Tuesday, May 12, 2015
For players and parents that are truly serious about the game of basketball and competing on the highest and most elite level of play there are specific processes that should be followed as it relates to training and development. Patrick ‘Pat the Rock” Robinson has applied his innovative approach and combination of basketball skills training, strength and conditioning training, and mental conditioning to assist in the building and proliferation of several of the NBA, WNBA, and collegian players of various level including many high major D1 guys.
Seeing the Pat the Roc’s training environment it is clear that his training system could greatly benefit players of all ages who have the desire to improve. With that statement and with our staff having seen and worked with many of the top trainers nationally, it is clear that right here in the in the DMV, The Pat the Roc Training Academy must immediately be considered a major force and leader in the player development world. Players, coaches, trainers, and teams from around the area and the world should look to Patrick Robinson for guidance in player development and overall team building and preparation.
In recent months the facility has grown, knocking down walls and bringing in a multitude of training tool to stay on the cutting edge and ahead of the industry. Attending multiple session which start at roughly 5pm weekdays in Rockville, Maryland and runs on some nights to as late at 10pm – with tools such as shooting machines, bikes, core balls, heavy tires and ropes, verta-maxes, band training mechanisms. Everything is done with the ball in the hands of the players and creates a marriage of growth and development that is unmatched in the area in a single facility or without bringing in outside personnel.
Understand putting your team affiliation and relationships aside, right here in this area and accessible to anyone who want to work is a program that has produced NBA & WNBA draft picks; lottery picks, NBA All Stars, collegiate and high school all-Americans, and international stars. On any given night you may have males/females high school/college and/or pro players in the gym performing the same workout under the skillful eye and toot ledge of Pat the Roc.
Chris Powers the former starting point guard for the Michigan State Lady Spartans and Einstein High School graduate now has her daughter attending Pat the Roc. Hearing of his services on a trip to Florida she and he daughter have fallen in love with the facility and the training experience – Powers knowing what it takes and what it looks like to be able to play at the highest D1 level swears by Patrick, his training techniques, and facility.
Mike Harmon, Coach and Father of the nation’s #1 6th grader in the country Zion Harmon exclaimed, “Pat the Roc is one of the few trainings in the country that I can totally trust and turn over my sons development to” further he stated “ the diversity of work within they undergo in a single session allows my son to be challenged; and to ultimately become a better player – my son requires a high level of intensity and skill work and Pat the Roc provides that and more; in working with Pat the Roc it was a easy choice in making Pat the Roc the exclusive and Official Trainer of Zion”.
Patrick Robinson is a local product who is “paying it forward” right in his own back yard; born & raised in Prince Frederick, Md. he's become known in many circles as the “world’s best ball-handler” – he attended Patuxent High School and by what Robinson called a summer of non-stop work from 6am to 11pm daily he was able to prepare himself for an offer he received from Cincinnati University a top 10 program at the time.
He was cut twice from that team and adopted the saying of A.I.P “Anything Is Possible” in the process which led him to becoming the youngest player ever to play w/ the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.
After leaving them he went on to achieve many exciting basketball related opportunities such as playing in the NBA Celebrity game, traveling to 25 countries, playing 5 years on the AND 1 Mixtape tour, and being a character in a Playstation game and two movies. Pat the Roc has used basketball and not allowed basketball to use him - now he is giving back teaching the players of tomorrow what it takes to achieve on the highest levels of the game.
Players from the DMV should take advantage of having Pat the Roc here in the area; as many players traveling from various places throughout the world already are! Having this resource in your backyard and not using it is a mistake no serious player should make.
Find out more about Pat the Roc by visiting his website at www.pattherocacademy.com , calling 301.338.8063 or just drop in for a work out at 601 Dover Rd., Rockville, Md. this is a DMV Preps endorsed training facility and one you will not be disappointed in being part of.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The 8 Eye Future Classic returned for its second rendition of its annual All-Star game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event thrown by up and coming media guru Jamie Boyer featured in his inaugural event big names such as Nazreon Reid, Cameron Reddish, and Luther Muhammad.
This year’s Boyer again put on a top notch and competitive event; featuring some of the top talent in the upper north east – accordingly the DMV was well represented throughout the roster and the locals represented well as they always do when tested on the hardwood.
