Elijah Clarance, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound point guard from St. Maria-Goretti High School in Hagerstown, Md., made an oral commitment to Illinois State’s basketball program Wednesday night. Clarance, who came from Sweden to St. Maria-Goretti two years ago, visited the ISU campus earlier this month.
Clarance played AAU basketball for D.C. Premier out of Washington, D.C. He reportedly had offers from Delaware and Towson and had drawn recruiting interest from Maryland and Georgetown.
Coach Turner was chosen for this award because he has inspired so many student-athletes over his 12 years as Gonzaga’s head coach, and his 17 years overall at the school. He has coached and mentored eight student-athletes who have been named the Gatorade D.C. Player of the Year. His hard work and dedication to building “Men for Others” of great character, who have excelled both on and off the court, made him a slam dunk choice as the first ever Gatorade National Coach of the Year.
The inspiring true story of a high-school basketball team that overcame desperate circumstances in 1980s Baltimore to produce four NBA players and give hope to a neighborhood and a city, thanks to a remarkable coach who relentlessly pursued perfection.
As the crack epidemic swept across inner-city America in the early 1980s, the streets of Baltimore were crime ridden. For poor kids from the housing projects, the future looked bleak. But basketball could provide the quickest ticket out, an opportunity to earn a college scholarship and perhaps even play in the NBA.
Dunbar High School had one of the most successful basketball programs, not only in Baltimore but in the entire country, and in the early 1980s, the Dunbar Poets were arguably the best high school team of all time. Four starting players—Muggsy Bogues, Reggie Williams, David Wingate, and Reggie Lewis—would eventually play in the NBA, an unheard-of success rate. In The Boys of Dunbar, Alejandro Danois takes us through the 1981-1982 season with the Poets as the team conquered all its opponents. But more than that, he takes us into the lives of these kids, and especially of Coach Bob Wade, a former NFL player from the same neighborhood who knew that the basketball court, and the lessons his players would learn there, held the key to the future.
Drawing on interviews with Coach Wade, Muggsy Bogues, and others, The Boys of Dunbar is a remarkable testament to the power of dedication, inspiration, and teamwork. It is an ode to an extraordinary coach, a father figure who had lived the life of his players years before and who turned a dream into reality.
Emerging from humble beginnings in Washington D.C. to one of the world’s greatest basketball players, Kevin Durant didn’t just simply “make it.” He had to work. And when he was pouring in countless hours of practice time, many of them were spent on courts in Fairmount Heights located in Prince Georges County.
Durant’s childhood court serves as inspiration for the latest colorway of his signature shoe.The Nike KD 9 “Fairmount Heights” shines in shades of grey from top to bottom, with Cool Grey acting as the primary tone. Flyknit construction ensures the performance shoe is lightweight and of the utmost technological specifications. Full length Zoom Air offers much of the same while also aiding in durability and cushioning.
Expect the “Fairmount Heights” KD’s in stores on November 25.
What are your senior season basketball goals for Sidwell Friends? I want to win both a MAC and a DC state championship.
What were the highlights of your final summer playing AAU? I was hurt most of the summer, so Peach Jam was the highlight. The atmosphere there is crazy.
What was it about the University of Pennsylvania both academically and athletically that led you to commit there as a student/athlete? I felt like Penn was the best fit for me both on and off the court. They have the best business program in the world in the Wharton School, and on the court the coaching staff believes in me and will allow me to play the way that I play.
What are your thoughts of your Team Takeover AAU teammate and fellow local Eddie Scott starting his college career alongside you at the University of Pennsylvania? I think Eddie made a great choice and I'm excited to play with him!
Did Eddie Scott's earlier commitment factor into yours? Yes, after Eddie committed he recruited me there really hard, and was a big part of my decision.
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