BOWIE, MD – The DMVelite Super Team Showcase returned recently with many of the area’s top teams assembling to prepare for the upcoming live period.
Here’s a look at some of the standouts:
CAMERON BROWN, DISTRICT BASKETBALL CLUB 17U
The Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.) 2019 guard has been one of the spring’s fastest risers, attracting offers from Binghamton, Coppin State, Hartford, New Hampshire, NJIT, Massachusetts-Lowell, Radford and Towson since the end of the high school season.
“It makes you want to work even harder, you know?” Brown said of the increased attention. “You keep getting these offers and you just want to get more, so it makes you want to go in the gym and work even harder.”
The 6-foot-5 Brown is a capable shooter with a good first step and quickness, and is a solid perimeter defender.
“I feel like we’ve got a special group,” he said of The District. We’ve got a lot of talent from all around the DMV, and we play together I believe nobody can beat us.”
JASON GIBSON, TEAM TAKEOVER ORANGE 17U
After starting the spring with 6th Man Warriors, Gibson moved to Takeover in search of a different role.
“I like this group, I love the coach [Darryl Prue] and I love how he lets us play on offense,” he said. “He really wants our guys to shoot, and I felt better on this team because I could be the point guard and help run the show.”
The 6-foot-1, 160-pound Gibson posted 23 points in a 54-49 win over Team BBC Blue. The Sidwell Friends (DC) 2019 guard has a well-deserved reputation as a 3-point shooter, but said there’s another aspect of his game people may be missing.
“I feel like I’m a smart defender,” he said. “I try to get as many charges as I can, and play angles. I’m not as quick, so I try to be smarter than the guy with the ball; I feel like my defense is a little underrated.”
James Madison is Gibson’s only current Division I offer, but he’s been hearing from several more and is hoping to attract some Ivy League looks.
“Recruitment is going good, basically my goals for the spring and the summer are just to get in the weight room, get stronger, get faster and increase my vertical,” he said. “Just get with my head coach at high school Eric Singletary and get individual work, and work on my ball handling and becoming a better point guard.”
KAYLEN VINES, DC PREMIER BLACK 17U
Vines was enjoying a breakout year at Frederick Douglass-PG (Md.) – averaging 13.9 points per game – before suffering a meniscus injury late in the season, and is just rounding back into shape.
“It was hard not being able to play with my teammates and help them out in the playoffs,” he said, “but I learned from it, and I’m just trying to work hard and be better next season.”
Vines estimates he’s currently between 75-80 percent strength, but looked healthy while leading his team to a 40-39 win over Team Takeover Orange. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder has an explosive first step and excels attacking the rim, and uses his athleticism to pressure opposing guards.
“I feel like it helped me get better with my team and just preparing for college and everything,” he said of this spring. “I’m just trying to heal my knee and get it stronger.”
CAMERON SAVAGE, DISTRICT BASKETBALL CLUB 17U
The South Lakes (Va.) 2019 guard didn’t put up great offensive numbers but saved his best for the biggest moment, hitting a clutch jumper in sudden death overtime to lift The District over New World.
Savage is the primary scorer on his high school team but gets a chance to highlight other parts of his game with The District and has impressed with his versatility. He’s a tenacious defender and plays the passing lanes well.
AMIR WARRICK, NEW WORLD ACADEMIC 17U
A recent Chestnut Hill College (Pa.) commit, Warrick averaged 15 points per game for New World Academic, displaying a nice motor and good feel around the rim.
A 6-foot-5, 180-pounder from St. Vincent Pallotti (Md.), Warrick has made impressive strides on the offensive end in the past year. A strong slasher, he can also pull-up and finishes well with both hands. He should end up having a very productive Division II career.
GARY GRANT, TEAM HUSTLE DMV 17U
The Thomas Stone (Md.) product had an event-high 30 points in a win over Maryland D-Fenders, going 13-of-25 from field – including 1-of-4 on 3’s – and grabbing 9 rebounds.
