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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.

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

3) Direct Donation – METROBALL DONATION PAGE

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.

SHOW SOME LOVE!!!

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

Kennedy Playground

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

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JV Division Champions

Trojans

JV Division Runner-Up

Bowie Rams

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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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7-ELEVEN CITY SLAM PRESENTED BY BRISK
RETURNS TO THE METROBALL NEW YORK AVENUE CLASSIC IN
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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