During the dog days of summer, AAU hoops is in full force and one local team has scored points in the national rankings.
The Lafayette Celtics 15-year-old D2 team is headed to Little Rock Arkansas this week for the national championships and bring a No.1 ranking into the natural state. Head coach Marcus Onezime says it's not all about having the best players.
"I want guys that can play the game.I get rewarded when the guys work hard and get better," said Onezime.
The Celtics consist of players from all across Acadiana. They are looking to improve their game through playing on the AAU circuit. It's a different level of competition compared to just a playing high school ball.
Most of the these kids have aspirations of playing college basketball, so playing AAU basketball is really a must. In fact seeing big name coaches at tournaments is a normal occurrence.
"seeing Coach K from duke is cool and Coach Calipari from Kentucky has been to our tournaments. It's awesome. It makes you play harder when you see them watching," said Cole Kelly.
When it comes to putting together an AAU team, that's not as easy as you may think. You have to battle the financial factor.
"Funding comes from the parents and myself. We don't have any big corporations behind us. We find a way to do the best we can." said Onezime.