Upcoming Event

Middle School Tryouts

September 17, 2016

 

 

Virginia Elite will be hosting workouts/tryouts for the Middle School Elite basketball program.

 

4th - 8th grade are encourage to attend the workout/tryout sessions for the Elite Middle School Basketball program.

 

Read More and Register

 


Alumni

Virginia Elite Alumni

University of Richmond

Grant Golden

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Ronald Alston

U.S. Naval Academy

James Butler

William and Mary

Collin Parker

University of Greenville

Tyland Crawford

Marymount University 

Chauncey Pittman

Washington College 

Glen Austin Alan

University of Sciences

Tom Gregortis

Iowa Western CC

Terrance Ward

Roanoke College

Zach Harrell

Eastern Mennonite University

Christian Hansen

Morehouse College

Omar Alston

Norfolk State University

Brian Kelly

University of California

Brandon Chauca

Wofford College

Cameron Jackson

Dartmouth College

Cameron Smith

William and Mary

Paul Rowley

William and Mary

Jamison Glover

University of Science

William Gregortis

University of California PA

Tony Richardson

 


 

A10 Talk - Freshman Focus is an A10talk series that takes a look at some of the incoming freshman for the upcoming 2016-17 season. We take a closer look at some of the more talented first year players who will take the court for the first time next season. Read more...


Virginia Elite adds Former Virginia Tech Hokie to coaching staff

August 15, 2016 - Virginia Tech Alum and Atlanta Georgia native Russell Wheeler has joined the coaching staff to deliver elite level experience to the program. 

Coach Wheeler played at the national powerhouse high school Wheeler High School in Marietta GA. There he lettered four seasons as a forward for Coach Doug Lipscomb at Wheeler High School ... Helped his team to a 57-6 record during his last two years ... Averaged 19.3 points, 12.1 boards and three blocks during his senior season. Shot 57 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line. 

Earned all-county, all-area, all-state and Street & Smith All-America honors. Was invited to Nike's ABCD Camp and was rated among the top 150 prospects in the nation by several scouting services.

After graduating from Wheeler High School, Coach Wheeler earned a full athletic scholarship to Virginia Tech where he started for three years. 

Coach Wheeler, is committed to teaching the game of basketball the "right way" the youth of today, and share his experiences on what it takes to be successful and earn a college athletic scholarship. He looks forward to working with these young men to help development their skills individually and collectively as a team.       

Collaboration with Phenom Strength and Conditioning

ASHBURN, VA - August 14, 2016 - Based on our continuous effort to develop players for our pre-collegiate basketball program, we are pleased to announce our collaboration with Phenom Strength and Conditioning to forward our player develop and ELITE basketball specific strength program for all Virginia Elite Basketball players.

Our Middle and High School players will be evaluated on their physical abilities and then integrated with our knowledge and experience of developing college basketball players. We will provide a results based program based on professional experience and player development for each player to develop.

Lemar Marshall, Former Washington Redskin and Owner of Phenom Strength and Conditioning will provide the program with NFL level professional services in the development for our Middle and High School players. The objective will be to develop players ability to compete nationally, focusing on players development on the court as well as developing capabilities outside the court which will be key indicators for success.


Throughout the years Virginia Elite has graduated over 30 players who have played or are playing D1, D2 or D3 college basketball.

Elite Middle School Basketball Program

Open Gym Workout and Tryouts

 

HERNDON, VA — Virginia Elite will be hosting workouts/tryouts for the Middle School Elite basketball program. Grades 4th - 8th grade are encourage to attend the workout/tryout sessions for the Elite Middle School Basketball program.

 

Why play for Virginia Elite Middle School program? 

