LTE Show­case is slam dunk for Hutchins

Park stand­out puts on two-day play­ers event

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS - By Miguel Ro­driguez

The video clip of Noah Hutchins jump­ing over 6-foot-10 team­mate John Oro­gun and 6-8 team­mate Joe Jones dur­ing the slam dunk con­test of the first LTE Show­down is a high­light still worth watch­ing, even if it’s al­most a year old.

Af­ter all, watch­ing any­one ef­fort­lessly soar over peo­ple taller than one­self, in­clud­ing one by 9 inches, is a must-see feat of ath­leti­cism.

It def­i­nitely got a rise out of fans at Park School.

What will Hutchins or the area tal­ent do for an en­core?

They will pro­vide the an­swers at 5 p.m. Tues­day and Wed­nes­day at Park dur­ing the se­cond LTE Show­down, an all-star event or­ga­nized by Hutchins and his friends to show­case area boys and girls scholas­tic

tal­ents with grade-spe­cific skills com­pe­ti­tions and bas­ket­ball games over two days. Tick­ets are $10 for one ses­sion, $15 for both. Part of the pro­ceeds will go to a char­ity to be de­ter­mined by Hutchins.

Four games are sched­uled with var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions fol­low­ing each game. The 11th-grade boys all-star game opens the event Tues­day, as will the ninth-10th grade boys show­case game. The girls all-star game is Wed­nes­day, fol­lowed by the 12th-grade boys show­case game and the dunk con­test.

Hutchins said he isn’t sure what he will do for the dunk com­pe­ti­tion this year.

“I don’t know yet. I’m still try­ing to de­bate whether I’m do­ing the dunk con­test again,” he said, not­ing that if com­peti­tors are ex­cit­ing the masses, that he prob­a­bly would watch with the rest of the fans.

Hutchins said 100 stu­dent-ath­letes are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate. Those who have com­mit­ted to play, ac­cord­ing to Hutchins, in­clude Ni­a­gara Falls’ Wil­lie Light­foot and Jalen Brad­berry, Olean’s Mike Sch­midt, Lew-Port’s Roddy Gayle, Lock­port’s Ma­lik Brooks and Park’s Quentin Nnagbo. Girls ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in­clude Wil­liamsville South’s Amari DeBerry, Car­di­nal O’Hara’s An­gel and Aaliyah Parker, Olean’s Sara Pfeif­fer and Franklinville’s Dani Haskell.

Area coaches ex­pected to work the side­line in­clude Des­mond Ran­dall of West Seneca West, Gabe Michael of St. Joe’s, Ja­son Rowe of Bishop Ti­mon-St. Jude and James Kane of Mid­dle Early Col­lege.

“(Noah) reached out to me and asked me,” Michael said. “He’s such a good kid and has had such a great ca­reer, I didn’t think twice when he asked me to do it.

“It’s a cool event for the area when the bas­ket­ball com­mu­nity can get to­gether like this. I’m glad some­one’s do­ing it.”

Part of the pro­ceeds from last year’s LTE went to Anita’s Help­ing Hand, a not-for­profit run out of Eph­e­sus Min­istries of Buf­falo that pro­vides ba­sic needs kits to home­less peo­ple.

Part of the pro­ceeds also went to a Hutchins fam­ily friend to as­sist with fu­neral costs af­ter a tragic loss. Last year, 70 stu­dent-ath­letes par­tic­i­pated.

LTE, which stands for Li­censed to Eat, originally was the name for an ap­parel com­pany run by Hutchins. He stopped mak­ing T-shirts in Novem­ber 2017 af­ter a house fire de­stroyed his equip­ment.

LTE went dor­mant un­til Hutchins and a cou­ple of his bas­ket­ball friends came up with the idea of organizing their own all-star type event be­cause their re­spec­tive week­end AAU team com­mit­ments pre­vented them from ac­cept­ing in­vi­ta­tions to par­tic­i­pate in lo­cal all-star games.

“It takes time to set ev­ery­thing up, but it’s cool,” said Hutchins, who has to pay to rent the school gym at Park even though his fa­ther Mar­cus is the ath­letic direc­tor.

Noah Hutchins’ goal for the event: “Just to keep it safe for ev­ery­one and to have a good time,” he said.

Harry Scull Jr./ Buf­falo News

Park guard Noah Hutchins will present the se­cond LTE Show­down, an all-star event or­ga­nized by Hutchins to show­case lo­cal bas­ket­ball.

Derek Gee/Buf­falo News

Ni­a­gara Falls’ Wil­lie Light­foot is ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the LTE Show­case at Park School.

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