A “Quality” Season
For coach Issac Pitts, he has enjoyed a roller coaster few years at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Back in 2015, we wrote the following. “When coach Pitts took the job, he had one goal in mind and that was to send young men to college. In the seven years that coach PItts has been at the helm of Quality Education, he has sent 43 players off to college and two played in the NBA” Coach Pitts has done just that and continues to work with young men who wants to be coached, pushed and challenged to have the opportunity to play at the collegiate level.
Fast forward to 2019 and Quality Education is having another successful season. They are currently 25-2 and have beaten six teams that has been in the nation’s top 50. (Legacy Charter (SC), Hamilton Heights (TN), Rock Academy (FL), St. Benedict (NJ) Harrisonburg HS (PA) and Potters House Academy (FL). In addition, he has wins over local teams such as Greensboro Grimsley, Piedmont Classical, Mt. Zion Christian Academy, High Point Christian, and Bull City Prep. His two losses came to Moravian Prep (NC) and Legacy Early College Prep (SC).
Quality Education is led by senior scoring point guard El Ellis who has committed to Tallahassee Community College. Ellis is having an outstanding senior season. He is averaging a double double of 26.5 PPG and 12.5 APG. The “do it all” point guard is the heart and soul of the the team, but is joined in double digit scoring by seniors 6’3 Maurice Harvey (18 PPG) and 6’1 Tristan Davis (16 PPG) While the guards do the majority of the scoring, they get big time contributions from 7’0 2020 Quincy Ballard who is averaging 12.5 RPG and 5.5 BPG. Ballard is the ultimate rim protector. 6’8 senior Jawautea Williams averages 10.5 RPG while 6’8 2020 Darion Domingos chips in with 7.5 RPG. Coach Pitts has assembled a very unique blend of talent to Winston-Salem.
Coach PItts coaches hard and demands discipline from his players. He has a no nonsense approach to the game. Some call it “tough love,” but one thing is for certain, coach Pitts underststands how difficult it is to get players college scholarships. His goal is simple, he is doing his best to give young players that one chance and yes sometimes that last opportunity to earn a scholarship. That alone, speaks volume!