Monday, October 9, 2017

THE 2017 HIGHER LEVEL SPORTS PROSPECT SHOWCASE RECAP - ALL-MET ELITE

THE 2017
HIGHER LEVEL SPORTS
 PROSPECT SHOWCASE
RECAP
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
C.D. Hylton High School
Woodbridge VA.
10-8-17
 
 
The Higher Level Sports Prospect Showcase was a well organized event & an excellent display of some high level basketball. Games were fast paced & each player got an opportunity to display their talent as the rosters were intentionally limited to less than six players. Because it was a showcase event when the players became selfish or the games became sloppy the staff quickly identified the issue & called a time out to reset the focus with the entire group.There were several college coaches in attendance including coaches from The University of NC at Pembroke, Mary Washington University, Christopher Newport University, Mount Olive University, Bluefield State University, Chowan University & Marymount University. The Higher Level Sports organization, staff & coaches were extremely helpful & have a genuine interest in seeing their players excel in high school, AAU and also on the college level.
 

Standout Performers
MVP - Kaeleb Carter 2018 6'5 Colgan HS.
Zamir Cheek 2018 6'6 Osbourne Park HS.
Brayden Gault 2018 6'4 Battlefield HS.
Edward White 2018 6'5 Mount Zion Prep
Jaylen Stepney 2018 6'5 King George HS.
Dechaun Reed 2019 6'0 Stonewall Jackson HS.
 
For more info on the Higher Level Sports Org.

Friday, October 6, 2017

HEAD COACH CHRIS COLE OF ROCK CREEK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY - PRESEASON INTERVIEW

HEAD COACH
CHRIS COLE
OF
ROCK CREEK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
 PRESEASON INTERVIEW

ROCK CREEK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
UPPER MARLBORO MD.
 
1. Can you introduce yourself & give us some insight into your coaching background? Chris Cole, I started out as a trainer, training top high school kids such as Roddy Peters, Melo Trimble, Nate Britt, Kris Jenkins & moved on to pros Rodney Magruder, Norris Cole and a pre injury Nolan Smith. I coached 1 year at National Christian. Got the job at Rock Creek previously know as Clinton Christian & been here for 4 yrs. 2yrs Capital Beltway Champ, 3 years Coach of the Year.
 
2. What is your focus going into this season is it the same as last season or has it changed? Focus is always the same get better everyday and hopefully be at our best at the end. Different methods and buttons to push but focus always stays the same.
 
3. You had a few players from last years team who are considered to be D1 talent transfer, how do you prepare going forward after those transfers? Every year is different, last year everyone returned this year some key guys transferred the way we work never changes so guys who have been preparing for this opportunity have it. Next guy up kinda thing. Our system will change a little bit, staples have to stay the same as far as the little things that help us win.
 
4. Who are the players in your program who you are expecting to play well this season, are there any new players we should look out for? Jermaine Harris obviously but I think Jon Preston and Keyante Williams (hurt till January) will surprise ppl with their developing skill set.
 
5. Senior Jermaine Harris often talks about his skill development within your program - can you go more into detail into how you helped him develop into a D1 talent recruited by several high majors? Well coaching is overrated at times the kids have to be WILLING. But what Jermaine alludes to is the amount of time we work on the indivisible skills of our guys and the attention to detail we concentrate on. Then it’s a benefit to anyone getting better to be in the gym with maybe 4 coaches helping and two other guys we are able to put together small groups a lot for more specific work because we don’t have the demands of a bigger school.
 
6. What are your team goals & personal goals for the upcoming season? Team goals We want to win our conference and hopefully win a state title. Personal goals is to make sure all my seniors are set for college or whatever productive step they would like to take after high school.

NEWLY APPOINTED HOWARD UNIVERSITY ASSISTANT COACH JORDAN BROOKS - ALL-MET ELITE

NEWLY APPOINTED
 HOWARD UNIVERSITY ASSISTANT COACH
JORDAN BROOKS 
TWITTER INTERVIEW
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
HOWARD UNIVERSITY
NW WASHINGTON D.C.
 
 
1.Can you introduce yourself & detail your coaching background? My name is Jordan Brooks I am from the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. I grew up playing at CH Flowers HS with Coach George McClure and played with the DC Assault AAU Basketball program. Coached by David Cox (Rhode Island) and Coach Mike Pegues (Xavier) and Coach Butch Cherry. I played basketball and graduated from Hampton University in 2011 and decided to further my education in 2012 gaining a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Marketing Management. Upon graduating and gaining my MBA, I started my coaching career with the DC Assault program. Learning under Curtis Malone and Zach Subert. As time went on, I spent a year coaching as an assistant to Keith Stevens with Team Takeover. Over the last two years I started my own AAU program called Team St8ment based out of Washington DC, which competed on the Adidas Uprising Circuit. We did really well competing at the highest level finishing in the Final Four of the Adidas Gauntlet Finale this past spring and summer. After the summer ended this year, I was offered a position to come on staff as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Howard University.
 
2. HU is an historic HBCU did that factor into your decision to apply & accept the position? Howard University is a very historic and prestigious university. That played a major role in why I chose to apply and accept the position. Growing up in the Washington DC metropolitan area I thought this opportunity was a no brainer. Given the opportunity to learn under my former Coach Kevin Nickleberry played a huge role as well. I know how much I learned under him as a player, but to come into the business and to learn under him as a coach I couldn't pass that up with the knowledge he has for the game.
 