DMV Preps would like to congratulate the following players not only for their selection but for their excellent performance.
Jordan Toles (Team Melo/Terror Squad) – Toles put on a stellar performance in route to taking home the MVP award for this squad; he finished the day with 21-points, 8-rebounds, & 3- Assist
Cameron Byers (Team Melo/Terror Squad) –
A very clear pattern of success is being laid here; as Byers continues to achieve on a high level regardless of the situation. Cameron put up solid numbers while carrying his team for stretches he tallied 14- points and 7-rebounds
Zion Harmon (Team Melo/Terror Squad) –
The only 6th grader in the event Harmon shook off a sluggish start to jump start his team comeback run; he again showed that he is built for events such as this – he end the day with 12-points and 7 Helpers
James Bishop (Bmore’s Finest) -
“Buckets” Bishop found his spots and took advantage of them; he probed the perimeter and sliced through the lane making some tough buckets; he impressed with his ball-handling as well as his passing
Marvin Price (DC Premier) –
Price showed the array of skill that has made him a local star; he put the ball on the floor, he knocked it down from distance and finished in traffic getting to the line where he sealed the deal as per usual
Johnathan McGriff (Team Takeover) –
The magician showed off the ball-handling he has been known for, preferred to set up rather than get shots up. He got to where he wanted to on the court and showed solid vision in making things happen for his squad
Monday, May 4, 2015
NEW WORLD (10-0)
New World AKA “The Lynch Mob” continues to roll and currently there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. The closest game in league play for the talented bunch has been 8-points; all other wins have been by double figures and they are currently taking out opponent by an average of 20.5 ppg.
The catalyst for their success has been New Worlds All World wing Jalen Hall; Hall has been the truth, the whole, truth and nothing but the truth all season long in the NYBL. The athletic guard continues to prove that he can hit the jumper from the mid-range and from behind the arc off the catch and with a couple rhythm dribbles. He excels on the break by running the floor and in the half court he likes to use the crossover and can finish with either hand. Hall has figured out at a very young age something that many elite players have yet to understand; Hall will continue to go to the well with the same move until you stop it – often you won’t; but he will not let you off the hook by shooting jumpers for style points when you haven’t prevented him from shooting a lay-up – amazing thought process isn’t it? Watch other players and you will appreciate Hall even more.
Brayon Freeman is the perfect count to Hall as he operates as a flat out knock down shooter who is quickly becoming a problem as well taking the ball to the rack. Freeman can score the basketball. He is improving each time we see him his one-on-one skill set and has shown a special ability to make tough shots. He scores in a variety of different and he is starting to stretch out a bit which will only help his development.
Ariel Goddot is imposing athletically and a physical presence that combines size, length, an frame tailor made for growth; he should have no issues adding muscle mass, and he already operates with an exceptionally good motor. Has great hands, a willingness to go right into contact, and we like his poise with his back to the basket and the demeanor with which he plays the game.
Elijah Hawkins the makes all this go; with all these tools at his disposal he is a kids in candy store – with the experience and savvy of a cagey veteran Hawkins get the ball where its supposed to be when its supposed to be there. Combined with his penetration and ability to knock down the shot from distance he is the straw that stirs a very tasty or bitter drink depending on who has to consume it.
TEAM TAKEOVER (9-1)
A 9-1 record would likely have you vying for first place in any league; yet with this record they are battling for supremacy not only in the NYBL but in their own market. Dropping only game all season long TTO put on a show each time they take the floor. Boasting a perfect combination of pieces that fit like hand and glove together – they rely on and allow their defense to dictate their offensive flow; they remain focused on the right task at hand and that task is winning.
Trevor Keels has emerged as the unquestioned leader of the team with scouts nationally taking notice of his play but more specifically his contribution. Keels is not a shot hunter even though he puts up sensational point totals at times; rather he is a player who looks to get his within the flow of the offense and in cases where he may be the defenses primary focus he is one of the most unselfish players you will find. Not only will he come up off the rock; he will do it with the correct read and deliver where the receiver can do something with it. He has made is name by the diversity of his game – his willingness to do the little things, the dirty work combined with his ability to rebound and guard make him special.
