Elliott DeFreitas Graduated from County Upper Basketball Academy in 2013 to attend Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).
Over his two year stay at DMACC Elliott won Two Region 11 Conference Championships as well as getting to the Final 4 of the NJCAA Div 2 National Tournament in 2015 and the Elite 8 of the NJCAA Div 2 National Tournament in 2014.
Transferring to Hawaii Pacific Uni in 2015 both he and the team did well throughout the 2015 – 2016 season as the Sharks finished with 19 wins and 9 losses for the season and winning 14 games in their conference while loosing 6.
It was however the 2016 – 2017 season which saw the HPU team make history as they won a record 23 games while only loosing 3 (best record in Schools history), finishing the season as the PAC WEST conference champions for the first time in the schools history as well as winning the PAC WEST Tournament crown. Not only this HPU also made school history by claiming their highest ever NABC National Ranking as they reached as high as #4 in the National poll. In the 2016 – 2017 NCAA DII National Tournament they were unable to progress to the later stages of the tournament as the #4 Ranked team in the USA were upset by Chico State University in the Round of 32.
Finishing his College career this season he has achieved what many would be envious of. Winning 3 Conference Championship rings and 3 Conference Tournament Crowns is quite a success considering a lot of players struggle to win even 1 Conference Championship Ring.
Elliott DeFreitas is now back in the UK preparing for his rookie (first) season as a professional player. If Elliott is successful in signing a professional contract he will become the third player from County Upper Basketball Player to sign a professional contract, and in doing so follow the footsteps of Grant Bangs and Blayne Frecklton who signed with FSU Selfoss in Iceland in 2013 and London Lions in 2013 respectively.
“Elliott has had a heck of a journey” said Coach Johnson “not many if any English basketball players have been fortunate enough to play for two different teams with in the US college system and win three conference championships and three conference tournament crowns. He is a hard worker and a great player with the right mentality. He was an asset while playing forCounty Upper Basketball Academy and was also an asset for DMACC and HPU. As his college career has now finished it will be interesting to see how his professional career will take off. We have supported and helped him through his college career and look forward to continuing this support and guidance as he enters this the next step in his basketball career. It is great to have a player from our programme go on to achieve so many accolades in the USA, and a great role model for our younger players to follow”.