Welcome to Virginia Elite website


Welcome the digital home for Virginia Elite.  Established in 2008 to serve the youth in the Northern Virginia area but rapidly the brand has gained national reorganization for the type of student athletes that have come through the program.  


Virginia Elite in the premier youth and grassroots basketball program serving Northern Virginia and surrounding areas.


Although basketball is our platform, we are continuing to provide various academic opportunities for students who wish to pursue careers outside the playing field though our internship, coaching and mentorship programs.



by Armesha Claiborne

Old Dominion University Weekly Blog Post

Health and Wellness

April 10, 2017 - Since the new season of AAU basketball is in full bloom it is important to focus on the health and wellness of these young athletes. Coming into a new season it is important that the training regimens promote a multisegmental approach, meaning incorporating exercises that work the entire body. During the beginning of the season it is important that each athlete’s physical abilities and weaknesses be addressed in order to prevent any sports injuries from occurring. 


Those who lack conditioning should be the primary concern, because a lack in physical fitness is the underlying cause of many sports injuries. Typically it is best to begin a season with conditioning and sport specific drills with a gradual increase in intensity. From the research a multisegmental approach is best when it comes to preventing injuries. This approach includes exercises for each segment of the body, from upper extremities, to the core, and the lower extremities Read more


2017 Junior Elite and High School Elite Open Gym & Fall and Winter Tryout schedule - Virginia Junior Elite (3rd - 8th) and High School Elite divisions. To find out more click "Tryouts".


Junior Elite team will participate in the Adidas Select Series.

Players interested in playing in the Virginia Elite H.S. or the Junior Elite program must create a player Profile before attending open gym or tryouts. 

Coaches interested in joining the Virginia Elite coaching staff complete online application.

Antonio Butler, Slippery Rock University


Antonio Butler became the 1st Virginia Elite alumni and the 15th Slippery Rock University basketball player in the last eight seasons to sign a professional contract when he agreed to a deal with AS Soleuvre of the Total League in Luxembourg for the 2016-17 season-- Read Moren.

Post Graduate - Massanutten Military Academy

Domas Sakickas

University of Richmond

Grant Golden

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Ronald Alston

U.S. Naval Academy

James Butler

William and Mary

Collin Parker

University of Arizona

Kory Jones

University of Greenville

Tyland Crawford

Marymount University 

Chauncey Pittman

Washington College 

Glen Austin Alan

University of Sciences

Tom Gregorits

Iowa Western 

Terrance Ward

Roanoke College

Zach Harrell

Eastern Mennonite University

Christian Hansen

Morehouse College

Omar Alston

Bowie State University

Brian Kelly

University of California

Brandon Chauca

Wofford College

Cameron Jackson

Dartmouth College

Cameron Smith

William and Mary

Paul Rowley

Shepard University

AJ Carr

William and Mary

Jamison Glover

High Point University 

Sam Berlin

University of Science

William Gregortis

Cloud Community Junior College (Kansas) 

Solomon Finley

Christopher Newport University

Justin Hampton

University of Mary Washington / VCU

Emerson Burke

Cal State San Marcos \ Longwood University

Nik Brown

University of California PA

Tony Richardson

Slippery Rock University

Antonio Butler

James Madison University 

Kevin McGaughey

University of Mary Washington 

Marcellus Holley

St Johns Northwest Military  Academy

Rashad Gadson

Roanoke College

Andrew Daniels

Susquehanna University

Patrick Kelly



College Report - Collin Parker

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA - 2014 Alumni Collin Parker recently taking the oath of Achievement and a life long commitment for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

As an exception student athlete at the College of William and Mary,  Collin drive and determination has followed him in the classroom and on the football field.

College of William and Mary, his first year was red shirt year, but never forgetting why he was in college. Recently he earned CAA Academic All-Conference Team distinction and honored with William and Mary Provost Award for academic excellence.

Battlefield High School, Collin was a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCS) and  graduated Summa Cum Laude (4.3 GPA).

