April 11, 2021 – It’s an exciting time for girls’ hoops for Virginia Elite as Chrissy Kelly, Director and Coach is moving the girls’ program to the next level with hosting the programs first annual Spring Tip-Off scrimmage.
Participating teams were Virginia Elite UA Rise and Under Armour Association (UAA) DC Premier.
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2020-21 Collegiate Action
Malachi Poindexter, University of Virginia
August 15, 2020 - Malachi Poindexter journey to Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) University of Virginia is not uncommon, but the results of his efforts and hardwork has paid-off. The AP top 20 ranked Cavaliers are among the nations best teams.
Tyler Lloyd, UVA-Wise
October 18, 2020 - Tyler Lloyd journey to UVA-Wise included a stop Fayetteville Tech C.C. The 6-Foot-5 Lloyd better known as "Stretch" road to UVA-Wise was filled adversity but his endurance and desire to continue his collegiate career has taken flight.
Domantas Sakickas, Coppin State University
August 21, 2020 - Domantas Sakickas journey to Coppin State University from Broadfording Christian Academy to Frederick Community College has results of his efforts and hardwork has paid-off.
Jaylen-Cole Williams, Duquesne University
August 5, 2020 - Jaylen-Cole Williams journey to Atlantic 10 (A10) Conference Duquesne University is not uncommon, but the results of his efforts and hardwork has paid-off. As with many of the alumni that are playing college basketball dealing with COVID-19 requires alterative activities to remain safe. Look forward to the interview with Cole about his 1st year at Duquesne.
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Chris Shelton, Youngstown State University
JAMES BUTLER, DREXEL UNIVERISTY CAPTURES THE CAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP TO ADVANCE TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT (MARCH MADNESS)
Philadelphia, PA (March 9, 2021) – Because of COVID the CAA tournament was held at James Madison University (JMU). There Drexel University defeated Elon University 63-56 in the Colonial Athletic Association championship and secured the Dragons a spot in the NCAA March Madness tournament. The last time Drexel was in the tournament was in 1996 when they made it as a 12-seed, led by eventual NBA champion Malik Rose.
Virginia Elite Alum James Butler has become part of a historical journey that Drexel’s (11-7) story of March has been its unsung heroes. Camren Wynter and James Butler are All-CAA players. Even though Walton (8 points, 6 rebounds) wasn’t all-league, coaches around the CAA are aware of the offensive streaks he can go on. Even T.J. Bickerstaff was no longer a secret after a breakout sophomore year.
Wynter was named the CAA tournament MVP. Walton and Butler were also named to the All-CAA tournament team.
NCAA Conference Champions - ACC
Virginia Elite UA Future (Marquee Hoops Feature 2026 G Will Braun-Duin)
March 4, 2021 - Will Bruan-Duin (Virginia Elite UA Future 2025 Team) is emerging as one of the top players in the 2026 Class, The 6-Foot-2 guard from Winchester, Virginia although early in the season Will has showcased his ability against some quality players in the 2025 class throughout the early part of the showcase season. One talent evaluator stated that Will has the early ability to be projected at the division 1 college level.
Chris Shelton, Hampton University
The Experience of Coaching
Chantilly, VA - Virginia Elite Coaches Marcus Washington and Rashad Gadson took on the challenges of supporting Rodney Carmichael, Head Coach of Chantilly High School in his inaugural year running the Chargers Program. Working through the COVID challenges has provided an experience like no other this year. Coach Washington is a season high school coach with over 25 years of coaching experiences and Coach Gadson was a member of the first Virginia Elite team as a player. Now both bring a tremendous level of experiences to the the 2021 grassroots basketball season. Coach Washington led the Chargers JV team to a 6-0 start this season while Coach Gadson assumed the Assistant Varsity position for the Chargers.
