TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
The Tyler Magic AAU basketball team is giving 30 East Texas teenagers the chance to play at the highest level of basketball. Led by coaches Charmyst Amie and Daryl Hale, the Magic will play in a NCAA sanctioned tournament next weekend, giving players the chance to impress nearly 100 division one coaches.
"Sometimes they (East Texas kids) aren't afforded opportunities in their high school settings," said Amie. "So it's in our hearts to get them some exposure and hopefully help them get to college."
The Magic roster includes players from Tyler, Whitehouse, Bullard, Jacksonville, Chapel Hill, Martin's Mill, Brownsboro, Laneville and Athens.
"To me it's fun and to all of us it means the world," said 16 year old Alex Hale. "We'll be together and play and get our names out there and go to the highest D-I we can. Play the best that we can."
The team plans to travel all over the nation, to help East Texas basketball players compete on the biggest stage.
"It's a great experience," said Jacob Owens-Bush. "You get see new people, new environments, bigger city, more competition. It's real fun just going out there competing and showing your skills to everybody."