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Picks up 6 straight wins and first USBA State Championship for QCAA

The QCAA Red team (7th) won the USBA State Championship during the May 11-13 weekend. 

The tournament featured 28 teams from all parts of North Carolina.  The Force won six games over the weekend without a loss and concluded their run with a 79-70 win over the Triangle Flight.  This is the first USBA State Championship for QCAA. 

The QCAA organization has now won AAU and USBA State and two USBA national Championships. The 7th Grade Red Team improved to 22-6 on the season and looks to build momentum with trips to the MIT and Nationals on the horizon.   

The QCAA 8th Grade team, coached by QCAA president Ed Addie, will play under a new umbrella in 2014. The team will be part of the new Reebok MB1 program, which is part of the Always Believe Foundation, Inc.

MB1 is the brainchild of former NBA star Muggsy Bogues, who also created the Always Believe Foundation, which seeks to promote health and self-belief among young people in communities.

The MB1 teams carry Bogues' initials and his old jersey number.  MB1 teams will wear teal and purple uniforms, after Bogues' old team, the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.

In 2014, MB1 will have two teams: a 16U/17U and a 14U travel team, fully supported by the shoe company.

"This is something I've been interested in doing for a long time," Bogues said. "I'm very pleased to have a partner in the Reebok brand, which will help make this dream a reality. I've been involved with Reebok for more than 20 years, and it's good to rekindle that relationship now."

The 16U/17U MB1 team was formerly called Team F.A.S.T. It will be coached by Marcus Allen, Gary Gadsden and Kevin Ligon.

That organization was founded by Allen and Gadsden. Team F.A.S.T won the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions 17U division last season and had strong showings at several other showcase events. Gadsden currently is an assistant coach under Bogues at United Faith Christian School. United Faith switched from Under Armour to Reebok this season.

"We're looking forward to getting out into all the surrounding areas outside of Charlotte to assemble a great travel team," Gadsden said.

The 14U team, coached by Addie, will be a rare 8th grade team with a true travel arrangement. As 7th graders, Addie's team won 13 tournaments, the program's fifth national championship at the United States Basketball event in Myrtle Beach and more than 60 games overall.

"I'm just thrilled that we were able to put this together with Muggsy," said Addie, who also coaches at United Faith. "This deal will allow us to keep what I feel is a very talented team together long term and hopefully to attract more players to our QCAA organization and, as they get older, into MB1. Best of all, our kids will get to benefit from Muggsy's experience and wisdom."

Bogues' high school teams at Dunbar (MD) were undefeated in his junior and senior seasons and ranked No. 1 nationally. In college at Wake Forest, Bogues became a top 50 all-time ACC player -- along with players like Tim Duncan and Michael Jordan -- and eventually had his No. 14 jersey retired.

After college, Bogues won a gold medal with the USA national team and was drafted No. 12 overall by the then Washington Bullets.

Today, Bogues intends the MB1 basketball teams to be a gateway into other areas that his non-profit foundation will touch, including education and social responsiblity. Bogues plans to offer SAT tutorials and education, general tutoring and sponsor special college tours when the teams are traveling to out-of-town tournaments.

MB1 will also host camps and clinics, including a citywide 3-on-3 event and a overnight point guard camp in Charlotte.

Addie thinks this partnership with MB1 and Reebok will bring a lot of benefit to QCAA and the community.

"Muggsy has some big plans and I really think he's going to pull through on all of them," Addie said. "We can't wait to get started. This is a great day for QCAA and I can't wait to see this thing grow."

QCAA 4th grade point guard Jacob Newman was recently featured in the Charlotte Observer.

Newman, 11, was one of three athletes profiled by the newspaper, which took a lot at future stars within its readership area.

Newman has played with QCAA for two seasons and has helped his teams to a 99-24 overall record, including 82-11 in his age group. Newman's teams have won two AYBA national championships, an AAU state championship, two NTBA state championships and recently completed a sixth place finish at the AAU Division II national championships, a record finish for a QCAA team that was not participating in the high school division.

Here is the full article, reprinted by permission:

Indian Trail’s Jacob Newman, 11, is considered one of the best basketball players in the state by top level basketball coaches in his age group. That’s also true in football.

The Porter Ridge Athletic Association annually fields teams in baseball, soccer, softball, basketball and football.

“Up until this point,” said Jeff Sullivan, who is football commissioner for the association, “he’s the best player the Porter Ridge Athletic Association has ever seen.”

Newman, a running back who will be a fifth grader at Indian Trail Elementary in the fall, played for Sullivan’s Junior PeeWee team last season, playing against older players. He rushed for 2,760 yards, 31 touchdowns and had 65 tackles. Against Weddington, he rushed for 329 yards and seven touchdowns on 26 carries. Against Matthews, he rushed 26 times for 443 yards and six touchdowns.

In the past three years, Newman has 7,707 yards and 90 touchdowns.

He’s just as dominant as a point guard in basketball. Newman’s been invited to the Bball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp in Maryland Aug. 23-24. The camp brings together some of the nation’s top 3rd- through 8th-graders. In two seasons playing for the Queen City Athletic Association (QCAA), Newman has averaged 21 points, five rebounds, five steals and six assists. His teams are 73-8 in his age group and have won 21 tournaments, including three state tournaments and one national championship from various organizations.

“He’s an unbelieveable player,” said Edward Addie, QCAA president. “His strength and athleticism set him apart from anyone I’ve seen in this age group in the last 20 years. If he continues to develop on a normal scale, expect to see him debut in the (national) top 50 (rankings in high school) and go on to be a high major Division I prospect.”

Newman’s father said Jacob’s talent comes from within.

“He’s got a real strong mind and he’s gifted,” said Tim Newman Sr., a former All-American running back at Johnson C. Smith. “And Jacob has always tried to prove that he’s better than his older brother. That’s what drives him.”

Tim Newman Jr. rushed for 2,900 yards and 31 touchdowns for Porter Ridge Athletic Association last year, playing as the only 7th-grader on an 8th-grade Junior Midget team. Tim Jr, 12, will be an 8th-grader at Sun Valley Middle next fall. Older sister, Desiree, is a two-time Charlotte Observer All-Mecklenburg basketball player who will be a junior at Matthews Covenant Day School.

Jacob said he likes basketball and football equally. He credits his siblings for always pushing him to get better, particularly big brother.

“When I started, I was in my brother’s shadow, and I wanted to come out and show everybody I could be better,” Jacob said. “I look up to my brother. He’s good. I still feel like he’s better than me, and I have a lot more work to do.”

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