Redell Freeman claims the future of high school boys basketball in Rochester is bright.
Time will tell if the Greece resident is accurate.
One reason why Freeman, who has three children who played varsity basketball in Section V, is optimistic is because of how he spent the Independence Day holiday weekend.
Freeman watched a team called H.O.P.E. Elite win the AAU Division III 11-under East Coast National Championship in Hampton, Virginia.
Freeman is a youth director and trainer for the Rochester-based Having Only Positive Expectations (H.O.P.E.) AAU organization, founded by Terrell Kittelberger, a Franklin graduate. Kittleberger was a Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester co-Player of the Year in 2001 with Livonia’s Kevin Downey.
“We started with one AAU team (in 2014) and the next year we went up to six,” Freeman said.
Rochester resident Frank White coached the H.O.P.E. Elite team of 9-, 10- and 11-year-olds at the tournament in Hampton, the team’s first event outside New York state.
The players: Edmari Binion (Rochester City School District No. 10 School, 10 years old), Marcqell Freeman (Nazareth Elementary School, 9), Damarius Owens (Bernabi Elementary in Spencerport, 11), Markus Robinson-Riggins (Urban Choice Charter School, 11), Miles Rose (Bishop Kearney Middle School, 11), Tyler Simmons (Rush-Henrietta Central School District, 11), Terrell Wilson Jr. (Greece Athena Middle School, 11), Mykell White (RCSD No. 33, 11).
“We’ve been an organization that develops the talent, because we start when the kids are young,” Freeman said. “The kids have been training together for a few years.
“All in all, competition is good. It’s making Rochester basketball take off. We have a lot of Thomas Bryants coming up and Anthony Lambs coming up.”