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Virginia Elite Alumni


Since 2008 Virginia Elite has provided a platform for many student athletes to expand their basketball careers beyond high school. 

Zach Harrell

Roanoke College

Omar Alston

Morehouse College

Brian Kelly

Norfolk State University

Brandon Chauca

University of California

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William and Mary

Charles CJ Hill

Louisburg Junior College

Northeastern University

Tony Richardson

University of California PA



The PrepZone


February 3, 2016 — Darcy Tharp caught up with Thomas Gadson from Virginia Elite as they talked with Lake Braddock’s James Butler and St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes Michael Janowski. The show can also be viewed on Cox, Comcast and Verizon FiOS television Channel 10 and Red Apple TV, Channel 21, in Falls Church, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Leesburg, Prince William County, Reston, Stafford County and Fredericksburg. Check your local listings for air dates and times.


Grassroots Report - 2016 April Live Period Recap


Elevate Hoops Spring Showdown, Staten Island, NY 


April 16, 2016 — The opening NCAA LIVE period was the first action many of the new faces and returning veterans of the program faced this year.  Elevate Hoops Spring Jam Fest, Staten Island, NY was the first stop during the LIVE period. The 15U, 16U and 17U teams travelled to Staten Island, NY to compete against some elite level teams from the greater northeast. The teams jumped into the fire and a strong introduction of what summer competition will be like from this point forward. Pictured 


Jarrett Hunter (2021, PG, Lousia County)


All teams gave 100% during each contest with both the 15U and 16U advancing to play on Sunday. Newcomers to the program 17U 6-Foot-4 Wing Marcus Cherry (South Lakes H.S.), 16U PG Elijah Bowen (Maret School), Will Mulquin (Georgetown Prep) and veterans Langston Gaither (Hayfield H.S.), Sterling Anthony (Potomac Falls), and Hunter Bailey (Miller School) set the foundation for the remainder of the grassroots basketball season.


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.



2016 Grassroots Season

National Exposure


April 3, 2016 - After having great 2015 season where many of the players will be transitioning to the collegiate level next, the next group of you men have already begun to continue the tradition. This year like others our teams will be participating in national elite level tournaments across the nation.



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..

Recruiting News

Bryce Golden attends University of Maryland Midnight Madness


October 17, 2015 - 2018 F Bryce Golden was in attendance at University of Maryland for the opening of the 2015-16 NCAA basketball season.  Each year college and universities throughout the country conduct this event noting the beginning of the basketball season, this year was a little more special as U of MD is preseason ranked nationally, top 5. 


Player Profile

Langston Gaither showcases at DMVElite 80

September 5, 2015 - Many may not know the name of 6-foot-4 Guard Langston Gaither. During the 3rd Annual DMVElite 80 Gaither show why he was invited and why his future bright.  During the grassroots season Gaither added two division I scholarship offers. 

Teaming with Bryce Golden, Jaden Frazier and Nick Albert the physical guard made a name for himself. Being selected to the DMVElite 80 was another opportunity where many had another opportunity to showcase his talents among the premier players in the Washington D.C. area.  


Player Profile

2018 F Jaden Frazier coming into his own


October 2, 2015 - Recently listed the top 2018 post players in Virginia and included on the list is 6-foot-8 forward Jaden Frazier. Jaden recently transferred from Pulaski County High School to Blue Ridge Academy that challenge his academic and athletic development. 

Jaden has developed into one of the premier players in Virginia as identified by several national grassroots basketball evaluators and division 1 coaches.  Standing 6-foot-8 the potential for Jaden skills and talent has made the transition Blue Ridge with high expectations very successful. His skill set is intriguing, and if he manages to put it together and get more of a killer instinct he could become a big time prospect. Frazier is a skilled lefty that can play with both his back to the basket and in the face up out to 15 feet. He has good looking form on his mid-range jump shot, and is able to attack aggressively using one or two dribbles. 


Troy Lowe, Middle School Elite Director


September 13, 2015 - Coach Troy Lowe will spearhead the Middle School Elite division for Virginia Elite. The Middle School Elite program will consist of boys in the 7th and 8th grades


Coach Lowe has been involved in basketball as a player and coach for 23 years at the High School, Amateur Athletic Union, and All Army levels and has evaluated high school basketball players within the Mid-Atlantic Region for placement with various Under Armour (UA) sponsored basketball programs.


The Elite Youth Basketball program is designed to attract and retain players that are seeking an opportunity to develop their playing potential and enter a competitive environment for grassroots basketball.  Read More..


