Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Roy Moreno Leaves TAAG Academy and Returns To Puerto Rico

Class of 2011 SF Roy Moreno had his ups and downs this year. The 6'4 SF left Puerto Rico Powerhouse, St. Francis and decided to attend TAAG Academy. Many close to Moreno thought it was an unwise decision but Moreno decided to attend anyway.

TAAG academy is part of a new breed of basketball post graduate programs that seem to be sprouting up all over the country. Here today, gone tomorrow these "academies" are not traditional schools rather places where players can go to develop their games and showcase their talents. Not all Post graduate programs are failure and some do a heck of a job providing opportunities for players to graduate, qualify and showcase their talents.

Moreno started his senior season off strong with an All Tournament Select in the highly competitive College of Southern Idado Tournament which had several top prep school and junior college players competing in the event. Moreno showed an ability to play at a very high level and created a nice buzz.

Soon after that performance, Moreno injured his knee and had to sit out the reminder of the season. While sitting out and rehabbing his knee, several of his teammates got caught stealing and were expelled. The program felt apart shortly thereafter and Moreno came back to PR to finish school online and rehab his knee.

"I had some good experiences while I was at TAAG and got to play against a lot of really good players. I proved that I an play at a really high level. I'm back in PR doing my classes online and rehabbing. My knee feels great and I'm almost back to being 100 percent", said Moreno via text message.

PR Playmakers Founder Todd Washington says this is a cautionary tale and both parents and players need to be careful when deciding what school to attend. "We tried as hard as we could to discourage Roy from attending TAAG. When making a decision to leave a really good situation like he was in at St. Francis it only makes sense if you going to go play for a superior program. Leaving just for the sake of leaving is never a wise decision and in many cases what happened to Roy is the norm. Roy is a great kid who will use this experience as a learning lesson. He's a hard worker and part of the PRP Family. We were disappointed that he did not accept the advice we offered but we don't turn our back on kids who make bad decisions. Roy needs a couple of years at a JUCO and he will be a great addition to a mid major program."