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Cameron Smith

Miller School

Dartmouth College Commit

 

Will Gregorits

Lake Braddock High School

University of Science Commit

 

Paul Rowley

Loudoun Valley H.S.

William and Mary Commit

 

Lucas Brown

Mountain View H.S.

VAPreps and VHSL All-State Selection

 

Big Shots MVP

Chandler Zavala

BIG SHOTS DC June Jam

14U Orange MVP 

with 12 ppg & 8.3 rpg.

 

Matt Kelly (Pictured), Ryan Lam, Rod Smith, Jordan Barr, Anthony Howard attended the Hoop Group Northern Virginia Camp
 
Tina Thompson
Tournament

The Recruit Scoop

 

 

Coach Pringle connecting with the Big Ten  

March 31, 2014 - First year coach Anthony Pringle (right) serves as head JV coach and assistant varsity coach at John Paul the Great Catholic High School (Dumfries, VA) and 17U assistant for Virginia Elite was provided an opportunity to met and talk hoops with Indiana University (IU) Head Coach Tom Crean last week. Obtaining knowledge from experience and respected coaches provides our coaches with information that translates to our players on the court.

Coach Pringle provides a wealth of basketball knowledge to the program and provides Virginia Elite players with information as to what it takes to obtain the attraction of programs such as Indiana.  Supporting Coach Angelo Hunt at John Paul the Great Catholic High School, Coach Pringle consistently delivers the message of academics, hardwork and desire to complete at the highest level, the cornerstone of Virginia Elite.  

April 10, 2014 - VAPreps All-Underclass Hoops Teams - VirginiaPreps.com released their first 2014 All-Underclassmen Basketball Teams.  

Ethan Walker, Loudoun County, Jr. - Averaged 12.6 points per game and was named Second Team All-State by the VHSCA. Behind Walker's 22 points in a 57-46 win over Dominion, the Raiders captured the Conference 21 Tournament Championship for the team's first district or conference crown since 1966.

Grant Golden, Sherando, Soph. – The 6-foot-7 small forward that already holds an offer from James Madison University, Golden averaged 18.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game en route to landing a spot on the All-Conference 21 First Team. He also was chosen First Team All-Northwest Conference.

April 4, 2014 - Senior Cameron Smith (Miller School of Albermale, Charlottesville, VA) commitment to Ivy League Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) comes as no surprise. Just as his teammate a consistent honor roll student at Miller, Smith attention to his academic first mentality translated onto a successful career on the basketball court. 

 

April 3, 2014 - Senior AJ Carr (St James High School/Hagerstown, MD) commitment to Shepherd University (Shepherstown, WVA) comes as no surprise. The 6"7 Forward knew going into his senior year that he had to showcase his abilities to play multiple positions. A consistent honor roll student at St James, Carr attention to his academic first mentality translated onto a successful career on the basketball court. 

Will Gregorits (Lake Braddock High School/Burke, VA), the 6"7 senior committed to the University of Sciences (Philadelphia, PA) was a 40 year decision. Gregorits finished his high school career for the Bruins was filled with academic and athletic accolades, and post season awards. Gregoritis an honor roll student throughout his high school years kept pace with his athletic achievements. Selected as Liberty District Tournament MVP, VA Preps 2nd Team All-State, VHSL All-State, recognized by DMVElite, Pheonom Hoops, Dunk Dog as one of premier forward in the metropolitan area.

Virginia Preps All-State Selections

6A Dorian Johnson (Herndon High School, Herndon, VA) and Will Gregorits (Lake Braddock, Burke, VA)

5A Lucas Brown (Mountain View High School, Stafford, VA) and Khiorie Stewart (Broad Run High School, Ashburn, VA)

4A Cameron Jackson (VHSL 4A Player of the Year, ESBC All-Star)  and Solomon Finley (Handley High School, Winchester, VA)

3A Paul Rowley (VHSL 1st Team All-State and ESBC All-Star) Loudoun Valley High School, Purceville, VA

Noah Gear (2016 G Bullis School, Potomac, Maryland) Bullis captured the 2014 IAC Championship defeating Episcopal. A huge crowd of Bullis students, parents and staff traveled to Alexandria for the final game of the season to watch the Bulldogs beat Episcopal High School 42-7, and in doing so win the IAC Championship outright for the first time in Bullis history.

 

February 25, 2014 - Virginia Elite completely dominates Northern Virginia Post Season High School Basketball All-Conference, All-District and Player of the Year (POY) selections.

March 23, 2014 - The past weeks have been very exciting for Senior F Cameron Jackson. Jackson was chosen as 4A State Player of the Year (POY) by the Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA). Sunday Jackson participated in the 5th Annual Elite Showcase Basketball Classic (ESBC) All-American Game in Washington, D.C.  Jackson was joined on the All-State team with 2nd team selections Solomon Finley (Handley), AAU teammates Tony Richardson (Dominion HS) and Ethan Walker (Loudoun County). 

William and Mary signee Senior Forward Paul Rowley, Loudoun Valley HS was selected to the 1st Team 3A All-State Basketball Team. Unable to participate because of a schedule conflict Rowley was also selected to participate in the 5th Annual Elite Showcase Basketball Classic (ESBC) All-American Games.

Virginia Elite completely dominates Northern Virginia Post Season High School Basketball All-Conference, All-District and Player of the Year (POY) selections.

Sr., Cameron Jackson (Wofford), Handley HS, Winchester, VA- 2x Player of the Year All-Northwest District, Jackson continues to led Handley High School into the State playoffs. Tuesday night Cameron passed a milestone that few have reached, scoring 1,000 points tonight.

Seniors: Solomon Finley (Handley HS), Jamison Glover (Battlefield HS), Lucas Brown (Mountain View HS), Cameron Smith (Miller School), Will Gregortis (Lake Braddock HS), Norman Barnes Jr (Stonebridge HS), Amir Atkins (Hayfield HS) and Matt Kelly (Highland School)

Juniors: Austin Hall (Annandale HS) 

Sophomores: Grant Golden (Sherando HS) and Collin Parker (Battlefield HS)

Saint James Forward AJ Carr continues to showcase his talents

December 15, 2013 - After capturing the 2013 Sleepy Thompson Tournament Championship against Norfolk Collegiate (Norfolk, VA) and then playing a key role for Saint James as they played a really good Life Center Team from New Jersey (NJ).  

AJ performance in the classroom (recent Honor Roll) and on the

hardwood as now attracted several division 1 programs from the Ivy League, CAA and NEC to take notice.

 

Tony Richardson commits to Division II California University Pennsylvania   

December 15, 2013

 

Dominion High School 6-7 Senior Tony Richardson committed to basketball for division II California Pennsylvania.  Richardson has been a member of Virginia Elite for 3 years and now will take his talents to collegiate hardwood in 2014.

 

 

Trio takes unofficial visit to University of Virginia (UVA)

October 21, 2013

Charlottesville, VA - Brothers Bryce (6-6, 2018) and Grant Golden (6-8, 2016, Wing) and teammate Noah Gear (6-3, 2016) took an unofficial visit to the University of Virginia (UVA).  Pictured with Coach Bennett the trio enjoyed a day of learning about Virginia Basketball and what it takes to be a student athlete at the University of Virginia.

Grant Golden and Noah Gear hold offer from James Madison University (JMU) and have been receiving interest from other division 1 programs. 

