Defreitas is latest player to join American ranks

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County Upper Basketball Academy graduate Elliott Defreitas will play the 2013/14 season in the USA after earning an athletic scholarship.

Defreitas will attend Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) – one of the best Division Two junior colleges in the USA.

DMACC is also the school where County Upper’s head coach Darren Johnson played basketball back in 1999.

“I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Elliott,” said Johnson.

“He has a great future in basketball ahead of him, but still needs some developing on the court. This is why we placed him at DMACC.”

With Defreitas gaining an athletic scholarship to the USA it brings the total number of players helped by County Upper Basketball Academy in attaining scholarships to the USA to 21 over a five-year period.

Since Johnson left 12 years ago, DMACC have been ranked as one of the best basketball programmes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) basketball polls.

For nine of these 12 seasons, DMACC were ranked as one of the top five basketball programmes in the country and in three seasons made it to the number one spot.

During this time they have also won a staggering 222 games, while only losing 60.

Since 2001, DMACC have helped 54 players gain places at elite four-year universities, of which 16 have joined elite National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division One schools, while 17 more have joined elite NCAA Division Two schools.

Four of these players are currently playing professional basketball all over the world.

“Although we had NCAA Division One schools interested in signing Elliott, I know this is the best option for 
him right now,” added Johnson.

“DMACC is a great school and has a great basketball programme.

“I owe a lot to the community of Boone and the teachers who have helped me become the person I am today.

“I know these same teachers and coaches will help Elliott reach his potential both on and off the court.”