BOWIE — After the success of the inaugural DMVelite 80 event in 2013, DMVelite returned to Bowie City Gymnasium Saturday for the second straight year to showcase the top high school boys’ basketball players in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia.
Several highly touted recruits returned and impressed during this year’s showcase, while a host of newcomers made their presence felt.
Second-year DMVelite 80 participant Alani Moore [PICTURED, RIGHT], a junior point guard at Montrose Christian, stole the show during the three-game, high-level scrimmage portion of the event. Moore, who has scholarship offers from Penn State, Rhode Island, Towson and Vermont, led all participants in scoring and assists.
“As a sophomore, I played with a lot of big name players in DMVelite 80 last year,” Moore said. “(I) played with Dion Wiley, Melo Trimble and Dwayne Morgan, so there was a lot of competition. This year, I’m just trying to become a leader and be one like one them.”
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Moore demonstrated his ability to knock down outside shots with ease, while also creating open looks for his teammates by using strong dribble penetration to force the defense to react and contract.
Fellow returning DMVelite 80 participant Craig Lecesne, a junior at St. James, displayed the versatility that has helped him develop into one of the area’s most intriguing prospects. A small forward and native of Sweden, Lecesne — known mainly as a long-range shooter — showed a soft touch around the rim, converting several attempts from point-blank range in transition. When he needed to, the 6-foot-7 small forward freed himself on the perimeter and sunk open looks from beyond the arc.
Lecesne’s combination of length, ball skills and sneaky athleticism has helped him spark interest from Charlotte, Towson, Tulsa and George Washington, among other schools. As college programs begin to show increased interest in Lecesne, he lets St. James coach Dan Prete handle most of the recruiting attention.
“I just focus on playing basketball and getting better,” Lecesne said.
“(Prete) handles it all, and he’ll tell me about it sometimes here and there. He wants to handle most of it for right now, and it’s the right time for that.”
Colonial Forge senior shooting guard JaMarco Haskins had a solid showing in his first DMVelite 80 appearance. Haskins, who averaged 16 points per contest as a junior during Colonial Forge’s Virginia 6A state championship season, stayed true to scoring ways while showing off a well-rounded skill set during the scrimmages.
Although the 6-foot-4 wing has yet to receive a scholarship offer, Haskins has drawn interest from Radford, High Point, Tennessee Tech, Appalachian State, South Carolina Upstate and Old Dominion.
“Radford and High Point are coming at me real hard,” Haskins said. “South Carolina Upstate has contacted my coaches recently, and they are starting to get interested in me. I think Old Dominion is starting to like me, too.”
Meanwhile, two other first-time DMVelite 80 participants who really made their mark during the showcase were wing Isaiah Lamb and forward A.J. Wilson [PICTURED, LEFT].
Lamb, a senior at Dulaney, is regarded as one of the Baltimore area’s top talents. Despite tearing his ACL and missing his sophomore season in 2012-13, Lamb continues to show he’s still as explosive as ever on the offensive end and a lockdown on-ball defender.
After helping lead the Lions to an appearance in the Maryland 4A North region final last season, the 6-foot-4 Lamb picked up scholarship offers from High Point, Radford, Siena, Winthrop and UNC Greensboro. In addition to those offers, he’s drawn local interest from Loyola (Md.), Towson and UMBC.
“I’m open as far as schools go right now,” Lamb said of playing his college ball in the state of Maryland. “I’m really not quite picky about that right now.”
Wilson, a junior at Montrose Christian, turned heads with his high-flying leaping abilities. He was on the receiving end of an alley-oop and emphatically played the role of rim protector, leading all participants in blocked shots during the three-game scrimmage portion of the event.
“With the DMVelite 80, the name explains the competition. I knew it was going to be a challenge coming in here,” Wilson said.
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Wilson has scholarship offers from Virginia Commonwealth, Towson, Penn State and Monmouth. He said he has recently been hearing from the coaches at Maryland, Cincinnati and Oklahoma.
PICS BY CHARLES MATTHEWS, RH MEDIA GROUP