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DMVElite Fall League playoff action: 10.28 and 10.29






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Approaching championship day, players performed.

November 11, 2013 - We continue with our DMVElite.com Fall League playoff coverage. For scores, see DMVElite.com.

10 28

Justin Route - 6'4", 168 pound sophomore forward, Coolidge (DC) - A young player that clearly must get stronger, Route is one smooth shooter, a lefty that effortlessly sinks shots just beyond three point land. He also competes, rebounds and fill lanes.

In addition to hitting the weights, Route must also further develop his dribbling skills, allowing him to attack the rim other than slashing. Scored 18 points.

That's Justin Route, being defended by Chief Amoah.

His Coolidge coach, Vaughn Jones, shared the next day "USC, George Mason, Cal State Northridge, V.Tech, Mt. St. Mary's" have all shown interest, and are tracking his development.


Coolidge battled back from 23 down against Edison (VA), using a full court defenses that tried to trap on the first pass, taking a 64-63 lead with just four ticks on the clock. The Edison Eagles still almost prevailed, as a 60 foot shot at the buzzer rimmed out.

Coolidge should be lauded for sticking to their second half game plan, and in doing so displaying mental toughness.

10 29

Jamison Glover - 5'11", 190 pound senior point guard, Battlefield (VA) - Dartmouth along with William and Mary have sent out feelers on Glover, while Shepherd College and a host of DIII schools desire this 3.9 GPA student-athlete. What they see in him is a rough and tumble lead guard, one that finds people, straps up and defends.

He must increase his skill level at shooting from distance, but Glover is certainly a sleeper/keeper; he's a competitor that makes others better, impacts the game favorably while also understanding it.

Trevor Blondin - 6'3", 185 pound guard, Battlefield (VA) - A very good spot up shooter that can also slash, Blondin has visibly become stronger, and admitted "I've gained 15 pounds" since last season. Trevor is also a solid athlete, with length.

To maximize his collegiate career, Blondin acknowledged increased dribbling skill is necessary.

Route, battling NCA's Sylvester Ogbonda.

Shepherd has offered Blondin, while Seton Hill, Mt. Olive and Barton have expressed interest. Add Anderson University and UNC-Asheville to that latter group.

Jamelle Christian - 6'1", 195 pound senior guard , Capital Christian (MD) - A battling backcourt guy, Christian routinely snags caroms, defends and boxes out. He's also capable of pushing the rock, finding teammates and finishing.

Christian must focus upon his decision making, if he's to excel in college.

St. Joseph and Liberty have made preliminary inquiries into Christian, who should also get DII looks.

Everette Coker - 6'3", 195 pound senior forward, Coolidge (DC) - Owner of a DII offer from Barton and having received interest from FAMU (a frontrunner), LIU and Quinnipiac, Coker is a sweet shooting player capable of mixing it up down low, where he rebounds and defends.

Given his likely college utilization is that of a guard/swingman in college, Coker must more fully develop his ball handling skills, a fact he embraces.


The Coolidge vs National Christian (MD) matchup revealed both strengths and weaknesses of both teams.

National Christian had trouble with the press - Coolidge erased a double digit deficit to lead by two at the break. NC was attempting to dribble through it, with little success.

Coolidge must work on its zone offense - NCA employed a 3-2 zone that stymied Coolidge. The scheme, one that benefited from NCA's length and size, forced Coolidge to pass the ball on the perimeter; they had little to no middle penetration. Going forward, the Colts must move/contract zones, when attacking them.

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