Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Calvin Coolidge HS. First Annual Winter Holiday Basketball Tournament - ALL-MET ELITE

 Calvin Coolidge HS.
 First Annual
 Winter Holiday Basketball 

 The Coolidge Varsity Basketball Team will host a tournament this Xmas holiday, featuring four premier high school basketball programs in the Metropolitan DC region, including Coolidge HS (2 time DCIAA Champions), Wise (Defending 4A State Champions) Cesar Chavez (DC Charter School Champions) and Capitol Christian School (Beltway League Finalist). In addition, there will be a pre-event  featuring 3-on-3 game, teams composed of adults (18 years and older) in the community. 

The tournament will be held on Friday, December 26 and Saturday, December 27 at the Frank R. Williams Activity Center  Calvin Coolidge High School, 6315 5th St., NW

Tournament Details:
Friday December 26
Doors Open at 5:00 PM
Game 1 -5:30 pm
Game 2 - 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 27
Pre-tournament 3 on 3 games begins at 11:00 am
Doors Open at 5:00 PM
Championship game 5:30 pm

Tournament Pass (Adult) - $18.00
Tournament Pass (Student) - $8.00
Provides full access to tournament events on the 26th & 27th.

1-Day Pass (Adult) - $10.00
1-Day Pass (Student) - $5.00

Tournament Contact Information:
Vaughn Jones
Boys Varsity Basketball Coach
Calvin Coolidge HS
Phone: 202-327

Frank Jones
Calvin Coolidge High School Alumni Association President
Phone: 202-369-5644

Support of this annual event will be provided by the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc. DT Nation,Inc., and the Frank R. Williams Scholarship Fund, Inc.

The proceeds from the tournament will be used to support local and national charities, including the National Brain Tumor Society, American Cancer Society, the Frank R. Williams Scholarship Fund, Inc. Annual Scholarships, and the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc. Annual Scholarships/Benefits.




Monday, December 15, 2014




Washington DC - Prior to the tip of the National HS Hoop Festival, the Gonzaga DC Classic featured eight teams filled with prospects of all ages. As host team Gonzaga packed a punch, they were not the only ones who performed well on the first day of the event on Friday. Here's a look at who stood out.

2016 Gonzaga (DC) shooting guard Nigel Stewart - Stewart is a slashing guard who can score the ball in a variety of ways, primarily by getting to the cup. He can shoot it a bit, but most of his points came off of fast break layups where he is quick and aggressive in the lane. Stewart is trying to transition into a combo guard where his size and improving jump shot will help him out, especially once he improves his handle. The junior is also a good rebounder and defender because of the energy level that he plays with on a consistent basis. This has led to interest from American, Maine, Mount St. Mary's, UNC Greensboro and Siena with no formal offers as of now.

2018 Capitol Christian (MD) power forward Nate Watson - Young, skilled and big, there is a lot to like about the freshman. It is early on but he has a very mature and developed post game. He has soft hands and touch to go along with good footwork and an ability to score in the post. He must assert himself all the time and run the floor with a purpose. Essentially, he still plays a bit innocent for someone who, in time, will need to get meaner and more aggressive. That being said, the skill level is high and could take him far. Old Dominion is heavily involved early on.

2016 Mount Harmel (MD) power forward David Erebor - Erebor does not have the skill yet to make much of an impact on the court, but there is a lot to like about his game. He is very active on the defensive end by communicating and moving around. He has good size with a body that has yet to fill out. He can really jump but is not the most coordinated at this point. His offensive game is raw, but with some work from the right coaching staff at the mid-major level, he could be ready to contribute to a college program by his junior year.

2017 Capitol Christian (MD) shooting guard Chris Orlina - Formerly of the 2016 class, Orlina put on a show with his scoring ability. He has a long, wiry frame that is filling out and ideal for a shooting guard. Unlike most scoring guards, he isn't afraid to get dirty and play in the post in order to grab a rebound or loose ball. Orlina has good form and release to his shot. He can shoot the mid-range or outside jumper, as well as get to the hole. His handle is still developing but he was pretty effective in the open floor. Old Dominion, NC State, Radford, Air Force, Virginia, Virginia Tech and others are involved, but look for his stock to rise in near time. He has roots in Philadelphia, as well, so Big Five schools could get involved, too.

2017 Gonzaga (DC) point guard Chris Lykes - Lykes put on a show, despite being the smallest player in the event. Only 5-foot-7, he commands and runs an offense like former Xavier point Drew Lavender. He is quick, can create his own shot and is always playing harder than his opponents. He has quick hands and timing when it comes to picking the ball from the ball handler. From there, he gains possession and sprints to the finish line for a basket. What Lykes needs is a consistent jumper as he already has the ability and speed to create his own shot. If he can do this, he will be a serious threat. That being said, the sophomore already holds scholarship offers from Hofstra, Old Dominion and Richmond with interest from Miami, Stanford, Virginia, Towson, Maryland and others.