Rodney Rice Jr. and Keno Lilly are the shooters who space the court making defenses pay for helping and/or busting up a zone that fails to rotate quickly enough. Both know how to find the gaps, boast a very quick release, and shoot it with a high percentage that defenses have to account for. Both Rice and Liilly work the use dribble penetration to set up their teammates and each other; they are committed on defense and make it hard to focus on other players.
|Keno Lilly Darius Johsnon Trey Thomas|
Darius Johnson and Trey Thomas; are two very different players that allow TTO to attack with multiple looks. Johnson is more your traditional lead guard, setting the offense making the reads, keeping the spacing and looking for his spots to attack which he does with a great deal of efficiency – his frame allows him to absorb contact and finish or put defenders on his hip while he surveys a situation. Thomas is your slasher and will attack you off the bounce with impunity he has a mean streak and plays the game with a bag of chips on his shoulder. He is phenomenal in a transition situation and does some magical things with the ball in those instances. He is very tough to deal with in space and has shot you must honor. When all these guys are on the floor at the same time it’s a pick your poison situation; to date only one team has figured out how to deal with this talented bunch.
BMORE’S FINEST (8-2)
Love watching this team compete – they have taken on the personality of the its coach and coaching staff. They will not accept anything less than 100% and often time they get that and some. This is a team you can count on to go after the 50/50 balls, get a ton of deflections, and to press the paint relentlessly. The Finest play like they have something to prove; and in fact are proving to the area and the rest of the country that they belong in consideration and mention with the top teams; their 8-2 record is the documentation that beats any conversation.
Ahmad Harrison could score 20-points every time out, as the Finest run a lot of their stuff via the talented wing; with great length and a tool chest of skills that he can access at any time he simply looks to make the game easier for his teammates and to take advantage of high percentage opportunities for himself. Harrison is another coach on the floor and brings a calmness to the hell raising style of BMF.
The primary benefactor of Harrison’s style of play is Christian Moore who is proving to be a bona-fide elite level scorer; always in attack mode he love running the lane and can both finish in the paint as well as the knocking down the pull-up in traffic as well as in the half court off the catch and the bounce. Like any good scorer Moore is adept at getting to the charity stripe where he is a solid percentage and volume guy – Moore has brought in to the defensive concept and is becoming a more complete player each time we see him. Rayuan Lane is the heart and soul of the squad and pound for pound may be the tough kid in the league; he has more heart than a little bit and he involves himself into every play that he can making a difference and impact often simply by being the hardest worker on the floor.
Chris Winborne is the space maker giving everyone room to operate with his jump shooting and three point ability. Winborne can also handle ball-handling duties his versatility makes him hard to game plan for and he has a natural knack for getting the ball in the basket. Another guard who can absorb contact and take a pounding; he is especially effective on the baseline where he can hurt in a variety of ways. Long term the best of the bunch may be Julian Reese – he continues to grow both physically and in basketball terms; he has a frame that you can see developing into something special and he can impact the game already on the boards and as shot blocker as we see him alter even more than he sends back.
TEAM GLORY (5-5)
The team has been a few dog fights and frankly are closer to being 7-3 or 8-2 than you might think. Having played the entire season without their starting PG we have seen the growth and development of such players as Barry Evans; versatile point forward who can handle and score it. Jake Koverman has transitioned to the wing and is growing more comfortable putting the ball on the floor to finish –the catch and shoot aspect looks good and only requires more opportunity. AJ Thomas is flourishing as a young 2021 kid who will be moving to his true age group next year putting him likely into a top 5 position locally. The top scorer Jalen Smith has consistently been rated tops in the nation and has done nothing to dispel that rating. With a solid 3rd session this group can be poised to make some noise during the playoff session.
MARYLAND PLAYMAKERS (3-7)
Jalen Miller is the man and as he goes so the does the team; anyone who knows basketball knows the kid has the goods and get the job done on the highest level – he is proving that nationally through the first two sessions. His running mate is William Margarites and they have the making of something special as a back court with the proper support around them. Margarites can stoke it and handle it and has excellent court vision. He is fundamentally sound but still plays with a flair to his game – he goes to the basket where he can showcase an array of finishes which will only become better as he gets bigger and stronger.
The Playmakers are developing their weapon against the very best and it won’t be long before this group is kicking butt and taking names.