Friday, May 20, 2016



 Montez Mathis (Oak Hill Academy/Joppa, Md.)
Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll School/ Havre De Grace, Md.)

Jalen Smith (Mount Saint Joseph H.S./Baltimore, Md.)
The USA Basketball Men's U17 World Championship Team training camp will begin June 10-22 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The athletes will participate in the training camp in hopes of being selected to represent the United States at the 2016 FIBA Men's U17 World Championship, June 23-July 3 in Zaragoza, Spain.
Training camp will get underway at 5 p.m. (MDT) on June 10, and the team will practice twice a day June 11-17. It is anticipated that finalists will be selected on June 12 and the final, 12-member team will be announced no later than June 17.
Invitations to the training camp were issued by the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee, chaired by USA Basketball men's national team director Sean Ford. Athletes eligible for this team must be 17 years old or younger (born on or after 1/1/99) and U.S. citizens.
"This training camp will be extremely competitive based upon the deep pool of talented players on the USA Junior National Team and how hard each player has worked to improve their games over the past year," said Ford. "Our strength as a team will be athletic ability, length and the quantity of players capable of playing multiple positions."

The U.S. will open FIBA U17 World Championship play on June 23 against Taiwan and will face Turkey on June 24. Following a day off, the USA will cap preliminary play against Egypt on June 26. After playing each of the teams in their preliminary round group, all teams advance to the round of 16 on June 28. Winners from the round of 16 advance to the medal round quarterfinals on June 30. The semifinals will be played on July 2, and the finals will be on July 3.

Monday, May 9, 2016


Age, height, weight? Age 19, height 6"5, weight 212lbs.
How long have you been playing basketball? I have been playing basketball for about 11 years now, I started when I was 7 or 8.
What was your mind state going into your senior season - what did you want to accomplish, in comparison to what was actually accomplished? Going in to my senior season was tough for me, knowing that I would have to do even more for the team but I fully embraced my role. All I wanted for my senior year was to go undefeated but we came up a little bit shot on that one but it still was a great year for me and the rest of the team, winning the beltway league was one of our goals and we accomplished that, because we lost in the finals the year before.
Your team defeated API earlier this year a very highly publicized and talented team what were your thoughts going into the game and also after the victory? Going into the game, we all knew they were a good team but we didn't let that get into our head. All we wanted was to go and play hard while everything puts itself into place, we accomplished the mission and came out with the victory. After taking the W. We got back in the gym the next day cause we had a mission to complete.
How would you describe your game? As for my game, I just want to be a complete basketball player first before any thing else, I like to touch every part of the stat sheet, my strength is going to the basket.

What do you feel you need to improve upon for the next level? For the next level, I will need to continue my focus on being a complete player and work on my jump shot which I have been doing and it's going good.
Are you considering a prep year or are you definitely going to college next school year? I'm not considering a prep year, I will be going to college this year.
What colleges have offered you and what schools are starting to show interest? After I was released from my commitment to the Citadel, the schools I have heard from are Hofstra, Quinnipiac , Illinois state, Missouri state, Iona, St. Louis, New Hampshire, and St. Peter's, they are really interested in me and are waiting for me to come for a visit, from the way things are going, they will offer once I go up there for a visit..
How has National Christian helped develop you as a player? National Christian has really helped me. As a ball player and academically also, the coaches made sure they brought the best out of me all the time even at practice, and the teachers at the school helped out with extra study time after school. They made me a better student by making sure I studied all the time and worked hard for my grades or else I would fail, even though I know I'm a good student they still made sure that I did what they asked. Which was great.
As a student-athlete what does the ideal college look like for you both academically and athletically? The ideal college for me, I believe if you do the right thing then success will surely come, I just want to be in a nice situation where I know I'm getting better in school, basketball and also getting better in terms of life in general.

Who are the most influential people in your life both on and off the court? The most influential people in my life on and off the court are my family and coach Shawn Harmon's family.