Coming off of a very productive junior season at Stone where he averaged 20 points per game, the 6-2 Grant has emerged as a prospect to watch for teams in need of scoring pop.
SAVION GALLION, DISTRICT BASKETBALL CLUB 17U
The Thurgood Marshall (DC) 2018 star is playing one more season of travel ball as he mulls his future - which likely will include a post graduate year. He said he's talked to Massanutten Military Academy (Va.), Mt. Zion Prep (Md.) and TLAP Sports Academy (Fl.).
The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder excelled at the Super Team Showcase, averaging 21.5 points per game, highlighted by a 23-point performance against Team Silk.
WILL BOUNDS, TEAM TAKEOVER GREY 17U
One of the top Class of 2018 shooters still available, the Battlefield (Va.) forward opted for another run with TTO Grey as he weighs his options. Bounds said he’s deciding between taking a Division II offer from Slippery Rock (Pa.) or going to prep school, adding he’s currently leaning towards the latter. He said he’s talked mainly to Hun School (NJ) and Kiski Prep (Pa.), as well as others in Connecticut and Ohio.
The 6-foot-6, 200-pounder has improved attacking the basket, and appears tobe just scratching the surface of his potential.
“I feel like I’ve come along a lot from my freshman and sophomore year,” he said. “Sophomore year is when I kind of started to get better and then everything picked up. Last year, I thought I played pretty well and I was really happy with the way we came together at the end, because we ha a skid right before the playoffs but we came together. We were two games short, but that happens. I was happy with it.”
MARCUS DOCKERY, DC PREMIER UAA 16U
Coming off of a standout season at Theodore Roosevelt (DC), Dockery has picked up where he left off this spring while leading a Premier squad stocked with perimeter talent.
Dockery posted 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in a 55-46 win over The District, showcasing his offensive versatility and playmaking ability.
“It’s a very talented group,” he said. “We have a lot of upside and are very talented, and I think if all of us come together as one and get everybody involved we can win.”
The 6-foot-1, 153-pound lefty transferred from Bishop Ireton to Roosevelt last summer and made an instant impact, earning All-DCIAA, DCSAA and DMVelite DC recognition while leading the Rough Riders in scoring.
”[The transfer] helped a lot,” he said, “because I’ve got a coach who is letting me shoot when I want to and get involved in the offense my first time being on the team. It just helped my confidence.”
Cincinnati, George Mason, Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, La Salle, Oklahoma State, Rhode Island and Seton Hall are among the schools who have talked to Dockery.
CHRISTIAN TURNER, DC PREMIER WHITE 17U
Turner was great from start to finish in a 66-43 win over Metro All-Stars, posting 13 points and 12 rebounds while displaying a nice all-around game.
“I’m just trying to get better and work on my skills," he said. "My ball handling and my jump shot have gotten a lot better and I’ve started to rely on them more often. Obviously I can drive. Coach is allowing me to kind of be the man and take over, and I’m using this to get better and for the season I’ll become a bigger part of the team and try to win the MAC again.”
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Turner transferred from Takoma Academy (Md.) to Flint Hill (Va.) last summer. He played receiver and linebacker on the football team - picking up some D1 interest - but didn't immediately step into the role he expected on the hardwood.
“Coach [Rico] Reed really emphasizes family, and I like that," he said. "Coming in, I thought I was going to start, but I respected the fact that he values his senior leadership and stuff and there was a senior that was playing at my position so he had to respect him. So next year I’ll be starting and taking on a role as a go-to man for scoring.”
MALCOLM DREAD, TEAM TAKEOVER 15U
The younger brother of Penn State-bound Gonzaga (DC) 2018 guard Myles Dread is establishing himself as a legitimate D-1 prospect in his own right, and this is looking like it’ll be his breakout summer.
The Gonzaga 2021 guard is quick off the floor and attacks and finishes above the rim, as highlighted by a ferocious put-back dunk in a win over DC Premier UAA 15U. He’s a strong slasher with an improving handle and will be a key piece at Gonzaga next season after coming off the bench in his first varsity campaign.
