Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:43 PM
Published on: Thursday, August 15, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Curtis Malone, a local product who built the D.C. Assault AAU basketball program into a national power, was arrested Friday and charged in a year-long federal drug investigation.
According to a charging document submitted to U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay, law enforcement officers found one kilogram of suspected cocaine, approximately 100 grams of suspected heroin and one .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun at Malone’s Upper Marlboro residence. The officers also recovered assorted paraphernalia associated with the distribution of controlled substances.
“The entire D.C. Assault organization is stunned and saddened by today’s allegations,” the organization said in a statement released on Monday. “None of the program’s remaining 50 staff members has been implicated in this case. We plan to continue dedicating ourselves to the purpose we’ve established during our 18 years as one of the nation’s premier amateur basketball programs: creating college opportunities for local athletes.”
Malone, 45, graduated from Parkdale High School in 1986 and co-founded the D.C. Assault in 1993 along with current Oklahoma City Thunder Assistant General Manager Troy Weaver. The program has produced nine McDonald’s All-Americans and scores of Division I players over the years not to mention many NBA players with ties to Prince George’s County.
Among the D.C. Assault alumni are NBA players Michael Beasley, Jeff Green (Northwestern), Keith Bogans (DeMatha), Dante Cunningham (Potomac), James White and Nolan Smith, Malone’s stepson.
Current college players with ties to the program include Duke point guard Quinn Cook, a Bowie native, and Rutgers forward Wally Judge, a former standout at Bladensburg High School.
Judge, a former McDonald’s All-American, is among a group of four Rutgers student-athletes with ties to D.C. Assault.
Jerome Seagears, Malick Kone and Junior Etou all played on the AAU circuit for D.C. Assault and Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan coached in the AAU program.
D.C. Assault also has an impressive roster of coaching alumni that includes Morgan State head coach Todd Bozeman, Maryland assistant Dalonte Hill, Xavier assistant Mike Pegues and DePaul assistant Renard Phillips among many others.
“D.C. Assault has sent more than 200 young men to collegiate programs,” the statement added. “Our staff takes very seriously our mentorship of the young men we develop, and in no way condones the sort of activity alleged today against Mr. Malone. D.C. Assault General Manager Damon Handon, who runs the program’s day-to-day operations for the past six years, will continue to do so.”