Friday, May 6, 2016


 Good luck to all D.C. MD. and VA. area players participating this weekend.
International Middle School Combine



The IMSC is the standard for elite middle school talent camps. This is an invite only camp and we take players on a first respond basis. We may invite 150 players but will only take the first 100 to register and pay. On average we have 6-7 McDonalds All American committee voters watching these kids before they ever play a single high school game. The best of the best are trained and tested here in Houston.
 Each Camp Participant Will Receive Camp Memento

• A meal served to Players around 4:30pm on Saturday Only

• Education Sessions by Knowledgeable Guest Speakers

• Team and Individual Evaluation

• 8 Stations with Two (2) Coaches Per Station

• Staff of Former Professional and College Players

• 5 Competitive Games

• Evaluation Services

Thursday, May 5, 2016

'This is my fight': Andrew 'Spongebob' Washington - ALL-MET ELITE

'This is my fight'
 Andrew 'Spongebob' Washington

Andrew 'Spongebob' Washingon is a D.C. streetball legend who became the champion of FIGHTBALL, the world's most intense one-on-one basketball competition. His life has completely changed, but he hasn't forgotten his past. This is his incredible journey in his own words, as told to AOL Sports.
Mom was praying. A lot.

She's a strong woman, that Joyce Washington, but she'd been the rock of our family for long enough. She knows her baby boy all too well; she heard it in my voice and knew I really meant it this time. I chose to become obsessed with getting on the right path. It was time for me to step up and become our rock. This is my chance, I kept saying.

I'm only 32 years old and I've been homeless, I've been broke, I experienced what it was like to be alone with nothing but your thoughts in a prison cell, and worst of all I know what it's like to fall short of being the best you can be. The excuses are done, I replayed in my head, and victory is in my future.

FIGHTBALL was the vehicle I needed, the big break I had been searching for, to walk the walk. At first the concept sounded a little crazy – the world's most intense one-on-one basketball competition – but knowing I could utilize my basketball skills to score a big payday and get on the right track was all I needed to hear. And the more I heard, the more I believed in the product.

I had played overseas. I hung 52 points on Kevin Durant and 40 on Gilbert Arenas in the park. There's one place, I know, in the world where I am most comfortable and confident: the court. Like I said, though, Mom was still praying.

I've been blessed throughout my life –- and next to sharing the love I have for my little daughter, I've never felt God's goodness more than on a dimly lit court inside a New York City nightclub where hundreds of bystanders witnessed the birth of what some are calling "the sports world's newest obsession."

One-one-one basketball. Full court. Eight-second shot clock. Eight-minute games. Nowhere to hide.

When I finally won the overall championship –- and the $100,000 check that came with it –- I was overjoyed. Sometimes in life when you accomplish a goal, it feels great just because you believed in yourself the whole time.

Even during the storms.

Growing up wasn't easy, but I've heard of –- and certainly witnessed –- worse situations. My mom always put us first, and that's why she's my hero. Actually, I have two role models. My 19-year-old sister Alexis is my best friend. She exemplifies living life to the fullest despite her fight with being in a wheelchair every day.

So, no, tall and muscular basketball players who fake a snarl before playing one-on-one don't scare me. Alexis faces her battle with a smile. That's what I do too -– because I want to be like her.

My stepdad, who passed away 2009, was the first person to introduce me to basketball. From the first moment, I fell in love with it. I loved the thought of having to earn two points. I was oddly drawn to the massive failure rate. If you miss a shot, it's no big deal. The next possession will be better. Maybe that's why it's become my comfort zone. I've missed a lot of shots in my life. And I'm not talking about basketball. But I've always known I could do better – and would do better – the next time around. Being a good basketball player demands an innate sense of optimism and self-assurance. Now that I think about it, basketball made me who I am.

As a kid, it kept me busy. Guys were doing things they shouldn't have been doing, but I chose basketball instead. Basketball saved my life.

I only played during the last two years in high school, and in my senior year I actually was a post player. I'm only 6-foot-2, but knew how to use my body. I could jump high and was fearless. That same season, I had a coach who passed away and I remembered, from the moment I transferred in, he taught me so much about how to play aggressively. He believed in me and that felt good.

After high school, I went to play at Allen County Community in Kansas and was named Conference Player of Year during my sophomore year. I then transferred to the University of Delaware and experienced success there too. After school, I had a couple agents who said they could get me here, get me there, and eventually ended up in the ABA suiting up for the Maryland NightHawks. It was my first pro job, which was cool, but I still reached out to a couple overseas scouts. In my second season, I got a contract in Mexico. Then Uruguay. Then Romania.

And in one moment, all of that didn't mean anything. In 2011, I was coming back from a job and got into a situation at an airport. I was sent to prison for what happened and it took two years away from my life. It was hard because for that dark period because I wasn't playing competitive basketball. And when I finally got out and came back home to D.C., there were money problems. My living situation was, well, not optimal either. Here's when I scared myself the most: I came to the realization that the only way to make money was going to Iraq. I was terrified.

