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Spotlight: Paul Rowley

By MARCUS HELTON

While nearly every top player has a profile page on a recruiting site, Loudon Valley (Va.) 2014 forward Paul Rowley decided to take it a step further.

Last summer, Rowley and his father Sean sat down and put together PaulRowley.net, a web site dedicated to giving college coaches every piece of info they’d ever need to have on him: height (6-foot-7 ¼ in shoes), contact info, grade point average (currently an eye-popping 4.42), NCAA Clearinghouse ID, video highlights, schedules, news updates and more.

Potomac Edges Largo

By ERIK LARSON

LARGO, MD – Host Largo (11-7, 10-5 league) was charged up to host a league rivalry game on Tuesday night.  The crowd was buzzing, the band was jamming and the lay-up line was crisp.

DMVelite Expands Va. Reach

DMVelite Showcase Events has formed a partnership with the Richmond, Va.-based Foundation Basketball Group, a move that will help both organizations expand their reach in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia markets.

The Foundation Basketball facility provides year-round training, development and instruction for student athletes ages 4 and up.  The mission and vision of The Foundation Basketball Group is to give kids the one-on-one attention needed to improve their all-around game by strengthening their fundamentals.

Founded by David Anderson in 2003, FBG earned a reputation for developing both players and teams by teaching the fundamentals of basketball. FBG currently has two campuses and will be opening a third – on the city’s West End – in March 2013.

Gonzaga Downs O'Connell

By MARCUS HELTON

WASHINGTON – The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference clash everyone had been waiting for lived up to the hype for three and a half quarters before one team finally struck a decisive blow.

Gonzaga used a 7-0 run in the final 2:35 of the fourth quarter to pull away and beat Bishop O’Connell 66-57 at American University’s Bender Arena on Tuesday.

The two teams had established themselves as the early front-runners for the WCAC crown, but hadn’t faced each other until Tuesday night – less than two weeks before the conference playoffs. They’ll meet again – also at American – on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Despite the long wait to finally face off, Gonzaga 2013 forward Kris Jenkins maintained he and his teammates hadn’t been looking ahead to facing the Knights.

DMV Hoops Digest (Jan. 27-Feb. 3)

Some news and notes from the past week in DMV basketball:

  • Thomas Stone’s Michael Briscoe scored the 1,000th point of his career on Friday against McDonough.
  • Oak Hill Academy 2013 forward Lennard Freeman picked up an offer from South Florida.

  • Washington Adventist University will move from NCAA Division II to NAIA beginning in 2014-15.
  • Sidwell Friends 2013 guard Matthew Hillman committed to Division III Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)

  • TC Williams 2013 wing Landon Moss committed to play football at I-AA Coastal Carolina. He’s a standout wide receiver.
  • Riverdale Baptist 2013 forward Ra’eese Hunt committed to D-II Mansfield (Pa.)

Maryland Challenge Recap

By ERIK LARSON and MARCUS HELTON

WASHINGTON DC – The Maryland Challenge attracted eight Baltimore and DC area schools to Coolidge High’s Frank Williams Athletic Center on Saturday for four high-level contests.

The event, which was presented by Famjuice and Play By Play Classics in conjunction with More Than Basketball, featured Coolidge, Dunbar (Md.), John Carroll, Milford Mill, Princeton Day, Spingarn, St. Frances and Theodore Roosevelt.

After Dunbar knocked off John Carroll 69-58 in the day’s opening game, Spingarn and St. Frances engaged in a marathon two-overtime battle before St. Frances pulled away to stave off the upset with an 82-71 win. Theodore Roosevelt improved to 19-0 on the year after pulling away late to beat a talented Milford Mill group 77-69, and in the nightcap, Princeton Day downed host Coolidge, 95-85.

Maryland Challenge Info

The Famjuice/Scholastic Play-By-Play Maryland Challenge will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at Coolidge High School in DC with a host of area teams in action.

Saturday’s field features Coolidge, Dunbar-Baltimore, John Carroll, Milford Mill, Princeton Day Academy, Spingarn, St. Frances and Theodore Roosevelt.

Aquille Carr, Anton Waters, Dwayne Morgan, Maurice White, Justin Jenifer, Allen Costley, Daxter Miles, Kamau Stokes, Keandre Gibson, Johnny Shuler, Tavon Alexander, Mike Warren, Jerome West, Garrett Washington, David Kadiri, Omar Roberts, Shaq James, Rodney Elliot and Mike and Christian Owona will be among the top players taking part.

Tickets will be available at the door, and the cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Here is the schedule:

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.”