Transitioning to the MWA Elite-Local | February 1, 2017

The Michigan Hoopers are now transitioning to the MWA Elite Basketball Club beginning February 1, 2017. The Hoopers have been an entry level AAU basketball club for over 10-years. The club has competed in the AAU Detroit Basketball Leagues and Midwest Athletics tournaments. The club has provided an avenue for families who are new to AAU Basketball and this will remain the case with the MWA Elite-Local teams. Several of the families that have searched out the Hoopers were looking for better coaching and better competition. We will still provide qualified, non-parent, paid coaches and better competition by playing in one of the most competitive leagues around, the AAU Detroit Leagues.

The MWA Elite offers 3-types of teams: Local, State & National. The MWA Elite will give players the opportunity to showcase their skills on a higher level team, within the same club. For State & National team info, please go to for more info.

Local Team Fall-II Tryouts | Boys 2nd-8th Grades | Play in the AAU Sunday Fall-II League

Welcome to the 2018 Fall-II Local team AAU tryouts for the MWA Elite Basketball Club for grades 2nd-8th. I have included some helpful information below for the tryout process.

Tryout Dates: Monday, October 29th, Tuesday, October 30th & Saturday,

November 3rd 


Tryout times

Monday & Tuesday

2nd-8th Grades


Tryout times


2nd-8th Grades



Ø  Returning Players: Please email Steve Benard at or call at 313-580-0351 to save your returning player roster spot.

Ø  Tryout Cost & Location: $25 fee covers all scheduled tryout dates. Basketball City-16400 Eastland Dr., Roseville, MI 48066

Ø  Season: Monday, November 5th to December 23rd | Season Cost $250

Ø  Register: Register for tryouts at or the day of tryouts at Basketball City

Ø  Please bring a copy of birth certificate and AAU Membership card/number to tryouts.

Returning Players Registration | Tryout Fee

The MWA Elite-Local will offer up to 6-seasons of AAU play during the calendar year. The calendar year for the club is September 1st to August 31st. There has been several inquires about when to tryout, for what season and when to pay for the tryout process. Please review the following information to guide you from season to season.

Tryout fee of $25: The tryout fee is only required to be paid 1-time during the calendar year. After you tryout for a season, you can attend the next seasons tryouts or any of the future seasons tryouts at no charge.

Returning players/new season: If you would like to continue playing in the next season or if you missed a season and would like to return to the program, here is what to do.

  1. Please reply to emails for returning players. Several emails will be sent from the club director, about the new seasons and returning players. Please include your child's name, grade and previous team.
  2. Click on the season payment tab and complete the season payment registration.


Coach Williams Court "Just Play"

With years of dedication to the club, players, parents and the great game of basketball, it only made sense to reward Coach Williams for all of his hardwork. If you see Coach Williams give him a handshake and say Thanks. He is what is great about teaching, preparing and rewarding the youth of today.

Karl Williams began his basketball career at the age of 14 in VanWerth, Ohio. Williams relocated to Detroit, Michigan and attended Osborn High School for the 11th and 12th grade. Williams graduated from Osborn in 1989 and was then recruited to the Macomb Community College (MCC) basketball team located in Warren, Michigan where he finished 2 years as a “strong” power forward. Williams went on to play for Walsh College located in Canton, Ohio. He continued his love for basketball in Detroit, Michigan playing in multiple semi-pro leagues, Gus Macker tournaments and the American Old Timers basketball traveling league for 35 and over, representing Wayne County Michigan.

In 1999, Williams began his career as a coach for Russell Street Baptist Church in Detroit. At Russell Street, he coached three basketball teams for boys’ ages 5-16 years old, in one season. From 2002 to 2005 he continued coaching for Huron Park Elementary School for his son and daughter’s basketball teams who played at the Parks and Recreation Center in Roseville, Michigan. In 2003, he went into the arena of coaching for the American Amateur Union (AAU) boys’ basketball team the Macomb Maniacs. In 2005, Williams assembled and coached a boys AAU team at Basketball City in Roseville. Williams is in his 7th season of coaching boys and girls AAU teams with the Michigan Hoopers.

Karl Williams is committed to the community by giving back to our youth. He strives on bringing out the best in them by utilizing the tools of basketball. Williams believes that by working hard and learning the fundamentals anyone can become successful at basketball or anything in life. Williams says; “This is the same philosophy I learned from Coach Switch at MCC”.

Coach Williams is currently the Head Assistant at Macomb College..

Williams’ family includes his wife, Donyale, daughter, Aja, and sons Traye and Troye

FLASH Training for the Club-$10


The Michigan Hooper’s basketball season is here. This season FLASH training will be offering 3 days per week with a focus on improving every single day. For the season we are going to work on getting to the Basket, Shooting, Ball Handling, as well as touch up on our other skills as well. FLASH Trainings focus is to partner with the Michigan Hooper’s and get better every day.

This is for the players on any of the Michigan Hooper’s teams that strive to get better when they don’t have a practice or game. FLASH Training has created a specialized program that is only available to the Hooper’s in the club. Take advantage of a great opportunity for a very reasonable cost. Look forward to seeing you all in the gym soon.