3.What are your team goals & also your personal professional goals for this upcoming season at HU? My team goal is to win the MEAC and go to the NCAA tournament. My personal goals are to learn as much as I can about coaching the X's and O's under Coach Nickleberry, learn more about the college basketball business, continue to build my network and most importantly recruit the top talent into Howard University to help continue to build the program.

Friday, September 22, 2017

RICKY GOINGS IS MAKING BASKETBALL MOVES BEHIND THE SCENES - ALL-MET ELITE

RICKY GOINGS
IS MAKING
 BASKETBALL MOVES
BEHIND THE SCENES
ALL-MET ELITE
 
1. Just who is Ricky Goings and where does his love for basketball come from? I CONSIDER MYSELF A MENTOR, ORGANIZER AND PART-TIME HISTORIAN. MY PASSION FOR BASKETBALL COMES FROM MY FATHER, WHO SHOWED ME HOW TO PLAY AT A YOUNG AGE, TAUGHT ME THE HISTORY OF THE GAME AND HAD ME ON THE COURT AT 14-15 IN ADULT LEAGUES. MY PASSION FOR HELPING PEOPLE COMES FROM MY MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER. I PLAYED 2 YEARS AT COOLIDGE HIGH BEFORE GRADUATING FROM WHEATON HIGH SCHOOL IN 2005. FROM THERE I REALIZED MY IMPACT FOR THE CITY AND THE SPORT WOULD COME FROM OUTSIDE THE LINES.

2. You are a busy man with several basketball related projects – The Red Cup Hour, Legends Coalition, 30x30 Select Combine & the #WHYNOTUS project how do you find the time to manage so many different projects successfully? ITS NOT EASY, BUT ALOT OF MY PROJECTS CONSIST OF CONNECTING PEOPLE. WHETHER ITS BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER DOING THE COALITON, 30X30 OR PRODUCING THE RED CUP, ITS JUST ABOUT CONNECTING TALENT WITH PEOPLE THAT CAN GET THINGS DONE. 90% OF THE WORK FOR THESE PROJECTS ARE DONE THROUGH EMAILS AND TEXT MESSAGES. ALSO UNDERSTANDING HOW TO PROPERLY MANIPULATE SOCIAL MEDIA, ALLOWS ME TO WORK ON MULTIPLE PROJECTS AT ONCE.

3. You are the producer of The Red Cup Hour can you explain how the idea for the show came about and what are your plans to grow the show going forward? IT WAS REALLY ORGANIC. CURT SMITH, JAMES BRYSON AND MYSELF WERE IN CHARLES SMITH BASEMENT ONE NIGHT AND CURT HAD THE IDEA OF GOING LIVE ON FACEBOOK TO JUST DISCUSS BASKETBALL. WE HAD ABOUT 1,000 VIEWS THE FIRST NIGHT. OVER THE LAST 36 WEEKS, IT HAS BECOME PRETTY POPULAR. I CAME UP WITH THE TITLE AND GOT THE LOGO DONE, CURT LAYS OUT THE GUEST AND THE DIRECTION OF THE SHOW. I TRY TO JUST MAKE IT COME TO LIGHT. CHARLIE MOE, CHASE AND BRYSON HAVE BROUGHT GREAT IDEAS AND VIEWPOINTS. HOPEFULLY WE CAN EVENTUALLY GET IT BROADCAST BY A NETWORK.
4. This was the first year of the Legends Coalition, the player & fan response to the league around the DC area was huge – what in is store for season 2 & who are two players that you hope will suit up this season who didn’t last season? THE FEEDBACK WAS AMAZING AND IT WAS ALOT OF FUN FOR MYSELF AND THE PLAYERS. NEXT YEAR WE WILL BE INTRODCUCING A SHOT CLOCK, FULL UNIFORMS AND POTENTIALLY AN ALL-STAR GAME. WE WILL HAVE COLLEGE ALUMNI TEAMS PARTICIPATING INCLUDING MARYLAND AND GEORGE MASON. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE MIKE SWEETNEY WITH OXON HILL, SHERMAN DOUGLAS WITH SPINGARN AND STEVE FRANCIS WITH BLAIR. I'VE SPOKEN WITH ALL OF THEM AND IT IS DEFINITLEY A POSSIBILITY.

5. What is the status on the Curt Smith “Trouble Man” Documentary? ALOT OF PEOPLE DONT REALIZE THE LEGAL PART OF COMPLETING DOCUMENTARIES. WERE STILL AWAITING FOOTAGE CLEARANCE AS WELL AS COORDINATING A FEW MORE HIGH PROFILE INTERVIEWS. THE RED CUP HAS DEFINETLY HELPED US REALIZE ALOT MORE OF THE STORY THAT NEEDS TO BE TOLD SO STAY TUNED! LOL


6. Is there anything else you would like to add or any upcoming projects you would like to announce?
RIGHT NOW, I'M JUST LOOKING TO GET BETTER AT SOME OF MY CURRENT PROJECTS. WE LAUNCHED A COMMUNITY SERVICE INITIATIVE WITHIN THE LEGEND COALITION CALLED "REVIVE THE INNER-HIGH". TRYING TO BRING BACK THE EXCITMENT AROUND DC PUBLIC SCHOOL SPORTS AS A WHOLE. ALSO I STARTED MY COMPANY NO AWARDS MANAGEMENT GROUP IN WHICH WE SIGNED OUR FIRST CLIENT LJ PEAK OF GEORGETOWN AND NOW THE CELTICS. I ALWAYS TRY TO FIND DIFFERENT NICHES AND PERFECT THEM.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

IMMANUEL QUICKLEY TO ANNOUNCE HIS COLLEGE DECISION - ALL-MET ELITE

IMMANUEL QUICKLEY
 TO ANNOUNCE
HIS
COLLEGE DECISION 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
THE JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL
BEL AIR MD. 
 