 

We are the PREMIER GRASSROOTS Basketball program in Northern Virginia. We are now taking our national experience to develop a national level grassroots middle school program aimed at completing on the national grassroots circuit. Experience coaches who know how to cultivate and develop talent. Read More

 

Tryout Schedule
Date Day Time
September 17 Saturday 12pm - 4pm
September 18 Sunday 12pm - 4pm
Coach Name Email Contact
Thomas Gadson tgadson@vaelitehoops.com 703-725-4878
Alan Starks astarks@vaelitehoops.com 703-606-2165
Rod Smith rsmith@vaelitehoops.com 571-206-7843

Recruiting  

2017 W Marcus Cherry

South Lakes High School

 

RESTON, VA — Throughout the Spring and Summer the 6-Foot-4 combination Wing/Guard competed at a high level against some of the premier teams in the nation.  Several division 1 and many high level division 2 programs have continues to inquired and schedule on campus visits. With very strong performances against Sports U, UAA Canada Elite, UA Baltimore Elite and other program Cherry has shown his ability to play against some of the premier players in the in the country.

Recruiting 

2017 G Liam Harrington 

Herndon High School

 

DMVElite HAMPTON, VA — Day 2 of the 2016 Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest is officially in the books, the 17U team is progressing as expected and with the addition of Guard Liam Harrington the team is peaking at the right time.  

 

During the tournament Liam showcased him talents throughout the event against some of the top players in the DMV.  The 6-Foot-4 versatile Point Guard plays both sides of the floor and possess excellent durability to take on physical guards and manage the demands of the games and the expectations of the position.

Recruiting  

2019 Josh Oduro (Battlefield HS)

 

FAIRFAX, VA — Last week 2019 Forward Josh Oduro (Battlefield High School) took an official visit to local Atlantic 10 program George Mason University.  Not only is Oduro a perfect prospect athletically with instinctive skills and versatility is ahead of his age, but he's doing it in the classroom as well.

 

With the rich history of producing division 1 forwards the 6-Foot-6 Forward is becoming a name that many college coaches are contacting the program about. 

Recruiting  

2018 Hunter Bailey (Miller School)

 

June 20, 2016 — For the 2018 6-Foot-7 Forward Hunter Bailey (Miller School) the recruitment process has started to increase. Bailey with a GPA of 3.7+ will be playing for Danny Manuel at the Miller School, Charlottesville, VA next season. 

 

Bailey is the third player from Virginia Elite to attend the Miller School, following in the footsteps of Cameron Smith (Dartmouth) and Ronald Alston (New Jersey Institute of Technology - NJIT).

Middle School  

National JamFest 13U Champions

 

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, MD — Congratulations to Coach John Heslep for capturing the National JamFest 13U Gold Championship. The National Jamfest featured U9-U17 teams from all over the nation. 

 

 

Middle School  

Zero Gravity 13U Champions

 

RICHMOND, VA — Congratulations to Coach Chanucey Beckett for capturing the Zero Gravity Rumble in Richmond 13U Championship. 

 

 

DMVElite 

2017 Super Team Showcase

BOWIE, MD — Each year Virginia Elite has been invited to participate in the DMVElite Super Team Showcase, where the premier teams and players are on showcase.  This year was no different than before the Virginia Elite teams and players accepted the challenge to compete. 

Coach Antonio Butler ('16 Slippery Rock University) lead the 15U team against some good competition throughout the evening. Lead by 2020 point guard Jarret Hunter and teammates 2019 Ethan Snare and Chingunn Gonbold who led the 15U division in scoring with 17.5 ppg and displayed an impressive outside shot.

The 16U team as noted by DMVElite recognized Elijah Bowens (Maret School) as he displayed his ability to command the point guard position throughout the evening.  Bowens stroke from the perimeter and quickness will be his calling card through the July live period.  

Finally, the 17U 6-6 Forward Dom Sakickas from Lithuania (Broadfording School) showcased his ability to play a European style of basketball that showcased versatility throughout the evening.

Article: DMVElite

Tournament Report

Phenom Hoops Grassroots Tipoff Classic, Greensboro, NC

April 24, 2016 — The second LIVE period event was the The Phenom Hoops Grassroots Tipoff Classic. Taking a closer look at the Coach Antonio Butler 15U team, 2021 5-Foot-9 PG Jarrett Hunter (Lousia County), 2020 6-Foot-4 W Joshua Perea (Wakefiled School) and 6-Foot-3 W Chinguun Ganbold (Fairfax H.S.) competed and lead the team throughout the event.  

