The 94th N Maple 12u AAU travel team participated in there first ever regulation tournament and boy did we get smoked! " *Chuckles* it was a good ol' fashion a** kicking and it was much needed..." said Coach Taylor. " It was an eye opener for our players... for most of them, it was there first game they have ever participated in. We have great talent and a TON of potential but we still have alot of work to do."
After a very tough elimination process the staff and head coach has finalized the final roster that will continue on to the spring/summer events. "It was definitely harder than I thought" said Coach Taylor Tuesday night. "I remember the feeling of being cut as a kid and what that felt like... so I encourage those who didn't make the cut to continue to work hard because it never stopped me.Getting it down to 13 was overwhelming but we got it done." The Eagles will start training camp under the direction of retired professional basketball player Demetrius "Amaree" Taylor this spring break before their first tournament April 14th.
Friday January 12th, The 94th N Maple Basketball Academy received a welcome letter from NBA Champion and Two-Time NBA MVP Stephen Curry congratulating the Academy on its partnership with the Jr. NBA. "I would like to personally welcome you to the program and thank you for your commitment to teaching the game the right way" said Curry in the personalized letter. Along with the letter was a Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour Welcome Kit designed to help the organization's operations. Within the partnership 94th N Maple will be representing in Jr. NBA events throughout the year. Sign up below and receive our news, updates, events and our Promotional Sales.
The AAU community welcomed The 94th N Maple Basketball Academy Wednesday afternoon as they were approved by the governed body to participate in all AAU certified basketball events. The academy has opened up a 7U,12U,14U and 17U boys team sector where they look to host tryouts for there prospective teams. The AAU Basketball circuit is the renowned platform for the worlds greatest athletes since the 1980’s. Apart of the Academy’s newest acquisition, 94th gives us a first time look at its never before seen uniforms, apparel and fan gear. “We will revolutionize what AAU used to be” says Demetrius “Amaree” Taylor Director of 94th N Maple.
94th N Maple Director Demetrius Taylor [right], spoke at the Second Annual Leadership Academy hosted by Senator Elaine Phillips [center] this past weekend. In partnership with Northwell Health, the Leadership Academy included elementary and high school students. Event was coordinated by Scott Cushing where the theme of the event was “Leadership, Bullying and Social Media,” and was designed to help students develop leadership qualities and skills and discuss strategies to combat bullying.
94th N Maple roles out it's Anti Bullying Campaign where the goal is to encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages. When you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims.If you don't feel safe get the help of an adult immediately. Be part of the solution -- not the problem!
The 94th N Maple Basketball Academy and the St.Dominic Elementary School teamed up Veterans Day 2017. Over 100 students donated a pair of socks to the Wounded Warrior Project where their mission is to Honor and Empower Wounded Warriors that served for the United states of America. Michelle Kurowski a 4th grade teacher at St. Dominic Elementary School coordinated the entire event where additional cards were made by the students and attached to each pair of socks illustrating what it means to be a warrior.
The 94th N Maple Staff along with the Long Island Nets coaching staff will be assisting in the 2017-2018 open try outs. The Long Island Nets, the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, will host their annual local player tryout on Saturday, September 30, at LIU Post ahead of the 2017-18 season.
August 28th, 94th N Maple Director Amaree Taylor announced its partnership with NCAA Basketball. "It took a while but we've finally got it done." said Taylor early Monday morning. With the NCAA's strict rules and regulations, The 94th Academy had its work cut out for them especially with the regulations for Mens Division I Basketball. "I kinda got away from the format of the academy and what it represented when I got the Head Clinician job with the Nets...The program that was originally created was created so that the organization could help student athletes and parents understand the process of becoming a collegiate athlete." Each Academy Elect class is recruited by the 94th N Maple recruiting staff in addition with their open registered participants. Within the events each athlete has the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of college coaches and there staff, learn about the opportunities of playing collegiate basketball, and help athletes and parents alike understand and find an academic programs that offer scholarships that best fits each athlete. The 94th N Maple Basketball Academy will be hosting its first NCAA event this fall.
Khalil McDonald Owner of Train with Khalil LLC to premier on ViceLand Sports: The Lost Shot! Premiering August 7 at 10PM, the documentary series follows the lives of American and Mexican basketball players whose careers have been derailed, as they travel south of the border in search of one last opportunity to make a living playing the game they love. The series follows three teams to cash-prize tournaments all across rural Mexico, where the rules are constantly changing, fights and corruption are common, and cartel involvement is always just beneath the surface. Players experience foreign food, cultural differences and exotic locations, all in the hopes of being spotted by professional scouts, and one last chance to resurrect their broken dreams. Check your local cable provider for listings. Train with Khalil - The off Season continues this Saturday 5:00PM, for more information Email Trainwithkhalil@gmail.com
94th N Maple athlete and Moore Catholic student/athlete Hasan Ringer recently signed a national letter of intent to attend Queens College on a full athletic scholarship. The 17-year-old Ringer, a recent Moore Catholic High-School graduate, was named the 2017 MVP of The Annual Staten Island Senior All-Star game where he scored a game high 33 points.The 6-foot-4 guard had 10 points at halftime and tallied 23 after intermission, including a 13-point fourth quarter. The now Queens College Knight has been preparing for his upcoming freshman season where he is looking to make a name for him self. "I am extremely proud of Hasan" Said Demetrius Taylor, Director of 94th N Maple. " Hasan actually is a tremendous student which translates to his game which is how he earned his scholarship, I've watched him grow into an outstanding young man and will continue to work with him through his college career. This is just a testament of the promise of The 94th N Maple Basketball Academy, which is preparing both the student/athletes and parents for the next level...because trust me, Hasan's mother Shelia and I has had countless apprehensive conversations about the process on getting into him college and most importantly into a scholarship program", Taylor says with a chuckle. "She was so nervous wanting the best for her son, but she's good now". The Knights will be playing an exhibition game against the University of Connecticut Huskies on Sunday, Nov. 5.
