It’s About Time, Coach Rob Nickens Joins Metroball Staff!!

It’s About Time, Coach Rob Nickens Joins Metroball Staff!!

Metroball Youth Outreach has been in existence for 17 years now and for more than half of those years, we have worked closely with the Head coach of Theodore Roosevelt High School, Rob Nickens.  Many of Roosevelt’s Basketball Alumni have started with Metroball very young and then attended Roosevelt High School where Coach Nickens developed their skills.  He has done so well with these youth that over the last 9 seasons, Roosevelt HS Boys have been to the DCIAA Championship Game 7 times!

Metroball has called on Coach Nickens to help prepare our Middle School youth and young freshmen to play High School Basketball at the highest level.  He will use his many years of High School experience to condition and develop the Metroball DC Local Team youth so that they will be prepared to play with the Metroball DC Travel Team.  Coach Nickens’ expertise is a very valuable asset to the Metroball Program.  He has always shared the same goals as our program, and has the commitment to the welfare of the youth he serves.

We look forward to a long term relationship with Coach Nickens and helping Metroball Youth reach their potential.  No matter where these kids ultimately choose to play High School Basketball, they will be up for the challenge.  We hope that they will choose a program like Roosevelt and make their contribution to the Milk House and Coach Nickens!!

Coach Nickens credentials – 3 DCIAA Regular on Conference Championships, 3 DCIAA Tournament Championships, 1 State Championship.  Roosevelt Over-All Record of 311-98!!  The only coach to win a championship at Roosevelt HS.

Metroball Partners with The DC Summer Youth Employment Program, Again

Metroball Partners with The DC Summer Youth Employment Program, Again

The Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) is a locally funded initiative sponsored by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) that provides District youth ages 14 to 24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors. Employers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area make this annual program possible by volunteering to serve as Host Employers and providing structured job opportunities for youth during the summer.

Metroball Youth Outreach has been a partner with SYEP for more than 5 years now and this year is no exception.  We hire youth to help us manage and operate The Annual New York Ave Summer Youth Streetball Tournament from June to August each year in Washington DC.  In addition to the jobs provided through MBSYEP, Metroball also allows youth to work for Community Service Hours that can be used towards their required hours to graduate High School.

Here are the Metroball jobs offered through MBSYEP:

Each of our positions would require the applicant to work outdoors on Saturdays at the New York Ave Playground (100 Nst. NW). The New York Ave Summer Basketball League runs every Saturday during the summer and has over 500 youth that participate each year. We are looking for motivated individuals for the following positions:

 1) Job Number: 13785

   Position: Scorekeeper/Statistician

 DESCRIPTION: These applicants must be able to keep score for the games played. They must know how to use scorebooks to keep track of the official score, fouls, and time outs of each game. Must be able to work under pressure and be pay attention to details. This position is for SATURDAYS ONLY and runs for the duration of the summer.

2) Job Number: 13786

   Position: Sports Journalist


DESCRIPTION: Reporting on each game, writing interesting and creative stories about the participants in the League, and conducting interviews. These articles will then be posted to the Metroball website. These individuals will also create a weekly newsletter that will be distributed at the games.

This position is mainly for Saturdays but extra hours will be allowed to write articles, develop newsletters, editing, and posting to the web. Extra hours will also be allotted for writing articles about the Metroball teams and other company events.


DESCRIPTION: Take pictures of the games, players, and the event. This applicant must have an interest in photography and work closely with the Journalists and Social Media Specialist to connect pictures with stories, articles, & blogs, & posts. These individuals should have their own High Speed Camera.

This position is mainly for Saturdays but extra hours will be allowed for editing pictures web. Extra hours will also be allotted for taking pictures of the Metroball teams and other company events.


DESCRIPTION: Record video of the games and the event. Edit the video to create highlights that will be posted on www.metroball.org and YouTube. These applicants will work closely with the Journalists, Photographers, and Social Media Specialist to record interviews, connect video to the articles, pictures, blogs, and posts. Also create and record a weekly Sports Show about the League. These applicants should have some experience in recording and editing video. These individuals should have their own video camera.

