As we continue to wrap up the 2012-13 high school basketball season on DMVelite, we move onto our All-State selections for Virginia.
As a result of the DMVelite-MDHoops merger in March, we decided to do three different All-Area teams in addition to our overall All-DMVelite team. This team encompasses Northern Virginia, not the schools in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Only players at high schools located in Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties are eligible for All-State honors (we released our All-Maryland Team on Wednesday and will release All-District teams for D.C. as well.)
NORTHERN VIRGINIA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Romelo Trimble, Bishop O’Connell Guard: Trimble – the overall DMVelite Player of the Year - was already one of the area’s top prospects, but he took his game and his team to a championship level this season.
The 6-foot-2 Trimble verbally committed to Maryland in December, and the decision seemed to take a weight off his shoulders as he torched defenses the rest of the way while showcasing an ability to score from deep, mid-range and at the rim.
Trimble averaged 20.3 points per game, but seemed to save his best performances for the most important contests, dropping 33 in the Knights’ Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game victory against St. John’s and 34 against Benedictine to win the Alhambra Catholic Schools Invitational Tournament.
Marcus Derrickson, Paul VI 2015 Forward: The talented sophomore is already one of the most sought-after players in the area, and he showed why in becoming a leader as the Panthers made a solid defense of their 2012 WCAC title and picked up impressive victories against Oak Hill and Montverde (Fl.) Derrickson averaged a team-high 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, and has offers from the likes of Indiana, Georgetown, Maryland, Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Villanova.
Junior Etou, Bishop O’Connell, 2013 Forward: Etou thrived in his lone season at O’Connell after transferring in from Arlington Country Day (Fla.) He averaged 14.8 points per game and was also a force on the boards and the defensive end. He has narrowed his college choices to Miami and Xavier.
Will Ferguson, Herndon, 2013 Guard: Ferguson averaged 22.4 points per game in his first full season with the Hornets after transferring from O’Connell as a junior, earning Concorde District and Northern Region Player of the Year honors. Ferguson will spend a prep season at Massanutten Military Academy.
Quadree Smith, Paul VI 2014 Forward: Smith was perhaps the areas most improved player, moving from a reserve role as a sophomore to a major contributor. He averaged 9.0 points per game and was one of the area’s top rebounders as well, as highlighted by a 19-board effort in the Panthers’ victory over Oak Hill.
JR Washington, Stonewall Jackson 2013 Guard: One of the most gifted scorers in the area, Washington averaged 23.8 points per game for the Raiders, and dropped an area-high 61 in a win against Freedom-Woodbridge in December. The Cedar Run District Player of the Year led Stonewall to within one win of a state playoff berth.
Eric Bowles, WT Woodson 2015 Guard: Bowles earned Patriot District Player of the Year honors while leading the Cavaliers to a 25-5 record and a trip to the state semifinals. He averaged 10.2 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Leroy Butts, Bishop O’Connell 2015 Forward: Butts emerged as one of the top players in the 2015 class, averaging 10.6 points per game and helping to complement Etou on the glass and on the defensive end.
Kevin Dorsey, Paul VI 2015 Guard: Dorsey proved to be Mr. Clutch in his first season running the point for PVI, and hit a pair of game-winners in the Bass Pro Shops Tournament in January. He averaged 9.2 points per game.
Franklin Howard, Paul VI 2015 Guard: A transfer from Gonzaga, Howard wasted little time getting acclimated to his new surroundings, and finished second on the team at 11.5 points per game.
Patrick Moseh, Bishop Ireton 2014 Guard: Moseh averaged a team-leading 14.4 points per game for the much-improved Cardinals, who knocked off top-seeded Gonzaga to reach the WCAC tournament semifinals.
Wanya Allen, Potomac Falls 2015 Forward: Allen averaged a team-high 16.5 points per game for the Group AA power Panthers, who won their fourth straight regional championship.
Brandon Alston, Middleburg Academy 2015 Wing: The touted sophomore wing led the Dragons in scoring at 13.8 points per game as Middleburg went 22-12 and won the Sleepy Thompson Tournament.
Zach Fong, Gar-Field 2013 Guard: The Naval Academy commit was one of the area’s top 3-point shooters, knocking down 103 while averaging 18 points per game and shooting 90.4 percent (85-of-94) from the foul line.
Cam Gregory, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 2014 Forward: Gregory emerged as a force in his first season after transferring from O’Connell, averaging a team-high 16.7 points per game.
Khory Moore, Wakefield 2013 Guard: The National District Player of the Year averaged 16 points per game and led Wakefield to a 25-6 record and the Group AAA state semifinals. He dropped 37 points in an overtime loss to WT Woodson in the Northern Region championship game.
Zach Burnett, Fairfax 2013 Guard: Burnett averaged 16.8 points per game and earned Liberty District Player of the Year honors.
Greg Malinowski, Episcopal 2014 Guard: Averaged a team-high 15.6 points per game for a rebuilding Episcopal squad.
Daniel Noe, Bishop Ireton 2014 Guard: Noe had a breakout season, averaging 13.6 points per game for the Cardinals.
Gavin Peppers, St. Stephens & St. Agnes 2014 Guard: A transfer from Montrose Christian, Peppers finished second on the team at 14.5 points per game while handling the point.
Paul Rowley, Loudoun Valley 2014 Forward: Rowley averaged a team-high 16.6 points per game as the Vikings reached the state quarterfinals. He has picked up scholarship offers from Mount St. Mary’s, Quinnipiac, St. Frances and Cornell.
Chief Amoah, Edison 2014 Guard
Britton Anderson, Flint Hill 2014 Forward
Michael Anderson, Loudoun County 2013 Guard
Trevor Blondin, Battlefield 2014 Guard
Doug Chappell, Episcopal 2013 Guard
Justin Hampton, South County 2013 Wing
Marcus Hayes, Middleburg 2013 Guard
Randy Hayes, Potomac 2014 Forward
CJ Hill, Westfield 2013 Guard
Dorian Johnson, Herndon 2014 Guard/Forward
Louis Khouri, Bishop Ireton 2013 Guard
Curtis Lovitt, Gar-Field 2013 Guard
Logan Samuels, Potomac School 2014 Guard
Eric Shaw, Middleburg 2013 Forward
Tommy Stepka, WT Woodson 2013 Forward
Brian Sydnor, Chantilly 2013 Forward
ALSO CONSIDERED: Justin Hampton, South County 2013 Wing; Roman Hall, Battlefield 2013 Guard; Marcus Brumsey, Edison 2014 Guard; Michael Janowski, Potomac Falls 2016 Guard; Robert Bacon, Oakton 2014 Guard; Mike Coyle, John Paul The Great 2014 Guard; Sanar Shamdeen, Annandale 2013 Guard; Zach Coffman, Heritage 2014 Guard; Mister Lewis, Heritage 2013 Guard; Josh Grimard, Loudoun Valley 2013 Forward.
WHO WAS ELIGIBLE: All public and private school players attending high school in Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties.
HOW SELECTIONS WERE MADE: DMVelite’s Marcus Helton compiled a list of players throughout the season as part of his work with MDHoops.net. After consultation with DMVelite's Edgar Walker and Erik Larson and area coaches, the 2013 DMVelite Team and NoVA All-State teams were determined.
PHOTOS: O'Connell's Romelo Trimble (by Charles Matthews of DMVelite/RH Media Group); Bishop Ireton's Daniel Noe (by Wallace Barron, DMVelite).