Representing at the 2015 DMVElite 80

September 5, 2015 - DMVElite hosted the 3rd Annual DMVElite 80 that attracted 94 of the area’s top 2016, 2017 and 2018 players to Wise High School on September 5, 2015. 

As with the previous years Virginia Elite represented at the event with attendees from the class of 2018 Grant Golden (Saint James H.S.), Ronald Alston (Miller School), David Clark Jr (Annapolis Area Christian), James Butler (Lake Braddock H.S.), Dom Sakickas (Broadfording H.S.) and Mike Janowski (St Stephens St Agnes) 2017 Langston Gaither (Hayfield H.S.) and James Dugan (John Paul the Great) and 2018 Bryce Golden (Saint James H.S.). 

It was not just the players representing Virginia Elite but the coaching staff was heavily involved with the success of the event. (Pictured-L) Coach Anthony Pringle and Jason Evans provided their time to DMVElite with coaching in the event. 

Coach Evan team captured the 3rd Annual DMVElite 80 Championship. Now with the high school season around the corner the talk was what team will be the must see team of the season. We look forward to seeing many of our players in the upcoming season.

All-Grassroots 17U Team August 21, 2015

(L) Grant Golden (St James H.S.) and (R) James Butler (Lake Braddock H.S.) Selection - Over the spring and summer grassroots season 6-foot-10 Grant Golden and 6-foot-9 James Butler create a low-post duo that consistently caught the attention on many division 1 coaches.  

As the season progressed it became obvious to the coaches staff that having both players on the floor was a double threat for any opponent. As one D1 coach said James is a walking every night double double, old school throwback player that gets the job done and Grant is the hard to find stretch 4 that has multiple capabilities that will transition to the college level. 

After a very successful season the duo combined to receive over 30 division 1 scholarship offers. 

Las Vegas Classic Matchup  July 23, 2015

15U Captures #1 Spot in Pool Play defeating EYBL California Supreme

Heading into Fridays final game in pool play Virginia Elite and EYBL California Supreme both with 2-0 records in pool play was seeking the #1 position for Saturdays Elite Platinum Championship bracket. 

The much anticipated matchup between Bryce Golden and Sharfee O'Neal (Son of NBA Legend Shaquille O'Neal), was on display in front of many division 1 coaches and a packed gym named after the late and famous UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian.

From the beginning the game was filled with excitement through the final seconds in the game.  Langston Gaither defense was a key turning point in during the game that resulted in O'Neal earning every point he scored as well as leadership at the point position.

Elevate Hoops Championship  July 11, 2015

Philadelphia, PA - 17U Captures Elevate Hoops "Summer Ice Breaker" Championship The Annual Elevate Hoops Summer Ice Breaker is the leading event to participate in during the first LIVE Open period for college recruiting. With a very competitive bracket challenge that leads to the championship game, Virginia Elite 17U had to play two premier Under Amour programs. For the semi final game it was highly competitive Jersey Shore Warriors (Gold) and in the championship game is was #1 UA Team WE R 1.  Both games were heavily attended by division 1 college coaches and both teams showcased their ability to play high level basketball.

2016 G Michael Janowski (St Stephens St Agnes) , Commits to Army West Point

June 23, 2015 - (West Point, NY) After visiting West Point the Sterling, VA native who attends St Stephens St Agnes H.S., Alexandria, VA committed to play college basketball for US Army at West Point Basketball program.

Pictured: Michael Janowski and Coach Stan Ham

The rising senior committed to continue his college basketball career for the US Army at West Point while on an unofficial visit to West Point last week. 


Southern Invitational - Hoop Group

Hampton, Virginia - June 2, 2015

Source - Earlier this month, was on hand at the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest from the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, VA.  The event is annually one of the most intriguing stops on the spring and summer basketball tour.

Ronald Alston, 6'7", WG

Miller School

Class:  2016  

Ron Alston, Miller School, 2016 - This is name we'll be highlighting in-depth as we spoke to him at the Southern Jam Fest. He's one that is on the cusp of really boosting his stock before the summer is done. So far, NJIT and Fairfield have offered him, intrigued by his length and ability to use it to his advantage. Right now, he's a '3' that will turn into more of a '2' at the collegiate level. The main thing is to improve the range on his three-point shot. Defensively, he can check up to three positions.


