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Welcome the digital home for Virginia Elite.  Established in 2008 to serve the youth in the Northern Virginia area and the PREMIER AAU/Grassroots program in the area. 

 

Virginia Elite is a pre-collegiate basketball program and is the premier youth and grassroots basketball program in Northern Virginia.  Primarily serving all of Fairfax, Prince William, Culpepper, Southern Virginia,  West Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

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2017 College Graduates
 
   

 

Paul Rowley, College of William and Mary (Early Graduate) will enter Law School at William and Mary and continue to play for the Tribe for the 2017-18 season. 

 

Zach Harrell, Roanoke College (Early Graduate) will pursue career in coaching and education. 

 

Justin Hampton, Christopher Newport University

 

2017 Camp Attendees

 

CP3 Raising Stars Camp

 

Cephas Wilson-Bahun

Caleb Furr

 

Hoop Group Future All-American Camp

Arkese Claiborne

Jaylan McLeod

Vivek Iyer

Trae Dixon

 

Future 150 Elite 24 Invite

Cephas Wilson-Bahun

Clark Castleberry

Jack Jensen

 

Future 150 Summit Camp Invite

Malachi Poindexter 

Patrick Strite

 

Holy Cross 

Ben Jensen, Jonas Munson and Justin Patterson

 

Longwood University and VCU Elite Camp

Malachi Poindexter

 

Cornell University Elite Camp

Cole Minetree

 

Army WestPoint Elite Camp

Elijah Bowen

 

Lafayette College

Justin Patterson

 

Fairmount State University

Hunter Bailey

 

Hampton University

Chinguun Ganbold 

Justin Patterson

Michael Henderson, Jr.

 

2017 Post Grad Commitments

 

Massanutten Military Academy

 

Marcus Cherry

South Lakes High School

 

Christopher Smalls 

St. Andrews

 

2017 Collegiate News

 

2014 Jamison Glover, College of William and Mary receives full athletic scholarship 

 

2016 James Butler has transferred to Drexel University 

 

2016 Ronald Alston has transferred to National DII Championship finalist Fairmount State University

 

2014 Charles "CJ" Hill will continue his academic and athletic career at McMaster University (Canada) 

 

News:

 

June 17, 2017  -  Jonas Munson took unofficial visit to the University of Florida

 

 

June 21, 2017 - 2019 C Jonas Munson and 2020 G Jarrett Hunter received invitations to  participate in the University of Virginia underclassman camp on June 24, 2017.

 

 

June 12, 2017  - 2020 F Caleb Furr receives invitation to Chris Paul CP3 Raising Stars Camp to be held August 11-13th in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

 

June 6, 2017  - 2021 W Cephas Wilson-Bahun receives invitation to Chris Paul CP3 Raising Stars Camp to be held August 11-13th in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

 

June 1, 2017  - Latest Prephoops/Virgnia: 2019 Class ranking: Jonas Munson #43 Overall and #2 C Position

 

 

2020 Class Ranking: Jarrett Hunter 32 Overall 11 PG Position

 

 

May 29, 2017  -  2017 G Nick Albert receives scholarship offer from Lees-McCray University

 

 

May 1, 2017  -  2018 G Latrell Winkey make 200 list ranking from Prephoops/Virginia

 


Antonio Butler, Slippery Rock University

 

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


Post Graduate - Massanutten Military Academy

Domas Sakickas

University of Richmond

Grant Golden

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Ronald Alston

U.S. Naval Academy

James Butler

William and Mary

Collin Parker

University of Arizona

Kory Jones

University of Greenville

Tyland Crawford

Marymount University 

Chauncey Pittman

Washington College 

Glen Austin Alan

University of Sciences

Tom Gregorits

Iowa Western 

Terrance Ward

Roanoke College

Zach Harrell

Eastern Mennonite University

Christian Hansen

Morehouse College

Omar Alston

Bowie State University

Brian Kelly

University of California

Brandon Chauca

Wofford College

Cameron Jackson

Dartmouth College

Cameron Smith

William and Mary

Paul Rowley

Shepard University

AJ Carr

William and Mary

Jamison Glover

High Point University 

Sam Berlin

University of Science

William Gregortis

Cloud Community Junior College (Kansas) 

Solomon Finley

Christopher Newport University

Justin Hampton

University of Mary Washington / VCU

Emerson Burke

Cal State San Marcos \ Longwood University

Nik Brown

University of California PA

Tony Richardson

Slippery Rock University

Antonio Butler

James Madison University 

Kevin McGaughey

University of Mary Washington 

Marcellus Holley

St Johns Northwest Military  Academy

Rashad Gadson

Roanoke College

Andrew Daniels

Susquehanna University

Patrick Kelly

 


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2019 Jonas Munson

October 10, 2018  - Jonas Munson, West Potomac High School (VA) the 7-Foot-0 Center started gaining national attention several months ago and as a result was invited to take several unofficial visits to the University of Virginia, University of Miami, College of Charleston, American University, Wofford College and others.