2018 Mount Carmel (MD) shooting guard Montez Mathis - West Virginia and Virginia are on him early, and rightfully so. Mathis is a big, developed scoring guard who does a really good job of facilitating the offense. He plays at the top of the key and finds open teammates, or cuts to the basket. A talented slasher, he can get into the lane and get off his own shot with ease. Only a freshman, Mathis needs to be a consistent finisher at the basket.




Hyattsville, MD - Now in its eighth year, the National High School Hoop Festival run by Keith Stevens and Team Takeover was filled with tremendous matchups that paired local DMV powers against some of the top high school programs in the nation for one very exciting day of hoops.

2016 St. John's (DC) point guard Anthony Cowan - Cowan had a strong all-around performance on both the offensive and defensive end. He got into the lanes using his speed and distributed to his teammates. But when he needed to, he scored in the lane or shot the long ball. Cowan's timely shooting not only led to one, but two, buzzer beaters from deep. He plays hard on defense and forces turnovers with his pestering size and speed. Scheduled to visit Louisville unofficially next weekend, he is also looking at Florida State, Xavier, Maryland, Georgetown, Penn State and others.

2016 DeMatha (MD) shooting guard Markelle Fultz - A fall stock riser, Fultz has really improved his game by utilizing a pull-up jumper as his biggest strength. This goes along with his aggressive nature off the dribble where he can get to the cup and use his body to make contact and score. Fultz plays hard on both ends and has a really good motor and ability to find the right shots. This has led to a major boost in his recruitment with new offers in the past few months from Wake Forest, South Carolina, Memphis, Georgetown, Cincinnati, George Mason, Maryland, Miami and Washington with several others who offered 

2015 Montrose Christian (MD) guard Kyle DePollar - After transferring to Montrose for his senior year, the combo guard has picked up some low D1 college interest. He proved his value by showing a lot of heart on the court despite being a bit undersized. DePollar drew contact when attacking the basket, shot the ball well from outside and ran some of the offense. He wasn't afraid to get knocked around and hustle despite being outmatched physically. Several schools are showing interest, such as Fairleigh Dickinson and numerous Ivy League programs, in the guard.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- Keith Stevens has turned the National HS Hoops Festival into a must attend event. The loaded field hit the court on Saturday in front of a sold out crowd at DeMatha Catholic. The nation's top junior -- Jayson Tatum -- showed off his tremendous skill set, while Anthony Cowan made multiple buzzer beaters and Virginia Tech signee Justin Robinson showed significant improvement.
Justin Robinson, PG, Saint James – Robinson seems to flourish when he plays at DeMatha Catholic. He broke out at the National High School Hoops Festival last year. This time around, Robinson played an impressive floor game, made multiple mid and long-range jumpers and showed his competitiveness on both ends of the floor. Robinson seems a tad faster with the ball and was able to break down defenders and get into the paint. He’s a good pass and has a good feel for the point guard position. Robinson finished with 31 points on 12-for-20 shooting. He also tossed out five assists. 
Markelle Fultz, SG, DeMatha – In the fall, Fultz, a 6-foot-4 guard, began to pick up some steam as a player. In front of a big crowd against DeMatha, Fultz raised his game. Fultz scored a team high 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Fultz is comfortable pulling up from mid-range, as four of his six field goals came from that area. Fultz was aggressive off the bounce, went to the glass and played hard on both ends. 

Joe Hampton, C/PF, Oak Hill – Hampton must have enjoyed returning home to play at his former school – DeMatha – and against one of his former rivals – Paul VI. Hampton played with some fire and was assertive when he had chances to score on offense. Hampton, a southpaw, hit a pair of jump shots, including one three-pointer. His other four field goals came off strong finishes inside or off face up drives. Hampton scored 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting in the win over Paul VI.

Anthony Cowan, PG, St. John’s College – Cowan, a 5-foot-11 lead guard, had as good of a day as anyone at the National High School Hoops Festival. Cowan hit a pair of buzzer beaters in the win over Largo. Cowan’s first was a pull-up three to force overtime. Then once in the extra frame, Cowan drove the lane and finished at the rim as the final buzzer sounded. A quick and aggressive guard, Cowan found ways into the paint, was a pest on defense and looked to push the ball when he had opportunities. Cowan scored 27 points, tossed out eight assists and recorded seven steals. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014





Strong DC – Maryland Field Joined by Teams from Philadelphia, New York City

 The 26th Annual Gonzaga DC Classic basketball tournament begins Friday afternoon, December 12, 2014 at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. Games continue Saturday and Sunday at Bender Arena at American University.

Ranked #4 in the area by the Washington Post as the season begins, Gonzaga will be joined in this advancing tournament by seven teams from the Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City regions.

Teams appearing this year are Gonzaga, Calvert Hall College High School (Baltimore, MD), Capitol Christian Academy (Landover, MD), Cardinal Hayes High School (Bronx, NY), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Baltimore, MD), Riverdale Baptist School (Upper Marlboro, MD), Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA), and Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School (Washington, DC).

