Tuesday, January 15, 2019

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: MARET 2019 FORWARD EJ JARVIS

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
MARET
2019 FORWARD
EJ JARVIS

THE MARET SCHOOL
WASHINGTON D.C.


1. Age, Height, Weight?
18, 6’8, 210
2. You are in the midst of your senior season take us back to your freshmen year & tell us what your mind state was as a frosh beginning to play varsity?
 I was very nervous playing and starting on varsity my freshmen year. I wasn’t as strong or fast as any of the other players, so I had to work a lot harder to make an impact. I knew my role and I didn’t do anything outside of that. Mainly I focused on just rebounding, running the floor, and finding an open teammate.
3. What are your team & individual goals for this season & are you & your team currently on pace to meet them? 
The team goal and my own personal goal is to win the MAC championship. I think we have a real shot at winning this year. If we play our game and play hard constantly, we could definitely be regular season and tournament champs.
4. What were some of the valuable things you learned early in your high school career from former Maret player & now Iowa forward Luka Garza?
Luka taught me to always play hard no matter who it’s against or how you’re playing. Playing with him and against him, l learned that if you play hard and hustle all the time, you can improve your own game drastically. He also gave me a lot of advice on post moves and finishing. 
 5. Tell us about your Yale commitment what was it specifically about Yale that made you decide it was the University for you to continue both your academic & athletic career? 
I thought Yale was a great school, not just because of academics and basketball, but because of the student life and coaching staff. When I visited there, it seemed like the best choice for me. I thought Coach Jones was honest with me from the start, which said a lot about his program and the school. I’m looking forward to college life next year.
6. You appear to be more aggressive this season in scoring the ball - what did you work on this summer to improve your overall game? You were a member of the Team Takeover 17U team that won Peach Jam this past summer as a graduating senior what will you miss most about playing AAU?
This summer, we had a very deep team that was filled with D-1 talent. So whenever I would go against them in practice, I had to bring my A-game every single time. I worked on being more confident on the offensive end and communicating more on the defensive end. 
The thing I’m going to miss about AAU is the concept of getting a bunch of guys that you played during the school season to come together and win weekend tournaments during the spring and summer. 3-5 games a day every Friday and Saturday then championship Sunday was definitely one of the most exhausting things, but it was also one of the most fun things. I’m gonna miss playing AAU.

Monday, January 14, 2019

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: St. ALBANS SCHOOL 2020 SHOOTING GUARD MICHAEL KATSOCK

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
 St. ALBANS SCHOOL
2020 SHOOTING GUARD
 MICHAEL KATSOCK
 
St. ALBANS SCHOOL
WASHINGTON D.C.
 
1. Age, height, weight?
16 years old, 6’6, 185. 
 
2. You have recently entered IAC conference play what are your team & individual goals for 
this season? How would you describe St. Alban's style of play and what do you guys consistently bring on game day?
Our goal as a team is to keep improving and getting better everyday to compete for an IAC championship. We’ve had a lot of injuries to start the year so we’re just trying to get healthy for the second half of conference play. Overall, we’re working to blend our fast break with our other offensive sets. I think our ability to bounce back and stick together when adversity hits during the course of the game will really help us come tournament play.
 
3. You have multiple games this season with at least 5 -3pointers made - can you walk us through both your in season & off season shooting routine? 
I try to get in the gym every day to work on my shot. I always start with form shooting to get a lot of reps and build that muscle memory. I’d say the biggest key to success for me is practicing game shots at game speed off the catch and off the dribble. From there I gotta give a lot a credit to my teammates and coaches for always trying to put me in a position to succeed.
 
4. What college/universities are currently showing you interest or have offered you?
 Right now I’ve been in contact with primarily Ivy and Patriot League schools. 

5. What are some of the things you believe you need to work on to improve your overall game? 
I want to continue to keep getting stronger and growing into my body. I’m also working on my ball handling skills to handle in the open court more.

6. What are your basketball plans for this upcoming spring/summer?
My plan for this spring/summer is to keep working to improve my overall game and body. Last year I was fortunate to play with Team Takeover and got a lot of great experience and want to keep building on that this summer.

Monday, November 5, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW WITH DC BASKETBALL DOCUMENTARY "33" DIRECTOR KAVON MARTEZ

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW 
WITH 
DC BASKETBALL DOCUMENTARY
 "33" 
DIRECTOR KAVON MARTEZ

Washington D.C.
NW, NE,SW,SE

1. How did you come up with idea of doing a documentary on the game of 33 & what were some of your fondest memories of playing 33?
Great question, it fell in my lap in all honesty. I was actually doing a clothing release inspired by “33” & I was sending my close friends a bio of the release & other ideas. I sent it to a good friend of mine who happens to be a great photographer. He was so infatuated with the game of “33” he wanted to make a short documentary on the game. He had a relationship with the creative agency Advoc8, & they were looking to do a creative project in DC, so we pitched the idea to them & they loved it. We start shooting 3 weeks after, & I explain my fondest moments in the film.

