What is Spiritual Giants Academy?
Spiritual Giants Academy is a program for student-athletes looking to be the kind of player who wants to impact the game of basketball as well as the lives of those he encounters. Someone who doesn’t just see themselves as a basketball player, but a person who is using the platform of basketball to make a difference in his life and world. At SGA our players will have a rigorous schedule that will include daily individual skill work, team practice, lifting, and academics. This extra year of basketball and personal development will provide our players with the prime opportunity to mature on and off the court.
We develop our players spiritually, mentally, and physically through on and off the court experiences in preparation for college and the rest of their lives. This program allows our student-athletes to develop as men and basketball players. We then provided options on how and where they can continue their basketball careers.
College Courses (up to three credit hours per semester)
Weight training & conditioning
Team prayer (optional bible study with an occasional guest speaker)
Success preparation (proper study habits, time management, resume writing, interviewing skills, financial literacy) “
The academy includes a weight lifting program coupled with nutrition guidance for all athletes. The central focus will be to maximize strength, speed, and physical abilities in preparation for rigorous day-to-day training for the college athlete.
We will provide each player the opportunity to grow and expand their basketball knowledge and skills through professional coaching and personalized on-court training. Players will compete with other players from local and regional post-graduate programs. SGA will maintain communications with interested college coaches and athletes' parents/guardians for potential scholarship offers.
Spiritual Giants Academy will offer SAT preparation courses to satisfy college admission requirements. Athletes will also have the opportunity to participate in online college courses (maximum of three credit hours per semester) through the Liberty University Online system.
Spiritual Giants Academy will provide team prayer before and after practice and games, optional daily devotionals, and optional Bible study. This is a key component in the development of the whole person and promotes self-actualization. We strongly advise all players to participate in all our SGA offerings to maximize their experience.
$25,000 // Full-year board (includes housing, food, team uniforms, and transportation for any Spiritual Giants Academy-related activities). Partial scholarships and payment plans are available.
$35,000 // International players (including housing, food, team uniforms, assistance with visa paperwork, transportation for any Spiritual Giants Academy-related activities) payments plans are available.
CEO // Founder
Before we called him "Coach Moe," Maurice attended Frederick Douglass High School where he played basketball for the varsity team. His talents stood out as he earned a roster spot at the collegiate level at PG Community College where he led the team in points and rebounds. His standout performance earned the squad a national ranking. He later transferred to C.W. Post Long Island University where he helped lead the team to the NCAA Division II conference championship game his senior season. Maurice had dreams of playing basketball professionally, so he signed with AI Sports Management to start his next chapter. After numerous opportunities, Maurice found his enjoyment in coaching and mentoring kids. He was a member of the Koa basketball staff, having numerous years of experience in coaching, training, and mentoring kids in the game that he loves.
Coach Tre Mouton a native of Waldorf brings six years of high-level coaching experience. Previously he worked as an assistant at Lanham Christian where he helped them to win their third MCST State championship in three years in 2020. Prior to that, Coach Mouton helped Westlake High in Waldorf Maryland reach the Maryland 3A state championship in 2014 and 2015. He currently is the director of player development for the 6th Man Warriors. Where he overseas team travel, academics, and community service activities. He also assists in scouting and recruiting. Coach Mouton has developed talent from the middle school level all the way to the professional level.
General Manager // Recruiting
Byron graduated from Rayne High School in 1997. As a player on the varsity basketball team, he averaged 31.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists. He was the Class 3A Player of the year as a junior and senior. Along with being ranked as the 15th best player in the class of 1997 by Prep Stars Recruiters Handbook, Mouton was also rated No.29 nationally by Bob Gibbons' All-Star Sports Report. While at Rayne Byron won a state championship his sophomore season and finished his high school career with a cumulative record of 125-21.
Mouton, originally committed to play basketball at the University of Kentucky, but opted out of his commitment after Wildcats coach Rick Pitino left to coach the Boston Celtics in 1997. Instead, he opted for Tulane. After two seasons at Tulane, Mouton transferred to Maryland to play for coach Gary Williams. Terrapins advanced to the Final Four of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. As a senior in 2001–02, Maryland won the 2002 NCAA championship.
At the end of his college career, Mouton was invited to the Boston Celtics' training camp, He played professionally in Germany, France, China and the Dominican Republic. In the United States, Mouton played in the Continental Basketball Association for the Idaho Stampede, in the NBA Development League for the Florida Flame. He founded and still runs a youth basketball program in Maryland called 6th Man Sports. Byron is currently the head basketball coach for Lanham Christian School in Lanham. From 2018-2020 Byron lead Lanham Christian to three consecutive state championships.
Team Head Pastor
Pastor of the Huios Nation World ministries.
Co-Pastor of the Huios Nation World ministries.
Co-Founder // Basketball Operations
Carlin Whitehurst began his sports career as a point guard on the middle school basketball team. He then expanded his sports experience to high school football. Upon graduating high school, Carlin joined the US Air Force where he traveled extensively on the football team throughout the Far East and played/coached on several base teams. After serving in the military, Carlin became a state-certified Basketball referee for over 15 years. During that period he officiated games from eight-year-olds, middle school, high school, junior college, and Division III basketball. Many experiences have prepared him for some of life’s most challenging obstacles. Through it all, I’ve learned to trust and depend on God. He shared many of those life lessons with young adults while employed as a social worker and then Project Manager for several Federal agencies. While sports has been a means to opening many doors, faith and perseverance have enabled him to meet and exceed many of life’s challenges.
Linda Whitehurst is currently an Executive Assistant working in the Intelligence Community with over 25 years of experience. She is a native of Louisiana and has been living in the DC Metro area since 1982. She graduated from the University of Maryland, University College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She is a retired member of the United States Air Force where she served as an Education and Training manager. While assigned to Yokota Air Base in Japan and Andrews Air Force Base, she excelled on the base Women’s Basketball team, Softball team, Volleyball team, and Indoor Soccer team. She enjoys singing and being a member of the Joint Base Anacostia Bolling (Bolling Air Force Base) Gospel Choir. She is also a member of the Helping Hands Christian Fellowship (HHCF) Group where she continues to serve the needs of the community.