Friday 6:00 pm at The John Carroll School the world will find out where Immanuel Quickley will continue his education & basketball career. He will choose between Kentucky, Miami & Kansas. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

BALLISLIFE - DONNIE BUI EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

BALLISLIFE
 DONNIE BUI
EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW
ALL-MET ELITE
 
1. How did you get started with Ballislife? I got started with Ballislife right as the lockout had started. They were looking for an intern on the east coast and I magically DMd webb my co worker now who took me under while I was still in college. They were able to work with me thru college and finally sign me full time once I finished. Luck and timing had everything to do with my situation now honestly, I grew up a huge hoops fan but never really thought this would lead me to Ballislife.
 
2. As someone who has watched Zion Williamson's games how would you rank his talent in comparison to other top prospects you have seen? In terms of talent he's definitely up there in the top 3 guys I've ever covered athletically. The only other guy I can possibly think of that comes close would be Wiggins or Derrick Jones Jr. I think the biggest thing that separates him from other top prospects I've covered in the past is his "will" or "want" to play hard every single possession. Which obviously is a big standout to me because it never mattered who was in front of him whether it being a little kid or a top ranked prospect, he's going to go at you 100 percent which I've rarely seen in kids in his position.
 
3. What were your initial thoughts when you were asked to move to Charlotte from Raleigh to cover Zion Williamson? Initial thoughts were "at least I'm close to home" haha I actually was born in Charlotte and lived there til I was 9 so I've still got family and friends in the area. That made the transition a lot easier but the season ended up really fun! What started out as maybe 50-60 people in the gym the first half of the season to the school website announcing sellouts DAILY after Zion made his presence felt at the Chick Fil A Classic.
 
4. Are there any Hs. players in the DC area that you believe are exciting fan favorites? D.C. wise I honestly love it up there. Ballislife actually moved me 2 seasons ago to the DMV to cover Chris Lykes and Markelle Fultz so that was a new experience for me. Definitely enjoyed my time in the DMV and hope to return soon. I think Chris Lykes will end up being a fan favorite among the ACC. "Heart over Height"
 

Friday, September 1, 2017

LONNIE "THE PRIME OBJECTIVE" HARELL PRESENTS - A WICKED JUMPSHOT DOCUSERIES - ALL-MET ELITE

LONNIE "THE PRIME OBJECTIVE" HARELL
PRESENTS
A WICKED JUMPSHOT
DOCUSERIES
COMING SOON
ALL-MET ELITE

EASTERN HS.
SE WASHINGTON D.C.
 
"Because the streets is a short stop
Either you're slingin crack rock or you got a wicked jumpshot"  -
Notorious B.I.G
Things Done Changed
From the album - Ready to Die/1994
 
A Wicked Jumpshot: The Life of Prime: is a collective of stories told, about my life and experiences. Places basketball has taken me and the relationships built from it. 
 
Video Link Below

Sunday, August 13, 2017

RIVERDALE BAPTIST PG DONOVANN TOATLEY DISCUSSES HIS COMMITMENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE at CHATTANOOGA

RIVERDALE BAPTIST
POINT GUARD
 DONOVANN TOATLEY
DISCUSSES HIS COMMITMENT
TO THE
 UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
at
CHATTANOOGA
 
RIVERDALE BAPTIST HS.
UPPER MARLBOR MD.
 
1. You had offers from Richmond, Robert Morris, Jacksonville State, & Wagner what was it about the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga when you visited that made you want to join their student body & basketball program? Mainly it was Coach Paris and the coaching staff that really impressed me. They were really down to earth guys to were I could tell that they were real to their word. Most importantly I liked them as people aside from coaching. Also the campus was amazing and had everything I needed and wanted.
 
2. How did Coach Lamont Paris & his staff recruit you that made you ultimately decide you want to play for a coach who will be in his second year & taking the program in a new direction when you arrive? I wanted to be a part of a new legacy. I'm the first commit under their new coaching staff and that means something. Everyone is new and it will be a new experience for everybody. However the biggest reason was that I could tell I was a priority and necessity to their plan for the next couple of years.
 
3.You had one offer going into the summer & in our previous interview you spoke of increasing you offers by working/playing even harder- what did you do this summer that helped you accomplish your goal? To get more offers I simply started believing in myself and that everything would workout in my favor. It was never I wasn't good enough, but the belief in myself started to deteriorate over time because I didn't feel like I was getting what I deserved. But then I started to believe and the power of the mind is crazy thing.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

BISHOP O'CONNELL'S FRESHMEN GUARD WES PETERSON IS READY TO TAKE ON THE WCAC - ALL-MET ELITE

BISHOP O'CONNELL
FRESHMEN GUARD
WES PETERSON
IS
READY TO TAKE
ON
THE WCAC 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
BISHOP O'CONNELL HS.
ARLINGTON VA.
 