His athletic career was no different than his academic achievements. On the field and on the basketball court Collin excelled as three-year letter winner as a defensive back and running back, earned Second-team all-state selection as a senior, earned first-team all-region honors in 2015 after garnering second-team distinction as a junior,  Two-time first-team all-conference selection and finished his prep career with six interceptions. Additionally Collin set a single-game school record with three interceptions and four caused turnovers. On the hardwood, he was a four-year letter winner in basketball, serving as team captain as a senior where he led team to a single-season school-record 22 wins and the program’s first-ever state semifinal appearance in 2016.

College Report - Zach Harrell

Roanoke College 

Roanoke College Basketball player goes above and beyond for "I'm Just Me" movement

WINCHESTER, Va. - A 20-year-old Winchester college student has gone above and beyond to help the "I'm Just Me" movement, which is a nonprofit organization that serves as a community for teens and adults to embrace diversity, self-pride and value themselves as an individual. 

"What we're doing, a lot of people are looking at it like we changed their lives, but really it's them changing ours," said Zach Harrell, one of the Board of Directors for the "I'm Just Me" movement.

It all started when Zach was a sophomore at Millbrook High School and found out about his friend, Rze, having a speech impediment and how that severely impacted him.

"Whether we all want to come out about it or not, we all have our difficulties on the inside -- things we struggle with. It was kind of inspiring to see someone else be so self-disclosing about that," Harrell said. 

Read more and watch the video ..........


High School Report - Elijah Bowens

Maret School 


March 8, 2017 - D.C. State  Athletic Association (DCSAA) Championship - The Maret Frogs (26-5) always center their offense around Luka Garza, but their guards provided an early lift Sunday. Junior guard  Elijah Bowens each scored seven points in the first quarter to help Maret build an eight-point lead. 


Maintaining his composure throughout the season has been a key factor in Bowens success. As a result Bowen led Maret to the DCSAA Championship and was selected to the All MAC Team. Finally the DCSAA Championship came down to a few miscues as the season came down to minutes.


Read More.....


Alumni Report: AJ Carr, Shepherd University reaches 1,000-point Mark

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. February 18, 2017 (INSTITUTE, W.Va.) – Shepherd University Junior forward A.J. Carr (Fairfax, Va./St. James School) added 24 to lead Shepherd University (17-9, 14-6 MEC) to an 81-69 win over West Virginia State (6-20, 3-17 MEC) in MEC men's basketball action at West Virginia State on Saturday.

Carr hit on 8-of-16 field goals with a 4-of-7 effort from beyond the arc. He was 4-of-6 from the foul line. Carr added eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Read more  


1 Big Thing: Quadruple overtime basketball is drama-filled

February 10, 2017 - Scott Van Pelt looks at the match-up between Samford and Wofford that went to four overtimes on Thursday night and included all the drama you'd want from a college basketball game.

Magee finished with 36 points, five assists and was 13-for-13 at the foul line. Garcia had 31 points, 10 assists and no turnovers. Virginia Elite Alumni Cameron Jackson, playing through an illness, finished with 21 points.  Click to view ESPN game highlights

Player Profile - Evan Walters

Virginia Junior Elite 2023


February 12, 2017 - Evan Walters an eleven-year-old (11) is a 6th grade student who attends Mussleman Middle School, Inwood, WV. 

Evan takes great pride in his school work, and has maintained a 4.0 GPA.  These high achievements have placed him in honors-classes in middle school, where he continues to excel.

Evan has played competitively sports since the age of five in many sports. Football for six years playing Quarterback and Outside-Linebacker. He was named to the All-Stars teams for four of those six years.

Evan competes in AAU Track & Field Evan advanced from District 51, West Virginia, with three gold medals in 2015 and 2016 consecutively. 

In 2015 Evan competed in AAU Regional and placed in the top six in all three of his events at the AAU Region 4 meet; the 100m, 200m, and 400m sprints.  His accomplishments resulted in Evan as a “National Qualifier” where he went on to compete in the 2015, AAU, Junior Olympic Games.   

