AAU boys' basketball program looking to keep talent in Q-C


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Posted Online: Sept. 11, 2011, 8:37 pm
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By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com
What Logan Wynn created two years ago is approaching an even bigger status.

And based on current goals, it will not stop growing.

Wynn founded the Quad City Elite AAU basketball program two years ago with the hopes of keeping local talent in this region. After three successful summers, Wynn is ready to expand team even more.

As of now, the sky appears to be the limit.

"I see it becoming a brand of basketball," said Wynn, a 2006 Rockridge graduate. "It's going to promote basketball and bring attention to the Quad-Cities. It will be great."

In recent years, the best boys' basketball players in the Illinois Quad-Cities have left the region for AAU opportunities. Some went to Chicago- or Peoria-based teams while others retreated to programs in Iowa.

A few years ago, the time seemed right for a program based in the Q-C, so Wynn organized a 15-and-under team. Now, there are four teams with the possibility for two more.

"The future looks strong," Wynn said. "It really took off after this past summer."

From a local perspective, that's a good sign.Current and former members include players from Moline, United Township, Rock Island, Bettendorf, Davenport North, Davenport Central, Erie, Riverdale, Orion, Rockridge and Mercer County.

"It sounds like Logan is trying to do things the right way and sustain it," Rock Island boys' basketball coach Thom Sigel said. "There's definitely an interest. There are players in the area who can benefit."

So far, the major benefit is exposure. Wynn said the Elite played eight total tournaments in the spring and summer. With college coaches now using the AAU circuit as a major recruiting tool, more players will be seen because of this avenue.

On top of that, since most of the players who comprise the program are from the Q-C, it can draw more college coaches to the area.

"There's a high level here and we're trying to promote that," Wynn said. "We're trying to put good coaches around here."

Further expansion has given the Elite teams for the 14-, 15-, 16- and 17-year-old age groups. Plus, the program is receiving interest from players in Rock Falls, Dixon, Knoxville and Morton.

Yet, the primary focus is keeping the best local talent in the Q-C. The opportunity is now there.

"The future looks strong," Wynn said. "A lot of people are starting to jump on board."




Quad City Elite

The Quad City Elite, an AAU boys' basketball program started by Logan Wynn in 2009, will have tryouts for the upcoming season beginning Sept. 17. Anyone interested can visit quadcityelitebasketball.org and click on the "events" tab for more information.












 



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