NOVA Suns guard Bryce Hawkins.
HAMPTON, VA - Session II of the 2021 DMVelite Super Circuit took place last weekend at the storied Boo Williams SportsPlex, and featured another display of under the radar talent.
Here’s a look at some of the standouts from the 17U Division:
BRYCE HAWKINS, NOVA SUNS
Hawkins (Word Of Life) averaged 23 points per game to lead the Suns to a 2-1 mark in Hampton, giving them a 5-1 record through two Super Circuit Sessions.
Hawkins said his recruitment has started to pick up, naming North Carolina A&T, UNC-Greensboro, Old Dominion, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Hampton and Charlotte as some of the programs who are showing interest.
“Right now I think I’m starting to be more of a point guard - starting to get my teammates involved way more than I was earlier in my high school career,” he said. “I’m starting to average like, twice as many assists in my game, more rebounds, and I think my defense has gotten better. I think my outside shooting has gotten way better, too.”
The 6-0, 173 pounder’s all-around game was on display in Hampton, but he showed he can still fill it up when needed, as he went for a Circuit-high 37 points on 12-of-20 shooting in a 76-63 loss to Runnin Mavs on Sunday. He also added 6 rebounds and 6 steals in the loss, going 12-of-15 from the foul line.
“I'm just trying to help these unsigned seniors get a look,” Hawkins said. “I mean, I know the pandemic really messed them up, so just playing alongside them - most of them are friends since I moved here from Connecticut [in fifth grade] - so we’re just having fun and it’s great to play with my friends.”
DORIAN JONES, RUNNIN MAVS
Jones continued his summer breakout, helping the Mavs go a perfect 3-0 in Session II. He’s currently averaging 19.3 points per game through six games.
The 6-foot-1 guard has been flying under the radar. After spending his sophomore year at Scotland Campus (Pa.), he returned home to Edgewood (Md.), but had his junior season scrapped by the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s made up for lost time on the DMVelite Super Circuit, emerging as one of its most dangerous scoring threats.
“I want to get everybody to know me,” Jones said. “That’s what I’m here for.”
Mission accomplished. Jones opened the Hampton Session with 20 points - and a highlight poster dunk - in a 76-61 win over Maryland Dfenders. He followed with 14 in a 54-44 win over Dynamic Disciples and closed with 27 points - on 10-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 4-point range - as the Mavs avenged a Session I loss with a 76-63 win over NOVA Suns.
CALEB MCALLISTER, RUNNIN MAVS
The 6-foot-1 Lanham Christian (Md.) 2022 guard went off for 27 points in a 76-61 win over Maryland Dfenders, going a very efficient 11-of-14 from the field and 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He later had 23 on 8-of-12 shooting (including 4-of-5 from deep) as the Mavs picked up a 76-63 win over NOVA Suns to avenge a loss from Session I in Richmond.
“I feel like I’m getting better with my shooting, my ball handling, and definitely my IQ of the game,” McAllister said. “ I’ve got to get better on the defensive end, though.”
MICHAEL MONTANO, ALEXANDRIA KINGS
Montano (Edison 2022) had a very productive weekend, going for 26, 22 and 32 points for the Kings, who picked up their first two Super Circuit victories. At 6-foot-5 with a nice shooting touch, he gave defenders problems all weekend.
JUSTIN INGRAM, METRO ALL-STARS
Ingram has been a consistently solid performer for Metro All-Stars through two sessions, leading the team in both scoring and rebounding (16 ppg, 4.7 rpg). He was effective again in Hampton, putting up 20 points per game. A 6-foot-5 wing from Rome (Ga.) Ingram has good size and a nice feel for the game. He did a good job of getting to the foul and converting (18-of-18), and kept defenders off-balance all weekend.
RICO WARRICK, METRO ALL-STARS
Warrick (Northwestern-PG 2022) came up big in his team’s final game, tallying 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals in a 64-57 win over Allentown Pressure on Sunday.
MYLES MOSLEY, DYNAMIC DISCIPLES
Mosley was the Disciples’ most consistent performer in Session II, averaging a team-high 16.3 points per game in three contests.
MICHAEL TEAL, NOVA UNFD
An uncommitted 2021 guard from TC Williams (Va.), Teal averaged 16.7 points to lead his undermanned squad, which played with just five players. He had 23 in an 89-79 win over Metro All-Stars, going 9-of-12 from the field.
DOMINIC MEYERS, NOVA UNFD
Meyers (Briar Woods) posted 15.7 points and 7 rebounds per game, highlighted by a 23-point, 8-board performance in an 89-79 win over Metro All-Stars.
DYLAN LONG, DMV STAGS ELITE
Long (Annapolis Area Christian) opened with 25 points in an opening rout of Southern MD All-Stars, going 10-of-12 from the field and 5-of-5 from 3-point range. He averaged 16.3 points for the weekend as the Stags went a perfect 3-0.
BANKEYS OMARI, DMV STAGS ELITE
Omari has been impressive nearly every time I’ve seen him, and Hampton was no different. He opened with 21 points and 7 assists in a victory over SOMD All-Stars, and made an impact on both ends of the floor all weekend. He averaged 16.3 points per game in three Stag victories.
PRINCE SHYLLON, DMV STAGS ELITE
The Springdale Prep (Md.) guard impressed in his Stags debut, averaging 12.3 points per game and hitting 11 3-pointers in three victories. He hit the game winning jumper as time expired in a tense 58-56 victory over Team New Jersey on Saturday night.
DUNCAN MILLER, NOVA 94 FEET
Miller went off in a 62-55 win over Virginia Elite MD, hitting 7 3-pointers en route to a game-high 31 points.
DONNELL LANSFORD, VIRGINIA HAVOC 757
Lanford impressed with his athleticism and speed in transition, and posted a 18 points a game to help VA Havoc 757 to an unbeaten weekend.
Oliver Agyapong, Germantown Basketball Club
Trent Alexander, Runnin Mavs
Corey Attivo, Team Pennsylvania
Darrien Berrios Rivera, Team Pennsylvania
Sam Brannen, Boo Williams EYBL 16U
Kalin Bussie, VA Elite MD
Javier Curry, NOVA UNFD
DJ Dimancha, Dynamic Disciples
Tyler Donald, Allentown Pressure
Alex Feerer, Team Silk
Reuben Garces, Alexandria Kings
Eric Henderson, VA Havoc 757
Aaron Herron, SOMD All-Stars
Jaylon Hodge, Team New Jersey
Henry Johnson, NOVA UNFD
Torrey Jordan, VA Havoc 757
Balenga Kabussa, MD Dfenders
Mike Marable, Team Pennsylvania
William Marik, Alexandria Kings
Jordan McCaine, Germantown Basketball Club
Nico McClure, MD Dfenders
CJ McCord, VA Elite MD
Kanye McMahon, Allentown Pressure
Nigel Merville, Team New Jersey
PJ Moise, Germantown Basketball Club
Lizundry Nunez, Team Silk
Amari Odom, Boo Williams EYBL 16U
Aundre Perkins, Runnin Mavs
Tyshawn Pulley, NOVA Suns
Amaree Robinson Virginia Supreme Elite
Taharca Sianca-Bey, NOVA 94 Feet
Daijuan Snow, Team Silk
Etienne Strothers, Boo Williams EYBL 16U
Michael Washington, SOMD All-Stars
Nick Williams, DMV Stags Elite
Ben Yimaj, NOVA 94 Feet
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