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    Karron Johnson " The fire within "

    Karron Johnson took part in the Eskimo Joe's Shootout at Gallagher-Iba Arena in February. Zach Gray / For the Tulsa World. See how Karron found his own way after his fathers murder. (Summer 2009).

    Squire Players Commits

    Dave Telep Congratulatory letter to Tony on 20 years of Success.

    The survivor, Tony Squire has kept basketball program going for 20 years. See story By JEFF WHITE TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER.

    Former Squire player "Nero" commits to Georgia State.

    Georgia State has picked up a couple of North Carolina junior college players, adding to what it calls “perhaps the most highly-regarded signing class in school history.” Panthers coach Rod Barnes has signed Jamar Taylor, a 6-foot-8 forward, and Mi’kyel Nero, a 6-4 guard, from Brunswick Community College in Supply, about 25 miles southwest of Wilmington. “ Jamar Taylor and Mi’kyel Nero are excellent additions to our program,” Barnes said in a statement released by the school. “Coach [Walter] Shaw runs a strong program at Brunswick, so these two young men have been well-coached and are ready to contribute at the Division I level. Nero, who will have three years of eligibility left at GSU, averaged 10.8 points a game at Brunswick last season. Taylor, who will have two years left, averaged 8.1 points and 6.7 rebounds (Summer , 2009).

    Evaluation of Squire Players at Southern Invitational Summer , 2007

    Lenny Daniels (2008, 6-8 SF/PF)
    This long, thin forward was one of the more impressive players of the weekend. He is a terrific transition player who uses his speed, length and leaping ability to score with ease. The face up forward is very active on the offensive end. When he is not blowing by defenders off the dribble, Lenny can be found battling inside for offensive rebounds. Because he always in constant motion, he has a knack for finding the ball. That also leads him to frequent trips to the free throw line. Lenny had one of the more explosive plays of the weekend with a drive and vicious throw down. He also showed he can play some with his back to the basket as he used a spin move to score in the post. Lenny is a fantastic player and no doubt a high major prospect.

    James Tyler (2008, 7-2 C)
    James is a massive player. He’s tough to keep off the boards or away from the basket. His size combined with solid hands and good touch around the basket makes him quite the prospect. James is somewhat slow and dominates more with power than speed. His conditioning could certainly use improvement and will likely go a long way towards determining how good he becomes.

    James Mills (2008, 5-11 PG)
    James is a quick, penetrating guard. He’s more of a scoring point that a distributor. He showed he’s capable of hitting the three point shot as well as a slashing to the hoop.

    Karron Johnson (2009, 6-8 SF)
    Karron is a well built and very long forward. He plays on the wing a lot. He has the ability to knock down the three point shot. Karron also can beat his man off the dribble and finish in the lane. He’s a tough match-up because of his size and skill level.

    Tournament News Summer , 2007

    Tournament play is well on its way for the 2006-2007 season. The Squires 14's play in the Crab City Classic Champions by Team Melo 5-0, and finished in third place at the AAU State Tournament 3-2

    The Squires 15's made to the Elite Eight at the Southern Invitational by HoopGroup,
    and placed second at the AAU State Tournament 4-2.

    Squires 16's made it to the Elite Eight at Charlie Weber Spring Fling playing in 17/Under Division, and First Place AAU State Champions 5-0.

    Squires 17's ( Sophomore Squad) Silver Bracket Champions Southern Invitational 4-1,
    Charlie Weber competed in the championship round 2-1, and finished in 6th Place at the AAU State Tournament 2-2.

    Squires 17's (Greenway) finished Elite Eight in Gold Bracket Southern Invitational 3-1 and
    placed 3rd at the AAU State Tournament 4-2. Go the our news page for detai

    Tournament News June 22, 2007

    Congratulations to Squires Richmond program for there stellar performance at Five-Star Basketball Camp at Hampden-Sydney College. See who attended, who made camp all start team and more.

    Squires & BBall Camp News May 15, 2007
    Congratulations to Squires Richmond program for there stellar performance at Five-Star Basketball Camp at Hampden-Sydney College.

