As we continue to wrap up the 2015-16 high school basketball season on DMVelite, we move onto our All-Area selections for Northern Virginia.
Our staff would like to thank the players, coaches and fans who made this past season – our sixth year of high school coverage – a success, and we look forward to many more.
This team encompasses our Northern Virginia coverage area which we plan to expand next season. Only players at public and private high schools located in Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties are eligible for our Northern Va. honors.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: TYLER SCANLON, WESTFIELD 2016 FORWARD
Perhaps no player in the area had a school year as successful as Scanlon, who followed up winning a 6A state football title in the fall by guiding the Bulldogs to their first state basketball championship. Scanlon averaged 23 points a game and notched seven 30-point performances. He hit the game-winning shot in the state semis against Woodside to lead the Bulldogs back to the state title game, where they had fallen agonizingly short a year before. This time, Scanlon made sure they finished the job, notching 22 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in the 74-56 title win over Oscar Smith.
COACH OF THE YEAR: KEITH HONORE, POTOMAC
This year was supposed to be a rebuilding one for Potomac, with all of the key contributors from 2014’s state championship lost to graduation. Instead, Honore and his crew responded with their second Group 5A crown in three years, going 27-2 with an entirely new cast of characters.
DMVELITE ALL-NOVA AWARDS
DMVelite NoVa Player of the Year: Tyler Scanlon, Westfield
Coach of the Year: Keith Honore, Potomac
Freshman of The Year: Domenick Bailey, Christ Chapel
Most Improved: James Butler, Lake Braddock
Under The Radar: Brandon Edmond, St. John Paul The Great
Unsung Hero: George Mwand-Kalema, Episcopal
James Butler, Lake Braddock 2016 Forward
The Navy commitment turned in one of the most dominating seasons in the area, averaging 27.5 points per game for the Bruins. He scored fewer than 20 points only twice - never less than 13 - and had two games over 40, including 46 in a December win over T.C. Williams. He was named 6A-North Region Player of the Year.
Kuony Deng, John Champe 2016 Wing
Committed to Virginia Military Institute for both basketball and football, Deng averaged 19.4 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks per game while leading Champe to its first state semifinal appearance.
Lewis Djonkam West Springfield 2016 Forward
The 6-foot-8 Djonkam averaged 14.4 points, 12 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game - leading West Springfield in all three categories - as the Spartans reached the state quarterfinals. Djonkam will do a postgraduate year at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.).
Blake Francis, Westfield 2016 Guard
Francis was a major key to Westfield’s title run, averaging 19.5 points per game and providing a consistent outside shooting threat. He went for a game-high 23 points in the 74-56 state title game victory over Oscar Smith, going a perfect 14-14 from foul line.
Jeff Gordon, Potomac 2016 Guard
Gordon made the most of his lone year at Potomac after transferring in from Evangel Christian, averaging 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game to lead the Panthers to a 5A state title. He scored 16 points for the Panthers in their championship win over L.C. Bird. The 6-foot-3 wing will play at D-2 Barton (NC) next year.
VJ King, Paul VI 2016 Guard
The Louisville commit was one of the most highly-touted players in the area, earning McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic invitations. King (right) averaged 22.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Corey Manigault, Paul VI 2016 Forward
The Pittsburgh-bound Manigault gave the Panthers a high-low threat while averaged 13.6 points per game, and also proved key on the boards and defensively.
Ejike Obinna, Virginia Academy 2017 Center
Obinna earned Capital Beltway Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year honors, and also continued his improvement on the other end of the floor, where he averaged 10.5 points per game. He went for 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Patriots to their first Virginia Independent Schools Division III title.
Nick Reed, Episcopal 2016 Guard
Reed - a University of Rochester (NY) commit - averaged 18.2 points per game to lead the Maroon to their second straight IAC championship. He put up a team-high 21 points in a 67-63 win over Paul VI in the Virginia Independent Schools Division I championship.
Keaton Simmons, Stonewall Jackson 2016 Guard
The Generals’ scoring machine turned in another fantastic campaign, going for 24.7 points per game and scoring in double-figures every contest. He dropped 46 in an overtime conference playoff win over Osbourn.
Nate Watson, Bishop O’Connell 2017 Center
The 6-foot-8 Capitol Christian transfer made an immediate impact in the WCAC, leading the Knights in scoring and rebounding at 13 and 7.6 per game, respectively.
