Hello and thank you for your interest in the Florida Comets AAU Basketball. Formed in 2005, the Florida Comets are the vision of Dr. Bennie Shaw.
The Florida Comets are a non profit enhancement organization, which seeks to provide multiple services to the community. All projects are designed to fill a void in the community where needs exist. Florida Comets prepares each student to excel by providing an innovation and comprehensive extra-curricular activity program. Through involvement of students, parents, staff and the community, each student will develop skills necessary to reach their maximum potential and become a productive member of society.
Since its creation, the Florida Comets have been one of South Florida’s premier youth basketball organizations. Last year, our 7th Grade girls team played in 15 tournaments amassing 12 first place finishes including a YBOA and USSSA National Championship.
If you and your child are interested in becoming a Florida Comet please understand that a strong commitment is required for success. Many of the tournaments are not locally based and will require travel and overnight stays for parents and players alike. Contained below you will find all forms and pertinent information on our program. We encourage you to review our player handbook and contact us with any questions you may have.
Florida Comets is a nonprofit enhancement organization, which seeks to provide multiple services to the community. All projects are designed to fill a void in the community where needs are and exist. Florida Comets prepare each student to excel by providing an innovative comprehensive extra-curricular activity program. Through involvement of students, parents, staff, and the community each student will develop skills necessary to reach maximum potential to become a productive individual in today’s changing society.
UCF Hall Of Fame
On April 10, 2009, Coach Bennie Shaw was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the J. Rolfe Davis Recruiting Room at Bright House Networks Stadium.
Shaw played for the Knights and head coach Torchy Clark from 1974-76. He scored 1,238 points in only two campaigns in Orlando. His career scoring average of 25.4 points ranks second in program history. In 1976, Shaw the shooting guard became the first UCF player to be selected in the National Basketball Association Draft when Milwaukee picked him in the ninth round.
Shaw describes his experience wearing Black and Gold and bonding with his teammates as a memorable one. “The relationships I made are still fresh in my mind. It has been 30 years and I think and talk about them every day,” he said.
Shaw credits much of his success in life to Clark, who is also a member of the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame. Shaw believes that Clark was ahead of his time.
“Coaches are now just doing what we were doing back then. All of the things that I have accomplished as a coach go to coach Clark because I still use his system today.”
As the first UCF player to be drafted by an NBA franchise, Shaw describes the feeling of carrying that legacy, “At the time, I really wasn’t thinking about being drafted. During my senior year, I was really having fun and coach Clark said to me, `You might be drafted to play in the NBA.’ Wayne Embry, who was general manager at the time of the Milwaukee Bucks, came to a game, saw me play. I had a beautiful game. Then he wanted to see if I could do that in consecutive nights. So he came back and saw me play, and I had another great game. That’s when they told me, yes you are going to be drafted and it was then that I actually started believing, `Wow, I might actually be good enough to play at that level… it really was an honor.”