DMVElite News

Big Shots Baltimore: Stars & Breakout Performers


To kick off the April "live" evaluation period, Big Shots hosted their annual Big Shots Baltimore tournament with games taking place at The Park School and other Baltimore-area sites.

With a certified tournament being played in their backyard, a large number of area teams flocked to the event, giving us an opportunity to monitor the progress certain players have made since high school season ended and also get introduced to some new and intriguing prospects.

Nigel Johnson Commits To Kansas State


Riverdale Baptist 2013 guard Nigel Johnson is confident that he’s finally found the perfect place to play his college ball.

Johnson verbally committed to Kansas State Saturday night, only days after the Wildcats offered a scholarship on Thursday morning and just weeks after decommitting from George Washington.

“I felt like I could definitely come in right away and make an impact,” Johnson said of Kansas State. “They told me that I can come in right away and be a major contributor.”

Kansas State assistant Chester Frazier – a Baltimore native and Lake Clifton High School graduate – led the way in recruiting Johnson.

Montrose's Williams To Temple



Mark Williams’ decision to move 700 miles from his Cleveland home for his senior season paid off nicely on Monday, as the Montrose Christian 2013 forward committed to Division I Temple University.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Williams said his finalists were Temple, Kent State and Vanderbilt. He took his official visit to Temple Thursday-Saturday of last week.

DMVelite Rankings: 2014 Top 50


RELATED: DMVelite 100 - Class of 2013 Rankings

The DMVelite Top 50 for the Class of 2014 represents a ranking of the 50 premier juniors (rising seniors) throughout Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia. 

This page includes the Top 50 and our "On The Radar" list of those players that earned consideration for Top 50 honors but did not quite make the cut. With the idea that this Top 50 will expand into a Top 100 in August (post-AAU), our list is comprehensive. With a considerably strong spring and summer performance, an "On The Radar" player can easily find himself in the Top 50.

DMVelite 2014 Rankings FAQ


Upon the release of our DMVelite Top 50 for the Class of 2014, we're sure that many of our readers have questions about the rankings, who produced them, what was considered in the ranking process, and more. Refer to the FAQ below, and please contact us with any other questions about our rankings.


A: Our DMVelite team of Edgar Walker, Erik Larson, and Marcus Helton put together these rankings. We started with a list of about 150 juniors under consideration and began to narrow it down and order players. Through debate between the three of us and consultation with area coaches throughout the season, a consensus was reached.

DMV Hoops Digest (April 1-7)

Some news and note from the past week in area hoops:

  • Eleanor Roosevelt 2013 guard Emmanuel Matey committed to D-I Morgan State.

  • Coolidge 2013 forward David Kadiri committed to UMBC.
  • Oakland Mills 2013 forward Lavon Long decommitted from Loyola following coach Jimmy Patsos departure to Siena. He became the third Loyola recruit to do so, following St. Frances guard Maurice White and Georgetown Prep forward Michael Wolfe.

  • Montrose Christian 2013 forward Mark Williams has cut his list of schools to Temple, Vanderbilt, Kent State and Niagara, and hopes to decide soon.
  • Division 2 Washington Adventist University picked up 2013 commitments from Gwynn Park forward Achkel Bazil, Southern-AA guard Eric Lindsey, Central guard Calvin Lovitt and St. Maria Goretti guard Tyrus Fleetwood.

Florida Schools Sweep NHSI Finals



NORTH BETHESDA, MD – The 2013 National High School Invitational came to a close in thrilling fashion on Saturday, with Jalyn Patterson hitting a 3-pointer in the final seconds to lift Montverde (Fla.) over St. Benedict’s (NJ) 67-65 in the boys’ final.

Montverde’s win completed a Sunshine State sweep of the event at Georgetown Prep, as Tampa’s Dr. Phillips High School beat DMV representative Archbishop Spalding 62-45 in the girls’ championship game.

Kentucky-bound Montverde center Dakari Johnson and Dr. Phillips forward Hannah Schaible (George Washington) were named Tournament MVPs.

All-DMVelite: Small Schools


As we continue to wrap up the 2012-13 high school basketball season on DMVelite, we move onto our selections for All-Small Schools honors.

RELATED: 2013 All-DMVelite Team --- MD All-State Team --- All-NoVa Team --- D.C. All-District Team

As part of our mission to bring the most comprehensive high school basketball coverage in the area, we have are proud to present our DMVelite All-Small Schools Team.

The All-Small Schools Team aims to honor those players at small schools who had impressive 2012-13 seasons but may have been overlooked because of the conference they play in or the size of their school.