the Future Phenoms take a break to bond with one another for some good old fashion fun. It’s always great to see the glue that keeps this team together decide to let their hair down and relax with one another. Although all of the parents were not in attendance, they were missed and will definitely have opportunities to participate in other parent outings in the future.
It was clear at the Hardwood Classic Tournament back in April, that Future Phenoms 11U Dano didn’t just come to win but to send a message. For everyone who is looking for them, here they are and ready to run you out of the gym. Coach Dano has built a team that is quicker, stronger, and tougher than any that he’s ever coached before. This team is not just winning because they have the best guards in the city on this level, but because they are bigger and stronger with the “X-man and Big Z down low. This team is complete with weapons like Deandre, Ky, and PJ who are all strong finishers in their own right. Then Coach D has gone and added Mason who is not only one of the best football players in the FBYFL, but it tough as nails on the basketball court. These guys are going to do big things in the years to come so I hope they are ready for the attention because all eyes are on them.
Judging by the name alone, one would assume that this group is about to push out some major talent. Who are the new kids on the block in terms of AAU basketball franchises? With all of the spread out talent in Houston, who is on this roster and how will they compete against the great organizations not just in Houston but Texas overall? Well here’s what we do know:
1. The head of the organization is none other than Coach Dano (formerly of the 10U Rytes Warriors). Last year he took his team, mixed with some additional talent, to Nationals in Charlotte, NC, and returned home as a top 20 team in the nation.
2. They have the best 5th grade ball handlers in the city.
3. They are heavy into the XrossOver Basketball Program (created by Coach Dano).
4. They have some of the best trainers youth sports has seen.
5. They are definitely on the fast track and are not looking back.
6. The new additions to their organization are going to emerge as some of the greatest and send shock waves through Houston.
7. They are starting from scratch but are very rich in experience.
According to Coach Dano, Future Phenoms is basing their franchise on quality and not quantity. “We are taking our time and handpicking our talent and not only are we looking for great athletes, but great parents that have realistic expectations, speak the same language, and have the same goals”. “Our kids are training for scholarships….period”.
Houston’s AAU basketball scene just got hotter with addition of this organization.