When Jewish Day School head coach Dave McCloud, and Azhar founded the Maryland Elite Basketball Company last May, they had one goal in mind; to bring competitive offseason basketball to the Montgomery area.
Last year, the company had 16 varsity, and junior varsity teams participating. Now, there’s 20 varsity teams, and 14 junior varsity teams. The Maryland Elite company has these teams playing in their summer league, fall league, and team camps. But they are known for their summer league.
“We are known for our summer league,” Vice President Azhar said. “The main focus is to bring competitive summer basketball to the Montgomery County area.”
Some of the varsity teams playing in this year Maryland Elite Summer League are Seneca Valley, Magruder, Whitman, Quince Orchard, Bullis and Richard Montgomery.
By participating in the summer league, teams are able to get a good idea on how to play with one another. Also it gives them a glimpse of what the winter season looks like.
The team camps they host are normally held at Washington College. It is a way for players to get good exposure, and have Division II, and III coaches take a look at them. Besides the Montgomery County area, the team camp features teams from Eastern Shore, and the Delaware area.
“We have a partnership with Washington College,” Azhar said. “We get teams from want to get teams from the Eastern Shore to the team camps so they can get the same experience teams in this area gets.”
In September, the Maryland Elite Basketball company will host a Fall Shootout at Washington College to give players a chance to play in front of college coaches.
Coaches have liked the way the Maryland Elite company is being run. They praise how organized they are, and their ability to get information out quickly.
“We have received positive reactions,” Azhar said. “Coaches are happy about how organize we are, and how information gets out quickly. Coaches also love the way we promote their team.”
Besides, the summer league, fall league, and team camps, the Maryland Elite Basketball company has two AAU teams that play in different tournament around Maryland, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.
As the company continues to grow, they look to add in girl basketball teams. They believe it’s possible to bring the same exposure to the girls.
“We want to expand to have a boys, and girls summer league,” Azhar said. “We believe we can bring the same type of importance, and exposure to the girls.”