    Silver Bracket Champions 17/Under (Sophomore Squad) at the Southern Invitational
    Squires 17/Under (Sophomore Squad) competed in the Southern Invitational by by becoming the 2007 Silver Bracket Champions!!! Squires 17/Under (Sophomore Squad) coached by Kevin Johnson, and Charles Hendrix finished 1-1 in pool play allowing them to advance in the playoff bracket. The team had impressive wins by beating the Suffolk Blazers, Brooklyn Heat, and a championship victory by beating the Maryland Crusaders. Mykel Nero had an impressive tournament, and was selected on the all-tournament team. Coach Johnson was very proud of the effort that all the guys gave by not quitting when we was down by 15 in the championship game.

    Squires 15's Finishes in the Elite Eight at the Southern Invitational
    Squires 15's competed in the Southern Invitational by finishing 2-0 in pool play, and advancing to the Gold Playoff Bracket. In the first round of the playoffs the team had an impressive win by beating the Washington Shock. After the victory the team advanced to the Elite Eight by losing to 2007 Tournament Champions DC Assault in a devastating lost. The team led by Jerail Howertown also competed in the AAU State Tournament by placing second losing to BW Peninsula. Stay tuned as the 15/Under squad compete in the Tournament of Champions during Memorial Day Weekend.

    Squires 17/Under Squad (Greenway) Finished in the Elite Eight at the Southern Invitational
    Squires 17/Under Squad (Greenway) competed in the Southern Invitational by finished 2-0 in pool play. The 17/Under team beat two teams by slaughter rule, and easily dominating pool play. The 17/Under team then destroyed Lynchburg Hoops in the first round of the playoffs. After advancing in the first round of the playoffs Squires then competed against 2007 Tournament Champions DC Assault. The Squires 17's dominated DC Assault throughout the game until the last 17 seconds,when the team lost their composure. In overtime the team could not hold, and was sent home in a heartbreaking lost. Lenny Daniels was selected by HoopGroup to be on the All-Tournament team. The Squires 17's (Greenway) will regroup and compete at the Tournament of Champions during Memorial Day Weekend by basketball guru Bob Gibbons.

    Squires 16's wins AAU State Championship back to back!!!
    The Squires 16/Under team competed in the AAU State Championship, and was not able to compete in the Southern Invitational. The 16/Under team finished 5-0 throughout the tournament. Everyone contributed to the team success, and is looking for a three peat in next years state tournament. Coach Tuck and staff believes that this team could be really special this year and can be a national contender. The team chemistry was great throughout the state tournament. The 16/Under team has been played hard in the early part of the season by playing up a division in most tournaments. The hard work paid off, and again congratulations to the Squires 16's State.

    Tournament News April 25, 2007

    Tournament News 14's
    Squires 14/Under participated in the 1st Annual Crab City Classic sponsored by Team Melo in Baltimore, Maryland. Squires 14-Under/8th grade team had an impressive performance in which they finished 5-0, and were the tournament champions. The newly assembled team performed at a very high level and turned a lot of heads. They dominated Team Future, Philly USA, and Triple Threat in pool play. In the playoff round for the Gold division Squires 14's competed against nationally ranked Virginia Pride beating them by 11 points. In the championship the Squires 14's performed at a high level and captured a win against the Maryland Bulls. " It was a definitely a team effort, and everyone on the team contributed greatly to our success. With this performance we truly think that we can become national contenders." said by Squires 14's coaching staff consisting of Antwain Fletcher, Marquis Allen, Trey Scruggs, and Al Taylor. Tyvon Williams, Erik Moody, Quishad Williams, and Jusin Anderson led the team in scoring at least in one game throughout the tournament. Deiandre Alston and Anthony Williams along with the rest of the supporting cast made major contributionsto the teams success. Thanks to all who participated all and athe hard work of the player paid off. The team will be competing this weekend in the state tournament at the VCU Siegal Center, in Richmond, Virginia.

    Tournament News 15
    Squires 15's will be competing this weekend in the state tournament, although the 15-Under/9th grade will receive an automatic bid to the 15-Under/9th grade AAU Nationals for placing in the top 16 in the country last summer they still are going to take the state crown home. Brooks and staff has been working extremely hard to ensure that his athletes be on top at the state level. The 15's was very competitive playing up in the Easter Hoop Fest by Charlie Weber by beating Lebron James 15's. Last weekend at the Crab City Classic in Baltimore, Maryland the 15's struggled in the beginning but ended their tournament play off with a 2-2 record. Please support the 15's this weekend as they compete for the AAU state title.

