GLENN DALE, MD - A talented group of freshman came out for the recent DMVelite Freshman Showcase at Holy Trinity Episcopal, eager to make a mark as they begin their high school careers.
After an intense warm-up by Tobe Stephens of Enhanced Training Champions (ETC), the participants took part in positional drills before breaking up into teams for full-court games. The event also featured guest speaker Janet Cook - the mother of DMV native and Duke graduate Quinn Cook - who spoke to the players and their parents about the importance of maintaining a focus on academics in their careers.
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MVP: Jared White, St. Stephens & St. Agnes (Va.)
Hustle Award: Jordan Harris, Bowie (Md.)
Defensive MVP: Jordan Hairston, Bishop O’Connell (Va.)
Here are quick notes on some of the day’s standout performers:
Jared White, St. Stephens & St. Agnes (Va.) Forward
The 6-5 White [PICTURED, TOP] jumped out early with his combination of size and skill. He finished as the event leader in scoring (8.3) and blocked shots (2.0), as well as second in rebounds with 5.3 per game. He put the ball on the floor and attacked, and also did a nice job of using his size to his advantage.
Mekhi Long, St. Mary’s-Ryken (Md.) Wing
Long showed very good versatility, and led all rebounders with 6.3 per game while finishing second in points (7.3) on 8-of-15 shooting. He also collected 1.3 steals per game. He has nice length and sees the floor well, and did a good job of cutting to the basket from the high post.
Jimmy Kpadeh, National Christian (Md.) Guard
Kpadeh [PICTURED] got his first taste of varsity action last year as an eighth grader at National Christian, and was one of the top pure point guards in attendance. He showcased great vision and decision-making, knowing exactly when to find his own shot or set-up teammates. He finished with averages of 4.3 points, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
Tarezze Wiseman, Meade (Md.) Guard
Wiseman missed one game due to injury, but he turned plenty of heads in the two he played, scoring a team-high 15 points (7.5 per game). He shot 6-of-9 from the field and 2-of-4 from 3-point range, displaying an ability to create his own shot from multiple spots on the floor.
DeJean Desire, Georgetown Prep (Md.) Wing
A late arrival, Desire got off to a rough start offensively but rallied to post a solid 6.7 points, 4 rebounds and one block per game, He impressed with his athleticism on both ends of the floor, and his length and quick first step made him a matchup nightmare for defenders.
Ryheem Irving, Dunbar (Md.) Guard
A physical guard with good strength and vision, Irving averaged 4.7 points per game on 4-of-8 shooting while also going 6-of-8 from the free throw line. One of the most impressive aspects of his game was his body control; he consistently absorbed contact while getting off clean shots.
Jamal Muhammad and Jibril Muhammad, Archbishop Carroll (DC) Guards
The Muhammad twins - playing on seperate teams - each averaged 6.0 points per game, and showed they could make an impact on the defensive end as well. Jamal showed the ability to be a top-notch on-ball defender, while Jibril tied for the event-high with three blocks in one game. Both are unselfish guards with great ball handling skills, and should be a nice addition to Carroll’s backcourt.
Jordan Harris, Bowie (Md.) Guard
Harris [PICTURED] led the event in assists at 2.7 per game and finished second in steals with 1.7. He’s smooth and played under control on both ends of the floor, and did a good job of pushing the pace in transition and finding open teammates in transition.
Neco Campbell, Coolidge (DC) Forward
A physical combo forward with a good frame, Campbell impressed with his energy and showed a nice shooting touch near the basket and from mid-range. Campbell led his team in both points and rebounds per game (5.7 and 5.0) while also chipping in 1.3 steals.|
Jordan Hairston, Bishop O’Connell (Va.) Guard
Hairston was one of the event’s top defenders, leading in steals at 2.0 per game while showing quick hands and good anticipation to jump passing lanes. Offensively he displayed good vision and handle.
Justin Graves, St. Andrews Episcopal (Md.) Guard
Graves averaged 4.7 points per game and showed nice touch from beyond the arc while shooting 3-of-4 from 3-point range. He did a nice job of getting his own shot without forcing it - not always an easy thing to do in a camp setting.
Joshua Wallace, St. Mary’s-Annapolis (Md.)
Wallace didn’t shoot well from the field but did a nice job of getting to the free throw line and displayed good athleticism. He stood out on the defensive end, showing the ability to defend on the perimeter and in the post. He averaged 3.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game while collecting 5 steals.
Jaylin Rucker, Gilman (Md.)
Rucker posted an event-high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting in an opening win, knocking down a 3-pointer and both of his free throw attempts. He tied for the team lead in points per game with 5.7 and assists with 1.0.
David Aderinwale, Bowie (Md.)
Dylin Borden, Gerstell Academy (Md.)
Trejure Brown, South County (Va.)
Ja’Shaun Coe, Gwynn Park (Md.)
Cameron Etris, St. John’s (DC)
Anthony Harper, CH Flowers (Md.)
Jalen Hayes, National Christian (Md.)
Deron Hunt, Dunbar (Md.)
Darryn Hylton, Bishop McNamara (Md.)
Olugbemi Joseph, Bowie (Md.)
Jordan Massey, Bowie (Md.)
Abdul Rasheed, Bowie (Md.)
Jimmy Taylor, Gonzaga (DC)
Jacquez Warren, Forestville (Md.)
Jaivon White, Gwynn Park (Md.)