Former Ann Sobrato High School basketball standout Marqus Crawford recently launched MC-Elite, a full basketball skills development clinic based in Morgan Hill, California. Offering one-on-one and group lessons for boys and girls age eight and above, MC-Elite is positioning itself to become the Bay Area's premier basketball camp south of San Jose.
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25 clients have already signed up since March to receive instruction from Crawford, who has primarily been operating out of Morgan Hill's Centennial Recreation Center on Tennant Avenue. Clients so far have ranged from ages eight to 50 and have come from as far as Redwood City.
"This is the only basketball skills development program of its kind between Fresno and San Jose," Crawford said. "What MC-Elite offers is a unique opportunity for players to train locally on their own terms and learn from someone who has played collegiate ball. I work with athletes to pinpoint areas of improvement and master game-applicable moves."
Crawford, 24, was part of Sobrato's inaugural graduating class in 2007. Under the guidance of his father and then-head coach Lawrence Crawford, he led the Bulldogs his senior year with 18.5 points, 2.5 assists and 4 steals playing point guard. The Bulldogs reached the Blossom Valley Athletic League Championship Game that year, while Crawford was named BVAL MVP.
Upon graduating, Crawford received a full scholarship to play for Academy of Art University's NCAA Division II program, starting in 18 games as a freshman. His senior year he transferred to Sacramento County's William Jessup University, where he helped the Warriors to an appearance in the California Pacific Conference Tournament Championship.
Now with a bachelor's degree in hand, he aims to improve the very system he went through.
"As a high school basketball player I recognized that many of my peers didn't have the opportunity to elevate their game to the next level outside of playing pickup games. MC-Elite fills that void and will hopefully foster an environment of winning. I want to help put South Bay basketball on the map."
MC-Elite provides a great opportunity for South Bay residents of all skill levels to elevate their game or simply pick up the fundamentals. With flexible, by-appointment scheduling, Crawford hopes his new venture will raise the area's competition level and produce a greater level of scholarship attraction from college programs nationwide.
Interested players can register by calling 408-310-0399. To learn more about MC-Elite, please visit http://mcelitebasketball.com.