 
 1. Hometown, Height, Weight? Alexandria, VA, Height: 6’4, Weight:155.
 
2. What was your thought process behind selecting Bishop O'Connell to begin you academic/athletic Hs. experience? My thought process in choosing Bishop O’Connell began with the academics and the school environment. I already knew their basketball program was top notch and would give me opportunities to continue to grow. I just needed a place where I could thrive in the classroom.
 
3. What are you working on this summer to prepare you to play in the WCAC the top Hs. basketball conference in the country as a freshmen? This summer I'm working on my jump shot for consistency and preparing myself mentally for the upcoming season. To prepare for the WCAC I've been working everyday on my body so that I can meet the physical demands of playing in the WCAC. I have been working on getting stronger and getting well conditioned for the physical and fast paced high school game.
 
4. What are your personal & team goals for the
remainder of the summer & your freshmen year? My personal goals for my freshman year are to become a better two way player. My team goals for the summer are to get to know my teammates on a more personal level so that we can begin developing chemistry on the court and become someone my teammates can depend on. My team goals for this year are to win the WCAC and State championship.
 
5. How would you describe your games - what are your strengths & what are the areas you believe you need to improve upon? I would describe my game as a all-around player. My strengths are my scoring, I.Q, and defensive abilities. I can improve on my shooting consistency and working on my quickness.
 
6. What schools, AAU, boys & girls clubs & rec teams did you play for growing up? Growing up, I played rec ball in the Fairfax County Basketball League since I was in 4th grade for Lee Mt. Vernon Sports Club. During AAU season, I have played with DC Thunder, DC Premier and currently with Team Takeover.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

EA SPORTS NBA LIVE 18 The Goodman League Trailer - ALL-MET ELITE

EA SPORTS
NBA LIVE 18
The Goodman League Trailer 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
BARRY FARMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. - Believe the hype at this outdoor haven, where hoop dreams reign and careers can be made.

Welcome to today's new video, NBA LIVE 18 The Goodman League Trailer | StreetBall Court For The One Demo Gameplay.

Friday, July 28, 2017

CALVERT HALL HS. - BRENDAN ADAMS - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER - ALL-MET ELITE

CALVERT HALL HS. 
 BRENDAN ADAMS 
 EXCLUSIVE TWITTER
ALL-MET ELITE
 
CALVERT HALL HS.
BALTIMORE MD.
 
 
 
1. Age, height, weight? 17, 6'4 190.
 
2. What are you working on this summer to improve your game for your upcoming senior year? Mainly just trying to get a consistent jump shot to be ready for the next level.
 
3. What are your personal basketball /team goals for the remainder of the summer & your sr. year? I want POY in high school but I feel like that comes if I keep working and my team wins a lot this year so I want to win every championship and every game as a team.
 
 4. What has been the most memorable AAU or showcase experience for you this summer? Most memorable would probably have to be session 3 of the EYBL in atlanta because we won all 4 games down there and I had some good games while we were there.
 
5. What is it like playing in the Nike EYBL can you describe your experience? The EYBL is tough. You have to bring your best every game. There is not light competition. Even the teams in the league with the worst records are still very good teams and if you don't come to play they will embarrass you. And as far as it being a big stage I don't think there is any bigger stage all the coaches are there and it's either a chance for you to boost your stock or make yourself look bad in front of everybody and you have to put in the work in order to be ready for that.
 
6. Your AAU team is stacked with great guards what is the competition/chemistry like between you guys in workouts, practice & games etc.? Competition between us is good we all want to show and prove every time we step on to a court against one another and we want to make each other better in practice. Chemistry sometimes got a little tough because most of our guards are big time scorers so to have to adjust to possibly scoring less was hard and caused some problems but as the season went on we began to figure it out.

Brendan Adams has received offers from: Wyoming, Rhode Island, UMass, Hofstra, Columbia, St. Bonaventure, George Washington, Kansas State, Saint. Joseph's, Towson, Minnesota & Stanford. He has also received interest from: Dayton, Temple, Rice, East Carolina, Tulane, Harvard, Boston University, Florida, Maryland & Cincinnati.

Friday, July 21, 2017

ESPN Films Presents "Baltimore Boys" Documentary - AUGUST 8th - ALL-MET ELITE

ESPN Films
Presents
"Baltimore Boys"
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
DUNBAR HS.
BALTIMORE MD.
 
ESPN Films will feature “Baltimore Boys,” co-directed by Marquis Daisy and Sheldon Candis, will air at 8 p.m. ET. August 8, on ESPN
 
 
In the early 1980s, the city of Baltimore was reeling – a shell of a once vibrant urban center that could trace its painful decline to the riots of 1968, the economic decline of the ‘70s, and more recently, the rise of crack cocaine on the streets. But in the city’s troubled East Baltimore neighborhood, there was one beacon of hope: The Dunbar High School boys basketball team. Under the resolute leadership of Bob Wade – a defensive back for NFL legends Vince Lombardi and Don Shula – the Dunbar Poets entered the decade as a powerhouse.

