Bowie, MD April 30-May 1st 2011
A Quest For Competition
By MARCUS HELTON
story courtensy of www.DMWElite.com
BOWIE – Of all the players who took part in last weekend’s DMV Elite Girls Go Hard in the Paint Tournament, none came from as far away as Haley Mitchell.
The 15-year-old guard travelled from Saskatchewan, Canada to play with the Alana Beard’s Future 15/16 Under team in order to test herself against higher-quality competition.
The trip proved to be a success, with Mitchell seeing good minutes as AB Future claimed the 15/16 title at Bowie City Gym.
“It makes me better,” Mitchell said. “I think the competition around here is way better. You get way better coaching here. Like, they teach you things that in Canada they wouldn’t.”
Mitchell’s link to AB Future is Antwan Wallace, who works with her at Doggound Basketball Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. He eHhHe His longtime friends with AB Future President Keith Chestnut, as both men played college basketball at Division II Pfeiffer (N.C.) University, although their careers didn’t overlap.
“She’s a freshman in high school, and I kind of saw a lot of potential in her,” Wallace said of Mitchell. “It’s a different game here than up there. Those kids, they’re really behind, and this is top basketball here. So I wanted to really present an opportunity to her because she’s really interested in getting a lot better and playing college here in the United States.”
Mitchell – who is a freshman at Campbell Collegiate High School – is the first player Wallace has brought down, but he said he hopes to build a pipeline of both boys and girls players to the area.