2. Basketball is played all over the country how did you discover that 33 was a game specific to the DC area?
It’s not a fact that all other states/cities don’t play “33” but the other game “21” is more commonly played around the country. Our belief is “33” was created in DC. Through a popular player who once played at Georgetown University.

3. Many people are saying that playground basketball is slowly disappearing in many cities across the country what impact if any have you seen on the popularity of playing 33 in the DC area?
Not really a big impact. Kids are playing “33” inside of gyms now. Kids are more “pampered” & “soft” now. They don’t know about playing “33” in 30 degree weather. That’s why older DC basketball players are so gritty & tough. It was the environment, it was the GAME. The environment made us fucking DOGS!

4. Were there any notable DC area players interviewed for the documentary?
Yeah a couple, but we really kept it in the streets. We wanted regular ballers who just enjoy the game & still play “33” on a everyday basis.

5. Will the documentary also cover the local game of "Butt on the Pole" a spin-off of 33?
Ha ha ha naw man, but those were some good times though. When I would lose I would just run off the court. My whole hood would be chasing me.

6. In your research of the documentary did you learn that 33 was possibly played differently in separate parts of DC such as Uptown & the Southside or elsewhere in the DC area?
Yes & that was interesting. You will see that in the film.

7. Please give us more info on the release of the documentary - what is the official release date & where will fans be able to view it?
The film will release in late November. I’m having a screening here in DC & would like all the ballers & others with interest to come out. The film will also be released via a private link after the screening.

Monday, October 29, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: ROCK CREEK CHRISTIAN 2020 GUARD MILTON MATTHEWS III

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
 ROCK CREEK CHRISTIAN
 2020 GUARD 
MILTON MATTHEWS III

Rock Creek Christian Academy 
Upper Marlboro MD.

1. Age, height, weight?
16, 6'2, 180

2. What did you work on this summer to improve your game? Many are predicting a breakout season for you this year what is one skill you can say you have improved upon while in high school?
I have been working on my ball handling, defense, and athleticism, the one skill I can say I have improved upon is my defense, I wasn't always known as the best defender.

3. What schools have offered you or have shown you interest?
Loyola University, Oklahoma State, Mount St. Mary's, UNC Greensboro & North Carolina Central have shown interest.

4. What were some of your high points this past summer playing AAU?
The Adidas Gauntlet was a great experience for me. It was a very competitive tournament throughout the summer, I am really looking forward to playing in it again next year.

5. What are your expectations for Rock Creek Christian this year & what role do you forsee yourself playing on this years team?
My expectation this year is to win. I want to be a great help to the team. I expect our name to remain as one of the best schools in the DMV area. My role on this team is to score and help with defending/rebounding.

6. What are your individual & team goals this season?
My goal is to be the best junior player I can be. I want to live in the gym and work on being comfortable being uncomfortable by working hard when I am both tired and fatigued. Develop a mindset that I would not be in this position if not for this game and get better at it everyday. This season I want to work as hard as I can on and off the court and to be the first and last player in and out of the gym.

7. How would you describe your game for those who haven't seen you play?
I always thought of myself as a shooting guard. I run the lanes in transition and score when needed. Otherwise as a team player, I take good shots, find the open man, move the ball, and play defense.

8. What schools, rec, boys & girls clubs and AAU teams did you play for growing up?
The first organization that I played with was "Bump N Run" Basketball that is where I developed my game while I was in elementary school. I also played for Drew Freeman in middle school. Then when I started high school I played junior varsity at Wise. Then I took my talents to "Team Nationals" & the Adidas Gauntlet & transferred from Wise to Somerset Prep for one year and played with Team Nationals again this past summer. The recs that I go to and use to play were the District Heights rec center, North Forestville rec and also the Westphalia community center.

Monday, October 22, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: O'CONNELL HS. 2020 GUARD/FORWARD JAHMAL BANKS

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
 BISHOP O'CONNELL HS.
 2020 GUARD/FORWARD 
JAHMAL BANKS

Bishop O'Connell HS.
Arlington VA.

1. Age, height, weight?
17, 6’4, 195

2. How do you balance being a two sport athlete of both basketball & football - how do you effectively manage the rest that your body & mind may need from the grind of playing two sports? 
It’s hard but I find a way to manage due to my stable and constant motivation. I try to get as many shots up as I can during the football season after practice and even on the weekends to keep my rhythm so I won’t be behind when the season comes around. Working on my weaknesses is essential in the off-season and during football season as I try and take my game to the next level. Football comes a little easier than basketball, but I still work as hard wether it’s footwork, route running, hand-eyed coordination, speed, or keeping my hands up to par. I have mentors that give me a blueprint, that way when they’re not around I still go achieve, amplify my work ethic and stay dedicated.