But from 1981 to 1983, they became something even greater – arguably the best high school basketball team that ever played. Over two seasons, they went 59-0, and 11 players on their rosters went off to Division I programs. Four would become future NBA players: David Wingate, Reggie Williams, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues and Reggie Lewis, three of them making history by getting selected together in the first round of the 1987 draft.

In the ESPN Films documentary “Baltimore Boys,” directors Marquis Daisy and Sheldon Candis chronicle the journey of those four boys and their coach, who reached heights that they couldn’t have imagined, even if their saga was capped by a tragedy that made some wonder how far they ever really got away. “Baltimore Boys” Trailer: http://es.pn/2udEIE1

“This story, to me, embodies what it means to persevere, under conditions that normally hinder the growth of young boys from disadvantaged urban communities, from the very start,” said co-director Marquis Daisy.  “What’s special about this tale is, despite the bad hand that Bogues, Williams, Wingate and Lewis were dealt, in the backdrop of a time when the place that they called home was at its most dangerous, they were able to make it out of that environment and ascend to heights that hardly anyone gave them a chance to, thanks to the people who helped steer them in the right direction.”

“Baltimore Boys” will also air on ABC Sunday, August 13, at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DC BLUE DEVILS AAU - 2019 JAMES LEE - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

DC BLUE DEVILS AAU
  JAMES LEE
EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW
ALL-MET ELITE
 
THE VANGUARD SCHOOL
LAKE WALES FL.
 
 
1. Age, height, weight? 17 yrs old, 6'2 & weigh 180 lbs.
 
2. What schools have offered you or shown interest so far? I have offers from Coastal Carolina, Coppin State, Winthrop and Louisiana Tech, I  also have interest from George Mason and Rice.
 
3. What was the thought process behind your transfer this year from Herndon HS. to the Vanguard School in FL? The main reason for me transferring schools was to get my grades better and to be able to play against more competition.
 
4. What schools, AAU, boys & girls clubs, rec teams did you play for growing up? I started playing basketball when I was in the 3rd grade for a rec league called Sertoma and after that I played for the Frederick Net Masters all the way up until my 8th grade year.
 
 5. What were some of the biggest adjustments that you were faced with at your new school & on your new team? The hardest thing that I had to get used to was having to do everything on my own since I was away from home.
 
6. What made you decide to continue to play for a DC area based AAU program? I wanted to continue to play with the DC Blue Devils because it's all about loyalty for me, they're the ones that gave me the opportunity so I'm going to stay with them.
 
7. What are you working on this summer to improve your game? The biggest thing I've been working on this summer is my jump shot. Everyone has been saying if I get that then I'm a high major player for sure.
 
8. How would you compare the HS. competition in the DC area to the competition in FL that you have faced? There is no comparison when it come to the DC area and Florida. The DC area has the upside for basketball just because we're always hungry
 
9.What are your goals for the remainder of the summer & your Jr. year? The goal for me is just to keep turning heads. I've been slept on for too long and I'm ready for that to change.
 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

PAUL VI. FAB FROSH TREVOR KEELS IS READY FOR THE NEXT LEVEL - ALL-MET ELITE

PAUL VI.
FAB FROSH
TREVOR KEELS
IS
 READY FOR THE NEXT LEVEL 
 ALL-MET ELITE

PAUL VI. HS.
FAIRFAX VA.
 
1. You are an incoming freshmen at Paul VI. what are your goals for both yourself & the team during your freshmen year? My personal goals are to become the best freshmen in the league and play a major role for the team, my goals for the team are to win the league championship (WCAC) and state title along with Alhambra.
 
2. What other schools did you consider before selecting PVI & what was it about PVI that made you choose it to begin both your academic & athletic high school experience. Other then PVI , I was considering Dematha, St. Johns and MacNamara was also on my list as well. What made me choose PVI to begin my high school career was the family environment that I received from the team, coaching staff and the community as a whole, Academic wise just being in the WCAC gives me that challenge I was looking for in the class room overall regardless of myself going to PVI or any other private school.
 
3. What are you working on this summer to improve your game for the HS. varsity level? This summer I've been working on all aspects of my game due to the fact I consider myself an all around ball player , I think I really took my body to another level getting prepared for the physicality of high school basketball and been practicing with Takeover EYBL 17u team to get use to how fast the game is going from middle school to high school. So overall just working on everything on the court to strength and conditioning off the court.
 
4. After being so successful on the MS. level what would you say has been the biggest adjustment for you playing on the varsity level so far? The biggest adjustment for myself going from middle school to high school I think is getting myself to compete at a high level every possession , and knowing that everybody on the court can play! To where at middle school you still have players who still trying to find themselves while at high school they already have a since of identity of who they are or going to be.
 
5. What was your most memorable basketball experience on the MS. level that will stay with you for life? My memorable moments playing middle school , I would say are winning back to back championships (6th and 7th grade) at Chamberlain Charter School. Then playing a 100 games in one summer losing only 4 games and winning 16 championship for Team Takeover 7th grade team. Lastly is winning back to back PYBL championships for Southern Maryland.
 
6. What position do you see yourself playing on the HS. level?  I see myself playing a little bit of 1-3 maybe some 4 depending on who we are playing and what we are trying to get done but mainly 1-3.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

VIDEO - INSIDE THE LEGENDS COALITION PART ONE - ALL-MET ELITE

VIDEO
INSIDE THE LEGENDS COALITION
PART ONE
ALL-MET ELITE
 
LEGENDS COALITION
CESAR CHAVEZ HS.
N.E. WASHINGTON D.C.
 