This position is mainly for Saturdays but extra hours will be allowed to edit videos during the week. Extra hours will also be allotted for recording Metroball teams and other company events.

3) Job Number: 13787

   Position: Maintenance Crew

 DESCRIPTION: This position is for a crew that would be responsible for setting up and breaking down the equipment and supplies each week for the event. They would also be responsible for keeping the park clean of trash throughout the day. They will help with the general operation of the event. This position is for SATURDAYS ONLY and runs for the duration of the summer.


For more information about The Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, Go To the MBSYEP Youth Portal

Former Metroball DC AAU Youth Signs with Ole Miss!

Former Metroball DC AAU Youth Signs with Ole Miss!

Former Metroball DC AAU youth Jamarko Pickett (#11) Signs with Ole Miss!!


OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss basketball head coach Andy Kennedy announced the signing of three high school standouts, including a top-100 recruit, to national letters of intent Wednesday.

Jamarko Pickett, Devontae Shuler and Parker Stewart all signed national letters of intent to join the Rebels for the 2017-2018 academic year. The trio has the highest average player rating in school history according to 247 Sports.

“We are very excited about these three young men joining our program,” said Kennedy, the winningest coach in Ole Miss history. “We feel we added to the versatility of our current roster with the addition of three outstanding young players!”

Pickett, a 6-9, 190-pound forward, comes to Oxford from Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia. Originally from Washington D.C., Pickett averaged 17.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots a game last year as a senior at Eastern High School for coach Emmanual Kakula en route to first team All-DCIAA honors. The No. 17 power forward in the nation according to Scout.com, Pickett was initially trained and played for Metroball DC AAU (3 Seasons) under Coach Tony Parry.  He played for various squads for 1 season (Team Loaded, Premier AAU, Metro All-stars, etc..).  He  averaged 14 points per game, while shooting 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range on the summer circuit. He is averaging 20 points, seven boards and two blocked shots per game this season to help Massanutten and coach Chad Myers to a 3-0 start and a No. 10 national ranking. Pickett was named the biggest sleeper signee in the SEC by HoopSeen.com and chose Ole Miss over Arizona State, Creighton, Pittsburgh, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

“Jamarko is a long, athletic, versatile forward who can shoot the three, create off the bounce and protect the basket,” Kennedy said. “He a prime example of a kid being completely under the radar to blowing up with a strong showing on the AAU circuit in July. With added strength, his skill set is going to allow him to do big things at Ole Miss.”

A composite four-star guard, Shuler is rated the No. 100 player in the nation by 247 Sports and Scout.com and No. 104 by Rivals.com. A native of Irmo, South Carolina, the same hometown as Rebel legend Murphy Holloway, Shuler attended Irmo High School before transferring to perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia last season. As a junior, Shuler averaged 10.1 points per game and helped lead Oak Hill and legendary coach Steve Smith to a 45-1 record, including the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Championship. He leads Oak Hill with 14.8 points and 3.2 steals a game through five games this season and ranks second on the team with 16 assists. He averaged 12 points and three rebounds a game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range for Team CP3 on the 2016 EYBL summer circuit. Shuler was named the top shooting guard signee in the SEC by HoopSeen.com and chose the Rebels over Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma State, South Carolina and USC.

“Ole Miss has never signed a player from Oak Hill Academy,” Kennedy said. “Coach Steve Smith has been there over 30 years and has had unprecedented national success! They won their ninth national championship last season and Devontae was a big part of that run. Steve has said many times that Devontae may be the best on-ball defender that he has ever had at Oak Hill!  At 6-2, he is an explosive combo guard who we expect to have an immediate impact on our program next season.”

