By MARCUS HELTON AND CHARLES ABANKWA
BOWIE, MD – The 16U Division at last weekend’s DMVelite Media Series first session was highly competitive, and showcased a host of players new to the DMVelite radar.
The DC Phenoms, Maryland Renegades, NoVa Man 2 Man and Uncommon Bulls all went 3-0 in the 16U Division May 23-24 at Bowie City Gym and Holy Trinity Episcopal School.
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16U Division MVP: Dionte Herndon, DC Phenoms
16U Division Hustle Award: Juwan Moore, Bayside H.O.Y.A.S.
Here’s a look at some of the standouts from the weekend:
Dionte Herndon, DC Phenoms
Herndon (Coolidge 2017 guard) had a sensational weekend for the undefeated Phenoms, tying for fourth in the 16U division in scoring (14.3 points per game), and tying for the lead in both assists (3.7) and steals (2.7). He scored 18 points on an extremely efficient 9-of-12 shooting line in a win against Maryland Tigers. The latest in a talented line of Coolidge guards.
Jahlil Jenkins, Uncommon Bulls
Jenkins (Jefferson, WV) was among the best point guards we saw all weekend. The 6-foot Jenkins (PICTURED) played with great pace, was able to find teammates and knock down open shots. What I liked most was how willing of a passer Jenkins is, never selfish and always willing to give it up the good shot for a better one. Had 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting and made all 3 of his 3-point attempts in a win over Team Takeover Orange. (CA)
BJ Hill, Uncommon Bulls
Hill (Coolidge 2016) has the ability to be a quality two-player. The 6-foot wing attacks the basket on offense, and showed he can be a threat with the jump shot as well, shooting 80 percent (8-for-10) from 3-point range. If BJ can pick his spots, he can be a more efficient offensive player. (CA)
Ejike Obinna, Uncommon Bulls
The Virginia Academy 2017 center played well this weekend, but could have been dominant. While Obinna scored well around the rim and threw down some nice dunks, he missed some close-range shots. Defensively Obinna was solid, blocking a number of shots and changing many more. (CA)
Juwan Moore, Bayside H.O.Y.A.S.
Moore (Queen Anne’s County 2016) was a one-man wrecking crew, leading the 16U Division in both rebounds (11.7) and blocks (4.3) per game, far outdistancing the closest player in both categories. He pulled down an event-high 17 rebounds against OTF Elite, including 8 on the offensive end. He added 8 rebounds and 8 blocks against DC Phenoms and 12 points and 12 rebounds against Maryland Tigers.
NaQuan Williams-Day, 6th Man Warriors
Williams-Day (PICTURED) was the 16U Division’s top scorer at 19.7 points per game, and poured in 28 in an opening 79-76 overtime loss to The District. He followed that up with 15 vs. Uncommon Bulls and 16 against Team Takeover Orange. A powerful 6-foot-4 wing, Williams-Day was too strong for defenders to keep out of the line, and showed nice touch from the perimeter by shooting 6-of-8 from 3-point range in three games.
Myles Williams, 6th Man Warriors
The Glenelg Country 2017 point guard had 17 points and 5 assists in the opening loss to The District, showing a nice all-around floor game. He missed 6th Man’s second game due to a migraine, and his absence was notable in a 67-38 loss to Uncommon Bulls. He returned to help lead the Warriors to an 83-78 comeback victory over Team Takeover Orange.
Cam Lewis, 6th Man Warriors
Lewis got stronger as the weekend went on, finishing up with a dominating 23-point performance in 6th Man’s win over Takeover Orange. He went 6-of-7 from the field and 10-of-13 from the free throw line.
Kollin Mitchell, DMV Finest
Mitchell (Gwynn Park 2016) finished as the 16U Division’s second-leading scorer at 15.3 points per game, keyed by a 26-point performance in a loss to Maryland Trailblazers. He did his damage going to the basket, consistently finishing in traffic while going 11-of-15 from the field.
Brandon Lisenby, DMV Finest
Lisenby (West Potomac 2017 guard) tied for the division lead in steals at 2.7 per game, but was no slouch on the offensive end, going for 20 points against Maryland Renegades and chipping in 10 against Team Slice.
Dominik Fragala, NoVa Man II Man
The Bishop OConnell 2017 guard is a nice all-around performer, and showcased his versatility last weekend, averaging 13.3 points and 3 assists per game. He went for a game-high 19 in a win over Maryland Defenders, smartly drawing fouls to get to the line and knocking own three 3-pointers. Even when his shot wasn't falling he found ways to contribute, notching 8 rebounds and 5 assists in a win over Ruff RIders.
Jalen Morant, Maryland Tigers
Morant (Chapelgate 2018) hit the game-winner to lift the Tigers past OTF Elite in a 51-49 thriller. A talented scoring guard who should take on a larger role with his high school team this upoming season.
Nikko Hope, Team Slice
Hope averaged 14.7 points per game while helping Slice go 2-1 for the weekend. The 6-4 Hope was the team’s most consistent scoring threat, putting up 11 points (with 7 rebounds) vs. DMV Finest, 13 vs. Maryland Renegades and 20 vs. Maryland Trailblazers.
