Trainer – Evolution Basketball
- W.T. Woodson HS, 2011
- American University, BS Business Administration Specializing in Finance, 2015
- WT. Woodson HS: 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-Region, Honorable Mention All-Met
- American University: 2014 Patriot League Champion, 2014 NCAA Tournament Appearance, 2014 Patriot League Third Team, 2013 and 2015 Patriot League All-Academic Team, All time leader in games started and games played at AU, 24th on Scoring List with 1,154 points
- Currently pursuing a professional playing career overseas
- Trained with Evolution for over 10 years
- AU Bio & Career Stats
When I began training with Alex and Evolution I was 10 years old and far from the player that I am today. At the time, all Alex had was a small painting warehouse with a portable basketball hoop in it. My older sister, Sarah, began training with Alex and Mandy only a few months earlier. I came to Evolution for the same reasons many young players still come to Evolution, I wanted to become a better player for my team and score more points!
The best decision that I made in high school was to play AAU with Team Takeover, who Alex first got me in contact with. I had the opportunity to play with some of the best players in the area and in the country. Practices were often more competitive than the games. From a young age, my training with Evolution instilled strong fundamentals in my game, but playing with Team Takeover forced me to add a toughness to my game I never had before. Without a doubt this was one of the biggest reasons my game was able to evolve to what it has become today.
I am very lucky to have had great experiences at American University. Though I started every game as a freshman, I did not have as good of a year that I envisioned for myself. Knowing I was not going to let myself have another year like that, I lived in the gym the summer after my freshman year. My sophomore year I became one of the best shooters in the country and shot over 50% from the 3-point line as opposed to 27% the year before.
After my sophomore year, Jeff Jones, the head coach who recruited me and who I loved to play for left to take another head coaching job at Old Dominion University. Initially I was worried, although a new coach was quickly hired and I knew our team had the chance to do something special with our new Head Coach Mike Brennan. At our first workout Coach Brennan said to me, “Do you want to just be a shooter the rest of your career or do you want to be a basketball player?” That really resonated with me and from that point on I was in the gym working on every aspect of my game to become a well-rounded basketball player. After starting 3-7, we went on to win 20 games my junior year and won the Patriot League Championship and a bid into the NCAA tournament. That was the best experience of my life, mostly because we won the right way; playing defense and team basketball. Our team faced a lot of adversity during my senior year and still managed to make it to the championship game. Unfortunately, this time we were on the losing end.
My experience as a college basketball player has been more than just a few great memories, it has taught me so much about life and the work ethic it takes to be successful. I’m looking forward to passing along all of the things I’ve learned over the years to the next generation. Working with Evolution will give me that opportunity to make a positive change in young players of all ages as we help them achieve all of their dreams and goals.