    Tournament News 17's (Sophomore Squad)

    Squires 17's (Sophomore Squad) competed in the Charlie Weber tournament by finishing first in their pool by dominating the first two games. They finished 2-1, in pool play and lost in the Gold Championship bracket in the first round. This was the 17's sophomore squad first major event and did an exceptional job. " I am still concerned about our team consistency, however I think we had some good showings at the tournament, and we definitely got our kids some looks." said by Coach Kevin Johnson. Still keep our 17's (Sophomore Squad) coach Charles Hendrix as he is recovering from his MCL and ACL knee surgery.

    Squires Upcoming Tournament April 04, 2007

    Squires Richmond will be participating in the Easter Hoop Fest on April 6-8, 2007. Charlie Weber tournament in Washington D.C. is a major exposure events, and allows for college coaches to being to look at the top AAU prospects from last year. Squires 15's will play up in the 16 year old division. Squires 16's will also play up and compete in competitive pool, and Squires 17's (Greenway) is one of the tournaments teams to watch. For more information on pool play, and scheduling of games for the weekend please go to:
    The Squires 17's (Hendrix) will be playing locally at the U-Turn Warriors basketball tournament. The tournament will be a great tune up for the team as they are preparing to play in Bob Gibbons basketball tournament. Stay tuned for next week as report the teams performances.

    Squires Tournament/Update April 04, 2007

    Squires 14's participated in the Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament last weekend. The newly assembled 14/Under competed in their first tournament only being together as a team for only a few weeks. Squires 14's went 2-1 in pool play by beating Kentucky Thunder, DBC Kingdom Elite, and losing to the 9th team in the country Indy Fast Break. The team then advanced to the playoff round to play the nationally ranked Georgia Stars, and lost by one point on a missed put back with one second remaining. The coaching staff believes that ones the team builds more chemistry that they can potentially be the sleeper team in the country. The team will be competing in the Team Melo's Invitational basketball tournament the third weekend of April. Stay tuned for more 14/under updates.

    Squires Compete in Columbus, Ohio March 29, 2007

    Squires 14 Under/8th grade Reebok Traveling team will be competing in their first tournament in Columbus, Ohio at the 3rd Annual Buckeye Prep Invitational this weekend. Squires Richmond will be competing against some 14 Under/8th grade powerhouses such as: RBK All-Stars, Ohio Basketball Club, Seattle Rotary Black, Team Next, and many more. Stay tuned as we keep you updated on the teams performance.

    Congratulation Squires 14U March 19, 2007

    Congratulations to the Squires 14U in their performance at the New York Adidas Phenonm camp. Players included: Justin Anderson, Erik Moody, Tyquan Moody, Dakota Youngblood, Tyvon Williams, DeAndre Alston, Quyshaud Williams. Tyquan Moody,Justin Anderson, Quyshaud Williams, Erik Moody, and Tyvon Williams received top performer acknowledgements. Please feel free to visit for report of camp. Also, some of the following sites will be posting report as well:,,,

    Featured Player March ,7 2007

    Congratulations to Squire player Antone Exum had an outstanding year at Deep Run High School leading his team in scoring by averaging 19.4 points per game. He was the second leading scorer in the Colonial District, and compiled many assists and steals for his team. Antone Exum will be playing for the 16/Under Squire basketball team. Antone is also a phenomenal football player for Deep Run High School.

    Featured Player Feb. 28, 2007

    Congratulations to Squire basketball player Erik Moody who has had a stellar performance with Evangel Christian School in Chester Virginia. The young prospect has really been a major piece into the success of the basketball program. The young Moody is starting on the Varsity Men's Basketball team, and is one the teams top performers. Evangel Eagles journeyed 3 hours in the first round of the state playoffs to face North Cross in Roanoke Virginia. The Eagles dominated the game from the beginning, and defeated the Raiders of North Cross 69-61. "Erik Moody had one of the greatest performances in his young athletic career, he was really in the zone, and when Erik is in the zone he can be the most dangerous 8th grader in the country," said Assistant Coach Marquis Allen. Erik Moody had a triple double scoring 21 points, 13 steals, and 10 assist. Congratulations to Squire player Nehemiah Thompson for his strong inside play as well.

    Still Competing
    Congratulations to current Squire players Scooter Renkin, Jerail Howerton,Jacob McGee,Nehimah Thompson,Erik Moody,Jacob Hagy,and Brian Wallace who has helped thier respective teams to the state playoffs.

