BY MARCUS HELTON
BOWIE, MD - The 5th annual DMVelite 80 attracted many of the area’s best players to Bowie City Gym on September 9, giving them an opportunity to get some high-level work in in front of media and college coaches while participating in seminars on life skills and college eligibility.
The talented 2019 class took full advantage of the opportunity, and here’s a look at some of the junior standouts:
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YAVUZ GULTEKIN, JOHN CARROLL (MD.) 2019
Gultekin (RIGHT) earned MVP honors in his DMVelite 80 debut, finishing second in scoring 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. He averaged two rebounds per game and also proved a willing defender.
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].”
EJ JARVIS, MARET (DC) FORWARD
The 6-foot-9 Jarvis is rounding back into form after an injury-marred summer, but he showed glimpses of the skills that have earned him sever D-I scholarship offers.
Jarvis ran the floor well and showed good touch around the basket while posting 7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game for Team Navy. He finished 10-of-11 from the field.
Jarvis’ offers currently include Columbia, George Washington, Penn, Virginia Tech and Yale. He’ll get the opportunity for a much-expanded role at Maret this upcoming season following the graduation of star big man Luka Garza (Iowa).
QUDUS WAHAB, FLINT HILL (VA) CENTER
Making his second DMVelite 80 appearance, Wahab [RIGHT] demonstrated the major offensive strides he’s made since his first.
It can be hard for big men to stand out in the perimeter-oriented flow of a camp, but Wahab was dominant, finishing third in scoring at 12 points per game and leading the way in both rebounds (8.0) and blocked shots (1.0). He went 14-of-19 from the field (74 percent) and tied for the event lead in free throws made and attempted, going a solid 8-of-10 from the line (80 percent).
Wahab posted 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed 9 rebounds in a 74-53 win over Team White, and posted 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field (4-of-6 from the foul line) and grabbed 10 rebounds in 57-52 win over Team Red.
The 6-foot-11, 224-pounder - who transferred from Virginia Academy to Flint Hill this summer - has improved his footwork, runs the floor well and has gotten stronger with the ball. He’s visibly more confident on the block and has also extended his shooting range.
“We put in the work every day with coach Duval [Simmonds] and try to get better every day,” Wahab said. “I think I’ve gotten a lot better from last year. My jump shot especially, being more aggressive, being more vocal and trying to get stronger.”
Wahab currently holds offers from several high-major programs, including Clemson, Pitt, Rutgers, St. John’s and Virginia Tech.
“It was good,” he said of Saturday’s event. “A lot of guys came in to play and it was competitive.”
GIBSON JIMERSON, ST. CHRISTOPHER’s (VA) GUARD
The Richmond sharpshooter displayed his deep shooting skills in Team Black’s 74-53 win over Team White, scoring 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range.
Jimerson finished up the day with an average of 7.5 points per game while going 5-of-6 from 3-point range. At 6-foot-6, he has great size on the perimeter, and uses a quick release to hurt defenders who give him too much space. Jimerson enjoyed a strong summer with DC Blue Devils, picking up scholarship offers from Cincinnati, High Point and Kansas State.
JASON GIBSON, SIDWELL FRIENDS (DC) Guard
Another strong perimeter threat, Gibson lit it up from 3-point range, knocking down 7 of his 8 attempts. He knocked down shots off the catch and off the dribble with equal effectiveness.
Gibson averaged a team-high 9.7 points per game for Team Purple while connecting on 10 of his 11 shot attempts.
ATWOOD NEWTON, MCKINLEY TECH (DC) FORWARD*
The 6-foot-8 Newton is already planning to prep upon his graduation from McKinley Tech and join the Class of 2020*, and has built nicely on a breakout high school season.
Newton added 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for Team White, showcasing his impressive range and versatility. Kansas State extended Newton’s first offer, and a move to 2020 should prove beneficial as he adds strength and further improves his perimeter skills.
MEKHI LONG, MASSANUTTEN MILITARY (VA) WING
Long’s hallmark is his versatility, and that was evident in his DMVelite 80 debut as he used his length and athleticism to make plays all over the floor while posting 7 points and 2 rebounds per game.
After a breakout season at St. Mary’s-Ryken and a strong summer with Team St8ment 16U, Long (RIGHT) has made the move to Massanutten Military Academy, where he’ll get two - possibly three if he preps - seasons to hone his skills while playing against older players. Massanutten has helped to prepare an impressive list of players for D-I in recent years, and Long - who lists offers from James Madison, Kansas State, Rhode Island, Towson and Virginia Tech, among others - is primed to join that group.
JORDAN HAIRSTON, WESTFIELD (VA) GUARD
Playing on a Team Red squad stacked with perimeter talent, Hairston fit right in, averaging 7.3 point and a steal per game. He efficiently took advantage of what he got on the offensive end, going 9-of-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Defensively, his three steals tied for second in the event.
Hairston’s best performance came in a 54-53 win over Team White, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and 3-for-3 on 3-pointers while tallying 13 points.
JIBRIL MUHAMMAD, ARCHBISHOP CARROLL (DC) GUARD
Muhammad - making his DMVelite 80 debut alongside his twin brother, Jamal - was a menace on the defensive end, using quick hands and anticipation to tally five steals. He added 3 points and 1.3 rebounds per contest as well.
RJ BLAKNEY, ST. MARIA GORETTI (MD) WING
The 6-foot-5 Blakney has steadily improved his perimeter skills, and showed his all-around arsenal while posting 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including 2-of-2 from 3-point range) against Team Black.
Blakney averaged 5.7 points per game for day while going 3-of-3 from deep. He holds offers from Mount St. Mary’s, St. Bonaventure and Tulsa.
JARED WHITE, ST. STEPHENS & ST. AGNES (VA) WING
The 6-foot-6 White [RIGHT] showed his improving perimeter game, going 4-of-5 from 3-point range while averaging 6.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game for Team White.
A versatile and strong wing forward, White picked up his first scholarship from James Madison in June, and should see his recruitment continue to build as he steps into a more prominent role with St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes this season.
OTHER 2019 STANDOUTS
Evan Buckley, Stone Bridge (Va.) Guard
Christian Depollar, St. Stephens & St. Agnes (Va.) Wing
Anwar Gill, Gonzaga (DC) Guard
Xavier Johnson, Episcopal (VA) Guard
Jamal Muhammad, Archbishop Carroll (DC) Guard
Jason Murphy, St. Frances (Md.) Forward
Phillip Smith, Bullis (Md.) Wing
Josh Wallace, DeMatha (Md.) Guard