The Montverde Academy Varsity Basketball team has attained some impressive results in the past few seasons, which include winning the National Championship in 2013. Finishing the season ranked #1 in all major National polls (USAToday & ESPN FAB 50). Traditionally being nationally ranked and credited for sending over 50 players on to the collegiate level via scholarship, the past 9 years. The team has finished each of the past 4 seasons ranked among the top 10 teams in America according to the final 2013 ESPN Rise/Powerade Fab 50 Boys National Basketball Rankings and USA Today. Last season, the Eagles were invited to the 2013 ESPN National High School Basketball Invitational (www.nhsihoops.com), where they played against St. Benedict's (NJ) in the championship game, which was televised live on the ESPN network. The Eagles WON the Championship as the clock expired with Jalyn Patterson knocking down a 3pt field goal. The 2012-2013 season also included Championships in our own Invitational (MAIT), The City of Palms Classic, handing Lone Peak (Utah) their only loss, 66-45 in the Championship game,
The 2013 team included for the first time, not just one but two, McDonald's All-Americans in Kasey Hill (Florida) and Dakari Johnson (Kentucky). Both also were recognized by the USAToday (2nd Team All USA) .Other 2013 graduates included Devin Williams (West Virginia) and Miguel Cartegena (George Washington).
The 2013 - 2014 team includes returning senior players D'Angelo Russell (Ohio State), Jayln Patterson (LSU), Justin Bibbs (Va. Tech), Jordan Caroline (S. Illinois) and Brendan Boyle. Other returning players include Ben Simmons '15 (verbal - LSU) and Kevin Cham '16. New additions this year include Chris Egi '14 (Harvard), Ahmad Rorie '14 (Cal) and Makinde London '14 (Xavier).
To be a member of the MVA Varsity Basketball Program, players must perform well both academically and athletically with an appreciation and focus on hard work and the desire to grow spiritually, physically, and intellectually as a person. Upon completion of their MVA career, student/athletes will be a full NCAA Academic Qualifier and have learned valuable lessons pertaining to mutual respect, diversity, and the perseverance and skills attained with a good work ethic. A member of the team will become a disciplined person, a successful athlete, and an educated student who will incorporate MVA teachings on and off the court that in turn will prepare him for the next phase of his life.
The MVA Basketball Program, coached by Coach Kevin Boyle, is recognized as one of the top basketball programs in the nation. MVA past successes include a National Championship by HoopsUSA.com, 2006-2007 season and 2010 & 2012 ESPN/Rise Magazine National High School Invitational National Champion Runner Up. In addition, over 50 MVA graduates received NCAA scholarships with two continuing on to the NBA and almost a dozen playing Professional basketball around the world.
As Head Basketball Coach, Coach Boyle has achieved over two decades of high school basketball success that comprises 23 titles and awards of recognition that includes the 2013 USAToday National Coach of the year, 2011 Naismith National Coach of the Year, the 2009 ESPN National Coach of the Year, and the 2007 USAToday National Coach of the Year. Coach Boyle is one of only two coaches in high school basketball history to win the National Coach of the Year honor four times. Coach Boyle is an excellent motivator who is nationally respected for his victorious career record of 551 wins and 129 losses.
"Kevin Boyle is one of the best at utilizing the game of basketball as a tool for personal growth and self-development for young athletes. Through his extensive knowledge of the game, teaching style, and competitive drive for excellence, he has transformed the lives of many players into well rounded students, superior athletes, and strong citizens." commented Phil Weber, Assistant Coach, New York Knicks.