 

DMVElite Pre-Season All-Northern Virginia Team

November 9, 2013

 

As part of DMVElite comprehensive preseason coverage leading up to the 2013-14 high school basketball season, the release of the DMVelite Preseason All-Northern Virginia selections. 

 

Pre-Season All-Northern Virginia 1st Team included Cameron Jackson

(Handley HS) and Paul Rowley (Loudoun Valley).

 

2nd Team Selection included Sam Berlin (Ad Fontes Academy)

 

Honorable Mention Jamison Glover (Battlefield HS), Amir Atkins (Hayfield HS), Will Gregortis (Lake Braddock HS), and 2016 Grant Golden (Sherando HS)

 

Pre-Season D.C. All Metro Section

3rd Team Paul Rowley and Honorable Mention Cameron Jackson Complete Recap...

 

   

Cameron Jackson and Paul Rowley Officially signs National Letter of Intent  

November 18, 2013 - After many practices, workouts, dreams and thoughts of playing college basketball, the day has finally came true.

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Seniors Cameron Jackson and Paul Rowley will join their teammate Charles CJ Hill (Northeastern University) as a member of their college's NCAA Division 1 Basketball programs. 

Cameron will attend Wofford College and Paul will attend College of William and Mary.

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Noah Gear (2016, Bullis HS) at PANGOS ALL-EAST 

October 27, 2013

West Deptford, NJ - DunkDog.com’s coverage of the 2016 class at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph camp concludes with five more impressive performers from the two-day event. Read More...

Concussion Awareness in Basketball

By Kevin Boyle MS, CSCS, FMS, PES

The topic of concussions in athletes can be found in the news and online on a daily basis, including this article about a female basketball player from New Jersey. The devastating affects of this injury combined with a lack of understanding of how to assess, address, and prevent concussions have made it a major source of concern for coaches and parents in all sports. The bottom line is that the negative affects of concussions can take athletes away from the sports they love, and more importantly, impact the quality of our athletes’ lives in the long-term. Read More... 

 

   

Shirts & Skins Diamond Series Grassroots Basketball Tournament

Washington, D.C. - Northern Virginia Sites TBA

 

May 30 - June 1, 2014 National Basketball Apparel maker Shirts and Skins (S&S), Tualatin, Oregon has teamed with Virginia Elite to host a national grassroots basketball tournament in Northern Virginia (Washington, D.C.). The Diamond Series is one of a series of national grassroots basketball tournaments throughout the country.

 

 

 

 

 

DMVElite Rankings: 2014 Top 75 (Post AAU) 

October 23, 2013

Paul Rowley (Loudoun Valley/William & Mary), Cameron Jackson (Handley/Wofford), Will Gregortis (Lake Braddock HS), Sam Berlin (Ad Fontes), Dorian Johnson (Herndon HS) and AJ Carr (St James HS) made the list. DMVElite list their Top 75 and their "On The Radar" list of those players that earned consideration for Top 75 honors but did not quite make the cut. View Entire List...

 

 

Virginia Elite Represents at the 2013 DMVElite 80 Showcase Event 

September 14, 2013

Eighty (80) of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area’s best high school basketball players were placed in one gym today from 9:30 am to 4:30pm, the area being the “DMV” which consists of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. It wasn’t limited to only upperclassmen as the area’s best sophomores were in attendance as well, the classes on display were from 2014 to 2016. This event gave these players an opportunity to play against and with their peers, getting a chance to really go at it and go at it they did! 

DMV Elite put together a great program from start to finish, the entire day was mapped out and kept the players moving all day long. The day started with stretching and warm-ups to get loose, the 80 players were then divided into four different groups in terms of their positions. Those groups being Point Guards(1′s), Combo Guards(2′s), Wings(3′s & stretch 4′s), and Post(5′s). 

 

They were worked out by several coaches and trainers; including Amrit Rayfield, Melvin Abrams, Xavier Joyner, Frank Porter, Jamal James,Brian Inge, Mike Bozeman, Will Maynard, Brian Scott and Damien Jenifer. The drills seemed to all have a true purpose, providing several teaching points at each station. They worked on overall fitness, post moves which provided a few highlights, defensive spacing and closing out on shooters, ball handling, shooting, and more. From the highly touted Seniors down to the fresh faced Sophomores, these drills were extremely competitive.

Virginia Elite was represented by Sam Berlin (Ad Fontes Academy), Paul Rowley (William and Mary Commit/ Loudoun Valley HS), William Gregorits (Lake Braddock HS) and AJ Carr (St James HS), Cameron Jackson (Handley HS) was invited but because of illness was not able to attend. Read More from DMV Elite and My Mind on Sports

 

17U Virginia Elite vs UA Atlanta Xpress

2013 UA Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest

 

Talented Coaching Staff Developing Undeniable Talent   

August 21, 2013 - Herndon, VA

Many players came out during tryouts in March and only a few survived. Our success starts with who leads. Coach Thomas Gadson, Brandon Jones and Duval Simmonds (St Joes '98'), Rodney Carmichael and Jamel Bearyman set the expectations for each player in March to pay attention to details to expect to compete and expect to be successful against some of the best teams and players in the country.

See where we started in March and more importantly what we do and where we are headed. To tip off the season DMVElite dropped by practice to see our operations and speak with the  players and coaches of Virginia Elite. 

Players: Charles "C.J." Hill (Westfield H.S./ Northeastern University), Cameron Jackson (Handley HS), Paul Rowley (Loudoun Valley HS/ College of William and Mary), Cameron Smith (Miller School), Will Gregorits (Lake Braddock HS) and Sam Berlin (Ad Fontes Academy).

 

 
 

VIRGINIA ELITE 16U AND 15U CONTINUE TO GET IT DONE

Richmond, VA and Las Vegas NV

When the season began Coach Rodney Carmichael (15U) and Isaac McNeil (16U) begin putting together teams that would have the ability to compete against the nations best. In early March and countless hours in the gym the results were fantastic. The 16U team begin getting noticed after their first tournament in Pittsburgh, PA.  Helping the 16U was 6-3 freshman Noah Gear who along with Grant Golden secured his first division 1 scholarship from James Madison University.

Then the young and energetic 15U team started to pull their collective talents together, leading the way was 6-6 Wing from Sharando H.S. freshman Grant Golden who picked up his first division 1 offer from James Madison University. By the end of the summer these two teams have positioned themselves for a great future.

Virginia Elite 16U Captured Big Shots Richmond Silver Division Championship

May 26, 2013

Virginia Elite 16U team defeated Team Loaded in the Silver Bracket Championship. Tony Richardson and Derrick Perry played solid game while Austin Hall, Noah Gear and Oshea Gairey limited Team Loaded explosive guards to minimal points and most of all controlled the tempo of the game. 

Virginia Elite 15U runners-up Big Shots Richmond Silver Division Championship

Virginia Elite 15U team came up a little short in overtime in the Big Shots Richmond Silver Division Championship game. At the end of regulation Eddie Pinto connected on a 3 point shot that was called off that sent the gym into a frenzy. The 1 minute overtime was not enough time to make a run at the championship. 

 

DMV ELITE 80 SHOWCASE

August 9, 2013 - Washington, D.C.

Alfred "AJ" Carr (St James HS) Dorian Johnson (Herndon HS), Paul Rowley (Loudoun Valley), Sam Berlin (Ad Fontes Academy) and Cameron Jackson (Handley HS) have been invited to participate in the DMV Elite 80 Showcase.