“[Playing varsity] was very stressful at first,” Dread told Ron Bailey of I-95 Ballerz, “but I just kind of fought through adversity, tried to play through it and I got better as the year went on and I felt more confident.”
Jamoan Brown, Team Hustle DMV
Jaimon Cheek, Southern Maryland All-Stars
Karim Coulibaly, New World
Tre Dunn, The Unit
Rasheed Gatling, Diamond City All-Stars
Donald Green, Team Silk
Isaiah Gross, District Basketball Club
Jordan Hairston, New World
Quentin James, Team Takeover Orange
Mike Joiner, Team Renegade
Gbemi Joseph, Team BBC Blue
Elijah Joyner, Diamond City All-Stars
Chris Maidoh, Metro All-Stars
Ahmed Milton, Team BBC Blue
Marcus Mitchell, Team Renegade
Matias Prock, Nova Cavaliers
Reed, New World Academic
Nick Rivas, Diamond City All-Stars
Kyle Rose, District Basketball Club
Ciaran Sandy, Mid-Atlantic Select Blue
Searcy, New World Academic
Asa Shannon, New World
Mekhi Simmons, The Unit
Jahari Simon, Metro All-Stars
Peter Snipes, Maryland D-Fenders
Mahzi Thames, The Unit
WIlburn, DC Premier White
Josh Akers, South River Shooters
Mikey Brown, Mid-Atlantic Select 15U
Walter Bryce, District Basketball Club
Justin Bryson, Southern Maryland All-Stars
Tremaine Chesley, Southern Maryland All-Stars
Jared Cross, District Basketball Club
Josiah Hardy, District Basketball Club
Chance Harris, DIstrict Basketball Club
Delonnie Hunt, DC Premier UAA
Wade Jackson, District Basketball Club
Jalen Jasper, VA Hokies
Exum Kyiam, Maryland D-Fenders
Olumide Lewis, District Basketball Club
Milton Matthews, Team Nationals
Jaden McKenzie, VA Hokies
Eric Rowland, Southern Maryland All-Stars
Simon, Nova Cavaliers
Austin Smith, Mid-Atlantic Select 15U
Michael Sumner, DC Premier UAA
Kaleb Torrence, Team Nationals
Cameron Tweedy, Southern Maryland All-Stars
Caleb Washington, VA Hokies
Tyrae Washington, Mid-Atlantic Select 15U
Aaron Williams, Southern Maryland All-Stars
Favour Aire, New World
Noah Bachelor, Mid-Atlantic Select
Logan Blair, DC Premier 14U
Missiah Brown, DC Premier UAA
Chase Cook, DC Premier Black
Ryan Cornish, Mid-Atlantic Select
Darren Buchanan Jr., DC Premier 14U
Rasheed Dupree, New World
Guy Fauntleroy, Team Takeover
Mesai Fulmore, Handle Sports
James Gross, DC Premier UAA
Saveon Jackson, New World
Jeremiah Johnson, Diamond City All-Stars
Kino Lilly, Jr., DC Premier UAA
Victory McKoy, Team McDuffie
Jakai Murray, Born Ready Elite
Noah Oliver, Orange Life
Jalonnie Pathway, Diamond City All-Stars
Zion Russell, DC Premier UAA
Saxby Sunderland, Team BBC 14U
Zaakir Williamson, DC Premier UAA
Michael Zelinsky, Team McDuffie
Jacoi Hutchinson, Team Takeover Grant
Derrick Keys, Team Takeover Oladipo
Christian Mayes, Team Takeover Oladipo
Dug McDaniel, Team Takeover Grant
Judah Mintz, Team Takeover Grant
Jayden Raney, DC Blue Devils
Willie Rivera, Team Takeover Oladipo
Del Smith, Team Durant
Luke Smith, DC Premier
Jasir Tremble, Maryland Gametime Elite
Stefan Walker, Team Takeover Oladipo
Christian Watson, Team Takeover Grant