3. What schools have offered you or have shown interest in you for both basketball & football? 
I currently have two basketballs offers from: High Point and Radford. Schools that shown interest are: OK State, Boston College, GW, Sienna, West Virginia, The Mount, Xavier, Seton Hall, Holy Cross, Kansas State, etc.

I don't current have any football offers however shools that have shown interest are: Norte Dame, Duke, UNC, Boston College, Syracuse, Villanova, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Rutgers, UVA, Georgia Tech, Temple, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Kentucky, and Penn State, etc.

4. Are you looking to be a two sport athlete in college or do you see yourself picking one sport to focus on in college?
As of right now I plan on being a two sport athlete in college until otherwise, while of course diligently focus on academic aspirations. 

5. Last year you played alongside the WCAC player of the year in Xavier Johnson what did you learn from him that you can use this year to grow your game?
It was fun playing with Xavier last year, he taught me a lot and our high-levels of competition and heart both made us better ball players. He was smart but wasn’t afraid to talk trash as he was all about the W and would do anything to get it. He taught me how to change speeds, which was something we both struggled with my freshman and his junior year. All in all he taught me how to lead a WCAC championship contending team not just with words but with action, all while making everybody around you better which is something I plan on doing this year and the year after that.

6. What do you believe O'Connell needs to do this year to win the WCAC championship? How do you see your role expanding this upcoming season now that you are a junior? 
This year I think we need to play together and for each other. That means being a willing passer, attacking the lane for others, playing defense, sacrificing your body, taking the shot when it’s there, rebounding, communicating, being resilient, and playing with some grit. We have all the pieces, the key is to believe in ourselves no matter what the odds are. God will take care of everything else, by saying this I mean we have to control what we can control, have fun, and focus on making others around us better, that way we are making ourselves better. Last year my role was to be a leader, rebound, be the best defender on the court, create the energy, be a willing passer, and of course take my shot when it was there. This year I have to do the same exact thing, but add the part where I facilitate and score more which I have no problem with especially with the dynamic team we have again this year.

7. What were some of the high points of your summer playing on the AAU circuit? 
Some of the high points from the AAU Circuit would be my first game at Bowie City gym & beating Team Melo. Putting the team on my back and really making a statement which was accomplished. Another example would be the Hoop Group showcase league tournament. We won the championship without my play on the court but I was there fighting with them on the bench every game making sure they were on their P’s and Q’s, igniting that spark within them, while giving them confidence that they could do it if they believed in themselves as much as I believed in them. Overall I played really well over the summer and turned some heads, I just tried to have as much fun with it as possible because I’m gonna wish I had these days back.

8. At one point you played Lacrosse is that something you still have interest in or would like to play again?
Although I did play varsity lacrosse as a freshman, it was for a condensed time. I stopped because it was too time consuming and I rather be fully committed than partially committed in fairness to the kids on that team that worked really hard. Lacrosse was very fun but I think that run has ended.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: EPISCOPAL HS. 2019 GUARD/FORWARD ASA SHANNON

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW EPISCOPAL HS. 
2019 GUARD/FORWARD 
ASA SHANNON
 
Episcopal HS.
Alexandria VA.

1. Age, height, weight?
17, 6’6, 190lbs

2. What school, AAU, rec, boys & girls clubs did you play for growing up?
Takoma Park B&G, KIPP DC - Will Academy, DC Premier & New World.

3. What were some of the things you learned as a JV player that helped you transition to the varsity level?
As a JV player it helped me play under control. As you move up in the different levels of basketball the pace increases so it is important to have and maintain control of your body and the basketball.

4. What schools have offered you or have shown you interest?
I recieved my first offer from Radford & I also have interest from Princeton, Georgetown, Notre Dame & East Carolina.

5. What role do you predict you will play on this years Episcopal team?
A little bit of everything. I like to hit the boards, pass/assist & and guard the best player on the opposing team. 

6. For those who may have not seen you play how would you describe your game?
My game can be described as a Swiss Army knife. I have a lot of great tools and can effect the game in a lot of different ways.

7. What were some of the basketball highlights of your summer? Episcopal doesn't play summer league so what did you work on to improve your game & how did you stay game shape for AAU?
Although EHS doesn't participate in any Spring/Summer leagues I was able to benefit from getting out of school earlier than others & getting in the gym earlier. I was in the gym at least 2x a day getting up shots and working out while other players were still in school. To improve on my game I focused on getting up at least 1000 shots before leaving the gym. During the week I would also work out with my trainer Brandon Howell. Some highlights of this summer included playing great defense against Top 50 players - shutting them down and receiving my first offer.

