New World 3SSB wing Jamie Kaiser. [MARCUS HELTON]
The DMVelite Super Circuit returned for its second year with an action-packed Session I last weekend at Bowie City Gym and Wise High School.
Here’s a look at some of the top performers from the 17U Division:
JAMIE KAISER, NEW WORLD 3SSB
Kaiser looked strong in his New World debut, opening with 12 points in a 61-49 win over Team Melo Black. He averaged 7.7 points per game for the weekend as New World went 3-0.
The 6-foot-5, 205 pound Kaiser had a strong junior campaign after transferring from Lake Braddock (Va.) to Bishop Ireton (Va.) last summer, earning all-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honors.
“I think [the move] helped me a lot,” he said, “because going to Bishop Ireton, Coach [Dwayne] Bryant was giving me free rein. He told me to handle the ball - stuff I need to work on to get to the next level. At public school, it was pretty easy to get to the basket and take advantage of people, but I get to play against people that are Division I players, and players that will help me get better.”
Kaiser said that being more efficient offensively was one of the biggest adjustments he had to make when moving to the WCAC.
“I was able to mess around a little bit in public school; I could take a couple of moves and get to the basket,” he said. “But in the WCAC you've got to be sharp: one or two moves and be explosive and just be decisive in what you’re doing, because it's going to get shut down if you don’t.”
Kaiser - also the starting quarterback on the Ireton football team - is the kind of two-sport standout that seems to be getting rarer and rarer in today’s age of specialization. He holds Division I offers in both sports, but said he hasn’t felt pressured to pick one.
“Probably this summer I’ll probably feel it,” he said, “but I think it helps me, because the toughness from football I bring to the basketball court and it shows, and the athleticism from basketball shows in football, so I think they go hand in hand.”
JAEDEN MUSTAF, NEW WORLD 3SSB
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Mustaf was a matchup problem for defenders all weekend while posting a team-high 9.7 points per game. He opened with 13 points in a 61-49 win over Team Melo Black.
“I call myself a big guard,” he said, “so if they put a small guard on me I think I can post them up and use my size as an advantage. And then if they put a big guy on me because of my height and weight, I usually just use my quickness to get to the basket or get my shot.”
Mustaf recently announced that he will transfer to Carmel Christian (NC) after spending his first two years at DeMatha (Md.). Before he heads south, though, he’s got big plans for the summer with a talented and athletic New World squad.
“I think we can win the whole Adidas Circuit,” he said. “I mean, I think we’re the best team around the area - I haven’t really seen teams around the whole country - but I think we’re the best team in the area and I think we’ll be able to win Adidas this year.”
KHALIL WILLIAMS, NEW WORLD 3SSB
The 6-foot-4 Potomac School (Va.) guard went 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from 3-point range while putting up a game-high 19 points in a 66-41 win over Nova 94 Feet on Sunday at Bowie City Gym. He averaged 8.7 points per game for the weekend.
JAMES MCINTYRE, TEAM PRO LOOK
McIntyre was a standout in last year’s Super Circuit with Nova 94 Feet, and carried it into a breakout junior season, guiding Washington-Liberty (Va.) to the Class 6 state tournament.
“I just trained a ton over the summer and in quarantine,” McIntyre said, “and then going into my junior year - I mean, I knew I was going to break out with all the training I did; I knew it was coming. So it was just about preparing a lot, that’s about it.”
McIntyre looked good in his debut with ProLook, posting 13 points per game. He’ll look to continue his ascent and should find himself on more college radars with another strong spring and summer.
“First I’m just trying to win with ProLook, and then I’m just trying to make a name for myself and play well. We’re nice; it's going to be a fun summer.”
PAUL ANDERSON, TEAM PROLOOK
A 2023 guard from South County (Va.), Anderson impressed with his versatility and activity on both ends of the floor.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder posted 8.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game. He had an event-best 6 steals in a loss to New World 3SSB 16U.
“Getting to the basket, playing defense, rebounding - those are the things I take pride in,” Anderson said. “Especially on the defensive end. I like defense - if they can’t score, they can’t win - so that’s what I go by.”
TRE GREEN, TEAM MELO BLACK
Green was Session I’s most prolific scorer, pouring in an event-leading 20 points per game for Team Melo Black.
He almost single-handedly kept his team in a 64-56 loss to New World 3SSB 16U, putting up 20 while going 4-of-7 from 3-point range and grabbing 7 rebounds. He had 24 in a win over Nova 94 Feet.
