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Commitments: Class of 2018

By DMVelite Staff 07/11/2018, 8:45am EDT

The DMV is one of the nation's most fertile basketball recruiting grounds, with college programs from around the country prioritizing the area.

We will be keeping a running list of the 2018 commitments in the area for all college levels (Division I, II, III, JuCo, NAIA, etc.)

RELATED: Class of 2017 Commitments

Please continue to check back as the list below continues to be updated throughout the year. REMINDER: These commitments are only verbal and not officially binding until players sign their National Letter of Intent.

NCAA DIVISION I

Brendan Adams, Calvert Hall: Connecticut
Jaylin Andrews, Boys Latin: Loyola (Md.)
Dee Barnes, Great Mills: Mount St. Mary's
Matt Becht, Bishop O'Connell: Mount St. Mary's
Saddiq Bey, Sidwell Friends: Villanova
Allin Blunt, Gonzaga: UMass-Lowell
Isaiah Burke, Bowie: Morgan State
Jared Bynum, Georgetown Prep: St. Joseph’s
Josh Cornish, Dulaney: Southern Utah
Sherwyn Devonish, Wise: Morgan State
Myles Dread, Gonzaga: Penn State
James Dunlop, Hargrave Military (Va.): Hampton*
Ed Ferguson, St. Frances: North Carolina A&T
Tyler Foster, Mt. Zion Prep: East Carolina*
Devon Flowers, Potomac School: James Madison
Jordan Gibson, Stonewall Jackon: Presbyterian (SC)
Bryce Golden, St. James: Butler
LaQuill Hardnett, Perry Hall: Cincinnati
Amir Harris, St. James: Nebraska
Jermaine Harris, Rock Creek Christian: Rhode Island
Curtis Holland III, Southern: High Point
Montrell Horsey, Joppatowne: Drake
Prentiss Hubb, Gonzaga: Notre Dame
Tariq Johnson, Mt. Zion Prep: Wyoming*
Xavier Johnson, Bishop O’Connell: Pittsburgh
Christian Jones, Annapolis: Navy
Ian Krishnan, Proctor Academy: Central Connecticut State*
Miles Latimer, Paul VI: Stony Book
Ricardo Lindo, Wilson: Maryland
Noah Locke, McDonogh: Florida
Davis Long, Sherwood: Delaware
Ron Lucas, Lake Clifton: Delaware State
Montez Mathis, John Carroll: Rutgers
Nigel Marshall, Bishop McNamara: Coppin State
Quentin Millora-Brown, South County: Rice
Jordan Miller, Loudoun Valley: George Mason
Malik Miller, Friendship Tech: Morgan State
Demetrius Mims, Poly: Long Beach State
Vado Morse, Bullis: Mount St. Mary’s
Richard Njoku, St. John's: Navy
Collin Nname, St. Albans: Mount St. Mary's
Ike Nweke, Georgetown Prep: Columbia
Gus Okafor, Massanutten Military: Longwood*
LJ Owens, Severn School: William & Mary
Immanuel Quickley, John Carroll: Kentucky
Mezie Offurum, Georgetown Prep: George Washington
Zach Pfaffenberger, Episcopal: Sacred Heart
Andre Rafus, Mt. Zion Prep: Eastern Michigan*
Nate Roberts, Brewster Academy: Washington
Brandon Slater, Paul VI: Villanova
Jalen Smith, Mount St. Joseph: Maryland
Phillip Smith, Bullis: Florida International
Wynston Tabbs, St. Mary’s Ryken: Boston College
Donovann Toatley: Tennessee-Chattanooga
Matthew Urbach, WT Woodson: James Madison
Ibn Williams, Bishop McNamara: Coppin State
Tre Wood, St. John's: UMass
Lincoln Yeutter, Bullis: Holy Cross
Dima Zdor, St. James: Weber State

