P R E P   S C E N E  had an opportunity to sit down with Quaker Valley senior and recent Drexel University commit Coletrane Washington.  At 6-5, 170 lbs – Coletrane is a homebody who enjoys spending time with his family.  Throughout the interview family and home was a common theme.  He has an affection and gratitude toward his family, that was obvious from the moment we began our discussion.  Off the court he enjoys spending time with his brother and sisters.  He attends all of their games.  He even indicated that he gets more nervous on their game-days than his own.  This season is big for Coletrane, not because it is his senior year but because as he says “My oldest sister, Corinne (15) is a freshman, so I am looking forward to catching as many of her games as I can before I leave for school, along with keeping up with the twins activities Zack, Zora, (10).  When Coletrane is not at home or with his siblings, there is only one other place you will find him, and that is in the gym working on his craft.

Much like our other OVERTIME interviews, Coletrane is laying out his blueprint for younger student-athletes looking to obtain an athletic scholarship.  He was excited about the opportunity to speak to kids across the country through this blog.  He understands there are no secrets or gimmicks to success in basketball or Life.  He hasn’t reinvented the wheel, Coletrane has modeled his own life after others who have accomplished aquiring scholarships and athletic-stardom before him.  He has found inspiration in, and emulated the work-ethic and best practices of greats like Lebron James.  Don’t think that the kid known for that “wettest jump shot” in Pittsburgh, put “jumper” on his Christmas list and that sweet stroke just appeared under his tree.   You will not meet a more disciplined, hard working and dedicated student-athlete.  Repetition and hours with his father, Jesse Washington helped to perfect his shooting form…But trust me he is more than just a pure-shooter.  How did he transform his game from a “shooter” to an all-around triple double threat, able to score from all three levels.  Keep reading and you will see why!   

Congratulations on signing with The Dragons, what led you to pick Drexel University.  

I Grew up 20 minutes from Drexel in the Drexel Hill area of the city.  I love Philadlephia, Pittsburgh is where I live, its a great place but Philly is home…I just loved the area.  I still have family and friends in there… Also, the coaching staff is amazing from Coach Spiker on down – They were very honest and open with me from the beginning of the recruiting process.  Definitely took the time to get to know me as a person.  I love their style of play… It’s the way I have always played …Uptempo fast paced, running…you have to be in shape… A lot of emphasis on defense…. Quality shots early in the shot clock… getting up and down. I love it!

If you could only pick one, what is the single most influential factor that positioned you to receive a Division I scholarship.  

“The first thing is my books, books always came first with my parents, I am thankful for that because I was able to sign with such a great academic university in Drexel.  Just to be eligible for a scholarship, you have to have good grades.  A lot of kids get too caught up on the basketball side of things and forget about the academics but definitely the academics has to come first.”

When was it that you fell in love with this game?


“As long as I can remember it was my dream to become a college basketball player and see how far I could take basketball in life.  My Dad, was the first person I ever started working out with.  He supported my dream from day one.  He told me “if I wanted to do this, I have to work hard, I had to use everyday to get better as a player and person.”  He was the first person, I ever started working with and I still work with him to this day…We are always working out together. ” 

How did you manage to maintain academic and athletic success at the same time? 

“I put my books before ball always, learned good time management skills early… If I have a study hall, I use that time to actually focus on my work.  As Student-Athletes looking to excel in college, we shouldn’t be on our phones during study hall… Being a student-athlete just in high school is difficult, juggling everything… but we need to develop a strong foundation now because college will be more intense with added practice, travel demands and games.  Everything just bumps up to a new level, so you have to form and develop those good habits before you get to college, start practicing good study habits, getting yourself into routines… balancing your time… plan out your days now, so you are ready for the grueling lifestyle of a Division I basketball player.  Study, eat, practice, study film… you just have to plan out your day.”

