2018 Capitol Hoops Summer League Recap + Plays of the Year

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2018 Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha
Season Recap

The first annual Capitol Hoops Summer League saw some of the best teams and players in the DMV come together to form one of the most competitive summer league’s in the country.  The league featured 32 teams, including 5 WCAC schools, 4 IAC schools, 4 MAC schools, and other public and private schools in the DMV. From May 31st through July 3rd, fans were guaranteed great basketball on a daily basis.  Whether it was the Mitchell Twins and DC Evolution, Casey Morsell and St. John’s, or Richard Dudley and Paint Branch, every player and team brought everything they had to this league in an effort to prove themselves on the DMV hoops scene.  

Since the season ended, we at Capitol Hoops have taken the time to reflect on what was a great summer, and have formulated our thoughts into a summer recap.  Below you will find our thoughts on all 32 teams, all Summer League awards, a recap of the playoffs, and analysis on players whose stock rose due to their summer league play.

A special thank you goes out to DeMatha and its staff, who did an excellent job hosting the league.  

 

FINAL STANDINGS

1 DC Evolution:  Evolution was by far the most dominant team in the league, out-scoring its opponents by a whopping 302 points during the regular season.  Evolution beat St. John’s in the championship by 5 points, but had won each playoff game before by 20+ points. 3 of Evolution’s players made All-League teams — Makhi Mitchell, Jay Heath Jr. and Dimingus Stevens — as well as an honorable mention for Makhel Mitchell.  The Mitchell twins were beasts every game, combining to average 29.2 ppg,  6.7 apg, and 5.7 bpg. On top of that, Stevens (18.7 ppg) and Heath Jr. (21.1 ppg) were amongst the top scorers in the league.  It’s easy to see why Evolution was so dominant. 10 0
1 St. John’s: As the defending champion, St. John’s took an undefeated record into the championship game, only to fall to DC Evolution.  Without star player Casey Morsell, the Cadets still gave Evolution their toughest game of the season.  With Morsell only playing in 5 regular season games, SJC made up for it with their exceptional depth.  10 players averaged 5+ points, led by Victory Naboya with 10.8 ppg.  SJC outscored its opponents by 29 ppg and held teams to only 33% shooting.  Devon Dunn was one of the top shooters in the league, shooting 42.6% on his 3’s.  With the amount of options at SJC’s disposal, the Cadets look poised to have a big winter season. 10 0
1 St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes: SS/SA cruised through the regular season, winning every game but one (6/17 vs Sidwell) by 20+ points.  The Saints were led by Christian DePollar (13.3 ppg, 43% 3FG) and Charles Thompson (13.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg), and had 7 other players score 6.5+ ppg.  SS/SA’s forced 181 turnovers and held teams to 30% FG, showcasing some of the toughest all-around defense in the league.  Andre Screen was a force down low, putting up 6.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, and 2 bpg.  Xavier Lipscomb was one of the top assist-men of the league, with an average of 3.4 apg in only 18.8 minutes per game.  No player averaged 20 minutes per game; not needing to with its depth. Despite a semi-final loss to St. John’s, SS/SA had a very successful season. 10 0
4 Bullis:  One of the premier teams in the league, Bullis got an All-League season from Nendah Tarke (16.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.7 spg), who will be the go-to-guy for Bullis this winter after Vado Morse’s graduation.  Tarke was constantly making highlight plays for the Bulldogs as one the best athletes in the league. Bullis got very promising performances from some of their younger guys, including rising Junior Malcolm Alexander (13.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 43.4% 3FG) and rising Sophomore Erik Reynolds (8.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 54% FG).  Despite losing in the first round of the playoffs to RM, Bullis looks more than ready to try and make it back to the IAC Championship this winter. 9 1
5 Bulldog Elite (Bowie): Another team with excellent depth, Bulldog Elite was one of the best squads in the league, finishing with an 8-2 record.  The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Kyree Freeman-Davis with 12.1 ppg, followed by 4 players with 7+ ppg.  The Carson Trio (Malik, Bobby, Maceo) combined to average 20.8 ppg and 13.4 rpg, with Bobby also contributing 3 blocks per game.  The Bulldogs had the biggest comeback of the summer on 6/8, coming back from a 21-point deficit to stun DeMatha.  The Bulldogs lost in the first round of the playoffs to Georgetown Prep, but nonetheless had an impressive season..   8 2