NCAA DIVISION II

Emmanuel Aghayere, South Lakes: Shepherd (WV)
Juston Bailey, Eleanor Roosevelt: Chestnut Hill (Pa.)
Will Bounds, Battlefield: Slippery Rock (Pa.)
Stephen Cannady, St. Vincent Pallotti: Wheeling Jesuit (WV)
Jairus Carroll, Scotland Campus (Pa.): Henderson State (AR)*
Zyan Collins, Freedom-South Riding: California University (Pa.)
Brandon Craig, John Carroll (Md.): Millersville (Pa.)
Ryan Davis, Glenelg: Millersville (Pa.)
Elijah Epps, St. Frances: Bowie State (Md.)
Jaden Faulkner, Eleanor Roosevelt: Millersville (Pa.)
Dwight Felton, Mount Carmel: Post University
Rasheed Gatling, Dunbar (DC): Virginia Union
Anthony Garcia, St. James: West Virginia Wesleyan
Brayden Gault, Battlefield: Belmont Abbey (NC)
Terrence Gibbons, Wise: Lincoln University (Pa.)
Jermaine Hall, Severn School: Wheeling Jesuit (WV)
Mekhi Hendricks, Highland: Millersville (Pa.)
Cleveland Horton, Poly: Alderson Broaddus (WV)
Gabriel Kier, West Springfield: Millersville (Pa.)
Darren Lucas-White, Fairmont Heights: Augusta University (Ga.)
David McCullogh, Riverdale Baptist: Bowie State (Md.)
Josh Mack, St. Maria Goretti: Stonehill College (MA)
Malik McKinney, Indian Creek: Seton Hill (Pa.)
Kendall McMillian, Mount St. Joseph: New Haven (CT)
William Miller, Mount Carmel: Virginia Union
Kamau Mitchell, Thomas Stone: Charleston (WV)
Tyree Myers, Mount St. Joseph: Augusta University (Ga.)
Isaiah Moore, Flint Hill: Franklin Pierce (NH)
Justin Nwosu, St. Andrew’s: Millersville (Pa.)
Henry Okoye, Tuscarora (Va.): Alderson-Broadus (WV)
Demarius Pitts, Springfield Commonwealth (MA): Virginia Union*
Yearlando Reed, Fairmont Heights: Bowie State (Md.)
Cam Rucker, Springbrook: Claflin University (SC)
Devon Sims, Potomac (Va.): Concordia (NY)
Michael Speight, Canterbury School (CT): Assumption (MA)*
Marcus Stephens, CD Hylton: St. Thomas Aquinas (NY)
Amir Warrick, St. Vincent Pallotti (Md.): Chestnut Hill (Pa.) 
EJ White, Mt. Zion Prep: Chestnut Hill (Pa.)*

