2015 Fall DMV Junior Elite Recap

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On Sunday, September 27th, Hoop Group Skills Jr. Elite Tour was at Lake Braddock High School in Burke, Virginia for the DMV Jr. Elite Top 100 event. As always, the talent was well-represented in the DMV. Players had the opportunity to take part in competitive skill workouts, two games, while receiving an evaluation from the National Recruiting Report. Many local schools were in attendance to watch the abundance of young talent in the building, including Bishop O’Connell, St. Stephen’s-St. Agnes, National Christian Academy, St. Vincent Pallotti, and Paul VI. This was one of our deepest talent-pools in recent years, with many players having promising careers on the court. Listed below are the 1st Team, Award Winners, and Rising Stars from the event.

2015 Fall DMV Jr Elite Award Winners

He Got Handle Award: Khanard Utendahl

The 7th grader demonstrated his ability to handle the basketball on Sunday. He was at his best in the open court, constantly attacking defenses and getting his teammates easy shots opportunities. He showed he was very comfortable making plays with basketball in his hands.

Kevin Boyle Floor General Award: Noah Cutler

The well-known 5th grader did not disappoint with his performance on Sunday. One of the youngest players at the event, he showed a knack for making the highlight play. What impressed us most about Noah, however, was his ability to set his teammates up and make the smart basketball play. He has an IQ on the court that is well beyond his years.

Djordje showed everyone how the game should be played. He plays with an intensity that is unmatched

Djordje showed everyone how the game should be played. He plays with an intensity that is unmatched

Bob Hurley Toughness Award: Djordje Orcev 

Orcev, a current 9th grader at Gonzaga Prep, knows how to play the game. He makes “winning” plays and will do whatever is required from him. He shoots a high percentage from the field, rebounds, defends, and all of the little things that coaches love. He has a bright future in a very successful program.

Skills Camp Mr. Versatility Award: Jack O’Grady

Jack impressed us with his ability to do multiple things on the floor, hence the mr. versatility award. He had good vision with the basketball, finished through contact when attacking the rim, stretched the defense out to the 3 point line, and rebounded well from the guard spot. He showed he can be a “jack of all trades” and is a valuable asset on the court.

Shooting Star Award: Marquis Hines

Hines, a member of the well-respected Havoc City program, entered the event known for his ability to handle the ball and lead his team on the court. After a showing where he made six 3’s in two games, he left people impressed at how he can shoot it from deep. His shot has a high release, and rotates well coming off his hand, making him one of the most impressive jump shooters we saw on Sunday.

2015 Fall Philly All Jr Elite First Team

Jamel Melvin – Melvin is one of the top big-men prospects on the east coast. The 9th grader from DeMatha (DC) showed his athletic ability and defensive presence on Sunday. Standing at 6’9, he is constantly altering or blocking shots, while corralling every defensive rebound. He also displayed a consistent jumper out to 15 feet.

Jordan Hairston – Jordan, a 9th grader at Bishop O’Connell, possesses a unique combination of speed and strength on the court. He can play either guard spot, but is always in attack-mode no matter where he’s playing. He has a tough pull-up jump shot that is virtually unstoppable. On the defensive end, this athleticism and strength allows him to guard multiple spots on the floor.

In addition to this Fall, Jordan Hairston was a first team All-DMV Jr Elite this past Spring

In addition to this Fall, Jordan Hairston was a first team All-DMV Jr Elite this past Spring

Marcus Dockery – Marcus Dockery is one of the top 8th graders in the DMV area, and is as good as advertised with the basketball. He has a smooth left-handed three-point shot, but also lives in the paint off his dribble penetration. His wingspan allows him to get steals and deflections on the defensive end, which creates easy scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.

Ming Stevens – Ming is a long, athletic forward that can score with the best of them. He has an exceptional ability to create his own shot and can score in multiple ways. Offensively, he able to make something out of nothing and create opportunities for his team.

Karim Coulibali – Karim is one of the top rising stars in the country and is a name to keep up with in his high school years. The 6’9 big man showed his entire offensive skill-set on Sunday, including a 3 point shot, ability to drive and score in transition, and score with his back to the basket. His offensive footwork is well beyond his years.

Karim stole the show Sunday with his size and athleticism

Karim stole the show Sunday with his size and athleticism

Rising Stars in the DMV area:
-Jerrod Nolan
-Bashi Yeldell
-Kamdyn Curfman
-Noah Charles
-Cole Hanin
-Malik Bowman
-Jayden Johnson
-Zuri Williams
-Rasheed Dupree
-Dominic Stanford
-Ryan Cornish
-Christian Hayes
-Malachi Ford
-Victor Muresean
-Jalen Curtis
-Daemond Ford
-Doug McDaniel
-Kyree Banks

The next Junior Elite will take place this Saturday, as we return home to Hoop Group Headquarters for the Metro Jr. Elite. We’ll see a lot of familiar faces, space is still available! Sign Up Here!

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