Thursday, February 22, 2018

AAU IS QUIETLY UNDER ATACK PT. 4 - ALL -MET ELITE

AAU IS QUIETLY UNDER ATTACK
PT.4
 
For those who believe it is a conspiracy theory without facts when told AAU is quietly under attack meet retired General Martin E. Dempsey his connections to youth basketball are organized below to help you connect the dots.
 
Before we begin it must be noted that Dempsey's basketball bio does not include any experience playing, nor coaching basketball at any level so you may question how he has attained several high level basketball positions & his motives when making decisions within his role.
 
Dempsey's limited basketball experiences include that he has spoken on leadership panels with members of USA Basketball, addressed the men’s and women’s national teams on numerous occasions and led USA Basketball’s participation in the Hoops for Troops and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) programs to connect the world's best athletes with the world's best military and their families.

Current positions held:
1. Special Adviser to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver - Dempsey counsels the NBA on leadership and service and helps with the league’s efforts to engage youth.
 
2. Chair of the recently formed Jr. NBA Leadership Council.
 
3. Elected USA Basketball Chairman for the 2017-20 quadrennium.
 
4. Member of the NCAA Commission on College Basketball led by Chair Condoleezza Rice which is currently thoroughly examining recruiting, AAU, grassroots & youth basketball leagues maintained by Nike, UA & Adidas etc. as recently confirmed by NCAA President Mark Emmert.
 
A brief snapshot into Dempsey's thinking on youth basketball & USA basketball: The NBA and USA Basketball have partnered to develop a first-ever set of youth basketball guidelines to enhance the way children, parents and coaches experience the game, emphasizing the importance of player health and wellness. The recommended playing and rest guidelines — which have been endorsed by a handful of organizations such as AAU, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Adidas, NikeUnder Armour and the NCAA.
 
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An overemphasis on early competitive success has led to several well-recognized issues that exist across youth sports, including in youth basketball:
  • Pressure to begin high-intensity training at a young age
  • Early single-sport specialization
  • Frequent and multiple competitive event scheduling
  • Increased risk for injury, burnout, and disengagement from sports
 
Dempsey's thoughts “As both the chairman of the Jr. NBA Leadership Council and a parent whose kids grew up playing basketball, I’m proud that the NBA and USA Basketball developed these important guidelines" “We have a responsibility as stewards of the game to provide an appropriate structure for youth basketball, and these recommendations will help to reshape the game in a positive way at the grassroots level and promote a healthy experience.”
 
Dempsey's thoughts on USA Basketball "Playing for USA Basketball is about commitment, sacrifice, and pride. It's about developing young men and women who are exceptional athletes but also exceptional leaders. It's about respecting the game and our international competitors. It's about representing our country with honor, and it's about winning. I look forward to working with the USA Basketball staff, coaches, players, and families"
 
You are probably wondering why & more importantly how a retired military general with no previous basketball experience has working relationships with the NBA, Jr. NBA, USA Basketball & the NCAA?
Think & Connect the Dots.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

AAU IS QUIETLY UNDER ATTACK PT. III - ALL-MET ELITE

AAU IS QUIETLY UNDER ATTACK
PT. III
ALL-MET ELITE
CONDOLEEZZA RICE
THE NCAA COMMISSION on COLLEGE BASKETBALL

For those who believe it is a conspiracy theory without facts when told AAU is quietly under attack below you will find recent information & verified quotes from several members of the NCAA Commission on College Basketball organized to help you connect the dots. 

1.What is the NCAA Commission on College Basketball? The Commission on College Basketball has been established by the NCAA Board of Governors, Division I Board of Directors and President Mark Emmert to fully examine critical aspects of Division I men’s basketball.
Specifically, the commission will focus on three areas: The relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities.
 
2. Why was the NCAA Commission on College Basketball formed? Statement from NCAA President Mark Emmert "The recent news of a federal investigation into fraud in college basketball made it very clear the NCAA needs to make substantive changes to the way we operate, and do so quickly. Individuals who break the trust on which college sports is based have no place here. While I believe the vast majority of coaches follow the rules, the culture of silence in college basketball enables bad actors, and we need them out of the game. We must take decisive action. This is not a time for half-measures or incremental change"  

3. Who leads the NCAA Commission on College Basketball? Dr.Condoleezza Rice has agreed to chair, to work with me (Mark Emmert) in examining critical aspects of a system that clearly is not working. 

