Originally Posted by AnonymousCoach
Unless you battle week in and week out in the EYBL, you really have no clue how competitive you need to be to do what was done those first two years. It helped to have some good big men during that time in Ray Spalding, Drew McDonald, and Justin Johnson who all are playing well at the next level. The talent of the big men and depth with size is what separates EYBL programs. You have to be able to match that and in KY we typically lack an abundance of bigs.
Factually you are a bit off...3rd year team was 3-13 for a .187 winning percentage and last year the 16U team was 2-7 in EYBL tournaments for a .222 winning percentage. Neither were obviously competitive enough, but the 16U team last year played 7 EYBL teams that made the 16U Peach Jam and only lost one game by double digits. They were the best 16U team in KY and as an example finished 2nd at the prestigious Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions only losing in the finals to another EYBL team, E1T1. But in the EYBL it was different and the competition does bring a benefit even if the record does not show it. The kids who go through that and were coached by the Travelers staff produce on the court either in High School or in College. Their track record with kids playing in that program is outstanding because those young men have faced the best and step their game up as they pass through. Hats off to Coach Mahorn and his staff, they have nothing to hang their heads about, they improved players every step of the way.