College Hoops

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


April 9, 2016 - 6-foot-4 Guard Charles C.J. Hill was selected to the 2015-16 Junior College Division II All-American first team. Read More


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 that included an impressive list that included: 
David Beatty, St Benedicts (NJ) - MOP
Arnoldo Toro, St Benedicts (NJ) -MVP
James Scott, St Benedicts (NJ)
Kameron McGusty, Sunrise Christian (KS)
Bryan Trimble, Sunrise Christian (KS)
Grant Golden, St James (MD)
Bryce Golden, St James (MD)
Deion Hammond, Riverdale Baptist (MD)



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



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


National Rankings

ESPN Rankings 


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.



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


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. 

Big Foot Hoops Big Cup

Houston, Texas

May 12, 2015 - U17 Captured #1 Spot in Pool Play and advance to Platinum Bracket competition.

Coach Rodney Carmichael arrived to Houston, TX with a game plan that was designed to have the U17 team advance deep into tournament to play on Sunday.

U17 Captured #1 Spot and advanced to Semi Final Game 

Playing against teams from a different parts of the country provided the coaching staff and team with an opportunity to complete against players and team styles that will benefit the team later in summer tournament play.  After finishing #1 (2-0) in pool play then advancing to bracket play as a high seed challenged the coaching staff and players to be at their very best each game.

Out of 66 teams in the 17U tournament Virginia Elite finished in the final four, setting up the next time we play in Big Foot Hoops tournament will be the Las Vegas Classic in July.

U16 Captured #1 Spot in Pool Play and advance to Platinum Bracket Play

Coach Maurice Hubbard prepared an outstanding tournament game plan that included maximizing his team’s talent with experience coaching. Coming back from Hoop Group Pittsburgh Pitt Jam Fest that team was looking to rebound and rebound they did.

Capturing the # 1 seed out of pool play to team showcased what we all knew they had.  After capturing the victory on the first game, the second game was a buzzer beater that Kyle Bethea (Bishop Ireton, Alexandria, VA) connected on a last second layup that completed the pool play for the tournament.

U16 Captured #1 Spot and advanced the Platinum Division

Team U15: The team started out playing an 8:00am game against one of the premier teams in the tournament and the country Mac Irvin from Chicago, Ill.  Throughout the game Bryce Golden (St James, Hagerstown, MD) and Nick Albert (Westfield H.S., Chantilly, VA) showcased their talents that was recognized by the opposing team coaching staff. 

U15 Competed against the premier teams in the country

Throughout the game Nick Albert was pressured by Mac Irvin guards and made the adjustments to keep the team close. Bryce Golden displayed his dominance and abilities throughout the game by showcasing his ability to play inside and outside. Even at time show his ability to match the playground style ball handling and finishing ability.  Although the team lost the game the future of the team is very promising.  

U13 Virginia Elite Youth Basketball Team

U13 Head Coach Mike Askew begin the season with one goal to select and develop players that will transition to the high school level in a few years. Following the footsteps of our high school program Coach Mike Askew is continuing the development process that has been successful for the program. The team recent success in tournaments is just the beginning of the future of the program.


U13 Virginia Elite Youth Team Coach Mike Askew



2015 F Eliet Donley Making a statement

2014-15 6A All-State 1st Team  All-Met Honorable Mention

2014-15 Liberty Conference Player of the Year 

2014-15 Selected 1st Team Region

Following his accomplishment in 2014, the 1st Team All Conference, All Defense, All Region 2nd Team selection, Eliet Donley continues to rise above the rest. Last season was Eliet first year playing with Virginia Elite, his charter, determination, academic history and athletic ability was a perfect fit for the program. A native of Yokosuka, Japan the 6'6 forward arrived at Hayfield High School and immediately made an impression on the coaching staff. Playing for Coach Carlos Poindexter at Hayfield High School, Eliet became a fixture in the Hayfield athletic program. 

Lake Braddock F James Butler follows in family footsteps on the hardwood

By Brandon Parker, Washington Post - Feb 15, 2015

2014-15 6A All-State 2nd Team and All-Met Honorable Mention

2014-15 Selected 1st Team Patriot Conference 

All Defensive Team and 1st Team Region

After dropping 30 points in the first game of the season, Butler hasn’t let up, averaging 23.7 points and serving as a versatile weapon for the Bruins as they enter postseason play this week.

“When I was younger, I felt expectations but now I don’t because I’m blessed that my family has worked with me so many hours and gone out of their way to help me get better,” said Butler, who plays for Virginia Elite on the AAU circuit. “I knew I wanted to attack it because this was the year I had to make a big jump, so I was working on my speed, strength, post moves, shooting, anything to get an advantage.”  