College Report - Justin Hampton

Christopher Newport University

#3 Nationally Ranked


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Current Ranked Nationally #3, Christopher Newport extended its winning streak to 15 Saturday with a 90-50 triumph over Wesley College at the Freeman Center.


The Senior Day celebrated the careers of the quartet of seniors that included Virginia Elite Alumni Justin Hampton, was honored prior to tip-off of the final home regular-season game. Read More


High School Report - Elijah Bowens

Maret School

February 1, 2017– (Maret School, Washington, D.C.) The Following a great 2016 Spring and Summer grassroots basketball season the 5-Foot-8 Point Guard continues to showcase his leadership qualities now in the 2016-17 high school season at the Maret School. 

With Maret having an outstanding year, recently Maret defeated D.C. rival H.D. Woodson with Bowens (18pts) led a balanced attack from the backcourt, scoring efficiently and rotating the ball. Read more

Player Profile - Nicholas Burnell

Virginia Junior Elite 2022

February 8, 2017 - Nicholas Burnell, a guard on the Junior Elite team believes in hard work on and off the court.  This talented young player enjoys every aspect of the game, including coaching the younger players.  As a 7th grader he is taking all honors and two high school courses.  

Nick is maintaining an “A” average in his high school classes.  In additional to his basketball goals, Nicholas has already begun pursuing his other interest of becoming an engineer.  He has attended various robotics programs, as well as a Biomedical camp at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR).  

High School Report - Marcus Cherry

South Lakes High School 


December  27, 2016 - Senior Guard 6-Foot-4 Marcus Cherry is continuing his quest to be one of the top senior prospects in the state of Virginia. 


After coming off a great AAU/Grassroots season the senior guard continues to showcase his talents. 


Matthew Hatfield, Virginia Preps stated that Marcus is one of the best rebounding guard in the state thus far. 

College Report - Grant Golden

University of Richmond

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond men’s basketball freshman Grant Golden is recovering nicely after undergoing a cardiac ablation operation on Wednesday at Chippenham hospital.

The ablation procedure on his heart aimed to correct the cause of Saturday’s incident during the game against Texas Tech....Read More...

Player Profile - Clark Castleberry

Virginia Junior Elite 2021

January 13, 2017– The Following in the footsteps of many players that have gone on to play college basketball the 2021 6-Foot-4 small forward is following that pattern of success. Castleberry length, mobility and skills at his size and desire to improve will prove to key elements to his success.

Castleberry reminds the coaching staff of 2016 alumni Grant Golden who is in his freshman year at the University of Richmond.

College Report - Paul Rowley 

College of William and Mary

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - William & Mary men's basketball sophomore Paul Rowley was named a nominee for the 2017 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams®, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company announced on Wednesday. 

Rowley was one of an all-time record 278 nominees nationally for the award, which recognizes an outstanding group of student-athletes who represent the sport's finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers. Read More


College Report - Kory Jones

University of Arizona 

November 30, 2016 - The Arizona Wildcats have added walk-on Kory Jones to their roster, it was announced Wednesday.

Arizona Basketball has added freshman Kory Jones, a 6-foot-3inch guard from Herndon, Virginia, as a walk-on to this year's team. 

Jones was a member of the Westfield Bulldogs' first-ever 6A state championship team a season ago.  He scored ten or more points on ten different occasions a year ago for Westfield HS with a career-high of 20 points versus Yorktown High.  

Player Profile - Gavin Harvey

Virginia Junior Elite 2021

January 13, 2017 - Gavin Harvey is no stranger to high level sports specially basketball. Harvey's older brother Arlandis played football at James Madison University (JMU) and his father a former college player himself.  Gavin possess strong skills far beyond him age and grade. 

His basketball and physical stature provides Harvey the ability to play beyond his age. The combination guard has the ball skills of a lead guard and the multiple shooting skills to play the wing.

College Commitment 

Christopher Newport University 


September 18, 2016 - Harrington’s commitment came just a few days after receiving a division two scholarship offer from Shepherd University. Mary Washington and Salisbury were among other schools who were in the mix for his services. Harrington’s decision came after his most recent visit to CNU’s campus in Newport News.

