Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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

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

SHERMAN DOUGLAS
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

DUKE BASKETBALL 
QUINN COOK 
 2014 SUMMER WORKOUT 
 ALL-MET ELITE 

OAK HILL ACADEMY
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 
basketball's
 stunning success recruiting 
DMV region 
could mark dawning of a 
new age 
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JOSH REAVES
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.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

2014 GOODMAN LEAGUE CLASSIC - THE GOODMAN LEAGUE vs. THE MELO LEAGUE - ALL-MET ELITE

2014 
GOODMAN LEAGUE CLASSIC 
THE GOODMAN LEAGUE
vs.
THE MELO LEAGUE 
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On August 31st The Goodman League will have its annual Roundball Classic at Georgetown’s Mc Donough Arena. You can get your tickets at all DTLR stores, DTLR is the official ticket outlet for this event. 

GONZAGA HS. BRYANT CRAWFORD SELECTED TO UNDER ARMOUR ELITE 24 GAME - ALL-MET ELITE

GONZAGA HS.
 BRYANT CRAWFORD
 SELECTED 
TO 
UNDER ARMOUR ELITE 24 
GAME 
 ALL-MET ELITE 

GONZAGA HS.
WASHINGTON D.C.

The roster for the 2014 Under Armour Elite 24 was released on Wednesday night as some of the top rising seniors, juniors and sophomores in the country will come together in New York City on August 23rd for the annual event.

This will be the ninth consecutive year this event has gone on as it seems to get bigger and better each summer. While the 24 players selected haven't been split into two teams yet, you can check out who has been picked to make the trip to Brooklyn at the end of the month below.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

OAK HILL ACADEMY - JOE HAMPTON COMMITS TO PENN STATE - ALL-MET ELITE

OAK HILL ACADEMY 
 JOE HAMPTON
COMMITS TO
 PENN STATE 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
OAK HILL ACADEMY
MOUTH OF WILSON VA.
 
Penn State received a commitment from 2016 Hyattsville (Md.) Oak Hill Academy small forward Joe Hampton on Saturday.
The 6-foot-6, 235 pound forward had offers from Xavier and DePaul and is ranked No. 80 overall by 247Sports.
 
Hampton recently camped at Penn State at the end of June, and announced he was transferring to national power Oak Hill Academy in July. Hampton will be teammates with 2015 Penn State Josh Reaves. 
 
The four star is Penn State's first commit of the 2016 class and was recruited by Dwayne Anderson.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nike Hyperdunk 2014 “City Pack” - "DOC" - DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - ALL-MET ELITE

Nike Hyperdunk 
2014 
“City Pack”
  "DOC"
 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 
 ALL-MET ELITE 
nike hyperdunk 2014 low city pack dc 6 900x506 Nike Hyperdunk 2014 City Pack

nike hyperdunk 2014 low city pack dc 4 900x690 Nike Hyperdunk 2014 City Pack

nike hyperdunk 2014 low city pack dc 2 900x500 Nike Hyperdunk 2014 City Pack

New York, LA, Chicago, and DC – four undeniable meccas of the game of basketball get the special treatment in this latest collection of Hyperdunks. The Nike Hyperdunk 2014 in both the Mid and Low version are members of this exclusive quartet of city-inspired colorways, with the large tongue acting as the billboard for these hoops-crazed metropolis’.

 These hit stores on August 8th at select Nike Basketball retailers, one week before the launch of the World Basketball Festival in Chicago (and you can definitely expect some goodies regarding Nike kicks at the event). Peep the official photo gallery below and stay tuned for more updates on the Hyperdunk 2014 and more Nike Basketball sneaker releases.