A 6-5 combo guard, Stewart is one of the nation’s top shooters. He averaged 19 points, six boards and two steals a game while shooting 51 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc last season for coach Shane Sisco at Union City High School. Stewart’s sharp shooting helped lead Team Penny to the championship game of Peach Jam this summer and he was named the top shooting signee in the SEC by HoopSeen.com. Parker is the son of UT Martin head coach Anthony Stewart, who has more than 15 years of college coaching experience. He chose Ole Miss over Georgetown, Kansas State, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

“Parker is a big guard who can play any of our backcourt positions,” Kennedy said. “His size coupled with his outstanding 3-point shooting ability give us a chance to use him in a number of different ways. Parker comes from a basketball family and has a great understanding of how to play.”

Ole Miss tips off its 107th season of basketball Friday at 6 p.m. against UT Martin in The Pavilion. Season tickets are on sale now and feature an 18-game home schedule including nine SEC games. Fans can visit OleMissHoops.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Single game non-conference tickets are also on sale now. For more information, please call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at (662) 915-7167 or 1-888-732-8587.

A Time to Show Some Love

A Time to Show Some Love

show-some-love-circle-w-cfcThe Combined Federal Campaign Slogan this year is “SHOW SOME LOVE”.  As in previous years, The Metropolitan Basketball League aka Metroball Youth Outreach is a qualified charity on CFC and United Way campaigns.  With diminishing grant opportunities, your donation will go a long way to improve our youth programs.

Don’t forget that tax deductible donation before the end of the year!!

There are several ways to donate:

1) Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) – #25822 – (Metropolitan Basketball League)

2) United Way – #9836


4) Amazon Smile Program – for every Purchase on Amazon.com, a small donation will be made to Metroball.  Go to SMILE.AMAZON.COM and designate Metroball Youth Outreach as your charity.  Order as you normally would. That’s it!!

For more than 16 Years Metroball has been a very positive force in the lives of over 500 youths each year in Washington D.C. With After School Basketball Skills Camp/Fitness programs, Amateur Athletic Union Basketball Teams (AAU), and our 10 week Youth Summer Basketball Tournament (the New York Ave Classic), we strive to promote a positive, productive, and safe social community through the use of sports and team dynamics.


Metroball Youth Outreach Opens Workouts to All Area Youth

Metroball Youth Outreach Opens Workouts to All Area Youth

MYO LogoMetroball Youth Outreach Basketball Club has already started workouts for youth ages 8-18. The workouts consist of basic conditioning and basketball drills to help get youth prepared for school teams and the 2017 AAU season. This is the first time that the workouts are open to EVERY youth in the DC area (boys and girls) and not just those on the Metroball DC AAU teams. By providing this type of training for all youth regardless of what team or club they normally play with, helps to raise the competition level in the DC area, and keep youth prepared to perform well during the school and AAU season. We believe that raising the skill level of the youth in this region and preparing them for competition will help bring more recruiting, education, and recognition to all area basketball clubs.

Come train alongside many of the current Metroball DC AAU Team members that have won many high level tournaments during the 2016 AAU season..

Metroball workouts will run from October 1st 2016 – February 15th, 2017.

Metroball AAU Team tryouts for the 2017 AAU Season will be in February 2017.

For more information about joining the Metroball workouts email metroballdc@yahoo.com or call 240-832-9351.

Metroball Completes the 16th Annual New York Ave Classic

Metroball Completes the 16th Annual New York Ave Classic

medals16 years ago (2000), the New York Ave Classic Summer Youth Streetball League was created as a violence prevention initiative and to steer youth from deviant behavior. Over the years Metroball has been able to keep the youth violence down during the summer months. Now considered the largest and longest running Youth Summer Streetball League, this league has set the standard for all the summer leagues in the DC area. While most Summer Streetball Leagues in the city are primarily for adults, Metroball ONLY has youth (4th – 12th grade). The best youth in the area test their skills here against each other to compete in some of the best games of the year. This year was no exception.

The playoffs and finals this past weekend showcased some of the best youth players and teams in the area. If you were there, you knew that you were watching something special. Every division had games that went down to the last minute and all of the youth left it all out there on the court.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for this year, Shoe City, Under Armour, Tylerhouse, Millrose Athletic Foundation, Unitees, ESPN, Brisk, Cocoa Cola, 7-Eleven, and City Slam.

