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Team Loaded is a brand new program in Virginia, but that won’t be playing like rookies. The Team Loaded roster already has a number of very talented athletes, and more could be on the way.
“We are very excited about this season,” said Coach Mike Davis. “Our group is moving in a new direction this year. We have a lot of the same players, but we’ve also added some new kids and some teams. We feel really good about our direction. We’re spreading out and adding teams.”
Those teams will be showcased at the 2017 Deep South Classic, which will be held in Raleigh, NC from April 20-23. The event, which will feature some of the finest travel teams in the nation, will be played at the Raleigh Convention Center. There will be 20 courts in the building, keeping the entire event under one roof in downtown Raleigh.
“This will be my sixth year at the Deep South Classic. It’s just a tremendous event, every year,” Davis said. “They have the competition, the college coaches, and everything you need.”
Team Loaded will be led in Raleigh by Sam Brunelle. The 6-2 power forward is currently rated as the No. 1 recruit nationally in the Class of 2019 by the All Star Girls Report.
“I think everyone knows about Sam at this point. I mean, Sam is Sam,” Davis said. “One of the things that makes Sam special is that she is always working to get better. She has continued to develop her three-point shot and her ball handling, and she has some new moves on the inside.”
Brunelle will be supported by classmate Paris McBride, a 5-5 point guard.
“Paris is a lightning quick floor general for us,” Davis said. “She was out last year with a knee injury, but she is having a great high school season right now. Paris is a wonderful kid, and she plays hard and works hard on her game.”
In addition to veteran standouts, Team Loaded will also have youthful stars, including 2021 standout Messiah Hunter, a 6-1 wing.
“Messiah is going to be a major player,” Davis said. “She already has a long frame and a big time game. She just has a huge, huge future.”