After developing an elite girls basketball program at St. John’s the Baptist High School in New York, Ted Oberg made a career shift when he became the head coach at the Upper Room Christian School this year. Oberg’s summer job, however, has remained the same. He is still guiding the Basketball Results travel program, and he is once again expecting great things from the club.
“I was really planning on retiring, but then I got an interesting proposition from the people at Upper Room Christian School,” Oberg explained. “They offered me a lot of freedom with the program, and there are some very nice things on the horizon.”
The Basketball Results program also has a bright future. The team will be showcased at the 2014 Deep South Classic, which will be played in Raleigh, NC, on April 25-27. Now in its 17th year, the Deep South Classic annually hosts many of the nation’s elite travel teams in a field that will eclipse 200 squads, and hundreds of collegiate coaches will be on hand searching for talent. The 2014 event will mark the second year that the Deep South Classic has been held at the Raleigh Convention Center. The venue was a tremendous success in its debut last year, with all games played at one site on 18 courts, and it is in a convenient central location.
Basketball Results will be led by three players who are garnering serious attention from collegiate recruiters. Alex Parlato (2015, 6-4, C), Meghan Oberg (2017, 6-2, F) and Italee Brown-Smikle (2017, 6-0, G) will form the core of the team.
“Alex has good size and nice hands, and she is versatile. She can play with her back to the basket, or she can face up and shoot it. She can actually shoot threes,” Oberg explained. “Italee is very athletic. She can shoot the three, she runs the floor very well, and she already has a Division I proto-type body. Meghan (the coach’s daughter) is like a point forward for us. She handles the ball very well, and she is a deadly three-point shooter. She had one sister who played at UNLV, and another sister who started her career at Baylor and then went to Furman. If Meghan keeps her head straight, she can be the best sister.”
Bret McCormick, the analyst for the All Star Girls Report, is anxious to watch the Basketball Results standouts in action at the Deep South Classic.
“Parlato is a lefty low post. She has good footwork, she can score inside, and she can step out to 15 feet,” McCormick said. “Brown-Smikle is very athletic, and she has good size on the perimeter. She has a good mid-range game, and she can hit the three. Oberg is a skilled lefty who really knows how to play the game. She can handle the ball and pass it, and she is a very good three-point shooter.”