Thursday, December 8, 2016

THE 28th GONZAGA DC CLASSIC - ALL-MET ELITE

THE 28th GONZAGA DC CLASSIC 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
GONZAGA HS.
WASHINGTON D.C.

 
28TH GONZAGA DC CLASSIC TIPS-OFF FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
Field Includes Teams from New York City, Florida, Chicago, Philadelphia & DC Region
All Games Played at Gonzaga College High School

December 5, 2016 – The 28th Annual Gonzaga DC Classic basketball tournament begins Friday afternoon, December 9, 2016 at Gonzaga College High School. Games Continue Saturday and Sunday at Gonzaga.

Gonzaga, #1 in the Washington Post All-Met Pre-Season rankings, will be joined in this advancing tournament by a very strong field, featuring top talent and highly recruited athletes from around the nation in this advancing tournament.
Along with Gonzaga, teams competing for the Championship include Archbishop Molloy (New York City), Dillard (Ft. Lauderdale), Whitney Young (Chicago) Archbishop Wood (Warminster, PA), St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, VA), Sidwell Friends (DC), and St. Vincent Pallotti (Laurel, MD). All proceeds from program sponsors, advertising and ticket sales go to support Gonzaga’s far-reaching service programs here in the Washington region and across the U.S. and on the U.S. – Mexico border. The tournament’s slogan is “Great Basketball Supporting Good Works.”

Games begin at 3:15 on Friday at Gonzaga when St. Stephens takes on Archbishop Molly. The 5:00 game will feature Archbishop Wood against host Gonzaga. At 6:45, Whitney Young takes on St. Vincent Pallotti and the 8:30 game will feature Dillard and Sidwell Friends.

Second round games begin at 3:15 on Saturday at Gonzaga.

In a change from past years, Sunday’s games will also be played at Gonzaga. Sunday games begin at 1:30 PM and the championship is set for 6:45 PM Sunday at Gonzaga’s Carmody Center.

The entire tournament will be webcast and can be viewed at the tournament website: www.gonzagadcclassic.org. The official tournament twitter feed can be found at @gonzagaclassic.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

ELIJAH CLARANCE of ST. MARIA GORETTI EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

ELIJAH CLARANCE
of
ST. MARIA GORETTI
EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
ST. MARIA GORETTI
HAGERSTOWN MD.
 
 

1. Age, height, weight? 18, 6'3, 195.
 
2. You are originally from Sweden what made you and your family decide upon St. Maria Goretti both academically and athletically for HS. ? My brother used to play college ball over here and so over his playing career he got to know someone by the name of Mike and he helps foreign players get over to the states. While in Sweden and playing for the national team my aspiration had always been to play basketball in the U.S. and so through my brother and me doing good with the national team, Mike was able to set up several high school visits and it just happened to be Goretti that was willing to give me a full scholarship to attend the school so that's what I chose (I currently live with a host family).

 3. How would you describe the style of basketball played in Sweden, is it different than the basketball played here? The style is way slower, more plays set up and just overall not as physical and aggressive as over here.

4. What are your team and personal goals for your senior season? Our team goal is to win the IPSL league and the BCL, my personal goal would be to win the player of the year in the BCL and be one of the best defenders in the league.


5. What other schools offered prior to your commitment? I was recruited by a lot of school and had I think over 20 offers from mid-level schools like St Bonaventure, DePaul, Delaware, La Salle, Pepperdine and so forth.

 6. What did you work on this summer to improve your game?  I worked on everything really just tightening some things up and focusing on my shot being consistent, I still have to work on that.

7. What do you believe are your strengths? I would say my strengths are my ability to create for myself and others, I think my athleticism allows me to do a lot of things with the ball. I need to continue to work on being consistent game after game and be able to find other ways to be efficient on the court if I'm not having a great night. 


8. Who is your favorite college player and NBA player? My favorite NBA players are Russell Westbrook, or Damian Lillard.
 
9. Does Sweden have anything similar to the AAU programs here? No Sweden does not there it's only club basketball and tournaments.

What were the deciding factors for your decision to attend Illinois State? I felt really comfortable with the coaching staff, and I will be an immediate impact player coming in as a freshman.

