Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tyler Brelsford Goes from 0 to 41 Real Quick - In Record Setting PYBL Performance

Tyler Brelsford is an extremely mature and poised lead guard. He has consistently displayed the unique ability to make the players around him better, fit into the team concept, and has to be considered one of the winningest youth players in the DMV – having been a part of multiple national top 10 & top 5 teams.  This lineage cannot be disputed by anyone as these facts have been documented and proven over time.

Tyler’s style of play typically is not focused on individual accolades or high scoring exploits – from an evaluation standpoint he is not a quick study.  His is a game that students of the game and purest find extremely appealing – camps, all-star situations, and unstructured environments previously haven’t been where Brelsford shined at his brightest even when holding his own.

The Premier Youth Basketball League which has been around for three years has built a reputation on providing individual players a platform to showcase their talents.  As Tyler Brelsford stepped onto the stage this past weekend, many assumed they had seen this show before – but this feature presentation was a new release… Tyler Brelsford 2.0.

Brelsford put on a display and showed a whole new aspect to the continuing development of his game; he didn’t ask for respect he stepped on the floor and took it.  

Tyler Brelsford’s stat-line for the day: FGs: 6-11, 3pt FGs: 6-9, FTs: 11-11 Total Points: 41

The performance broke the previous league record held by Brayden Gault who put on a show in the championship game in the PYBLs inaugural season.  Brelsford fresh off his  #2 finish in the NYBL National Championship hasn't been a PYBL one game wonder as he leads the league in scoring at 25.3ppg, 5-points ahead of the next closest player.

One of the most enigmatic forces in all of youth basketball - its time that he be appreciated for the player that he is locally and nationally.  Enjoy the entire 41-point performance below provided courtesy of PYBL TV.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Middle School All-American Game Announces Coaches for Inaugural Game

Steve Turner, Gonzaga High School
Steve Turner whose tenure at Gonzaga High School has been defined by excellence, is arguably one of the best basketball minds at the High School level on the DMV.  Coach Turner has been selected and will also serve as a Coach in the Middle School All-American game.

Coach Turner who also boast mutliple coach of the year awards as well as multiple WCAC Conference and tournament championships – most recently this past year leading his Purple Eagle squad to a victory over Dematha at a sold out Bender Arena at American University in Washington, DC.

Turner has built a reputation on producing Division I basketball players, quality young men, and great citizens.  He has developed such players at Nate Britt (North Carolina), Kris Jenkins (Villanova), Bryant Crawford (Wake Forest), Tyler Thornton (Duke), and most recently current guard Chris Lykes who recently received an offer to the ACC’s Miami Hurricanes are amongst many other players who have been coached by the legendary Steve Turner and are also playing at the college level.

Turner also supports both the high level NIKE, USA Basketball, and the NBA Camps.

Bruce Kelley, Bullis School
Bruce Kelley, a long-time boy’s basketball coach at Potomac’s Bullis School, who was recently selected to coach in the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game will also serve as Coach in the Middle School All-American Game.

Coach Kelley took over the Bullldog program in 2004, since then Bullis has won 6 Interstate Athletic Conference title and produced several college player as well as several all league players.  Kelley led the school to three straight conference championships prior to this season. 

In addition to his selection to the McDonalds and Middle School All-American Game staffs Kelly was also selected and coached in the nation’s oldest high school all-star game, the Capital Classic High School All-Star Game which is played annually in the DMV.  Coach Kelley throughout the years has been selected by multiple media outlets and publications to receive Coach of the Year Honors.

David Gately, McDonough High School
The new headman at McDonough High School in Baltimore County has laid the foundation for future success in a very short time.  David Gately who has a passion of the game and player development is one of the best sideline tacticians in the DMV.  Gately as well has been selected to Coach in the Middle School All-American Game on August 21, 2015.

Gately's hard working style is why he's regarded as one of Baltimore's best basketball players over the last 30 years. A former standout at Mount St. Joseph, Gately was a four-year starter at Loyola College (now Loyola University), finishing his career as the program's second all-time leading scorer (1,706 points).

Gately, currently third all-time at Loyola, is a member of the athletic Hall of Fame at Loyola (inducted in 1994) and Mount St. Joseph (2001). He played professionally for one year (1988) in Ireland.

"I was never the most talented player but the one thing I did was practice and play hard," said Gately, who was an all-BCL Tournament selection in 1983 and helped the Gaels to the BCL XI title match the year before. "I believe in practice done right."

At Loyola, Gately starred for Mark Amatucci, who was a Baltimore Catholic League Hall of Fame coach at Calvert Hall. Gately said Amatucci has been his coaching mentor.