5 Greenbelt (Eleanor Roosevelt): Greenbelt had one of the best duos in the league, with Isaiah Gross (19.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 spg) and Cameron Brown (15.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.0 spg) leading the squad to an 8-2 record.  Quinton Mincey also had a strong season averaging 7.8 ppg and 6.2 rpg.  All of the team’s regular season wins came by double digits, with its biggest winning margin coming against Blake by 48 points.  The Raiders lost to St. John’s 61-58 in the quarterfinals in one of the best games of the playoffs. 8 2
5 O’Connell: O’Connell played great basketball this summer, with its only two losses coming against playoff contenders Bullis and Georgetown Prep.  Charlie Weber was the team’s best player, averaging 15.1 ppg and 6.5 rpg, as well as connecting on 46.2% of his 3’s.  Jahmal Banks (12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 44.8% 3FG) and Ayan Teel (11.2 rpg, 5.1 apg, 3.2 rpg) were also big contributors for O’Connell.  Teel was the #2 assist man in the league this year, showing excellent floor vision and passing ability.  The team was one of the better shooting teams, going 35.7% from 3. O’Connell was upset by Pallotti in the first round of the playoffs. 8 2
8 DeMatha: The host team, DeMatha, played without Justin Moore, Hunter Dickinson, and Earl Timberlake yet still had a very impressive season finishing 7-3 in the regular season. Additionally Jahmir Young, Josh Wallace, and Carsten Kogelnik played sparingly due to injury, other basketball related commitments and rest. With none of its top 4 scorers playing more than 5 games, the Stags were forced to go deep, with a few rising 9th graders in the rotation.  Despite all that, DeMatha advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Paul Smith earned Honorable Mention, putting up 7.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, and 1.8 bpg in 7 games.  Smith was a beast for the Stags and opened a lot of eyes. KJ Holton was one of the breakout players at summer league where he showed he belonged at powerhouse DeMatha and may have done enough to get a look as a rotation player as DeMatha looks to defend their WCAC crown in 2018-19.  All things considered, a very impressive season for the Stags. 7 3
8 Maret: One of 4 MAC teams, Maret was one of the tougher matchups in the league.  EJ Jarvis had one of the most impressive season’s out of any player, putting up 15.1 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, and 3.1 bpg.  Jarvis had 7 double-doubles, including a 27/20 game in Maret’s first round playoff loss vs DeMatha. The Frogs also got great season’s from Raphe Ayers (12.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 spg) and Teo Rice (12.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.7 spg), with Rice finishing tied for 5th in the league in total assists. 7 3
8 Sidwell Friends: Sidwell unfortunately withdrew from the playoffs, but they made enough noise during the regular season as one of the tougher teams to face.  Jason Gibson (18.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 spg) was tremendous for Sidwell, as well as Elijah Williams (11.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.0 apg). Brothers Jack and Nick Lewis were also solid contributors for Sidwell, combining to score 14.1 ppg.  Nick shot 47.6% from 3 as one of the top shooters in the league. With Gibson and Williams surrounded by great role players who can stretch the floor, Sidwell will be one of the best teams in the MAC this winter. 7 3
8 W.T. Woodson: Another team that withdrew from the playoffs, WTW proved itself in the regular season, despite only having star player Cody Mains (20.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg) for 4 games.  In Mains’ absence, Chinguun Ganbold became the go-to scorer, averaging 14.1 ppg on 48.2% FG and 45.2% 3FG.  Alex Anderson (11.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 50% 3FG) and Joey Lee (9.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.7 apg) were also big contributors for Woodson.  Ben Jensen (6.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg) did a solid job filling in the void left in the post by Mains. 7 3
12 Georgetown Prep: Defending IAC Champs, Georgetown Prep came into the summer with a lot to prove, having lost star players Jared Bynum, Mezie Offurum, and Ike Nweke to graduation.  Kamdyn Curfman (19.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 33% 3FG) proved he has the on-ball skills to help fill the void left by Bynum.  Curfman showed why he’s one of the best shooters in the DMV, hitting 8 threes against McKinley Tech en route to 34 points (3rd highest total in the league).  He also drained 7 threes against Paint Branch. DeJean Desire (15.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg) and Belo Oranye (9.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg) looked great down low replacing Offurum and Nweke, providing hope for the Hoyas heading into the fall.  Miles Somerville also got a chance to shine in an advanced role, averaging 13.7 ppg and 4.6 rpg. 6 4