Friday, December 2, 2016

MakePlayz - PAUL VI. GUARD ANTHONY HARRIS FRESHMEN MIXTAPE - ALL-MET ELITE

MakePlayz
PAUL VI. GUARD
 ANTHONY HARRIS
 FRESHMEN MIXTAPE
ALL-MET ELITE
 
Anthony Harris is a 4-star 2019 point guard out of Paul VI High School in Fairfax, VA. In the spring and summer he plays for Team Takeover in the EYBL circuit.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

THE SIDWELL FRIENDS SCHOOL - QUAKER CLASSIC TOURNAMENT - ALL-MET ELITE

THE SIDWELL FRIENDS SCHOOL
 QUAKER CLASSIC TOURNAMENT
ALL-MET ELITE
 
The Sidwell Friends School Quaker Classic Tournament Begins December 1st. @ 5.00pm @ the Sidwell Friends School N.W. Washington D.C.

RIVERDALE BAPTIST HS. COACHES vs. CANCER HS. BASKETBALL SHOWCASE - ALL-MET ELITE

RIVERDALE BAPTIST HS.
 COACHES vs. CANCER
HIGH SCHOOL
 BASKETBALL SHOWCASE
ALL-MET ELITE
 
RIVERDALE BAPTIST HS.
UPPER MARLBORO MD.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

THE CITY GAME DC - I GOT MY FIVE - ALL-MET ELITE

NBATV
THE CITY GAME DC
I GOT MY FIVE 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
Dennis Scott and David Aldridge weigh in on their all-time top 5 from the DC-Maryland-Virginia area.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

THE CITY GAME DC - DENNIS SCOTT OF FLINT HILL HS. GOES DOWN MEMORY LANE - ALL-MET ELITE

THE CITY GAME DC 
DENNIS SCOTT
OF
FLINT HILL HS.
GOES DOWN
 MEMORY LANE 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
Dennis Scott became a household name as a high school player at Flint Hill Prep in Virginia. He pays a visit to his old high school coach, Stu Vetter, to re-live their days together in the 1980s.

Friday, November 25, 2016

GONZAGA HS. PURPLE EAGLES BASKETBALL HOOP MANIA - ALL-MET ELITE

GONZAGA HS.
 PURPLE EAGLES BASKETBALL
 HOOP MANIA 
 ALL-MET ELITE

GONZAGA HS.
WASHINGTON D.C.
 
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tickets sold at the door
Adults $10.00
Children $5.00
Starts at 7:00pm

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

THE CITY GAME DC - BRADLEY BEAL & BEN'S CHILI BOWL - ALL-MET ELITE

NBATV THE CITY GAME
BRADLEY BEAL
&
 BEN'S CHILI BOWL
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
Every DC baller knows about Ben’s Chili Bowl, so 3D hits the legendary eatery to meet up with Washington’s NBA past and future – 1978 champion Bobby Dandridge and current Washington Wizard star Bradley Beal.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

THE CITY GAME DC - ADRIAN DANTLEY AT DEMATHA - ALL-MET ELITE

NBATV THE CITY GAME
DC
ADRIAN DANTLEY
AT
DEMATHA
ALL-MET ELITE
 
Dennis Scott visits storied DeMatha High School with one its most famous alums – Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley.

THE CITY GAME DC - STREETBALL ABOVE ALL - ALL-MET ELITE

NBATV THE CITY GAME
DC
STREETBALL ABOVE ALL
ALL-MET ELITE
 
3D is joined by David Aldridge on the courts of the storied Goodman League in DC and pays a visit to a local barbershop to get the 411 on street hoops in the area.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

THE CITY GAME DC - ALL-MET ELITE

NBATV
THE CITY GAME D.C. 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
FLINT HILL HS.
OAKTON VA.
 

The City Game: DC

Born in Maryland, schooled in Virginia and raised on the courts of DC, who better to explore the basketball culture of the region than NBATV’s own Dennis Scott. In this digital series, 3D travels to the “DMV” to meet with DC basketball legends such as Adrian Dantley and Bobby Dandridge, current stars such as the Wizards’ Bradley Beal and broadcasting colleague – and DC native – David Aldridge to get the pulse of why hoops is so special in our nation’s capital. The digital series will be unveiled throughout the week leading up to NBATV’s broadcast of the San Antonio Spurs at Washington Wizards on Saturday, 11/26 at 7pm

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

CHRIS LYKE'S MOTHER VANESSA LYKES TALKS BASKETBALL FROM A PARENTS PERSPECTIVE - ALL-MET ELITE

CHRIS LYKE'S
MOTHER
 VANESSA LYKES
TALKS
 BASKETBALL
 FROM A
 PARENTS PERSPECTIVE 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
GONZAGA HS.
WASHINGTON D.C.
 
