"It's All About The Game"

Premier Training Camp updates, Pt. 1






Ron Bailey, Publisher

DC Premier players who could use this summer to springboard in recruiting.


March 30, 2014 - With DC Premier's 16u and 17u teams convening at Ashland, Va's Randolph Macon College for training camp, there was much talent in Crenshaw Gym earlier this month. Following are updates on several players that have an opportunity to thrust themselves into the national recruiting consciousness.

Eric Bowles, 5'10", 170 pound junior point guard, W.T. Woodson (VA) - Heady and quick, Eric was described by 17u head coach Corey McRae as "With Bowles, you know what you are going to get; he's going to be really steady and do what the coach wants", including driving, finding and running the show.

This summer, McRae wants Bowles to "Increase his scoring and speed up the other team's point guard (via on-pressure defense)". In addition, he must continue to display leadership.

Alante Holston, in training camp drills.

Bowles indicated he used the training camp "to get back into AAU shape", a state of conditioning that will support constant pressing. He's also showed his increased shooting ability, produced from working "After school everyday" when he tries to "go to the gym and get extra shots. Getting repetition".

To apply better ball pressure and take the contact high level point guard's do, Bowles has also embraced strength work. "I've been doing push ups" said Bowles. He's going to pick it up the weight room, sessions in which his dad will assist.

"Holy Cross and Kennesaw State" have offered, while "Loyola, American, mostly Patriot League schools" are showing interest, according to Bowles. Since he shared "I'm going to try and commit before this high school season", the summer will be decisive for him.

"I'm taking it just one step at a time" he said of his approach to summer ball.

Ed Polite, 6'3", 195 pound junior swingman, Duval (MD) - As a freshman Polite was a talented power forward that guarded bigger guys successfully and scored around the tin. Now, he still does that, but also competes on the perimeter, where improved ball handling and shooting prowess are displayed.

Assistant coach Jamar Betz appreciates what Polite brings to the table; after acknowledging Ed's increased skill level, he noted Polite "brings much needed toughness", also adding "coaches want that".

Going forward Polite, who can drive - straight-line but must show more finesse in it - and shoot - stop and pop consistency has to increase - has indicated his work will continue.

"Radford, Wagner" are the schools that have tendered offers, according to Polite. VCU, along with Monmouth, St. Peters, Xavier Cincinnati and others have shown varied levels of interest.

Alante Holston, 6'6", 190 pound senior swingman, Clinton Christian (MD) - Holston had a break out year at Clinton Christian this season, blossoming into a guy that not only defends and makes a few 'wow' plays a game, but also can hit the open long ball and attack the rim in half court settings. He's rounding into a much more complete player.

Continuing that process, Alante must be better off the bounce in traffic; presently he's more comfortable slasher than dribbler. Offensively Holston also must develop a stop and pop attack. On the defensive end of the floor he needs to continue competing, which increased strength development will assist.

"Just get in the gym with Fat Cat" said Holston of how he and his Clinton Christian head coach and talented trainer Chris Cole will continue the patting and pull up work. "That's what we do every day. It'll be good this summer".

Though Holston indicated "I'm qualified" for collegiate play, a post grad year is upcoming. "I'll probably go to Elevate" of Delray Beach, Florida, he shared That visit will occur in June.

Monmouth and Cal State Northridge have offered him, while DePaul, Towson, UVA, VCU and others have shown interest.

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