DMVelite is extremely excited to announce this new addition to their schedule of events and one that is sure to make a significant mark on the DMV basketball landscape.  

The DMV Eite 80 will put 80 of the area's top players together in the same gym on Saturday, September 14th in a competitive atmosphere, with players getting the chance to truly showcase their talent against the best of the best from around the area. Read More

 

Cameron Jackson (Handley High School, Winchester, VA) represented Virginia Elite at the Reebok Classic Breakout Camp

August 17, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA

The Annual Reebok Classic Breakout Camp took place from July 9-12 at Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, PA. Virginia Elite 6-7 PF Cameron Jackson who attends Handley HS, Winchester, VA showed why he has received multiple division 1 scholarship offers. 

100 of the best high school basketball players from across the country was given the opportunity to play in front of hundreds of  coaches during the NCAA live period in July. Every significant grassroots scouting and recruiting service was on hand to evaluate all of the talent and provide their opinion. In addition to earning scholarships and rankings, players experiences first hand Reebok Basketball’s mission of bringing the off-court culture and lifestyle of the game on to the court. 

During the Reebok Championship, Summer Classic and Summer Classic East Cameron Jackson continued to showcase his talents to many division 1 coached who attended many of the NCAA Certified National tournaments during AAU season. As a result of his play Cameron recently received offers from Towson University, The Citadel, Wofford University,  Rider University, New Hampshire, Fairfield University and continues to receive communications from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Loyola University, American University, Drexel University and others.

   

Loudoun Valley rising senior Paul Rowley Commits to William & Mary Basketball

August 9, 2013 - (College of William and Mary) – Loudoun Valley High School 6-foot-7 wing Paul Rowley verbally committed to play men’s basketball at NCAA Division I William & Mary starting in 2014-15.  

Rowley, according to Rivals.com, also had offers from Brown, Bucknell, Cornell, Dartmouth, George Mason, Harvard, Lafayette, Loyola (MD), Mount St. Mary’s, St. Francis (PA), and Yale. He informed the William and Mary coaching staff of his decision in July.  His commitment adds to the growing number of division 1 players from the Virginia Elite Grassroots basketball program.

I had so many good schools to choose from. I loved the coaches at William & Mary. I loved the players at William & Mary and I love the school,” said Rowley. Read More...

2016 Teammates Grant Golden and Noah Gear received offer from James Madison University

July 30, 2013 - Harrisonburg, VA (James Madison University)

HARRISONBURG (James Madison University) - Monday was momentous for Grant Golden. The Sherando rising sophomore received his first basketball scholarship offer, from James Madison University. He also drove a car for the first time. Golden, born on Jan. 15, 1998, is 15½ years old. He now has a learner's permit and a chance to attend a Division I hoops program on a full ride.

And he's not the youngest kid with a scholarship offer from JMU. On Monday, the Dukes also offered 15-year-old guard Noah Gear (born March 23, 1998), a Virginia Elite AAU teammate of Golden's who is transferring to Bullis School in Potomac Md. It's the first time in Matt Brady's tenure that the sixth-year coach has tendered scholarships to rising sophomores.  Read More...

2013 Guard Charles "C.J." Hill Commits to Northeastern University 

Virginia Elite 

CJ Hill’s performance at the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia tournaments led to an offer from St. Frances (Pa.) as well as interest from Loyola and Hofstra. But Hill was ultimately drawn in by the opportunity to play for a mid-major program that fell one victory short of an NCAA Tournament berth this past season.

“After getting the offer, I just felt a sense of gratitude,” Hill said. “To go from having a D-2 offer to having no offers and then now going to play for a mid-major, I’m extremely excited.”The 6-foot-2 guard averaged a team-high 15 points for Westfield this past winter. Hill possesses quickness off the dribble, a developing jump shot and strong court awareness in finding the open man. His length and athleticism also help him lock down opponents on the defensive end.

2016  Point Guard Noah Gear receives offer from James Madison University

July 8, 2013

 

Noah Gear | 6-3| 2017| Guard  

Bullis School, Bethesda, MD

 

In the spring of 2012 Noah Gear came to Virginia Elite and his ability to play the game made a lasting impression on the coaching staff. During the spring season Gear was selected to the 2012 Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest All-Tournament team and now the young point guard potential is getting noticed by division 1 programs. This year Gear attend Princeton Elite camp and soon after the calls started coming from division 1 programs. Recently Noah received a full basketball offer from James Madison University. Noah youth and impressive command of his talents will only get better as he looks to join the Dukes in 2016-17.

SPOTLIGHT: Daryl Meyers the development of a true Point Guard

August 2, 2013 – As the point guard for the Virginia Elite 15U (2016) team Daryl Meyers has delivered excitement and flashes of what the future has in store for the point guard our of Fredericksburg, VA.

There will be a major visitor from the class of 2016 on the Villanova campus shortly. Yes, 2016 is a long way off, and a lot can change in the next 2-3 years, but Daryl Myers is already getting a lot of hype as the next great point guard to come out of Oak Hill Academy.

The good news is that Myers will be on the Villanova and Miami campus in two weeks for an unofficial visits. Since college coaches are not allowed to have phone contact until June 15th of a prospect's sophomore year, there likely won't be much movement on Myers' recruitment until this summer when he really begins to blow up on the AAU circuit. However, prospects can speak to college coaches when they are on campus, thus giving Jay Wright an early opportunity to get seriously involved in Myers' recruitment.

In the brief highlights below, you'll see Myers display a confident shooting stroke from the outside as well as the ability to finish strong at the rim, despite being listed at just 5'7" and 135 lbs. 

The most impressive aspect of his game is his filthy ball handling, and the incredible passing display he puts on. Just a freshman, you can see why many are already comparing him to former Oak Hill, and current NBA star Brandon Jennings. Read More  Google Search: Daryl Meyers Basketball

 

Virginia Elite 15U well positioned for the future.

August 1, 2013 – At the beginning of the season the coaching staff wondered how would the 15U team compete, then can a great group of young players with great potential and motivation to compete at the highest level.  Throughout the spring-summer Coach Rodney Carmichael (Norfolk State University) continued to mold each individual player into a well oiled machine. 

After the first tournament the team showed great potential and under the watchful eye of the Virginia Elite Director of Basketball Operation the team played in national basketball events with many of the players receiving recognition for their talents. 

Leading the way is Daryl Meyers, who will take unofficial visits to Villanova and Miami "The U" this week (August), Grant Golden and Noah Gear both received offers from James Madison University, Eddie Pinto (6-4, Wing), Eric Washington (6-5, Wing), Collin Parker (6-1, Guard), Ryan McKernan (6-4, Wing), Jarrett Glover (5-9, Guard), Javier Silva (6-3) Wing and Shuguar Carman (6-8, Post)

 

Virginia Elite Basketball Program and TrueAP Performance Training

July 1, 2013

Herndon, VA - Virginia Elite Basketball program not only consist of developing our players on the court but we specially work with TrueAP training to enhance our players physical abilities to compete at the highest level. This year TrueAP along with Virginia Elite have created and unique program that has resulted in our players making the transition to compete and sustain through the rigors of competing against the best competition in the nation. Before the season all the teams went through a series of performance test and then an applied program to prepare them for the initial spring competition in April. We continue to develop our program that will integrate TrueAP performance program and develop better basketball players.