The 16U team went into the event with a chip on their shoulders knowing that they should have done allot better in NY. Newcomer 2018 Will Mulquin (Georgetown Prep) showcased his shooting ability and basketball skills throughout the tournament. Standing 6-Foot-6 Wills ability to stretch the defense was very evident throughout the tournament as many of his teammate benefited from his perimeter skills that will only get better throughout the grassroots season. 

As a result the team captured 1st place in their pool by going undefeated and advancing to the semi finals and finishing 4-1 overall.

Finally, 17U team showcase several players that caught the attention of several college coaches. Terrance Ward (Hargrave Academy), Marcus Cherry (South Lakes H.S.), Tyler Lloyd (Osborne Park H.S.) 

 

Washington Post All Met Selection

James Butler (Lake Braddock H.S.)

 

April 9, 2016 - After a very successful career with Virginia Elite and Lake Braddock High School, James Butler was selected to the 2015-16 Washington Post All Met 1st Team for high school basketball. 

 

The All Met team represent the top players in the Washington D.C. area to include (Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.).  This year class includes to McDonalds All-Americans from local high schools. Read More.

 

 

 

 

Player of the Year

Grant Golden Earns POY Honor

 

 

March 26, 2016 - Hobbling around Saint James School last winter with protective boots on both of his feet, Grant Golden had a few dark thoughts.

Was he susceptible to the kind of foot problems that plague so many young, tall athletes? Was his career as a basketball player in jeopardy?  But a year later, there were no such concerns for the 6-foot-10 senior as he propelled Saint James (25-6) to the Independent-Parochial School League and Mid-Atlantic Conference titles.

Averaging 17.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 blocked shots and hitting 54.7 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc, Golden was an efficient, all-around force.

Golden is The Herald-Mail’s 2015-16 Washington County Boys Basketball Co-Player of the Year, sharing the award with Clear Spring’s Spencer Schultz. Playing AAU ball with Virginia Elite in the summer, Golden was so impressive that he garnered offers from 12 schools. He narrowed the list to five, including San Diego, Wofford, George Washington and James Madison, before selecting Richmond within a few days of visiting the school. Read More

1st Team All-VIC Division 1

Ronald Alston selected 1st Team Virginia Independent Conference

 

February 27, 2016 - In a tough Virginia Independent Conference (VIC) Division 1 that's loaded with many division 1 players the NJIT commit was selected to the 2016 All-VIC Division 1 basketball team. 2015 selected to the second team. 

Source: Scrimmage Play 

 

 

High School Hoops 6A North Champions

Collin Parker led Battlefield HS to  Championship

 

February 27, 2016 - Although Senior Collin Parker has committed to play football for William and Mary, he left his mark on his high school basketball career by leading Battlefield HS with 18 points to the Northern Virginia 6A North Region Championship.  Led by Collin Parker, the Bobcats (21-6) hit 12 of their final 14 free throw attempts to maintain a comfortable cushion in the final two minutes. Read More

 

 

College Commitment

Tyler White commits to James Madison 

 

February 25, 2016 - After a very successful senior year at Marshall High School (McLean, VA) on the gridiron the 6-foot-6 versatile lineman and power forward committed to play division 1 football for James Madison University.  

 

Post season White was selected to the VHSL Group 5 All-State Second Team (Football) - 5A North All-Region Basketball Team 2 Team. Read More

 

College Hoops

Justin Hampton and CNU captured CAC Championship

 

February 27, 2016 NEWPORT NEWS, Va.- Virginia Elite Alumni Justin Hampton and the Christopher Newport University (CNU) Captains captured the CAC Championship and advance to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.

