With the 2017-18 high school basketball season now firmly in the rearview mirror, we are proud to announce our All-Area selections for Northern Virginia.
Our staff would like to thank the players, coaches and fans who made this past season – our eighth year of high school coverage – a success, and we look forward to many more. This team encompasses our Northern Virginia coverage area, which includes players at public and private high schools located in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties.
And now, here’s our selection of Northern Virginia’s best of the best – the 2018 DMVelite All-Northern Virginia Team:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: XAVIER JOHNSON, BISHOP O’CONNELL 2018 GUARD
The 6-foot-3 Johnson was a nearly unguardable weapon for the Knights, averaging 18 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds per game while being named the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year. The University of Pittsburgh commit guided the Knights to runner-up finishes in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational.
COACH OF THE YEAR: MIKE ROBINSON, SOUTH COUNTY
In his first year on the job in 2016-17 Robinson led the Stallions to a 9-15 record. This year they tripled that victory total, going 27-3 en route to their first Class 6 State Championship in school history.
DMVELITE ALL-NoVA AWARDS
DMVelite NoVa Player of The Year: Xavier Johnson, Bishop O’Connell 2018 Guard
Coach of The Year: Mike Robinson, South County
Freshman of The Year: Trevor Keels, Paul VI Guard
Most Improved: Jaylen Williams, Potomac 2018 Guard
Under The Radar: Joel Kabimba, Middleburg 2019 Wing
Unsung Hero: Ayan Teel, Bishop O'Connell 2019 Guard
AMARI COOPER, WAKEFIELD 2018 WING
A Coppin State commit, Cooper averaged a team-high 15.4 points per game while leading the Warriors to a runner-up finish in Class 5.
DEVON FLOWERS, POTOMAC SCHOOL 2018 WING
The James Madison-bound Flowers was a matchup nightmare for opposing defenders, averaging 20.4 points per game for the Panthers.
BRAYDEN GAULT, BATTLEFIELD 2018 GUARD
Gault averaged 17.7 points per game while leading the Bobcats to the Class 6 semifinals. He’ll play at Division II Belmont-Abbey (NC).
DARIUS HINES, BISHOP IRETON 2018 GUARD
Hines put together another productive season in the area's toughest league, averaging a team-high 15.7 points per game. Hines recently committed to D-I Marist (NY).
JORDAN MILLER, LOUDOUN VALLEY 2018 GUARD
The George Mason commit averaged 17.8 points per game while guiding the Vikings to the Class 4 state semifinals.
QUENTIN MILLORA-BROWN, SOUTH COUNTY 2018 CENTER
The Rice commit lead the Stallions to their first state championship while averaging 16.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.2 blocks and 4 assists per game
AMIR NESBITT, VIRGINIA ACADEMY 2020 GUARD
In his first year after transferring to the area from Bishop Sullivan (Va.), Nesbitt quickly established himself as the Patriots’ go-to guy, averaging 17.9 points and 4 assists per game.
JEREMY ROACH, PAUL VI 2020 GUARD
The highly-touted sophomore averaged 15.2 points per game and led the Panthers to a perfect WCAC regular season and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I title.
BRANDON SLATER, PAUL VI 2018 GUARD
The Villanova commit stepped into the role of senior leader while averaging 14.5 points per game.
QUDUS WAHAB, FLINT FILL 2019 CENTER
Wahab made a big impact in his first season after transferring from Virginia Academy, giving the Huskies a formidable post presence on both sides of the floor.
Matt Becht, Bishop O’Connell 2018 Guard
Evan Buckley, Stone Bridge 2019 Guard
Zyan Collins, Freedom-South Riding 2018 Guard
Jordan Hairston, Westfield 2019 Guard
Anthony Harris, Paul VI 2019 Guard
Xavier Johnson, Episcopal 2019 Guard
Isaiah Moore, Flint Hill 2018 Guard
Ike Onwuka, Patriot 2018 Guard
Cam Savage, South Lakes 2019 Guard
Marcus Stephens, Hylton 2018 Guard
Emmanuel Aghayere, South Lakes 2018 Forward
Tymu Chenery, Episcopal 2020 Wing
Brian Cobbs, Hayfield 2018 Guard
Mekhi Hendricks, Highland 2018 Guard
Derrick Hopkins, Woodbridge 2018 Wing
Joel Kabimba, Middleburg 2019 Wing
Ayan Teel, Bishop O’Connell 2019 Guard
Kobe Tigney, Virginia Academy 2018 Guard
Marquis Washington, Edison 2018 Forward
Jordan Gibson, Stonewall Jackson 2018 Guard
Ian Anderson, Potomac Falls 2019 Forward
Christian DePollar, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 2019 Wing
Quentin James, Lake Braddock 2019 Guard
Trevor Keels, Paul VI 2021 Guard
Drake Marshall, Patriot 2018 Guard
Zach Pfaffenberger, Episcopal 2018 Forward
Matthew Urbach, WT Woodson 2018 Guard
Charlie Weber, Bishop O’Connell 2019 Forward
Jordan White, Christ Chapel 2018 Guard
Jaylen Williams, Potomac 2019 Guard
Daniel Deaver, Marshall 2019 Forward
Alex Bailey, Tuscarora 2018 Guard
Will Bounds, Battlefield 2018 Forward
Trey Barber, Christ Chapel 2018 Forward
Kaeleb Carter, Colgan 2018 Guard
Jared Clawson, Edison 2020 Guard
Aaron Darab, Madison 2018 Guard
Bryce Douglas, Centreville 2019 Guard
Alex Fitch, Rock Ridge 2019 Guard
Isaiah Folkes, Stonewall Jackson 2020 Guard
Rodney Graves, Colgan 2018 Guard
Mike Grimes, Potomac School 2019 Guard
Ben Horsford, Wakefield 2018 Forward
Max Jannes, Heritage 2021 Guard
Braeden Johnson, Oakton 2018 Wing
Gabriel Kier, West Springfield 2018 Guard
Ben Kling, Stone Bridge 2018 Guard
Jordan Lampman, Marshall 2018 Guard
Xavier Lipscomb, St. Stephens & St. Agnes 2020 Guard
Ethan Lynch, Bishop Ireton 2019 Guard
Daryl Mackey, West Potomac 2019 Guard
Kendall McHugh, Chantilly 2019 Guard
Hunter Oakford, Freedom-South Riding 2018 Forward
Nick Pullum, Potomac 2018 Center
Marshall Reed, Westfield 2019 Forward
Anthony Reyes, Washington-Lee 2020 Guard
Ryan Robinson, Marshall 2018 Guard
Greg Rowson, Robinson 2018 Guard
DJ Slaughter, St. John Paul The Great 2020 Guard
Nate Spurlock, WT Woodson 2018 Forward
Jay Villani, Patriot 2018 Guard
Ryan Wheatley, St. John Paul The Great 2018 Guard
Connor Withers, Osbourn 2018 Forward
PHOTO BY RON BAILEY, I-95 BALLERZ
GRAPHIC BY JAY ANDERSON, DMVELITE