8. Think back to your decision to attend a boarding school & describe your transition as a boarding student at Epsicopal was it an easy transition for you or did it take awhile for you to adjust?
I've known that I wanted to attend EHS since my mom took me to the Black Student Fair in 6th grade. It's funny because they didn't talk about their athletic program. I am a A Better Chance scholar and throughout the high school application process, I was always a match to EHS and I took that as a sign. The transition to boarding school was probably harder on my mom then it was me, the first two years she was on campus so much you would think she worked or lived there. The transition for me wasn't difficult as I embraced the opportunity to be in the boarding school setting and was able to feed off of the other students around me and it feels like family.

9. You had a basketball highlight or two go viral nationally last year - can you describe what that experience was like?
Initially it was crazy! My friends were in the gym working out and saw me on ESPN and sent it to me. After a couple of days it wasn’t really a big deal. It was just cool to see myself on tv. But the goal is to make that experience a norm.

10. What do you believe Episcopal will need to do this year to win the IAC?
Defense, plain and simple. We have a lot of talent on our team. The key will be to lock in on defense and get stops.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: WILLIAMSPORT HS. 2020 GUARD CALEB BOWERS

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
WILLIAMSPORT HS. 
2020 GUARD 
CALEB BOWERS

Williamsport HS.
 Williamsport MD.

1. Age, height, weight?
17, 6’0, 155lbs

2. What did you work on this summer to improve your game?
This summer I focused on my ability to score and finish around the rim. I also worked on my off the dribble pull up jumper in transition and half court sets. Me and my trainer Matt Butts did many reps of floaters, pull ups,and creative finishes at the cup.

3. What schools have offered you or have shown you interest?
I'm currently receiving interest from Holy Cross, Loyola, UMBC, Shepherd, Millersville, Seton Hill, and Chestnut Hill.

4. What were some of the highlights of your summer in AAU, showcase events, camps & summer league etc?
This was definitely a break out summer for me and my recruiting. I had a great showing at the Elevate Hoops Capital Hoops Fest with the District Basketball Club where I earned all tournament team and was recognized as one of the top shooters at the event by prep hoops. Another great event was the Hoop Group Atlantic City Showcase tournament where I played with Baltimore Orange Life. During that event I scored 30 points in the first game against the NJ Roadrunners along with ending the tournament averaging 26.5 ppg. Lastly I had a great showing during the Hoop Group Elite Session 2 camp at Albright College where many college coaches gave me great feedback on my game and grew to show more interest in my talents.

5. How would you describe Williamsport basketball, what style of play will you guys play this season & what do you predict your role will be this season? Also how would you describe the competition in your Washington county public school conf?
Williamsport basketball this year will be very intense defensively because we know it starts on that end. Me and the guys love the way Coach Grabill runs this program and know he’s going to have us prepared when it’s game time. With the team we have this year we’re looking to play at a fast past and use our length. My role on the team this year will definitely be a leader along with being the primary scorer. I feel like this summer has mentally and physically prepared me to take on this role. This years Washington County conference is showing that we’re the best team. I feel like we will be well prepared and mentally ready for whatever situation hits us.

6. What was your biggest learning experience on the varsity level as a sophomore?
Playing varsity and starting as a sophomore brought many challenges with it. Me and my teammate Lincoln Ball were the primary ball handlers & scorers for the team and that just made us grow faster and stronger as the year went on.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: LOOMIS CHAFFE SCHOOL 2019 FORWARD QWANZI SAMUELS

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
LOOMIS CHAFFEE SCHOOL 
2019 FORWARD
QWANZI SAMUELS

Loomis Chaffee School
Windsor Conn.

1. Age, height, weight?
19, 6’9, 200lbs

2. What schools, AAU, rec, boys & girls teams did you play for growing up?
Rebels, Team Final, DC Assault, DC Thunder & New World.

3. You faced some adversity during your high school career at St. Johns, take us back & tell us who & what helped you effectively push thru that time period?
Some people that helped me were my parents, my coaches and my teammates. When I faced adversity I had my parents when I went home to push me and make me work hard and my teammates had my back through any situation. My coaches also kept coaching me through the hard times and good times to make sure I got better.

4. Why did you believe a prep year would be beneficial to you?
I believed a prep year would be beneficial to me to form relationships that I wouldn’t be able to form if I didn’t go to prep school. A prep year would also allow me to have a year to work on my schooling and my game.

5. What did you work on this summer to improve your game?
I worked on a bunch of stuff, I wanted to become a knockdown shooter so I made 500 shots every morning. I wanted to be more explosive with jumping so I worked with our strength coach at St. John’s, I also wanted to be a better ball handler so I worked on ball handling as well.

6. What are you team & individual goals this season?
My team goal for Loomis this year is to go undefeated in our conference which will be very difficult but I think if we are focused and we play as hard as we can then we should be able to complete it. My individual goal is to be a great teammate on and off the floor, and be the hardest worker at my school.

