QEA anticipates exciting season

QEA anticipates exciting season
October 30
00:00 2014
(pictured above:  Nate Grimes has verbally committed to Fresno State. (Photos by Charles Leftwich Jr.))

The basketball countdown is underway for Quality Education Academy. With the season opener only five days away, there’s an unmistakable air of excitement and eager anticipation.

Coach Isaac Pitts expects championship-caliber production from his 10-deep squad. In this case, the sum of the total parts could prove to be greater than the whole. This team is built to run and it has the requisite parts to grind opponents into submission.

Look for QEA to put on a full display of what’s to come when it plays host to national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.) next Tuesday (Nov. 4) at 7 p.m. The Pharaohs and Warriors earned a split of the two games they played last season. In both meetings, the home team won by double digits.

“I like what I’ve been seeing in practices,” said Pitts, who guided QEA to a 21-4 finish last season. “We’re making progress every day. We have size, quickness and interchangeable parts. As a coaching staff, we believe we have all the right pieces to compete on equal terms with the top teams in the country.”

The Pharaohs are well-stocked in the backcourt. DeAngelo Bruster (verbally committed to Western Illinois), Jerron Love, DeShawn Corprew and Andrien White are crafty passers who can their own shots and all are above average from -point distance. Defensively, they pose problems because of their speed and quickness.



“High school basketball is guard-driven,” said Pitts. “That’s the key to winning. Our motto is to run on every possession regardless of makes or misses. With the guards we have, we can push the tempo and press and trap for the whole game. As a tandem, I believe our guards could be the best in the U.S.”

While QEA has exceptional depth at guard, the front line won’t take a back seat. Papa N’diaye, a 6’9” power forward, is the top returnee. N’diaye has a solid inside game at both ends and he’s evolved as a dependable -point shooter. For now, he hasn’t declared where he’ll go to college. N’diaye, though, has had his share of offers, including ones from Oklahoma, Mississippi State and Washington State.

QEA’s top newcomer for this season could be Nate Grimes, an athletic 6’8” senior who can play both forward positions. Grimes, who committed to Fresno State, runs the floor, blocks shots, and has expanded his offensive game as a much-improved ball-handler and perimeter shooter.

Athleticism, shooting touch and moxie are the prime attributes of sophomore Tremaine Lawrence. The 6’5” swing man with the 42-inch vertical leap, is considered to be among elites for the Class of 2017.

Forward Derrick Farquharson is a difficult-to-defend -point shooter who flourishes in an up-tempo game.
In the middle, Bama Jaye, a 6’10”, 240 pounds center, is expected to further bolster the interior as a relentless rebounder and menacing shot-blocker. Marsellis Purvis provides added depth as an in-the-paint presence.

Oak Hill will come to town with its usual abundance of talent. The Warriors will be led by prized college prospects Dwayne Bacon and Daniel Giddens.

Bacon, a 6’6” wing player, is smooth and effective with the ball in his hands. As a highly-touted recruit, Bacon received 26 offers and opted to commit to Florida State. Giddens, a defensive-minded 6’10” center, has committed to Ohio State. According to the college recruiting analysts, Giddens is viewed as a key acquisition for the Buckeyes. Two other Warriors, post player Joe Hampton and swing man Joshua Reaves, have committed to Penn State.

“This game is going to have a big-time atmosphere,” said Pitts, in reference to next week’s contest. “Between both teams, there will be 20 players in the gym who are being scouted by high-level Division I basketball programs.”

Oak Hill has a well-known legacy as a prep hoops power. The school has an alumni list that can easily double as a Who’s Who of pro basketball. Over the years, 25 former Oak Hill players have been selected in the NBA Draft. The list of current NBA players includes: Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), Brandon Jennings (Pistons), Ty Lawson (Nuggets), Rajon Rondo (Celtics), Steve Blake (Trail Blazers) and Josh Smith (Pistons).

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