4. Who are the members of the NCAA Commission on College Basketball? 
  1. Condoleezza Rice (chair), Former Provost, Stanford University; 66th U.S. Secretary of State
  2. Mary Sue Coleman, President, Association of American Universities
  3. General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, Retired; Chairman, USA Basketball
  4. Jeremy Foley, Athletics Director Emeritus, University of Florida Athletic Association
  5. Jeffrey A. Hathaway, Vice President/Director of Athletics, Hofstra University
  6. Grant Hill, Owner/Vice Chairman, Atlanta Hawks
  7. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President, University of Notre Dame
  8. Mike Montgomery, Retired Basketball Coach; Analyst, Pac-12 Networks & Westwood One Sports
  9. David Robinson, Founder, Admiral Capital Group
  10. Kathryn Ruemmler, Former White House Counsel; Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  11. Gene Smith, Sr. Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director, Ohio State
  12. John Thompson III, Board of Directors, National Association of Basketball Coaches

5. What is the goal of the NCAA Commission on College Basketball? Statement from Chair Condolezza Rice "The members of the commission expressed their commitment to finding lasting solutions for the problems that face collegiate basketball and reaffirmed their independence from the NCAA governance structure. Over the course of the next six months, the Commission will meet to discuss the issues, evaluate data, and engage key stakeholders. Our goal is to enhance and protect the intercollegiate athletic experience for every student-athlete and, in doing so, to safeguard the integrity of the game" "The Commission will meet to discuss the issues, evaluate data, and engage key stakeholders."
 
6. So what does this have to do with AAU/grassroots, sneaker circuits & recruiting? Specifically, the commission will focus on three areas. The relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities.

These relationships include:

Apparel companies and other commercial entities, to establish an environment where they can support programs in a transparent way, but not become an inappropriate or distorting influence on the game, recruits or their families.
 
Nonscholastic basketball, with a focus on the appropriate involvement of college coaches and others.


Agents or advisors, with an emphasis on how students and their families can get legitimate advice without being taken advantage of, defrauded or risking their NCAA eligibility.

It is safe to say not many read the official press release nor paid attention to the actual wording of it "Apparel companies and other commercial entities"

It was not until NCAA President Mark Emmert made this recent statement that raised the eyebrows of many. "Emmert said the Commission has also brought in agents and leaders from apparel companies. Youth basketball leagues like the ones sponsored by Nike, Adidas and Under Armour, which churn out the top college prospects every year — are also an area of focus for the Commission. “They’re going to be doing the same thing with … grassroots ball,” Emmert said. “What’s that relationship? How’s it helping or hindering?"

Lets take a closer look at the thought process of some notable members of the Commission on College Basketball from the Washington D.C. and how they view AAU, grassroots, sneaker circuits & recruiting.


Grant Hill "I think in some respects I do like it, I think there are some decent programs, but for the most part I feel like it’s too much, and I do worry about it. The grassroots is important because it feeds into college and ultimately the NBA. My daughter plays AAU basketball — she’s in ninth grade — I don’t know if there’s a lot of teaching going on. I don’t know if there’s a lot of emphasis on winning and playing the right way. I think a lot of it is just showcasing your abilities and showcasing your stuff. I’m not a huge fan of it. Like I said, I think there are some really good programs. And I think, look, it showcases players and gives them an opportunity to get a scholarship to go to college and get an education, who maybe otherwise wouldn’t. But I think it’s become almost like a job and you see some of these kids at a really young age, and I just think it’s a little too much. I don’t want to indict the whole grassroots basketball culture, but I think we need to take a hard look at how we can improve it and make it better and really try to do good by the young men and women who we represent in the world of AAU basketball"
 
"You look at the draft every year, the first round, and two-thirds of the first round don’t make it. Two-thirds of those guys picked in the first round, in three years they’re not rotational players. They’re not guys who are playing significant minutes. There’s a lot of reasons for that, and so on and so forth"


David Robinson "Hopefully we’ll figure out how to train these younger guys better to be team players as opposed to be individual players. It’ll come back a little bit, you know we’re going through a time now where don’t have as many guys playing team ball, it’ll come...it will come back"

John Thompson III "I don't go in for individual heroes. Everything is directed toward creating a team and winning as a team. A kid who'll work at being a student is going to adjust to this system better than the other kind will. He'll have some habits I need. He's more likely to listen and understand. He's had some experience at doing things he doesn't much like doing. He'll have a sense of what delayed gratification means. I can coach a kid who has decided it is possible to learn things"

In 2003, after a summer filled with stories about recruiting violations and low-lighted by Dave Bliss's firing at Baylor after one of his players shot and killed a teammate, the National Association of Basketball Coaches called an ethics convention in Chicago. One of the coaches brought in to speak was former Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr.

