6’7, 220 pound power-forward Silvio De Sousa, a 16 year old Montverde Academy sophomore native of Luanda, Angola, is making quite a name for himself nationally this summer! August is a good month for aspiring college basketball players to gain the recognition of college and university coaches through participation in national summer basketball camps and state AAU circuits. This week especially, Silvio De Sousa, the No. 2 player in ESPN’s Class of 2018 rankings, has played especially well at the 2015 Hoop Group Future All-American Camp.
Need some proof? See de Sousa’s incredible “put-back dunk” from this week HERE.
Mr. Kevin Boyle Jr., eldest son of MVA Head Coach Kevin Boyle, and his wife Mrs. Kelly Boyle, Director of Sales and Marketing for MVA’s Center for Basketball Development, was recently hired to coach the 2015-2016 Montverde Academy Prep teams. MVA PREP teams are an independent and separate program from the MVA Boys’ Varsity Basketball team, and function under the umbrella and direction of Coach Kevin Boyle as part of the Academy’s Center for Basketball Development. Coach Boyle Jr., who begins his coaching career this fall, is taking over for former MVA PREP Head Coach Dante Calabria, who will be returning to Italy this fall to pursue a new coaching position.
Unlike many summer basketball camps, HGF, being held at Albright College, located in Reading, Pennsylvania, welcomes only players in grade six through ten Coach Kevin Boyle Jr. has been working with Silvio at the 2015 HGF All-American Camp, and is very impressed with what he’s seen so far. In an interview with Montverde.org today, he stated ” Silvio has shown tremendous improvement at camp this week. He came with the mission of setting himself apart from every other player at camp and he has done so through his ability and his work ethic. Not only was he making Sportscenter highlight plays in the games all day, but he also was awake every morning at 6 a.m., running and training extra before camp began. That type of aggressive mentality about his own improvement is the main reason he’s certain to find himself among Montverde Academy’s long list of elite athletes when it’s all said and done.”
According to Hoopseen.com, Silvio, of MVA’s class of 2018, has the potential to be a standout national high-school basketball star:
“One of the newer, most popular names of the spring period has been E1T1’s 16U big man Silvio De Sousa. The Angolan import first gained notoriety at the Basketball Without Borders camp in New York earlier in the spring. In one of his first tournaments with E1T1 at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, de Sousa proved he is an elite post prospect. The size, athleticism, and physicality of de Sousa makes it very hard to believe that he will just be going into his sophomore season next year at Montverde Academy…Starting with his ability to finish above the rim, de Sousa threw down a number of thunderous jams at Bob Gibbons. But he also showed the ability to run the floor very effectively and owned the paint on defense, blocking all kinds of shots. Despite still being raw offensively, the physical measurables that de Sousa possesses will make him a force to be reckoned with. This will be a name that we hear a lot of over the next few years, as high major coaches are already starting to make calls regarding the 2018 big man.”