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May 10, 2011

Video: Houston Defenders in Baltimore

The Houston Defenders were down a 6-foot-9, 285-pound center during last weekend's Nike Baltimore Elite Invitational.

But even with Shaquille Cleare's absence, the Under Armour-sponsored AAU team fared well, finishing its weekend with a hard-fought win over a loaded New England Playaz squad at Arundel High on Sunday.

Aaron Harrison, a Baltimore native and Patterson grad, said Sunday that his team "had a good time" throughout the weekend. Cleare -- who Harrison said last month had Maryland "at the top of his list" -- didn't make the trip because of a "last-second" school event. Harrison said he hadn't had an in-depth conversion with Cleare about Maryland's coaching change.

"It wasn’t Gary Williams that was recruiting him. Bino [Ranson] was doing more of the recruiting," Harrison said. "He was feeling really good about Maryland. It’s not like the world has stopped that. He was still kind of wide open."

Check out more on the Houston Defenders from the Nike Baltimore Elite Invitational courtesy of Sun multimedia guru Kevin Richardson.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:04 AM | | Comments (2)


With Bino staying on the staff, hopefully we can lock up Cleare and get to work on the Harrison twins.


Do you know where I could get the Baltimore AAU schedule? I would love to go watch these up and comers!

Hoops fan: Check out the websites for Nike Baltimore Elite and B'more's Finest. They would probably be the best spots for schedules. -- Matt

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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