Keith Prichett has been coordinating travel basketball teams for Killeen youth for 14 years.
But last year, when he and Cortez Ivie realized they were coordinating teams with the same purpose in mind — keeping kids off the street and, hopefully, one day giving them a shot at college — Prichett said the two decided to combine organizations.
The K-Town All Stars is the result, and the future of the squad may be bigger than Prichett or Ivie ever imagined.
The K-Town All Stars currently includes 50 kids between ages 9-16 on four teams.
But that is a small number compared to what Prichett and Ivie expect for next year.
“We’re looking at next year probably even doubling, if not tripling, that,” Prichett said.
The All Stars formed in February and competed in nearly 10 tournaments this season.
They still have six or seven tourneys left, Prichett said, including state competition June 14 in San Marcos.
The All Stars even hosted a tournament along with the help of Killeen ISD, which served as a fundraiser for the rest of the All Stars’ trips. They’ve also held a car wash and received help from sponsors such as Action Motors, Shoemaker Booster Club and Shoe Carnival.
Most consider these types of teams to be AAU squads, but Prichett said AAU only presides over the occasional tournament the teams attend.
“It’s really a small part of what’s really going on,” he said.
Prichett has his older team compete in NCAA-sanctioned tournaments in hopes that it may one day lead to a scholarship.
“We’re trying to get them exposure to help them go to college,” Prichett said.
For Prichett and Ivie, that has been the goal for more than a decade.
But now, the two have a helping hand in each other, and it appears the sky is the limit for the K-Town All Stars.