Friday April 14th as the 94th staff wrapped up its camp with the Long Island Nets, Kelly Dempsey of Hicksville, NY was brought on board by Director Demetrius Taylor. "She's phenomenal..." says Taylor. "Very hands on and we needed that especially from a women. It shows kids that women can do anything men can do if not better." Kelly grew up on long Island where she attended Hicksville High-school. As a 5 year starter for her basketball club Dempsey went on to play for Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. In addition to earning a Bachelors Degree Kelly's coaching experience is extensive, creating a travel basketball team "Team Buckets" in spring 2014. "Kelly's knowledge of the game and presence is what the staff needed..." says Demetrius. " I look forwarded to picking her brain and learn as much as I can from her while she's with us. I saw her resume and was blown away she has that IT factor to doing much bigger things." The staff will be hosting The Long Island Nets clinic in Hicksville April 29th at 3pm.
Tuesday, March 7th Taylor accepted the Head-Clinician job with the Nets, yet another step on his career path. For a 28-year-old, Amaree has certainly had a lot of basketball experience. "I feel overwhelmed with gratitude, I started with 5 athletes, 5! Being able to impact lives has truly been a passion of mine that Iv'e learned over the years..." Taylor tells the Maple Press Tuesday morning. "It's a blessing to have this opportunity and to work with the organization.I couldn't have done it without grace of God, the support of my family, Scott Cushing and New York Senator Elaine Phillips. The road ahead is a long one but its nothing I cant handle." The Nets will be hosting its next clinic March 28th, 2017, visit 94thnmaple.org for more details.
94th founder Demetrius Taylor was assisting The Grace Christian Academy Boys Basketball Team during the 2016-2017 preseason in Merrick Long Island before being offered the Head Coach Position. "I honestly never saw myself coaching a ball club ever, I just didn't think I had the patience for it so when I was asked to be the Head Coach I was kinda apprehensive about it..." said Demetrius to the Maple Press Monday. "...its been a such a learning process not just for my players but for myself as well. Seeing how much of an impact I have on them is what drives me day to day with these guys, i truly enjoy it." The Guardians are one game above .500 for the season.
Feb.25th the 94th Academy hosted the NBA D-League Long Island Nets Basketball Clinic. Over 65 kids participated in the patented 94th challenge where kids ranging from 6-14 worked hard and learned from some of the best on Long Island. Visit Longislandnets.com for the lastest news and upcoming events.
The 94th N Maple Basketball Academy hosted it's 1st annual basketball weekend presented by New York Senator Elaine Philips, wrapped up on Sunday afternoon after an exciting and successful weekend. Approximately 150 local youth came out during the two-day weekend learning the game of basketball from the Sewanhaka and Elmont Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball Team, coaches and the 94th staff at Sewanhaka High School gymnasium.
COME ONE COME ALL! FREE BASKETBALL SKILLS WEEKEND. Presented by New York Senator Elaine Philips in conjunction with The Brooklyn Nets. Hosted by 94th N Maple!
FEBRUARY 4th-5th for grades 3rd - 7th.
Registration begins at 8:30AM February 4th. Skills weekend kicks off at 9:00AM.
WhosHouseBasketball is having it's first inaugural Holiday Toy Giveaway December 17th from 3pm - 6pm. Located at Majority Baptist Church 115-21 Farmers Blvd, Jamaica NY 11412 . It is better to give than to receive and The WhosHouseBasketball program is looking to brighten up the lives of many children this holiday season one toy at a time. The organization started back in August 2016 has one mission and one mission only to get kids off the street by offering a free basketball program injunction with tutoring and mentoring with their open door policy. Visit Whoshousebasketball.com for more information.
On Sunday, the 94th N Maple Basketball Academy announced the acquisition of Jarrick Bowe as the new Point Guard Coach. Bowe 27, emerged from a pool of nearly 17 applicants to become the newest member of the program. Jarrick has spent the last few years playing semi-pro basketball for the New York Court Kings before landing a pro gig in Montenegro."There is no doubt that we have hired an exceptional leader for our basketball program", Amaree stated. "When I first met "PG" back in 2010 at tryouts, he was a great decision maker on the court. His demeanor was very professional and I liked that about him". Jarrick recently returned home from Montenegro after his bid playing with the GUSINJE STRSLJEN Ball club. "The game has changed in many aspects..." said Bowe to the Maple Press Sunday afternoon. "...and it is up to us to guide the youth to greatness at 94th N Maple. It is an honor for me to become apart of this organization as the Point Guard Coach and I will do my best to make sure that these kids maximize their talents so they can be where they want to be". The academy continues it's recruitment process this Wednesday at 4:30.
Khalil Mcdonald from Queens New York is the newest addition to the 94th team. McDonald finishing at Division II Queens college, scoring over 1000 points in his college career looks to bring something director Amaree Taylor says not many can bring. " ...yeah khalil is my cousin but he's here because he's able to bring a point of view that I'm not able to. He grew up in the city, was recruited out of highschool, earned a full scholarship, and scored over 1000 points in college. All things I didn't do." Said Taylor to the Maple press Tuesday morning. "...when we were kids khalil could never beat me 1 on 1. The first time he ever beat me was at queens college one night and he was determined to finally win and he did. That kind of attitude is what we need around us to keep us motivated and to still compete at a high level." Khalil also runs his own Training school, "Train with Khalil", which is ran throughout the five boroughs. When we asked if Khalil can still beat him 1 on 1 Taylor says, "(chuckles) No I let him win had to give the grasshopper some confidence. I'm retired now though maybe."