The 2003 team won the Kingwood Classic, Peach Jam and Super Showcase. Repeating is the goal and you can bet this year's squad will come to understand the program's accomplishments well.
"I always tell them that nobody compares to last year's team," coach Paul Brown said. "I use it as motivation. They'll hear me say it over again."
Like every successful squad out of the Big Apple, the Gauchos will be built for speed and transition. They'll press, run and then run some more. It's their style.
"We're going to play up tempo that's for sure. We like to push the ball and we're going to get in transition. I know teams will sit back in a zone and see if we can shoot. It'll be our strategy against theirs."
The headliner of show is likely to be up and coming 2006 star forward Curtis Kelly. The Rice H.S. standout has a chance to be an elite player in his class. He's long, athletic and built for this style. He's going to receive a lot of attention as a rising junior.
Brown thinks point guard Levance Fields is going to make a big time splash on the national scene. His name isn't well known just yet, but there's a reason for the delay.
"Levance is, to me, he's like a cross between Khalid El-Amin and Pearl Washington. He's got that stocky body type and sees the floor so well. He was hurt last year so a lot of people didn't know him. We won the Super Showcase 16's and 17's and a lot of people don't know that Levance was the MVP of the 16's"
The Gauchos have an excellent stable of young talent in the sophomore class so don't be surprised if guys like Edgar Sosa make cameo appearances throughout the season with this team.
"The Gauchos are ready to roll," says Brown.
New York Gauchos (Bronx, N.Y.)
Coach/Director Paul Brown
Top Prospect Curtis Kelly
Others PF Jeff McDermott (6-8, JR), PF Lawrence Williams (6-8, JR), PG/SG Jerrell Mills (6-2, JR), SG Nyan Boateng (6-4, 175 JR).
Opening Tourney Playaz Club Classic (April 2-4)
Famous Alum Stephon Marbury