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Crusader earning frequent flyer miles
Motley runs AAU circuit, offers pouring in
Faith Baptist Crusader Jaquez Motley has kept busy this summer traveling with the AAU Atlanta Celtics. His impressive playing is being noticed and the student-athlete is receiving several college offers. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

Preparing for his senior season as a Faith Baptist Crusader basketball player, Jaquez Motley hit the AAU circuit and is racking up frequent flyer miles and college offers in his quest to improve his skills and give the college scouts a glance of his abilities.

The rising senior first attended a team camp with the Crusaders’ squad.

"We went to the College of Charleston and he had a real good week up there," Crusaders’ coach Jared Sellars said. "The coaching staff, Bobby Cremins and the rest of the staff up there, are real interested and offered him a scholarship. They definitely want him to sign and come to play there."

Sellars said Motley then went over to his AAU team, the Atlanta Celtics, where team coach Horace Neysmith placed him in a rigorous circuit schedule.

"He just got done playing in Indianapolis this week," Sellars said. "He had a good tournament there and his AAU coaches are saying a lot more college coaches will be calling about him."

Vickie Motley, Jaquez’s mother, said her son did well at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions on Memorial Day weekend and has never looked back.

"He received high praise from Atlanta Hawks starter Josh Smith who said he loved his game," Vickie Motley said. "Josh Smith sat on the coaching bench with coach Neysmith for all three games that Saturday and Jaquez did not disappoint."

Motley and Sellars said the standout athlete is scheduled to play tournaments in Milwaukee this week for the New York to Los Angeles Classic. Next week he heads to Las Vegas for the ADIDAS Super 64 and the final week of July he’ll be in Arizona for the Duel in the Desert.

"He’s been real busy, but he’s been playing well," Sellars said.

Vickie Motley said he’s received scholarship offers from Wichita State, Northeastern University and Murray State University.

Sellars said Clemson has expressed interest as well as Georgia Southern and Georgia State University.

"He is still undecided on where he wants to go, but College of Charleston is a top five, as well as Miami, and Rion (Brown) wants him to go to Miami," Vickie Motley said.

Sellars said when Motley is in town he spends time working out in the gym. He said he expects Motley will aid the Crusaders to another stellar season.

"He is starting to become a better leader and it makes it easier for a coach to coach a player who is doing well," Sellars said.

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