All proceeds from program sponsors, ticket and merchandise sales go to support Gonzaga’s far-reaching service programs here in the Washington region and across the U.S. and Latin America. The tournament’s slogan is “Great Basketball Supporting Good Works”.

Games begin Friday at 3:15 when Cardinal Hayes takes on Capitol Christian; Gonzaga v. Mt. Carmel follows at 5:00; Roman Catholic v. Theodore Roosevelt is at 6:45; Friday’s opening round concludes with Calvert Hall v. Riverdale Baptist at 8:30 PM. All Friday games will be played in the Carmody Center gym at Gonzaga College High School. Second round games begin at 3:15 on Saturday at Bender Arena at American University; Final round consolation and championship games begin at 1:30 on Sunday at A.U. Tickets are $10.00 per day for adults, $5.00 for students.

The entire tournament will be webcast and can be viewed at the tournament website, The official tournament twitter feed can be found at @gonzagaclassic.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Washington Post Boys’ Basketball Preseason Top 20 rankings - ALL-MET ELITE

The Washington Post 
Boys’ Basketball 
Top 20 rankings 


1. Paul VI (Final 2013-14 record: 31-6)
The defending WCAC champs had five of their top players transfer but welcome back Frank Howard (Syracuse), who missed last year with a knee injury, and added highly touted junior transfer V.J. King.

2. DeMatha (29-6)
The Stags boast one of the area’s most balanced teams, led by athletic sophomore D.J. Harvey, forwards Thomas Bruce and Markelle Fultz and point guard Terrell Allen.

3. Clinton Christian (22-9)
The Eagles are bursting with talent, from returning starters in long forward Develle Phillips and Ahsante Shivers to notable transfers in Kevin Dorsey and Melo Eggleston.

4. Gonzaga (12-17)
A year after being hampered by injuries, the Eagles look to return to their winning ways as guard Bryant Crawford (Wake Forest) is surrounded by weapons in Sam Miller and Chris Lykes.

5. Potomac (Md.) (23-5)
The defending Maryland 2A state champion Wolverines are reloaded, as high-scoring transfer Kaine Wilson joins one of the area’s best players, Randall Broddie (Memphis), in a potent backcourt.

6. Bullis (25-4)
The three-time defending IAC champions lost their top four scorers but restocked with talented transfers in swingman Chyree Walker and guard Mickey Bell.

7. Riverdale Baptist (30-9)
The Crusaders feature a sound backcourt combo in Dequan Abrom, who can score in bunches, and Kenny Wormley, who is one of area’s top lockdown defenders.

8. Montrose Christian (20-5)
Despite graduating five seniors and losing All-Met guard Allonzo Trier to transfer, the Mustangs welcomed six of their own transfers, led by Alani Moore and Taron Oliver.

9. Wise (24-2)
Last year’s Maryland 4A state champions lost their four leading scorers, but the Pumas return a strong group of young talent ready to contend in Prince George’s County.

10. O’Connell (20-12)
The Knights will look to fill the void left by All-Met Player of the Year Melo Trimble with a handful of emerging players in Jamaal King, Oumar Barry, Ako Adams and Lewis Djonkam.

11. National Christian (18-11)
The Eagles have an effective inside-outside combination in swingman Christian Matthews and forward Sylvester Obonga (Georgia Tech).

12. Capitol Christian (22-11)
The Warriors lost all five of their starters but remain contenders in the Capital Beltway Athletic Association behind guards Malik Norfleet and Kwame Camon.

13. W.T. Woodson (21-9)
The two-time defending Virginia 6A North region champs will again be led by four-year starter Eric Bowles, along with sharpshooter Matt Ayoub and slasher Trey Johnson.

14. Coolidge (18-14)
The Colts lost their top three scorers from last year’s team, but bring back junior guard Justin Route, who is poised for a breakout season.

15. Westfield (11-14)
The Bulldogs will vie for their second region title in the last four years, thanks to the addition of junior transfer forward Tyler Scanlon (Paul VI) and emerging guard Brandon Francis.

16. Maret (22-8)
Gone are the Frogs’ trio of senior guards, but Austin Vereen and Luka Garza form an effective one-two punch for the defending MAC champs.

17. Wakefield (24-5)
The defending Virginia 5A North region champs look to repeat behind the play of standout forward Dominique Tham and three-point specialist Marqua Walton.

18. Theodore Roosevelt (25-6)
The Rough Riders lost the hero of their DCIAA championship season, Johnnie Shuler, but return wingman Anthony Whitney, who should help them re-emerge near the top of their league.

19. Oakland Mills (20-5)
The Scorpions already boasted one of Howard County’s best talents in forward Mamadou Ndiaye, and they added senior transfer Will Robinson (St. Frances) to an athletic core.

20. Eleanor Roosevelt (16-7)
Leading scorer Andre Fox is gone, but the addition of Takoma Academy transfer Oladoyin Fadojutimi to a strong group of returners should ease the blow.

On the bubble: Magruder, Potomac (Va.), River Hill, Springbrook, Westlake