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DMVelite 80: 2016 Notebook



UPPER MARLBORO, MD - The 3rd annual DMVelite 80 attracted 94 of the area’s best players to Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. on September 5, giving them an opportunity to get some high-level work in in front of media and college coaches.

The 2016 Class was well-represented, and included five Division I commitments - Markelle Fultz (Washington), Justin Gorham (Towson), Christian Matthews (Georgia Tech), Spencer Schultz (Army West Point) and Miles Wilson (Mount St. Mary’s) - to go along with a nice group of Division I and Division 2 prospects.

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Here’s a look at some of the event’s Class of 2016 standouts:

Antwan Walker, HD Woodson (D.C.) Forward
The reigning DCIAA Player of the Year, Walker (PICTURED, RIGHT) made the most of his first DMVelite 80 appearance, averaging 11.3 points and 8 rebounds per game (both team highs) and finishing first among 2016s in Player Efficiency Rating* at 31.36. With his height (6-7) and quickness, Walker presents a host of matchups problems both in the paint and on the perimeter. He showed his complete offensive package while posting an event-high 23 points in a loss to Team 1, going 9-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Walker currently holds offers from Duquesne and UNC-Greensboro, but will add to that list with a strong senior season. (MH)

DaQuan Bracey, St. Frances (Md.) Guard
One of the better available available senior point guards on the East Coast, Bracey seemed to make the right decision play after play. Though he always looked for open teammates, he showed an ability to create his own shot, averaging 9.3 points per game. He displayed a tight handle and great court vision, bringing the crowd to its feet with deadly crossovers and tight passes for assists. (AF)

Tyjhai Byers, Bethesda-Chevy Chase (Md.) Center
Byers is a late-blooming 6-10 big man coming off of a good summer with The District. He looked right at home playing against some of the area’s other top bigs, averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting 12-of-17 from the field and blocking an event-high 7 shots. One of Byers’ biggest assets is his energy; he runs the floor and is relentless on the boards. He’ll be counted on to play an even larger role this season as B-CC looks to make another deep playoff run. (MH)

Markelle Fultz, DeMatha (Md.) Guard
The area’s top senior was justifiably worn down after a busy summer that saw him competing in several marquee national events, but the Washington commit made it to Wise for his 3rd and final DMVelite 80 appearance. Seemingly light years removed from his first appearance - he was a late addition to the inaugural event, but used it to jump start his ascent - Fultz only participated in the drill portion, but his skill level was evident even in limited action. (MH)

Justin Gorham, Calvert Hall (Md.) Wing
The Towson commit (PICTURED, LEFT) had one of the better all-around performances of everyone at the event. He scored efficiently all over the floor, shooting 64 percent from the field (16-of-25) and making four of his six 3-point attempts. Defensively, he harassed his man and used his long arms and quick hands to get in the way of passes - he finished with a team-high five steals - and ignite the fast break. (AF)

Amanze Njoku-Ibe, Riverdale Baptist (Md.) Forward

Njoku-Ibe has flown a bit under the radar locally over the past two seasons, but left no doubt that he is one of the area’s most effective low post presences on Saturday. Drawing rave reviews from scouts and media members in attendance, Njoku-Ibe rebounded well on the offensive end and more than held his own against taller bigs around the basket. He finished with averages of 5.0 points and a team-high 3.8 rebounds per game. (EW)

Ron Alston, Miller School (Va.) Wing
The 6-4 Alston closed the day in style, committing to D-I New Jersey Institute of Technology near the end of the event. On the court, he flashed impressive athleticism and versatility, averaging 5.3 points per game and harassing opposing guards on the defensive end. (MH)

Kirk Hawkins, Laurel (Md.) Guard
Hawkins wanted to make a statement against some of the area’s top-ranked guards, and was aggressive on both ends of the floor. He was electric with the ball in his hands, and one of the fastest players on the floor end to end. Hawkins showed a knack for finishing from different angles in the lane, and wasn’t bothered by contact on drives to the basket. (MH)

Craig Lecesne, St. James (Md.) Wing
Lecesne is an athletic slashing wing that showed good athleticism while running the fastbreak, and led his team in rebounds (4.3 per game) and field goal percentage (9-for-12 from the floor for 75 percent). (KM)

Thomas Lang, Linganore (Md.) Guard
The MVP of last year’s DMVelite West Showcase was a catalyst on offense, ranking second in assists (11) and helping quarterback his team to an undefeated record of 4-0 and a championship victory. Expressed a high motor and created havoc on the defensive end with his quick hands. Engineered instant offense with his outlet passes in the transition game. (KM)

