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PRINCE GEORGE’S 3A/2A/1A

Top teams: Douglass (20-2), Potomac (Md.) (11-11), Central (14-7), Gwynn Park (24-3), Largo (16-7)

Top players

G Donald Carey, Douglass, 6-3, Sr.

G Trent Dixon, Central, 6-0, Sr.

G Justin Faison, Gwynn Park, 5-9, Sr.

Skinny: Douglass lost to just one team (Gwynn Park) during last year’s 20-2 campaign, and despite the graduation of leading scorer Cameron Hayes, the Eagles are ready to make another run at a region title. Though they have just two starters back, point guard Donald Carey and forward Zion Cousins (Howard) are both Division I recruits and should form a devastating inside-outside combination. Forward Demarius Pitts and guard Ross Allen were also key members of last year’s team and will take on bigger roles to offset the personnel losses. Douglass enters this year on a 24-game home winning streak, which means another prolific regular season could spell trouble for opponents in the postseason. The Eagles have just one region title since 1986. Is this the year they get over the hump again? . . .

After a couple subpar seasons using inexperienced players, Potomac (Md.) is poised to be back in the state title hunt with the addition of 6-7 DeMatha transfer Christian Dyches inside and former Friendly star Travis Henson on the perimeter. The Wolverines also return all five starters from last year’s team, led by leading scorer Gary Robertson. . . .

Gwynn Park used a veteran lineup during its run to the 2A state semifinals a season ago, but the Yellow Jackets will need a cast of new faces to jell quickly if they hope to approach last year’s 24-3 record. Guard Justin Faison is the only returning starter after emerging as a dynamic scorer and distributor on the perimeter during his first season at Gwynn Park. He’ll need to develop chemistry with newcomers such as junior Shawn Slade and football recruit Isaiah Coulter. . . .

Central had a resurgent season a year ago and should be poised to challenge for a 2A South region title with the return of leading scorer Trent Dixon (17 points per game) and senior guards Timothy Jones (12 points, four assists, three steals) and Javani Brown (14 points, five rebounds). The addition of transfers Amari Shivers (Friendly) and the return of Deonte Cooke after a one-year stint at Bladensburg should also be a boon to a roster that already is expected to be a contender again this winter. . . .

Fairmont Heights will be the biggest beneficiary from the closing of Forestville High School this year. The Hornets have four former Forestville players on their roster, including leading scorer Darren Lucas-White. Considering Fairmont Heights also returns intriguing junior Kimani Benjamin, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder a year ago, it could be due for a big jump in Coach Chuck Henry’s second season at the helm. . . .

Oxon Hill relied heavily last year on graduated star Shawn Moss, but the Clippers should remain competitive with the return of point guard Evan Smith and senior forward Deandre Cuyler. . . . Friendly welcomes new Coach Marc Vincent, a familiar face in the area who previously served as the head coach at Bishop Ireton and as an assistant with Montrose Christian

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MPSSAA 2016-17 Preseason Media Poll

Posted by Michael Glick at Nov 30, 2016 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

 2017 MPSSAA boys basketball media poll: Preseason

 1. Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. Pumas (6) — 260 points (2015-2016 record: 15-4)

After getting upset by Bowie in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs last year, Wise returns a lethal scoring trio of Michael Speight (18.5 points per game, seven Division I offers), Darron Barnes (15.6 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game) and Brent Pregram (7.6 points per game, 5.6 assists per game); plating the Pumas as early favorites.

2. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders (3) — 242 points (24-3)

Fresh off a dominant Class 4A title season in which they only lost to one public school team — Bowie by three (other two losses came to private powers DeMatha and Bishop McNamara) — Eleanor Roosevelt retains three of their top eight leading scorers, led by Jaden Faulkner (7.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists). Though the loss of Xavier-bound Naji Marshall (17 points, nine rebounds) and Trent Bishop (10 points, eight rebounds) will take a toll in the program, the Raiders should be deep enough to be a title contender out of Class 4A once again.

3. Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Engineers — 212 points (19-4)

Last season ended prematurely for Baltimore Poly, getting bounced in the second round of the playoffs to Woodlawn after being heavy favorites in the Class 3A North. The Engineers deploy one of the most potent rosters in all of Maryland, gunned by a pair of nationally scouted recruits — 6-foot-6 wing and Temple commit De’Vondre Perry and 6-foot-2 guard Demetrius Mims, who has offers from St. John’s and VCU while drawing interest from Kansas.