“Everyone there is so nice. The coaching staff is awesome. The team, I loved them. They really brought me in. Campus was gorgeous. Academics pristine.” Harrington recalled about his visit. “After my official visit, I just knew right after I left. This is the place I want to be. Everything is so fun and I loved the school.” Read More.

College Recruiting - Josh Oduro

Battlefield High School 


October 24, 2016 - 2019 F Josh Oduro is taking a major jump from last year high school season. The 6-Foot-7 Forward is solid and has unbridled talent. During the spring and summer Josh waited from his turn to move up the latter to show he could play with the U16 team. 


Then soon after that the biggest step was joining the U17 team. After the second tournament the moved proved positive.  Normally players remain with their class but Josh worked and proved that he was more than capable of playing but making a strong impact to the U17 team Read more..

Collaboration with Phenom Strength and Conditioning

ASHBURN, VA - August 14, 2016 - Based on our continuous effort to develop players for our pre-collegiate basketball program, we are pleased to announce our collaboration with Phenom Strength and Conditioning to forward our player develop and ELITE basketball specific strength program for all Virginia Elite Basketball players.

Our Junior Elite and High Elite players will be evaluated on their physical abilities and then integrated with our knowledge and experience of developing college basketball players. We will provide a results based program based on professional experience and player development for each player to develop.

Lemar Marshall, Former Washington Redskins and Owner of Phenom Strength and Conditioning will provide the program with NFL level professional services in the development for our Middle and High School players. The objective will be to develop players ability to compete nationally, focusing on players development on the court as well as developing capabilities outside the court which will be key indicators for success. Read More....



2019 Josh Oduro (Battlefield HS)


FAIRFAX, VA — Last week 2019 Forward Josh Oduro (Battlefield High School) took an official visit to local Atlantic 10 program George Mason University.  Not only is Oduro a perfect prospect athletically with instinctive skills and versatility is ahead of his age, but he's doing it in the classroom as well.


With the rich history of producing division 1 forwards the 6-Foot-6 Forward is becoming a name that many college coaches are contacting the program about. 


2017 G Liam Harrington 

Herndon High School


DMVElite HAMPTON, VA — Day 2 of the 2016 Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest is officially in the books, the 17U team is progressing as expected and with the addition of Guard Liam Harrington the team is peaking at the right time.  


During the tournament Liam showcased him talents throughout the event against some of the top players in the DMV.  The 6-Foot-4 versatile Point Guard plays both sides of the floor and possess excellent durability to take on physical guards and manage the demands of the games and the expectations of the position.

Junior Elite - Heslep

National JamFest 13U Champions


DISTRICT HEIGHTS, MD — Congratulations to Coach John Heslep for capturing the National JamFest 13U Gold Championship. The National Jamfest featured U9-U17 teams from all over the nation. 



Junior Elite - Beckett 

Zero Gravity 13U Champions


RICHMOND, VA — Congratulations to Coach Chanucey Beckett for capturing the Zero Gravity Rumble in Richmond 13U Championship. 




2017 Super Team Showcase

BOWIE, MD — Each year Virginia Elite has been invited to participate in the DMVElite Super Team Showcase, where the premier teams and players are on showcase.  This year was no different than before the Virginia Elite teams and players accepted the challenge to compete. 

Coach Antonio Butler ('16 Slippery Rock University) lead the 15U team against some good competition throughout the evening. Lead by 2020 point guard Jarret Hunter and teammates 2019 Ethan Snare and Chingunn Gonbold who led the 15U division in scoring with 17.5 ppg and displayed an impressive outside shot.

The 16U team as noted by DMVElite recognized Elijah Bowens (Maret School) as he displayed his ability to command the point guard position throughout the evening.  Bowens stroke from the perimeter and quickness will be his calling card through the July live period.  

Finally, the 17U 6-6 Forward Dom Sakickas from Lithuania (Broadfording School) showcased his ability to play a European style of basketball that showcased versatility throughout the evening.