At one point, a young, deeply religious coach stood up and said, "Coach Thompson, isn't the best thing we can all do right now is try to have a closer relationship with Jesus Christ?"

Thompson smiled, then said: "The best thing y'all (expletive) can do is stop cheating!"

The commission will have at least four meetings by March 2018, with periodic briefings to the executive and administrative committees of the boards and a final briefing to the full boards in April 2018.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The 2017/18 WCAC BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE- ALL-MET ELITE

The 2017/18 WCAC Boys Basketball 
Playoff Schedule

Chuck Harris
Gonzaga HS.
NW Washington D.C.

2017/18 WCAC Boys Basketball Playoff Schedule
All Tickets $10
 
Play-in Games - 2-22-18 at the higher seed.

Quarterfinals - 2-24-18 at Gallaudet University
1:00 #4 vs. #5 Gonzaga Vs. St. Johns
2:45 #1 vs. #8/9 winner Paul VI. Vs. McNamara/St. Mary's Ryken winner 
4:30 #2 vs. #7/10 winner Dematha vs. Ireton/Good Counsel winner
6:15 #3 vs. #6 Bishop O'Connell vs. Carroll 

Semi-finals 2-25-18 @ American University
Championship 2-26-18 @ American University

AAU IS QUIETLY UNDER ATTACK PT. II - ALL-MET ELITE

AAU IS QUIETLY UNDER ATTACK 
PT. II 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
For those who believe it is a conspiracy theory without facts when told AAU is quietly under attack below you will find recent verified quotes from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver & NCAA President Mark Emmert organized to help you connect the dots.
 
1. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver "I think something has to change," Silver said. "It’s clearly not working for the college game … From our standpoint, if the players in that one year of college aren’t getting the kind of development we like to see them get coming into the NBA, aren’t playing in the NCAA Tournament, aren’t competing against top-notch competition, I think we have to take a step back and figure out if we’re better off taking those players at a younger age and working on their training and development full-time."

2. Adam Silver "So we've had some meetings with the Players Association where we've shared data on success rates of young players coming into the league. We've talked a lot about youth development in terms of whether we should be getting involved in some of these young players even earlier than when they come into college"
 
3. Adam Silver “And from a league standpoint, on one hand, we think we have a better draft when we’ve had an opportunity to see these young players play an elite level before they come into the NBA"
 
 
4. Adam Silver - acknowledged that NCAA officials had set up their Commission on College Basketball — led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — and league officials have had “discussions” with members of that group. NCAA President Mark Emmert confirmed those talks to the Herald-Leader and others at the NCAA Convention last month and said the Commission’s report on proposals for changes in college basketball is expected in April.
 
 
5. NCAA President Mark Emmert "said the Commission — led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — is meeting, in person, about once a month, in addition to regular teleconferences. He said they’ve already met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBA players’association head Michele Roberts about what the relationship should be between the NCAA and professional basketball. Emmert said the Commission has also brought in agents and leaders from apparel companies. Youth basketball leagues — like the ones sponsored by Nike, Adidas and Under Armour, which churn out the top college prospects every year — are also an area of focus for the Commission. “They’re going to be doing the same thing with … grassroots ball,” Emmert said. “What’s that relationship? How’s it helping or hindering?"


Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article195463824.html#storylink=cpy
Article/Transcript Links Below
Adam Silver quote #1 http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/nba-mock-draft-2018-one-and-done-rule-bagley-ayton-lebron-durant-analysis-news/lboc9ymq69dn1s3c7uff6ul6c

Adam Silver quotes #2-4 http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=137403

Mark Emmert quote #5 http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-tns-bc-bkc-emmert-20180118-story.html 


Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article195463824.html#storylink=cpy


Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article200817349.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, February 16, 2018

2018 Spring/Summer Wash DC Area 15U, 16U, 17U Basketball tryout info - ALL-MET ELITE

2018 Spring/Summer 
Wash DC Area 
15U, 16U, 17U 
Tryout information & dates. 

This list will continue to update
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

DARIEN SIMMONS OF ARUNDEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL NUMBERS DON'T LIE - ALL-MET ELITE

DARIEN SIMMONS
OF
THE ARUNDEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
 NUMBERS DON'T LIE
ALL-MET ELITE
 
ARUNDEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
HANOVER MD.
 
