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2023 Governor's Challenge Primer

By Marcus Helton, 12/24/23, 10:30AM EST


A look at this year's loaded 41st annual event.

The Governor’s Challenge - the largest high school holiday basketball tournament in the country - returns December 26-30, bringing 120 teams to Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The venues for this year's 41st edition are:

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center
500 Glen Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21804

Wicomico High School
201 Long Ave.
Salisbury, MD 21804

University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
30679 University Blvd.
Princess Anne, MD 21853

Salisbury Christian School
807 Parker Rd
Salisbury, MD 21804

Here’s a look at just a few of the top DMV matchups and players to keep an eye on:



Jeremiah Fears, Arizona Compass Prep 6-3 2025 Guard
Del Jones, Arizona Compass Prep 2024 Guard [CLEMSON]
Jamari Phillips, Arizona Compass Prep 2024 Guard [ARIZONA]
Sammie Yeanay, Arizona Compass Prep 6-8 2024 Forward [ARIZONA STATE]
Vyctorius Miller, Arizona Compass Prep 6-6 2024 Guard [OREGON]
Prince Moody, Bishop McNamara (Md.) 2026 Guard
Qayden Samuels, Bishop McNamara (Md.) 2026 Guard
Ashton Meeks, DeMatha (Md.) 2026 Guard
Malcolm Thomas, DeMatha Catholic (Md.) 6-7 2024 Forward [VILLANOVA]
Kamai Samuels, Hamilton Heights (TN) 2026 Guard
Tristen Wilson, Mt. Carmel (Md.) 2026 Guard
Shareef Jackson, Roman Catholic (PA) 6-7 2025 Forward
Isaiah Hynson, Salesianum (DE) 2024 Guard
Acaden Lewis, Sidwell Friends (DC) 6-3 2025 Guard
Jalen Rougier-Roane, Sidwell Friends (DC) 6-4 2025 Guard
Caleb Williams, Sidwell Friends (DC) 6-7 2024 Wing [GEORGETOWN]
Chidi Nwige, St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) 6-6 2026 Forward
Maurice Vassel, St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) 2024 Forward


Malik Washington, Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 6-4 2025 Wing
Omarr Smith,  Baltimore City College (MD) 6-4 2025 Guard
Kris Johnson, Clinton Grace Christian (Md.) 6-4 2-24 Guard [UMASS LOWELL]
JJ Addison, Frederick (Md.) 2026 Guard
Elwyne Wordlaw, Frederick (Md.) 2024 Guard
Akol Nyok, Glenelg Country (Md.) 7-0 2027 Center
Patrick Curtin, Glenelg Country (Md.) 6-2 2025 Guard
Goap Kodi, Georgetown Prep (Md.) 6-8 2024 Forward [LOYOLA MD)
Akbar Waheed III, Georgetown Prep (Md.) 6-6 2025 Guard
Ty Bevins, Gwynn Park (Md.) 6-4 2024 Guard [GEORGE WASHINGTON]
Cameron Ward, Largo (Md.) 6-7 2025 Guard
Mason Ellison, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 6-4 2025 Guard
Shane Pendergrass, Mt. Zion Prep (Md.) 6-8 2026 Forward
Jack Furman, Riverdale Baptist (Md.) 6-2 2024 Guard
Gio Sanford, Riverdale Baptist (Md.) 6-4 2025 Guard
Kam Wylie, Rock Creek Christian (Md.) 2025 Forward
Marquis Newson, Sanford School (DE) 2027 Forward
Jordan Scott, South Lakes (Va.) 6-7 2025 Guard
Riley Jacobs, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 6-7 2025 Forward


Dorrell Little, Dover (DE) 6-4 2024 Guard
Marshall Bailey, Easton (Md.) 6-2 2026 Guard
Jace Hudson, JM Bennett (Md.) 6-3 2025 Guard
Jayden  Hudson, Snow Hill (Md.) 5-10 2024 Guard
Davin Chandler, Stephen Decatur (Md.) 6-2 2025 Guard
Tyler Ball, Salisbury School (Md.) 6-0 2024 Guard


Trysten Colburn, Linganore (Md.) 2024 Guard
London Creach, Oakland Catholic (Pa.) 5-8 2025 Guard
Kaylinn Bethea, Penn Charter (Pa.) 5-9 2025 Guard
Ryan Carter, Penn Charter (Pa.) 6-0 2027 Guard
Sabrina Anderson, Potomac School (Va.) 5-7 2027 Guard
Erin Miller, Roland Park (Md.) 2025 Forward
Jada Snow, Sanford School (DE) 5-10 2025 Forward
McKenzie Thomas, St. Charles (Md.) 2024 Guard [SHIPPENSBURG]
Bailey Harris, St. Mary's (Md.) 6-0 2026 Guard


Ashtyn Torbert, Dover (DE) 2024 Guard
Zion Oge, Parkside (Md.) 2025 Center
Ziyon Smith, Parkside (Md.) 2025 Guard
Amira Tingle, Seaford (DE) 2025 Guard
Allison Swift, Stephen Decatur (Md.) 2025 Guard
Se'Lah Foreman, Wicomico (Md.) 2026 Guard


Governor's Challenge Boys All-Elite Showcase Team

By DMVelite Staff 01/10/2024, 9:04am EST

Bishop McNamara's versatile Jalyn Collingwood was MOP of a loaded Elite Showcase Division.

Governor's Challenge All-Boys Bracket Team

By DMVelite Staff 01/10/2024, 9:03am EST

Largo's Cam Ward headlines our best of the boys bracket division.

Governor's Challenge Boys All-Shore Showcase Team

By DMVelite Staff 01/10/2024, 9:02am EST

Seaford's Kashmier Wise leads our list of Shore standouts.

Governor's Challenge Girls All-Moolah Showcase Team

By DMVelite Staff 01/10/2024, 9:01am EST

Oakland Catholic's London Creach headlines the list of girls showcase standouts.