2022 UA Rise Tryouts

Thomas Gadson

Program Director and Head Coach

  • Team: 2021 & 2022 and Elite 2025 (8th)
  • 703-725-4878

Rashad Gadson

Assistant Varsity Coach, Chantilly High School

  • Asst. Program Director and Coach
  • Team: 17U 
  • Class: 2021 & 2022
  • 703-725-4878

Zach Harrell

Head Coach Handley High School

  • Team: 16U and 17U
  • Class: 2021 & 2022 
  • 540-539-9008

Anthony Pringle

Assistant Varsity Coach, John Paul the Great

  • Team: 16U 
  • Class: 2023
  • 571-358-2814

Marcus Washington

Head JV Coach, Chantilly High School

  • Team: 15U & Elite 8th Grade
  • Class: 2022
  • 571-208-9264

Virginia Elite Boys UA Rise Program


Virginia Elite is the PREMIER GRASSROOTS BASKETBALL PROGRAM a pre-collegiate Grassroots basketball program serving the Northern Virginia area.

Area: Herndon, Woodbridge, Gainesville, Ashburn, Purcerville, Alexandria, Annandale, Reston, Chantilly, Centreville and counties of Fairfax, Prince William Loudoun and Winchester counties. States include Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia) and surrounding areas. 

As one of the few premier youth basketball programs in Virginia and in the Washington, D.C. market, our team of experienced coaches and talent evaluator are guided by the many years of leadership, coaching and mentorship development for over 50 years.

All teams will be participating in the Under Armour (VA) Rise Circuit league and well as other elite level exposure NCAA and Grassroots associated events throughout the spring and summer.

The High School Elite program (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade) focuses on competing in national elite level events and NCAA regulated events that exposes our players to opportunities that could result in a college scholarship.

Under Armour (UA) Rise circuit league was created to bring the best high school teams and players to have a consist platform to showcase their talents. Team from throughout the US and Canada in the 15U, 16U, and 17U age groups comprise of one of the three major grassroots circuits in the country.

Additionally, our teams compete in the most competitive grassroots events across the nation! Both youth and high school teams travel throughout the nation and possibly even internationally. 15U age level teams play in “NCAA Live Viewing Period Events” in which our players will get opportunities to play in front of collegiate coaches who may be recruiting them. 

National Exposure

The collection of exposure events that ALL Virginia Elite teams participate in annually.  These events provide a platform of high-level competition which over the years Virginia Elite has excelled and will continue to play in to provide our players that competition required for the program. By participating in these national event Virginia Elite provide a provides a platform that exposes our players to the type of competition that will challenge their skill and determination to succeed.

UNPARALLELED SUCCESS: Since the conception of the program Virginia Elite has created a national brand that has resulted in many of the players expanding their athletic and educational careers beyond high school.

SUCCESS 

UNPARALLELED SUCCESS: Since the conception of the program Virginia Elite has created a national brand that has resulted in many of the players expanding their athletic and educational careers beyond high school.

VISION - COLLEGIATE ATHLETE:  The program mission is to provide an athletic platform as a tool the enhance players opportunities to extend their academic opportunities beyond high school. Throughout the years Virginia Elite has elevated the programs status to a national level by competing in the premier national level programs and tournaments throughout the nation.

As a result, the alumni of Virginia Elite have gone on to be awarded scholarships from various division 1, 2 and 3 colleges. The basketball court is our platform and the game is our vehicle to teach lifelong lessons. Together, we create memorable experiences, have fun and build character in our student-athletes.

Attitude, commitment, discipline, and sacrifice has been the key elements used to build on our program's rich history and its tradition to succeed. Our plan is to always expose student-athletes to a family atmosphere in the hopes that they will build on this tradition and understand the responsibility to hand it down to younger counterparts.

Lastly, our mission is to continuously pursue excellence and overcome adversity. We will always prepare, practice, and play to WIN on the court, in the classroom, and in life.

Virginia Elite Grassroots Basketball

Virginia Elite serves all parts of Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and West Virginia. The premier AAU Grassroots Basketball program in Northern Virginia. Established in 2008 Virginia Elite has maintain a level of excellence that has resulted in many players playing at the highest level of high school and collegiate basketball.

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