New Year Brings Early Stand Outs

Prince George's County High School Basketball

by: Daniel Kucin Jr. Special to the AFRO
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DeMatha Catholic High School, in Hyattsville, Md., is the cream of the crop of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC). So far, the Stags have enjoyed a 10-1 record and have put together signature wins over Washington, D.C.-based St. John’s College High School and Bishop O’Connell High School (Arlington, VA).

The Stags “big three” consists of junior guard Justin Moore, sophomore guard Earl Timberlake, and sophomore center Hunter Dickinson. All three players are averaging over 14 points per game so far, and it will be interesting to see if they will keep it up moving forward.

Earl Timberlake is a sophomore guard at DeMata Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. (Photo by Daniel Kucin)

Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, in Upper Marlboro, Md., is on fire as of late behind the scoring efforts of senior combo guard Sherwyn Devonish. The 6-foot, 180-pound student-athlete is averaging over 23 points, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

He dropped 29 points against Bladensburg High School on Dec. 15 displaying his athleticism and ability to take over a game at will. The Pumas are now 6-1, and they look to be a top contender in the 4A division.

Despite falling to perennial powerhouse DeMatha in its first game of the season 86-49, Greenbelt, Md.-based Eleanor Roosevelt High School (5-2) has strung together four consecutive wins including a dominant 21-point victory over Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School located in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 27.

Senior point guard Jaden Faulkner leads the team in scoring (17 points per game), and had a 26-point outburst in their win over Lanham, Md.-based DuVal High School on Dec. 15. Junior guard Cameron Brown, senior guard Juston Bailey, and junior guard Isaiah Gross are currently scoring in double-figures for the Raiders this season.

Fairmont Heights High School, in Capitol Heights, Md., looks to defend its 1A South championship title again this season. The Hornets are 4-2 and started the year off on a three-game winning streak.

Senior guards Kimani Benjamin and Darren Lucas-White have been a force to be reckoned with as of late. They combined for 39 points against Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School (Washington, D.C.) in 66-29 blowout victory on Dec. 22.

Both players are averaging over 17 points per game as the team’s primary scoring options, but junior point guard Anthony Craven is no slouch either in the scoring department at 12 points per contest.

In the 3A division, Potomac High school located in Glassmanor, Md. and Oxon Hill High School are playing lights out lately. Potomac is currently undefeated (6-0) after most recently defeating Clarksville, Md.-based River Hill High School by 31 points on Dec. 28.

The Clippers (5-1) are riding on a four-game win streak, and their only loss is to Potomac (81-78) on Dec. 13. Six-foot-four senior guard Nayshone Kane has been leading the way with 17.8 points per game.

Gwynn Park looks like a team that will give its opposition headaches for the remainder of the season. The Yellow Jackets are now 6-1 but recently fell to Albert Einstein High School located in Kensington, Md. on Dec. 28 by the score of 73-68.

If senior guard Craig Morrow and junior guard Jalen Hayes can keep up their 15 points per game scoring average up or better; Gwynn Park should be the best contender for a 2A championship run this year.

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