Great advice,

Yes, I was taught at an early age, to put technology to the side and not allow it to distract me from my goals.  Take care of business before you engage in any form of social media.  Sometimes you have to flip the phone on silent, put it on “Do Not Disturb” and get this work done for an hour, hour and half.  And then when your done…Check it, talk to your friends…your’e always going to have time to do that…There is enough downtime…but you have to learn…If you really want to pursue a college scholarship, you are going to have to sacrifice some of your me time. You cant talk about this, that and the third…You have to be in the gym or doing your homework when your peers are on Snap, if you want to separate yourself. 

What have you done Athletically to position yourself to be at able to attend Drexel on an athletic scholarship?

“Hmmm… staying patient through the process, trusting the process really.”

What is this process we hear so much about nowadays?

Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington

Working hard no matter what.  The process just describes the hard work.   It’s the slow cooker vs the microwave.  Trusting the process is trusting the time and effort your spending is worth it.  I didn’t really get recruited that much until later, like last summer is when I really started to peak some Division I interest. I would say don’t get discouraged if you’re not getting the looks you want, just keep working, keeping grinding, that hard work is always gonna’ pay off.  Keep working, never get discouraged… Hard work is always going to show..  you don’t have to tell people you’re doing this or you’re doing that.  A lot of people will put in that fake work, just enough to get a picture for the Gram or a 10 second Snap… The process doesn’t lie, your game will always reflect the work you invest.  Don’t focus on exposure, if your’e under the radar and not noticed…Focus on what you can control… Focus on the process not the outcome, put in the hard work, keep working hard an trust the process will produce outcomes even when the outcomes you want aren’t in sight yet.  When its all said and done, your game will always speak for itself!!! “

That’s pretty powerful advice. What kept you focused on the process of self improvement, when time was running out… you’re entering your senior year with limited Division I interest and no offers? 

My Bridge City, AAU coaches definitely helped me through this process a lot Nate Perry and Tom Droney.  They definitely motivated me, especially through those times when I wasn’t getting the looks and I was just plowing away, working hard.  Getting better everyday.  Improving my first step, finishes at the rim, defense.  They would encourage me to keep working hard, keep at it and it will come and eventually it did, so again you just have to trust the work you are putting in.  I consider myself a little slept on as a player…

Tell me how you were feeling as the months passed, others around you were committing to schools, did you ever begin to doubt the process?

“Probably two years ago, I wasn’t really getting recruited much…Couple Division II’s but no I’s… Junior year I had some Division I interest but no offers.  Colleges were waiting to see how I played on the circuit.  We even thought about a year of prep school but it became internal motivation for me, allowed me to play with a huge chip on my shoulder this summer…When it didn’t look like it was going to happen.  My family and coaches kept me grounded “in controlling getting better”.  My confidence never wavered.  Even if it took me an extra year, the belief in myself and the chip on your shoulder was going to get me a Division I scholarship.  I knew the work I was putting in and I knew the caliber of individuals that were investing their time in my development.  You have to use, not getting the looks you want as an advantage.  Between Nate, Tom, & Derek Clark, my school trainer… we just kept weight training, improving my flexibility, agility, stretching regiments…They just kept working with me the past two years on expanding my skills.  Their belief in me just gave me a bigger chip on my shoulder that propelled me to get where I am.  I went at everyone that was getting D-I attention to prove I was better.  Went Harder, Worked Harder! “

Okay, you just decided to attend Drexel…Tell me how you were feeling at that moment?


Happy,  excited, like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders… knowing that I had worked extremely hard to get to this point… That I had accomplished one of my main goals in life up until this point… But it quickly turned to, I have to work even harder now.  I have to work 10x harder… I know being successful at the next level will take even more hard work than it took to get there.  With each jump in levels requires blood, sweat, and tears.  So now I am just working on getting my weight up to 180-185, getting stronger, lifting…eating like an elite athlete.  This will get my body ready  for college when I step on campus… Working on getting my handle tighter.  I’m only 6-5… So I was recruited as a possible combo, I’ll mostly be at the two but if I am asked to run the one I have to be ready to facilitate the offense. 