 Age, Height, Weight: 18, 6’2, 175lbs.
 
1. How exactly did you score 90 of your teams 112 total points? How did you feel afterwards were you more excited than exhausted Steals/transition points, mid range pull-up’s, turn around shots, free throws, 3’s, backdoor cuts just utilizing everything I work on and using it in the game, also my coaches were encouraging me to get the ball and keep attacking. My teammates were also finding me anytime they could.
 
2. What was the reaction of your teammates during & after the 90 game? My teammates were ecstatic at half time telling me I need to go for 100 and just kept motivating me. Afterwards the entire team drenched me with the coldest water bottles ever and were jumping and screaming in the locker room.
 
3. What schools have offered you & what schools have shown you interest so far? I've had a few CIAA schools offer. Virginia Union, Livingstone and Lincoln. I've had conversations with Rhode Island, Central Connecticut State, Boston College, Shepard, Catawba (NC), and Hampton. They are waiting on film. I plan on taking visits and playing in some unsigned senior showcases at the conclusion of my season. I am fully qualified and will be signing with someone in April.
 
4. Outside of the 90 point game how would you describe your game what are your strengths? I’m a leader and a extension of the coach on the floor, I flourish when pressure is being applied or in tough situations, and I always fight. Competing is a big part of my game as well, I also love to defend the best player on other teams. I can get to the rim at will, draw multiple defenders and make the right choice (finish/drop off/ kick-out). I’ve made the mid-range pull-up/ turn around a big part of my game along with knocking down open 3’s all in all whatever a coach needs me to do on the court I will make it the best part of my game.
 
 5. You have received a few HBCU offers did you ever consider attending an HBCU previously? It's funny because I've been told by some HBCU's that I wasn't good enuff to play there. Just about every CIAA school has taken notice and has offered but the D1 HBCU's have been lukewarm at best. We have reached out to several D1 programs and some are waiting on film and others are waiting until the end of their seasons. But at this point I am just playing my game and patiently waiting for schools to finish their seasons and evaluate me. I'm expecting to sign with someone in April during the late signing period after March Madness.
 
6. This past summer you played for Team Takeover can you describe that experience & how has it helped you going into this season? It was an amazing experience playing for the Team Takeover organization. Playing for Coach Dennis Marshall and Coach Welton Barnes was also great as well. Coach Marshall is the type of guy that will always be honest with you and tell you how it is. He definitely helped build how poised I am today both on and off of the court. Coach Barnes gave me tips during games and believed in me, he was always willing to workout with me whenever which I really appreciate a lot because I am a gym rat. The practices were always intense and competitive which I loved & my teammates were great guys, we’ve built a bond that will always live forever beyond basketball through TTO Basketball.
 
7. What do you plan on working on this summer? This summer I’m going to work on everything from skills & athleticism to sleeping & eating habits to become the best player I can be both physically and mentally. To prepare myself to run the PG position at the next level immediately. I’m going to work on shooting off the dribble, running the pick and roll and just making my 3 point shot more effortless like a layup. I’ve already started shooting 1000 shots on my off days.
 
8. How would you describe the style of play & the basketball program at Arundel Christian?  Arundel Christian is a new up and coming program who plays in a very high class & competitive league (CBAA) filled with some of the DMV’s best talent. My Head Coach (Derek Daniels) and Assistant (Coach Cunningham) are two of the best coaches I’ve had in my career. They’re not only great coaches and great mentors but they are tremendous people. I love playing for them and just being around them as well. Our school is also like a large caring family and they have accepted me with open arms.
 
  9. Have you received any negative backlash about your scoring this season in particular the 90 point game? Since I’ve scored 90 points a lot of pages/blogs have posted me and I’ve been getting a lot of good feedback but there are always critics in everything you do. Some say oh he’s a selfish point guard, ball hog like when LaMelo Ball had 92. One of my best qualities as a basketball player is motivating my teammates and sticking up for the people that don’t have the ability to stand up for themselves. With that being said, my teammates understand what I’ve been through and genuinely wanted to help me achieve my goal. A lot of people are comparing me to LaMelo Ball but what they fail to realize is it’s just different.. They’re from the hills I’m from PG county.. it’s just different. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DAMON SINGLETARY OF DUNBAR HS. IS THE 2017/2018 DCIAA COACH OF THE YEAR - ALL-MET ELITE

DAMON SINGLETARY OF DUNBAR HS.
IS THE
2017/2018 DCIAA COACH OF THE YEAR
ALL-MET ELITE
 
DUNBAR HS.
NW WASHINGTON D.C.