Cameron Jackson visits Towson University

July 1, 2013

Towson, MD - Handley High School (Winchester, VA) 2014 6-9 Forward Cameron Jackson and his mother recently took a unofficial college visit to Towson University, to get a first hand view of the Towson Tigers Basketball program. Pick to finished at the top of the CAA conference in 2013-14 season and the opportunity to advance to the NCAA Division 1 National Tournament will be a great accomplishment for TU Hoops program. Cameron and his mother received a tour of the campus and talked with the coaching staff about the program the visit ended with a tour of the renovated Towson University gymnasium.  After a the visit Cameron received an offer attend Towson University in 2014, Cameron also holds offers from Mount St Mary's University and has several other division 1 schools expressing interest such as Loyola University, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Cleveland State University, etc 

Cam’s Campus: Meeting SJ Tuohy (The Blind Side), HOF coach; recapping recent visits

National Recruiting Spotlight

July 1, 2013

What’s up again folks? It’s Cam Smith. I’m from Manassas, VA and I’m the 6’2 rising senior point guard for VA Elite AAU and the Miller School in Charlottesville, VA.

Right now I have a 4.3 GPA and offers from Princeton, Cornell, Boston, Loyola (Md.), Rice, Brown and Yale. I also have interest from Creighton, Texas, Richmond, Lehigh and Bucknell. My recruitment seems to be picking up more since my last blog as schools have closed out their class of 2013 recruiting and are now focusing on the class of 2014. The coaches that were recruiting me before are calling more and a lot of new programs have jumped in the mix. Read more

 
   

AD FONTES Academy Sam Berlin getting notice from Division 1  programs  

Sam Berlin  (2014 | 6-10 | Post) - Playing with a group of outstanding players on the Virginia Elite 17U Premier team, Berlin has made a statement during the spring and summer season of high level competition basketball. 

During the Hoop Group Under Amour Pitt Jam Fest and the Philly Jam Fest Sam began to display his versatility as a potential division 1 post player. His former teammate Charles "C.J." Hill now at Northeastern University was very impressed with Berlins ability to make big offensive and defensive plays during the team first tournament appearances.

During every game players always try to take the opportunity to challenge the big guy, not Berlin.  The 6-10 Berlin recently visited Loyola University and has major interest from Cleveland State University, Fairfield, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and others. He expects more interest to come after the July NCAA Open Period.

WE R1 Tournament Classic Recap

Alex Kline
TheRecruitScoop.com

MIDDLETOWN, Del. -- Heading into the most important month of the year for young basketball players -- July -- recruits prepared on the court at the WE R1 Summer Classic. Here's a recap of the top performers at the event.

2014 Wing Paul Rowley of Virginia Elite (VA) - A shooter with length, handle, passing ability and a little elusiveness, Rowley showed why he is a heavily coveted high-academic recruit. He is versatile, as well, and can guard most positions on the court. Rowley holds offers from Harvard, Yale, Bucknell, Lafayette, William & Mary, George Mason, Mount St. Mary's, St. Francis (NY), Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell and Loyola (MD). The Crimson, Colonials and Bison are standing out to the wing prospect, who has visited most of the schools on his list. He will play through the fall, see if any other schools come into play and decide in the fall. Read More

 

Teammates attend Princeton University Elite Camp

June 9, 2013

 

Virginia Elite 17U Teammate Paul Rowley (Loudoun Valley H.S.) and Cameron Smith (Miller School) have their share of opportunities to continue their basketball career beyond high school. This week the teammate attended Princeton University Elite Basketball Camp, Princeton, New Jersey. Both players are being recruited by other Ivy league school as well as other schools such as Rice University, Loyola University, Harvard University, Yale University, Boston University, Mount St Mary's University, William and Mary, Bucknell, George Mason University and others.

Paul Rowley, Coach Henderson and Cameron Smith

Virginia Elite 14U Captured Big Shots Washington, D.C. Gold Division Championship

June 9, 2013

 

Coach Charlie Knight led by Tournament MVP Chandler Zavala Virginia Elite 14U team captured the Big Shots 14U Gold Division Championship Washington, D.C. Virginia Elite BIG 4 A. White, I. Worley, C. Zavala, and C. Knight are top 5 in scoring at BIG SHOTS DC June Jam in 14U Division.

Virginia Elite 12U Making Strides

June 26, 2013

 

Coach Jay Metzler in his inaugural season as head coach of the Virginia Elite 12U basketball team has developed his team from the ground up. Coach Metzler has developed the team leveraging our concepts for player development. Our youth teams are the foundation for the future. 

Announcement: Virginia Elite International Debut

June 1, 2013

 

During the 2014 Spring basketball season Virginia Elite 15U, 16U and 17U boys grassroots basketball teams will participate in its first international basketball event in Toronto, Canada. Plans are being finalized for the cultural exchange that will leverage basketball as the platform for international exposure.

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In conjunction with a Canadian basketball Club, Virginia Elite coaches will have an opportunity to share their skills and experiences with some of the premier players in Toronto, Canada as well as Virginia Elite players will have an opportunity to experience competing with international players.  

   
DMVELITE Highlights from 2013 Hoop Group Southern Invitational

Grant Golden on the rise 

May 30, 2013

 

The 2016 6-5 Wing is slowly making a name for himself. After an impressive showing in July Golden as maintained a great attitude for continued development of his skills. Look for big things in the future.

 

Big Shots Tournament Quotes:

Battle of the scorers in 15U Blue Division BWSL Elites Malik Moore (31) & VA Elites Grant Golden (27) lead all scorers at BIG SHOTS VCU.

 

Grant Golden 2016 va elite/Sherando HS sound foot work, midrange pull-up & post game, looks holy cross 

 

Recruiting News

May 24, 2013

 

The 2013 Spring and Summer grassroots basketball season has provided a number of Virginia Elite players to showcase their basketball skills and abilities in front of many college coaches. Several of our players had and are scheduled to visit college that they are considering for their collegiate careers. Below are some of the interest that many of our 2014 players are receiving.

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Recruiting Paul Rowley - George Mason University

May 31, 2013

 

Rowley is a rangey 6’7″ kid who is a heck of shooter and a fantastic student in the classroom. He has started to garner more attention from schools after his recent performance at the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest where he led his AAU team to a strong showing. George Mason has offered after he visited and his father is an alum so this could be a recruit to keep on eye on. Read More

 

Austin Hall (2015, PG, Annandale H.S.) Standout at the Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest 

May 17, 2013

Austin Hall (5-11/Annandale HS/2015) sank two free throws late in the second overtime as Virginia Elite squeaked by Team Loaded 757 (Va.) 70-68 in 16U bracket action at Westtown High School. Hall finished with 12 points.
Team Loaded held off defeat at the buzzer twice in the game but had no such luck when an in-bound pass with 1.0 left in the second overtime was knocked away by Elite.

Latest Recruiting Updates

May 24, 2013

 

The 2013 Spring and Summer grassroots basketball season has provided a number of Virginia Elite players to showcase their basketball skills and abilities in front of many college coaches. Several of our players had and are scheduled to visit college that they are considering for their collegiate careers. Below are some of the interest that many of our 2014 players are receiving.