7. What were some of the more important reasons behind your commitment to FGCU?
Some of the more important reasons I committed to FGCU were just the constant communication and interest they were showing me. I talked to coach Fly and we had the same ideas, we have the same goals. I like how competitive it gets there and how much the team wants to push everyone to become better.

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years ?
A pro. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: ST. ANDREW'S 2020 GUARD COLIN SMALLS

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
 ST. ANDREW'S 
2020 GUARD 
COLIN SMALLS

St. Andrew's
Potomac MD.

1. Age, height, weight?
16, 6’2, 180lbs

2. What did you work on this summer to improve your game?
This summer I focused on my decision making and scoring ability. So everyday in the gym I did drills with a lot of reads and got a lot of reps in so when game time came I was well prepared and as efficient as possible.
      
3. Your Team Durant 16U AAU team won the 16U nationals this past summer what was it like to win an AAU Championship for you, your teammates and as the oldest age group representing the Durant Org?
As an organization we were very pleased with our performance over the course of that week and were happy that we ended the summer on a high note. Since we’re the oldest age group in the organization we felt good about finishing the 16U season off with a championship, setting a good example for the younger age groups to follow, and we are looking forward to having an amazing season in 2019 in the 17U division.

4. What role do your predict you will play on this years St. Andrews team - will you be playing more of a traditional point guard role or a combo scoring guard role?
This year at St. Andrews, I’ll play both the traditional point guard position as well as a scoring off guard on the offensive end and defensively I’ll be taking on the challenge of guarding the opposing teams best player.

5. What schools have offered you or have shown interest in you?
I currently hold offers from Stony Brook, Columbia University, and Robert Morris. Harvard, George Mason, Delaware, Yale, Rice, Princeton, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Longwood and more are all currently showing interest.

6. Kevin Durant is both an NBA champion & finals MVP who is from the DC area how does his professional accomplishments influence your outlook on the game of basketball?
Kevin Durant’s accomplishments have a major influence on my outlook on the game on and off the court. It’s an honor to play on his AAU team and wear his name across my chest. When we step in between those lines we represent the DMV and the Team Durant brand. I take pride in being from the DMV, PG county area and representing the area when we travel and play teams from other states since this area is arguably the new mecca of basketball. Off the court Kevin Durant uses his position in the game of basketball to give back to the community and take care of others and someday I hope to be able to do the same thing.

7. Last year was your first year playing for St. Andrews in the MAC after beginning your high school career in PG county how would you compare the competition within both the private school & public school conferences?
Both the private school and public school conference's have tremendous talent and night in and night out you have to be aware that you cannot take any opponent lightly. I would say public school is more offensive minded and similar to AAU basketball whereas private school basketball is played more under control and with a slower pace since scouting reports are more detailed and teams key in on different sets and schemes.

8. What feedback are your receiving from college coaches and your high school coaches as to what they would like to see you improve upon on the court?
My high school coaches want me to continue to improve my decision making , leadership skills, and be more vocal on the offensive end. I’m receiving a lot of positive feedback from college coaches. They’re telling me continue to be a pest on the defensive side of the ball and take pride on that end of the floor. Offensively, coaches are impressed by my shot making and scoring ability as well as my high IQ for the game. Going forward college coaches want me to get more comfortable playing the lead guard position and continue working on all aspects of my game.

Friday, October 12, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: LANDON SCHOOL 2021 SHOOTING GUARD KINO LILLY

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
 LANDON SCHOOL 
2021 SHOOTING GUARD 
KINO LILLY

Landon School 
Bethesda MD.

1. Age, height, weight?
16, 5’11,155

2. What did you work on this summer to improve your game?
This summer I worked on improving my confidence, by improving my strength and condition, and finding new ways to score the ball.
          
3. You are a two sport athlete can you explain how you are able to effectively balance the two sports during the summer & the season/preseason?
The Landon School requires a student to play two sports so it’s the norm here making it easy to balance during the school year. My parents assist with keeping me organized through the demands from playing both sports.

4. If you had to pick one sport which would you like to play at the college level or are you looking for a college opportunity that will allow you to possibly play both?
I would choose the sport that allows me to be at the best college, but playing two sports in college would be a great opportunity.
          
5. This season you will have a new head coach what are your expectations going into the season & what role do you predict you will play on this years team? Do you view yourself as a scoring/shooting guard or a combo guard who can play both the point guard & shooting guard position if necessary?
My expectation for this season is still to compete for an IAC championship. My role this year would likely be playing a combo guard and thats also how I view myself. I’m willing to play whatever position coach feels that is going to give us the opportunity to succeed.          

