"The Real Deal in the Ville" Back for Second Year
The SMAA Trojans will be hosting the “The Real Deal in the
Ville” AAU boys’ and girls’ basketball event March 14-16. The event will
feature 3rd through 12th graders in Division I and II.
Claude Harold III is overseeing the event and says it is a great opportunity
for high school players to jump into the AAU basketball season.
“It’s probably one of the best ice breakers, you know before
teams get in deep competition in April, May, June, and July,” said Harold. “This
is probably one of the most competitive events in the nation.”
Apparently, many other teams thought so too. Forty teams
from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina participated in the event last year
and this year Harold has more than 80 teams already registered with over a
month left until the registration deadline. Teams this year are traveling from
all over the nation, from Houston to New Orleans and even Kentucky and Harold
thinks it’s because it was such a success last year.
“There were very competitive teams,” said Harold. “It was
not just the quantity but more so the quality of programs that were coming to
The tournament is partnered with an NAIA school in
Jacksonville, Edward Waters College, who lends them the use of their facilities.
In return, the tournament donates a portion of the proceeds to the United Negro
This tournament is definitely one you won’t want to miss,
but register soon! The entry deadline
is February 21 and has already been
pushed forward because of the high volume of entries. The entry fee for each
team is $300 and includes pool play followed by bracket play with a three game
minimum. The first and second place teams will receive trophies.
For more information and accommodation deals, please visit www.smaajax.com.
Check out the event flyer HERE!