 

Cameron Smith

Received offer from Loyola University 

 

Sam Berlin and A.J. Carr

Fairfield, Rider, Loyola and Bucknell University expressing interest 

 

Paul Rowley, Cameron Smith, Cameron Jackson and Jamison Glover

Rider, Loyola, Buffalo, Elon, Dartmouth University expressing interest in Paul 

 

Paul Rowley (Loudoun Valley H.S)

Interest: Harvard University and Lehigh University

 

William Gregorits (Lake Bradock H.S)

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Interest: University of Albany, Elon, Buffalo,  Radford

 

Jamison Glover (Battlefield H.S.)

Interest: North Carolina Central University

 

Dorian Johnson (Hendon H.S.)

Interest: Radford University

 

Matthew Kelly (Highland School)

Interest: Tufts University and Lynchburg University 

 

Amir Atkins (Hayfield High School)

Interest: East Stroudsburg University

More Virginia Elite Recruiting News 

 

Recruiting News - Signings and Committments

May 24, 2013

C.J. Hill (Westfield H.S.) commits to  Northeastern University

May 5, 2013 - Last AAU season C.J. Hill (Westfield H.S.), Justin Hampton (South County H.S.) and Darren Hawkins (Freedom H.S.) was discussing where they wanted to attend college with the expectation of playing collegiate basketball. 

After a very successful AAU spring and summer the trio moved on to playing their final high school season for their respected high schools. As a result of hardwork and determination C.J. Hill will attend Division I Northeastern University (Boston, Mass). 

NU finished the 2012-13 season with a 20-13 record only missing the NCAA Division I tournament by falling to James Madison University in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament. Northeastern advanced to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) against SEC power Alabama.

 

Antonio Butler (South County H.S./Garrett Junior College) commits to Slippery Rock University

Antonio Butler will attend Slippery Rock University (Richmond, VA). Antonio Butler was 2nd in the region in scoring, 24th in the country, with a 19.7 average. He had 554 points total with 13/33 threes, and 119/224 shooting 58% from the free throw line. Antonio was selected 1st Team All Region XX, 2nd Team All Maryland JUCO.

He also received the honor of Men’s Basketball 2012 MVP and Garrett College Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year 2012 Awards. He scored 21 or more in 15 games, had 3 thirty plus games, and double figures in 25 of 28 games played  

 

Justin Hampton (South County H.S.) commits to Christopher Newport University

Justin Hampton will attend Christopher Newport University (Hampton, VA). CNU finished the 2012-13 season with a 22-6 record captured the USA South Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA DIII Tournament.

South County (Lorton, VA) 6-foot-4 wing Justin Hampton from the Class of 2013 has orally committed to play his College Basketball at the Division III level for Coach John Krikorian and Christopher Newport University.

A First Team All-Patriot District selection as a senior, Hampton averaged 18.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for the Stallions. He was one of the top performers in the Northern Virginia area over the past couple years and had solid showings on the AAU circuit with Virginia Elite as well.

Hampton also considered Catholic University, Mary Washington, Virginia Wesleyan and some D-2 programs, such as Shepherd University and UVA-Wise. CNU turned out to be the favorite on his list of choices.

Darren Hawkins (Freedom H.S.) commits to Saint Vincent's College

Darren Hawkins will attend St Vincent College (Latrobe, PA). St Vincent finished the 2012-13 season with a 23-6 record capturing the PAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA DII Tournament.

 

 

Virginia Elite 17U continue their impressive play at Under Amour (UA) Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest (4-1)

April, 28 2013 (Philadelphia, PA) - VIRGINIA ELITE 17U ELITE GOLD arrived in Philadelphia, PA with expectations of continuing to showcasing their talents to a host of division 1 college basketball college coaches during the April NCAA Open period. After an impressive showing in Pittsburgh the team continued to do the same. 

 

The team finished the tournament 4-1 defeating LVBR (PA), Adidas Team Loaded (VA), Connecticut Select and Jersey Shore Warriors. The only defeat was falling to Nike Team Takeover on last second halfcourt made shot.  Again, several of the players received division 1 offers that will be announced later this week.


VIRGINIA ELITE 17U (LEE)- The 17U Basketball team led by coach Robert Lee went into the tournament with the objective to compete and get on the winning track. Led my Treveon Walton (Westfield H.S), Matt Kelly (Highland School), Christian Hansen (Osborne Park H.S), and Randy Johnson (Westlake H.S) the team finished with a good win to finish the tournament.

 

VIRGINIA ELITE 16U - Having the same expectations as all the teams the 16U had a successful tournament run, the team got on the winning track by defeating Team Loaded 757 in a great game that went into overtime that resulted in Virginia Elite capturing the victory.

Virginia Elite 17U impressive finish at Under Amour (UA) Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest (4-1)

April, 23 2013 (Pittsburgh, PA) - VIRGINIA ELITE 17U ELITE GOLD arrived in Pittsburgh, PA with expectations of showcasing their talented players to a host of division 1 college basketball college coaches during the April NCAA Open period.

 

The team finished the tournament 4-1 defeating Northern Kings (CAN), Team Melo, UA Team Philly and East Coast Fusion, and falling to UA Atlanta Express. Several of the players received offers that will be announced later this week.

 

VIRGINIA ELITE 17U BLACK - Having the same expectations as all the teams the 17U Black had a successful tournament run, the team was lead by tough play from Dylan Marshall, Matt Kelly, Amir Atkins, Rahji Johnson and Christian Hansen. 

 

VIRGINIA ELITE 15U GOLD - This weekend Virginia Elite 15U Gold had a successful tournament although the losses on Friday and Saturday were bitter pills to swallow the team made great strides going forward after their first time out in tourney play. With all members of the team contributing to the 20 point win on Saturday the Gold surely will be a force to reckon with once experience and familiarity with the level of play takes hold.  Key contributors this weekend were Grant Golden, Eric Washington, Darryl Myers, and Collin Parker.  With flash moments by Javier Silva, Rayvon Howard and Shuguar Carman.  The Gold will take to the floor again Saturday in Philly at the King of Prussia Jam fest.

 

VIRGINIA ELITE 15U BLACK - This weekend the player of Virginia Elite 15U Black was introduced to the expectations of playing for Virginia Elite. Coach Alex Wathen and his team battled each game from start to finish, each player getting priceless high level tournament experience that will become valuable lesson as they compete in more tournaments during the summer.

VIRGINIA ELITE CAPTURES FAIRFAX STARS 14U DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

Virginia Elite Youth Basketball

March 18, 2013 (Fairfax, VA) - The Virginia Elite 14U team lead by  Head Coach Charles Knight and Assistant Coach Robert Sanders captured the Fairfax Stars 14U Championship. The team started strong winning the first three games. 

Then as the team moved forward on Sunday the competition increased as well. The team suffered a heartbreaking  loss to Beyond the Hoop Group. The team didn't have very long to focus on the loss, because they would again face a Beyond the Hoop team  in the championship game who were high on confidence from the previous win. However, they would face a different VA Elite Team. Coach Knight and Coach Sanders reached deep into the coaching bag and pulled out a few tricks. The team responded by staying poised. Beyond the Hoop would not go away easy, but in the end Virginia Elite would be victorious.

 

VIRGINIA ELITE PLAYERS EXCELLED IN 2013 

No Looser just moving on to the next round

February 24, 2013 

 

John Handley High School - Cameron Jackson (Region Player of the Year)  and Solomon Finley

Virginia AA Northwest Region boys’ basketball Champions

Cameron Jackson has been a solid player all year for Handley High School, the Region Player of the Year  (POY) led his team into the Virginia State Basketball tournament as the #1 seed. 