6. You & your backcourt mate Canin Reynolds put up alot of points in the Capitol Hoops summer league this past summer - describe the chemistry that you two have & the overall impact of such a high scoring backcourt on your team?
The chemistry between Canin and I is great on and off the court, the impact we create by playing together is its hard to stop both, so if you are scheming for one the other could still have a great game. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: GEORGETOWN DAY SCHOOL 2021 GUARD JORDAN RAYFORD

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
GEORGETOWN DAY SCHOOL
 2021 POINT GUARD
JORDAN RAYFORD
GEORGETOWN DAY SCHOOL
WASHINGTON D.C.

1. Age, height, weight?
15, 6'5, 175lbs

2. What did you work on this summer to improve your game & what schools have offered you or have shown you interest? 
I focused on getting stronger, catch and shoot and 3-point shooting. Currently I do not have any offers. Tulane has shown interest and I hear through my coaches that several other schools are asking about me and want to see me play this season.  I look forward to receiving my first offer.

3. What do you think will be the biggest difference in your game in your sophomore season than in your freshman season after a year of varsity experience?
There are several differences, but I think two areas which will provide a big impact are both my strength and weight have improved. I am almost 2 inches taller and 20 pounds heavier than this time last year. Another impact area will be my court awareness. Last year, I had the opportunity to lead our team against various defensive strategies and that experience will help me be a more effective point guard this year.

4. GDS is often overlooked when talking about high school basketball how would you describe the GDS style of play as well as your game for those who may have yet to see you play?
Last year we ran a lot of sets that would leverage high pick and rolls with me creating opportunities for my teammates or myself. On defense, we played a matchup zone. We have most of our team from last year returning and we added several really good players, so we will mix things up more this year on offense and on defense we will play less zone and more man. Last year my main offensive tool was the mid-range pull up jumper. This year I plan to be more of a threat on all 3 levels.

5. How would you describe the level of competition in the MAC? The MAC is very competitive, each team we play usually has 2-4 guys that have offers or strong interest from D1 colleges. Last year during the MAC/IAC challenge, the MAC won most of the games.

6. What are your team & individual goals this upcoming season? Our team goal is to win the MAC. My individual goals are to keep improving and put my teammates in the best position to be successful.

7. What was the high point of your summer playing? The high point was my AAU team, Team Stat, winning the 15U Humble Division at the UA Challenge. We were not a sponsored team, so I believe we shocked a lot of the sponsored teams by winning the championship.

8. What school, AAU, rec & boys and girls clubs did you play for growing up? I have been at GDS since kindergarten so that is where I played middle school basketball. My first love was soccer, so I came to AAU a bit later than most, but I got my start in AAU with the Playmakers Organization. I also played on recreational teams at Jelleff and One on One in Montgomery County.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: MOUNT ST. JOSEPH HS. 2020 GUARD TYLER BRELSFORD

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
MOUNT ST. JOSEPH HS. 
2020 GUARD 
TYLER BRELSFORD

Mount St. Joseph HS.
Baltimore MD.

1. Height, weight?
6'4, 165lbs

2. What did you work on this summer to get better?
I definitely worked on getting stronger. I was in the weight room 4 times a week.

3. You are going into your Jr. season what do you predict will be your role on this years team?
I think my role will be to score, make plays and get everyone involved.

4. During your time at Mount Saint Joseph you have seen multiple D1 players what have you learned from observing their work habits?
I’ve learned that nothing is given you have to go out there and take what you want.

5. What schools have offered you or have shown you interest?
BYU has offered, but UMBC, Towson, Siena, Holy Cross, Boston U and some other schools are showing heavy interests.

6. How would you describe your game?
I would describe my game as a point guard who can get my team involved and also score when I need too. I also consider myself a leader on the
floor.

7. You are a very well traveled youth player how would you describe the Baltimore competition in comparison to the DC/MD & VA area competition?
I think the Baltimore talent is as just as good as anywhere else in the DMV area, but the difference is that the teams in DC have a little more depth and run more of a system.

8. What is one basketball skill that you can say you have definitely gotten better at doing since you have entered HS.
One thing I think I have improved in high school is definitely my defense.

9. When you first entered high school you played JV what did you learn from that experience that has helped you on the varsity level?
I have learned to just stay focused and remember it’s a marathon not a sprint. I just have to make sure at the end of the marathon I’m in first place!!

10. As his teammate what were your thoughts when James Bishop committed to LSU a school pretty far from the Baltimore area?
I think it was a good decision by him to commit to LSU he will have a great opportunity there to be successful, he just has to make sure he’s stays focused and keeps working hard. Also he will be playing in one of the best conferences against teams like Kentucky, so overall I think it was a great decision.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: GAITHERSBURG HS. 2021 SHOOTING GUARD JORDAN HAWKINS

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
 GAITHERSBURG HS. 
2021 SHOOTING GUARD  
JORDAN HAWKINS

Gaithersburg HS.
Gaithersburg MD.