Continuing with the tradition of Virginia Elite post players, Munson upside has many positives, his true height, wing span and his mobility givens him the capability to expand his abilities at the collegiate level.  Recently Munson received an offer from University of Central Arkansas (former NBA HOF Scottie Pippen) of the Southland Conference.   

Junior Elite 10U Captures Championship

October 7, 2018  Neptune, NJ - The inaugural junior elite season tournament was a tremendous success. Coach Daren Rowe 10U elite team went 3-0 to capture the Hoop Group Spring Jr. Jam Fest Championship. 

 

2018 Jasiah Perry, Benedict College 

Columbia, South Carolina - Jasiah Perry 6-Foot-8 F signed late in July with Division 2 Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina. Benedict College was ranked for the eight-consecutive year as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly. 

Perry was a major part of frontcourt for the Virginia Elite 17U Elite team throughout 2018 Spring and Summer season.  

2019 Chris Shelton making a name

September 9, 2018 - Chris Shelton, Louisa County, Louisa County High School.

Louisa, VA - The son of the high school coach, former Ohio State Buckeye and VCU Ram Shelton is player that puts in the work with expeted results. After leading Louisa to one of their best seasons in recent memory, the 6-Foot-4 Wing spent the summer with Virginia Elite and was one of the top performers on roster with several division 1 prospects. Shelton picked up an offer from North Carolina A&T and visited the Citadel, Presbyterian and Coppin State. Look for Shelton to have an outstanding senior season. Read More

New Location for 6 Players 2020 and 2021

August 2, 2018 - HERNDON, VIRGINIA Malachi Poindexter, Caleb Furr, Patrick Strite, Max Wilson, David and Joseph Okoye will be attending new high schools during the 2018-19 season.

St. Anne's-Belfield (STAB), Charlottesville, Virginia

Malachi Poindexter (STAB),6-Foot-4 Guard will be attend St. Annes Belfield (STAB) under Coach Damin Altizer (DRIVEN TRAINING). The former Louisa County High School guard who has the attention if several division 1 programs.  Poindexter was selected 2nd team all tournament of the Elevate Hoops Summer Showdown (Philadelphia, PA). With his strong academic history and solid athletic capabilities Poindexter is poise to attract many division 1 programs. 

Oakton High School, Oakton, Virginia

Max Wilson (Oakton, HS), 2020, 6-Foot-6, Wing; Wilson is an outstanding student has gotten the attention of Ivy league programs.  The 6-Foot-6 Wilson had a tremendous Spring and Summer where he showcased his talents and ability to compete at an elite level of basketball.

Bishop Walsh, Cumberland, Maryland

Patrick Strite (Bishop Walsh), 2020, 6-Foot-5, Wing; Strite is an outstanding student with a GPA 3.9 (Honors) and tremdeous basketball player with a high IQ for the game. 

 

Caleb Furr (Bishop Walsh), 2021, 6-Foot-7, Wing/Forward; Furr is an outstanding student great size for his age and possess a great shooting touch. His perimeter offense extends beyond the 3-ball line which keeps defenders thinking about how to guard him.

 

David Okoye (Bishop Walsh), 2021, 6-Foot-7, Forward; Okoye is the younger brother of Joseph and the second set of brothers from Virginia Elite under Coach Prete. David is a massive  

Joseph Okoye (Bishop Walsh), 2019, 6-Foot-1, Wing. Okoye is the older brother of David and the third sent of brothers (Enechionyai and Golden) to be coached by Dan Prete from Virginia Elite. 