1.   At what age did Chris begin to play basketball? Chris began playing basketball at 7 years of age with the Bowie Boys and Girls Club. We decided that he needed to be involved with some type of extra-curricular activity (sport) because he was just too active and rambunctious around the house.
2.   At what age did he begin to play basketball seriously and what was the moment that you as a parent actually recognized his basketball talent? After a year of county basketball, we noticed that at round age 9 Chris picked up basketball skills very quickly. He was smaller than some of the kids, even back then, but he was fast and didn’t mind doing the dirty work. (Diving for loose balls, running down opposing team layups, and outrunning opponents). We joined a 9UAAU team known as DC Blue Devils, which later became DC Assault under the direction of Ryan Gorham and Renard Phillips when Chris was 9. It’s funny that some of Chris’s early teammates included Alani Moore, Joe Hampton, and Trevon Duval.
3.   The AAU circuit is a grind for all parents, how did you successfully navigate that grind while being a mom and also ensuring your child would be successful? Balancing AAU is certainly a huge challenge. I quickly realized that when you have kids that play basketball, the sport becomes your lifestyle. I guess that’s where the term “Ballislife” came from. As a mom, your instinct is to be a protector. But, I learned through the years, that I cannot get upset about things such as playing time, practice schedules, or starting line-ups. My job was just to celebrate the accomplishments and be encouraging. It was also very difficult to schedule activities outside of basketball because the schedule changed so often. I just accepted that this would be our “lifestyle” for years to come and made the sacrifice to focus the time, energy, and passion into this sport hoping it would someday result in something good.
4. What are your thoughts on kids re-classing strictly for sports purposes in middle school? I do not believe that kids should re-class strictly for sports purposes. There should be many factors considered and this should be an individualized decision. For Chris, he was entering a private school setting after being in a public school environment. The curriculum was more rigorous and his test scores needed improvement. Chris was also physically smaller than most of the kids he competed against. He also had a late birthday. When we spoke to Chris about his options, he was okay with re-classification. 
5. From a mom's point of view what made you believe that Gonzaga was the best school for your son both academically and athletically? My background is in Education and we’ve always placed a heavy emphasis on academic performance. Gonzaga offered the best combination of athletics and academics. We were not heavily recruited by Gonzaga, but it’s academic reputation was unmatched.  We also knew Gonzaga competed athletically in the prestigious WCAC conference which would give Chris additional exposure outside of AAU if he could do well. Additionally, Chris’s dad and I both work in DC and it was an easily commute.
6. What is one thing you really enjoyed about the D-1 recruiting process? Was there anything you did not particularly like about the process? We enjoyed meeting the head coaches, kids on the team, basketball/academic staff and visiting college campuses.  Some of the coaches were really knowledgeable about Chris and his game. It was amazing to see how much time and effort schools put into the process and what each school had to offer. The time and attention they showed Chris and our family was humbling and unforgettable. Prior to making a decision, the process became stressful. There were lots of phone calls and we really didn’t want to say no to any of the schools.
7. How much input did you and your family have in his college decision? Even before being offered a scholarship, Chris had always had his eye on the University of Miami. He admired Coach Larranaga’s basketball strategy with smaller guards. As multiple offers began to come through for Chris, we still encouraged him to give each school deep consideration and visit as many campuses as possible. But, ultimately, we allowed Chris to make the final decision.
8. Kids have practice, personal trainers, workouts at their schools and play a rigorous AAU schedule do you believe it can be too much? It can be a bit much and tiring, especially if the child is being made to do it. I remember days when I would take Chris to practices and just taking a nap in the car from being so tired. But, for us, Chris usually always wanted to go to practices and individual workouts. He would often spend hours outside practicing by himself or with his father and brother. Chris enjoys the game so much, his energy to want to play and get better, made us make the sacrifice. And now he drives, so it’s much easier. LOL.
9. What advice you would give kids and parents about effective time management while playing through a rigorous basketball schedule? I would advise parents to watch carefully and offer as much help as you can. Encourage your child to speak about his concerns and be a listening ear as much as possible. Make sure that your child is driving the desire, not you. Also be aware of when your child may need a break to catch up on school work, attend non-basketball activities with friends, vacation, or just need rest. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ABOVE the RADAR - DONNELL FRAYER of LANDON HS. EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

ABOVE the RADAR
DONNELL FRAYER
of
LANDON HS.
 EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
LANDON HS.
BETHESDA MD.
 