Congratulations to all of our Champion and Runner-Up teams in each Division!! Hope to see you next Summer!!


Elementary School 1 Division Champions

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Elementary School 1 Division Runner-Up

Moco Warriors

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Elementary School 2 Division Champions

One On One

Elementary School 2 Division Runner-Up

Metroball DC

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Middle School Division Champions

Bowie Rams

Middle School Division Runner-Up

Tyler House Elite



JV Division Champions


JV Division Runner-Up

Bowie Rams



Varsity Division Champions

Tyler House Elite

Varsity Division Runner-Up

Moco Warriors

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City Slam Returns to the Metroball New York Ave Classic

City Slam Returns to the Metroball New York Ave Classic


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WASHINGTON D.C. – 6/18/16

Washington Redskins DeSean Jackson and Josh Norman Will Appear as Celebrity Judges

Washington D.C. – 7-Eleven City Slam presented by Brisk is back for 2016, and is bringing the world’s best professional dunkers to the Metroball New York Ave. Classic at the New York Ave Playground in Washington D.C. on June 18 from 2-4 p.m. EST for the second stop of the three-city slam dunk event.  “We are excited to bring 7-Eleven City Slam presented by Brisk back to the iconic courts of the New York Ave. Playground,” said Drew Russell, VP of Properties at event producer Intersport. The New York Ave Playground is Home of Metroball Youth Outreach and the this event will kick-off the 16th Annual New York Ave Summer Youth Basketball League for violence prevention. “Basketball fans can expect to see the best international slam dunk performers add to the rich history of this venue.”

NYA Logo (2016)Los Angeles hosted the first event of the year at Venice Beach on May 14 and Guy “The Frequent Flyer” Dupuy edged out Michael Purdie to take home the title. The D.C. contest will help determine who will join Guy in a championship tilt in Orlando on July 9. All three stops will be televised via tape-delay on ESPN2.

As in past events, the dunkers will be vying for a cash prize with current National Football League players among those serving as judges for the contest. In D.C., the judges are Washington Redskins teammates DeSean Jackson and Josh Norman, and Team Flight Brothers CEO and Founder Chuck Millan.

The D.C. competitors are:
– Rutger Neece of Greenville, IL
– Jordan “Flight” Southerland of Marietta, GA
– Antjuan “Southern Hospitality” Ball of Colleriene, AL
– Kenny Dobbs of Phoenix

The event also underscores Brisk Iced Tea’s continued relationship with 7-Eleven. This year’s City Slam will launch an exclusive meal bundle with Brisk’s new limited edition Apple Iced Tea and 7-Eleven’s Classic Chicken Sandwich. Both are available only at 7-Eleven stores nationwide throughout the summer. “We are thrilled to continue our support for City Slam in partnership with 7-Eleven,” said Jayanthi Raja Segaran, Director of Marketing for Brisk Iced Tea. “Each year, City Slam competitors get even more creative and as a brand that encourages all things “Kinda Out There”, we look forward to seeing more new and innovative dunks this summer. We’re also excited to commemorate these events with the introduction of our limited edition Brisk Apple Iced Tea, which pairs perfectly with 7-Eleven’s Classic Chicken Sandwich, available exclusively at select 7-Eleven locations across the country.”

About Metroball Youth Outreach
Founded in 2000, for the past 16 years Metroball Youth Outreach has been a very positive force in the lives of over 500 youths each year in Washington D.C. During the school year, they operate positive After School Basketball Skills Camp/Fitness programs throughout in the city. In addition, Metroball staff coaches and mentors youth through 11 Amateur Athletic Union Basketball Teams (AAU) and travel with them to compete against top teams across the country. Metroball DC AAU has been very successful winning several championships in some very competetive events. While traveling, youth participate in college tours. Over the past few years, Metroball has been able to place over 47 youth in college on full scholarships (many from at-risk neighborhoods). The highlight of the program is the annual 10 week Youth Summer Basketball League called the Metroball New York Ave Classic. This summer event runs all summer long in the heart of troubled neighborhoods to deter youth violence, promote healthy living, and exercise. For more information, visit www.metroball.org.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2015, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.  At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. invented the convenience store industry and is the largest convenience retailer in the world. Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven® operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 stores in the United States and Canada. Globally, nearly 60,000 7-Eleven stores operate in 17 countries, serving over 44 million customers every day. For more information, visit www.7-Eleven.com.

