The Maryland Groove 19-and-under basketball team, featuring five county players, leaves next Wednesday for Jacksonville, Fla., and the AAU Junior Men's National Tournament.
The Groove, under the direction of Arundel High coach Gerald Moore, includes seven other players from the Baltimore area. The team qualified for the nationals by winning the Junior Men's Eastern Zone Championships last month at Central Senior High.
The championship game of the nationals is July 1.
"Hopefully, we'll be there," said Moore, who has coached the Groove for four years.
"I'm not surprised that this crew is going. This is the best team I've ever been associated with."
The roster includes Dennis Edwards and Delmore Howard (both of Annapolis), Steve Strauss (Northeast), Brian Parker (Meade) and C. J. Prince (North County).
Also on the team are Terrance Alexander, Michael Lloyd and Paul Banks (all of Dunbar), Devon Gray (St. Francis), Darrin Jones (Mount St. Joseph), Stevie Thomas (Walbrook), John Salley (Southern of Baltimore).
The Groove will scrimmage a group of former AAU players at 7 p.m. Friday at Annapolis High. Admission is free, but spectators can make a donation to help pay for next week's trip to Florida.
Among the former AAU players appearing are graduates Corey Wallace and O. J. Johnson (both of Meade), Ted Cottrell and Jeff Brown (both of Annapolis), SeanStevens and Moonie Sewell (both of Old Mill), David Smoot (Andover) and Wardell Chambers (Severna Park).