In the Region II AA Championship AAU teammates Paul Rowley, Cameron Jackson and Solomon Finely squared off in an anticipated matchup. Throughout the summer Jackson, Finely and Rowley talked about playing each other in the regional championships. From the beginning of the game Jackson, Finely and Rowley didn't disappoint the packed LVHS gym. End the end Jackson finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, Finely 10 key points and Rowley finished with a game high 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 block shots. The anticipated game was just was the doctor ordered. Although the game was played on Valleys home court the Handley faithful filled the gym to capacity and provided their team with must needed support against a very good opponent.  Both teams presented interesting  matchups that would test the abilities of the players and the coaches. 

Handley power forward and Mount St Mary's University commit Cameron Jackson was the first true skilled post player that Valley faced this year and having battled during practices last summer Paul Rowley and Cameron Jackson was up to the challenge. Not to be left out Solomon Finely was the unknown factor for  Handley and to many of the Valley fans but not to the Virginia Elite coaching staff in attendance. This was a very good, intense and well played game that neither team lost, but both will move on to the Virginia State playoffs this weekend. 

 

Loudoun Valley High School - Paul Rowley

Virginia AA Northwest Region boys’ basketball finalist

February 23, 2013 - Again Paul Rowley displayed his consistent game leading Loudoun Valley with 23 points against his Handley High School and his AAU teammates Cameron Jackson and Solomon Findley. 

(Washington Post) The Vikings banged metal lockers like percussion instruments while they howled away their excess emotion in the wake of their second straight AA Dulles District tournament championship. Read More

 

Battlefield High School - Terrell Walker and Jamison Glover

Virginia AAA Northwest Region boys’ basketball finalist

February 23, 2013 - When the Bobcats most needed those elements in the waning minutes of the region championship Saturday night at Mountain View, they were not to be found. One starter was on the bench with a bad ankle sprain and two others had fouled out, leaving senior guard Roman Hall and junior wing Trevor Blondin as the only starters on the court.

Mountain View, down 10 with four minutes left, was able to grind out a 68-64 victory, the Wildcats’ 24th win in a row, to snag the region title and earn their second state tournament berth.

Battlefield (19-9), which by reaching the region final also had locked up a state berth, lost starting sophomore swingman Kameron Hedgepath to an ankle injury late in the first quarter. Later, junior guard Jamison Glover and senior guard Terrell Walker (Pictured) fouled out..

(Washington Post) The Battlefield boys have won the first Virginia AAA Northwest Region playoff games in program history, beating two teams they had lost to early in the season. With a region semifinal victory Thursday night at George Washington-Danville, the Bobcats could qualify for the state tournament for the first time. 

 

VIRGINIA ELITE PLAYERS ALL-DISTRICT and ALL-REGION SELECTIONS

February 16, 2013     

All-Northwestern District - 1st Team:

Cameron Jackson - Handley High School - Jr.

Virginia AA Region Player of the Year

 

All-Dulles District - 1st Team:

Paul Rowley - Loudoun Valley High School - Jr.

Virginia AA 2nd Team All-Region 

 

All-Patriot District - 1st Team:
Justin Hampton - South County - Sr. 

Virginia AAA All-Region Honorable Mention

 

All-Independent-Parochial School League (IPSL)

Oshea Gairey - St John's Catholic Prep - Soph.

 

All-Delaney District - 1st Team:
Matthew Kelly - Highland - Jr.

All-Concorde District - 1st Team:
C.J. Hill - Westfield High School - Sr.

Virginia AAA All-Region Honorable Mention 

 

Chauncey Beckett - Honorable Mention

 

1st Team  Defense:

Treveon Walton - Westfield High School - Sr. 

 

All-Cedar Run District - 1st Team:
Roman Hall - Battlefield

1st Team All-Northwest Region AAA All-Region
Terrell Walker - Battlefield

2nd Team All-Northwest Region AAA All-Region
Mustafa Ali - Stonewall Jackson
Darren Hawkins - Freedom
Diandre Stubbs - Stonewall Jackson


2nd Team Selections:
Khiorie Stewart - Broad Run -
Jr.
Jamison Glover – Battlefield - Jr.

GREAT START TO THE 2013 SEASON

Virginia Elite Youth Basketball

COACH SCOTT PERRY and DALE STEPHENS LEADS VIRGINIA ELITE 13U TO THE 1ST CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 Virginia Elite 13U/7th Grade boys team for bringing home the championship of the 2013 EGA Winter League on Saturday February 2, 2013. Under the guidance of Coach Perry and Coach Stephens, the team finished 1st place in the regular season, and went 3-0 in the double-elimination playoffs to capture the Championship.

This championship experience will serve as a springboard into the 2013 AAU season. Congrats on a job well-done!

BATTLEFIELD JUNIOR GUARD HAVING A BREAKOUT YEAR

February 23, 2013 

Jamison Glover (2014, 6'0, PG) is having a stellar year at Battlefield High School (Gainesville, VA) in the classroom as on the hardwood. Last week in the Virginia AAA Northern Region semi final Glover score 27 point to upset the heavily favored  GW-Danville 93-89, which has led to Battlefield receiving first ever Virginia AAA State Basketball tournament bid.

As for Glover, after a great spring and summer playing for Virginia Elite the 6'0 athletic and powerful point guard made a big impression on his coaches and recruiters who watched many of the Virginia Elite games last summer in Pittsburgh, Hampton, Akron and Las Vegas. His play and contribution to the team during the Adidas Super 64 tournament against some division I level guards was absolutely fantastic. Glover propelled himself from 6 man to starting guard and never once mentioning PLAYING TIME. Jamison not only puts in work on the hardwood but excels in the classroom. With a stellar GPA that includes an AP academic curriculum, each time he steps on the basketball court his opportunities expand by his hard work and determination to be the best at what he does.

Recruitment Projection: Low DI - High DII

 

VIRGINIA ELITE ADDS DEPTH and EXPERIENCE TO COACHING STAFF - February 20, 2013 

 

NEW COACHES:

  • Head Girls High School Division Coach Jemil Lambert and Megan McCartney

  • Assistant Head Coach Duvall Simmons - St Josephs University (1994-98)

  • Head Coach Rodney Carmichael - Norfolk State University (1994-1997)

  • Assistant Coach Jason Evans II - Allegany College 

  • Assistant Head Coach Russell Wheeler - Virginia Tech University (1996 to 2000)

VIRGINIA ELITE PLAYERS RECOGNIZE AMONG BEST IN THE STATE  

February 2013     

 

2013 Rank / Name / School / Hgt. / Pos. / College

67 - - - C.J. Hill Westfield 6'4" G/F

 

2014 Rank / Name / School / Hgt. / Pos. / College

14 - - Paul Rowley Loudoun Valley 6'7" F/G
21 - - Cameron Jackson Handley 6'8" F Mount St. Mary's
22 - - Cameron Smith Miller School 6'2" G
HM - - Jamison Glover Battlefield 6'0" G

 

FINISHING THE YEAR STRONG OSHEA GAIREY LED SAINT JOHNS CATHOLIC PREP TO MIAA CHAMPIONSHIP 

February 16, 2013  

When we talk about players who love the game, we always talk about the 2015 point guard Oshea Gairey, an outstanding point guard with Magic style vision and a true ability to play the game. Last summer was our first encounter with the smooth passing point guard from Canada now a resident of Virginia. Immediately we were impressed by his love of the game but more about his respect for others.  Now attending Saint Johns Catholic Prep and playing for Coach Silas Cheung Gairey is making a name for himself and maturing as a young man. Now leading his team to the MIAA Championship his future playing a game he love is even brighter. Virginia Elite AAU Assistant Head Coach Duvall Simmons who played at St Josephs University (1994-98) consistently talks about Oshea ability to play at the next level during coaches meeting.