NCAA DIVISION III

Daryn Alexander, Richard Montgomery: Salisbury (Md.)
Noah Barnes, Thomas Jefferson: California Institute of Technology
DJ Barnette, Capitol Christian: Methodist University (NC)
Alex Behzadi, Clarksburg: St. Mary’s (Md.)
Elijah Bowens, Maret: Christopher Newport (Va.)
Donovan Breeding, Osbourn: Wilkes University (Pa.)
Cameron Carter, Good Counsel: Messiah College (Pa.)
Zamir Cheek, Osbourn Park: Marymount (Va.)
Noah Coffman, Edison: Franklin College (IN)
Anthony Deruisseau, Springbrook: Wilson College (Pa.)
Daniel Dorsey, Quince Orchard: Marymount (Va.)
Al Horvath, Southern-AA: Shenandoah (Va.)
Ty'kei Ferrell, New Town: St. Vincent (Pa.)
MarkAnthony Fidelis, DeMatha: Lycoming (Pa.)
Miller Freeman, Woodbridge: Johnson State (VT)
Jordan Goodwin, Milford Mill: St. Mary's (Md.)
Nolan Ivey, Middleburg Academy: Hood College (Md.)
Braeden Johnson, Oakton: Johns Hopkins (Md.)
Daeshaun Johnson, St. Charles: Wilson College (Pa.)
Damon Johnson, South Lakes: Shenandoah (Va.)
Gerald Johnson, Digital Harbor: Thiel (Pa.)
Seth Jones, Poly: St. Mary's (Md.)
Ben Kling, Stone Bridge: Salisbury (Md.)
Damon Koskovich, Keuka College (NY)
William Leach, IDEA: Elms College (MA)
Jordan Lewis, Indian Creek: Goucher College (Md.)
Evan Makle, Christ Chapel: Randolph College (Va.)
Drake Marshall, Patriot: Wilkes University (Pa.)
Jaden Martin, River Hill: Susquehanna University (Pa.)
Mark Melbourne, Loudoun Valley: Shenandoah University (Va.)
Shemarri Miles, Fairmont Heights: Thiel (Pa.)
Ahmed Milton, Milford Mill: St. Mary's (Md.)
Shaheed Muhammad, Woodbridge: Dean College (MA)
Will Mulquin, Georgetown Prep: Catholic (DC)
Zach Nannen, Wootton: Elizabethtown College (Pa.)
Derreck Orr, Harford Christian: Lebanon Valley College (Pa.)
Chris Ozgo, Washington-Lee: Case Western Reserve (OH)
Mikey Parker, Sandy Spring Friends: Stevenson University (Md.)
Dominic Peterson, Loudoun Valley: Hood College (Md.)
Cole Phaire, Dunbar (DC): Bates College (ME)
Andrew Powers, South Lakes: Mary Washington (Va.)
Ian Pugh, Virginia Academy: Hood College (Md.)
Xavier Reaves, Paint Branch: Marymount University (Va.)
Colin Rimel, Gerstell: York College (Pa.)
Ryan Robinson, Marshall: Dickinson (Pa.)
Will Rowe, South Lakes: Suffolk University (MA)
Greg Rowson, Robinson: Mary Washington (Va.)
Justin Salisbury, Southern-AA: Goucher (Md.)
Tiquan Saunders, South Lakes: Ferrum College (Va.)
AJ Sawyers, St. Pauls: Widener
Jeremiah Simmons, Milford Mill: Mount St. Vincent (NY)
Ethan Sommer, Fallston: Elmira College (NY)
Zachary Spooner, St. John's: St. Mary's (Md.)
Josh Sproul, Washington: McDaniel College (Md.)
Tyler Stephens, Oxon Hill: Ferrum College (Va.)
Ahmad Tejumola, St. Charles: Thiel College (Pa.)
Diego Thompson, City: Johns Hopkins (Md.)
Tyler Trimble, Kettle Run: Christopher Newport (Va.) 
Will Turgeon, Gonzaga: Catholic University (DC)
Dillon Weems, Virginia Academy: Delaware Valley (Pa.)
Ryan Wheatley, St. John Paul The Great: York (Pa.)
Jordan White, Christ Chapel: Virginia Wesleyan
Nieko White, Southern-AA: Goucher College (Md.)
Jaylen Williams, Potomac (Va.): Shenandoah (Va.)
Terrance Williams, Northwest: Salisbury (Md.)
Trayon Wright, St. Pauls: Washington College (Md.)
Grant Yates, Battlefield: Christopher Newport (Va.)

NAIA

Jalen Deloach, Parkside: Morris College (SC)
Shyheim Gilkerson, Virginia Academy: Washington Adventist (Md.)
Derrick Hopkins, Jr., Woodbridge: Washington Adventist (Md.)
Travis Jordan, Benjamin Franklin: Carlow University (Pa.)
Michael Liriano, Takoma Academy: Washington Adventist (Md.)
Tyriq McAdoo, Bladensburg: Washington Adventist (Md.)
Tyrese Purnell, Parkside: Morris College (SC)

NCCAA (National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association)

Vincent Reed-Berry, Christ Chapel: Regent University (Va.)
Markell Riggins, Christ Chapel: Regent University (Va.)

USCAA (United State Collegiate Athletic Association)

Cristian Rogers, Tuscarora (Md.): Penn State-Mont Alto

NJCAA

Martin Abraham, Salisbury School: Tacoma CC (Wa.)
Kevin Chase, Wise: Prince George's Community College (Md.)
David Clary, Paint Branch: Allegany College (Md.) 
Lelan Eackles, St. Mary's Ryken: Baltimore City CC
Isaiah Funderburk, Potomac (Md.): College of Southern Maryland
Michael Germain, Springbrook: Allegany College (Md.)
Jordan Heard, Paint Branch: Allegany College (Md.) 
Mike Joyner, Laurel: Prince George's CC
Nayshon Kane, Oxon Hill: Seward County CC (KS)
Kevin Mallett, Jr., Potomac (Md.): College of Southern Maryland
Bobby Miller, Paint Branch: Howard Community College (Md.)
Ndongo Ndaw, Capitol Christian: Baltimore City CC
Daniel Oladapo, Bladensburg: Chipola CC (FL)
Deven Richmond, DeMatha: Howard Community College (Md.)
Delrico Simms, National Collegiate: Central CC (NE)
Daquon Watts, Huntingtown: Garrett Community College (Md.)
Miles Weaver, Takoma Academy: Prince George's CC (Md.)
Delahney Williams, Laurel: Prince George's CC (Md.)
Jalen Williams, Loudoun Valley: Potomac State (WV)
Kevin Yomba, Paint Branch: Howard Community College (Md.)