1. Age, height, weight?
16, 6’5, 170lbs

2. What schools, AAU, rec & boys & girls club teams did you play for growing up?
I grew up playing AAU with the DMV Stags and I would play at the Upper County Rec with my uncle. I would also hoop at the Gaithersburg middle school my cousin would open the gym for us.

3. What did you work on this summer to improve your game?
I improved my strength and conditioning, I also worked on my handle and low post moves. I also worked on my jumpshot and my driving ability.

4. Your team made it to the MD state semifinals your freshmen year - what is your mental focus & preperation heading into your soph year after such a successful first year of varsity basketball?
I would try to go back to what we did last year and improve on some things, so we can go all the way and raise the trophy. I would say our preparation is us working hard every day because we now know what it takes to win a state championship.

5. Can you describe the on court chemistry between you & your fellow soph Jao Ituka?
We have good court chemistry, because we work out together and we know each other’s moves.

6. What schools have offered you or have shown you interest?
Southern Alabama and Norfolk State have both offered.

7. How would you describe playing basketball & the level of competition in Montgomery County an area which is often overlooked in the DC area?
The level of competition in MOCO is very strong and people overlook it a lot because of all the private schools.

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself in a good school, getting my education and a degree. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

NBA HOPEFUL JARED HARRINGTON DISCUSSES HIS UPCOMING SENIOR COLLEGE SEASON

NBA HOPEFUL 
JARED HARRINGTON 
DISCUSSES 
HIS
UPCOMING SENIOR SEASON

1. Age, height, weight?
21, 6'5, 196lbs 

2. This is your senior year can you walk us thru your individual off season preparation?
My off season was highly intense and consistent. Every week I set a specific goal on what I wanted to improve on and whether it was shooting the transition three, strengthening my ball handling or weight room and conditioning work. Towards the end of the summer I flew to providence Rhode Island to train with Alex Cruz, CEO of C4M training, who really helped improve my pick and roll game which is major at the next level. Overall definitely the most successful summer of my career so far.

3. What is expected of you as a senior on this year's team?
As the senior and captain of my team I am expected to lead by example as well and vocally. Ive seen adversity and I must have my guys mentally ready for anything that comes our way. This year’s team is filled with majority upper classman, so everyone knows what to expect and coach Gayle puts a lot of trust in me as well as the team, so it makes my job that much easier.

4. What schools, AAU, rec, boys & girls teams did you play for growing up?
I graduated from Capitol Christian in Landover MD and played AAU for Threat 220 and A.B.U Sports.

5. What was your thought process in making the decision to attend HBCU Albany State?
I chose Albany State University because of the campus life as well as its rich history. Being from the DMV, the southern lifestyle was different but appealing. It gave me a platform to expand my notoriety on the basketball scene being in such a competitive conference as the SIAC as well as network.

6. You attended the NBPA Top 50 camp how was that experience & what will you do to potentially prepare yourself for the NBA draft process?
The NBPA Top 50 camp was a learning experience that I was blessed to participate in. It allowed me to meet various former NBA players, coaches, trainers, as well as directors who all taught me different NBA systems. Most importantly, they gave great feedback on what I needed to improve on for this upcoming season. As far as preparing for the potential NBA draft process, I will be training in Providence with Alex Cruz and C4M training until it is time to start going to showcases and invitationals. If any other opportunities present themselves, I will weigh my options after the season.

7. How would you describe your game?
I would describe my game as a pure playmaker. Being that I am a bigger point guard I use my body to my advantage to make plays for my teammates as well as myself. My scoring ability from the point guard position, basketball IQ, and mental toughness is something I take pride in. I always want to make the defense uncomfortable but most importantly give my team confidence to know, no matter who we play, every game will be competitive which will give us the best chance to win.

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself playing basketball professionally with a college degree from Albany State University.

9. What has your HBCU experience been like as both a student & an athlete?
My HBCU experience has been full of life lessons and excitement. I love my HBCU and the support we get from the community as well as faculty is unmatched. It’s a family environment which makes you feel comfortable even though I’m hours away from the DC/MD area.

10. Would you recommend more student/athletes to consider HBCUs to further their academic & sports interests?
I would definitely recommend more student/ athletes choose an HBCU, many people look down on HBCU’s because they don’t know the rich history behind these schools.The campus feel is not the same as other various university’s and once you’re on campus you definitely feel more value in your education as well as athletically. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: FORMER CAPITAL CHRISTIAN GUARD JUDAH JORDAN

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
 FORMER 
CAPITAL CHRISTIAN
COMBO GUARD 
JUDAH JORDAN
DISCUSSES 
HIS
WEBER STATE 
COMMITMENT

1. Being from the DC area what was the thought process behind your transfer to Scotland Campus Sports (PA) for your senior season?
I'm actually from Columbia MD. kind of in the middle of DC and Baltimore & I grew up in Baltimore County but I just thought it would be a great place to really grow my game and IQ before college. I have always been the man but I wanted to be somewhere where everyone is good and it's a grind each and every day. The coach at Scotland Campus has coached over 150 pros and I just wanted to be apart of the culture.