What are some Goals you have for the upcoming season? 

Team Goals, definitely to win the WPIAL Championship, we lost in title game last season so winning the WPIAL, we have a lot of pieces back so make another deep state run, we lost in the Final Four.  So we want to go even farther this season.  Then individually, I want to help my team by averaging a double-double, be more imposing rebounding the ball and record a few triple doubles this season.

Best of luck to you this season and PREP SCENE looks forward to following your career at Quaker Valley, and then at Drexel.

Thank you


PREP SCENE will produce weekly rankings for the entire state of Pennsylvania.  These rankings will including 5th year prep schools and high schools regardless of governing body affiliations.  

Dec. 4th – Dec. 10th, 2017


1.    Scotland Campus Sports


Scotland jumps to number 1, they continued their winning ways this week advancing to 7-0 on the season.  2018 PG Koreem Ozier picked up an offer from Grambling State along the way. Scotland has a variety of weapons and is clicking on all cylinders early in the season.      Games: 12/6 Easton University JV, 12/7 @Misericardia University JV and ICA Prep (NJ)


2.    First Love Christian Academy  (Washington)


Khayree Wilson’s outfit beat Tees Valley Christian (TN) and Northeast Prep (OH) this week before losing to national power Capital Christian (MD).  The backcourt of Aneury Parra and Shamar Givance have been tough to contain early in the season.  Parra tossed in 20 points vs Northeast Prep and Givance had 11 points and 12 assists.  Games: 12/7 & 8 Buckeye Showcase vs Athlete Institute & Aspire and 12/9 vs Prep Scene #7 Kennedy Catholic.

3.    Westtown  (West Chester)


Drops out of the number 1 spot after suffering a 10 point loss to Our Savior Lutheran (NY).  However, they remain in the top 3 because the defeat came with 6-9 Cameron Reddish in street clothes.  Win’s and Loses matter but are not the tell all.  Reddish’s absence is expected to be short lived.  Jalen Gaffney (6-0) stepped up from the PG position and was sensational.   Games: 12/6 Capital Christian (MD)

4.   Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)


Imhotep Charter looked impressive in their scrimmage this week, they have another Wednesday vs PREP SCENE #13 Nuemann-Goretti.  Donta Scott (6-7, 2019) is a mismatch problem for opponents.  But, before Tep officially takes the floor for hoops, their football team will be playing Erie Cathedral Prep in the State Championship @ Hershey for the third year in a row.

5.    Hill School  (Pottstown)


The Hill School took care of Canada Topflight Academy in convincing fashion.  Chase Audige (6-5, 2018) lead the way for Phil Canosa’s unit, shooting the ball extremely well and getting into the lane often.  Seth Maxwell (6-11, 2018) provided a formidable post presence.    Games: 12/6 Episcopal Academy, 12/9 @New Hampton (NH) and 12/10 Choate Rosemary Hall (CT).

6.    Archbishop Wood  (Warminster)


Coach Mosco’s Pickron (6-3, 2018) and Funk (6-4 2018), can stretch the floor as well as any backcourt within a days drive.  When wood takes the floor this weekend you can expect them to do numbers.   Games: 12/9 in Scholastic Play by Play vs Brooklyn NY’s South Shore @ Archbishop Carroll and 12/10 @Dematha HS in the National High School Festival.

7.   Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage)


Kennedy Catholic opens the season with a December 9th 8:30 PM game with PREP SCENE #2 ranked First Love Christian Academy (Washington, PA).  Look for Maceo Austin (6-5), Mattia Acunzo (6-7) and Oscar Tshiebwe (6-8) to play huge for Coach Mancino early and often.

8.    Abington


Eric Dixon is a man among boys. His high motor and inside outside game will drive opponent HS coaches, players and fans insane.  He is a problem.  The backcourt is in solid hands as play begins with Heath, Coppedge and Monroe distributing and scoring when necessary.  The Ghosts open up at home in their tip off tournament with Chichester, and Valley Forge Military Academy.