Brandon Horvath, Southern-AA (Md.) Wing
Horvath (PICTURED, RIGHT) had a breakout summer with Mid-Atlantic Select, and looked good in his inaugural DMVelite 80 appearance while flashing his deep shooting touch. The 6-6 Horvath has a nice stroke and a quick release, and showed the ability to get his shot off no matter who was guarding him. He needs to continue to add strength, but wasn’t afraid to mix it up on the boards. Horvath currently holds offers from Maine, Navy and UMBC, but is considering taking a postgraduate year. (MH)

AJ Wilson, Elev8 Institute (Fla.) Wing
Wilson made the trip back up from Florida for his final DMVelite 80, and flashed his trademark athleticism while averaging a team-high 9 points per game. Wilson runs the floor hard and is consistently a factor on the defensive end, where he’s able to use his length and leaping ability to block or alter shots. (MH)

Christian Matthews, National Christian (Md.) Wing

The Georgia Tech commit’s athleticism was on full display as he excelled in transition and was among the event’s best finishers at the rim. He didn’t do as much as he usually does in terms of 3-point shooting or rebounding the ball, but he was active defensively and was effective at changing any shot near him. (AF)

Miles Wilson, Mount St. Joseph (Md.) Guard

The Mount St. Mary’s commit was one of the top guards of the day, showing an aggressive will to score while averaging 12.3 points per game. He created offense when put in isolation and displayed NBA range from beyond the arc. Wilson created havoc on defense as well with his active hands. (KM)

Cam Hayes, Douglass-PG (Md.) Wing
Hayes was aggressive on the offensive end, converting 55.6% of his shots from the field and going 11-of-12 from the foul line. He showed good athleticism and versatility, finishing with averages of 7.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in four games. (MH)

Justin Milstead, IDEA Charter (D.C.) Point Guard
A stocky 5-9 guard that brings great effort and energy. Milstead was an efficient scorer, converting eight of his 13 attempts from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. He also had some flashy passes and led his team in assists with nine. He showed the ability to run the fastbreak and is a good rebounder given his size. (KM)

Alex Leder, Bullis (Md.) Guard
Leder is a totally fearless lead guard who saw the floor well and set up teammates from all angles. He was equally adept on the break and in the halfcourt, and never seemed to get caught in a bad position. Offensively he flashed a nice touch from beyond the arc, going 5-of-9 from 3-point range and tying for second in 3-pointers made. (MH)

Devin Smith, New Town (Md.) Guard
The star of the defending Maryland 1A state champions looked right at home in his first DMVelite 80 appearance, finishing second on his team with 6.3 points per game. Smith got his points with impressive efficiency, going 8-of-13 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range in three games. (MH)

Blake Francis, Westfield (Va.) Point Guard
Francis didn’t press the issue offensively, but when he did look for his own shot he showed flashes of being a reliable scorer from the outside and in the mid-range. He shot 63.5 percent from the field for the day, and knocked down two of his four 3-point attempts. (KM)

Devin Garrett, Indian Creek (Md.) Wing
One of the bigger guards in the showcase, the 6-4 Garrett showed impressive versatility on the offensive side of the ball. He converted 11 of his 17 attempts on offense while averaging 6.5 points per game, and dished out 2.3 assists per game. (KM)

JaMarco Pickett, Eastern (D.C.) Wing/Forward
After flying under the local radar for the past few years, Pickett came out strong — particularly in the opening game set — and left the event having established his name as one of the area's most talented and intriguing rising seniors. An impressive athlete with solid ball skills and a knack for scoring in transition, Pickett opened up the day's games with three big dunks in a dominant display. Keep an eye on him moving forward as a fast-rising senior in local circles. (EW)


Ameka Akaya, St. Maria Goretti (Md.) Wing
Torrey Brittingham, Stephen Decatur (Md.) Point Guard
Kyle Copeland, Tuscarora (Va.) Shooting Guard
Donte Doleman, St. Maria Goretti (Md.) Point Guard
Jarvis Doles, Hammond (Md.) Forward
Kevin Holston, Bethesda-Chevy Chase (Md.) Point Guard
Saiquan Jamison, Wise (Md.) Power Forward
Jordan Jones, Poly (Md.) Power Forward
Albert Odero, St. John’s Catholic Prep (Md.) Guard
Rinardo Perry, Westlake (Md.) Wing

* Player Efficiency Rating (PER) is a rating of a player's per-minute productivity (More Info)