About Intersport
Since 1985, Intersport has been an award-winning innovator and leader in the creation of sports and entertainment-based marketing platforms. Intersport creates unique content and experiences for clients that attract and engage passionate audiences through three divisions: Sponsorship & Event Marketing, Sports Properties, and Sports & Entertainment Content (for broadcast and digital media). To learn more about Intersport, log on to Intersportnet.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@IntersportBuzz).

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The 16th Annual New York Ave Classic

The 16th Annual New York Ave Classic

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It’s that time of the year again. If its getting close to summer, that means The Metroball New York Ave Classic Summer Youth Streetball Tournament is about to take hold of the youth in the Washington DC Area!! This will be the 16th year of this event that continues to grow every summer since it’s existence in 2000!! This year the Kick-Off is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th.

CITY SLAM, ESPN, Under Armour, Shoe City, and Brisk are coming back again to help us kick-off the Tournament with a new crop of the best and most exciting Slam Dunkers in the world to compete for more than $5k cash and the right to go to the Slam Dunk Championship in Orlando! This event will be featured on ESPN2 along with highlights from the games played at the New York Ave Playground. There will be giveaways and prizes for all in attendance.



2015 New York Ave – 15 Years Completed

2015 New York Ave – 15 Years Completed

The 15th Annual New York Ave Classic Summer Youth League has successfully completed 15 years this past Saturday at the New York Ave Playground in Washington DC.  This year there were 36 teams that competed in one of the best summer tournaments to date.  As usual, playoffs started on a Friday night and games were played throughout the day on Saturday until all winners were crowned!!

Here are the results from this year:



CHAMPIONS – Washington Bison


RUNNER UP – Trojans


CHAMPIONS – Bowie Bulldogs


RUNNER UP – Tyler House


RUNNER UP – Tyler House


GOLD CHAMPIONS – Sam’s Ballers


Metroball DC 12u/13u Wins Gold at Big Shots Maryland Certified Tourney

Metroball DC 12u/13u Wins Gold at Big Shots Maryland Certified Tourney

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The Metroball DC 12/13u Team won the gold championship last weekend at the Big Shots Maryland Certified Tournament in District Heights, MD. They had to beat a very tall and athletic Dynamic Disciples team. The Metroball DC 12u/13u team just played and won against this team in bracket play, so when they met again in the finals, both teams knew what to expect. Metroball DC jumped to a 10 point lead with the excellent play from their youngest guards, Allen Conception and Milton Milling. Markel Norman also showed why he is the top scorer of Big Shots in this division this year by finishing with the most points and taking home MVP Honors.



The Metroball DC 17u team also competed in this event. They went 2-1 and lost a very close Overtime game in the Semi-Finals. This concluded their outstanding AAU season that has sparked a lot of interest from college recruiters.

City Slam At New York Ave Kick-Off

City Slam At New York Ave Kick-Off



The 15th Annual Metroball New York Ave Classic Summer Youth Streetball Tournament kicked off in spectacular fashion this year Sponsored by Shoe City, Under Armour, Brisk, City Slam, 7-Eleven, and Tyler House Apartments.  High flying dunks, celebrities, giveaways, and competitive youth basketball all gave way for a special day at the New York Ave historical white and colors basketball court.

