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The NDO Elite program out of New York is heading into its fourth travel season, and expectations are high for the club that was formerly known as the NDO Hornets.
“I think we are going to have a really, really successful summer,” predicted Coach Greg Johnson. “We have some very talented players, and things worked out well so that we are able to practice more this year. On paper, we should be very strong. Of course, you need to prove that on the court.”
NDO Elite will have a chance to make an early statement at the 2017 Virginia Beach Classic. The tournament will be played on April 28-30, with the entire event held under one roof at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
The Convention Center is located just minutes away from the beach, and the venue should be loaded with college coaches from all levels. The area will be hosting the Virginia Beach Classic and the Nike Boo Williams will be 30 minutes away that weekend, and expectations are that over 600 coaches will be scouting the events.
Two of the NDO Elite players will definitely get the attention of the college coaches in attendance. Alex Button, a 6-0 shooting guard, and Katie Titus, a 6-1 stretch four, are both in the Class of 2018. One of the two made a verbal commitment in August, while the second player is a relative unknown,
“Alex Button is a guard who great size who can flat out shoot it,” Johnson said of the Monmouth commitment. “She is a tremendous free throw shooter, and she has really been improving her defensive techniques.
“Katie Titus is new to our program, and I really feel like she is a hidden gem. She hasn’t played at many big events, so most of the coaches haven’t see her yet. Katie is a knock down shooter with good size. I think she is going to have a phenomenal summer.”