Rowley CAA Male Scholar-Athlete and Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

 

The College of William and Mary

Law school, basketball keep William & Mary captain Paul Rowley busy, appreciative, ebullient 

 

July 5, 2018 - WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA: Redshirt Junior Paul Rowley’s offseason so far has not resembled that of most other Division I basketball players. A 6-foot-8 William & Mary captain from Purcellville, Virginia Rowley completed his first year of law school at W&M and then worked as a summer associate at the Norfolk law firm of Willcox Savage.  

Rowley (ROE-ly), who redshirted as a true freshman during the 2014-15 season, graduated magna cum laude from W&M in three years with a double major in computer science and finance, then moved to law school while continuing to play for the Tribe.

Rowley was a key player with Virginia Elite during his tenure with the program. During his time with Virginia Elite, Rowley was ranked as one of the premier players in Virginia. At Loudoun Valley, Rowley academic and athletic journey and accomplishments are astounding to say the least. Rowley success resulted in several CAA, Patriot League and IVY league programs. Read More...

 

A.J. Carr Signs Professional Contract

 

July 2, 2018 -  Former Shepherd University and Virginia Elite Alumni AJ Carr from the Virginia Elite Class of 2014 concluded a stellar career at Shepherd University this year that included reaching the 1,500 point milestone and receiving All-MEC Honors.

Recently the 6-Foot-7 forward officially signed his professional contract to play for Reading Rockets Limited in England. Carr became a member of Virginia Elite in 2011 and then attended St. James School, Hagerstown, Md. 

Notable Virginia Elite teammates Obi Enechioyia (Temple University and St. James School), Nnamdi Enechioyia (Saint Peters College and St. James School), Cameron Jackson (Wofford College), Cameron Smith (Dartmouth College), Paul Rowley and Jamison Glover (College of William and Mary).

 

 

February 8, 2018 - Williamsburg, VA - CAA Basketball's On Campus coverage continued over the weekend with the fourth trip of the season and a visit with the Tribe of William & Mary.


PART I - The latest In Focus feature takes a look inside the day-to-day life of men's basketball redshirt junior Paul Rowley, who recently enrolled in the College of William & Mary Law School, alongside already being a Tribe team captain and contributor. Rowley credits his family, teammates and coaches in successfully balancing law school and Division I basketball at the same and continues to meet both tasks equally during his time in Williamsburg. 
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Golden Selected to A-10 All Conference and All Rookie Teams

 

University of Richmond

Grant Golden capstones Freshman Year with A10 selections

March 6, 2018 - Newport News, VA - Continuing on a great freshman year, Virginia Elite Alum Grant Golden earned a pair of all-league honors March 6, 2018 as the Atlantic 10 announced that the Spiders redshirt freshman was selected Third-Team All-Conference and named to the league's All-Rookie Team. 

Golden led the Spiders with 16.0 points per game in the regular season, 14th-most in the conference and second-most among A-10 freshmen behind Davidson's Kellan Grady, who was named Rookie of the Year. Golden's 6.6 rebounds per game this season were 13th-highest in the A-10 and fourth among freshmen. He was one of just five players in the Atlantic 10 -- and the only freshman -- to average 16 points and six rebounds during the season. 
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University of Richmond

Golden Selected Atlantic-10 Player of the Week 

 

January 29, 2018 - Richmond, VA - For the second time this year Freshman Grant Golden has been named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday.  

 

After a pair of road wins against teams near the top of the A-10 standings, Spiders swept the weekly Atlantic 10 awards on Monday. Sophomore guard Nick Sherod earned Player of the Week Honors and freshman forward Grant Golden was named Rookie of the Week. It was the first time Richmond players won both awards in the same week since January 16, 2017, when T.J. Cline was the A-10's Player of the Week and De'Monte Buckingham earned Rookie of the Week. Read more  

Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

Jackson Names Lute Olsen National Player of the Year

 

 

December 26, 2017 - SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford forward Cameron Jackson has been named the Lute Olson Award National Player of the Week. It is the first time a Wofford player has won the player of the week honor.

