Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WALE - TO BE NAMED BRAND AMBASSADOR TO THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS - ALL-MET ELITE

WALE 
 TO BE NAMED 
BRAND AMBASSADOR
 TO THE 
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 
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 Wale The Official ambassador for the Washington Wizards. #DCrising wizkidz shinning big Ted and I got perfect timing 16h

This past week, Wale announced his partnership with NBA’s Washington Wizards as a Brand Ambassador during an interview on The Breakfast Club. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

GONZAGA HS. POINT GUARD BRYANT CRAWFORD COMMITS TO WAKE FOREST - ALL-MET ELITE

GONZAGA HS.
 POINT GUARD 
BRYANT CRAWFORD
 COMMITS 
TO 
WAKE FOREST 
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WASHINGTON D.C.

Landing Crawford is a big development for Wake Forest, which missed out on 2015 forward Samir Sehic (who committed to Vanderbilt) last week. The 6-foot-2 Crawford, who attends Gonzaga HS in Washington, D.C., is Wake Forest’s first verbal commitment in the Class of 2015. Crawford took three official visits before making this decision, with his trip to Winston-Salem coming in between visits to SMU in late August and Georgetown last weekend.

Crawford missed part of his junior season at Gonzaga with a broken finger, but his play during the summer led to his stock rising in recruiting circles. Playing with the Team Takeover program Crawford averaged 12.7 points and 3.6 assists per contest in Nike EYBL play. He was also invited to the NBPA Top 100 Camp and LeBron James Skills Academy in July, with his dunk on LSU commit Ben Simmons being one of the highlights from the Top 100 camp.

The addition of Crawford gives Manning a player he can build around as he looks to revitalize the Wake Forest program. The job now is to take the momentum gained from Crawford’s commitment and use it to attract more players capable of helping the Demon Deacons compete in the ACC on a nightly basis.

Friday, September 19, 2014

GONZAGA HS. BRYANT CRAWFORD SUMMER MIX-TAPE - ALL-MET ELITE

GONZAGA HS.
 BRYANT CRAWFORD
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GONZAGA HS.
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2015 point guard Bryant Crawford had a big summer with Team Takeover in the EYBL circuit and carried his momentum into NBPA Top 100 Camp. The 6’3 Gonzaga HS prospect finished the summer in style, also playing in the Under Armour Elite24 game in NYC. 

As the success continued, more school’s were in contact with Bryant until he trimmed his list to seven. Indiana, Georgetown, Marquette, Memphis, SMU, Tennessee, and Wake Forest are all still in the running for the 2015 guard. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washington D.C. vs. Baltimore in Hometown Madness - SYRACUSE BASKETBALL HISTORY - ALL-MET ELITE

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SPINGARN HS.
WASHINGTON D.C.

COURTESY 
OF 
SYRACUSE.COM
Hometown Bracket Madness: Washington, D.C., vs. Baltimore
It's a Battle of the Beltway in the finals of Syracuse Hometown Madness. Syracuse players representing the cities of Baltimore and Washington have advanced through two rounds of play to today's championship game.

The two teams consist of some of the greatest names in Syracuse history. Baltimore is led by Carmelo Anthony, while Washington D.C. counters with three outstanding backcourt players in Sherman Douglas, Lawrence Moten and Dave Bing.

Washington D.C. and Baltimore rolled over their first two opponents.

Baltimore advanced to the final with wins over Rochester and an International team. In its semifinal win over the International group, Baltimore had 60 percent of the votes (274 to 181).

Washington D.C. cruised past California and Philadelphia. The semifinal against Philly had been seen as a close one, but D.C. had nearly 80 percent of the votes.

Washington's starting five includes Bing, Douglas, Moten, Jerami Grant and Arinze Onuaku. Baltimore's starters are Anthony, Herman Harried, C.J. Fair, Donte Greene and Michael Lloyd.

Harried, who has been serving as Baltimore's captain, said the Charm City team has too much size for Washington D.C.

"They are too small,'' Harried said. "They can't match our size and versatility. They are going down.''

Moten, the leading scorer in Syracuse history, said Anthony won't be enough to beat D.C.

"Too many guys on that team need the ball to make something happen,'' Moten said. "One great player will never beat a true team. We know our roles in D.C.''

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DUKE BASKETBALL - QUINN COOK - 2014 SUMMER WORKOUT - ALL-MET ELITE

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MOUTH OF WILSON VA.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Penn State basketball's stunning success recruiting DMV region could mark dawning of a new age - ALL-MET ELITE

Penn State 
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 stunning success recruiting 
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OAK HILL ACADEMY 
MOUTH OF WILSON VA.
ARTICLE COURTESY 
OF
 PENNLIVE.COM
DAVID JONES
Rightly, Penn State football's recruiting prowess under James Franklin has been a hot topic lately. But that's a brand that, even under the weight of NCAA sanctions, is well-established, able to float on its own almost no matter the storm.

   What's been going on lately with Penn State men's basketball recruiting is, in another realm entirely. In comparison, it is nothing short of astounding.

   This is a program where prior regimes never really attempted to mix with college hoops' big boys on the recruiting trail in the fertile urban areas of Philadelphia, let alone the adjacent Delaware/Maryland/Virginia area around Washington, D.C., known in the trade as the "DMV."