PREP SCHOOL

D'Marco Baucum, Rock Creek Christian: Mt. Zion Prep (Md.)
Wayne Bristol, Riverdale Baptist: St. Thomas More (CT)
Ben Carter, Lake Clifton: Mt. Zion Prep (Md.)
Amari Cooper, Wakefield: Mercersburg Academy (Pa.)
Daniel Corley, Wise: Massanutten Military (Va.)
Christian Flaherty, Takoma Academy: West Nottingham (Md.)
Savion Gallion, Thurgood Marshall: Mt. Zion Prep (Md.)
Nigel Haughton, John Carroll: South Kent (CT)
Ayinde Hikim, Wilson: Mt. Zion Prep (Md.)
Jordon Jones, Mount Carmel: Scotland Campus (Pa.)
Josh Jones, Long Reach: Massanutten Military (Va.)
Josiah Marable, Wilson: Commonwealth Academy (MA)
Da'Shawn Phillip, Dunbar (Md.): Mt. Zion Prep (Md.)
Quanzi Samuels, St. John's: Loomis Chaffee (CT)
Ciaran Sandy, Gilman: Avon Old Farms (CT)
Darien Simmons, Arundel Christian: Triple Threat Prep (FL)
Nate Spurlock, WT Woodson: Massanutten Military (Va.)
Kobe Tigney, Virginia Academy: TLAP Sports Academy (FL)
Kevon Voyles, Stephen Decatur: TLAP Sports Academy (FL)
Connor Withers, Osbourn: Massanutten Military (Va.)

TOTAL: 214

*Area players who attended prep school
Jairus Carroll, Southern-AA
James Dunlop, Paul VI
Tyler Foster, Middleburg Academy
Tariq Johnson, Kent Island
Ian Krishnan, Clarksburg
Gus Okafor, Eleanor Roosevelt
Demarius Pitts, Frederick Douglass-PG
Andre Rafus, Lake Clifton
Michael Speight, Wise
EJ White, Potomac (Va.)

 

 

2018 Southern Jam Fest Notebook

By Marcus Helton 05/25/2018, 6:00pm EDT

The DMV was well-represented in Hampton once again.

HAMPTON, VA – The Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest attracted a sizeable contingent of DMV squads to the Boo Williams Sportsplex last weekend.

Here’s a look as some of the standouts:

ANTHONY WALKER, TEAM BBC 17U

The Perry Hall (Md.) 2019 product has emerged as one of the fastest-rising prospects in the 2019 class, with his impressive blend of size (6-foot-9, 200 pounds) and athleticism earning him a nice collection of Division I offers.

Buffalo, Drexel, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, St. Bonaventure, TCU, Towson, UNLV and Virginia Commonwealth are among the programs who have offered Walker.

“It’s just me working hard every day in the gym,” he said when asked what the key to his ascension has been. “It’s me putting my work in when people aren’t looking, and coming out and showing out when I can.”

After playing as a reserve in Perry Hall’s state championship run in 2016-17, Walker stepped into the starting lineup to help lead the Gators to a repeat. He credited the presence of two other Division I-bound starters in LaQuill Hardnett (Cincinnati) and Anthony Higgs (Undecided) with aiding his development.

“Yeah [they helped] a lot,” he said. “Competing with them every day in practice made me better and tougher, so I really appreciate them.”

With those two gone next year,  Walker will be counted on to carry the bulk of the scoring load.

“I don’t know how to feel, but I just know I’ve got to step up,” he said. “Like, on this team I’m one of the leaders, so I’ve got to step up on my high school team as well.”