 

Jackson, a native of Winchester, Va., helped propel Wofford to a win over No. 5 North Carolina, the defending national champions, on Dec. 20 in Chapel Hill. The junior scored 18 points and added nine rebounds, six blocks, three assists and three steals in the win. Six blocks, a game high, set a new program record for blocks in a game. The win was the first over a school ranked in the AP Top 25 in program history.  Read Article

 

COLLEGE REPORT

Dartmouth College

Cameron Smith, Captain

November 15, 2017 - Congrats to '14 Alum Cameron Smith on his selection as team Captain.  Prep years Smith attended Miller School, Charlottesville, VA.  While at Dartmouth, Recipient of the Big Green’s. Alvin F. Doggie Julian Award for spirit and enthusiasm ... played in 11 games, six in league play ... sank a three-pointer at Old Dominion ... dishes out assists at Vermont, Yale and Princeton ... also sank both free throw attempts against the Bulldogs ... saw a season-high 11 minutes of action in the season finale at Princeton, scoring three points including the final tally of the Big Green season with a free throw.

Smith begin crafting his own story as a two-time letterman and senior captain at Miller School in Charlottesville after lettering two years on the varsity at Osbourn Park in Manassas.  Selected to the first-team all-state for Virginia Independent Schools as a senior while second in scoring (18.9 ppg), third in steals and fourth in assists, also first-team all-conference and team MVP. Read his entire story

 

ELITE CAMP REPORT

Will Mulquin attend MIT Elite Basketball Camp

August 14, 2017, Cambridge, PA - When you think of MIT typically it's not about basketball. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the premier academic institutions in the world. 

During the weekend of August 12th MIT held their annual Elite Basketball Camp. The 6-Foot-7 Mulquin carries a 91 average and from the basketball standpoint has college range and consistency as a score. The opportunity to attend MIT is more than just basketball. 

 

PLAYER HIGHLIGHT 

2019 C/F Jonus Munson

 

November 6 2017 - The 6-Foot-11 Junior combo forward/center attends West Potomac High School, Alexandria, Virginia has slowly begun to carve his way into the discussion rooms of many division 1 college programs.  With a wing span of 88" which is equal or greater than some NBA players, Munson is continuing to add more to his game by putting in extra position work that has increased his face-up and post position abilities. 

Following in the footsteps of former Virginia Elite forwards and centers Grant Golden (Richmond), Cameron Jackson (Wofford), James Butler (Drexel), Sam Berlin (High Point), A.J. Carr (Shepard), Obi Enechionyia (Temple) and Paul Rowley (William and Mary). Munson development process has included similar patterns that has landed the players on division 1 rosters.  

PLAYER  HIGHLIGHT

2019 G Malachi Poindexter 

August 15, 2017 - The NCAA Live Period provides an opportunity for players to showcase their ability to compete against some of the premier teams in the county while be observed by college coaches.

Malachi Poindexter came late to the Virginia Elite from Team Loaded after the 1st live period. Making the most out of the opportunity Poindexter worked hard in practice and as a result caught the attention of several division 1 programs.  

 

COLLEGE REPORT

Drexel University

James Butler

 

November 6, 2017, Philadelphia, PA - 2016 Alumni James Butler (Lake Braddock H.S.) has transferred from the Naval Academy to Drexel University of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Located in Philadelphia Drexel is part of the famed division 1 programs in the Philadelphia area.

 

Butler was named first-All-Metro by the The Washington Post after leading the area in scoring with 27.5 points per game as a senior at Lake Braddock High School. He was the Virginia 6A Northern Region Player of the Year and was selected first team All-State.  A member of Virginia Elite for 3 years Butler which provided the opportunity to play against some of the premier teams in the country. 

 

Trio attends University of Virginia Underclassman Day

Jonas Munson, Jarrett Hunter and Malachi Poindexter

June 24, 2017, Charlottesville, VA - Three underclassman was invited to attend the University of Virginia Underclassman Day to get an early start on their recruiting journeys. 

The trio consisted of West Potomac High School 2019 6-Foot-11 C Jonas Munson, Lousia County High school backcourt mates 2020 5-Foot-10 G Jarrett Hunter and 6-Foot-2 G  Malachi Poindexter.

Currently ranked #43 overall and top 3 at the center position, the 2019 6-Foot-11 raising junior took an unofficial visit earlier to the University of Florida and has several other unofficial visits scheduled for August. Additionally, Munson has been contacted by several mid-high major programs within the last month seeking an opportunity to schedule a campus visit.

Additionally, the 2019 dynamic duo from Louisa County High School guards, currently ranked #32, 5-Foot-10 Jarret Hunter (football and basketball) and 6-Foot-2 Malachi Poindexter also was invited to attend. Hunter a two-sport athlete had an amazing football season where he ran for over 1,500 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as was selected as the basketball conference newcomer of the year (NoY). 