Michael Turner, Crusader Nation
Turner (MATHS 2017) flashed intriguing potential. He's a lanky 6-3 wing who presented matchup problems to defenses while averaging 14.3 points per game. Against Maryland Defenders he went for 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
Devon Humphries, Maryland Defenders
Humphries (Suitland 2017) went for 13 points in a win over Crusader Nation on very efficient 5-of-7 shooting. He averaged 13 points per game for the weekend, but could be even more dangerous with improved shot selection.
James Valle, The District
The Good Counsel 2017 forward (PICTURED) went for 17 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting day in a 79-76 overtime win over 6th Man Warriors, showing impressive activity on both ends. He didn’t do as much offensively in The District’s other two wins (3 and 4 points), but contributed defensively and on the boards.
Emmanuel Hylton, The District
At 6-3, Hylton (St. John’s College 2017) is bigger than most point guards and he's able to use that to his advantage as he's able to create his own shot and sometimes just rise over smaller defenders. He doesn't just settle for jumpers, attacks the rim and finishes plays strong. (CA)
Donnell Frayer, Team Takeover Orange
What impressed the most about Frayer was his midrange game. Frayer always seemed to find creases in the defense and was able to penetrate into the lane while averaging 13.3 points per game. Frayer finished well around the rim and kept his team competitive while on the floor. (CA)
Halil Parks, Team Takeover Orange
Washington-Lee 2017 Parks shot the ball well from outside and played well off the ball. Think at 6'3 he could be moe of threat with ball in hand and more as a distributor. Even if that is from the wing position. (CA)
Trent Dixon, Ruff Riders
A smooth, slashing guard from Central (2017), Dixon impressed with his ability to get to the rim and finish through contact. He was consistent all weekend offensively, posting 11, 15 and 16 points for an average of 14.0 per game - good for 5th in the division.
Jalen Barnes, Maryland Defenders (Suitland 2016)
Andre Boykin, Team Takeover Orange (North Point 2017 Wing)
Diego Brown, Team Slice (Douglass-Baltimore 2017 Guard)
Javani Brown, Ruff Riders
Marquis Bullet, Crusader Nation (Wilde Lake 2017 Forward)
Donald Carey, The District (Douglass-PG 2017 Guard)
Marcus Cherry, NoVa Man II Man (South Lakes 2017 Forward)
Antonio Cockerell, Maryland Defenders (Wise 2017 Guard)
Irwayne Connell, Team Takeover Orange (National Christian 2017 Forward)
David Daniels, Maryland Renegades
Rashike Deans, DC Phenoms (Coolidge 2017 Forward)
Jay Freeman, Bayside H.O.Y.A.S. (Kent County MS 2020 Guard)
Shyheim Gilkerson, Uncommon Bulls (Handley 2017 Guard)
Jahrome Gooding, DC Phenoms (Phelps 2016)
Deion Graves, Crusader Nation (Oakland Mills 2017 Guard)
Donald Green, Team Slice
Liam Harrington, NoVa Man II Man (Herndon 207 Guard)
Rocceon Harrison, OTF Elite (Edgewood 2017 Guard)
Raekwon Harrod, DC Phenoms (Coolidge 2017)
Tyrell Henry, Bayside H.O.Y.A.S. (Kent County 2018 Guard)
KeShon Hill-Kearney, DC Phenoms (St. Vincent Pallotti 2017 Guard)
Demetrious Hoskins, Team Slice (Edmondson 2017 Forward)
Charles Hutchinson, Maryland Tigers (2017 Guard)
Wayne Jordan, Maryland Trailblazers (Central 2016)
Jimmy Kpadeh, Team Takeover Orange (National Christian 2019 Guard)
Jaleel Lee, Team Takeover Orange (Friendship Tech 2017 Guard)
Matt Lewis, NoVa Man II Man (Bishop O'Connell 2017)
James Maddox, Maryland Trailblazers (Parkdale 2017 Guard) 8-12 19 points vs Finest
Isaiah Marshall, Maryland Renegades (Woodlawn 2018 Wing)
Tyrone McKissett, OTF Elite (Edgewood 2016 Guard)
Josh McNeal, Maryland Tigers (2017 Guard)
Tywaun Morton, Team Slice (Edmondson 2017 Wing)
Myles Moore, DMV Finest (Edison 2017 Guard)
Drake Muse, Crusader Nation (Towson 2017 Forward)
Tadas Nausedas, Uncommon Bulls (Virginia Academy 2017 WIng)
Derek Orr, OTF Elite (Joppatowne 2017 Guard)
Denmark Slay, The District (St. Stephens & St. Agnes 2017 Guard)
Charles Snowden, The District (St. Alban’s 2017 Forward)
Ryan Tillery, Ruff Riders (DeMatha 2017)
David Walls, NoVa Man II Man (Potomac Falls 2017 Guard)
Jacob Waterworth, 6th Man Warriors (Atholton 2017 Guard)
Mekhi Williams, Maryland Trailblazers (Central 2017 Guard)
CJ Wilson, 6th Man Warriors (Glenelg Country 2017 Guard)