EARL TIMBERLAKE, TEAM LOADED VA 17U

Coming off a breakout season at DeMatha (Md.), Timberlake made the move from Team Takeover EYBL to Team Loaded this spring, and thus far it's been a smooth transition.

“It’s different,” he said, “but different is good, so I’m for it. They let me play and I’m really working on my weaknesses, which are staying under control and getting in between and making the mid-range shot. So it’s been good.”

The 6-foot-6, 216-pound Timberlake posted a game-high 15 points in a 63-48 win over Team Takeover Grey Saturday morning, showcasing a knack for finishing through contact and getting to the foul line.

“It’s going good right now, things are picking up,” he said of his recruitment. “Since I’ve got to Loaded I’ve picked up offers from Oklahoma State, Florida, Clemson and some others.”

Bryant (RI) was the latest program to offer Timberlake on Thursday. The school hired his former Rock Creek Christian (Md.) coach Chris Cole as an assistant this week.

ANWAR GILL, DC PREMIER UAA 17U

The Gonzaga (DC) 2019 guard has gotten a chance to showcase his offensive arsenal this spring, and it was on full display as he scored 26 points in a 70-60 win over Nova Village (OH). He had 19 in a 73-56 win over Erick Green Premier.

“Definitely, I have been waiting to unleash it,” he said of his offense. “I just want to show people that I’m a top scorer in the country from all three levels. I definitely think it’s an underrated part of my game. This spring I just had time to show it and it’s only going to get better from here.”

Gill attributed his play to finally being fully recovered from an injury that sidelined him early in the high school season. He broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot in a preseason scrimmage and missed a month and a half of the regular season.

“Now I feel like I am [healthy],” he said. “In high school I feel like I was about, like, 80 percent, but now I actually get time to work out and stuff. I just jumped right back into the fire from the injury in high school, but now I get time to work out, so that’s why my game looks good right now.”

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Gill currently holds offers from George Mason, James Madison, Robert Morris, Southern Utah, St. Bonaventure and Towson. Oklahoma State and Pittsburgh have shown recent interest.

MAKHI MITCHELL, DC PREMIER UAA 17U

Mitchell and his twin brother Makhel returned to Premier after a one-weekend cameo appearance with Team Melo EYBL, and made an immediate impact.

The Maryland commits are at Wilson (DC)  after spending last season at Montverde (FL), and said the year away from home was beneficial.

“It helped my development by just losing some weight and learning how to play hard every possession, get every rebound and run to the rim every time,” Makhi Mitchell said.  “Also for my brother, he’s losing weight as well and getting his body right before he goes out on the floor. And also just playing hard; I think that was the biggest key.”

Mitchell had 19 points in an opening game against Erick Green Premier and 11 in a win over Nova Village (OH).  He said he wants to continue honing his all-around game in preparation for his final high school season before heading to College Park. He added that he and his brother felt it was important to wrap their recruitment up early.

“I was getting tired of it already and the big schools hadn’t even come yet,” he said. “My dream school was Maryland – me and my brother – and they’ve been recruiting me since eighth grade, so we just wanted to get it out the way. Everything else is good, though.”

MAKHEL MITCHELL, DC PREMIER UAA 17U

Mitchell is rounding back into shape after missing the bulk of the high school season with a foot injury that left him in a cast for two months and a walking boot for another.

“I’m just trying to expand my game more,” he said, “and I’m always trying to find something else to do instead of just sitting in the post and stuff. I was out at Montverde, so I was doing a lot in the weight room, so I’ve got to get that [conditioning] back and stuff.”

Mitchell said he’s currently 6-foot-9 and 245 pounds. He ran the floor well Saturday and looked good on both ends of the floor. Like his brother, he said he was glad to have his recruitment wrapped up so he could focus on the future.

“Yeah, ’cause the recruiting process is hard,” he said. “There’s two of us, so it was hard and we didn’t get all the offers we were going to get, but oh well. … We can look at the team and see what’s what and what we need to do, and where we need to be at when we get there and stuff like that. It’s good because we’ve got a good connection with them.”

JORDAN HAIRSTON, NEW WORLD 17U

Hairston picked up his first D-I offer from Boston University earlier this month, and - ever the consummate point guard - credited his team with helping him earn it.

