Posted On: 04/9/19 2:12 PM

Grassroots basketball season has started and it’s time to to look ahead to what’s coming up on the AAU circuit. We have reached out to all of the top AAU programs in the state to get a preview and today we look at Maeko.

Maeko is the rebirth of a previous program and is hoping to make some noise in 2019 under the new leadership of brothers Omar and Yusuf Leary. Here’s a transcript of a conversation we had with program director Omar Leary.

Why did you start your program? How long have you been around?

Lamar Hurd (Portland Trail Blazers TV analyst) started the organization Maeko and it's branched off the non-profit The Other Side of Basketball. We do a lot of different community engagements throughout the year from Hillsboro on through the Portland area and Maeko is the basketball side of the organization. This is version 2.0 - they had existed before and had a lot of good players come through their program like Elijah Gonzales (Clackamas), Nolan Bertain (West Linn), and some others, and this is re-energizing the basketball side, a face-lift of what they once had.

What is the goal of your program for 2019?


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