"There's been a lot of historic moments here. (Future) NBA players have played here and its just a great feeling to finish the season here going for a repeat title," Oshea Gairey said.

The Vikings advance to Sunday's championship game rematch against Indian Creek and fell a few point short of a victory. Read More

Recruitment Projection: Low to Mid DI 

SOUTH COUNTY SENIOR JUSTIN HAMPTON EXCELS ON AND OFF THE COURT

February 2013 

Virginia Elite Justin Hampton (2013) is just what college program are looking for. His size, ability to score and over all intelligence and knowledge of the game has his name being mentioned as a college basketball player.

Selected All-Patriot District First Team, South County High School, 6'4 senior swingman Justin Hampton (19.6PPG) is one of the best scorers in the region, having drilled 64 three-pointers on the year. Hampton scored 36 vs. Robinson, 35 against T.C. Williams and had 27 in the last meeting with West Potomac. 

Recruitment Projection: Low DI

DMVELITE SPOTLIGHT PAUL ROWLEY

February 2013 DMVELITE.COM

by: Marcus Helton

In our latest DMV Elite Q&A, Paul Rowley discusses his athletic and academic life, his recruitment, this year’s success and more:

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A SCHOOL? “I definitely want to go somewhere that sets me up for later in life, but I also want to go somewhere with a competitive basketball program, ’cause my guess is I’m not going to do too much outside of basketball in college, and I’ve got to make sure I’m happy there.”

DO YOU HAVE A TIMETABLE FOR DECIDING? “I actually have no idea. Right now I’m just trying to take it game-by-game.”

DID YOU GROW UP PLAYING ANY OTHER SPORTS? “I was a soccer player for a long time; I started playing basketball in fourth or fifth grade. I was a tall, awkward kid and they shoved me in the post and it didn’t really work out, and I taught myself how to shoot and dribble.” | Read More.........

Offers: Mount St Mary's, Cornell

Interest: West Virginia, Maryland, Boston University, William and Mary, Cornell, Yale, Bucknell, Quinnipiac, St Francis (PA), 

HIGHLAND SCHOOL JUNIOR MATTHEW KELLY FOCUSED

The 6"3 junior guard  continues to excel for the Highland School (Warrenton, VA) Hawks. Ranked #10 in VISSA DII Matthew is leading the way for Hawks down the stretch as they are now in a great position to capture another state title for the school. Last summer Matthew played his second season with Virginia Elite and really sharpen his skills as the team competed against some of the premier teams and players in the country. During the spring and summer Matthew is back at his natural position guard. His play during the high school season has really benefited his play, as he consistently rebounded and scored from the guard position which excites many college recruiters. 

Matthew college recruiting is low DI and DII, look for Matt to have a breakout spring and summer season. 

HANDLEY HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR CAMERON JACKSON CONTINUES TO IMPROVE 

The 6"7 junior first year with Virginia Elite started off with high expectation. Starting with making an impression on the coaching staff at the first day of tryouts, attending every practice, playing a high level during tournament games that resulted in a verbal commitment to a division 1 scholarship with Mount St Mary's University. 

Cameron and his high school teammate Solomon Finely became a mainstay for Coach Brandon Jones, Virginia Elite 16U team and never looked back. This summer Coach Brandon Jones and Coach Thomas Gadson will begin their quest for another great spring and summer season in 2013.

Offers: Mount St Mary's Interest: Jacksonville, Army, Marist, Oregon State

DARREN HAWKINS LEADING THE FREEDOM EAGLES TO NEW HEIGHTS

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Loudoun Times.com 

by: Alanna Dvorak

The first time in his four-year varsity basketball career, Freedom High School senior guard Darren Hawkins is experiencing a winning season. “It’s the best season I’ve experienced here at Freedom,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins, who is averaging more than 15 points a game and has posted eight games with 20 or more points, is a large part of his teams’ success. “I’ve asked a lot of him all four years and I’ve put a lot of pressure on him,” Freedom coach Derek Gaunt admitted. “I put a lot of pressure on him as a freshman and he used it to continually get better.”

“It’s rare that you get a kid that has coach ability and talent and when you got them both like I have in Darren, you’ve got a winner,” he added.  Read More...

Interest: DII and DIII Colleges

DMVELITE SPOTLIGHT C.J. HILL

January 2013 DMVELITE.COM

by: Marcus Helton

When it comes to basketball, Westfield High School (Va.) 2013 guard C.J. Hill is a bit of a late bloomer.

“I didn’t get serious about basketball until my junior year,” Hill said recently. “My first year of AAU was my sophomore going into my junior year, and it was my first experience seeing other athletes who could like, dunk and do all kinds of stuff. “

The explosive 6-foot-2, 185-pound Hill is blessed with an athletic bloodline; his brother is New York Giants defensive end Adrian Tracy, who played football and basketball at Potomac Falls High. Hill spent his freshman year at Centreville, where he split time between the varsity and junior varsity basketball squads before moving on to Westfield as a sophomore.

Hill spent last summer with Thomas Gadson's Virginia Elite 17U, which featured several other Virginia public school stars, including South County's Justin Hampton, Battlefield's Terrell Walker, Atlantic Shores' Brian Kelley and Loudoun Valley's Paul Rowley. Read More.... | Offers: NJIT and Adelphi Universities

DMVELITE SPOTLIGHT BRIAN KELLEY

August 2013 DMVELITE.COM

by: Marcus Helton

After a strong freshman season at Don Bosco Cristo Rey, point guard Brian Kelley transferred into DeMatha expecting to see similar results. When that playing time didn’t materialize, though, Kelley decided to look elsewhere, and as he heads into his final season at Atlantic Shores Christian School (Va.), the 5-foot-11, 183-pounder has worked his way onto the radar of several Division I programs.

“I’ve got a lot of interest, no offers yet, though,” Kelley said recently. “I have Virginia Tech, George Mason, Hampton, Radford, Loyola. I don’t really want to leave anybody out, but that’s all I can think of right now.”

The 18-year-old Kelley – who played his AAU ball with Virginia Elite this summer – is a strong and athletic guard with a college-ready build. The Lanham, MD native initially attended Jericho Christian Academy in Landover, and repeated his freshman year at Don Bosco. After transferring to DeMatha, Kelley fell behind James Robinson (now a freshman at Pitt) and Johnnie Shuler (who has since transferred to Theodore Roosevelt) in the Stags’ rotation, and left last January to go to Atlantic Shores. Read More.....

 

ST JOHN'S CATHOLIC (MD) SUPER SOPHOMORE OSHEA GAIREY 

St John's Catholic Prep has gone through an up and down season as the young Vikings have had to overcome key player injuries in two starters, 6'2 sophomore guard Elijah Boyd & 6'5 sophomore G/F MJ Ambers. A team filled with practically all sophomore's, SJCP has still been able to hold on to bragging rights in the MIAA 'C' Conference with last night's huge victory over rival Indian Creek 69-60.