“Each game we’re getting better and better as a team,” he said, “and we’re looking to just win everything and win a ‘chip and then go to the next place and win a ‘chip. So as we continue to progress, I’ll continue to progress, too.”

Humility aside, the 5-foot-10, 160 pound Westfield (Va.) guard has established himself as a legitimate D-I talent. He changes speeds well and sees the whole floor, and is a capable and willing defender. He carries his team’s scoring load during the high school season, and said being in that role has proven beneficial to his overall game.

“It helped me transform my game,” he said. “Last year I couldn’t shoot as well, and this year I can shoot better off the dribble. Really it just helped me, and now I’m going to try and help my teammates.”

ACE BALDWIN, TEAM BBC 17U

Baldwin solidified his standing as one of the area’s top 2020 prospects with a monster sophomore season at St. Frances (Md.) and has carried that momentum into this spring.

“On the high school level they pushed me to keep getting better,“ he said.

The 6-foot, 165 pound Baldwin has picked up offers from Connecticut, Drexel, East Carolina, Kansas State, Miami, Providence, Rhode Island, Rutgers, TCU, UNLV and VCU, among others. He’s a strong scorer but never seems to force the action, and consistently finds teammates in good spots.

RJ BLAKNEY, TEAM BBC 17U

Blakney made his Team BBC debut with 15 points in an 82-70 win over Team Wall Dreamville, showing his trademark athleticism.

“I’m still getting accustomed to it,” he said, “but all you’ve got to do is play hard and the game is easy, for real.”

Blakney opened the spring with Team Melo EYBL, and while joining a new team wasn’t his plan, it’s a move that should prove beneficial for him and Team BBC.

“Yeah, every decision is tough,” he said. “You have friends on that team that are like family, but at the end of the day you’ve got to make a business decision sometimes and it’s for the best.”

Blakney said his main goal for the summer is to improve his ball handling and play with intensity.

WOODY NEWTON, TEAM THRILL UAA 16U

The  McKinley Tech (DC) standout enjoyed a breakout high school season, earning him recent scholarship offers from Maryland, Xavier and Virginia Tech. He entered the year with an offer from Kansas State.

“I think so far this spring and summer and during the high school season, I displayed my versatility on the court and showed that I could be a leader,” Newton said. “I felt as though that gave me more confidence than I already had to come out this AAU and spring season and keeps scoring, keep defending and just leading. Keep doing everything well and efficiently.”

At 6-foot-9 and 190 pounds, Newton has the ability to defend smaller guards in space, which he showed in a 64-60 loss to Team Loaded 757. On the offensive end he has improving touch from the perimeter and is tough to stop going to the rim.

“I think I’m a real versatile player,” he said. “I think I’m a matchup nightmare and I can do everything on the court, and no matter what I can get to my spots and score with ease.”

Newton said Louisville, Marquette and Oregon are among the most recent schools to reach out to him.

DELONNIE HUNT, DC PREMIER UAA 16U

Hunt helped his team stave off a spirited upset bid by Southern Maryland All-Stars, scoring the winning bucket in the third overtime of a 59-57 victory.

“It was a good team,” he said. “We kind of underestimated them, but when we came out we realized that they were ready to play and in that final three minutes it got a little hectic, so we had to battle it out as a team. It was a hard-fought game, and as it kept going and kept going we just kept playing.”

The third overtime used a format where the first team to score three points won. After Burke Smith put Premier on the board with a lay-up, Hunt followed with a crossover and driving layup to seal the deal.

“The play before, it was kind of open but I hesitated and didn’t go all the way,” he said. “So when the ball was dead my coach told me just attack all the way, and the lane opened up and I was able to elevate and finish right over the rim.”

The St. John’s (DC) 2020 guard served as a valuable reserve for the Cadets last year in a very talented backcourt rotation.  He’s quick and gets into the lane in a flash, and does a nice job of finding open teammates or finishing from different angles. He said he also considered his pull-up jumper as one of his strengths.

Hunt said his biggest goal for the summer is just to improve overall as a point guard, and credited the nightly battles in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference with keeping him sharp.

“It helps me a lot ‘cause the competition’s always top notch,” he said. “And then you play those guys twice a year, so as they get better, you get better. The competition’s always top notch.”

