Flying High: Arkansas Wings 17U
Following stops in Minnesota, Virginia, Texas and California, the talented 17U program finished 14-6 in pool play, en route to a second place finish in their division. Throughout the pool play period, the Arkansas Wings garnered wins against several of the nation’s finest, including the No. 3 ranked CP3 All-Stars, as well as the No. 10 and No. 12-ranked teams in Texas Titans and Mac Irvin Fire, respectively.
After the conclusion of pool play, it was off to the EYBL Finals at Peach Jam. Unfortunately, the Wings did not produce the quality of play that they would have hoped for, finishing with an unsatisfactory record of 2-3. In light of a less-than-stellar Peach Jam performance, head coach Leighton McCrary believes his team had a terrific showing this AAU season.
The team was led through the grueling EYBL schedule by two nationally ranked prospects in Bobby Portis, an Arkansas-commit, and Moses Kingsley, an elite-level shot-blocker.
Portis, a future Razorback, is a versatile 6-9 forward who posted averages of 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest for his team at Peach Jam. Kingsley was the defensive leader of the team and led Peach Jam in blocks with 4 per game.
Coach McCrary praised both Portis and Kingsley’s leadership qualities, saying: “[They’re] the type(s) of kids everybody wants to coach.” While Portis is scheduled to arrive in Little Rock, Arkansas in Fall 2013, Kingsley is one of the nation’s most sought-after recruits, holding offers from Florida, Louisville, Memphis and of course, in-state Arkansas.
With another superb season for the Arkansas Wings program, coach McCrary believes next year’s 17U team has the potential to be even better, and perhaps a force to be reckoned with.