Patrick Behan, St. Mary's Ryken
Patrick Behan is the youngest coach in the nations best basketball conference, the WCAC, controlling the reigns for the St. Mary’s Ryken High School.  One the hardest working recruiter he is determined to build a powerhouse in the Southern Maryland area.   Coach Behan whose actual first year at Rykan was this past season spent the two prior seasons at St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C. as an assistant coach. In his time with the Cadets, Behan was instrumental in all facets of the game, including recruiting, game preparation and scouting, as well as player development.
Coach Behan helped guide St. John’s to winning the WCAC regular season with a conference record of 16-2 during his last year there. At one point during the season, St. John’s won 24 straight regular season games. They spent much of the year rated in the USA Today Top 20, and several weeks at #1 in the Washington Post.
Behan has coached several players who have received full scholarships to the D1 and D2 levels.
While Behan is new to St. Mary’s Ryken, this is not his first stay in Southern Maryland. In 2011-12, Behan was an assistant coach at St. Mary’s College. Behan was the lead recruiter of the program in his one season. That year, St. Mary’s College won the Capital Athletic Conference regular season, and received an at-large bid to the Division III NCAA tournament before falling to Virginia Wesleyan in the round of 32.
Behan grew up in Leesburg, VA, playing his high school ball at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, VA. He helped guide his team to winning a Virginia State title while competing against a national schedule. He played his collegiate career at Bucknell University. Behan played for Pat Flannery for two seasons, and Dave Paulsen for the other two. While a member of the Bison, Behan was an All-Patriot League performer in 2009. He was also awarded the Benton A. Kribbs award for most outstanding player and received the coaches’ award for leadership and dedication to the program.
After college, Behan played professionally in Gotha, Germany before starting his coaching career.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

DMV Domination Continues in Hot-Lanta at Exclusive Under Armour Best of the Best Camp

From Left to Right (Che Evans, Karim Couliby, Jason Murphy, Tyler Brelsford, Isaiah Todd, Marvin Price, Terrance Williams)

Atlanta, Ga. -  In an impressive show of power this past weekend the DMV loaded up a van and headed to Atlanta, Ga. to compete in the Under Amour Best of Best Camp – the invitation only event consisted of a virtual whose of who in the area.  The common theme for those receiving invites?  Their games translate and they look to be next level ready either physically and/or mentally.

The size and length rolling out of the DMV was phenomenal and consisted of what has previously been documented as the area’s top up and coming high school prospects.  This exclusive event  attracted 125 of the top middle school players not only from this area but from across the country; as they battled for a spot in the UA Middle School Elite 24 game to be held under the Brooklyn Bridge on August 22, 2015. 

Six of the seven players in attendance made the events Top 20 game and Karim Couliby received the dual honor or being name as the camps and the All-Star games  M.V.P.  In attendance at the event where the following players from the DMV:

*Karim Coulibly, (6’8, New World): Did yeoman’s work on the low block, showed an exceptional motor; no one played harder, rebounded well against like size.  Showed he wasn’t afraid to get physical – finished well and displayed a phenomenal skill set even putting the ball the floor on several occasion but was at his very best finding and hitting the outlet man and then filling the lane.  Above average passing skills also highlighted his dual MVP weekend.

*Marvin Price, (6’4, Team Melo)   Price had a great weekend and continued to solidify his national stock; he easily could have walked away with M.V.P honors, he too was one of the hardest workers in the camp, finished almost everything , and was unstoppable getting to the tin.  His jump shot was falling all weekend long and he did it at all levels as a man amongst boys.  As an added bonus Price showed some serious bounce competing in the camp slam dunk contest were he finished second in a controversial decision.  When the jumper is falling he is one of the toughest covers in the 2019 class.

*Terrance Williams, (6’6, Team Takeover) – Williams as always saves his best performance for the big game; while he was solid all weekend he  lit up the All-Star game, where he may not have missed a single shot going for a double-double in the contest.  He knocked the trey-ball down consistently during the weekend, as well as hitting the mid-range shot, and even threw down a dunk with authority.  Williams as always showed he is an excellent passer whose best attribute as a player may be his patience and IQ.  You are beginning to see the wing skills start to develop and they look true to his nickname “Big Smooth” as he shook a few people on his way to the basket.

*Che Evans, (6’5, Team Melo)  - Knocked the socks off everyone in the gym on day one with his versatility, got to the spots he wanted at will, the jump shot looked vastly improved and scouts say he is a jumper away from being unstoppable.  He is very creative with the ball and showed a strong handle, made the right pass and the right play and made an impact in multiple categories.  He rebounded his position and showed a great motor.  He walked away from the event as clearly one of the top 2020 wings in the country his defensive ability and shot blocking skills were also impressive – a special note was given that the dunk package was also impressive.

*Jason Murphy, (6’8, Team Melo) – Didn’t give up on a single play the entire weekend – plays the game 94-feet and buzzer to buzzer – not a skill that can be taught. Murphy tries to dunk everything and you can see the long term benefit of this mindset in his play.  Dominated both glasses, kept the ball high, and played a true post game playing to his strengths and looked good doing it - he is tough as nails and plays with passion – is an excellent shot blocker and lane filler.  Scored exceptionally well around the basket and you can see future stardom with this kid easily.

