The primary mission of Washington Elite is to promote the continued development of young players as it relates to fundamentals of basketball, sportsmanship, athletic competition and academic excellence. This will be achieved through participation in tournaments throughout the country and competing at the highest possible level.
Our Goal is to develop and showcase players talents to college coaches for possible college scholarships to further their basketball and educational future. We will develop each player to their maximum potential. Players will learn to transfer those skills on the basketball court today and become leaders in our communities tomorrow.
When you read this mission statement a few thing stand out.
- promote fundamentals
- develop and showcase
- transferring skills learned into the communities and become leaders
Washington Elite played a hard fought game against Seattle High Academic and won 69-53. What stood out about that game was how fundamentally sound they were. Utilizing simple attack moves like jab steps, pump fakes and rip through. On defense all 5 guys were sitting down and matched the offensive players level. All 9 guys slid there feet and kept there man in front of them. When they pressed they cut sidelines off and kept the game in the middle of the floor.
Great coaching, a system that the players believe in and a promise that each and every one of their players will be successful in every facet of the game is what I saw in this game. Unselfish play, making the extra pass, talking on defense, great sportsmanship and when the coach gave instruction each and every one of his players looked him straight in his eye and you saw the level of respect there was in those huddles. I was blown away by how humble these kids toward each other, toward the crowd of fans and toward their coaches even after winning the championship. I do believe they have found the ingredient in how to build a winning culture.
There are a couple of high-major players on their roster and the other guys I would say are between low-major to D2 prospects.