But just when I thought God stopped listening, I received a call from a group of businessmen from Israel and Sweden named Liron Reznik and Jonas Hallberg, respectively, and they wanted to know if I was interested in joining a new sport they were creating.

One catch, they reiterated.

"It's not for everyone."

I got that call when I was in Los Angeles for a tournament. We talked, we got to know each other and they eventually came to know my story. They knew the CliffsNotes version -– I dominated street ball in D.C., in one of the best leagues down there, played well against NBA guys, and now I wanted another opportunity.

Things happened from there. I was a believer in FIGHTBALL right away, from the first day. At the first event, other guys were playing -– I played during the second day -– but I still had a chance to soak in the atmosphere. I was so ready to compete and so appreciative to be a part of it.

As the three-day event in February was about to tip-off in New York City, it dawned on me that people would never fully grasp how difficult this sport is. I have to work extremely hard to be physically fit and FIGHTBALL ready. Yes, that's a thing.

I tried to tailor my rigorous training regimen. I wasn't doing too much heavy lifting. Actually, I never really needed to do that. I was a 10-pound baby and I've always been bulky. I lost about 10-to-12 pounds just because how much cardio I was doing prior to the tournament.

The biggest mental exercise, though, came while I was doing time. I learned about myself in those two years. I promised that if I ever got back on top I'd always be humble. I'd value my family, my friends, everybody.

When you're on top, when you're playing overseas, when you're getting money, you hear everyone tell you how great you are. You have a lot people around you who may not have your best interests at hand. I learned the hard way. I promised when I came home, I would play my heart out. Every day. I know what it's like to have life taken away from you –- and that was not happening again.

In fact, I was going to create my new life.

Now you understand why my mind was heavy before the FIGHTBALL final. When I wrapped up a victory over Leandro De Lima of Brazil, fans went wild and I couldn't breathe. I looked around and was taken aback on how quickly my life changed for the better. I received the big check and posed for pictures that generated immense buzz on social media and especially back home in D.C. Some knew my story, some didn't. But all the love I felt was real and I appreciated it.

I retreated to the locker room after the pomp and circumstance was over and delirious fans poured out of the nightclub and into the streets of Manhattan well past midnight. Being choked up is tough to hide while taking pictures and talking to supporters after victory. I had just won FIGHTBALL. I was the toughest cat in the place. I couldn't be seen crying.

But I picked up my cell phone in the darkness of a non-descript concrete locker room and started to lose it. Mom and Alexis were so proud of me. But they made sure to remind me: Focus on not forgetting what that I had been through and to stay humble and grounded. I cried at the hotel that night. I cried on the train home. I was so blessed.

If I didn't go through all that I did, I wouldn't have been FIGHTBALL ready. Truth be told, I was exhausted, but I just used that extra motivation, all that pain, all that built-up hurt and I let it come out in my game. The bad times in my life provided enough adrenaline and motivation.

Life has been good since the win. I went back to my normal routine, helping my mom and sister, doing my best to be a role model for my daughter and, honestly, just being a homebody. I don't go out and I don't do anything that could potentially bruise the new life I created. I'm in a position where I can't take anything for granted, but I also can't be satisfied.

So, yes, I'm training for the next FIGHTBALL event this summer. The sky is the limit for the new sport, and it's going to keep growing and growing more rapidly as time goes on. Maybe five years from now, it might become major sport –- and I'm honored to be one of the pillars.

This is my calling because I play with so much passion. I am FIGHTBALL. It's my life and I'm going to give it everything I have.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016


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 Age, Height, Weight? 17, 6'1 and 167 lbs.
What age did you start playing basketball? I started playing basketball at 5 years old.
What teams and schools did you play for growing up? I played rec league basketball for Lake Arbor. Before I joined Team Takeover I played with a team called the Lake Arbor Hawks who started as a rec team and ended up being an AAU team.
For HS. why did you believe St. John's was the best fit for you both academically and athletically? I selected St. John's high school because I felt like it was a school that was going to challenge me and at the same time I would be able to manage academically. As far as basketball, I felt like I would learn from the seniors that were here and I would be able to play on varsity all four years.
You have played with the current Washington Post player of the year Anthony Cowan for two seasons what have you learned from him that you will continue to use going forward? I learned from Anthony how to be more aggressive and how to play at a high energy level at all times.
St. Johns won the WCAC title this year what are your predictions for next season?  I have no predictions for next year yet. It is to early to predict. I feel however that my team is capable of getting back to where we were last year so that is what we will strive to do.
What are you spring/summer basketball plans? My plans are to play well this spring/summer to hopefully receive a few more college offers going into my junior year. I am also looking forward to being invited to the top camps this year
What do you plan to work on this off season to expand your game for your junior year? As far as the offseason is concerned I am looking to becoming more of a leader and also more vocal. Also improving my jump-shot to make it tougher to guard me.
What do you believe you need to work on to improve your game? I believe I need to work on my jump-shot and being a vocal leader. That will be vital in determining how we do next season.
What do you believe is your biggest strength on the court? My biggest strength would be my IQ.
What do you bring to your team that is needed most?  My ability to hit the open man. I am also a fast guard who is able to get to anywhere on the court and I believe my explosiveness is good as well. 
What college offers and interest have you received? I currently hold one offer from Manhattan University.