Ako Adams, Bishop O’Connell 2016 Guard
Jerry Carter, CD Hylton 2016 Wing
Kyle Copeland, Tuscarora 2016 Guard
Jahlil Jenkins, Virginia Academy 2017 Guard
George Mawanda-Kalema, Episcopal 2017 Guard
AJ Robinson, Middleburg 2016 Guard
Grant Robinson, Potomac School 2016 Guard
Denmark Slay, St. Stephens & St. Agnes 2017 Guard
Aaron Thompson, Paul VI 2017 Guard
Jamal Washington, Potomac 2017 Guard
Nick Ball, Loudoun Valley 2017 Guard
Elyjah Camp, Potomac 2017 Guard
Tyland Crawford, CD Hylton 2016 Wing
Edwin Ebube, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 2016 Forward
Brandon Edmond, St. John Paul The Great 2017 Guard
Dom Fragala, John Champe 2017 Guard
Deng Nhial, Wakefield 2016 Forward
Blake Pagon, Battlefield 2016 Guard
Cameron Robinson, Woodbridge 2016 Guard
Robert Tartt, George Mason 2016 Guard
Domenick Bailey, Christ Chapel 2019 Guard
Garrett Cook, Patriot 2016 Guard
Brayden Gault, Battlefield 2018 Guard
Michael Griffin, Herndon 2017 Guard
Collin Jachimowski, Stone Bridge 2016 Guard
Myles Lewis, Middleburg 2016 Guard
Corey Pelham, Lake Braddock 2017 Guard
Nate Shafer, Langley 2016 Forward
Donovan Toatley, St. Stephens & St. Agnes 2018 Guard
Khalil Williams Diggins, West Potomac 2016 Guard
Jason Aigner, WT Woodson 2017 Guard
Emmanuel Aghayere, South Lakes 2018 Forward
Matt Ayoub, WT Woodson 2016 Guard
Chase Barrand, Marshall 2016 Guard
Rashaan Bean, Forest Park 2016 Wing
Zach Burdick, John Champe 2016 Guard
Brett Caslavka, Chantilly 2017 Guard
Zach Collins, Freedom-South Riding 2016 Guard
Andrew Corrum, Middleburg 2016 Forward
Jordan Cross, Middleburg 2017 Wing
Joshua Darville, Christ Chapel 2016 Forward
Myles Douglas, Paul VI 2017 Wing
Aygei Edwards, Middleburg 2016 Guard
Chuchu Enechionyia, South County 2016 Forward
Langston Gaither, Hayfield 2017 Guard
Randall Gaskins, Bishop O’Connell 2016 Guard
Quintin Gilchrest, South County 2017 Forward
Tom Gregorits, St. John Paul The Great 2016 Guard
Darius Hines, Bishop Ireton 2018 Guard
Zach Hinton, Stonewall Jackson 2016 Guard
Tavaris James, TC Williams 2016 Guard
Dontae Johnson, Annandale 2017 Guard
Hank Johnson, Westfield 2016 Forward
Ibrahim Kamara, Woodbridge 2016 Wing
Matt Lewis, Bishop O’Connell 2017 Guard
Lucas Martin, Briar Woods 2016 Forward
Alex McNaughton, Fairfax 2016 Guard
Elliot Mercado, George Mason 2016 Guard
Jordan Miller, Lodoun Valley 208 Guard
Taudas Nausedas, Virginia Academy 2017 Guard
Collin Parker, Battlefield 216 Guard
Halil Parks, Wakefield 2017 Guard
Anthony Pearson, Osbourn 2017 Guard
Bryan Ruffin, Freedom-Woodbridge 2016 Guard
Jamie Sara, West Potomac 2016 Forward
Brandon Slater, Paul VI 2017 Wing
Brian Smith, CD Hylton 2016 Guard
Ben Stern, Flint Hill 2016 Forward
Shonari Street, Battlefield 2017 Forward
Tavon Tarpley, Langley 2016 Guard
Dondrea Tillman, Potomac Falls 2016 Forward
Andrew Trainer, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 2016 Forward
Alan Treakle, Wakefield 2017 Guard
William Unterkofler, Centreville 2016 Guard
Taiga Walker, Madison 2016 Guard
Riley Welch, West Springfield 2017 Guard
Tique Yarbrough, Tuscarora 2017 Wing
PHOTO CREDITS: TYLER SCANLON (PETE MAROVICH), VJ KING (BRIAN KAPUR), AJ ROBINSON + BRANDON EDMOND (MARCUS HELTON)