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By Miguel Lloyd
This week on #LFCRadio, we are talking to one of the most revered men in AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball, Boo Williams.
For those who are reading this and is from the Hampton Roads area, there is no explanation needed as to who Marcellus “Boo” Williams is. For the rest of you, let me give you the cliff notes version. Over the last 30 years his teams have included , 1 time NBA MVP Allen Iverson, NBA Champion Alonzo Mourning, NBA #1 pick
Joe Smith, and two current members of the North Carolina Tarheel roster, Kendall Marshall and James McAdoo. But those are just some of the big names that you may know. The Boo Williams Summer League program has not only produced professional athletes, but also pastors, teachers, coaches and entrepreneurs. The BWSL is a pillar in the Hampton Roads Community and beyond.
You see, the Boo Williams 17U annual all-star team is just one of the many teams that play in the Boo Williams Summer League program. Over the course of the last 20 years, the AAU system has become more important than the scholastic system when it comes to identifying elite talent. Boo Williams is a major player in the system.
Many of you are familiar with what I am talking about. Why? Because, as soon as the high school season ends, those traveling weekends begin. Especially if your son or daughter has been identified as a “blue chipper” or in the words of Dick Vitale, a “Diaper Dandy.” Boo, and his mom for that matter, has been knee deep in organizing transportation and washing uniforms in their homes for years. You see, for those who have not experienced that system, it is very rarely supported with your tax dollars like the high school system and the local school buses aren’t driving these teams around. It is hard-working moms and dads who give up their weekends and nights to make it happen. Taking time away from their jobs, families, etc to make sure those kids travel whenever and wherever to be seen by some of the biggest coaches in the game.
We’re going to talk to Boo, about the importance of the AAU system to the college and pro game, as well as its importance to the communities they serve all over the country. You don’t want to miss this conversation with one of the best that has ever done it.
Miguel Lloyd is a blogger, radio host and Media entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly talk show called Life Full Circle Radio. The show includes super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!