Now that the 2019 Drew League season has seen its first gym lockdown, the summer is in full swing, with teams beginning to establish their identities—and some teams still struggling to throw a “1” in the win column.
One of those teams is Keion Kindred’s L.O.S., who dropped their second game of the season against Baxter’s Legacy after struggling mightily against the revamped Legacy and letting their new featured guard Jarrell Tate put on a one-man dunk show. L.O.S.’s next chance to come off that goose egg comes Sunday morning against Optimus.
BB4L is another team that looks like it’s floundering without 6’4 Van Girard playing anchor. Despite his stature, the combo guard has been the centerpiece of BB4L’s offensive and defensive efforts for the last several seasons, and without him, they’ve had to rely on a collection of backline players more used to getting spot minutes than starting. They expect that he’ll be back for their game against Baxter’s Legacy Sunday morning and not a moment too soon.
On the Louis Merritt side of the bracket, Blazers, Pandas, Reapers, and Team Watson will all hunt for their first win this week, but the team that perhaps needs it the worst are the Blazers. After winning the Drew League championship in no less than three separate seasons, they have plenty to prove and the best chance to bounce back against the still-fledgling Team Watson, which is still only in its second season. Watson brought pro-level firepower in the form of Corey Brewer in Week 2, but coach Sam Watson must let his vets give his young players the space to develop if they hope to still be hanging around come the playoffs.
Fortunately for many of the younger teams at the Drew, this weekend will be the first weekend of eligibility for their NCAA players, so you can bet there will be an infusion of top-flight talent this week—especially for Metta World Peace’s Pandas, who have relied on his son Ron Artest Jr.’s scoring in the past. After that, there are just two weeks left until teams can debut their pro players—and that’s when things get really interesting.
10:30 a.m. – CABC So. Cal vs. Reapers Black Ops
11:45 a.m. – Hometown Favorites vs. YoungCiti
1:00 p.m. – Tuff Crowd vs. Panthers
2:30 p.m. – Baxter’s Legacy vs. All In
3:45 p.m. – Prodigy vs. No Shnacks
5:00 p.m. – Nationwide Blue Devils vs. Jaguars
10:30 a.m. – Baxter’s Legacy vs. BB4L
11:45 a.m. – CitiTeam Blazers vs. Team Watson
1:00 p.m. – Black Pearl Elite vs. Optimus
2:30 p.m. – Problems vs. I-Can All-Stars
3:45 p.m. – MHP vs. L.O.S
5:00 p.m. – Public Enemy vs. All In