Virginia Elite Girls UA Future and UA Rise
NEW VIRGINIA ELITE GIRLS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
January 29, 2021 Coach Chrissy Kelly, Osbourn Park High School Head Girls Varsity Coach takes over as Virginia Elite Girls Basketball Program Director.
Coach Kelly stops have resulted in Virginia High School League (VHSL) state championships and at the division 1 collegiate level. The Girls program mission will be develop players from an early developmental stage that will transition into the high school with the target to advance to the collegiate level.
Max Wilson Commitment San Deigo State
2020-21 College Freshman Class
James Butler, Drexel University
James Butler enters the 2020-21 season with 648 career rebounds, which is 22nd all-time at Drexel.
The 2019-20 season James had one of the best statistical seasons for a big man in recent Drexel history where he led the CAA and finished fifth (5th) in the nation with 11.7 rebounds per game.
His rebounding average was the most for a Drexel player in 24 years and his 387 boards were the third most ever in a season at Drexel University.
Established a career-high with 23 points at Stephen F. Austin…matched that with 23 points against Hofstra at the DAC…
Reached the 20-point mark in a game five times…tied his career-high with 16 rebounds in both games against Delaware…grabbed 15 boards against Temple, Niagara and Elon…named to the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Ward Watch List
Golden Named to Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List - University of Richmond Athletics
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Spiders grad student Grant Golden has been named to the watch list for the 2020-21 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday. Golden is one of 20 players in Division I on the watch list for the Abdul-Jabbar Award, which is given to the top center in the country.
Source: Richmond Spider.com
Oak Hill Nationally Ranked #12
#12. (9) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
If Smith wants to go big, he has Luke McEldon (6-9, 2022) and Judah Egbo (6-8, 2022) at his disposal. McEldon is a traditional below-the-rim space eater while Egbo (a teammate of Brown last year) is a 220-pound undersized post player that can jump out of the gym and provides high energy. Oak Hill plays some early games and then has December off while the campus is closed.
The Warriors will come back in January and begin the meat of their schedule, which is likely to include the proposed eight-team independent league played at stops such as the DC Hoopfest, the Hoophall Classic, Hoophall West, the Montverde Academy Invitational and the Bob Kirk Invitational in Cumberland, Maryland. Oak Hill will not be at each stop of the league, but if the league is completed, it will be a vaunted slate of games for each participating team.
2020 Select Event Fall 8th GradeChampions
November 1, 2020 - In the Clash of Under Armour (UA) Future teams, Virginia Elite Junior Elite UA Future team capture the lead from the opening tip until the clock was at 0:00. The Hilltoppers from New Jersey provided a preview of the competition that the team will face in 2021 on the UA Future circuit.
Oak Hill Academy (Nike HS Elite) Basketball Team
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth Wilson, VA) 2022 6-Foot-10 C (#33) Luke McEldon is the 1st Northern Virginia player to ever suit up for Oak Hill Academy Warriors, National Basketball Team. Oak Hill Academy is a national Nike Elite High School.
Recently McEldon received his first division 1 scholarship offer from University of Central Arkansas and he has received interest from ACC, SEC, A10, Big South and other division 1 conferences.
High School Coaching
Coach Rashad Gadson takes on Assistant Coaching position at Chantilly High School (VA)
October 1, 2020 - Chantilly, VA Coach Rashad Gadson accepted the opportunity to join the Chantilly High School Varsity coaching staff under Coach Rodney Carmichael for the 20-21 school year. Currently Coach Gadson is responsible for player development for Virginia Elite Under Armour (UA) Rise and Future grassroots teams. Under his recent development program he has worked wit several players who are now at the collegiate level and most recently worked with Oak Hill Academy junior Luke McEldon.
University of Central Arkansas
October 1, 2020 Conway, Arkansas - Jonas Munson and Churchill Bounds are the latest teammates to play college basketball and the only teammates to play for the same division 1 program. Throughout the years Virginia Elite has continued the trend of developing post players. The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) 20-21 schedule includes some of the premier programs in the country such as Creighton, Kansas State, Wichita State and Memphis.
