JD graduated from Myer Park High School in Charlotte, NC in 2000. He was an all-conference player in his junior and senior seasons.
After high school, JD went on to play college basketball at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA. Before finishing his career, JD would become the only player in Washington & Lee program history to record 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists, 150 blocks and 100 steals. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player as a sophomore, junior and senior, and was a Second Team All-Conference selection during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
After graduating from college, JD coached at his alma mater as an assistant coach. During his tenure as an assistant, in which he learned from head coach and Amherst alum Adam Hutchinson ’93, JD specialized in recruiting, film coordination and scouting.
After two seasons at W&L, JD joined the coaching staff at Amherst College. At Amherst, one of the top academic institutions in the country, JD helped lead his teams to two NCAA tournaments, including the DIII Final Four in 2015-2016.
Through his work at both W&L and Amherst, JD learned the in’s and out’s of college basketball recruiting and used that knowledge to become a recruiting consultant for basketball players looking to play at some of the US’s top academic colleges and universities.