   Well, that is very clearly changing. PSU's fourth-year coach Patrick Chambers brought with him his Villanova-partner Keith Urgo as an assistant when he arrived in 2011. He welcomed aboard another member of the Jay Wright mafia last year in Dwayne Anderson. And together, they are attracting talent from the region never before seen at Penn State.

   Energizer bunnies Chambers and Urgo laid the ground work by inviting groups of players and coaches up from well-known DC-area AAU teams to visit the Penn State campus through 2011-2013. The visits didn't immediately pay dividends but gave players and their parents a look at the surroundings, made it familiar and showed them that State College wasn't Mars but a doable 3-hour drive to a large and scenic campus.

   Then, the young, charming and comfortable Anderson bolstered those relationships and finally got a pair of 4-star recruits to meetings with the closer Chambers.

   In the past few months, Penn State has gained verbal commitments from 4-star rising-senior off-guard Josh Reaves, 4-star rising-junior power forward Joe Hampton and 3-star rising-senior small forward Deividas Zemgulis. All are from the DMV. Hampton played for Hyattsville's DeMatha High before transferring to Oak Hill Academy in nearby Fairfax, Va. He joined Reaves who'd transferred from Paul VI High in Fairfax. Zemgulis is from Leonardtown, Md.

   Add in Philadelphia 4-star rising-senior power forward Mike Watkins who committed last summer and suddenly Penn State has a core of talent among two classes unlike anything in the program's history.

   "They hit a couple of home runs," said Maryland-based Tom Strickler of the National Recruiting Report, a coaches-only service that tracks prep talent. "And that's a nice trifecta with the Lithuanian kid [Zemgulis]. They can all play on the floor together if you do it right.

   "And they got in with some elite AAU programs at the same time."

   The importance of that: If the recruits sign and find happiness and success at Penn State, they will be the best recruiters any program can have. An AAU pipeline could follow; that's the gravy train for any established program.

   During the perpetuity of PSU basketball's existence, the DMV might as well have been the DMZ. Penn State coaches simply didn't attempt to battle Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech or any of the other urban-campus I-95 corridor schools there for blue-chip talent. The great AAU programs were considered foreign turf, insular societies unreachable by an outlier football school located up in the central Pennsylvania mountains.

   That has changed in a big way. When he arrived, Chambers immediately targeted his old Nova stomping grounds of Philadelphia to some modest success. But in the meantime, he and his staff were building relationships in the mid-Atlantic, as well.

   "Our formula from the very beginning was: We're all Northeast guys," said Urgo, 34, a DC native who coached at Gonzaga High there and played at Fairfield in Connecticut. "We've maintained our relationships with very good AAU programs.

   "Instead of attacking one or two kids the first two years, we wanted to use our relationships to get groups of kids to visit just to get them and their parents familiar.

   "We're younger than some staffs. Coach Chambers understands marketing and branding and he's full of energy. We knew that, no matter whether other staffs avoided the DMV, that we could go in there and recruit nationally with the Penn State brand."

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Chambers loved Anderson as a player when he helped Jay Wright coach him at Villanova (here during the 89-69 NCAA tournament rout of UCLA in 2009 at the Wells Fargo Center) and is loving him just as much as his newest PSU assistant.
Villanova Univ photo

   When Chambers persuaded Anderson to retire from European pro ball last summer and settle down to a coaching career concurrent with his July 2013 marriage, those DMV connections only strengthened.

   "They're teaching me and grooming every day," said Anderson, still a mere 28. "People thought I was crazy to retire so early. I came to the interview thinking, 'I'm not going to take this job. I'm too young.' But something's different in the air up here at Penn State."

   Anderson grew up in Silver Spring, Md., and played for the DC Assault AAU giant, now known as DC Premier. He knew well Keith Stevens, the CEO of another area heavyweight, Team Takeover, who recruited him in middle school.

   Where other PSU staffs didn't have the intimate connections, this one did. They never considered not recruiting the DMV.

   "There's so many players, too many players," said Anderson. "We all have connections in that area. We don't have a fear of going up and down I-95. It's not like we're going to some random place we don't know."

   And it's been a perfect time to attack the region. It's fair to say the area's traditional heavyweights are amid a lull. Though Tony Bennett's UVa program won the ACC last year and is at an apex, the others have plateaued.

   Georgetown is still showing up in the tournament but has been a continual disappointment lately under John Thompson III. The Hoyas missed the NCAAs last year and were upset by double-digit seeds in each of the previous four (2010-13).

   Maryland has missed the last four consecutive NCAAs, the first time that's happened since the confluence of the Bob Wade and Gary Williams regimes (1989-93) wracked by NCAA probation. Five of last season's top eight scorers have transferred and Mark Turgeon is on the ropes entering his fourth season, depending on a highly-regarded freshman class to float the Terrapins through their first season in the Big Ten.

   Virginia Tech, once a recruiting factor in the region under Seth Greenberg and former PSU assistant James Johnson, has fallen on hard times and just made a coaching change.

   Meanwhile, Rutgers and Maryland's new Big Ten membership and clearance of the BTN on East Coast cable rosters means area recruits and their parents are starting to think of the once exclusively Midwestern league as a viable option.

   It's fair to say Penn State is pouncing on that opportunity.