 
Age: 17 Height: 6'2 Weight 165 lbs.
 
What teams have played for?  The Uncommon Bulls, Men With Vision, Dreamakers, Upper Marlboro Rec.
 
Most recent AAU team? The Uncommon Bulls.
 
What are your team goals this season? To win an IAC championship and our Christmas tournament championship.
 
What are your personal goals this season? My personal goals are to improve on the defensive end heading into college. I want to be a two way player! My other goal is to expand my offensive game.
 
What are your strengths? Shooting, court vision, getting into the lane.
 
Things you need to improve upon? I feel as though I can always give more effort on the defensive end of the ball.
 
Things you need to continue to work on? My defense and being able too penetrate on the offensive of end a little more. During the summer I have worked on expanding my shooting range, my defense, ball-handling, getting in conditioning and strength.
 
What schools have offered you so far? No school has officially offered yet, but I am hearing mainly from Loyola (MD), VMI and Lincoln Memorial. I also stay in contact with the coaches from Randolph Macon.
 
Favorite HS. player? Other than myself, I would have to say my bro Chris Lykes. He doesn't let height faze him.
 
Favorite College Player? Markelle Fultz because of how he was doubted, but still worked hard and the results payed off in a big way for him. Having worked out with him a couple times... I have seen the work he puts in. I feel as though I'm underrated right now so I just always try to keep working hard and trust in the process.
 
Favorite NBA player? Russell Westbrook because how of hard he plays every single possession. He is relentless. He was also an underrated player coming out of high school.
 
What was your greatest basketball disappointment?  Being cut from Gonzaga's varsity team as a freshman and as a sophomore. I used that as motivation to never have that feeling again. I looked at is a positive rather than a negative and I think it is the best thing that could happen to me because it has made me a better player today.
 
What has been you greatest basketball achievement so far? Helping lead the Uncommon Bulls in a great tournament run in the Las Vegas Fab 48 where we beat Belmont Shore with some of the top guys in the country. I had fun playing with the Bulls all summer.
 
What is one special thing about the Landon Basketball team: We are not the biggest team, but overall we do not back down from any opponent.

Monday, November 7, 2016

DJ MITCHELL of THE OLDSMAR CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

DJ MITCHELL
of THE
 OLDSMAR CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 
 EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
 
OLDSMAR CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
OLDSMAR FLORIDA 
PICTURE COURTESY OF i95BALLERZ.COM
 
 
Age, Height, Weight? 17, 6'5, 185. 
 
What made you decide to transfer? I transferred because I feel like I'm not ready for the next level yet and I need time to develop.
 
Will you continue to play AAU in the DC area? Yes, I will continue to play with my AAU team.
 
How has your transition to your new school and team gone so far? The transition is going good I love my team and all my teammates I feel like everyone has my back and I have a great coaching staff.
 
What are your team and personal goals this season? My goals are to get my team the ship, earn a 4.00 GPA and become a mature man.  
 
What did you work on this summer to improve your game? I improved my jump shot,handle and also making better decisions on the court.
 
Is there a difference in the style of play outside of the DC area? Yes it's a lot different I think the DMV is a lot more competitive but it's great competition down here also.
 
Which schools have shown you interest so far? Louisville, USC, Creighton, U of VA.  
 
Which schools have offered you so far? Penn State, St. Joseph, Quinnipiac, UNCG, Cleveland State, Rhode Island, JMU Southern Utah and a couple others.
 
Who is your favorite HS. player, college player and NBA player? Favorite HS. player 2018 guard DJ Mitchell sound familiar he's pretty nice, for
college my bro Markelle Fultz and in the NBA Jamal Crawford.
  

Friday, November 4, 2016

BRANDON SLATER PAUL VI. HS. EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

BRANDON SLATER 
 PAUL VI. HS.
EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
PAUL VI. HS.
FAIRFAX VA.

 
 
Age, height, weight? 17, 6'7, 190 lbs.
 
What age did you start playing basketball? I started playing basketball at 3 years old.
 
What AAU, boys and girls club or school teams did you play for before Team Takeover and Paul VI.? I played with the Metro Sixers before this.
 
What made you decide upon Paul VI. HS. as both a student and athlete? I've known coach Farello since I was seven years old so I had a connection with him that was second to none.
 
