It was a long drought, but AAU basketball events have finally returned 'back to the crib' in upstate NY & with that, 2021 already feels like more of a return to 2019 times than a rerun of 2020. Zero Gravity, a company that has made themselves synonymous with event coordination in Northeast club basketball, did the honors in the 518 as Hunter Stratton & crew brought back the ZG Spring Fling to various Albany area facilities. There were more teams than this old accounting major cares to look back and count between boys & girls, but I tried to pay particular attention to the 38 teams spanning 7th grade to varsity divisions on the girls end. Over the course of the weekend, I was able to see approximately 30 of them in action while catching a good number of those teams, especially the ones that played deep into Sunday, on multiple occasions.
|Mercy commit Abby Racine (listed deeper in the article), one of Section 7's premier players the last few years, had a strong showing Saturday night.|
|It takes a lot for me to mention someone below 7th grade, but El Dior Dobere (mentioned below) did "a lot" and then some over the weekend while playing up.|
|Kendyl Ouimette left a strong first impression while her Blue Nation team rolled to a handful of victories.|
|Carolina Williams had a full weekend, helping Blue Nation roll to 4 wins & then linking with her Albany Capitals squad for a scrimmage to end Sunday, and she excelled throughout.|
|Ava Mamone (Troy 2025) was a major part of a balanced Capitals attack that ran through the competition.|