AYINDE HIKIM OF WOODROW WILSON HS IS THE 2017/2018 DCIAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR - ALL-MET ELITE

AYINDE HIKIM
 OF
 WOODROW WILSON HS
 IS THE
2017/2018
DCIAA BOYS BASKETBALL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
ALL-MET ELITE
 
WOODROW WILSON HS.
NW WASHINGTON D.C.

THE 1st ANNUAL "METTYs" AWARD SHOW CELEBRATING DC AREA STUDENT/ATHLETES - ALL-MET ELITE

THE 1st ANNUAL 
"METTYs"
AWARD SHOW
 CELEBRATING DC AREA STUDENT/ATHLETES
ALL-MET ELITE
 
JEREMY ROACH
PAUL VI HS.
FAIRFAX VA.
 
"The Mettys" are a celebration of the student-athletes of the Greater Washington/Baltimore area who have been outstanding both on and off the court during the 2017-18 season. This FORMAL ceremony established by a brain-trust of trusted media and event management entities are a means to further celebrate the student athletes excellence. 
 
There are 12 categories. 10 of which have nominees. The brain-trust has come together to nominate the current nominees.
 
Categories include:
Coach of the Year
Senior Player of the Year
Junior Player of the Year
Sophomore Player of the Year
Freshmen Player of the Year
Rising Star
Play of the Year
Dunk of the Year
Locker Room Leader
Academic Excellence
 
The Awards Committee features a collection  of several prominent DMV basketball aficionados including:
 
Marc Stern, Capitol Hoops
James Parker Jr, PYBL
Marcus Helton, DMV Elite
Arize Ifejika, More Than Basketball
Ron Bailey, I-95 Ballerz
Jake Rosen, Jake in the Paint
Dave Dickerson, Hoop Kidz
Josh Morgan, Triple Threat Classic
Kyle McFadden, MD Sports Access
Colby Giacubeno, Prep Hoops MD
Adam Ayalew, Hoop Major
Troy Queen, Sports Majors
 
For more information on the 1st annual "Mettys" Award Show click the link below.
 
 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

INNOVATIVE NEW GRASSROOTS BASKETBALL CIRCUIT POWERED BY DMV HEAVYWEIGHTS - ALL - MET ELITE

INNOVATIVE
 GRASSROOTS BASKETBALL CIRCUIT
POWERED
BY
 DMV HEAVYWEIGHTS
IS
HERE
ALL - MET ELITE
 
The E-League is a new grassroots basketball circuit created from the partnership between several DMV basketball heavyweights.
Capitol Hoops
The PYBL
Arize of More Than Basketball
& Basketball Analyst/Writer Marcus Helton.
The E-League is a 36 team league (12 teams per division 9th, 10th, 11th grade) that will compete in a 4 session circuit with the top 4 finishers in each division advancing to the playoffs.
 
The objective is to give the non sponsored teams the same experience and exposure as the teams who play on the shoe company sponsored circuits.
 
Each game will be have advanced game stats tracked via Legit Stats LLC and will give awards at the end of the season. 
 
For More Information & to Register
for the
E-League 
Click the Link Below
 

MARCUS DOCKERY OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT HS. IS NEXT UP - ALL-MET ELITE

MARCUS DOCKERY
OF
THEODORE ROOSEVELT HS.
 IS NEXT UP 
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
THEODORE ROOSEVELT HS.
NW WASHINGTON D.C.
 
Height, weight: 6'2, 158 lbs.
 
1. Last year you played in the WCAC what do you believe are the biggest differences between the WCAC & the DCIAA? The biggest difference in the DCIAA and the WCAC would most likely be the style of play. In the WCAC coaches look to run an offense that suits their style but in the DCIAA it’s about getting buckets and being able to flat out play.
 
2. You have played a significant part in Roosevelt's success this season what was the thought process behind your transfer to Roosevelt this year? I was sure of what I wanted to do with my future and Roosevelt fully fit what I wanted to do when it came to both the classroom and on the court.
 
3. How would you describe the Roosevelt basketball program & Coach Rob's coaching style? The Roosevelt basketball program is very different from others, when it comes to the way we work out. The coaches have given me the best opportunity to take my game to the next level. Coach Rob's coaching style is like no other I have played under. His mentality is if you can get a bucket, then get one.
 