4. Perry Hall Gators (2) — 204 points (21-4)

One year removed from an abysmal 8-15 season, the Gators found success with a youthful roster, going all the way to the state semifinals. The eventual Class 4A state champs, Eleanor Roosevelt, ousted the Gators breakthrough run, but there’s no need to look back in regret, because they’re the only team to return five of their top six players:

Laquill Hardnett (14 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.2 steals, 2.1 blocks, 58 percent from the floor), James Rider (14 points, 4.9 rebounds, 39 percent from behind the arc), Anthony Higgs (10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 53 percent from the floor), Darrell Green (8.0 points, 5.1 rebounds) and Aaron Butler (6.7 points, 3.8 assists, 39 percent from behind the arc).

5. Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles — 197 points (21-5)

Seneca Valley roared to the final-four last year on a 12-game winning-streak, and were mere seconds away from advancing to the Class 3A state final. The Screamin’ Eagles graduated their top-two big-men — Quentin Twyman (6-foot-5) and Terry Milburne (6-foot-6) — but regain four of their top-six impact players — 6-foot-4 hybrid guard/forward Brandon Simpson (13.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists), 6-foot-1 guard Kareem Matthew (10.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists), Triston Price (9.0 points, 3.2 assists, 36 percent from behind the arc) and Tyran Crawford (5.5 points, 56 percent from the floor). They also add 6-foot-1 guard Trey Lucas, a transfer from Urbana who averaged 15 points per game a year ago.

6. Stephen Decatur Seahawks — 182 points (25-3)

A last second turnover doomed Stephen Decatur’s title hopes in overtime of the Class 3A state championship game. Though the Seahawks graduated backcourt roadrunner Torrey Brittingham (16.6 points, 8.0 assists, 2.4 steals), three starters return from the runner-up season a year ago — 6-foot-8 forward and Wofford commit Keve Aluma (13 points, 13 rebounds), Ja’Quan Johnson (10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists) and Kevon Voyles (10 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists). They’ll be heavy favorites out of the 3A East once again.

7. Bladensburg Mustangs — 179 points (16-7)

The seven losses Bladensburg had last year are deceiving. Stick them in any other region, and they’re destined to be unblemished. Two came from private stalwarts Bullis and Riverdale Baptist, while the other five were from Eleanor Roosevelt, who the Mustangs took to overtime in the Class 4A South championship, and Wise. With a slew of returning impact players, including double-double machine, 6-foot-6 small forward Daniel Oladapo (14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds) and Amin Sanya (11.0 points), Bladensburg is primed to have a breakout season.

8. Lake Clifton Lakers — 158 points (17-11)

The Class 1A runner-ups from Baltimore bump to Class 2A this year and slide into the North region with Dunbar and New Town. After reeling 17 wins with eight underclassmen — six being sophomores — Lake Clifton head coach and USA basketball assistant Herman Harried deploys another state championship contending roster yet again in 2016. Andre Rafus, a 6-foot-10 power forward transfer from New Jersey who has over 20 Division I offers, Rasheed Brown (13 points, 2.0 steals) and 6-foot-6 center Ronald Lucas (8.0 points, 10 rebounds) will lead the charge.

9. Frederick Douglass Eagles — 153 points (20-2)

Douglass couldn’t survive one of the toughest regions in Maryland a year ago, losing to county rival Gwynn Park by three points in the sweet-16. After a two loss season — both to Gwynn Park by a combined total of 10 points — the Eagles return one of the top point guard recruits in the DMV in Donald Carey (6-foot-4), who has an offer from George Mason.

10. Westlake Wolverines — 144 points (19-5)

Westlake backed up their Class 3A state final appearance with a 19-win season and region championship appearance in their first year in Class 2A. The Wolverines will return their top-three scorers — Everett Mouton (13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds), Aubrey Wallace (13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals) and Jeff Simmons (13.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals) — as well as Amir Lawrence (11.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals) and Jonathan Barnes (4.0 points, 4.3 rebounds), boasting a roster that has championship potential.

11. Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets — 137 points (24-3)

Despite graduating Isaiah Miles (14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 65 percent from the floor), Marlon White (11.5 points), Aaron Parker (11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds) and Kollin Mitchell (10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds), Gwynn Park returns leading scorer Justin Faison, a 5-foot-9 lead guard who averaged 15.5 points and four assists per game in the Yellow Jackets’ final-four run last year. They also return Xavier Mack, a 40 percent three-point shooter.

12. Quince Orchard Cougars — 135 points (19-3)

Quince Orchard rolled into the playoffs last year as hot as anyone in Maryland. Then, Clarksburg unraveled it all with a 52-50 upset in overtime in the Class 4A West regional quarterfinals. The Cougars should return to their winning ways, as they only graduated two seniors and return one of the best tandems in Montgomery County with sharpshooting guard Matt Kelly and savvy 6-foot-3 forward Johnny Fierstein.