9.   Plymouth-Whitemarsh  (Plymouth Meeting)


Naheem Mcloud (7-1, 2019) is ready to take the next step toward stardom.  His presence in the paint on both sides of the floor should be game changing after a great summer on the AAU circuit.  PW also will put a relentless backcourt on the floor in Cooper and the Williams twins.  Games: 12/8 Sankofa Freedom.

10.   Pine-Richland  (Gibsonia)

60D228CE-52C3-4EBC-B310-0DA33495F7FAPhil Jukovic will be under center on Saturday, playing in another football State Championship.  The Notre Dame Football recruit wont take long to get his basketball legs back under him… and when he does Pine Richland should be one of the teams standing at the end of the season.  Winning is contagious and PR has done a lot of it lately in Football & Basketball.

11.   State College

97F5A68D-3B85-4F53-9F3E-16A11C248D12The Little Lions will open up the 2017-2018 season in the always competitive Skip Coleman Tip-Off Tournament this weekend along with trips to Central Dauphin East and a Friday night home game vs previous #22 Harrisburg High.    Count on Drew Friberg to spear head a successful start to the season.

12.   Reading

C70DE8C1-FFEC-4AAB-8098-4A4A592385BACoach Perez’ troops open the season in the York High Tip-Off (York, PA) vs Franklin Learning Center out of Philadlephia, on Saturday they will play either host William Penn (York) or Williamsport.

 13.    Nueman-Goretti  (Philadelphia)

7B247649-7DE3-4A92-980E-A4DAA1E23400Coach Arrigale group will scrimmage PREP SCENE Top 5 Imhotep Charter on Wednesday before opening the season in the Scholastic Play by Play Showcase on the 9th vs Prep Scene honorable mention Shipley (Bryn Mawr) and Sam Sessoms a Binghamton signee.

14.   Bethlehem Catholic

865D35C2-FE4A-458D-B001-92A7A6954C07BeCaHi’s production comes in bunches from 6-7 inside out threat Ryan Young.  Young is a math-up problem at both ends of the floor.  The District 11 powerhouse will also look for heavy productions from a pair of 2019’s in Justin Paz (6-0) and Kyle Young (6-7).  Games: 12/9 Martin Luther King @ Archbishop Carroll in the Scholastic Play by Play.

15.   Haverford School

1C5912DE-B818-4444-984F-2814D5D90A6FThe Haverford School finished last week with huge margin’s of victory over the Hun School (NJ) by 20+ and by 30+ over Friends Central.  Christian Ray, Gavin Burke and Kharon Randloph have led the way early.  Games: 12/4 vs Friends Central, 12/7 @Perkiomen, 12/8 Don McBride Classic vs PREP SCENE honorable mention – Academy of New Church  and 12/9 @ LaSalle.

16.   Martin Luther King  (Philadelphia)


Games: 12/9 vs PREP SCENE #14 Bethlehem Catholic @ Archbishop Carroll’s Scholastic Play by Play.

17.   St. Joe’s Prep  (Philadelphia)


Games: 12/11 @ PREP SCENE #21 Malvern Prep

18.   Erie



Games: 12/8 & 12/9 in the Fairview Tip-Off Tournament

19.   Penn Hills


Games: 12/8 Midland Tip-Off Tournament vs Lincoln Park, 12/9 Hickory

20.   Coatesville


Games: 12/9 @ PREP SCENE honorable mention Shipley, 12/10 @ West Chester University vs PREP SCENE honorable mention, Archbiship Carroll.

21.   Malvern Prep


Games: 12/6 Phelps, 12/9 @ PREP SCENE honorable mentiion Archbishop Carroll in the Scholastic Play by Play.  12/10 @ West Chester University Showcase vs PREP SCENE honorable mention Bonner-Prendergast.