4. What parts of your game will you work on this spring/summer? This upcoming spring and summer I will work on my weaknesses and turn them into my strengths, for example my ability to penetrate past defenders and get to the free throw line. Also I will work on my mid range jumper and foot work.
 
5. This summer as a point guard how will you manage to keep everyone involved & also find a way to score on what is shaping up to be a very talented DC Premier team? As a point guard with a really talented team, I will have to manage getting everyone involved, be a team leader but also make sure I am the most aggressive on both sides of the ball.
 
6. You guys experienced a very tough loss against Wilson in a very highly anticipated matchup - how do you believe you & your teammates will respond going forward? We will respond knowing this time we were overlooked in winning against them & the next time we see them we will play with a hugeeeee chip on our shoulders!
 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

IAC Boys Basketball Playoffs - First Round - ALL-MET ELITE

IAC Boys Basketball Playoffs 
First Round
ALL-MET ELITE 

Game 1 - 2/15/18
Episcopal vs. Landon 
6:30pm @ Episcopal
Winner plays @ Bullis Friday

Game 2 - 2/15/18 
St.Stephens & St.Agnes vs. St.Albans
7:30pm @ St. Stephens & St. Agnes School 
Winner plays @ Georgetown Prep Friday

Thursday, February 8, 2018

MALIK MILLER OF FRIENDSHIP TECH CAN DO IT ALL - ALL-MET ELITE

MALIK MILLER
is helping

FRIENDSHIP TECH
to become
SOUTHEAST's FINEST
 ALL-MET ELITE
 
Friendship Tech Prep
SE Washington D.C.
 
 
 Age, height, weight: 18 yrs. old, 6’4, 170lbs
1. What school, AAU, boys & girls clubs, rec teams did you play for growing up? When I was in the 6th grade I played up for the NSBC Soldiers AAU team but I was playing two grades up. I also played for the DC Raiders since I was in middle school.
 
2. Friendship Tech is having an outstanding season & is currently ranked as a top ten team in the D.C. area what were the coaches & teams focus/goals going into this season? Our goals were to destroy everybody on our schedule and let teams know that you can’t beat us. We really focused on strength and conditioning going into the season because we are not a big team so we have to play a fast up-tempo offense and push the ball a lot. So we did a lot of weights because we are small and we have to play very scrappy and tough.
 
  3. How has Coach Shackleford & his staff helped in your development as a player?  Coach Shack really helped me a lot because we were working out together the whole summer and he pushed me to another level. I loved it & we didn't take any days off and even when Shack couldn't train me my other coaches would step in. That is why our coaching staff is so good because they all want us to be nothing but elite.
4. What is a common misconception about DC Charter School basketball? The fact that DC charter schools don’t really get any type of recognition and are very overlooked. A lot of people think that we can't compete against top competition and I love showing them what we are really about.
 
5. What was the thought process behind your commitment to Morgan State did it being an HBCU close to home factor heavily into your decision? I felt like they have a good program and a great coaching staff. Honestly I love Coach Bozeman's coaching style and I feel like he can really put me in the right position to be successful. Being an HBCU did factor into my decision because I love being apart of the black community, being close to home also definitely played a big factor because I really don’t want to go to far away from my mother.
 
  6. What do plan on working on this summer before your freshmen year? As soon as the season is over I plan on being in the weight room for 6 weeks or more. I am also going to work really hard on my jump shot, floaters and handle. I also want to become more explosive.  
 
7. How would you describe the Friendship Tech basketball program & coach Shackleford's coaching style? We are a small school with a big heart. We are not the tallest nor biggest or strongest but are we very scrappy, skilled and competitive. Coach Shack's coaching style is very defensive minded. He doesn't care if you can score 30 if you can't play defense then you won’t play.
 
8. As this season is heading to a close what are your team & personal goals for the remainder of the season? The team goals are to win the PCSAA championship and then win states. My personal goals are to get player of the year, DC state 1st team and 1st team All-Met.
 
9. A lot has been said about your scoring & rebounding ability but what is one thing about your game that you think is often overlooked? A lot of people don’t know that I love passing the ball.
 
10. As a senior along with Kenneth Tyree what tone do you attempt to set every time you step on the court for your teammates? Our tone is that no team can beat us and we don’t take any teams lightly no matter who, when or where we play. We are going to destroy anybody that comes in between those black lines and when we are in between those lines be ready to compete.