June 10, 2009

Petros continues to improve as AAU season goes on

After an outstanding high school season in which was named First Team All-County, led his team to a conference championships and averaged 15 points a 9 rebounds per game, one would think Corey Petros would want to take a little break this summer.

However, there is no rest in sight for Corey as he is currently playing AUU basketball for Team Detroit. While high school competition is heated, the AAU season has the talent concentrated to fewer teams. Team Detroit is no exception as it features Corey as well as CMU-interest Trey Zeigler, Ray McCallum Jr., Brandan Kearney and several other talented players. So far, Corey has enjoyed the season.

"It has been a lot of fun so far," Petros said. "Playing with Trey Zeigler and Ray McCallum is a lot of fun. You never really know what they are going to do."

The style of play in AAU season has also made for an enjoyable experience for Corey.

"It is a much faster paced game in AAU season," Petros said. "You really have to expect the unexpected with some of things my teammates are capable of doing. The faster pace makes it a little more fun than high school. High school is a slower paced game while we run a lot more in AAU."

Also making the season fun for Corey is the fact that the team is producing in the win column.

"We are doing pretty well," Petros said. "We just won a tournament up at Northwood. We are really growing as a team. In July, we are playing in Las Vegas and a few other tournaments. July should be a lot of fun."

While some players' production falls off during the AAU season, that has not been the case for Corey. He has put up quite a few double-doubles throughout the season. While his numbers remain steady, Corey's game is changing.

"I am improving a lot," Petros said. "My shooting has gotten better. I have also gotten a lot stronger. That has helped me get better position in the post, grab more rebounds and finish at the rim stronger."

With so much improvement taking place, Corey's goals still reflect that of a very levelheaded player.

"I just want to have fun and play my hardest," Petros said. "My main goal is to win as many tournaments as we can."

Not surprisingly, Corey's play has also grabbed the attention of college coaches. In addition to all of the schools he had been hearing from previously, Indiana, Michigan, Penn State and Oklahoma State have all begun to take an interest in Corey. However, the timeline for Corey's decision has remained the same.

"I still want to make my decision in August," Petros said. "I want to have it done before my senior year begins."

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