    Stay tuned for next week as we feature more Squire basketball players that are all reaching new heights in their basketball careers.

    Congratulation Coaches Feb. 26, 2007

    Squire Coaching Highlights

    Congratulations to Squire coaches Antone Exum, and Hannibal Tuck who has worked hard on turning around Huguenot High School boys Varsity basketball program. After going 4-18 last season the Falcons improved their 2006-07 season 20-4. The Falcons made school history by capturing the Central Region title, and advancing to the region semi-finals facing number one ranked Highland Springs. The Falcons played Highland Springs tough, and which many teams have not done this year. Congratulations to the entire Huguenot boys basketball program for putting in their hard work. We will also like to recognize Antwain Fletcher who was very instrumental in the development of the Falcons basketball players, by spending countless hours in the gym during the summer workouts.

    Congratulations to Squire coaches Charles Hendrix,Marquis Allen, and Kevin Johnson who has coached a remarkable season at Evangel Christian School. Evangel Christian School will compete in the Division III Virginia Independent School State Tournament for the first time in school history. Continue to keep up the good work, and congratulations to the entire Evangel Christian School basketball program.

    Founder Tony Squire will like to thank all Squire coaches for volunteering countless hours in developing some of the top talents in the country. Founder Tony Squire and his coaches has really worked hard in making Squire Richmond one of the top boys AAU basketball clubs in the country.

    Thanks again for your hard work the program really appreciate on how much you have helped us on the website.

    Chris Jognson, Walking the Walk Feb. 13, 2007

    Former Squire Sophomore Chris Johnson has overcome his mother's death and his own timidity on his path to the LSU Tigers' starting lineup. (See story)

    by Amy Brittain

    Hoopsooponline comment on Suqires Feb. 07, 2007

    Squire Jerail Howerton is in his freshman year playing for George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia is currently number one in the state. He is the backup point guard for his high school, and has had some stellar performance. He has came off the bench and scored 26 points and compling many assists. Jerail has worked hard, got in great basketball shape, and is looking forward for this AAU season.

    Hoopsooponline comment on Suqires Feb. 07, 2007

    Former Squire 6'10 Julian Gamble has had a stellar basketball career, and will be attending the University of Miami on a full basketball scholarship. Julian is finishing up his high school career at Southern High School in Durham, North Carolina where he is averaging 17 points per game. He has worked hard through the Squire program, and will continue to reach many new heights in the game of basketball.

    Hoopsooponline comment on Suqires Feb. 07, 2007

    According to Hoopscooponline,the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area is known for having elite basketball programs at the high school, prep school, and AAU levels. "And when you broaden the horizon to also include the entire states of Maryland and Virginia, it gets even better, as the Boo Williams Summer League Team, Richmond Squires, and Baltimore Select also fall into this elite category;"

    Featured Player Jan. 03, 2007

    Congratulations to Squire 16/Under player Chris Richardson who is helping Waccamaw Academy, in Whiteville, North Carolina rebuild their program. At the Topsail High School Holiday Tournament, Chris Richardson had a career high weekend over three games with 90 points, 43 rebounds, and 19 blocks.

    Squires Soon to Turn 20 Jan. 03, 2007

    Squires Richmond has been serving the Richmond area for nearly twenty years, and stay tuned for the 20 year celebration. Founder Tony Squire started the organization in 1988 with an vision of providing area basketball talent with exposure, character, and leadership skills. Mr. Squire would like to thank everyone who has participated in the program thus far, and who is currently to working hard.

    Squire Player Dec. 24 2006

    Congrationlations to Squires 14 & Under player EriK Moody. Erik attended the Addias Jr. Regional Phenom Camp in North Carolina and won co/MVP with Benard Sullivan. Erik also received a invitation to the National Phenom 150 camp in San Diego.

    Alumni News Dec. 16 2006

    Alumni Vernon Hamilton is off to an another strong start to the season for the Clemson Tigers where is currently averaging 11.3 points, 4 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.

    Alumni Joe Posey has had some stellar offensive performances with James Madison University during his sophmore year where is currently averaging 13.3 points per game.

    Stay tuned for next week as we feature two more Squire Alumni who is currently accomplishing great things at their prospective schools.