The day started off gloomy and unassured due to weather conditions and chances of rain, however that did not stop ESPN and its crew from setting up an optimal outdoor basketball arena styled atmosphere.  As start time of the first scheduled gamed approached many fans, spectators, sponsors, and Metroball personnel remained indecisive on how the day would play out.  But as planned, by 11am it was 88degrees and officials were at center court ready for tip-off.  The first game of the day showcased the Middle school division teams One on One vs Bowie Bulldogs.  One on One picked up where they left off last year proving the Bowie Bulldogs were totally outmatched—one of the United States dignitaries and Metroball supporters, Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education cheered in amazement as his team dazzled fans in victorious fashion.CIJPLd_VAAArROT.jpg large

As the day progressed so did the Washington DC humidity and heat index. By game three the slide lines were packed with fans, spectators, and children with City Slam 7-Eleven towels draped over their  heads downing one brisk ice tea in there right hand with another waiting in their left. In between the five games scheduled before the main event, Shoe City and Under Armor did a spin the wheel giveaway of t-shirts, book bags, towels, and water bottles which really came in handy for an event such as this.DSC_0149

At 1:45pm comedian and host Boot Jones was directing all fans and spectators to relocate to court two for the main event, the 7-Eleven City Slam Dunk Contest.  At this time ESPN crew leader and director, Drew Russell was sweating profusely. I’m not sure if it was from the temperature rising to 96 degrees or him still worrying about the event being rained out.  However all seem to brighten up when the celebrity judges, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and CH-29mQWUAARbr7.jpg largeformer Washington Redskins Linebacker Lemar Marshall entered the gates.  As expected, there were numerous dunks involving props such as high –jump poles, groups of numerous guys gathered simply to be dunked over…  Oh yea and a dancing pineapple.  Indeed by days end former And1 street baller and professional overseas talent Guy Dupuy stole the show with high flying acrobatic showmanship. If you don’t believe me just watch July 7, 2015 at 10:30pm on ESPN2.  Also check out Photos by Bernard Reeves @BREEVESPHOTO

Here are some pictures from last weekend.  Video Clips and additional pics are available on the Metroball Facebook page.DSC_0416

Metroball DC AAU Dominates MD Future Stars Tournament

Metroball DC AAU Dominates MD Future Stars Tournament


This past weekend marked a special achievement for Metroball youth and Metroball as an Organization. For the first time in our 15 Year history, we were able to have 6 Metroball Teams compete in a tournament in several divisions (12u, 14u, 15u, 16u, 17u Boys, and 17u Girls). All teams looked sharp and competed well the whole weekend. 3 teams made the championship game and one made it to the semi-finals in their respective divisions. We walked away with two championships.


The highlight of the weekend was the 12u team that despite being under sized, went 3-1 and beat some very tough teams on the way to their first championship as a team. Led by dynamic 11 year old guards Allen Concepcion and Milton (Mike) Milling, this team rallied to a 20 point win in the championship game!!


The other big winner was the 9th Grade team with new coaches Derek Norman & Kernis De Faison, this newly formed team went undefeated the whole weekend.  Look for this team to do big things in the future.

The other newly formed teams led by Coach Angela Richmond (10th Grade boys & 11th Grade Girls), Coach Joy Yancey & Coach Rob Brown Jr (8th Grade) competed but came up short in pool play.

The Metroball DC 11th Grade team dominated all weekend but underestimated their opponents and fell short in the championship game by 2 points.  It was a good learning experience.

All in all, Metroball AAU as an organization had a great weekend!!

2015 Metroball DC 17U AAU Team

2015 Metroball DC 17U AAU Team

Metroball DC 17 & Under AAU Travel Team just got back from a great showing at the King James Shooting Stars Tournament in Akron, Ohio. They made it to the finals out of the 166 teams that competed in their division. This is the second big event this year that they made it all the way to the finals. The previous one was the Big Shots Certified DC, where they earned the title of the #1 17U Team in DC and Ranked 17th in the country according to the Big Shots Rankings. In Ohio, They were the only team not from Ohio to make it to the final four. Look out for this team to make it’s mark this year. Take a look at our schedule:

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17 – Under AAU Team Travel Schedule

