Professor Luke Dietrich
12 September 2012
Being Elite: The Story of Converse Elite Basketball 2012
In May of 2009, I began to coach a group of high school freshmen with the design of preparing them to play varsity basketball for the next three years. I called them Converse Elite and started the organization of Converse Elite Basketball. Over the years the makeup of the team did change slightly but the design didn’t change. The name of Converse Elite has earned an immense amount of respect, not only in the city of San Antonio and surrounding areas but statewide throughout the state of Texas as well.
There are many organizations like Converse Elite Basketball throughout the state of Texas; however, many of those are influenced by many different people with selfish intentions.
We were never influenced by anyone, nor supported by any of those influences. Since we began in 2009, I was told my team was too small, didn’t travel, had no college scouts watching, and never played in the biggest tournaments. That changed in 2012. After two years of dominating with my “sub-par” group, we decided as a group to play with the big boys. When I say big boys, I mean big boys. My tallest player on my team was on 6’5”. These teams were looking forward to going against had a height average of 6’6”. Needless to say, in the game of basketball that means we were at distinct disadvantage. That was exactly what we wanted. A chance to prove ourselves against the “superior” teams and talent we always hear about.
Our 2012 season began in April with a tournament in Austin, Texas. This tournament was called the Central Texas Shootout. It featured many different teams from around the state of Texas. Our first game was a 69-59 loss to a team called Next Level Cats. We didn’t play well at all defensively or offensively, yet we only loss by 10 points. Our next game was against a team by the name of Deron Williams Metro Elite. They’re a great team with many...