BOWIE, MD - The 5th Annual DMVelite 80 took place at Bowie City Gym this past Saturday, allowing a collection of the area’s top players to come together for a day of drills competition and seminars.
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2017 MVP: YAVUZ GULTEKIN, JOHN CARROLL (MD) 2019 WING
Gultekin made a huge splash in his DMVelite 80 debut, tying for the event scoring lead at 12.7 points per game while putting together a head-turning all-around performance.
The 6-foot-7, 190-pound lefty from John Carroll displayed a relentless energy to go with nice athleticism, but also impressed with his offensive efficiency. In three games for Team Red he finished a robust 18-of-21 from the field (86 percent), leading all players who took at least 16 shots. His 18 made field goals also led all players.
In his best game, Gultekin posted 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting in a 54-53 loss to Team White, and followed it with 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting in a game against a Team Black squad heavy on perimeter talent.
“I made shots and I went to the rim hard with my right hand and my left hand - both of them, it doesn’t matter for me,” he said.
A native of Turkey, Gultekin arrived in the United States just over two months ago, and in his first workout with Mid-Atlantic Select Director James Lee, it was clear he was ready to work.
“You could tell he was tired, but his motor just kept going,” Lee said. “Even though he was tired, he was going going at the same pace as when he was fresh, because his motor didn’t stop, and then he had a nice skillset and athleticism.”
Gultekin played up on the MAS 17U squad this summer, and after some initial adjustments to the pace and athleticism of the American game, he looks like he’s made himself right at home. He should add an interesting new weapon to a John Carroll squad that already boasts Five-Star point guard Immanuel Quickley and Rutgers commit Montez Mathis.
“They are so good,” Gultekin said of his new teammates. “I feel like I’m at home. My teammates, we communicate with each other and it’s like a family.”
Old Dominion was the first school to offer Gultekin a scholarship in July, and Kansas State offered on Tuesday after word of Saturday’s performance began to spread. They certainly won’t be the last.
“That is not my best,” Gultekin said of his DMVelite 80 MVP outing. “During the season, I will show you who [I am].”
2016 MVP: Terrence Lewis, National Christian (Va.) 2017 Wing [Combine Prep Academy]
2015 MVP: Chyree Walker, Bullis (Md.) 2017 Wing [Delaware]
2014 MVP: Alani Moore, Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) 2016 Guard [Temple]
2013 MVP: Justin Jenifer, Milford Mill (Md.) 2015 Guard [Cincinnati]
(Detailed player write-ups will be included in our upcoming 2018, 2019 and 2020 Notebooks.)
Daniel Oladapo, Bladensburg (Md.) 2018 Wing
Earl Timberlake, DeMatha (Md.) 2020 Guard
Donovann Toatley, Riverdale Baptist (Md.) 2018 Guard
Matt Urbach, WT Woodson (Va.) 2018 Guard
Qudus Wahab, Flint Hill (Va.) 2019 Center
Emmanuel Aghayere, South Lakes (Va.) 2018 Forward
Matt Balanc, Springbrook (Md.) 2018 Guard
Gibson Jimerson, St. Christopher’s (Va.) 2019 Guard
Christian Jones, Annapolis (Md.) 2018 Guard
Jared White, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 2019 Forward
Marchelus Avery, Life Christian (Va.) 2020 Wing
Tymu Chenery, Episcopal (Va.) 2020 Wing
Che Evans, Dulaney (MD) 2020 Guard
Jordain Hairston, Westfield (Va.) 2019 Guard
Justin Lewis, Baltimore Poly (Md.) 2020 Forward
Evan Buckley, Stone Bridge (Va.) 2019 Guard
Brayden Gault, Battlefield (Va.) 2018 Guard
Jason Gibson, Sidwell Friends (DC) 2019 Guard
Darius Hines, Bishop Ireton (Va.) 2018 Guard
EJ Jarvis, Maret (DC) 2019 Center
Ricky Lindo, Wilson (DC) 2019 Wing
Darius Miles, Theodore Roosevelt (DC) 2020 Wing
Josh Mack, St. Maria Goretti (Md.) 2018 Guard
Jason Murphy, St. Frances (Md.) 2019 Forward
Atwood Newton, McKinley Tech (DC) 2019 Forward