Basketball players come from all around the country to take part in the annual NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville. For Javin Montgomery-DeLaurier, the trip wasn't very far.
DeLaurier is a rising junior at St. Anne's-Belfield and found out the night before camp started on Wednesday that he had been invited to play in the 2014 camp, which features some of the top high school players in the country.
"I was really excited," he says. "My coach had let me know that there was a possibility of me getting in, that I was on the short list. I was just hoping, and then when we got the email. I was just elated to have the opportunity to come here and play. It's amazing just to have the chance to represent my area here."
DeLaurier says he's using his time at the camp, which runs through Saturday, to improve all aspects of his game. When asked what parts of his game he wanted to work on, DeLaurier said, "everything, but improving everything is what you have to do no matter what level you're at."
The 6'8" 205-pound forward is planning on playing at the next level, with scholarship offers already from VCU, Mount St. Mary's, Hampton, and UC Davis. He has also visited UVa and says playing for the Cavaliers is something he's thought about since childhood.
"I grew up watching Sean Singletary do his thing here [at John Paul Jones Arena], so I've definitely thought about it," he said.
Before he makes a college decision, DeLaurier is still focused on improving, something he's already done in just three days at the NBPA camp.
"He's improved tremendously," said Stephen Graham, an NBA free agent and one of DeLaurier's coaches for the week. "I think he's buying into the system. I think he's getting good chemistry with the guys, he talks. He's probably one of the guys on our team that's excelling the most."
"He's been active, he's been showing some activity in the paint," said DeLaurier's other coach, Ottawa SkyHawks coach Jaren Jackson. "He's hit some timely shots and is showing himself to be a quality defender. He's done the intangibles, and he's been great at that."
As a member of the STAB basketball team DeLaurier is used to playing with talented athletes, but nothing like what he's experienced during camp this week. For a player who hopes to play in college and beyond, DeLaurier says this week has been a preview of what's to come.
"This is the most talent I've seen in one basketball place ever, so just knowing what I have to strive for basically, just seeing a lot of talented players. My goal is not to just get to college but play at the next level, hopefully professionally, and so everyone here is trying to do the same thing. This is my competition."