The engine all year for Coach Silas Cheung's team as been talented 6'1 sophomore point guard, Oshea Gairey, who for the year is averaging, 17 ppg along with a county tops, 7 apg. Gairey who plays for Virginia Elite during the Spring and Summer is blessed with extraordinary basketball skills that enables him to compete against some of the premier players in the country.

Gairey, along with sophomore guards Grant Austin, who chipped in 17 pts and has been a deadly 3-pt specialist all season, and last year's Honorable Mention All-County sophomore guard Trevor Lacouna, who tallied with 13 pts, have been a 3 headed monster coming into the New Year. After losing they're key post player in MJ Ambers, who was averaging 16 ppg along with 9 rebs per contest, the Vikings have overcome some bumps, and Gairey has accepted the captain role faithfully from the jump, igniting his young squad, to focus on the goal, repeating as MIAA.

 

LOUDOUN VALLEY PAUL ROWLEY (2014) PICKS UP OFFER FROM MOUNT ST MARY'S

August 2013 Loudoun Sports and News.com 

Loudoun Valley High School junior Paul Rowley, a 6-foot-7 inside-outside player who can play point guard, has picked up his first college offer as new Mount St. Mary's coach Jamion Christian has put the Viking on The Mount's recruiting radar.

Rowley picked up the offer according to Loudoun Valley coach Chad Dawson after a great summer season while playing for Virginia Elite, that included invites to the Mount St. Mary's elite camp as well as West Virginia University's elite camp.

"He deserves it as he has worked real hard," said Dawson. "Paul is very versatile, very athletic and great student of the game."
Read More.....

VIRGINIA ELITE PLAYERS continue to make a difference Cameron Jackson (Committed to Mount St. Mary's), CJ Hill (Interest: NJIT and Offer: Adelphi Universities), Brian Kelly (Interest: Jacksonville and American Universities), Paul Rowley (Offer: Mount St Mary's INTEREST: West Virginia, Yale, Bucknell, Cornell, American, St Francis (PA)), AJ Carr (Interest: Bucknell) and Cameron Smith (Offer: Boston University INTEREST: Cornell, Mount St. Mary's, George Mason University, Radford University).

 

VIRGINIA ELITE PLAYERS Clash at the 2012 Westfield Bulldog Bash

#23 C.J. Hill (Westfield H.S.-White) and #23 Jamison Glover (Battlefield H.S.-Purple) 

Although AAU organization teammates C.J. Hill and Jamison Glover battled each other along with other Virginia Elite players Treveon Walton, Chauncey Beckett and Terrell Walker. All selected to the All-Tournament Team.

 

The Elite Basketball Training Academy (EBTA) features core basketball patterns that are created to accelerate individual player development and on-court production.  Our coaching staff has many years of basketball teaching and instruction experience which has resulted in positive production from players who have participated in our program. As actual coaches we are able to leverage our player development, game and practice experiences as resources for our program.  Read more.....

Our core basketball training includes:

  • Coaches with actual player development capabilities

  • Program specific training

  • Program level training

  • Position-specific fundamental and advanced drill sequences for all phases of the game, 

  • Game-simulation drills and scrimmages closely monitored by coaches, 

  • Basketball-specific physical conditioning and mental conditioning.

   

THE BEGINNING OF THE 2013 ELITE SHOWCASE BASKETBALL CLASSIC (ESBC) 2013

By Thomas Gadson

Chesapeake, VA (September 1, 2012) - On August 18, 2012 the the New York Times told the story about Jonathan Hargett a true Phenom and some will say a wizard on the hardwood from Richmond, Virginia. After reading the New York Times and Slam Magazine articles Bernaldo Ormond, Director of Communications for the Elite Showcase Basketball Classic (ESBC) brought the article to my attention. I was immediately interested in finding out more about the legend and the story of Jonathan Hargett.

"A starter from jump at Highland Springs, Hargett averaged 18 ppg and earned a spot on the ’98 Richmond Times Dispatch All-Metro First-Team. After dominating on the AAU circuit the ensuing summer, Hargett was considered one of the top sophomores in the country".

Look forward to more about the Youngman, his game, his life and his future. After a good Saturday the ESBC spoke with John Lucas, more to come.

VIRGINIA ELITE 17U COACH JOSEPHINE MCLANE MOVES ON TO BECOME GRAD ASSISTANT AT MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE (Marshall, MO)

Josephine McLane will serve as a graduate assistant for the Women's Basketball team during the 2012-2013 season. Coach McLane is originally from California, but comes to Missouri Valley from Chantilly, Va.. Coach McLane, has played basketball since the age of five, and played four years of college basketball. Two season at Division One University of Maryland Eastern-Shore, and two seasons at Division Two American International College, serving as team captain in the 2010-2011 season.

Coaching wise, Coach McLane has spent two seasons as an assistant coach on the Virginia Elite AAU team, and served as a student assistant coach at American International College for one season.  Coach McLane graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from American International College, and is working toward a Master's in Sports Managment at the University of Central Missouri.

   

THE INTERNATIONAL PATHWAY FROM SHANGHAI CHINA TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND VIRGINIA ELITE

Photo: Coach Brandon Jones, Ray Shou and Coach Thomas Gadson 

August 2, 2012 - This year Virginia Elite team roster included 6"4 Shooting Guard Ray Shou (2014) from Atlantic Shore Christian, Chesapeake Virginia via Shanghai, China.  Ray came to Virginia Elite as a player recommendation to participate with the Virginia Elite AAU Basketball program from his Head Coach at Atlantic Shores Christian Coach Walter Webb. 

Now his transition included playing with another team, meeting new teammates and getting direction from new coaches. With all these factors no one knew how this would work especially with a player from another country. 

But, just as basketball has become a global game the bridge that formed the bound with the Virginia Elite family and the player from Shanghai was nothing more than basketball. 

Ray Shou first day at practice know one knew his strengths and abilities on the basketball court but his personality and sharp skills gained him immediate respect from the coaching staff and from his teammates. 

THE INTERNATIONAL PATHWAY FROM SHANGHAI CHINA TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND VIRGINIA ELITE..continue

Ray first tournament with Virginia Elite was the King James Tournament in Akron, Ohio where he displayed his consistent ability to score the long ball from NBA range. Against tough competition Ray continued to adjust to the new coaching style from Coach Gadson, Coach Bearyman and Jones to make a lasting impact on the team.

Fast forward to July, Ray continued to deliver and embrace the team with open arms. As with many AAU programs, players leave with most staying, with that Ray became a mainstay with the team and a favorite team member of the coaching staff. Off the court his international presence and personality became an influence with the parents and siblings of many of the players. 

At the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas, NV Ray performance has been recognized by college recruiters who came to watch the 16 year old international player compete in competition. Ray basketball abilities have caught the attention of college recruiter and his ability to consistently score the long range ball and his high character will grant him the ability to continue playing at the next level.

Next season it is anticipated that Ray will rejoin the Virginia Elite 17U team for the 2013 summer season and team up with Mount Saint Mary's commit Cameron Jackson, D1 prospects Paul Rowley, A.J. Carr (Saint James H.S.), Terrell Walker (Evangel Christian H.S.), Tony Richardson (Dominion H.S.) and Justice Nasah (Stonewall Jackson H.S.).

 

 

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