Article: DMVElite

Tournament Report

Phenom Hoops Grassroots Tipoff Classic, Greensboro, NC

April 24, 2016 — The second LIVE period event was the The Phenom Hoops Grassroots Tipoff Classic. Taking a closer look at the Coach Antonio Butler 15U team, 2021 5-Foot-9 PG Jarrett Hunter (Lousia County), 2020 6-Foot-4 W Joshua Perea (Wakefiled School) and 6-Foot-3 W Chinguun Ganbold (Fairfax H.S.) competed and lead the team throughout the event.  

The 16U team went into the event with a chip on their shoulders knowing that they should have done allot better in NY. Newcomer 2018 Will Mulquin (Georgetown Prep) showcased his shooting ability and basketball skills throughout the tournament. Standing 6-Foot-6 Wills ability to stretch the defense was very evident throughout the tournament as many of his teammate benefited from his perimeter skills that will only get better throughout the grassroots season. 

As a result the team captured 1st place in their pool by going undefeated and advancing to the semi finals and finishing 4-1 overall.

Finally, 17U team showcase several players that caught the attention of several college coaches. Terrance Ward (Hargrave Academy), Marcus Cherry (South Lakes H.S.), Tyler Lloyd (Osborne Park H.S.) 


Washington Post All Met Selection

James Butler (Lake Braddock H.S.)


April 9, 2016 - After a very successful career with Virginia Elite and Lake Braddock High School, James Butler was selected to the 2015-16 Washington Post All Met 1st Team for high school basketball. 


The All Met team represent the top players in the Washington D.C. area to include (Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.).  This year class includes to McDonalds All-Americans from local high schools. Read More.





Player of the Year

Grant Golden Earns POY Honor



March 26, 2016 - Hobbling around Saint James School last winter with protective boots on both of his feet, Grant Golden had a few dark thoughts.

Was he susceptible to the kind of foot problems that plague so many young, tall athletes? Was his career as a basketball player in jeopardy?  But a year later, there were no such concerns for the 6-foot-10 senior as he propelled Saint James (25-6) to the Independent-Parochial School League and Mid-Atlantic Conference titles.

Averaging 17.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 blocked shots and hitting 54.7 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc, Golden was an efficient, all-around force.

Golden is The Herald-Mail’s 2015-16 Washington County Boys Basketball Co-Player of the Year, sharing the award with Clear Spring’s Spencer Schultz. Playing AAU ball with Virginia Elite in the summer, Golden was so impressive that he garnered offers from 12 schools. He narrowed the list to five, including San Diego, Wofford, George Washington and James Madison, before selecting Richmond within a few days of visiting the school. Read More

1st Team All-VIC Division 1

Ronald Alston selected 1st Team Virginia Independent Conference


February 27, 2016 - In a tough Virginia Independent Conference (VIC) Division 1 that's loaded with many division 1 players the NJIT commit was selected to the 2016 All-VIC Division 1 basketball team. 2015 selected to the second team. 

Source: Scrimmage Play 



High School Hoops 6A North Champions

Collin Parker led Battlefield HS to  Championship


February 27, 2016 - Although Senior Collin Parker has committed to play football for William and Mary, he left his mark on his high school basketball career by leading Battlefield HS with 18 points to the Northern Virginia 6A North Region Championship.  Led by Collin Parker, the Bobcats (21-6) hit 12 of their final 14 free throw attempts to maintain a comfortable cushion in the final two minutes. Read More



College Commitment

Tyler White commits to James Madison 


February 25, 2016 - After a very successful senior year at Marshall High School (McLean, VA) on the gridiron the 6-foot-6 versatile lineman and power forward committed to play division 1 football for James Madison University.  


Post season White was selected to the VHSL Group 5 All-State Second Team (Football) - 5A North All-Region Basketball Team 2 Team. Read More


College Hoops

Justin Hampton and CNU captured CAC Championship


February 27, 2016 NEWPORT NEWS, Va.- Virginia Elite Alumni Justin Hampton and the Christopher Newport University (CNU) Captains captured the CAC Championship and advance to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.