 

For the second straight season, the Capital Athletic Conference men's basketball championship comes down to a matchup of Christopher Newport and Salisbury. For the Captains, it marks the third straight title game appearance since joining the CAC, but the first ever at the Freeman Center. The winner advanced to the CAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. Read More

 

Player of the Year VIC Division 2

Terrance Ward selected as VIC D2 POY

 

February 23, 2016  Congrats to '16 6'3" Terrence Ward (Hargrave Military Academy) named VIC Division 2 Player of the Year (POY)

 

 

 

 

 

Saint James Captures MAC Regular Season Championship

 

February 23, 2016

McLEAN, Va. — Grant Golden had 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks as Saint James beat Potomac School 55-38 on Tuesday night to win the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) regular-season title.

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Saint James Captures IPSL Championship

February 14, 2016 (Hagerstown, MD) Saint James uses Golden moments to tarnish Goretti in IPSL tarnish Goretti in IPSL final. 

Virginia Elite players contributing big in IPSL championship. Senior Grant Golden scoring 28 points and pulling down 19 rebounds and brother Bryce Golden adding 14 points and eight boards, Saint James throttled St. Maria Goretti 74-46 in the Independent-Parochial School League championship game.  Read More

James Butler Reaches 1,000 points

 

December 31, 2015 Navy Commit James Butler reached a milestone by scoring his 1,000th point during the Lake Braddock Holiday Tournament. 

 

The 6-foot-8 Butler scored most of his point in but during the course of the game Butler was put on the line and there he connected on 2 free throws to reached.  

 

In recent game against T.C. Williams (Alexandria, VA) Butler scored 18 of his career-high 46 points in the fourth quarter and the Bruins improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference with an 83-77 victory at Lake Braddock Secondary School.

 

Tyland Crawford (C.D. Hylton H.S.)

December 31, 2015 - The 6-foor-4 G Tyland Crawford  from C.D. Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) game has been increasing through each contest and has attracted attention from several college programs.  

Crawford development as a versatile and physical guard who can defend and score from multiple areas on the court is an added plus when he transitions to the college level. What separates Crawford is his hard work on the hardwood and his work in the classroom. Last year Crawford was dealing with a foot injury that keep him sideline for most of the 2014-2015 season.  But after a sensational grassroots season he has return to 100%. 

College Bound

Alston, Golden, Janowski and Butler officially committed

 

November 18, 2015 - With the early signing period over Grant Golden (University of Richmond/St James H.S.) is part of the 2016 class that includes two of the premier players in Virginia. 

 

Recruits in G De'Monte Buckingham (6-4, 185), G Nick Sherod (6-4, 185). With all considered three-star recruits by different outlets, the class currently ranks 67th in the nation, according to CBS Sports. 

 

"We are thrilled with the group that we've signed for the Class of 2016," head Coach Chris Mooney said. "I love the makeup of this class and I look forward to coaching them." Read More

 

Ronald Alston (NJIT/Miller School), Alston signed to play at The New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

 

Alston was selected second team All VIC last season, while averaging 12.9 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. Read More

 

Michael Janowski (Army/St Stephens St Agnes School), Janowski signed to play for the U.S. Army at WestPoint. Janowski made his commitment in June on his unofficial visit to WestPoint.

 

Navy men's basketball picked up arguably the biggest recruit in the five-year tenure of Coach Ed DeChellis when the son of one of the program's all-time greats gave a verbal commitment.

 

 

James Butler, a 6-foot-8 power forward at Lake Braddock High in northern Virginia, chose Navy over UMBC and Wofford among others. 

 

He is the son of Vernon Butler, one of five Navy players whose jersey is retired Read More

 

Alumni News

'14 Sam Berlin and St Thomas Aquinas takes down St Johns from the Big East Conference

St John's NY - November 4, 2015 The St. Thomas Aquinas College men's basketball team shocked Division I St. John's University, 90-58, in the season's exhibition opener at Carnesecca Arena. Justin Reyes paced the dominant effort with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds as the Spartans jumped to an early lead with an up tempo and never looked back. East Coast Conference preseason Player of the Year Chaz Watler chipped in with 18 and James Mitchell added 13 for St. Thomas Aquinas.

St. Thomas Aquinas shot 61.8 percent in the first half and led 50-34 at the break. The Spartans finished at 48 percent and had only 14 turnovers.  Read More..