 
A look at the impact the Legend Coalition summer league is having on the DC basketball community. Produced by Sholape Oriola.  

PATTERSON HS. TYRONE THOMAS - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

PATTERSON HS.
TYRONE THOMAS
EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW
ALL-MET ELITE
 
PATTERSON HS.
BALTIMORE MD.
 
1. Age, height, weight? 17, 6'ft & I currently weigh 155 Pounds.
 
 2.What was the thought process behind your transfer from Lake Clifton to Patterson? My thought process on transferring to Patterson High School was just wanting more opportunities & I thought it would be the best situation for me. I just want to be able to win & have a chance to 3 peat being 2A State Champs & Also Baltimore City Champions.
 
3.What schools have offered you so far or have shown you interest ? Currently I don't have any offers but I have interest.
 
4.What are you working on this summer to improve your game? This summer to improve my game I will be working on my strength my jump shot my endurance & my leadership also my defense & being a better player on & off the court.
 
5. How would you describe the competition in the Baltimore public school league? The Baltimore City Public School League is great competition & has a great atmosphere especially for the big games.
 
6. What is the biggest misconception about playing in the public school league? The biggest misconception about the city league is you can never sleep on anyone every game you better believe the next team is coming to play it doesn't matter what school it is.
 
7. What are your personal & team goals for the summer & upcoming Jr. year? My personal goal going into my Jr. season is to become a better leader & Win the Baltimore City championship & Also 2A Championship & possibly Player Of The Year & for the summer just compete, keep working & pick up a lot of offers.
 
8. What will it be like for you to play alongside Marvin price the CO-POY? Playing along Marvin Price will be exciting especially since we have chemistry from playing together when we where younger. He is a great player who will continue to work & we will make each other better. I will also be playing alongside Gerard Mungo who is a very tough guard.

Monday, July 10, 2017

FAIRMONT HEIGHTS DARREN LUCAS-WHITE HIGHLIGHT TAPE - ALL-MET ELITE

FAIRMONT HEIGHTS
 DARREN LUCAS-WHITE
HIGHLIGHT TAPE
ALL-MET ELITE
 
FAIRMONT HEIGHTS HS.
CAPITAL HEIGHTS MD.
 
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Darren Lucas-White
Class of 2018.

EPISCOPAL HS. XAVIER JOHNSON - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

EPISCOPAL HS.
XAVIER JOHNSON 
 EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW
ALL-MET ELITE
 
EPISCOPAL HS.
ALEXANDRIA VA.
 
1. Your freshmen year you had a chance to learn from both All-IAC players guards Nick Reed & George Mawanda-Kalema your sophomore season you played major minutes along side George what have you learned from both of them & how has it helped your development for your upcoming Jr. season? First things that I've learned from them is leadership. They were older and it was my first high school season, so i didnt know what to expect but I had my coaches and especially those two guys to learn from. Also, they have helped me be more aggressive on both offense and defense. Also, I think they've showed me how to lead and specifically what it takes to be a leader.
 
2. What schools have interest or have offered you so far? I dont have any offers but the schools that have interest are Richmond, University of Charleston, Rice, Elon, UPenn, Columbia, George Mason, GW, Holy Cross, NJIT, and Mount St. Mary's. 
 
3. You play for Team BBC along with the # 1 point guard in the country Immanuel Quickley what is it like to compete against him in practice & how has it helped you to expand your game? First off Ive learned leadership and how to communicate as a point guard because im mostly quiet and dont say much but in order to be a good point guard I have to talk more. I think me and him are similar in some areas because we are both pass first guards but he is capable of doing everything well. Also when its time to go score he can do that also. Playing against him in practice is a good experience because by going at each other every practice we make each other better. I think that has helped me to just go at guys no matter what because Im already playing against the best point guard in the country, so it really shouldn't matter who else I play against.
 
4. What are you working on this summer to improve your game? I am always working on strength and getting stronger. My mental toughness when things arent going right. Also being more aggressive om both sides of the floor.
 
5. Many high school players do not board in high school can you describe that experience & your freshmen year adjustment to boarding? Freshmen year I was a little nervous going in but after the first week I was comfortable. I really enjoyed the people at the school, so I had nothing to complain about. Also, it helped mature me because I had to learn to be more independent and manage my own time according to my schedule without my parents holding my hand.
 
6. What are your personal & team goals for the summer & upcoming hs. season? My team goals are just to win more than anything and make my teammates better doing it. Personally I would like to become a leader and keep working to become one of the best point guards and be a better two-way player.
 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SPRINGBROOK HS. MATT BALANC - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

SPRINGBROOK HS.
MATT BALANC 
 EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
SPRINGBROOK HS.
SILVER SPRING MD.
 
 
 
1. Age, Height, Weight? 17, 6,3, 185.
 
2. What Schools, AAU, Boys & Girls clubs, rec teams did you play for growing up? I played for Force 1, DC Phenoms and now for Mid Atlantic Select AAU, which combined to become Baltimore United previously on the UAA circuit last year. I also have been playing varsity basketball for Springbrook high school since my freshmen year
 
3. What schools have offered you or have interest in you? I've been offered by Bryant University and St. Thomas Aquinas and there are several D1 schools still recruiting me.
 