Dates Tournament Location
Apr 11-12, 2015 Big Shots Certified DC Washington DC
Apr 24-26, 2015 King James Shooting Stars Akron, OH
May 2-3, 2015 Big Shots Richmond w/Team Loaded Richmond, VA
May 16-17, 2015 Southern Jam Fest Hampton, VA
May 30-31, 2015 Big Shots SPOOKY NOOK Manheim, PA
June 12-14, 2015 Rumble In The Bronx Bronx, NY
June 20-21, 2015 DMVElite Media Series Bowie, MD
June 27-28, 2015 DC Metroshowcase Boyds, MD
Jul 11-13, 2015 Big Shots Certified Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC
Jul 17-19, 2015 Summer Jam Fest Manheim, PA
Jul 24-26, 2015 Las Vegas FAB 48 Las Vegas, NV



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17 – Under AAU Team Roster


No. Name Height Position School Grad. Yr.
0 Watts, Anthony 6’5″ Center Wise HS 2015
1 Yisrael, A’mon 6’1″ Guard Theodore Roosevelt HS 2016
2 Galvin, Darren 5’11” Guard Chelsea School 2016
3 Ezeani, Dominic 5’9″ Guard Good Counsel 2016
4 Bolding, Darell 5’5″ Guard Fairmont Heights HS 2016
5 Moore, Derek 5’10” Guard Eleanor Roosevelt HS 2016
6 Greenfield, Saadiq 5’8 Guard Dunbar Senior HS 2016
7 Barnett Jr, Michael 6’3″ Guard National Collegiate Preparatory 2016
8 Carter, Ricardo 5’11” Forward Eastern Senior HS 2016
9 Green, Kierell 6’7″ Forward IDEA Public Charter 2016
10 Johnson, Demetrius 6’2″ Guard Good Counsel 2016
11 Rogers, Daquan 6’3″ Forward National Collegiate Preparatory 2016
12 Pickett, Jamarko (KD) 6’8″ Guard Eastern Senior HS 2016
14 Rogers, Dominique 6’9″ Center National Collegiate Preparatory 2016

Metroball DC AAU Teams Shine at PV Spring League Tournament

Metroball DC AAU Teams Shine at PV Spring League Tournament


Metroball DC 9th Grade Team

Metroball DC 9th Grade Team

Metroball DC 10th Grade Team

Metroball DC 10th Grade Team

Congratulations to 3 of the Metroball DC’s AAU teams for their great play in the Potomac Valley Spring League. The 8th Grade, 9th Grade, and 10th Grade boys teams made it to the championship games after a hard fought season of league play against some of the DC area’s best teams. The 10th grade team only lost one game all spring at Potomac Valley while the 8th and 9th grade teams struggled early on but finished strong late in the season to earn a spot in the Championship.

Even though the only victory in the championship came from the 10th grade team, all 3 teams played very hard and represented well. As an organization, this marked the first time that Metroball has had 3 teams finish so strong in league play. Look out for these teams and the newly formed Metroball DC 10th grade girl’s team as they play throughout the summer season.

Metroball feature on Channel 4 News

Metroball feature on Channel 4 News

This is the Metroball Youth Outreach program feature on Channel 4 News:

Ward 7 ANC Commissioner Teams up with Metroball to bring Youth Sports Program to S.E.

Ward 7 ANC Commissioner Teams up with Metroball to bring Youth Sports Program to S.E.

Metroball with Ward 7 ANC

Newly Elected ANC Commissioner Wendell Felder met with Kevin “Moose” Jones Co- Founder of Metroball Youth Outreach to discuss ways the program can impact the youth in S.E. Metroball is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 oragnization that focuses on at risk youth in Washigton, DC. Sports are used as a mechanism to capture the youth’s attention. Metroball is a program that focuses on middle and high school youths which is where a growing number of youths are either falling through the cracks at school or already entangled with the juvenile court system. Metroball’s goal is to break the habits that are leading to trouble or deviant behavior in schools and in the streets.

Metroball programs are FREE of charge to all youth participants. The organization operates solely from fundraisers, grants, and donation.

Metroball Program Video

Metroball Program Video

Here is a video of our tournament and program.