DISTRICT HEIGHTS, MD - The 9th Annual DMVelite 80 returned this past Saturday at Athletic Republic Capitol Region, 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.
Check back on DMVelite.com throughout the week for notebooks, photos and statistics, as well as links to content from other media outlets in attendance.
2022 MVP: CAMERON WARD, LARGO (MD) 2025 GUARD
Ward exploded onto the varsity scene as a freshman last year, earning DMVelite Maryland Freshman Of The Year Honors after averaging 27.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He made a similar splash in his DMVelite 80 debut.
The 6-foot-6 Ward averaged an event-leading 14.7 points per game, including a single-game high of 23. He went 19-of-31 from the field in three games, while also tying for the event lead in blocked shots at 1.3 per game and grabbing 4 boards per contest.
Ward is the first public school player to take home DMVelite 80 MVP honors since Milford Mill (Md.) guard Justin Jenifer won at the inaugural event in 2013.
“I think it was good,” he said of this year's event. “I liked how competitive it was, and to see everyone at their best, that just makes everything [better]. I feel like my team definitely played well together - we all knew each other, so there was definitely no tension. We knew what we needed to do, and we took advantage of already having the chemistry that we needed to have with each other.”
After his huge freshman season and a solid travel campaign with Team Durant, Ward - who holds offers from Georgetown and George Mason - is ready to help his team reach another level.
“I want to win,” he said. ”I feel like last year we won, we just didn’t win enough. I want to win to show that as a team, Largo has a pretty good team and we can win games and we can hang with the best of them.”
Making Ward’s high school experience even more special is the fact that he gets to enjoy it with his father, Largo head coach Rodney Ward.
“It really is cool playing for him,” Cam Ward said, “It’s different from when I was like, 7, 8, 9 years old and it was just for fun, but then you get to high school and it’s kind of like, you know, you’ve got to win to keep him where he is. But I like playing for him; he definitely shows a lot of love and support, not just for me but for all my teammates. I think they understand that he can be hard sometimes, but it’s all out of love and just because he wants the same end goal as we do.”
Jeannot Basima, John Carroll (MD) 2023 Guard
Kyron Henderson, Rock Creek Christian (MD) 2023 Forward
Quinton Monroe, Lake Clifton (MD) 2023 Guard
Omarr Smith, Archbishop Curley (MD) 2025 Guard
Martin Somerville, Bishop McNamara (MD) 2024 Guard
Franklin Ayissi-Etoh, Archbishop Carroll (DC) 2023 Guard
Teyvien Barbour, Osbourn (VA) 2024 Guard
Nasir Coleman, Patriot (VA) 2023 Guard
Jasper Hedin, Mercersburg Academy (PA) 2023 Forward
Malcolm Day, Takoma Academy (MD) 2023 Guard
Austin Ball, Miller School (VA) 2023 Guard
Ty Bevins, Gwynn Park (MD) 2024 Guard
Farrell Crowell, Shabach Christian (MD) 2023 Guard
Kris Mitchell, Lake Clifton (MD) 2023 Forward
Ibrahim Robinson, Shabach Christian (MD) 2023 Guard
Almani Aw, St. Frances (MD) 2024 Forward
Kevon Corley, Shabach Christian (MD) 2023 Guard
Kyndall Crawford, Indian Creek (MD) 2023 Guard
Gabe D’Alessando, St. Anne’s-Belfield (VA) 2025 Guard
Raijon Dispensa, National Christian (MD) 2024 Forward
ReJuan Gray, Takoma Academy (MD) 2023 Wing
Cory Harper, Elkins (WV) 2023 Guard
Jayden Harris, Potomac (VA) 2023 Guard
Dezmond Hopkins, Patriot (VA) 2024 Guard
Camerin Horton, City (MD) 2023 Guard
Teriq Johnson, Ballou (DC) 2023 Guard
Jinwoo Kim, Mercersburg Academy (PA) 2023 Guard
Wyatt Norton, Madison (VA) 2025 Forward
Chance Perkins, Highland School (VA) 2025 Guard
Jackson Prince, Westlake (MD) 2023 Guard
Isaiah Skinn, Archbishop Carroll (DC) 2025 Guard
David Solomon III, Virginia Academy 2023 Forward
2022 MVP: Cam Ward, Largo (Md.)
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 (Md.) 2017 Wing [Combine Prep Academy]
2015 MVP: Chyree Walker, Bullis (Md.) 2017 Wing [Delaware]
2014 MVP: Alani Moore, Montrose Christian (Md.) 2016 Guard [Temple]
2013 MVP: Justin Jenifer, Milford Mill (Md.) 2015 Guard [Cincinnati]