ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Three former Monroe standouts are keeping the band together at the next level.
Blood couldn't make them any closer, and their shared love for the game has kept them in the gym all summer.
"A lot of kids are laying at home saying they want to play basketball," said the 6-foot-8 Napoleon Harris. "But this is a 24-hour job."
Harris is the highflyer, Emeshaun Offord is the deadeye shooter, and Trentavious Jackson is the turbo button.
Together they are the "Tornado Trifecta" that guided Monroe High to the elite 8 in their senior season. This fall they will play basketball at Atlanta Metropolitan State. It's a decision Offord said was seamless.
"I grew up with them," said Offord. "They've been my day ones since almost birth. We've been together for a long time so it's just like another brotherhood, stepping onto a new level."
They refer to each other as brothers. And according to Jackson their chemistry on and off the court has been in the making for quite a while.
"Me and Emeshaun are first cousins, and me and Nap went to elementary school since third grade," recalled Jackson. "And we just followed each other ever since."
Monroe head coach Marquis Davis has nurtured their growth on the court for the past 4 years. This summer he's been putting in extra hours in the gym for players who will never suit up for him again. It speaks to his dedication, and it motivates the three to make him proud this fall.
"Without him there's no telling where we'll be at in our games today," said Harris. "We probably wouldn't have even signed scholarships without playing for Coach Davis, so I'll thank him for that."
"We're just like sons of his," said Offord. "He's been through thick and thin with us too. He's a great coach and I'm glad he sticks by our side."
Davis pushes them to be great players, and even better young men. Together the Tornado Trifecta feels unstoppable, but the heartbreak of not bringing a state title to Monroe still stings. And they refuse to let it happen again in college.
"Me, Trentavious and Emeshaun are going to be out running, lifting, in the gym putting up shots every day," said Harris. "Because we understand where we're trying to go and we can't do that staying at home being complacent."