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2013 DMVelite Team

 

With the 2012-13 high school season in the books – only Montrose Christian’s participation in the upcoming ESPN NHSI remains – it’s time to recognize the DMV’s individual standouts, and with the recent merger of DMVelite and Marylandhoops.net, the process of selecting an All-Area team proved especially daunting.

The second annual DMVelite Team is the area’s most comprehensive collection, encompassing public and private school players from DC, all of Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Given such a deep pool of candidates to choose from, some tough decisions had to be made, and several talented players just missed the cut. Our staff would like to thank the players, coaches and fans who made this past season – our third of HS coverage – a success, and we look forward to many more.

NOTE: We will be releasing All-State (Md.), All-District (D.C.), and All-Region (NoVa) in the coming days, along with a full breakdown of our awards and All-Freshman and All-Small School teams.

And now, here’s our selection of the area’s best of the best – the 2013 DMVelite Team:

Johnson Reopens Recruitment

 

By MARCUS HELTON

While 2013 guard Nigel Johnson committed to George Washington University in September, it looked to be a recruiting coup for the Colonials, especially as Johnson put together a stellar season at Riverdale Baptist.

Johnson held off on signing his National Letter of Intent, though, and Friday he officially announced that he was decommitting from GW and reopening his recruitment.

“I felt like when I made the decision and committed, I feel like I rushed it a little bit and I didn’t really take my time and think about it,” Johnson said Friday. “You get five visits and I only took two, so I mean, I really didn’t explore any options so I feel like I rushed it a little bit. … I’m not really leaning anywhere, I’m basically just waiting to see [who is interested].”

Hoop Group Top 100s: Northern Virginia & Baltimore

 

By EDGAR WALKER

Hoop Group made the trip down to the DMV over the past weekend as part of their Spring Top 100 Tour, with events at Lake Braddock (Burke, Va.) on Saturday and St. Paul's (Brooklandville, Md.) on Sunday.

A number of players (especially those in the 2014 and 2016 classes) really made their marks with strong weekend performances at either one of the Top 100 events, and those players are discussed in the following event recaps from HoopGroup.com:

LINK: Northern Virginia Top 100 Standouts
LINK: Baltimore Top 100 Standouts

Additionally, with our staff attending both days, we were able to get a look at some under-the-radar talents from across the region. As such, we added the following players to our newly-revamped Player Database.

DMV Hoops Digest (March 18-25)

 

A few notes from the past week in DMV hoops:

  • Friendship Collegiate (DC) 2013 guard Byron Ashe committed to Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday night, following a visit to the school.

  • St. Frances (MD) 2014 forward Dwayne Morgan will choose between Georgetown, Maryland and UNLV on Wednesday. DMVelite will be live streaming his announcement.
  • A busy day for the Owona brothers at John Carroll (MD): 2013 forward Michael Owona committed to UMass-Lowell (which will be Division I next year), while his brother Christian – also a 2013 forward – committed to Division II Caldwell College (NJ).

Dwayne Morgan To Announce LIVE On DMV Elite

 

By EDGAR WALKER

LINK: Dwayne Morgan Announcement - Live Stream Begins at 1 p.m.

A nationally-ranked prospect for the Class of 2014, St. Frances forward Dwayne Morgan is set to announce his college decision on Wednesday, March 27th and DMV Elite will be providing a live stream of the announcement.

A 6-foot-8 wing prospect, Morgan has shot up national ranking lists in the last year and has decided to bring the college recruiting process to an end after receiving 20+ offers from some of the nation's most prestigious college programs.

Currently ranked No. 22 in 247Sports' industry composite rankings, Morgan has whittled his college list down to three and will decide between UNLV, Maryland, and Georgetown.

UNLV was Morgan's first offer while Maryland and Georgetown are local schools that have been very active throughout the recruiting process.

4th Annual ESBC All-Star Game

The fourth annual Elite Showcase Basketball Classic is scheduled for March 24, 2013 at Trinity University (DC), and features an intriguing mix of talent from the DMV and beyond.

Massanutten Military (Va.) Academy is well-represented, with Colonels head coach Chad Myers leading five of his players on the North team: Magruder 2012 graduate Garland Owen (Boston College), Queen Anne’s grad Damonte Dodd (Maryland), former Petersburg standout Frank Mason (Kansas), Miami-bound guard Deandre Burnett and VMI-bound guard QJ Peterson.

Joining Massanutten’s DMV contingent on the North squad are Westfield’s CJ Hill (Undecided), Paul VI’s Jamall Robinson (Niagara), and Gar-Field’s Zach Fong (Navy).

Bayside All-Star Game Recap

 

By MITCHELL NORTHAM

SALISBURY – Thomas Brown and GaVaughn Trower both made it to College Park this past weekend as their respective teams won East regional championships. Trower’s Washington Jaguars were bounced in the 1A state semifinals by eventual state champion Dunbar while Brown’s Wicomico Indians fell in buzzer-beating fashion to Edmondson in the 2A state title game.

However, the disappointing losses over the weekend wouldn’t prevent the two seniors from putting on a show in the final game of their high school careers.

Both members of the South squad in the Bayside Conference Senior All-Star Game, Brown and Trower led the South to a thrilling 84-81 win over their North counterparts. Brown led the way with game highs in points (31) and rebounds (17) to go along with three assists and three steals. Trower chipped in with 23 points, six rebounds, two assists, and a game-high five steals.

DMVelite 2013 Top 100 Rankings

 

The 2013 DMVelite 100 ranks the top 100 graduating seniors throughout Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia and is the first major project since the merger of DMVelite and MDHoops.net last Wednesday.