DMVelite Maryland All-State Team
As we continue to wrap up the 2012-13 high school basketball season on DMVelite, we move onto our All-State selections for Maryland.
As a result of the DMVelite-MDHoops merger in March, these teams encompass the entire state of Maryland, not just the schools in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Only players at high schools located in the state of Maryland are eligible for All-State honors (we will be releasing All-District teams for D.C. and All-Region for NoVa this week, as well).
MARYLAND STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tevon Saddler, St. Frances, 2013 Guard/Forward: Headed to UNC-Greensboro, Saddler averaged 19 points and seven rebounds per game for the Baltimore Catholic League regular-season champions. Leading St. Frances, considered the No. 1 team in Baltimore (and the entirety of Maryland) until a late season slide, Saddler was constantly making winning plays for the Panthers and played every position on the floor at some point in an average game.
Aquille Carr, Princeton Day, 2013 Guard: In his lone season at PDA after transferring from Patterson, the electrifying Carr didn’t disappoint, averaging an area-best 27.6 points per game and earning Capital Beltway League MVP honors. A one-time Seton Hall commit, Carr recently announced he would bypass college and pursue a professional career overseas.
Nigel Johnson, Riverdale Baptist, 2013 Guard: In his one season after transferring from Broad Run (Va.), Johnson showed the rest of the area what he was capable of while leading the Crusaders to the inaugural Capital Beltway League title and earning CBL Tournament MVP honors. A deadeye shooter with underrated bounce – highlighted by a nasty posterization of a Huntington Prep defender in December – Johnson averaged a team-high 17.9 points per game. He has reopened his recruitment after previously verbally committing to George Washington.
Ishmail Wainright, Montrose Christian, 2013 Forward: The versatile Baylor commit did everything from guard the post to the run the point for Montrose, which is 19-4 heading into this week’s ESPN National High School Invitational at Georgetown Prep. Wainright is just third on the team in scoring (8.4 ppg) but is a matchup nightmare physically and helps facilitate everything Montrose does on the offensive and defensive end.
Dion Wiley, Potomac, 2014 Guard: An unselfish star, Wiley averaged 17.8 points per game and helped the Wolverines continue their ascension through the MD public school ranks; they won just four games the year before his arrival and were 3A state runner-ups just two years later. Wiley currently holds offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Miami and North Carolina State, to name a few.
Marquis Wright, North Point, 2013 Guard: A Loyola (Md.) commit, Wright helped guide the Eagles through another unbeaten campaign in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference while earning SMAC and Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year honors. Wright averaged 16.6 points and 6.2 assists per game, was a force at the front of the team’s signature pressure defense (3.8 steals per game) and even led the Eagles in blocks (24).
Malachi Alexander, Eleanor Roosevelt, 2013 Forward: The Holy Cross commit’s versatility was key in Roosevelt’s 4A state and PG County championship runs. A do-it-all forward, Alexander averaged 12 points per game on the season. His season highlight was a game-winning dunk against Potomac as time expired in the PG County title game.
Rodney Elliott, John Carroll, 2013 Guard: A senior who averaged 16.6 points and 3.6 assists per game, Elliott took on a major leadership role for a young, new-look John Carroll team. Often playing their games in the 40s, Elliott would routinely score about half of JC's points and had a penchant for hitting the big shot; he hit four game-winning shots over the course of the season.
Martin Geben, St. Maria Goretti, 2014 Forward/Center: Named Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year, Geben averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Gaels. Originally from Lithuania, Geben has quickly made a name for himself on the local basketball scene and has been a integral part of Goretti's recent turnaround in the BCL.
Chinanu Onuaku, Riverdale Baptist, 2014 Center: The Capital Beltway Defensive Player of the Year, Onuaku continued his rapid progression into one of the area’s top 2014 prospects. At 6-foot-10 with great shot blocking skills and awareness, the junior won our DMVelite Defensive Player of the Year award, as well.
Kam Williams, Mount St. Joseph, 2013 Guard: The all-time leading scorer at Mount St. Joseph, Williams averaged 21 points per game for the Baltimore Catholic League tournament champions this season. An Ohio State signee, he averaged 26 points per game at this year's Alhambra Catholic Invitational.
BeeJay Anya, DeMatha, 2013 Center: NC State signee was a game-changer on the defensive end.
Lavon Long, Oakland Mills, 2013 Forward: Led Scorpions to unbeaten regular season. Recently was granted his release from Loyola (Md.), currently weighing college options.
Daxter Miles, Dunbar, 2013 Guard: Averaged 15 points per game for the Baltimore City and Class 1A state champions. Has said that Villanova and West Virginia are currently sticking out as potential college destinations.
Maurice White, St. Frances, 2013 Guard: Averaged 19 points per game for the Panthers; White recently reopened his recruitment after de-committing from Loyola (Md.).
Mark Williams, Montrose Christian, 2013 Forward: Averaging a team-high 15.8 points per game for the Mustangs heading into the NHSI. One of the area's top remaining unsigned players.
Matt Bonds, North Point, 2013 Forward: Headed to D-II St. Michael's (Vt.), Bonds was the leading scorer (18.9 PPG) on the state's top-scoring team.
Kory Holden, J.M. Bennett, 2014 Guard: Playing in relative obscurity on the Eastern Shore, Holden was named Bayside Conference Player of the Year, averaging about 25 points per game while leading Bennett to an 18-3 regular season record.
Stephan Jiggetts, Bishop McNamara, 2013 Guard: A Siena commit, Jiggetts led a young and often undermanned McNamara team to a respectable 8-10 WCAC record, finishing fourth in the conference with 18.1 points per game.
Zach Thomas, Oakdale, 2014 Forward: Averaging just over 20 points and eight rebounds per game, Thomas led Oakdale to a 23-4 season and a trip to the Class 2A state semifinals at Comcast Center.
Darius Walker, Edmondson, 2013 Guard: Put up 19 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists per game for the Class 2A state champions. Made the game-winning layup as time expired in the 2A state title game against Wicomico.
Phil Booth, Mount St. Joseph, 2014 Guard
Mike Cunningham, DuVal, 2014 Guard
Isaac Fleming, National Christian, 2013 Guard
Anthony Thompson, Bullis, 2013 Guard
Byron Hawkins, Good Counsel, 2014 Guard
Darrion Stokes-Graham, Poly, 2013 Forward
J.J. Epps, Magruder, 2013 Guard
Randall Broddie, Potomac, 2016 Guard
ALSO CONSIDERED: Obi Enechionyia, St. James; Allen Costley, Milford Mill; Earl Potts, Archbishop Spalding; Devon King, South Hagerstown; Justin Jenifer, Milford Mill; Gavan Scanlan, Dulaney; Thomas Brown, Wicomico; Nick Griffin, Magruder.
WHO WAS ELIGIBLE: All public and private school players attending high school in the state of Maryland.
HOW SELECTIONS WERE MADE: DMVelite’s Edgar Walker compiled a list of players throughout the season as part of his work with MDHoops.net. After consultation with DMVelite's Marcus Helton and Erik Larson and area coaches, the 2013 DMVelite Team and Maryland All-State teams were determined.
PHOTOS: Tevon Saddler (Pic courtesy of combines.underarmour.com), Martin Geben (by Charle Matthews of DMVelite/RH Media Group).