Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:46 AM
Published on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
The D.C. Assault AAU basketball powerhouse has rebranded its name and will now be known under another moniker according to online media reports.
The AAU basketball program founded by Curtis Malone reportedly plans to change its name to D.C. Premier.
Malone, a Prince George’s County native, was arrested in August on federal drug charges.
Malone 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 and many NBA players with ties to Prince George’s County.
Among the various D.C. Assault alumni with NBA ties are Michael Beasley (Riverdale Baptist), Jeff Green (Northwestern), Keith Bogans (DeMatha), Dante Cunningham (Potomac), James White and Nolan Smith (Riverdale Baptist), Malone’s stepson.
Current college players with ties to the program include former DeMatha standout and Duke point guard Quinn Cook, a Bowie native, and Rutgers forward Wally Judge, a former standout at Bladensburg High School.
“In light of the new name change. I am and will always be a proud DC Assault alumni! I want to thank Curtis Malone for all he did for me,” tweeted Smith, who was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft. “DC Assault changed the lives of many kids in the DC area, and Curtis Malone did all of that. Most of the kids would have been in jail.”