The history of the Elite Showcase Basketball Classic (ESBC) began in 2009 to deliver more than basketball games to our Nation's Capital. Over the past five years the ESBC has grown to attract the nation's premier male and female high school basketball players from around the United States to Washington, D.C.  

The 2nd Annual ESBC was hosted at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and was the first to take place over the course of a full weekend. Virginia Elite Hoops and the 2011 Elite Showcase Basketball Classic (ESBC) took a major step towards delivering top-quality boys and girls high school basketball to our nation's capital.  The collaboration between Virginia Elite Hoops, the NBA's Washington Wizards, and the WNBA's Washington Mystics to host the ESBC at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, March 20th. Turned out to be a great opportunity to showcase the next generation of collegiate players to the nations capital and to "Play Where The Pros Play".

From the inaugural game to the most recent the ESBC is represented by many of our alumni that laced up their game shoes for Duke, Wichita State, Louisville, Miami, Florida State, Baylor, Oklahoma State University, Georgetown, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Oregon State, Kansas, Maryland, Wake Forest, UNC Asheville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, South Florida, William and Mary, Norfolk State, Howard, Virginia Commonwealth (VCU), Rice, West Virginia, James Madison, Boston College, American, the US Naval Academy and many others. In 2011 and 2012 the ESBC was represented in the men's and women NCAA National Division I Tournament with advancement to the Sweet 16. Pictured Boys MVP Keith Hornsby, Oak Hill Academy / LSU on the cover of the June 2011 issue of ESBC the Magazine. 

Over the last 15 years the game and business of basketball has expanded beyond the boundaries of the United States into International markets. Recognizing that growth, the ESBC has taken a similar path of brand recognition and company growth. With the explosion of women sports, we pay close attention to the young ladies who have taken the game of basketball to new and exciting heights.  Our young ladies that represent the ESBC have made the event a well-rounded event that has attracted some of the top premier high school players in the country.  

Pictured: Taylor Brown, Bishop McNamara H.S., ESBC Girls MVP Recipient

In 2011 the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award was presented in the name of former Harlem Globetrotter and American Pioneer, Boid Buie. Buie survived a nearly fatal car accident when he was 13 years old near Pine Bluff, Arkansas. His family worked with him round the clock for over a year as Boid re-learned how to maintain his balance and learn how to perform the day-to-day activities like tying his shoes and chores around the farm. Prior to his accident Boid was not a stellar athlete. But, as he got his life back, Boid had an intense focus on his goals. He developed a personal philosophy "The most important thing to me is to try to find things you can do and do them well and things you find you can't do you don't fool with them.

Boid's relentless pursuit of honing his basketball skills drove him to stardom at the high school, college and professional level. With Boid as the leading scorer, and most fundamentally sound player, St. Peters High School was transformed from a perennial loser to the championship game in his senior year. In the same role at Tennessee A&I (now Tennessee State University) during World War II from 1943-46 Boid led the Tigers from a mediocre team to the Negro National champions in 1946 defeating Langston University who had been undefeated in 3 years.

Boid was offered a contract to play for the most famous and profitable professional basketball sports franchise in the world on the 1940s, the Harlem Globetrotters, during his senior year in high school. His family's emphasis on education rooted in his grandfather A.Z. Jones' demand for academic achievement for Boid to neglect attaining his college degree. He completed his bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Science in three (3) years by attending school year round while working as a barber.

After graduation in 1946 he signed with the Globetrotters. During the bulk of his 9 year career with the 'trotters Boid was a starter averaging 14 points per game. He was one of the most accurate jump shooters on the squad with stars Marques Haynes, Goose Tatum, Pops Gates and Sweetwater Clifton. His scoring acumen and ball handling skills earned him the nick name "One Armed Wonder and One Armed Firecracker".

During Boid's career the Globetrotters beat the champion Minneapolis Lakers from the fledgling NBA two out of three games over the course of two seasons. They toured the post-World War II globe travelling to 61 countries as ambassadors of basketball and America.

As the NBA began to integrate with former Harlem Globetrotters and Negro College stars, Boid embarked on an entrepreneurial path. He started his own team the Harlem Stars in the second half of the 1950s. With its headquarters in Compton, California his Harlem Stars traversed the world through the 1970s. His teams were known for crisp passing, trick shots, clowning, laughter, but more importantly winning.

Boid was named to the Tennessee State University Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Harlem Globetrotters in 1996.

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