Posted On: 05/25/21 5:58 PM

Really enjoyed dropping by a T.R.U. Elite practice last week and getting my first extended time with director/coach Ernesto Ifill and former professional player and assistant coach Brent Jennings, both of whom have great energy and backstories which highlight both their experience and commitment to the game. 

The T.R.U. organization and the 17U’s practicing that evening are fascinating and encompass a lot about what’s great about grassroots basketball. Osborne standout guard Justin McCarter, having a breakout summer, was not present while nursing a hip injury, and both Ethan Long and Trey Harding were also not present.

Some standouts in a mixed 2022/2023 group from the evening:

Chandler McDade, 5-11, PG, Pope, 2023

TRAITS: Playing up, set to be among a group that includes SEBA FCI Warrior 2022 Areeb Khan to assume the mantle left behind by record-breaking Will Kolker Will Kolker 6'1" | PG Pope | 2021 State GA , smooth handle reminiscent of Kolker, good poise and control in traffic, slick feeder with head up and attuned, can knock down the 3-ball with proficiency, a 2023 with floor time over in Northeast Cobb who could see a quick rise.

Quinton Partee, 6-3, SG/SF, Roswell, 2022

TRAITS: Averaging 20+ ppg for the spring, downhill driver adept at getting to

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