4. What do you believe is the biggest misconception about both teams & players in the Montgomery County public school league? I believe that Montgomery county players get over looked like myself and they should get more exposure.
 
5. What are you working on this summer to improve your game? I'm working on my shot, defense, and making my dribbling a lot tighter and lower .
 
6. What are your thoughts on shoe circuit AAU teams or high profile private high schools being viewed as a necessity for college exposure? I mean there are a lot of really good players that don't play on the circuit or in a private school and I think that usually that's the first thing college coaches go to is high level AAU and high school teams. There should be more spotlight put on the players that are over looked due to the level of their AAU or high school team.
 
7. What are your personal & team goals for this summer & senior year? My goals for the summer are to pick up D1 offers. My personal goal for the season is to become a Ballislife All American, McDonald's All American or a Jordan Brand All American. Those might seem very unrealistic but it's never bad to set your goals high. I would also like to be first team All Met in Maryland. As for the Springbrook team it's been the same goal every year, I want to go undefeated and win a state championship
 
8. Have you ever honestly considered transferring & if so what is it about Springbrook that has made it the best choice for you? I have considered transferring before but I never did due to the way I've been playing at SB. If you are good the college coaches will come to you no matter where you play.
 
9. Favorite NBA player, college player & HS. player other than yourself? My favorite NBA player is Russell Westbrook because I think I play somewhat like him. My favorite college/ HS player is Collin sexton. They both just have that killer mentality and play the game with so much passion that it's just amazing to watch.
 
10. As a senior what type of college program, coach, system & school do you believe will be the perfect fit for you? A program that will allow me to come in and be able to help the team out or make an impact right away as a freshmen.

DEMATHA ALUM REGGIE GARDNER - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

DEMATHA ALUM
 REGGIE GARDNER
EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW
ALL-MET ELITE
 
REGGIE GARDNER
DEMATHA HS. ALUM
HYATTSVILLE MD.
 
 
1. What made you select NC Central an HBCU to further your education & athletic experience? On my official visit I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and I felt that I was I wanted here. The fact that it was HBCU was not a factor in my decision but it is a great experience to attend a HBCU
 
2. What was it about Coach Moton that you connected with as your future head coach. Coach Moton puts a lot of emphasis on guards and I felt as if I could thrive in the system.
 
3. You completed a post graduate year, what was the thought process behind that decision & how do you believe it prepared you for your upcoming freshmen year? My post grad year at Loomis Chaffee was a great experience for me and I learned a lot. Coming out of DeMatha I had some opportunities that I could have pursued but I felt I would make a better decision with an extra year.
 
4.You entered DeMatha the same year as NBA #1 draft pick Markelle Fultz & saw his ascension from the freshmen team to becoming a McDonald's All American - what was it like from a player/teammate perspective to see him develop in those 4 years? Kelle and I became close friends our junior year and we've been like brothers ever since. He really worked at it and it's no surprise on what you see him do out there. He's a gym rat and really works at his craft. He was a great teammate and very unselfish.
 
5. What are you working on this summer to prepare for your upcoming freshmen season at NC Central? I'm working on both my conditioning and getting stronger. I think those two things will help elevate my game.
 
6. What are your personal & team goals for the upcoming season? My personal goals are to be the best player I can be every day and I think that can lead to a lot of individual success. Team goals are to go to the NCCA tournament.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

ST. JOHN'S HS. DEVON DUNN - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

ST. JOHN'S HS.
DEVON DUNN 
 EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
ST. JOHN'S HS.
N.W. WASHINGTON D.C. 
 
 
 
 
1. Age, height, weight? 15, 6’0, 170.
 
2. What school, AAU, Boys & Girls clubs, or rec teams did you play for growing up? I played middle school at Alice Deal Middle School and elementary at Shepherd Elementary, St. John’s College High School , Team Takeover Orange, Maryland Playmakers & 6th Man Warriors.
 
3. You had an incredible shooting & breakout performance during the 2017 BSN summer league playoffs - walk us through your shooting workouts & routine? I go to the gym or a nearby basketball court frequently and the first thing that I do is stretch and work on my shooting form. I start out close to the rim and I steadily move further away from the rim. When I am at my school gym, I use this shooting machine called “The Gun” and it shoots basketballs back to you so that you can continuosly get shots up.
 
4. When given the opportunity how did you personally feel while you were performing at such a high level? My confidence has risen a lot throughout this summer and my teammates, coaches, family and friends have encouraged me to keep my work up. I felt really good but I knew not to get too cocky and to stay humble while continuing to shine.
 
5. What are your team & personal goals for the remainder of the summer & your upcoming Jr. season? My goal is to keep working on my game throughout the remainder of the summer and AAU season and to get some college looks. My teams goal is to keep getting better as a team and family so that when the regular season starts, we are way better than other teams that are going to be coming for us.
 
6. What would you say has been your biggest adjustment playing on the varsity level? My biggest adjustment playing on the varsity level is knowing that others around are just as good as I am and that I can put all of my trust in them. Also knowing my role on the team and not just being a player who goes out there to make plays is another thing varsity has changed. The competition on the varsity level and in the WCAC conference itself is way higher than JV.
 