13. Tuscarora Titans — 115 points (19-5)

A small slip in the Class 3A West title game wiped away Tuscarora’s chance at a state tournament appearance, as they nursed a one-point lead with under one minute remaining before the detrimental turnover. The Titans graduated a memorable senior class, but have reloaded for 2016-2017. Four-year varsity player Jaylen Washington (12.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.0 steals), a Frederick News-Post First-Team selection and 6-foot-6 forward Kyle Lepkowski return. Tuscarora also received three standout transfers — point guard Marcus Waddy and Obadiah Noal from St. John’s Catholic Prep and Alex Morrow from Thomas Johnson — making the Titans a force in Class 3A yet again.

14. Bowie Bulldogs — 94 points (14-9)

Like Bladensburg, Bowie fell victim to a brutal schedule. They’ve shown they’re capable of beating the state’s best — picking up two wins against Eleanor Roosevelt and Wise last year — but consistency will be the key to the Bulldogs success in 2016-2017. They return Towson commit, Quinton Drayton (12.5 points), and slasher Jalen Robinson (5.3 points).

15. New Town Titans — 87 points (24-2)

New Town, the reigning Class 2A state champions, graduated their top three players in Matthew Johnson (16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 4.0 steals), Devin Smith (15.0 points, 4.0 assists) and 6-foot-4 center Quincy Roche (6.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks), but return 6-foot-3 guard Rashad Faust — younger brother of Nick Faust, a former Maryland starter.

16. Randallstown Rams — 80 points (13-11)

Randallstown returns four of their five leading scorers from their sweet-16 appearance in the Class 2A North a year ago.

17. Linganore Lancers — 79 points (22-2)

The Lancers’ core-four program players, consisted of all-time leading scorer Thomas Lang, Jack Staub, Carter Schmidt and Keegan Lane — a group that led Linganore to a final-four appearance in 2015 and a 41-10 record the past two seasons — are long gone. Thomas’s little brother, Nicholas Lang (5.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 38 percent from behind the arc as a sophomore), 6-foot-3 forward Harry Rasmussen (58 percent from the floor) and point guard Austin Lohneis (38 percent from behind the arc) will need to shoulder the load if Linganore wants to remain a contender in Class 3A again.

18. Dunbar Poets — 77 points (16-8)

Traditional Baltimore power Dunbar aims to build off a Class 2A North region championship appearance from a year ago.

19. Frederick Douglass Mighty Ducks — 74 points (21-2)

After a sweet-16 appearance a year ago in a 21-win season, the Mighty Ducks from Baltimore return their top-two leading scorers, Malik Hollaway (15.0 points) and Shandon Adams (13.0 points).

20. Oakland Mills Scorpions — 62 points (22-2)

The 2015 Class 2A state champs were stunned by Middletown in the 2A West region championship last year. After losing their top-six scorers, the Scorpions will need to find new faces to fill the voids.

21. Largo Lions — 56 points (16-7)

Largo returns 6-foot-4 wing Ardie Dorsey (5.3 points), looking to improve on a 16-win season and survive the ultra competitive 2A South.

22. Walt Whitman Vikings — 55 points (17-10)

After an unlikely run to the final-four last year, Walt Whitman, under the control of 2006 state champion head coach Chris Lun, returns a trio of starters — 6-foot-8 center Max Oppenheim (10.0 points, 7.1 rebounds), 6-foot-7 wing Hannes Kogelnik (7.1 points, 39 percent from behind the arc) and 6-foot point guard Jack McClelland (7.0 points, 2.9 steals).

23. North Point Eagles — 51 points (17-7)

North Point earned a No. 1 seed in the Class 4A East last year, then it all crashed down in the 49-48 upset loss to Broadneck in the second round. The Eagles return three of their five leading scorers — Jalen Gibbs (15.3 points), Tyler Williams (10.0 points) and Malik Lawrence (6.3 points) — in attempt to dismantle Meade’s recent dominance in the 4A East.

24. Dulaney Lions — 50 points (14-8)

The Lions’ season came to a halt in the sweet-16, losing to Class 4A North regional champ Perry Hall, 71-61. They’ll have one of the top prospects in all of the DMV — 6-foot-6 freshman shooting guard Che Evans, who already has offers Georgia Tech, St. John’s and UNLV before stepping foot on a high school basketball court.

25. Woodlawn Warriors — 47 points (19-6)

The Warriors will look to build on an improbable run to the Class 3A North region title game from a year ago.

 

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2015-16 Washington Post Winter All-Met

Posted by Michael Glick at Apr 8, 2016 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

2015-16 Winter All-Met

BOYS' BASKETBALL

G Anthony Cowan Jr.

St. John's / Sr.