TREMAINE CHESLEY, SOUTHERN MD ALL-STARS 16U

A 2020 guard from St. Charles (Md.), Chesley nearly carried his team to one of the weekend’s biggest upsets, finishing with 20 points in a 59-57 triple overtime loss to DC Premier UAA.

“I know they didn’t expect us to hang with them,” he said. “They looked at us as a random team they never heard about, but we still played hard and kept fighting.”

Chesley made big bucket after big bucket down the stretch, including a jumper in the final seconds of overtime to send the game to an extra period.  He attacked the basket strong and defended well.

The 6-foot-3, 160-pounder said he’s working on improving his jumper and attracting more recruiting attention. Games like Saturday’s will definitely help, and Chesley said he felt he proved something despite the loss.
“Yes, I can keep my composure in tough games like that and not fold under pressure,” he said.

AMINU MOHAMMED, BOO WILLIAMS-CHIZ 16U

Mohammed continued his stellar play with 24 points and MVP Honors in the 63-61 16U Championship win over Team BBC.

The 6-foot-5 Mohammed is increasingly comfortable playing on the perimeter, displaying an improved shooting touch and nice handle. He was nearly unstoppable attacking the basket, showing the ability to finish above the rim and through contact.

The Archbishop Carroll (DC) 2021 star picked up a scholarship offer from Florida this week, and that should end of being the first of many this summer.

AMIR NESBITT, BOO WILLIAMS-CHIZ 16U

Nesbitt was strong all weekend but saved his best performance for last, scoring 17 of his 19 points in the second half of 63-61 win over Team BBC in the 16U Championship.

Nesbitt had a very strong first season at Virginia Academy, finishing as the Patriots’ leading scorer.

“It was real big,” he said of the high school season. “I got confidence in my dribbling skills and I, like, learned how to score better.”

The 6-foot-1, 170 pound Nesbitt is lethal with the ball in his hands, showcasing the ability to score efficiently at all three levels while also getting his teammates involved. He said he wants to get stronger attacking the basket, and has big plans for his Boo squad.

“We’re like, the underdogs,” he said. “ We  don’t really have high recruits except for, like, Aminu, so we’re coming at everybody’s neck.”

WILL JEFFRESS, TEAM DURANT 16U

The 6-foot-7, 190-pound Jeffress stands outs the second he steps on the floor, and he’s got the game to match.

A highly-touted 2021 prospect from McDowell (Pa.), already has a college frame, and showed he can put the ball in the basket and get to the foul line. Despite hailing from further away than any of his teammates, he fit right in with them on and off the floor.

“It’s a well put together group,” he said. “I feel like we have a lot of chemistry together and we bond a lot. Going on the trips and just being with the guys has been a great experience.”

The biggest things Jeffress said he wants to work on are improving his ball handling and motor.

“ feel as thought this AAU season will help me build up to my next high school season,” he said, “and it will allow me to do a little bit better and improve, because that’s the name of the game – improvement.”

MICHAEL GRAY, TEAM THRILL UAA 16U

Gray poured in 25 points - hitting six 3-pointers - to keep Thrill within striking distance in a 64-60 loss to Team Loaded 757.

“I just tried to bring us back and get a win,” he said.

The 2020 guard was a standout on Lake Clifton’s Maryland Class 1A State Champion squad this past season, and is looking to hone his game and boost his recruiting stock as he prepares to lead a title defense.

“I’m just playing hard and seeing what level I’m going to be on and Just keep going,” he said.

DARRYL MACKEY, JR., TEAM TAKEOVER GREY 17U

Mackey opened the day with 10 points in a loss to Team Loaded VA and closed with 16 in a win over Higher Level. The West Potomac (Va.) 2019 standout has Division 2 and Division 3 interest, but is hoping to take his recruitment up a level.

“My main goals are to have a great summer, pick up some D1 offers and just really ball out and help my team and help my teammates,” he said. “Just be the best player I can be.”

At 6-foot, 170 pounds Mackey isn’t the biggest guard, but makes up for it with impressive explosiveness and toughness. His quick first step allowed him to get by defenders, and he showed good touch from the field.

“I love this group a lot,” he said of his TTO Grey squad. “They’re all from the area. I’ve played against a lot of the guys and I never really had an opportunity to play with guys that I knew, so it’s a big opportunity for me.”