2. What did you work on this summer to improve your game?
Mostly this summer I worked on my strength. Every morning, I would go to my training facility and lift, push sleds etc. so that I could take my game to another level. It really helped with the way I move and defend and also the way I explode to the basket and take contact.

3. As an "East coast" kid you recently committed to Weber State which is located in Utah - what was it about Weber State that made you believe it was the best university & program for you?
The thing that made me believe in the program was the history with getting guys to the pros and the love that the coaches showed me. They were really genuine and they kept every thing straight up. The guys there were great and made me feel like family. The transfer rate was also very low for players and the coach also has a 7 year contract so he will be there for me through my college career. Their skill development program is one of the best in the nation and they promised to put everything in me to get me to the NBA. They also told me they would hold me to a higher standard knowing the level I can get too.

4. Weber State is famously known for producing NBA All-Star Damian Lillard - who kinda flew under the radar as a high school recruit but was able to develop into an NBA prospect at Weber State do you see any similarities?
Yes I do see a similarity to Damian Lillard. I was more recruited than he was but throughout this AAU process it's been so many people who overlooked me especially in the city I grew up in which is the reason Jordan Brooks formerly of Team St8ment & current (Howard University assistant coach) exposed me to DC competition. One of the things that separates me is my work ethic and I know If Damian Lillard could outwork everyone, I can too and that's a big thing I'm learning at Scotland Campus now.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: WISE HS. 2020 GUARD KEJUAN FRAGER

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
 WISE HS. 
2020 GUARD 
KEJUAN FRAGER

Wise HS.
Upper Marlboro MD.

1. Age, height, weight?
16, 5'8, 163lbs
 
2. What did you work on this summer to improve your game?
I worked this summer to improve my defense,  getting into the lane easier to create shots and also shooting the ball of the dribble when fatigued.
 
3. What schools have offered you or are showing interest?
No schools have offered nor shown interest as of yet.
 
4. What are your team & individual goals for your junior season?
As a team our goal is to win states but individually my goal is to get better and stronger so I can pick up both offers and interest. 
 
 
5. Wise has new head coach this year what was the thought process behind you transferring to Wise? Also what are your expectations to begin the season what do you believe your role will be?
Yes we do have a new coach & transferring to Wise was not just my decision it was a combination of both family matters and a better opportunity and it’s turning out to be a good decision that we made. The expectation will be just to pick up where we left off. This is my first year at Wise but our chemistry so far as a team is so good you wouldn’t be able to tell but my role is to be a leader. I’m a point guard so it’s important to be vocal and responsible.
 
6. As a point guard does your role/responsibilities change or differ when playing AAU with the District or in high school?
My role is pretty much the same for both teams. I was asked to be a leader for both and contribute as a scorer and a playmaker but I can say both coaches really trust me and that’s all that matters.
 
7. How would you describe your game?
I am a very unselfish scorer I can shoot the ball,  pass and I like doing the things that people don’t like doing such as playing defense, getting on the floor and grabbing rebounds and I also can finish with contact. I love to make big plays down the stretch of the game for my team - just a hard worker.
 
8. What feedback do you receive from your coaches as to how you can improve your game & what they would like to see you do more of while playing?My coaches tell me to take more shots even after I have taken what feels like a lot they still want me to take more and to also keep being vocal. Not really any negative feedback they just tell me to keep working.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW: DEMATHA HS. 2020 FORWARD PAUL SMITH

ALL-MET ELITE INTERVIEW
DEMATHA HS. 
2020 FORWARD 
PAUL SMITH

DeMatha HS.
Hyattsville MD.

1. Age, Height, Weight?
16, 6'8, 230lbs

2. You play for two of the most successful basketball programs in the DC area in both DeMatha HS. & Team Takeover what are the expectations like playing for those programs?
Playing with both DeMatha and Team Takeover is tough. Both programs expect different things. I enjoy playing with both programs because I have no choice but to get better.

3. What did you work on to improve your game this summer?
I worked on my body, strengthing my legs and core. I also worked on my jumpshot I am trying to be more consistent.

4. What do you anticipate your role to be this year as your team attempts to repeat as WCAC champions?
Im going to play as hard as I can and try to do the little things like rebound, take charges, and defend.

5. What position do you see yourself playing at the next level?
I see myself playing the SF and PF position.

6. What is the most underrated aspect of your game? 
My ability to shoot the ball.

7. What feedback have you received from college coaches as to what they would like to see you do more of on the court? 
The feedback I have received from colleges coaches is to be able to guard the 2-5. 

8. What schools have offered you or have shown interest?
Old Dominion University, George Washington University, University of Delaware, James Madison University, Bryant University, University of Mount St Mary's, Loyola University (Baltimore).