It’s no secret that the King James Organization is currently undergoing a transition period. Over the past several years ,Malcolm Walters’ 2020 King James team has been one of the more dominate programs in the state, and nation for that matter. Despite all of the team’s success, 2017 may be a challenge for the team. One of the biggest changes will be in the branding. Going forward, Walters’ team will be known as Drew Joyce’s NEO Shooting Stars (NEOSS). Although they will play under a new name, the program will still be “Nike affiliated,” and in terms of the very popular EYBL, the 2020 NEOSS will have the opportunity to participate in the 15U Nike Challenge Peach Jam qualifier and possibly play their way into the EYBL going forward.
According to Walters, his team is looking for undiscovered talent and other quality players who want to play a very competitive schedule. “We will put them up against the best teams in the state,” said Walters. Walters’ goal is to allow his players to demonstrate their skills on a national level. “It’s [Ohio] a big state; there’s a lot of players who are unable to showcase their talent. We have a lot of talent in Ohio,” Walters continued. According to Walters, he already has several top 20 players committed.
The NEOSS will be holding their first round of tryouts on Sunday, March 26th at Akron St. Vincent St. Mary’s High School from 9:00am to 1:00pm. For more information about the program and/or tryouts, you can email Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org.