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2015 G Zach Harrell excelling in the Classroom and on the hardwood

2014-15 All-Northwestern District Player of the Year (POY)

Zach Harrell is not only a good basketball player but an outstanding youngman who has a drive to excel. Leading Millbrook (Winchester, VA) to a 20-4 overall record and 7-1 in the region Zach continued to enhance his leadership and showcase his abilities to extend his basketball career beyond high school.

Miller School Ronald Alston Makin a name for himself

2014-15 All-VISSA 2nd Team

Ronald “Ron” Alston had an outstanding season that included very productive games against high major talented basketball team such as Hargrave Military Academy and Virginia Episcopal School (VES). 

On several occasions Ron led the Miller basketball team with 30 points and 5 assists, and he also grabbed 3 rebounds. Ron showed some outstanding ball handling skills in breaking down the press, attacking the basket, and creating scoring opportunities for his teammates.


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With our proven basketball skills development and body enhancement programs prepares players to take their game to the next level.

Our 4 Phase basketball training program features core basketball patterns that has been created to accelerate individual development and on-court production, which leads to team success. The core basketball training includes position-specific fundamental and advanced drill sequences for all phases of the game, game-simulation drills and scrimmages closely monitored by coaches, as well as basketball-specific physical conditioning and mental conditioning.

Our unique programs are under the direction of experience basketball coaches and knowledgeable muscular development coaches from Explosive Performance (EP).  

Whether you're touching a basketball for the first time or an advanced player looking to sharpen your skills our premier basketball training programs are a perfect fit.

Accomplishments: 95%  of our players have successfully make their high school and youth league teams! 

Whether you're touching a basketball for the first time or an advanced player looking to sharpen your skills our premier basketball training programs are a perfect fit.


Team Assist Girls Basketball

January 1, 2015 - Herndon, Virginia
















Virginia Elite and Team Assist combined to provide an elite girls grassroots basketball in the Northern Virginia region. With Virginia Elite known for having an elite boys program the collaboration with Team Assist was the next phase in developing a total national elite program that includes girls basketball.  Having been involved with girls basketball at the highest levels Coach Michael and Nikki Teasley will lean on their years of experience that will result in a competitive and quality girls basketball program. 

Team Assist held it first girls workout mini-camp with Virginia Elite in Herndon, VA on Sunday, February 1, 2015. The initial mini-camp was designed to provide young ladies an opportunity to showcase their talents with direction from the TA coaching staff.  The mini-camp session was a success having many young ladies in attendance from throughout the DMVElite area. For more information about Team Assist visit

Next mini-camp workout February 22, 2015.  If you are interested pre-register or contact Coach Michael Teasley @ 202-553-8995 | eMail:

2014Playing at the elite level has resulted in many of the players getting noticed by mid-high major division 1 programs.  Last weekend (Richmond, VA) the team captured the Big Shots Orange Division Silver Championship. Congrats to Chauncey Pittman, Collin Parker, Grant Golden, Ron Alston, Tyler White, Noah Gear, Javier Silva, Tyland Crawford, Austin Allen, Malcolm Miller and Tom Gregorits.

Participating the Under Amour Association (UAA) Invitational, Houston, Texas the team competed against some of the premier UA sponsored teams in the US and finished the tournament 3 win and 1 lost. 

May 5, 2014 - Making a name for himself Grant Golden The 6-foot-10 small forward that already holds an offer from James Madison and Holy Cross University and will be taking an unofficial visit to Big East Xavier University. Golden has taken two unofficial visits to University of Virginia and most recently William and Mary, University of Maryland, Princeton and Wofford have show interest.  

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 28, 2014 - DMVElite Camp highlight Tommy Hargrove (Musselman HS. Inwood, West Virginia) - Virginia Elite 2014 W/G Tommy Hargrove from Musselman High School Inwood West Virginia (Shepard University Commit) arrived at the DMVElite Camp to showcase his skills against players that he never competed against. 

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.

Channel 3 ABC Coverage

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.


Our training program features core basketball patterns that has been created to accelerate the individual development and on-court production, which leads to team success. The core basketball training includes position-specific fundamental and advanced drill sequences for all phases of the game, game-simulation drills and scrimmages closely monitored by coaches, as well as basketball-specific physical conditioning and mental conditioning. View Training website...............






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. 


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.


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


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.

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