A 2022 guard from Glenelg Country (Md.), the 6-foot-3 Green will do a postgrad year at Bridgton Academy (ME).
JABARI BOOKMAN, TEAM SILK
Bookman was one of the Super Circuit’s top 16U performers last year with Team Silk, and got off to a very strong start in his latest appearance.
The 6-foot-4 Dunbar (Md.) wing posted 17.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 steals and a block per game in Session I, leading Team Silk in all four categories.
DAVON MOSLEY, TEAM SILK
An unsigned senior guard from Maryland 1A state champion Lake Clifton, Mosley was in attack mode all weekend, averaging 12.7 points and 6 rebounds per game. He dropped 23 points in a 59-45 win over Metro All-Stars on Saturday.
WILLIE JENNINGS, METRO ALL-STARS
An unsigned senior from Northwestern-PG (Md.) Jennings led the 17U Division in made 3-pointers (12) while putting up 15.3 points per game for the weekend. An All-Prince George's County performer this past season, he'd make a nice addition to a Division 3 program looking for some scoring punch.
ANDREW NIELDS, NOVA 94 FEET
The Annandale (Va.) product had a game-high 20 points in a tough 65-60 loss to Team New Jersey going 8-of-12 from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
CADEN DIGGS, NEW WORLD 3SSB 16U
The 6-foot-7, 180-pound Diggs has an impressive combo of size, athleticism and feel for the game, and looks like he could be in line for a breakout summer.
“I'm really just trying to win that 3SSB Tournament,” Diggs said. “That’s my biggest goal, and just continuing to get my name out there and play well.”
He averaged 11.3 points and 4 rebounds per game in Session I, highlighted by a 16 point performance in a 64-56 win over Team Melo Black 17U.
TY BEVINS, NEW WORLD 3SSB 16U
6-foot-5, 180-pound Bevins’ versatility is his biggest strength, and he had it on display in Session I while averaging 7.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and a steal per game.
GABE GRANT, TEAM BBC
The 6-foot-10 Grant (Brewster Academy) posted team-high averages in scoring (10.5) and rebounding (3.5) in his Session I action.
JORDAN BUTLER, TEAM BBC
The unsigned 2022 wing had a team-high 14 in a blowout of Runnin Mavs on Sunday, as his size (6-foot-6, 186) and athleticism gave defenders issues all game.
Butler played at Wicomico (Md.) before transferring to Cross Christian (DE) last summer alongside several other Maryland players.
“It was definitely fun and it was definitely an eye-opener,” he said of the move, “because you go all around and you see different types of players and different types of campuses and who’s who and some other people you may not know and then they’re real live nice, you feel me? So you definitely get to see a lot.”
He’s picked up some Division II and junior college offers, and is hoping a strong spring and summer with Team BBC will attract some more attention.
“I’m looking for the best available option,” he said.
NIGEL MERVILLE, TEAM NEW JERSEY
Merville (Linden) is a tough and quick lead guard who was a standout performer on last year’s Super Circuit. He picked up where he left off, averaging 12.8 points per game in Session I.
ELIJAH MOTLEY, TEAM NEW JERSEY
Another strong returning performer, Motley (Linden) averaged 12.5 points per game in Session I. He hit six 3-pointers and had a game-high 20 points in a 52-41 win over Team Silk.
IBRAHIM ROBINSON, NEW WORLD GOLD
The New Hope (Md.) 2023 wing showed his improved perimeter touch while posting 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range in a blowout victory over Each 1 Teach 1 on Sunday. He finished with 9.3 points per game for the weekend.
Anthony Alston, Metro All-Stars
Micah Charles, CBA
Raijon Dispensa, New World 3SSB 16U
Steeve Dorvil, Team New Jersey
Jovani Galarza, New World Gold
Jaylen Hodge, Team New Jersey
Aaron Humes, Each 1 Teach 1
Greg Jones, New World 3SSB
Seth Langford, Team ProLook
Babacar Mbengue, New World 3SSB
Davon Mosely, Team Silk
Jack Murphy, Nova 94 Feet
Aundre Perkins, Runnin Mavs
Omar Reed, Team Melo Black
DJ Smith, Team Melo Black
Sara Soumare, New World 3SSB 16U
Gionni Swann, New World Gold
Wyatt Trundle, Nova 94 Feet
Ty Williams, New World 3SSB
Antwan Wilson, Team BBC