BOWIE, MD - After a one-year hiatus, the DMVelite 80 returned this past Sunday, with the 8th edition of the event allowing a collection of the area’s top players to come together for a day of drills and competition in front of media and college coaches.
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2021 MVP: JEANNOT BASIMA, JOHN CARROLL (MD) 2023 GUARD
In a showcase camp environment, it can sometimes be hard to develop a rapport with players you aren’t familiar with.
John Carroll (Md.) 2023 guard Jeannot Basima had no such issues, earning 2021 DMVelite 80 Most Valuable Player honors with an impressive all-around performance.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder was the event’s second leading scorer at 11.3 points per game while finishing first in assists (3.7), second in steals (2.0) and third in rebounds (4.7) while guiding his team to a perfect 3-0 record.
“My team, we had good chemistry,” Basima said, “so even when we didn’t have any games, we were just trying to hang out and trying to get to know each other and stuff. Pretty much I would say that helped me a lot with my performance there, because my teammates were just kind of close and we were all trying to get to know each other.”
Basima showed the ability to get to the basket whenever he wanted on Sunday, with a quick first step and the kind of strength to knock defenders off-balance. He didn’t need the ball in his hands to make an impact, though, and was willing to contribute in multiple ways.
A native of Goma, in the Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Basima came to the United States as an 8th Grader and attended New York Military Academy before moving on to John Carroll for high school. He broke out last season, and was absolutely dominant in the Baltimore Catholic League Championship game in March, scoring 29 points and making a pair of free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining in overtime to lift his sixth-seeded squad to a 66-62 upset victory over top-seed and three-time defending champ St. Frances (Md.).
As the Patriots gear up for a title defense, Basima said that the team’s hunger remains.
“Right now being in that position, you’ve got respect, but we have to make sure they know that we want to still be champs,” he said. “So this year, we know that everybody is going to come and try to step on our neck, but we’re not going to let that happen because we’ve been working to try to defend the championship.”
Basima currently holds scholarship offers from Howard and Siena, but said he’s also heard from Davidson, Temple and several Ivy League schools, including Columbia, Penn and Yale.
(Detailed player write-ups will be included in our upcoming 2022, 2023 and 2024 Notebooks.)
Reis Jones, Flint Hill (VA) 6-10 2022 Forward
Jahnathan Lamothe, St. Frances (MD) 6-4 2023 Guard
Dylan Long, Reservoir (MD) 6-1 2022 Guard
Chance Mallory, St. Anne’s-Belfield (VA) 5-7 2024 Guard
Ashton Pratt, Hayfield (VA) 6-0 2022 Guard
Larry Bulluck, Southern-AA (MD) 6-2 2022 Guard
Eli DeLaurier, Miller School (VA) 6’9 2024 Forward
Dawit Negash, Theodore Roosevelt (DC) 6-2 2022 Guard
Emmanuel Okitondo, Archbishop Carroll (DC) 6-7 2024 Wing
Josh Rivers, Archbishop Spalding (MD) 6-4 2022 Guard
Austin Ball, Miller School (VA) 6’7 2023 Wing
Maliq Brown, Blue Ridge (VA) 6’9 2022 Forward
Houston Emory, Blue Ridge (VA) 6’10 2022 Forward
Willie Rivera, Rock Creek Christian (MD) 6’2 2022 Guard
Khani Rooths, Georgetown Prep (MD) 6’7 2024 Wing
Cooper Bowser, St. John Paul The Great (VA) 6’10 2022 Forward
Doyle Brown, Centreville (VA) 6’1 2023 Guard
Amir Dade, St. Charles (MD) 6’2 2022 Guard
Cory Harper, Elkins (WV) 6’3 2023 Guard
Charlie Jackson, Episcopal (VA) 6’5 2022 Guard
Cortez Johnson, St. Frances (MD) 6’7 2022 Guard
Yves Missi, West Nottingham (MD) 6’10 2024 Forward
Ibrahim Robinson, New Hope (MD) 6’4 2023 Wing
Shaq Samuels, Mt. Zion Prep (MD) 6’6 2022 Forward
Damjan Vukcevic, West Nottingham (MD) 7’0 2022 Center
Devin Walker, Blue Ridge (VA) 6’0 2022 Guard
Ty Williams, Rock Creek Christian (MD) 6’1 2022 Guard
Amare Wimbush, Wise (MD) 6’7 2022 Wing
2021 MVP: Jeannot Basima, John Carroll (Md.)
2019 MVP: Milton Matthews, Rock Creek Christian (Md.) [North Carolina A&T]
2018 MVP: Brayon Freeman, Bishop O’Connell (Va.) [George Washington]
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]