Monday- Come ready to work hard and compete against your peers.
Thursday-The main goal is to make a difference every time you step foot on the hardwood.
Saturdays- Its Go Time.

Dates: This program takes place on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for the entire Hooper’s season. THERE WILL BE NO TRAINING ON HOLIDAYS OR EVES.

Monday 5-6 or 6-7
Thursday 5-6 or 6-7
Saturdays 11-12 or 12-1

Cost: The cost is $10 per session during the current Hooper’s season. Drop in anytime and get better.

For questions please contact: Robert Crandall Jr. (313) 820-8242

About the Club

How the club and seasons work:

The Michigan Hoopers AAU Basketball Club is designed to expose new players/families to AAU basketball, build competitive teams from season to season with roster continuity and have a vision for the complete basketball experience from 1st grade to 12th grades.

The 2016/2017 AAU season is made up 6-“mini” seasons:-Fall-I/Fall-II/Winter- I/Winter- II/Spring/Summer. Each season will last anywhere from 8 weeks to 10 weeks.

Each season will coincide with the AAU Sanctioned Detroit Leagues. All of the club teams will compete in the D-Leagues. The D-Leagues provide mid-to upper level AAU competition, weekly games and appropriate age brackets. To learn more about the D-Leagues go to

Teams practice 2-times per week, usually play in 1-2 local AAU friendship tournaments, have a paid/qualified coach and have access to the weekly FLASH Repetition Training program on Saturday mornings.

Players can opt in and out of the program during the calendar year. We take every precaution to keep rosters together from season to season. This is great way to have a greater chance of success on the AAU circuit.


Fall-I Rosters | Season Payment | Coaching Assignments | Practice Schedules

Tryouts for the 2017 MWA Local Fall-I season have concluded and it is time to view the rosters. The staff is very excited about the great potential from tryouts and we look forward to a great season.

Season Registration:

Registration on-site: Season registration/payments and uniform orders can be made at Basketball City at your first practice or on-line:

Registration on-line: Season payments can be made online at by clicking the link Make Season Payment

Season Fee: $250

AAU Insurance Membership: $14; This can be done at and you will need the MWA Elite club code which is

Uniforms: If you are a returning player, you do not have to purchase a new uniform for the Fall-I season. New players must purchase a uniform-(includes home/away shorts and home/away jersey.  

How to Order:

      1. Uniforms can be ordered at Basketball City at scheduled days above. Sample sizes will be available at Basketball City.

      2.Uniforms can be ordered online at 

Next Steps:

  1. Review roster, coaching assignment and practice schedule below.

  2. Please make your season payment of $250 and order a uniform if needed.

  3. Obtain an AAU Membership card


Practices will begin the week of Monday, September 18th at your regularly scheduled day and time.

Download Practice Schedule

2017 Fall-I Rosters:


Henry-11U Leo Perettie
Henry-11U Curtis Elder IV
Henry-11U DeAngelo Johnson
Henry-11U Ethan Hamilton
Henry-11U Jamel McIntyre
Henry-11U Gavin Montera
Henry-11U Samuel Zanon
Henry-11U Joseph Shepard Jr
Henry-11U Joshua Johnson
Henry-11U Maurice  
Danny 11U-12U Shane Cook
Danny 11U-12U Heyden  Stein
Danny 11U-12U Alexander Wamser
Danny 11U-12U Paul  Candela
Danny 11U-12U Jadarius Payne
Danny 11U-12U Jalen  Taylor  
Danny 11U-12U Ryan Petrovitch
Danny 11U-12U Nicholas Elliot
Danny 11U-12U Larry Cooper
Danny 11U-12U Todario Payne
Sayles-13U-14U Adam Broski
Sayles-13U-14U Alex English
Sayles-13U-14U Mathew Ritter
Sayles-13U-14U Musa Butler
Sayles-13U-14U Jacob Goodman
Sayles-13U-14U Dylan Senda
Sayles-13U-14U Jack Brinker
Sayles-13U-14U Bennett Bessert
Sayles-13U-14U Bennett French
Sayles-13U-14U Josiah Graves
Sayles-13U-14U Windale Henry III
Sayles-14U-15U Nikolas Jaksic
Sayles-14U-15U Vincenzo pizzo
Sayles-14U-15U Jalen Awosika
Sayles-14U-15U JaQai Garrett
Sayles-14U-15U Joey Kennedy
Sayles-14U-15U Mikel Marku
Sayles-14U-15U Jayden  Miner
Sayles-14U-15U Marquis Munaco
Sayles-14U-15U M.R.E. Neal
Sayles-14U-15U Jack Oberly
Sayles-14U-15U Carson Williams
Sayles-14U-15U RayQuan Taylor
Varsity Venice  Lyles 
Varsity Te'Darrian Jude
Varsity Christopher Jayco
Varsity Jacob Bennet
Varsity Denton Smith
Varsity Justin Hall
Varsity Jalen  Jackson
Varsity Jaylen Woodley
Varsity Kalum Gaddis





Download 2018 MWA Elite Local Tryout Dates-Grades 2nd-12th