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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.

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!!

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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.

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.

Metroball DC AAU Dominates MD Future Stars Tournament

Metroball DC AAU Dominates MD Future Stars Tournament

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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.

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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!!

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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:

2015 AAU Team Pic

 

 

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

 

 

Metroball 17 & Under Team

 

 

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