What are your goals for the upcoming season? This year I want to win everything that we play in both the WCAC and the VA. state playoffs.
 
What are your strengths? My strengths are my driving ability, shooting, and athleticism.
 
What did you work on to improve your game this summer? I worked on my physical strength as well as my mental.
 
What do you believe you need to continue to work on to improve? I am no where near done nor am I a finished product yet so I need to work on everything.
 
Schools which have shown interest? Schools which are interested in me include Michigan, Kentucky, Florida State and Norte Dame.
 
Schools that have offered you? I have been offered by George Mason, UCF, USC, South Carolina, Temple, Villanova, Virginia, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Miami, Louisville.
 
Favorite subject in school? My favorite subject in school is Math.
 
Most disappointing basketball moment? When I missed the game winning shot to beat McNamara it was the most disappointing feeling ever.
 
Most exciting basketball moment? Receiving my first offer last year was the best day ever.
 
Who is your favorite HS. player, college player and NBA player? My favorite HS. player is myself, college I like Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon. In the NBA I like Jimmy Butler, KD, LeBron and Kawhi Leonard.
 
If you weren't playing basketball what sport would you be playing? If I wasn't play basketball I would be playing football.

THE NATIONAL HS. HOOPS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE - ALL-MET ELITE

THE NATIONAL HS. HOOPS FESTIVAL
 SCHEDULE
ALL-MET ELITE
 CLICK THE PICTURE TO ENLARGE THE SCHEDULE
 
The National HS Hoops Festival. Come see the nations best players and teams compete @ DeMatha HS.
Dec 10th-11th remember the dates!!

VIDEO: KEVIN DURANT and STEPH CURRY PLAY - P.I.G

VIDEO
KEVIN DURANT and STEPH CURRY
 PLAY
 P.I.G
 
Bleacher Report presents an exclusive game of P.I.G between Kevin Durant and Steph Curry from the Warriors practice facility.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

SUPER SOPH JASON MURPHY EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

SUPER SOPH
JASON MURPHY
 EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
CHAPELGATE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
MARRIOTTSVILLE MARYLAND
 
Name: Jason Murphy
Age: 16
Height: 6'8
Weight: 205
School: Chapelgate Christian Academy
AAU: TeamMelo
 
What are your personal goals for the season?
To win a MIAA B Conference championship; to see my senior teammates close out their career on a high note if I can help get them there; and to have some individual success as well.
 
What did you work on this summer to improve your game?
I put up a lot of shots and worked on my conditioning. Obviously playing on the Nike circuit you go up against the best all over the country so that competition definitely helps.
 
What do you believe are your strengths and what do you believe you need to continue to improve? Definitely getting to the rim, guarding multiple positions and my rebounding and ability to alter shots are strengths. I am improving by continuing to get stronger and I'd like to get to the point where coaches are confident that I can spread the floor offensively.
 
What schools colleges have offered and also shown interest?
Old Dominion offered me last week. Of the schools that are showing interest, I talk most to North Carolina, Washington, Maryland and UCF. They've all been out to see me or invited me down for visits. Other schools I've heard from are Virginia, Pitt, Kansas State, Georgetown...
 
What was the highlight of your summer on the AAU circuit?
AAU was interesting this past year because I got a little frustrated early in the spring with myself but really re-focused in June and then the coaches said I had a breakout July. So I'd say the July Live period was the highlight for me.
 
Best Showcase or Camp experience?
I went to some really decent camps this fall but making the Top 30 All star Game at Pangos had to be the best experience.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

LEGIT STATS SUPER 60 SHOWCASE - ALL-MET ELITE

LEGIT STATS SUPER 60
SHOWCASE 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
The Legit Stats Super 60 is our attempt to bring together Northern Virginia's top high school basketball players looking to enhance their opportunities to compete on the collegiate level. Media outlets and college coaches will be in attendance to evaluate the region's premier prospects. Our goal is to get all participating players on the radars of college coaches.

Monday, October 10, 2016

ST. STEPHENS & ST. AGNES SENIOR GUARD - DENMARK SLAY - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

ST. STEPHENS & ST. AGNES
SENIOR GUARD
DENMARK SLAY
EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW
ALL-MET ELITE
 
ST. STEPHENS & ST. AGNES
ALEXANDRIA VA.
 
Age, height, weight? 19, 5'11, 175 lbs.
 
