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.