2016 National Rankings

ESPN Rankings 

 

With several members of the 2016 graduating class moving on to play college basketball several of those players was recognized by ESPN 100 high school players in Virginia. 

 

Members of this 2016 graduation class are  recognized by ESPN Top 100 Virginia recruitment list. Each announced their verbal decision to play college basketball. . Read More.

 

 

JUCO Player of the Year

Charles 'CJ" Hill selected as JUCO Regional POY

 

The Hurricanes of Louisburg jumped out to an early lead and went into the half up 43-25. Leading scorers, CJ Hill (18 points) from there the Canes used their smothering defense and clock management to secure the Regional 10 JUCO Championship and CJ Hill was named Regional POY. Read More

 

National D2 Junior College All American Selection, Receives offer from Radford University

 

After advancing to the JUCO DII National Championship '14 Alum Charles C.J. Hill who originally committed with Northeastern University (CAA) now at Louisburg Junior College received an offer to continue his basketball career at Longwood University (Danville, VA). 

 

The 6-foot-4 guard from Chantilly, VA (Westfield H.S.) received the opportunity to by first having the opportunity showcase his talent on the court. After showcasing his tremendous talent opportunities appeared. As previously reported CJ was selected as POY.

 

 

1000 Points Club

Grant Golden adds to season accomplishments

 

March 13, 2016 - As a capstone to his high school career Grant Golden scored 1,003 points during the St James Invitational Tournament against Riverdale Baptist (MD). 

 

Adding to the 1K point achievement Grant along with his brother Bryce was named to the SJIT All tournament team.

 

 

 

6A All -State, Player of the Year and 1000 points Club 

James Butler selected Conference and 6A North Region POY

 

February 29, 2016 - James Butler (Lake Braddock) was selected to the All-Patriot League 1st Team and Player of the Year and 6A North Region 1st Team and Player of the Year. 

 

The 6-Foot-8 Forward and Navy Commit average 27.5ppg and top the scoring averages in the Washington, D.C. area.

 

Sources: Virginia Preps and Inside Nova

 


 

College Commitment

Spiders pick up third hoops commit 

 

by John O'Connor Richmond Times-Dispatch 

 

September 16, 2015 - The University of Richmond is adding some size to its basketball program with the expected addition of 6-foot-10 Grant Golden. He orally committed to the Spiders Tuesday night. Golden, a senior at St. James School in Hagerstown, Md., joins 6-3 De’Monte Buckingham, a Henrico High senior, and 6-5 Nick Sherod, a St. Christopher’s senior. They orally committed in late July.

Golden picked Richmond after considering offers from George Washington, James Madison, San Diego and Wofford. Those schools and Richmond comprised his final five. George Mason and several Patriot League schools also offered Golden, who attended Sherando High in Stephens City before transferring to St. James School.

Through a decade as Spiders’ coach, Chris Mooney has sought big men who can handle the ball and score from the perimeter. Golden fits into that category, but he also has been a reliable inside scorer.

College Commitment

Ronald Alston verbally commits to NJIT

 

September 5, 2015 - Recently Forward Ron Alston is the latest product of the Miller School basketball program to commit to a Division I college program. During the DMVElite 80 Showcase Alston gave a verbal commitment to New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on Saturday. 

 

The 6-foot-7 swingman was an All-VIC second-tem selection after averaging 12 points and 8 rebounds at Miller last season.

NJIT Highlanders are coming off a 21-win season -- the most ever for the program at the program at the Division I level -- that included an upset of Michigan in Ann Arbor last December.

 

Recruiting News

Recruiting Report: 2018 Bryce Golden

by: T.J. Rushing Prephoopsmaryland.com

 

October 28, 2015 - With five offers now in tow, and three years left in his high school career, Saint James power forward Bryce Golden has established himself as one of Maryland's elite prospects.

High Point, James Madison, Wofford, George Washington, and most recently Richmond -- where Bryce’s brother Grant will be playing next season -- all offered the 6-foot-8 post this past offseason. And the talented 2018 is still hearing from a bevy of larger programs that he was hearing from before; Creighton, Wake Forest, and Xavier to name a few.

