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Thursday, September 20
Playmakers gain exposure in Charlotte.....




TOP 20 RECAP.....


TOP 40 RECAP.... 



Monday, September 10
Playmakers make noise on National Stage....

Little Rock, Ark:

The 15U AAU National Tournament in Little Rock was packed with talented teams. The Playmakers lost a tough overtime heartbreaker to  the Memphis Hornets and were unable to rebound against the defending champion, Louisiana Roundballers. 


However, the Playmakers fought hard for the remainder of Pool play and continued to dominate well into the Classic Bracket, beating notables from Memphis, Arkansas, Illanois, Lousiana, and Florida.  The Playmakers finished third in the classic bracket. 


Orlando, FLA: 

The 14U Playmakers arrived in Florida with lots to prove. Finishing second in their pool, the Playmakers continued to win in the Championship Bracket. Eventually losing in the rounf f 32 to a stacked Team Forest out of Georgia. however, the Playmakers refused to go quietly in the consoluation rounds, eventually placing in the top 20. 


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Thursday, May 24

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Tuesday, April 17
9th Grader's Qualify for Nationals....

POWER-ful Statement:

Charleston Playmakers Qualify Early!


Augusta, Ga


The  Playmakers traveled to Augusta, Ga for an early season AAU Super Regional tournament with the hopes of qualifying for nationals early.  With a win against the Adidas sponsored TEAM POWER during the quarter-final round of bracklet play, the Playmakers secured a bid to 15U Nationals in Little Rock, Ark in July.


The Playmakers trailed much of the game against Team Power but continued to play hard defense which eventually became too much for the Power to handle. With 10 seconds to go, the Playmakers trailed by one point. Coach Brandon Smalls called a timeout and drew up a play. The ball was in bounded to point guard Diamonte Gailliard who was trapped by good Team Power defense. Guard Therin Levine came and got the ball at the top of the three point arc. Levine dribbled towards the basket, releasing a last second shot as the buzzer sounded. The Playmakers won 62-61. 


Other Weekend Highlights: 

15U Playmakers 68 - Chapin Basketball 48

Playmakers were led by DeAngelo Fraizer (15 points), Thaddeus Middleton (11 points). Diamonte Gailliard and Antwone Washington each added 8. 

15U Playmakers 75 - Team United 54

Playmakers were led by DeANgelo Fraizer (16 points, 10 rebounds), Antwone Washington (14 points, 10 rebounds), Thaddeus Middleton (13points), and DeAndre Stevens (11 points).

15 U Playmakers 62 - Team Power 61

Playmakers were led by Diamonte Gailliard (18 points), Therin Levine (16 points), and Antwone Washington (8 points). 










preview Post Game Celebration! by Ms. Lawerence

Thursday, March 29
PLAYMAKERS take 3rd (14U) and 2nd (15U) in the Eric Snow Invitational.......

Eric Snow Green and White Results:

14U (3-2)

Playmakers 76 Alpharetta All-Stars 55

 GA Next Level 75 Playmakers 44

Playmakers 58  Atlanta XPress Orange 55

Playmakers 76 ALPH All-Stars 29

GA Spartans 64 Playmakers 41


15 U (3-1)

Playmakers 79 Kennesaw Fury 21

Playmakers 69 GA Crush 60

Playmakers 70 DaKalb Heat 54

GA Crush 73 Playmakers 70

Thursday, March 22

The winter of 2012 found many Playmakers achieving success on and off the court.


Check this out.....


Four Playmakers played varisty for their High School teams: 

CJ Johnson @ Northwoods Academy

Thadd Midd @ Fort Dorchester

Antwone Washington @ RB Stall HS

DeAngelo Frazier @ Baptist Hill HS 


 Middle School Champions

Coach Brandon Smalls led a talented Northwoods Middle School basketball team to the NCRD Middle School Championship where they were crowned Champions of the League! RaJae Hutchinson and Keveon Harris helped win the title for Northwoods under Coach Smalls direction. 


Academics & Athletics

Cordy Lawerence, RaJae Hutchinson, CJ Johnson, and TJ Levine all achieved honors  in their academic requirements.

Tuesday, January 17
2012 TRY OUTS!!!!!!

Charleston Playmakers TRY OUTS!!!!

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

7th graders: 12:00 - 2:00

8th graders: 2:00 - 4:00

9th graders 4:00 - 6:00



1. Bring a current report card as grade verification.

2. Download Emergency Card and bring completed form to try-outs.

3. Download Athlete Waiver and have parent signed permission to participate.

4. Bring your best game to try-outs!

Handout: Emergency Card

Nationals Team
Tuesday, August 2
Setting the sights high....

North Charleston Playmakers basketball team sets their eyes on a National Championship

By: Rebecca Ryan Published:

July 12, 2011

Updated: July 13, 2011 - 5:46 AM


The Charleston Playmakers battled their way to a spot in the national AAU Championship in Florida. The team started at Northwoods Middle School in March when two students approached their PE teacher Meg Reilly.

“I love basketball. Without basketball I feel like my life sucks,” Thaddeus Middleton said. The eighth grader said practicing four hours each day, five days a week keeps him focused on his future and out of the trouble on his street. “I’ve been playing basketball all my life instead of being on the streets; I can be on the court trying to make it. I know it's hard trying to make it, but I just have to put in the hard work,” Thaddeus said.

Already the team dominated in Atlanta and Myrtle Beach. For some, the trips with the team are their only chances to leave North Charleston. “We took the kids to Myrtle Beach. Some saw the beach for the first time. So they're traveling for the first time,” Coach Reilly said.

The team runs on donations and on the money students earned working in a local barber shop, washing cars, and asking friends and relatives. Coaches expect students work hard on and off the court. “We've taken kids to some colleges and done some educational outings because, for us, as adults it's not just about basketball. It’s about the bigger picture of what these kids need to do to be successful young men. The game of ball, teaches the boys about life and Thaddeus says he hopes to share the lesson he learns on the court with younger men. “You can get in the trouble hanging with the wrong crowd instead of being on the court doing things that's positive. And then the school work comes. That's the hardest part, but it's school work first.”

 The team already paid for their hotel and registration. They are short $1,000 for gas and food for the week long trip. They are accepting donations. To help the team get to Florida, contact Meg Reilly at and on facebook at

Saturday, July 9

Local AAU basketball team headed to nationals

Posted: Jul 08, 2011 7:03 AM EDT Updated: Jul 08, 2011 7:14 AM EDT

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV)--  A group of seventh and eighth grade basketball players are heading for their chance of a lifetime.

The AAU league Charleston Playmakers have been invited to play in a summer tournament that will be held at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.  Its an honor that the team's coach Brandon Smalls said his team is excited to receive and a challenge they are ready for.

"Its a very important week," said Coach Smalls.  "Its a chance for them to showcase their skills as far as national exposure."

And that exposure is exactly what players like eighth grader Thaddeus Middleton is looking for.  This will be his second trip to the tournament, but he said the first time didn't have the result that he was looking for.  So he said he's looking forward to his second shot at the title.

"We're real excited.  Most kids, they have nothing to do during the summer and we get to play."

Middleton said he knows he and his teammates are ready to show how hard they have been working to get to this point.

"There are a lot of teams, so we really have to play hard if we want to bring it back," said Middleton.

The team is having a carwash on Saturday at the IHOP near Tanger Outlet in North Charleston to raise money for their trip.  The car wash starts at 2:00.