For the second straight season, the Capital Athletic Conference men's basketball championship comes down to a matchup of Christopher Newport and Salisbury. For the Captains, it marks the third straight title game appearance since joining the CAC, but the first ever at the Freeman Center. The winner advanced to the CAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. Read More


Player of the Year VIC Division 2

Terrance Ward selected as VIC D2 POY


February 23, 2016  Congrats to '16 6'3" Terrence Ward (Hargrave Military Academy) named VIC Division 2 Player of the Year (POY)






Saint James Captures MAC Regular Season Championship


February 23, 2016

McLEAN, Va. — Grant Golden had 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks as Saint James beat Potomac School 55-38 on Tuesday night to win the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) regular-season title.

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Saint James Captures IPSL Championship

February 14, 2016 (Hagerstown, MD) Saint James uses Golden moments to tarnish Goretti in IPSL tarnish Goretti in IPSL final. 

Virginia Elite players contributing big in IPSL championship. Senior Grant Golden scoring 28 points and pulling down 19 rebounds and brother Bryce Golden adding 14 points and eight boards, Saint James throttled St. Maria Goretti 74-46 in the Independent-Parochial School League championship game.  Read More

James Butler Reaches 1,000 points


December 31, 2015 Navy Commit James Butler reached a milestone by scoring his 1,000th point during the Lake Braddock Holiday Tournament. 


The 6-foot-8 Butler scored most of his point in but during the course of the game Butler was put on the line and there he connected on 2 free throws to reached.  


In recent game against T.C. Williams (Alexandria, VA) Butler scored 18 of his career-high 46 points in the fourth quarter and the Bruins improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference with an 83-77 victory at Lake Braddock Secondary School.


Tyland Crawford (C.D. Hylton H.S.)

December 31, 2015 - The 6-foor-4 G Tyland Crawford  from C.D. Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) game has been increasing through each contest and has attracted attention from several college programs.  

Crawford development as a versatile and physical guard who can defend and score from multiple areas on the court is an added plus when he transitions to the college level. What separates Crawford is his hard work on the hardwood and his work in the classroom. Last year Crawford was dealing with a foot injury that keep him sideline for most of the 2014-2015 season.  But after a sensational grassroots season he has return to 100%. 

College Bound

Alston, Golden, Janowski and Butler officially committed


November 18, 2015 - With the early signing period over Grant Golden (University of Richmond/St James H.S.) is part of the 2016 class that includes two of the premier players in Virginia. 


Recruits in G De'Monte Buckingham (6-4, 185), G Nick Sherod (6-4, 185). With all considered three-star recruits by different outlets, the class currently ranks 67th in the nation, according to CBS Sports. 


"We are thrilled with the group that we've signed for the Class of 2016," head Coach Chris Mooney said. "I love the makeup of this class and I look forward to coaching them." Read More


Ronald Alston (NJIT/Miller School), Alston signed to play at The New Jersey Institute of Technology. 


Alston was selected second team All VIC last season, while averaging 12.9 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. Read More


Michael Janowski (Army/St Stephens St Agnes School), Janowski signed to play for the U.S. Army at WestPoint. Janowski made his commitment in June on his unofficial visit to WestPoint.


Navy men's basketball picked up arguably the biggest recruit in the five-year tenure of Coach Ed DeChellis when the son of one of the program's all-time greats gave a verbal commitment.



James Butler, a 6-foot-8 power forward at Lake Braddock High in northern Virginia, chose Navy over UMBC and Wofford among others. 


He is the son of Vernon Butler, one of five Navy players whose jersey is retired Read More


Alumni News

'14 Sam Berlin and St Thomas Aquinas takes down St Johns from the Big East Conference

St John's NY - November 4, 2015 The St. Thomas Aquinas College men's basketball team shocked Division I St. John's University, 90-58, in the season's exhibition opener at Carnesecca Arena. Justin Reyes paced the dominant effort with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds as the Spartans jumped to an early lead with an up tempo and never looked back. East Coast Conference preseason Player of the Year Chaz Watler chipped in with 18 and James Mitchell added 13 for St. Thomas Aquinas.