You recently played AAU for the District Basketball Club, what other basketball teams did you play for growing up, middle school, AAU, boys and girls club teams? I played varsity for Evangel Christian School in 8th and 9th grade before transferring to Bishop O'Connell for a year. AAU I played for VA. Dynasty up to 7th grade before switching to Team Takeover for 3 years and I remember playing at the Hylton and Dumfries boys and girls club from like 2nd to 6th grade.
 
What goals have you set for your senior season? I want to help lead my team to win the Sleepy Thompson tournament, IAC championship and a state championship as well and win state player of the year.
 
What were the deciding factors for your recent commitment to High Point University? Committing to High Point wasn't that hard after visiting. I had developed a great relationship with the coaching staff and then once I visited and saw the campus it was a no brainer. I also wanted to go to a school that wins and High Point has won 4 straight regular season conference championships.
 
What other schools offered you before your commitment? During the summer I received offers from NJIT, VMI and Saint Thomas Aquinas College and in thr fall received another from Merrimack College.
 
 What are your strengths and what are the things that you believe need work for the next level? I think I'm a good leader now, but I want to become an even better one for this upcoming season and college, I want to continue to work on my shooting, ball handling and playmaking skills as well as my basketball IQ.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

GONZAGA HS. POINT GUARD - CHRIS LYKES - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

GONZAGA HS.
POINT GUARD 
 CHRIS LYKES 
  EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
GONZAGA HS.
WASHINGTON D.C.
 
 
 
1.What are your team and personal goals for the upcoming season? For team goals-If we can go undefeated, that would be great, but our main goal is to win another WCAC championship. That is the only thing that truly matters to us, no matter how we get it done. WCAC POY would be nice, but I'm not really focused on that.
 
2.What did you work on this summer to improve your game? I worked on extending my range, shooting high floaters, passing and finishing with my left hand, and ball handling.
 
 3. What was the one thing about the Univ. of Miami that you found most important in your recruitment? For me, Miami was the first high major school to offer me, and they've been recruiting me for almost 2 years before I made my decision. Second, Coach Larranaga allows his players to be free and play, as long as their playing defense and playing through their mistakes.
 
4. As a senior when looking back what made you believe Gonzaga would be a good fit for you as both a student and athlete? Gonzaga had the best of both worlds, academically and athletically. I didn't know what level I would play coming in as a freshman but I knew I wouldn't back down from anybody. Also, academics always come first and in the type of atmosphere that Gonzaga has, I would be able to be successful in both.

Friday, September 30, 2016

BISHOP O'CONNELL GUARD - XAVIER JOHNSON - EXCLUSIVE TWITTER INTERVIEW - ALL-MET ELITE

BISHOP O'CONNELL
POINT GUARD
XAVIER JOHNSON
  EXCLUSIVE TWITTER
INTERVIEW
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
Age, height, weight? 16, 6'1, 170.
 
What basketball teams did you play for growing up middle school, AAU, or boys and girls club? Battlefield Middle(Fredericksburg,Va) Hoop Booth, Fredericksburg Heat, LBA Attack, DC Premier.
 
When did you first start playing basketball? I first started playing basketball at 2 years old.
 
What did you work on this summer to get better? I worked on my jumper most of the summer.
 
What are your strengths? My strengths are going off screens, finishing around the basket, finding open teammates, getting paint touches, taking charges, and my defense.
 
What do you believe you need to continue to work on? I need to work on my jumper.

What were the highlights of your summer on the AAU/camp circuit? The highlight of my summer was Peach Jam and Vegas.

What are your goals this upcoming season for O'Connell? My goal for the season is to win the WCAC title!
 
What schools have offered or have shown interest in you? Providence, NC State, Towson, Manhattan have offered me. Notre Dame, Louisiana Tech, Lehigh, Yale, Old Dominion, Nebraska, Georgetown, George Washington, George Mason,William and Mary, Xavier, and James Madison have all shown interest.
 
What do you believe has caused your recruiting to increase? I think Peach Jam boosted my recruitment just playing really well on both ends of the floor and doing it in front of a big crowd.
 
What player or coach have you learned the most from while in high school so far? I learned from all my coaches at both O'Connell and Team Takeover. They've taught me a lot and they are still continuing to teach me a lot. But the player I watch a lot is Kyrie Irving the way he breaks down defenders and scores the ball in different kind of ways is amazing and I try to model my game after him.

Friday, September 16, 2016