Eric wore #40 for his 7th Grade Modified Basketball team.
Coach Parsons kept 14 boys and had two platoons. Eric largely played on the 2nd group with Luke, Michael, Jon, Ethan and Ryan. The team was pretty successful with wins over Clinton, Frankfort, Utica Academy of Science, Canastota, Hamilton and Sherburne-Earlville.
Back row: Dean, Dylan, Sawyer, Jon, Coach Scott Parsons, Dennis, Eric, Michael, Shane
Front row: Jack, Scottie, Ethan, Ryan, Austin, Luke
Eric had basketball camp or practice day during the school break; 3 days of Mohawk Valley Elite camp 9am-1pm; Ryan’s birthday party at Accelerate Sports Facility, where they played dodgeball, basketball and kick ball, and then practice with the Rome Select AAU team Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Eric wished to play more basketball and asked to participate in AAU. We were aware of four AAU teams: two teams in Rome, a West Canada Valley team and a new organization, Mohawk Valley Elite, based out of the Accelerate facility. We decided to try out for each team in turn as tryouts were held until he was able to stick with a team. Eric tried out for the Rome Select team and made the roster of the B team. After a couple of weeks he was moved up the A team, playing on the same team as Dylan and Shane. The AAU league will be good for him, they are pushing him to be more aggressive and shoot more which is good as he has a tendency to pass or wait for the “just right” shot. Modified (school) ball finishes up this week with three straight games Wed – Fri and Eric’s 1st AAU tournament is being held this weekend.