By ERIK LARSON, DMV Elite Director of Scouting
LANHAM – Northwestern (10-11) made it to the second round of the 4A South Region playoffs after upsetting league rival Bowie on Tuesday. They would need a near perfect performance to repeat that feat against No. 2 seed DuVal (17-4).
Battling hard behind Mike White’s 12 points, Amir Boney’s 11 points and John Johnson’s 9 points, Northwestern was in contention until the final minutes, but DuVal’s “Big 4” of Michael Cunningham (15 points), Paris Jones (14 points), Charles Ekeanyanwu (10 points) and Edward Polite (9 points) were able to outlast Northwestern’s late charge. Cunningham was clutch by hitting 5 of 6 free throws in the final minutes of the game to lift DuVal to a 58-47 win. They will face Wise at home on Tuesday, March 5.
Michael Cunningham 6’1 PG 2014
Michael is a scoring point guard who can set offense in addition to creating. He has a very good handle with the ball and can knife through defenses for the score. He can shoot the ball from the 3 point line and hit the pull up jump shot. He makes big plays at important times, shows great poise and control and will take on defensive challenges. Michael is currently has interest from Hartford, Xavier, Towson and New Hampshire and with a big summer should gain more interest.
Charles Ekeanyanwu 6’2 Wing 2013
Charles is a hard working perimeter player who provides scoring, defense and toughness. He can hit the mid-range jumper, hit the 3 pointer on occasion and drive to the rim. He usually defends his opponents’ best player and rebounds very well. He does the dirty work and adds a lot of energy to his teams’ effort. Charles is a D2 scholarship level player currently being recruited by Mt. Olive and Washington Adventist.
Paris Jones 5’11 SG 2013
Paris is an active guard who can be an offensive catalyst for his team. He can shoot the 3 very well and when hot, can run off big scoring spurts. He does use the shot fake to get to the basket and can finish with contact. He plays descent perimeter defense and gets into the passing lanes for steals. Paris is currently a JUCO recruit also gaining D2 interest.
Edward Polite 6’4 F 2015
Edward is an athletic forward with a large upside. He plays solely inside for Duval and does a lot to control the paint area. He rebounds very well and is able to block shots. He has quick hops which allow him to get offensive rebounds and put backs. Edward is going to have to get comfortable with the ball away from the rim and work on a few moves to attack and score. Jump shooting opportunities will increase and he will need to be able to execute. Low D1’s should start to monitor his progress due to his athleticism.
John Johnson 6’2 G 2013
John is a do everything player who will play football on the ACC level. On the court, he finishes at the basket with contact, penetrates with the ball and forces his will on opponents. He is a gamer who rebounds, defends and goes after loose balls. The way he plays with passion is an indication of his talent on the gridiron. Expect John to be making life miserable for teams at Boston College’s intramural league in the offseason.
Mike White 5’2 PG 2015
Mike is the smallest guy on the floor but plays with the biggest heart. He is not intimidated by bigger guards or a higher ranked teams, he attempts to use his quickness and ability to score to keep his team in the game. He can shoot the 3, break down defenses off of the dribble, and find teammates on the offensive end. Defensively, he uses his small size to his advantage by creeping behind ball handlers and picking them off. It will be difficult for recruiters to look pass Mike’s size, but his effectiveness should have D2’s and high D3’s interested in his services.
Amir Boney 6’6 F 2015
Amir is a long, athletic forward who can block shots and finish in the paint. His long arms make it necessary for teams to account for him on the boards and in the paint. He works the offensive glass and is able to finish around the rim. He changes and blocks shots and is willing to go after long rebounds and loose balls. D2’s should start paying attention to Amir. He has potential to go higher if he works on his offensive game as well as strength.
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