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Hoop Group Future All-American Camp Report
July 20, 2020 Lancaster, PA Hoop Group Future All-American Camp
As the year continues to provide the basketball community with many unknowns the air of uncertainty, many kids are in the gym working on improving their basketball skills. As for 2023 6-Foot-10 C Luke McEldon (Highland School, Warrenton, VA) taking full advantage to work on his game, improve on developing his physical capabilities and finally showcasing what the future has in store for him is a continuous developmental process. July 17th-19th Luke attended the prestigious Hoop Group Future All-American camp where many of today division 1 players launched their careers. Many only heard via social media about McEldon, but few have seen him in person. Not to disappoint Luke was recognized for his play and was selected to the Future All-American Camp All-Star team. Although in the 2023 class McEldon has received early interest from Mid and Major basketball collegiate program.
2020 Hoop Group Future All-American Camp
Staying in contact
July 18, 2020, Manassas, VA - Former Virginia Elite Alum AJ Carr (Shepard University, Obi Enechionyai (Temple University) and Cameron Jackson (Wofford College) are home during the Pandemic (COVID-19) from their international professional basketball seasons. The off time provided the guys time to connect up get some run in and see each other for the first time and reminisce about old times.
High Teammates to College Basketball Players
July 10, 2020 - When Jonas Munson and Bradley Hardin attended West Potomac High School in Alexandria, VA they had no idea that one day they would be heading to college as student-athletes. Munson will be attending his second season for the University of Central Arkansas and Bradley Hardin will be attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology College.
Class of 2020 College Bound Athletes
What makes us special - James Butler
Watchlist 2026 W Kyren Oglesby
In the Pros
Eliet Donley, Japan: Virginia Elite Alum Eliet Donley signed with Osaka Evessa (B1 League) signed Japanese forward Eliet Donley (198-91kg). He just graduated from Chaminade in USA. Donley has played there for the last three years. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to PacWest All-Tournament Team.
Donley is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. view original post.
Cameron Jackson, Portugal
Obi Enechonyia, Spain
Class of 2023
Tyler Perkins, 6-Foot-4, Point Guard, Landon School (MD)
July 10, 2020 As with previous teams the 2023 class has started to form into a projected outstanding group on players. Standing 6-Foot-3 rising sophomore guard Tyler Perkins, 2023 6-Foot-4 G, Landon School, Maryland is just want the coaches was looking for. The lefty bring size and desire to excel to the team that will blends well with the coaching, team and program philosophy.
Projection: Division 1
Hayes Nolin, 6-Foot-5, Wing/Small Forward, Potomac School (VA)
Nolin is a dependable shot maker who has developed into a consistent player with a great feel for the game. A high academic performing student at the Potomac School who is focused on perfection that translates to court.
Projection: Division 1: Ivy, CAA
Commitment - Tyland Crawford
Region 1 - Northern Virginia Herndon, Reston, Fairfax, Ashburn, Leesburg, All Loudoun county cities, Prince William County, Culpepper, Woodbridge, Quantico, Washington, D.C. and Bowie, Maryland.
Region 2 - Hampton, Virginia
Hampton Roads, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and other cities in the area.
Region 3 - Port St Lucia, Florida
Virginia Elite - Florida Junior Elite
Virginia Elite Junior program is a member of the UA Future circuit. The UA Future model is a replica of the high school UAA Circuit where elite level teams participle in the Spring and Summer league throughout the country. The UA Future circuit is model for travel teams at the middle school level, playing regional league format for teams in the 14U-10U age groups, leading to the UA Future National Championship in Kansas City, Kansas.
Virginia Elite Maryland
March 20, 2020 - 2022 G Kevon Corley, C.H. Flowers High School was selected to the Prince George (P.G.) county 2019-20 Honorable Mention All County Basketball Team averaging 20ppg.