Two Warren County natives have claimed a spot with an elite AAU program out of Nashville to play in the AAU Division-I Nationals.
Trey Cantrell and Krojhn Calbert, both incoming freshmen at Warren County High School, were recently granted a spot to play with the Nashville Burners Elite 14-under AAU basketball team. The Burners qualified for nationals by placing fifth in the state AAU championship.
The Burners lost to the eventual champion Team Thad, which is ranked fourth nationally and hails from Memphis, by a 12-point margin before defeating the Pure Magic Elite, also out of Memphis, in the consolation game to claim fifth. Calbert joined the team shortly before the state championship and Cantrell joined the team slightly after.
The AAU national tournament takes place in Orlando, Fla., at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World. The tournament includes a 100-team field of the top teams and players in the country. The stiff competition will be of no surprise to the Burners, as they have competed against a handful of nationally ranked teams and players over the summer. Cantrell and Calbert will leave Wednesday for Florida.
The Nashville Burners Youth Basketball Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 2001 by William Cummings Jr., although the Burners filed for their 501(c)(3) in August 2008. Cummings Jr. is a Nashville native that graduated from Tennessee State University and has been coaching basketball in Nashville since 1996. The Nashville Burners have teams in grades 3-9 who are from the Nashville area and surrounding counties. Their mission is to help kids develop their basketball skills to compete at the highest level, as well as provide the life skills necessary to avoid negative activity such as gangs and drugs.
If you wish to donate to the Burners organization, as they are currently fundraising for the trip to Orlando, you can support your local athletes' program by visiting their website, www.nashvilleburners.org, and clicking the tab “Help Support Us” at the top of the page.