*Isaiah Todd, (6’8, Team Silk) – His catch and shoot game looked excellent from all over the floor, showed solid mechanics – needs very little adjustments and simply requires reps to what is already becoming an exceptional strength.  He is now pushing 6’8/6’9 and his versatility is very apparent; a young 13, he can guard any front court position on the floor and made impact on the defensive end and on the boards.  The handle only requires confidence but showed tools and a complete package in the drill sessions.

Tyler Brelsford, (5’8, Team Melo) – Showed great awareness and court vision, knocked down the mid-range pull-up throughout; played the game the right way making the right pass and decision.  Finished well in the paint against size and competed on the defensive end using positional defense to stymie his opponent – made the players around him better and went to the floater when necessary.  Didn’t shoot many threes in game situations but knocked them down during skills and drills showing the shooting prowess he is becoming known for.  

Profiling Jeremy Roach - Quietly Becoming One of the Country's Most Potent Players & Hottest Names

Roach is Averaging 32.5 PPG playing at the 13U level

As the proverbial middles school season draws to a close and high school coaches have secured their incoming freshman classes; the attention and focus has slowly but surely slipped to the class of 2020 and the next potential crop of elite players in this area.

One of the most sought after players in the class overall and at his position is point guard Jeremy Roach. At the 8th grade level there is little place for players to hide; some of the most elite struggle at this level because they lack a glaring aspect to their games.  Could be the ability to play within structure as in the past they have been bigger, stronger, or more athletic.  Could be their inability to make reads and understand the nuances of the game, physical strength sometimes also becomes a factor – nevertheless as high school coach become involved and potential circuit play and access get put on the table; games are critiqued at a much higher level looking for true skill sets opposed to bully ball tactics.  The game is less about winning championships and more about positioning and creating the best opportunity for the player and family.

Roach continues to impress and position himself slowly but surely in that conversation locally and nationally.  He is arguably the most complete guard in the DMV when all aspects are considered.  Keep in mind that though he is competing against many reclassed and grade exception players as a true 13 years old Roach’s production is as good and/or better; especially when evaluating production and efficiency.  His growth trajectory vs a player 12 to 15 months his senior only takes common sense to understand that at the same time in his span Roach likely will be further ahead and thus a very attractive investment.  

"Roach is the 2020 guard I'd invest in" says the Hoop Report
Add the intangible aspects of coach ability, respect for the game, and work ethic and its easy to tell that Jeremy Roach is a star of today and super star of tomorrow – we expect a meteoric rise from Roach in the next year and beyond.  Specifically Roach has the strength, athleticism, and the knack to score from anywhere on the floor and the finishing ability to also do it in tight spaces with a multitude of finishes. When given the green light even playing one to two levels up because of his range and jump shot – free throw shooting, and overall prowess he can be a consistent 25ppg scorer easy and is clearly already one of the most natural scorers in the country, not many can make that claim and do it in ways that will translate to the next level which is the most important and key aspect.  He operates with terrific body control, has the ball on a wire, and no one dictates where he goes with the ball except for him.  He is a tough fundamental defender who has the tools to be a lock down player – he does it on both ends and is a team first guy; he checks the SCOREBOARD not the scorebook after the game and if his team has won that’s what matters most.  Roach is a winner in every way while boasting a exceptionally high GPA to go with PPG average.  Watch close as Roach projects just was well as any guard in the country – we sat down with him to ask him a few questions and see how he was wired, its time for the DMV to get what will soon be a household name in short order…Mr. Jeremy Roach Aka Colt .45, don’t let the smooth game fool ya.

-Good size
-Strong frame
-Tremendous athlete
-Can play above the rim with ease
-Changes speeds
-Great quickness in open court
-Shows sparks of intriguing court vision
-Makes some extremely creative passes at times
-Solid shooting mechanics. Makes 3-pointers with his feet set and off the dribble
-Only 13 years old

DMV Preps & Jeremy Roach Interview:

DP: So who is your favorite college or NBA player and why?
JR: Lebron James, because I like the way he passes and scores

DP: Who do you model your game after?
JR: I model my game after high school player, Antonio Blankney

DP: Who is your favorite player to compete against on the circuit?
JR: Chuck Harris, he always gives me a good challenge when we play

DP: What do you feel is your biggest strength as a player?
JR:  My biggest strength is probably scoring

DP: What is the area that you are working the hardest to improve?
JR: I want to improve on my defense because I think if Im a better defender it will make me a better basketball player.

DP: What do you want to be when you grow up
JR: An NBA player

DP: Your dream College or university?
JR: Kentucky University

DP: When you are not playing basketball what do you enjoy doing?
JR: When I’m not playing basketball I’m just hanging with my family and friends

DP: Your favorite junk food or treat?
JR: Popcorn!

DP:  Who is the most influential person in your life?
JR: The most influential people in my life are my parents because they push me to do my best all the time