St. Thomas Aquinas shot 61.8 percent in the first half and led 50-34 at the break. The Spartans finished at 48 percent and had only 14 turnovers.  Read More..

2016 National Rankings

ESPN Rankings 


With several members of the 2016 graduating class moving on to play college basketball several of those players was recognized by ESPN 100 high school players in Virginia. 


Members of this 2016 graduation class are  recognized by ESPN Top 100 Virginia recruitment list. Each announced their verbal decision to play college basketball. . Read More.



JUCO Player of the Year

Charles 'CJ" Hill selected as JUCO Regional POY


The Hurricanes of Louisburg jumped out to an early lead and went into the half up 43-25. Leading scorers, CJ Hill (18 points) from there the Canes used their smothering defense and clock management to secure the Regional 10 JUCO Championship and CJ Hill was named Regional POY. Read More


National D2 Junior College All American Selection, Receives offer from Radford University


After advancing to the JUCO DII National Championship '14 Alum Charles C.J. Hill who originally committed with Northeastern University (CAA) now at Louisburg Junior College received an offer to continue his basketball career at Longwood University (Danville, VA). 


The 6-foot-4 guard from Chantilly, VA (Westfield H.S.) received the opportunity to by first having the opportunity showcase his talent on the court. After showcasing his tremendous talent opportunities appeared. As previously reported CJ was selected as POY.



1000 Points Club

Grant Golden adds to season accomplishments


March 13, 2016 - As a capstone to his high school career Grant Golden scored 1,003 points during the St James Invitational Tournament against Riverdale Baptist (MD). 


Adding to the 1K point achievement Grant along with his brother Bryce was named to the SJIT All tournament team.




6A All -State, Player of the Year and 1000 points Club 

James Butler selected Conference and 6A North Region POY


February 29, 2016 - James Butler (Lake Braddock) was selected to the All-Patriot League 1st Team and Player of the Year and 6A North Region 1st Team and Player of the Year. 


The 6-Foot-8 Forward and Navy Commit average 27.5ppg and top the scoring averages in the Washington, D.C. area.


Sources: Virginia Preps and Inside Nova



College Commitment

Spiders pick up third hoops commit 


by John O'Connor Richmond Times-Dispatch 


September 16, 2015 - The University of Richmond is adding some size to its basketball program with the expected addition of 6-foot-10 Grant Golden. He orally committed to the Spiders Tuesday night. Golden, a senior at St. James School in Hagerstown, Md., joins 6-3 De’Monte Buckingham, a Henrico High senior, and 6-5 Nick Sherod, a St. Christopher’s senior. They orally committed in late July.

Golden picked Richmond after considering offers from George Washington, James Madison, San Diego and Wofford. Those schools and Richmond comprised his final five. George Mason and several Patriot League schools also offered Golden, who attended Sherando High in Stephens City before transferring to St. James School.

Through a decade as Spiders’ coach, Chris Mooney has sought big men who can handle the ball and score from the perimeter. Golden fits into that category, but he also has been a reliable inside scorer.

College Commitment

Ronald Alston verbally commits to NJIT


September 5, 2015 - Recently Forward Ron Alston is the latest product of the Miller School basketball program to commit to a Division I college program. During the DMVElite 80 Showcase Alston gave a verbal commitment to New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on Saturday. 


The 6-foot-7 swingman was an All-VIC second-tem selection after averaging 12 points and 8 rebounds at Miller last season.

NJIT Highlanders are coming off a 21-win season -- the most ever for the program at the program at the Division I level -- that included an upset of Michigan in Ann Arbor last December.


Recruiting News

Recruiting Report: 2018 Bryce Golden

by: T.J. Rushing Prephoopsmaryland.com


October 28, 2015 - With five offers now in tow, and three years left in his high school career, Saint James power forward Bryce Golden has established himself as one of Maryland's elite prospects.

High Point, James Madison, Wofford, George Washington, and most recently Richmond -- where Bryce’s brother Grant will be playing next season -- all offered the 6-foot-8 post this past offseason. And the talented 2018 is still hearing from a bevy of larger programs that he was hearing from before; Creighton, Wake Forest, and Xavier to name a few.

