Milton Matthews. (Pic by Charles Matthews)
UPPER MARLBORO, MD - The 7th Annual DMVelite 80 took place this past Saturday, allowing a collection of the area’s top players to come together for a day of drills and competition.
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2019 MVP: MILTON MATTHEWS III, ROCK CREEK CHRISTIAN (MD) 2020 GUARD
Matthews was absolutely scorching offensively on Saturday, shooting 80 percent (16-of-21) from the field - including 8-of-11 from 3-point range - while putting up an event-high 13.3 points per game.
In a camp format, it can sometimes be difficult for players to feel comfortable initially while playing with unfamiliar teammates, but Matthews was locked in from the very beginning.
“I think the main key in that was just to stay confident,” he said, “and just know that you’re supposed to be here, and basically not really paying attention to the next guy. There was a lot of other big names in the camp, but I wasn’t really focused on who was the best player or who was playing the next game; I just focused on playing my best game and doing what I had to do.”
The day continued a strong summer for the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Matthews, who has seen his recruitment take off with scholarship offers from St. Bonaventure, East Tennessee State and Quinnipiac since June.
“I feel as though my recruitment is going very well,” he said. “I think it’s all going a great pace right now - I’m not really rushing into anything. I’m just trying to focus on my work and make sure that’s straight and then eventually I’ll decide where I’m going to go after the season.”
Overall, Matthews - who posted a day-best 19 points in a 64-63 win over Team White - made the most of his DMVelite 80 debut.
“The talent was amazing,” he said. “I don’t think it could have gotten any better than that; they were real unselfish and everybody made the extra pass and took the best shot and was on the same page, so I felt great about my team.”
Heading into his senior year at Rock Creek, Matthews will look to help the Eagles repeat at Capital Beltway Athletic Association champions.
“This year I really want to improve my defensive game,” he said. “I think it’s gotten a lot better than before, but with me knowing that I can never learn too much about the game, I just feel as though I can be a lot better than what I am. Just remaining humble has everything to do with it; just knowing that you can learn a lot more than what you know now.”
2018 MVP: Brayon Freeman, Bishop O’Connell (Va.)
2017 MVP: Yavuz Gultekin, John Carroll (Md.) 2019 Wing [Texas A&M]
2016 MVP: Terrence Lewis, National Christian (Va.) 2017 Wing [Combine Prep Academy]
2015 MVP: Chyree Walker, Bullis (Md.) 2017 Wing [Delaware]
2014 MVP: Alani Moore, Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) 2016 Guard [Temple]
2013 MVP: Justin Jenifer, Milford Mill (Md.) 2015 Guard [Cincinnati]
(Detailed player write-ups will be included in our upcoming 2020, 2021 and 2022 Notebooks.)
Jaden House, Middleburg (Va.) 2021 Guard
Jake Koverman, Southern-AA (Md.) 2021 Wing
Quintin Metcalf, Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 2020 Forward
Quinton Mincey, Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.) 2020 Wing
Tyrae Washington, Takoma Academy (Md.) 2020 Forward
Isaiah Folkes, Middleburg (Va.) 2021 Guard
Michael Katsock, St. Albans (DC) 2020 Guard
Qadir Pettaway, Miller School (Va.) 20201 Guard
Ronald Polite, Oxon Hill (Md.) 2020 Guard
Zaakir Williamson, Rock Creek Christian (Md.) 2021 Forward
Jamal Barnes, St. Stephens & St. Agnes (Va.) 2020 Wing
Chase Beasley, St. Stephens & St. Agnes (Va.) 2020 Wing
Devin Ceaser, St. Mary’s Ryken (Md.) 2021 Guard
Elijah Hawkins, DeMatha (Md.) 2021 Guard
Clarence Rupert, Miller School (Va.) 2021 Wing
Mike Aiken, Thurgood Marshall (DC) 2021 Guard
Favour Aire, Bishop McNamara (Md.) 2022 Center
Dylan Edwards, St. Andrews Episcopal (Md.) 2021 Guard
Casheus Covington, Archbishop Carroll (DC) 2020 Guard
Landon Hawes, Potomac Falls (Va.) 2020 Guard
Torrance Horton, TC Williams (Va.) 2020 Wing
Isaac James, St. Frances (Md.) 2020 Wing
Ryan Prather Jr., Clarsksburg (Md.) 2021 Guard
Kevin Siakam, Veritas Collegiate (Va.) 2020 Forward
Trey Thomas, Wise (Md.) 2022 Guard
Kaleb Torrence, Fairfax Christian (Va.) 2020 Guard
Brandon Walker, South County (Va.) 2020 Guard