BY ERIK LARSON, DMV Elite Director of Scouting
In a non-conference matchup that saw the IAC's Georgetown Prep face off against the Baltimore Catholic League's Archbishop Spalding, the smaller but athletic Spalding Cavaliers were able to hold on for a 64-40 victory. Guard play and undersized forwards were the key factor in the win. Georgetown Prep, also filled with talented players, fought back from an early deficit, but was unable to complete the comeback. Here are the key contributers:
Michael Boland 6'7 C 2012- Michael is a wide body to say the least. An offensive lineman on the Prep football team, he eats up space and has the ability to rebound. He finishes in the paint when facing up and attacking. He has real good hands and is a good passer from the post. He isn't explosive or very quick, and this affects him most when defending quicker players. If Michael were to decide on basketball over football in college, he would be a quality D2 or excellent D3 player.
JT Strickland 6'1 PG 2012- JT is a true point guard who can get his team into offense and make good decisions. He is a decent ball handler but must learn to limit turnovers under pressure. He can finish when driving the lane on pull ups but must make sure he stays balanced. He had a few misses when off-balance. He does find cutters and can open up teammates with the drive. He is a good athlete and could play in the right low-D1 system.
Michael Wolfe 6'9 WF 2013- Michael is long, athletic and agile, and has a mid-range jumper that he hits consistently. He can attack the basket, and is most comfortable on the break. He does need to work on his shot form and consistency. Due to his size, it would be nice to see him spend a little more time in the paint, collecting rebounds and blocking shots. He does need to add strength, this would likely help that. He is definitely a D1 talent, but does need more seasoning to reach his true potential. Position-wise he is a wing and mid-major is not out of the question.
Alex Fabian-Scotch 5'9 SG 2012- Alex is a very good shooter with range beyond the 3-point line. He also contributes by being able to feed the post and stay in front of most ball handlers. He isn't very quick, nor is a great ball handler. With added strength, though, Alex can light it up on the D3 level.
Earl Potts 6'5 W 2013- Earl is an athlete, who plays out of position for his team. He has range to the 3-point line and can handle the ball. Defensively, he can defend guards and forwards. His long arms help him change shots and grab rebounds. He can handle the ball to break pressure or to attack from the wing or top of key. He isn't overly explosive, but can finish over the rim. He also needs to add strength. Earl should be looked at by low D1's, his versatility makes him a fit in a lot of systems.
Greg Brown 6'2 PG 2012- Greg is a very good point guard with very good quickness. He can create off of the dribble, either getting to the rim or setting up teammates and he can shoot the 3 or pull up jumpers. He has the ability to shoot off of the dribble or off of screens. Defensively, he uses his quickness well by staying in front of defenders and getting in the passing lane. He does need to add strength and work on consistency. He looks like a low D1 or high D2 talent.
Kai Dulce 6'1 G 2014- Kai has good athleticism and plays with toughness. He is very quick and creates turnovers and runs the floor. He plays with confidence and can finish at the rim. He does need to get stronger and work on his outside shooting. Also, he needs to add a few go to moves on offense. He still has a fair amount of developing to do, but low D1's should start to take notice.
See these and more evaluations on the DMV Elite Player Profile page.
Picture: Georgetown Prep's JT Strickland drives against a Washington Christian defender at the DMV Elite Invitational at Trinity University. (Charles Matthews)