The quest for the 3rd Grade AAU National Championship will have the Memphis War Eagles in Orlando for the competition that begins July 30 and runs through Aug. 5.
Some four months ago, the Memphis War Eagles were simply a group of young men coming together for the very first time to play the sport they all love passionately. The 12-man squad heads to Orlando with the opportunity to complete an undefeated season.
According to the team's coaches, the plan is to stick with the formula that has worked thus far: "keep God first, trust and believe in their talents." The result has been six tournament championships and 24 consecutive victories.
The Memphis War Eagles Basketball program is under the leadership of trainer and coach Frank Harris, who runs the program with families and mutual respect for team members in mind. Players, coaches and family members pray before and after practices and games because the foundation of the entire program is Christ.
Though Harris oversees the War Eagles Basketball Program, the undefeated 3rd Team's head coach is David Kizer, who is assisted by Kylan Chandler. During every tournament, Kizer takes time for Bible study and devotion with the boys
Kizer and Chandler made the choices that narrowed the squad from the 40 that tried out to the 12 poised for a historic run. The teams leading scorer, Kennedy Chandler, has been named by several other teams nationwide as the No. 1 player in 3rd Grade AAU. Davon Barnes leads the teams in rebounds and assists, while the remainder of the starting five – Jordan Mitchell, Alden Applewhite and Dwight Holmes – are formidable forces.
The War Eagles roster also includes Carter Chandler, a dependable go-to man, who has knack for scoring timely 3-pointers; Cameron Dunacan, who has a way of dominating the court and creating key-plays; Ryan Rucker, who forced numerous from every opponent; and Thomas Kizer, Joel Lyons, Ethen Perkins and Robert Smith, each of whom has stepped up at vital times.
For the War Eagles, the string of tournament victories include the War Eagles Invitational, The Coach K Spring Hoop Fest, 3rd Tennessee AAU Champions, the 2012 PrimeTime Super 60 in New Orleans, and the We R Russell National Championship.