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Spotlight: CJ Hill

By MARCUS HELTON

When it comes to basketball, Westfield High School (Va.) 2013 guard C.J. Hill is a bit of a late bloomer.

“I didn’t get serious about basketball until my junior year,” Hill said recently. “My first year of AAU was my sophomore going into my junior year, and it was my first experience seeing other athletes who could like, dunk and do all kinds of stuff. “

The explosive 6-foot-2, 185-pound Hill is blessed with an athletic bloodline; his brother is New York Giants defensive end Adrian Tracy, who played football and basketball at Potomac Falls High. Hill spent his freshman year at Centreville, where he split time between the varsity and junior varsity basketball squads before moving on to Westfield as a sophomore.

Beck Picks Binghamton

By MARCUS HELTON

Maret (DC) School 2013 point guard Marlon Beck had originally planned to commit to a college before his senior year began, but found himself still looking as the calendar inched towards February.

Beck’s wait came to an end Tuesday night, though, as he accepted a scholarship offer from Division I Binghamton University (NY) following Maret’s 50-41 home win against Potomac School.

“They had been talking a lot to me recently, so I already knew that they were coming down to offer in person,” Beck said. “I really like the school; they’re really good academically and they’ve got the major I wanted in Business Management – they’re Top 20 in the nation. It’s a full ride, so my family and I are really excited about that. It’s also so something where their kind of building up their program with Coach [Tommy] Dempsey and I’m going to be able to make an immediate impact when I get there so I’m really excited about that.”

Oakland Mills Finishes Strong

By ERIK LARSON, DMV Elite Director of Scouting

COLUMBIA, MD – Here is a breakdown of Oakland Mills’ 57-56 victory over Glenelg Country Day on Friday night: 

Scoreboard Analysis

Blackistone To Lead Discussion

ESPN Around The Horn panelist and University of Maryland Journalism Professor Kevin Blackistone will moderate a panel breakfast discussion: “Athletics: What Does Math Have To Do With It?” on Saturday from 10-Noon at the PG County Library branch in Bowie (15210 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20715.)

The panel also features WUSA9 sports reporter Dave Owens, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Calvin Tiggle, Georgetown women’s basketball’s Tasha Harris, Haden Sports and Performance Center’s Joseph Haden, Jr., Coolidge HS football coach Natalie Randolph and Towson University student athlete Airielle Dawson.

The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Scholastic Olympics group. It is free but registration is required; call 301-801-2616 for more info.

Central Routs Crossland

By ERIK LARSON, DMV Elite Director of Scouting

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD –

Scoreboard Analysis:
1st 0-0
Crossland jumped out to a 10-1 lead. They were able to create a lot of pressure with a full court press and half-court trap.
2nd 21-9 Central
Crossland was unable to get it going on the offensive end.  Central pushed it to a 13 point lead with 2:30. Calvin Lovitt had 3 3's in the first half while Eric Landis keeps Crossland in the game.
3rd 47-31 Central
Both teams execute equally after halftime, Crossland is unable to make a major dent in Central’s lead.
4th 56-43 Central
Central continues to attack the basket and Crossland’s issues with execution continues. With 4:00 remaining in the 4th, Central pushes lead to 20 and never relinquishes.
Final 79-59
Central was led by Davon Taylor’s 16 points and Micheal Hooks 14.  Dequan Smith added 13 while Kevin Freeman and Calvin Lovitt finish with 11.  Eric Landis leads Crossland with 21 points while Chucky Owens-Wilson drops in 12. 

DMV Elite Winter League

The 2013 DMV Elite Winter League began Saturday, January 5 at Clinton Christian Academy (6707 Woodyard Road, Upper Marlboro MD 20774) and will run every Saturday until February 24.

The league is for 5th-8th grade boys, and features some of the top teams in area, such as Under Armour Baltimore Finest, Mid-Atlantic Select, Team Takeover, Blue Star, Crusaders Elite, Maryland’s Finest, Metro Celtics, Metro Sixers, Team Glory, Delaware AIM, DC Blue Devils, DC Thunder, Slam N Jamm and Southern MD Heat.

General admission is $3 per game.

Spotlight: Brandon Better

By MARCUS HELTON

2014 guard Brandon Better’s high school career didn’t start as smoothly as he’d hoped it would, but after a few stops he’s found a home at Princeton Day Academy.

The 6-2 1/2, 180-pounder is averaging 16.4 points per game in his second season with the Storm, and has attracted Division I attention despite not playing a full AAU schedule this past summer.

A Suitland native, Better – who formerly went by Brandon Dyke – played his middle school ball at James Madison MS near Upper Marlboro on team that included Bishop O’Connell’s Romelo Trimble and St. John’s guard James Mitchell.

“We were pretty good,” Better said. “We went to the playoffs and then the finals and we lost to Ernest Just, with Stan Robinson and them.”

Parkdale Cruises By High Point

By ERIK LARSON, DMV Elite Director of Scouting

BELTSVILLE, MD –

Scoreboard Analysis:
1st 18-18
High Point was able to keep up with favored Parkdale.
2nd 44-30 Parkdale
Parkdale applied full court pressure and forces High Point to turn the ball over.  Parkdale began to flow offensively as well as on defense.
3rd 60-41 Parkdale
Parkdale was able to extend the lead by executing on offense.  High Point struggled to deal with full court pressure and making shots.
4th 75-56 Parkdale
Parkdale held on to their lead despite a great offensive effort from 2015 Olyadoyin Fadojutimi with three fourth quarter 3-pointers.  Scoring for Parkdale had Cameron Thurston finishing with a game-high 37 points, Kaine Wilson with 13 points and Emmanuel Nwude with 11.  High Point was led by Fadojutimi’s 25 points, while John King drops 17.

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

 

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Maret Ends Drought

By MARCUS HELTON

WASHINGTON – Maret School has established itself as one of the top teams in the Mid-Atlantic Conference in recent years, but its failure to break through against rival Sidwell Friends had been a sore point for many of the team’s older players.

That ended Tuesday night, as the Fighting Frogs won 59-55 to snap a five-game losing skid to the Quakers behind a sizzling shooting performance from 2014 guard Steffen Davis, who made five 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 21 points.

“This means a lot,” Davis said. “Since my freshman year, we’ve never beaten Sidwell. We’ve gotten really close – you know double overtime – but we’ve never been able to push through it and I think tonight that’s what we really did. So it means a lot to us, our fans and our alums and our coaches.”