“I still hear from the bigger programs, I think they're just waiting on me this year just to see how I do, and hopefully I’ll get more contact from them after my sophomore year,” said Golden, who did hear from a couple of schools recently for the first time.  

“I’ve talked to Florida a little bit this summer, and Alabama -- but that’s about it (for new interest)” - Read more  


Player Profile

Bryce Golden adds more offers to a growing list

August 7, 2015  - The 2018 6-foot-9 power forward display of talent caught the attention of several division 1 college coaches during his freshman season at Saint James and then the carry over throughout the spring and summer. 

Since receiving his initial offer from Highpoint University was followed by  James Madison University. Soon after the April live period Golden received additional offers from 2014-15 Southern Conference and NCAA Tournament team Wofford College and George Washington University (GWU) from the Atlantic 10 (A10) Conference.  

Other school showing interest are the University of Florida, University of Alabama, Georgetown and Creighton University.

Langston Gaither adds more division 1 scholarship offers

August 7, 2015 - (Las Vegas, NV) - The 6-foot-3 guard received his initial offer during the Elevate Hoops "Summer Ice Breaker" tournament from Highpoint University.  

Then after leading the team to 3-0 pool play record and displaying an outstanding set of offensive and defensive skills Gaither was offered his second division 1 offer from University of Texas Rio-Grande Valley.

Former Georgetown Hoya Julian Vaughn preparing the players for success

June 29, 2015 (Ashburn, VA) - Julian Vaughn the former 2011 Georgetown graduate and South Lakes High School (Reston, VA) has become a priceless college and professional basketball resource to the program. 

Pictured: Julian Vaughn (L), Grant Golden (M) and Bryce Golden (R)

Working with many of the players in the program Julian has created a functional strength program that has added value to the players who participate in his weekly program. Leveraging his college (Big East) and his international professional experience Julian brings knowledge of what it takes to reach the levels of basketball that he did and continues to achieve.

2018 F Bryce Golden, Receives 1st Division 1 Athletic Scholarship offer

June 12, 2015, (Highpoint, NC), After visiting Highpoint University on an unofficial college visit with his older brother Grant who already holds multiple division 1 scholarship offers.

As with so many players Bryce dream became a reality, when he was offered his first division 1 scholarship from Highpoint University. The talented raising sophomore will be playing in several major certified events during the summer grassroots season which includes stops in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

The Grid Iron, The Hardwood and the Classroom - 2016 G Collin Parker

June 19, 2015 - The 6"1 point guard and defensive back is not just a high school athlete from Battlefield High School in Haymarket, VA but a outstanding student with a 4.2 GPA. 

Along with an excellent academic history Parker is also an outstanding football player.  Currently he holds football scholarship offers from Navy, Cornell and University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and interest from Villanova, Richmond, William and Mary, Lehigh and New Hampshire. 

After the departure of Jamison Glover (College of William and Mary), Collin took over the point guard  position for the varsity basketball team and instantly became the team leader. For the past two years Collin has been recognized for his accomplishments on the hardwood, adding to his accolades from the gridiron that's providing him the opportunity to prepare him to transition to a college student athlete.

As a three (3) year member of the Virginia Elite basketball program, Collin has always been recognized by the coaching staff as a main stay for the program and his academic history sets the bar for the young players that strive to achieve similar goals.

Tyland Crawford, 6'3", G

C.D. Hylton                

Class: 2016                              

The Skinny:  Last winter with the Bulldogs, Crawford enjoyed what some could call his breakout season with averages of 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.  He's transferred some of the freakishly athletic qualities he showed there to the grassroots scene and fits the description of a hidden gem type for recruiters.  He connected on 18 3's last season at Hylton, but is shooting the ball better than before so that opponents can't lay off him and play the drive.  

James Butler, 6'8", PF

Lake Braddock

Class:  2016


One of the most productive players in the state this past winter, Butler averaged 24.2 points per game - tops among all Group 6A players - and made 120-of-171 free-throws for the Bruins in leading them to a 16-8 overall record. 

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