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AAU Schedule Heating Up

The Amateur Athletic Union basketball slate is starting to get in full gear. After several standouts, including representatives from T.C. Williams and Episcopal competed in the Boo Williams Invitational tournament in Hampton, Va. last weekend, local AAU teams will set their sights on the Charlie Weber’s D.C. Hoopsfest, which will feature 200-plus teams across three age groups.

The three-day tournament will begin April 20, with championship games on Sunday, at 10:30 a.m. Games will run simultaneously at numerous locations, with games spread out at American University, Catholic University, Gaullaudet University, Howard University, Archbishop Carroll High School, National Cathedral, St. Albans High School, Lamond Recreational Center, Procter Gym and the Boys and Girls Club.

Currently, 113 under-17 teams are slated to compete. Another perk is that the DCIAA sanctions the event, though entry fees are $575 for the 16 and 17-age groups and $525 for the under-15 teams. The sanction allows college coaches to evaluate talent.

Perennial powerhouses like the D.C. Blue Devils, D.C. Assault and Hampton-based Boo Williams Summer League team will be playing. T.C. Williams head coach Ivan Thomas is an assistant for the 17-under BWSL squad, which went 6-0 and won the championship last weekend.

Tickets are $8 and can be redeemed on a per-day basis at any site, though no weekend passes will be available. More information is available at www.charlieweberbasketball.com.