7. What were you thoughts when you were first told of the head coaching change? When I first heard that Coach Mac was leaving I was very angry at him and sad. I realized that he left for a good reason and I had a lot of respect for his decision but I was still sad. I felt like we had a lot of good stuff coming for us but at the end of the day this is a business. From when I first met Coach Mac to this day, I still have nothing but love and respect for him and I hope he is successful down at IMG. But now that Coach Pat Behan is our coach, I still feel as if we are on the same roll as we would be if Coach Mac was here and we will still get things done!

DEMATHA HS. HUNTER DICKINSON - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

DEMATHA HS. 
HUNTER DICKINSON 
 EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW
ALL-MET ELITE
 
DEMATHA HS.
HYATTSVILLE MD.
 
 
1. You are something of a rarity in the DC area as you are a 7'0 player with both a post game & soft shooting touch - how are you working to improve your game over the summer heading into your sophomore season? I'm working on a lot of strength, agility, and explosion. I'm also working to improve my 3 point shot as I look to be a threat from that distance this year.
 
 2. What are your personal & team goals for both the summer & sophomore season? Personally I'm trying to win player of the year in the WCAC and team wise I want to win Peach Jam then win the WCAC championship.
 
 3. You are in the 2020 class but what position do you see yourself playing in college? I think I'll most likely play the 5 in college but I believe I have the potential to play the 4.
 
4. How did you develop your passing ability or is it just natural instinct? I developed my passing ability from watching my brother play high level basketball in high school and college at a young age.
 
5. What NBA player do you believe you play similar to and also what college player would you say?  In the NBA, I really like Demarcus Cousin's game and I believe my offensive skill level is comparable to him. College wise, I see a lot of Luka Garza from Iowa University in myself.
 
 6. As one of the taller 9th graders in the area last season what were your biggest adjustments playing on the varsity level at DeMatha? The biggest adjustment to high school was the speed of the varsity players which was a lot faster than playing against 8th graders.
 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

HOWARD UNIVERSITY'S - CJ WILLIAMS - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

HOWARD UNIVERSITY'S
CJ WILLIAMS
 EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW
ALL-MET ELITE
 
MILLWOOD SCHOOL
MIDLOTHIAN VA.
 
1.Why did you choose an HBCU - Howard University to continue your academic & athletic experience? I chose Howard because of the family oriented environment and how much I realized the coach really wanted me here I love the HBCU experience because I've been around it my whole life I felt comfortable here.
 
2. What has your HBCU experience as a student/athlete been like so far and why would you recommend it for other players? My experience so far has been exceptional the people are sincere and honest with you about everything I would recommend it for other players because of how exciting the atmosphere is for players at games.
 
3. You were the MEAC ROTY - what were your personal expectations before starting your freshmen season & what was the biggest adjustment you faced your first year playing D1 college basketball. My expectations coming into the year was to learn from the older players be the best 6th man but with all the injuries we had I was placed in the starting line my biggest adjustment was getting used to the speed and physicality of the game but it became easier to flow with as the year went on and my confidence grew.
 
4. What are you working on this summer to improve your game? This summer I'm looking to improve my strength and ball handling for next year also I want to become a better leader for my teammates.
 
5. What are your personal & team goals for Howard this upcoming season. Personally I want to be the MEAC Player of the Year and reach the 1,000 point mark as a sophomore like my former teammate James Daniel once did. As a team I want to make it to the NCAA tournament and reach at least 15 wins.
 
6. What did it feel like to win MEAC ROTY after all the hard work you put in? To win ROTY was just more motivation to keep working after that happened I really realized that I can really make a career out of basketball if I keep my mind on the right things. It was great to win that award after a long season of ups and downs my coach brought me in because he knew what I could do and he told me I had the potential to be ROTY and I backed up his word.
 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

THE NATION'S #1 POINT GUARD IMMANUEL QUICKLEY EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

THE NATION'S #1 POINT GUARD
 IMMANUEL QUICKLEY
EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW
ALL-MET ELITE
 
IMMANUEL QUICKLEY
THE JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL
BEL AIR MD.
 
1. You are ranked as the #1 point guard in the country which continues a long tradition of top players from the Maryland area - what does that ranking mean to you every time you step on the court whether locally or nationally? I am grateful to be ranked. Having any type of ranking attached to my name doesn't make me feel any pressure. If it means anything, it may mean people are coming at me to see how good I am, and nothing motivates me more to be ready to play every game. Anyone can prove himself once, but the key is to be consistent and improve from game to game. It's cool that people know where I am from. I am trying to represent my area and the players that came before me the right way. I am from Havre de Grace, MD and my high school (The John Carroll School) is in Bel Air, MD. My journey might help the next young person from Havre De Grace, Maryland or anywhere to dream bigger, work harder and never give up.
 
2. What will you work on this spring/summer to improve your game? Work on my body (strength & conditioning) improve my eating habits so that I can continue to get stronger for the next level.
 
3. What are your goals for this spring/summer & senior year? Goals! Enjoy time with my family before I head off to college. This summer I would like to win the Adidas Gauntlet Finales & Adidas Summer Championship with my travel team The Team BBC and to continue to get better as a player on and off the court. A good basketball accomplishment for my Senior year would be to win the MIAA Conference title, Baltimore Catholic League and Alhambra Championship​.
 
4. What do you believe is the ideal college basketball system for you to play & succeed within?  I'm looking forward to playing on a team that has a coach that will let me play and push me to be the best on and off the floor.