Born in Providence, Rhode Island & raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, AJ Tavares, is a product of hard work & perseverance. A highly talented 3 sport athlete in high school for the NBHS Whalers (football, basketball, baseball) he also played all 3 in college at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth during his senior year.
In the basketball world, Tavares is well known for his record setting jumpshot. For this reason he was asked to play shooting guard for most of his career but has worked hard to develop all his skills to become a floor general. His passion for the game, helping the youth & drive to always to improve in all aspects has fully transitioned to the training/coaching world as well. Has always been a great teammate and knows the importance of working together for one common goal. Senior year at Umass Dartmouth led the team to a 20-0 start (finished 25-4) #1 Coaches Poll #2 D3hoops.com Top 25 Mens Poll and was the second leading scorer (13.8) a game for the team which received a 1st round bye in the NCAA Tournament and #1 Regional Rank and Seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Tavares finished with a degree in Criminal Justice and is still chasing his dreams to play the game he loves professionally. A student of the game, A student in life, and A teacher of great habits, he will never cheat the game because the game never cheated him.