    Squires 7'2" Baby Shak gives a verbal commitment to LSU. October. 16 2006

    It looks like LSU assistant coach Butch Pierre is more than making up for theBaby Shak fact that LSU didn't land a single player in last year's recruiting class, as the Tigers have yet another player in the fold this fall. This time we're talking about 7'2 Jr James Tyler from Lenoir (Patterson School) NC, who is ranked #23 nationally in the junior class by the HOOP SCOOP and was ranked #57 overall and #11 at the center position by the HOOP SCOOP at the Reebok ABCD Camp. Tyler is a physical specimen with soft hands, excellent skills, a good hook shot, and surprising mobility for somebody who is 330 pounds. So it's fitting that this guy who they call "Baby Shaq" would want to follow in the footsteps and attend that the same school that the original Shaq attended from 1989 to 1991. And, if Tyler keeps working on his mobility, agility, and coordination and continues to improve his conditioning, he could have the same type of potential as Shaquille O'Neal. Remember, big men develop late and this is especially good news for LSU head coach John Brady, who already has lost one big man (Tyrus Thomas) early to the NBA Draft and probably will lose another one (Glen Davis) next spring.

    Former Squires' Make All ACC Teams March. 20 2006

    Former SQUIRE PLAYER: Vernon Hamilton voted to ACC's All Defensife team. Clemson junior guard Vernon Hamilton highlighted the ACC's All-Defensive team. He received 91 votes, second-most behind Duke's Williams, Hamilton's 78 steals this season set a Clemson single-season record, and he also became the school's all-time career steals leader with 196 in just under three seasons. His average of 2.23 steals per game ranks in the ACC's all-time top 10. Other Story

    Tyrese Rice and Grant HillFormer SQUIRE PLAYER freshman Tyrese Rice captured ACC All-Freshman Team honors

    Former Squire Shawn Taggart FEB. 20 2006

    Shawn Taggart and Grant HillFormer SQUIRES’ PLAYERS: Excelling Honolulu, HI. Squires’ Shawn Taggart (George Wythe, Mount Zion) is a freshman on the Iowa State Cyclone basketball team thatplayed in the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii December 21-23. Continue...



    Tony Squire, Richmond's first AAU basketball leader and his son Anthony with Governor Tim Kaine. Governor Kaine has known Tony for many years and says he will continue to follow Tony's work and the Squire's program. Governor Kaine has said on numerous occasions what a good job the Squires organization has done since bringing the first AAU basketball program to Richmond in 1988.

    Former Squire Sept. 9, 2005

    Vernon Hamilton and Grant HillFormer SQUIRE player Vern Hamilton(Clemson basketball Guard) just finished going one on one with Grant Hill(NBA basketball Player).

    Memo from a former SQUIRE player" Sept., 9, 2005


    I just found your website, and I wanted to write you after all these years to say thank you. Playing AAU ball for your program taught me many lessons about life and hard-work. I have no doubt that the experience has helped me in my education and career.

    After graduating Monacan in 1994, I went to West Point where I graduated in 1998. I never tried out for the basketball team there, but I could compete with members of the team anytime we had an open gym. After West Point, I was in the Army for five years, and I went to business school at the University of South Carolina--graduating with an MBA in 2003. Following business school, I decided that I wanted to be a lawyer so I enrolled in law school in DC at GWU where I will graduate next year. I plan to stay in DC, and I already have a job with a firm that I will start after graduation. I only mention the things that I have done, because I truly feel that you and Coach Bynum helped connect with me as a teenager the importance of an education.

    Well, one of these days, I hope to see you when I am passing through Richmond. I still try to follow the careers of some of my old teammates like Darren Sharper and Mike Curtis. If you ever see any of those guys I used to play with, please tell them hello. Keep doing great things in Richmond.

    Take care,


    Tournament May 20, 2005

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    Clarence "Big House" Gaines Passing April, 17 2005

    Tony Squire: Basketball will miss a great coach

    Hall of Famer Clarence "Big House" Gaines, one of college basketball's winningest coaches during his 47 seasons at Winston-Salem State, died Monday, his daughter said. He was 81. Gaines entered a hospital on Friday with heart problems, a family member told WRAL-TV in Raleigh. He was released Saturday but had a stroke and returned to Forsyth Medical Center. Lisa Gaines McDonald told The Associated Press that her father died at 9:10 p.m. Monday, possibly from complications related to a stroke. See story

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