“I still hear from the bigger programs, I think they're just waiting on me this year just to see how I do, and hopefully I’ll get more contact from them after my sophomore year,” said Golden, who did hear from a couple of schools recently for the first time.  

“I’ve talked to Florida a little bit this summer, and Alabama -- but that’s about it (for new interest)” - Read more  

 

Player Profile

Bryce Golden adds more offers to a growing list

August 7, 2015  - The 2018 6-foot-9 power forward display of talent caught the attention of several division 1 college coaches during his freshman season at Saint James and then the carry over throughout the spring and summer. 

Since receiving his initial offer from Highpoint University was followed by  James Madison University. Soon after the April live period Golden received additional offers from 2014-15 Southern Conference and NCAA Tournament team Wofford College and George Washington University (GWU) from the Atlantic 10 (A10) Conference.  

Other school showing interest are the University of Florida, University of Alabama, Georgetown and Creighton University.

Langston Gaither adds more division 1 scholarship offers

August 7, 2015 - (Las Vegas, NV) - The 6-foot-3 guard received his initial offer during the Elevate Hoops "Summer Ice Breaker" tournament from Highpoint University.  

Then after leading the team to 3-0 pool play record and displaying an outstanding set of offensive and defensive skills Gaither was offered his second division 1 offer from University of Texas Rio-Grande Valley.


Former Georgetown Hoya Julian Vaughn preparing the players for success

June 29, 2015 (Ashburn, VA) - Julian Vaughn the former 2011 Georgetown graduate and South Lakes High School (Reston, VA) has become a priceless college and professional basketball resource to the program. 

Pictured: Julian Vaughn (L), Grant Golden (M) and Bryce Golden (R)

Working with many of the players in the program Julian has created a functional strength program that has added value to the players who participate in his weekly program. Leveraging his college (Big East) and his international professional experience Julian brings knowledge of what it takes to reach the levels of basketball that he did and continues to achieve.


2018 F Bryce Golden, Receives 1st Division 1 Athletic Scholarship offer

June 12, 2015, (Highpoint, NC), After visiting Highpoint University on an unofficial college visit with his older brother Grant who already holds multiple division 1 scholarship offers.

As with so many players Bryce dream became a reality, when he was offered his first division 1 scholarship from Highpoint University. The talented raising sophomore will be playing in several major certified events during the summer grassroots season which includes stops in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Las Vegas.


The Grid Iron, The Hardwood and the Classroom - 2016 G Collin Parker

June 19, 2015 - The 6"1 point guard and defensive back is not just a high school athlete from Battlefield High School in Haymarket, VA but a outstanding student with a 4.2 GPA. 

Along with an excellent academic history Parker is also an outstanding football player.  Currently he holds football scholarship offers from Navy, Cornell and University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and interest from Villanova, Richmond, William and Mary, Lehigh and New Hampshire. 

After the departure of Jamison Glover (College of William and Mary), Collin took over the point guard  position for the varsity basketball team and instantly became the team leader. For the past two years Collin has been recognized for his accomplishments on the hardwood, adding to his accolades from the gridiron that's providing him the opportunity to prepare him to transition to a college student athlete.

As a three (3) year member of the Virginia Elite basketball program, Collin has always been recognized by the coaching staff as a main stay for the program and his academic history sets the bar for the young players that strive to achieve similar goals.


Tyland Crawford, 6'3", G

C.D. Hylton                

Class: 2016                              

The Skinny:  Last winter with the Bulldogs, Crawford enjoyed what some could call his breakout season with averages of 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.  He's transferred some of the freakishly athletic qualities he showed there to the grassroots scene and fits the description of a hidden gem type for recruiters.  He connected on 18 3's last season at Hylton, but is shooting the ball better than before so that opponents can't lay off him and play the drive.  

James Butler, 6'8", PF

Lake Braddock

Class:  2016

 

One of the most productive players in the state this past winter, Butler averaged 24.2 points per game - tops among all Group 6A players - and made 120-of-171 free-throws for the Bruins in leading them to a 16-8 overall record. 

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