The raising sophomore is plays on the 16U team and has caught the attention of many division 1 programs.  

Malachi Poindexter also from Lousia Country has transitioned from Team Loaded to play with his high school teammate Jarrett Hunter.  Poindexter is a physical guard that can play multiple positions and can really score from each of these positions. One of the premier guards in the state Poindexter is schedule to take several unofficial visits in August.

 

Youth Grassroots Program Highlights


CROSSROADS HOOPS TOURNAMENT

09U, 10U and 12U Championship Finalist

 

June 10, 2018 - Boyds, MD, Virginia Elite 09U, 10U and 12U advanced to the division championships. The competition provided competitive play during each round of competition. 

 

 


NATIONAL HOOP FEST

09U and 12U Champions / 10U Championship Finalist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2, 2018 - Fairfax, VA, Virginia Elite 09U and 12U captured the National Hoop Fest division championships. The 09U teams has captured BACK-TO-BACK championships and continues to improve and follow the process that has led to man receiving college opportunities. The 12U team continues to improve on their abilities to play at an elite level. 

 


CAPITAL CITY HOOP CLASSIC 

09U Champions

10U, 12U and 17U Championship Finalist

 

May 13, 2018 - Severna Park, MD . Virginia Elite 09U captured the Capital City Hoops Classic 9U division championship on a game winning bucket by the combination of Russell Robinson and Athan Martin. Many coaches have always stated the game comes down to fundamentals, with 5.2 second remaining in regulation Russell stepped to the line missed the first shot and ran down the rebound missed and then it all happened Athan grabbed the rebound and with .2 seconds remaining made the winning bucket.

 

The 10U, 12U and 17U all went undefeated until the final championship games. Being under-man was an understatement for Monday championship games but the games must be played. Each game was highly contested the crowed was in a frenzy and the games were exciting to say the least. The Capital City Hoop Classic was an exciting event with great competition.

 


BIG SHOTS VIRGINIA INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT (VIT)

10U Champions

12U Championship Finalist

 

May 13, 2018 - Fairfax, VA. Virginia Elite 10U captured the Big Shots Virginia Invitational Tournament. The team is now preparing for a West coast grassroots tournament that will surely advance their abilities as they continue to experience competition.

 

12 and Under - The team bounced back from the previous week at the Big Shots Richmond Team Loaded event where the team lost a tough game that knocked them out of championship bracket play to end the tournament in the 12U Championship game.

 


HOOP GROUP SPRING JR. JAM FEST TOURNAMENT 

10U Champion Finalist

 

April 8, 2018 - Manhiem, PA. Virginia Elite 10U advanced to the 10U Championship game and fell short to Team Delaware. Before advancing to the championship game the team finished pool play with a 3-0 record.

 


JUNIOR YOUTH PHENOM TOURNAMENT 

10U Silver Division Champions

 

January 14, 2018 - Richmond, VA. Virginia Elite 10 and Under captured the Junior Phenom MLK Kickoff Silver Division Championship. 

 

The weekend started slow but the team continued to forge ahead the team begin playing Virginia Elite basketball.  Moving into Sunday the team played great basketball against some the top youth teams in the region. 

 


WOOTTEN FALL CLASSIC (VA) CHAMPIONS

11U Champions and 

10U Championship Finalist

 

November 19, 2017 - McLean, VA. The 11U team captured the Wootten Fall Classic 11U Division Championship. 

The teams compete in a two-day tournament with an opportunity to compete for a championship at each age level.

 

 

 

 

The 10 and Under team had a great showing, continuing on their success from the Hoop Group tournament, New Jersery, the team showcased their abilities to be a force in their upcoming tournaments.

 

 

 

 

 


 

HOOP GROUP (NJ) TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

10 and Under Champions

 

October 7, 2017 - Virginia Elite 10 and Under captured the Hoop Group 10U Division Championship.  

 

The tournament provided a great opportunity to compete against teams from New York, Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jerseys.,

 

 

 

ELITE JUNIOR AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM

Program Report

 

November 6, 2017 - As the game of basketball has evolved evolution of the game of basketball teaching and development skilled basketball players has always been part Virginia Elites DNA.  With many of Virginia Elite players now playing college basketball and having great success the program has a proven track record and a proven process that has resulted in delivering success to many college  program. 