Sunday, May 1, 2016


When: UA Next Combine Series East – Washington, D.C. – Saturday April 30, 2016

Where: St. John’s College High School

Who: all players listed below were on the official event roster. Apologies if we excluded anyone from the D.C. MD. or VA area. who participated but were not officially listed.

Caleb Bowers - 6'0 Guard - Maryland - Tough competitor, quick guard, solid handle, passer and shooter. Will need to focus upon improving strength for HS.

Tyler Brelsford  - 5'11 Guard - Maryland - Patient floor leader, solid handle, good decision maker, decent shooter. Will need to improve quickness, defense and strength for HS.

Mike Sumner - 6'2 Guard - Maryland - Smooth player, good shooter, decent handle and underrated passer, combo guard. Will need to focus upon foot speed, defense and intensity for HS.
Rahim Ali - 5'11 Guard - Maryland - quick guard, good penetrator, passer and crafty floor leader. Will need to focus upon shooting and improving strength for HS.
Jordan Toles - 6'2 Guard - Maryland - Athletic, strong, tough, high motor player who keeps coming at you. Good at getting to the rim and rebounding. Willing passer. Will need to focus upon shooting, ball-handling, and shot selection for HS. 
Keyshawn Johnson - 6'0 Guard - Maryland - Wiry quick guard, decent passer, good anticipation for steals and pressure defense. Will need to focus upon decision making, shot selection and strength for HS.
Che Evans Jr. - 6'6 Guard - Maryland - Does a little bit of everything, passes, shoots, rebounds, handles, good solid frame and size. Will need to focus upon intensity and playing to his strengths consistently for HS.  
Caleb Dorsey - 6'6 Guard - Maryland - Good size and skillset, all the things necessary needed to be very good. Will need to focus upon strength, intensity, shooting, attacking the basket and rebounding for HS.
Justin Lewis - 6'6 - Forward - Maryland - Strong frame, good size and strong base already for incoming HS. player, athletic. Will need to focus on post play/shooting close to the basket and rebounding.
Cameron Byers - 6'6 - Forward - Maryland - Strong body banger who goes after it, rebounds and uses body well to score over taller players. Will need to focus on developing short perimeter game, post play, and explosiveness for HS.
Ishmael Leggett - 6'0 - Guard - Maryland  -Very willing defensive player, good rebounder for size, who finds a way to score, solid perimeter skills. Will need to focus upon ball-handling, passing and strength for HS.
This April, Under Armour Basketball will introduce the “UA Next Combine Series” for select middle school basketball players. The Combine Series is an invite only program that will offer eighth graders high-level teaching, instruction and competition.  The program will run for a full day in each of the following six cities nationwide, including: Washington, D.C., Columbus, Ohio, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston and Walnut Creek, California.

The “UA Next Combine Series” is for current eighth grade players (Class of 2020) and 40 total players will be selected at each location. Players will compete for invitations to the prestigious “UA Next Experience” at the Under Armour Elite 24 this August in New York City.  Under Armour’s Elite 24 event is the nation’s premier annual high school basketball showcase that offers the world’s top prospects an opportunity to experience the energy and spirit of authentic playground basketball, while competing on the biggest stage of the summer.

“UA Next Combine Series” is the latest program from Under Armour’s Grassroots Basketball platform. It joins ongoing nationwide events, including the UA Association League, NBPA Top 100 Camp, SC30 Select Camp, UA All American Camp and the UA Elite 24. It is the purpose of these events to provide youth basketball players with the opportunity to hone their skills and maximize exposure in high-level teaching and competitive environments.  The platform aligns with Under Armour’s mission to “Make All Athletes Better.”