22.   Roman Catholic  (Philadelphia)



Games: 12/9 vs Riverside Baptist (MD) @ Gonzaga Classic in DC.

 23.   Emmaus


12/9 @Cardinal O’Hara


24.   Mars


Games: 12/8 @Avonworth

25.   Northeastern  (Manchester)


Games: 12/8 & 12/9 Bobcat Tip Off vs Eastern York, Northern York & Delone Catholic




HONORABLE MENTION: Academy of New Church, Alderdice, Allentown Central Catholic, Archbishop Carroll, Berks Catholic, Bonner-Prendergast, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Cheltenham, Chester, Church Farm, Girard College, Kiski Prep, McDowell, Phelps, Overbrook, Sewickley Academy, Shipley, Whitehall, Woodland Hills,


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Matthew Kachelries, an Emmaus graduate was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference- Eastern Division Freshman of the Week after tossing in a career high of 18 in win over Holy Family.

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AbeIbn-Haneef Nelson was named the Penn State Harrisburg men’s Athlete of the Week after leading the team with 17 points and 2 steals in a dramatic come back win against Southern Virginia.   The lions are 4-2.

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Juwan Goodling’s late game heroics gave Central Penn College of the USCAA their schools first win over a Division I NAIA program last week.

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Jahaad Proctor drops 28 and earns Big South Player of the Week, the conference announced Nov. 13.

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2017 Big East Defensive 1st teamer, Mikal Bridges scored a career high 23 points this week for undefeated Villanova.

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Pride of Manheim 2 Taylor Funk

Taylor Funk scores 22 and grabs 9 rebounds in St. Joe’s overtime victory.

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Ja’Quan Newton leads Miami convincingly over Florida A&M this week.

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Nana Foulland throws in 21 points at the Dean Dome against number the top 10 North Carolina Tar Heels this week.

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Alize Johnson more interested in playing winning basketball than potential draft stock.

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Abdur-Rahkman discusses his leadership role this upcoming season with the young Michigan Wolverines.‪

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Thoughts from Philly in the Fall:

Philly Skyline

There are countless events in the Philadelphia area to keep high school basketball players advancing their skills in the fall.  Far to many to name!!!  It appears almost everyone is involved in the arms race, that is producing high quality basketball players and teams.  Parents, handlers, trainers, A.A.U. organizations and high schools all clamoring for the top spots.  There are only so many top spots in a metro area of 6 million, but when you get crowned “King of Philly” (surrounding suburbs included), it tends to carry national juice.  It’s not merely a badge of honor to represent the 7th largest metropolitan area in the US. Don’t get it twisted, its a target for everyone else in the city to try and destroy, defame and eventually claim for themselves.

In the age of participation trophies, it is refreshing to see a youth sports culture entrenched in the battle and competition of being the BEST.  Even after the A.A.U. season has ended and with scholastic basketball weeks away, there is no let down in competition!! High level, championship caliber basketball is played year round from grade school to high school.  With that fierce competition comes negatives.  There are drawbacks, its not all national acclaim, P.I.A.A. Gold, endorsements and scholarships, but the good far outweighs the bad.   Each of the aforementioned parties play an important role in the pedigree of Philly basketball and hold a stake in its current state of success.

From, parents putting their kids in the best possible academic and athletic position. To, handlers providing insight and opportunities to parents, who may not be informed of the nuances of high level basketball.  Ultimately, providing a forum for a player to display their talent.  From, trainers building the foundation and skills in players that are necessary when the lights come on, to outshine the competition.  To, A.A.U. organizations running college like practices 3 days a week with no events in sight and a season that ended weeks ago.  This is Philly in the FALL, all the while high school programs engage in weight lifting programs, run the track and play in countless events up and down the east coast.

Culturally basketball is just different, it truly is a valued commodity!  The product speaks for itself.  there is nothing magical about it.  It’s hard work and a relentless grind that never stops for these kids.  SALUTE!


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