 

Virginia Elite "ELITE" Youth program is developed around providing a comprehensive program that provided young players with more than playing allot of game but dedicated to the develop of their skills to compete at a high level. 

 

The program is not for every player but ones who want to compete against top Y/MS program throughout the nation. 

 

It's always said coaches need good players at Virginia Elite we will develop good players first through good coaching and development. The program is focused on developing good basketball players and developing players skills as they advance through the years.

 

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

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

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

College Report - Paul Rowley

College of William and Mary

 

May 7, 2017 - Paul Rowley was preparing for his freshman year at William & Mary in the summer of 2014 when his father, Sean, began to work on a spreadsheet with his son’s schedule.

The Loudoun Valley High School academic and basketball standout was preparing to take 12 credit hours his first semester, which is typical for a basketball player for the NCAA Division I Tribe.

“I signed up for 12 credits and my dad said take 15 hours. I really didn’t want to do that,” said Rowley, who ranked third in his class in high school. “He put together a spreadsheet; it was kind of his brainchild.”
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College Report - Justin Hampton

Christopher Newport University

#3 Nationally Ranked

 

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

 

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

 

1 Big Thing: Quadruple overtime basketball is drama-filled

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

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

 

College Report - Grant Golden

University of Richmond

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

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

 

High School Report - Marcus Cherry

South Lakes High School 

 

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

 

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

 

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

College Report - Paul Rowley 

College of William and Mary

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

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

Player Profile - Clark Castleberry

Virginia Junior Elite 2021

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

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

College Commitment 

Christopher Newport University 

 

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

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

 

College Report - Kory Jones

University of Arizona 

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

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

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

College Recruiting - Josh Oduro

Battlefield High School 

 

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

 

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

Collaboration with Phenom Strength and Conditioning

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

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

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

 

Recruiting  

2019 Josh Oduro (Battlefield HS)

 

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

 

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

Recruiting 

2017 G Liam Harrington 

Herndon High School

 

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

 

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

Junior Elite - Heslep

National JamFest 13U Champions

 

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

 

 

Junior Elite - Beckett 

Zero Gravity 13U Champions

 

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

 

 

DMVElite 

2017 Super Team Showcase

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

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

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

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

Article: DMVElite

Tournament Report

Phenom Hoops Grassroots Tipoff Classic, Greensboro, NC

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

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

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

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

 

Washington Post All Met Selection

James Butler (Lake Braddock H.S.)

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Player of the Year

Grant Golden Earns POY Honor

 

 

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

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

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

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

1st Team All-VIC Division 1

Ronald Alston selected 1st Team Virginia Independent Conference

 

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

Source: Scrimmage Play 

 

 

High School Hoops 6A North Champions

Collin Parker led Battlefield HS to  Championship

 

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

 

 

College Commitment

Tyler White commits to James Madison 

 

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

 

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

 

College Hoops

Justin Hampton and CNU captured CAC Championship

 

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

 

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

 

Player of the Year VIC Division 2

Terrance Ward selected as VIC D2 POY

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Saint James Captures MAC Regular Season Championship

 

February 23, 2016

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

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Saint James Captures IPSL Championship

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

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

James Butler Reaches 1,000 points

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

College Bound

Alston, Golden, Janowski and Butler officially committed

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Alumni News

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

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

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

2016 National Rankings

ESPN Rankings 

 

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

 

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

 

 

JUCO Player of the Year

Charles 'CJ" Hill selected as JUCO Regional POY

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

1000 Points Club

Grant Golden adds to season accomplishments

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

James Butler selected Conference and 6A North Region POY

 

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

 

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

 

Sources: Virginia Preps and Inside Nova

 


 

College Commitment

Spiders pick up third hoops commit 

 

by John O'Connor Richmond Times-Dispatch 

 

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

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

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

College Commitment

Ronald Alston verbally commits to NJIT

 

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

 

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

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

 

Recruiting News

Recruiting Report: 2018 Bryce Golden

by: T.J. Rushing Prephoopsmaryland.com

 

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

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

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

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

 

Player Profile

Bryce Golden adds more offers to a growing list

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

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

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

Langston Gaither adds more division 1 scholarship offers

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

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


Former Georgetown Hoya Julian Vaughn preparing the players for success

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Tyland Crawford, 6'3", G

C.D. Hylton                

Class: 2016                              

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

James Butler, 6'8", PF

Lake Braddock

Class:  2016

 

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

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