Elijah Sherwood is one of the best players from the Houston, Texas area in the Class of 2025.
The 6-foot-1, 140-pound Sherwood, who attends Crosby Middle School, is a dynamic player that works as a guard and power forward for Galveston County Elite.
Sherwood has earned plenty of recognition during his career, such as capturing MVP at the Jonathan Burnett Classic and being selected to the All-Tournament team at Dallas Indihoops.
Sherwood is humbled by the accolades.
“To be recognized says that all my hard work paid off. It tells me to keep working hard and strive for my dreams,” Sherwood said. “It was a great experience and it definitely inspired me a lot.”
No matter the opponent, every game Sherwood is determined to give it his all.
Sherwood is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Sherwood steps between the lines.
“My mindset is to be mentally tough and to play smart and use all my strength to play a good solid game,” Sherwood said.
Sherwood has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the hardwood. Sherwood tells why he enjoys the game of basketball so much.
“I love to play basketball,” Sherwood said. “I love the excitement, environment and just pitting my skills against some of the best.”
Sherwood has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing the game of basketball has taught me a lot about life,” Sherwood said. “Playing basketball has taught me how to be respectful and responsible and not to listen to the haters.”
Sherwood loves making memories on the basketball court.
“I don’t have a favorite memory,” Sherwood said. “I just love the game.”
Dandre Dearmon coaches Sherwood for Galveston County Elite.
Dearmon explains the best parts of Sherwood’s game.
“Eli is very athletic while playing each position. His ability to stretch the floor and shoot the outside shot and take the defender off the dribble is where he has the advantage due to his athleticism. Also his timing with shot blocking has become a major part of his game averaging 5 bpg,” Dearmon said. “Here’s a couple techniques I love about Eli’s game: 1. The way he has developed into a rim protector and how he worked hard to get his timing together with blocking shots. 2. Eli has changed his shot. I love how he’s under the ball when shooting instead of shooting from his waist.”
Sherwood takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Sherwood makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I try to lead by example is what mom says. Try to keep a level head and just play the game. Very little trash talk. Let my skills speak for themselves,” Sherwood said. “The best advice I give to my teammates is to play hard and keep their head on straight during the game. We are a team and we need to play like one.”
Dearmon adds that Sherwood is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“Eli has grown tremendously as a young man, player and a student athlete,” Dearmon said. “Eli sets the tone in the classroom by being an honor student and on the court by always stepping in to rally his brothers together with his positive attitude.”
Sherwood is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“I have learned how to discipline my mind and body. How to control my actions on and off the court. They have taught me how to better my skills. They have given me self-confidence,” Sherwood said. “The best advice they give is to play smart and keep cool.”
Dearmon is an advocate of Sherwood’s capabilities.
“Eli has made countless big plays for us. My favorite one had to be during a semifinal game in the John Burnett Classic. We were playing up a grade and was flat for majority of the game,” Dearmon said. “Eli was running his lane on a fast break two possessions straight. He pulled up and knocked down two 3 pointers to give us the lead which rallied the boys from being down by 5 to being up 1 and end up winning the game by 15 points.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Sherwood also has a high level of basketball IQ as well.
Sherwood has excellent basketball awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“Eli has took pride in getting better defensively. He understands his athleticism and long arms in which he uses to defend the rim,” Dearmon said. “Also by him being so athletic he loves stretching the floor and pulling opposing defenders off the block to come out to guard him off the dribble.”
Sherwood is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“Eli works very hard on his game by staying in the gym. I know the main thing he’s focused on now is dunking,” Dearmon said. “Last summer he nearly dunked the ball during warmups. So now he’s working on his leg strength by doing squats and explosion drills.”
Dearmon explains why he compares Sherwood to the reigning NBA MVP.
“I compare him to Giannis Antetokounmpo,” Dearmon said. “I like to compare the two because of their athletic ability and their style of play. They both can play a little bit of outside and inside where they can be dominant.”
Sherwood patterns his mentality after this future Hall of Famer and three-time NBA champion.
“I look up to LeBron James,” Sherwood said. “He plays tough ball and he uses his stardom to help people who have less.”
Sherwood is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“On the court I want to be a good competitor and play hard,” Sherwood said. “Off the court I want to be respectful at home and at school, plus maintain my grades.”
Sherwood explains his collegiate aspirations.
“My top two would be Houston and LSU,” Sherwood said. “Houston has good academic requirements and LSU has good quality sports programs.”
Sherwood lists math as his favorite subject in school.
“I like math because it comes easy to me,” Sherwood said. “Math is an important subject that you need to understand in the real world.”
Dearmon outlines the areas of improvement that will take Sherwood to the next level.
“I am working with Eli to get his ball handling better,” Dearmon said. “We will continue to work on hand speed and control. Also due to his height and arm length, we will work on staying low with his handles.”
Dearmon believes the sky is the limit as long as Sherwood continues to stay hungry.
“He can do whatever he set his mind to. He’s an honor student and also he is by far the most improved player on my team,” Dearmon said. “He continues to work hard and get better each year; not to mention he keeps growing. Mark my words in three years Eli Sherwood will be a household name. Colleges will be in Hitchcock, Texas to check this kid out.”
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