Senior playmaker commanded the floor with his soft touch from the outside, quick first step and strong court vision. Averaged a team-best 20.6 points to spark the Cadets to their first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title since 2000. Lauded by scouts and coaches across the country for his rapid development, the two-time All-Met and all-conference player got to the foul line often, knocked down 81 threes and put together a 40-point performance for the second straight season. Will play at Maryland.

Cowan leads Cadets to WCAC crown

G Markelle Fultz

DeMatha / Sr.

McDonald's all-American and Washington recruit led Stags in points (17.6) and assists during repeat run to Maryland Private Schools and Alhambra titles.

Stags show Fultz the love in title game

G Chris Lykes

Gonzaga / Jr.

Electrifying guard showcased fearless play and a feathery stroke to average 22 points for the Eagles and earn WCAC player of the year honors.

Lykes leads the way for Eagles

G Alani Moore

Friendship Collegiate / Sr.

Two-time All-Met and Temple recruit averaged 20 points and 10 assists. Earned PCSAA player of the year honors starring for his third team in four years.

Friendship sweeps charter league titles

G/F VJ King

Paul VI / Sr.

Defenses struggled to slow this versatile McDonald's all-American and two-time All-Met who averaged 22.5 points for the Panthers. Signed to play at Louisville.

Once compared to LeBron, King is flourishing

G/F Naji Marshall

Eleanor Roosevelt / Sr.

Two-way threat who averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists while leading the Raiders to their second Maryland 4A state title in four years.

Raiders crush Meade to claim 4A title

G/F Christian Matthews

National Christian / Sr.

Repeat All-Met averaged more than 21 points en route to a Capital Beltway title and league player of the year honors. Committed to Georgia Tech.

Eagles run away with Capital Beltway title

F James Butler

Lake Braddock / Sr.

Navy signee punctuated his steady development by leading the area in scoring with 27.5 points per game and earning Virginia 6A North region player of the year.

Bruins' Butler is feasting on foes

F Tyler Scanlon

Westfield / Sr.

Virginia 6A player of the year nearly averaged a triple double (23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 8.7 assists) as the Bulldogs won their first state championship.

Westfield nets rare state title two-step

F Antwan Walker

H.D. Woodson / Sr.

The two-time DCIAA player of the year emerged as a high-major college recruit with timely shooting and menacing blocks during the Warriors’ perfect season.

Walker has Woodson on the cusp of history

Coach of the Year Trey Mines

H.D. Woodson

The Warriors were the first District public school to go undefeated since 1985 and earned a national ranking after capturing the school’s first DCSAA title this season. The 28-year-old has guided Woodson to an 80-11 record and two DCIAA championships over the past three years, effectively transforming a traditional city football power into the talk of the town on the hardwood this winter.

 

Front row, from left: Player of the Year Anthony Cowan Jr., St. John's; Tyler Scanlon, Westfield; Naji Marshall, Eleanor Roosevelt; Markelle Fultz, DeMatha; Chris Lykes, Gonzaga. Back row, from left: V.J. King, Paul VI; James Butler, Lake Braddock; H.D. Woodson Coach Trey Mines; Antwan Walker, H.D. Woodson; Christian Matthews, National Christian. (John McDonnell / The Washington Post) (Not pictured: Alani Moore, Friendship Collegiate)

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Gwynn Park's Glick to host summer basketball camp
  • 30 Mar 2016 
  • Written by  Sean Farrell               

BRANDYWINE - The basketball hotbed that is Prince George’s County requires local players to stay on top of their game year-round in hopes of gaining an edge and improving as a player.

Gwynn Park Boys’ Basketball Head Coach Mike Glick has been building a tremendous resume in Prince George’s County while at the helm of the Yellow Jackets and is holding a camp to help improve those willing to learn.

Boys ages six to 17-years-old can participate in five one-week sessions running from June 20 through July 25 at Gwynn Park High School. The cost of the camp is $190 per week.

Accumulating over 430 career wins, Glick has built a yearly contender in his nine years at Gwynn Park. The former Washington Post Coach of the Year, as well as a two-time County Coach of the Year, Glick has taken the Yellow Jackets to multiple MPSSAA Final Fours, regional championships, and county championships. Glick is also responsible for sending 75 players to the NCAAs, with 44 playing at the Division 1 level.

Glick’s summer camp has seen many of the area’s best players return to help the next group of young stars in Prince George’s County with lectures, advice and wisdom. Players who have come to visit Glick’s camp include Rudy Gay, Delonte West, Donte Green, Juan Dixon, Steve Blake, Mo Howard, James Gist, Lonnie Baxter and Taj Holden.

Interested parties can contact Glick at (301)-570-5730 or visit www.CoachGlick.com for more camp details.

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