12 Landon: Landon was one of the most surprising teams this summer.  With middling expectations going into the league, the Bears showed they were for real, starting the season 3-1 and losing their next two games to O’Connell and Bullis by a combined 4 points.  MVP Kino Lilly (21.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.0 spg) and 2nd team All-League Canin Reynolds (23.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 5.8 apg, 3.4 spg) formed one of the most fearsome backcourt duos in the league.  Landon also got double figure contributions from Walter Burks (11.4 ppg) and Eric Ford (10.0 ppg), helping contribute to a very promising Landon squad. 6 4
12 Pallotti: Led by Gilbert Otoo (3rd team All-League), Pallotti made a run to the semi-finals as the #12 seed.  Otoo averaged 15.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.6 apg for Pallotti, who started the season 1-4 but went on an 7 game winning streak before succumbing to DC Evolution in the semis.  Miles Mallory (13.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.3 rpg) made his mark as well, finishing the season atop the league in total blocks and blocks per game.  Pallotti also got great seasons from Joemel McNair (11.4 ppg, 1.1 spg) and Isaiah Oshinnaiye (10.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.6 spg), rounding out a very solid top 4 for Pallotti.   6 4
15 BCC: One of 7 MoCo teams, BCC had a strong year, led by Elijah Wood (14.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Tyler Groom (13.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Kevin McAuliffe (12.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg).  Groom and McAuliffe both shot 40% from 3 on the season, helping compliment Wood’s explosive scoring ability.  With Wood transferring to Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, BCC will need Groom and McAuliffe to really step up this winter if they want to make it back to the regional finals.  Other contributors included Cole Doherty, who was one of the best shooters in the league, going 24-61 from 3 (39.3%), and Joe Jepsen (9.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg) who will help fill the void left by Gordon Gibson’s graduation. 5 5
15 Montgomery (Richard Montgomery): Another MoCo team. RM made some noise this summer, upsetting #4 Bullis in the first round of the playoffs following a very strong regular season.  Led down low by First Team All-League Olivier Nkamhoua (17.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.5 bpg) and 6’9 C Miles Galley (14.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg), RM showed that with its size, it can match up with any team.  In their playoff win over Bullis, Nkamhoua had 10 points, 15 boards, and 3 assists, while Galley added 12 points and 8 boards and hit the game winning shot with 8 seconds left.  Rising Sophomore Ryan Cornish (9.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 18-47 3FG) was the difference in the game, hitting three 3’s and sinking all 4 of his free throws.  Cornish looked great all season fitting in with the varsity guys, and should have a big year running the point for the Rockets this winter.  With Nkamhoua, Galley, Cornish, and Djordje Orcev (14.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 50% FG, 12-27 3FG), the Rockets will be loaded with talent and an early frontrunner to make it to Xfinity this winter.   5 5
15 Paint Branch: Despite a 1st round loss to SS/SA,  Paint Branch fought hard all season, holding opponents to only 38% shooting and recording 37 blocks and 61 steals as a team.  The Panthers were led in scoring by 3rd team All-League Selection Richard Dudley (18.3 ppg), followed by Marley Sume (15.3 ppg).  Jordan Alphonso was an absolute monster for Paint Branch,  averaging 8.1pts, 7.5rpg, and 2.1bpg.  Alphonso recorded 6 blocks against Potomac School in one of the best defensive performances of the summer.  The Panthers return tons of talent and will be one of the best teams in MoCo this winter. 5 5
18 Flint Hill: While the record may not suggest it, Flint Hill had some of the best individual performances of the summer.  Qudus Wahab played in only 4 games, but averaged 25 and 12 and had the 5th highest point total in an individual game with 32 against Takoma Academy.  Ethan Jones, who had a league high 63 assists (6.3 average), recorded the highest assist total in an individual game, recording 12 assists vs Central.  Jones was also a go-to scorer for The Hill, averaging 14.3 ppg. In Wahab’s absence, Christian Turner led Flint Hill in scoring with a 19.8 average.  Flint Hill was the #15 seed in the playoffs, losing to St. John’s in the first round. 4 6
18 Good Counsel: GC had 8 players average double figure minutes, all of whom averaged 4.5+ ppg.  While no player scored more than 9.9 ppg, it was the team’s depth that allowed GC to remain competitive — GC had a different leading scorer in almost every game it played.  Bez Mbeng played very well for Falcons, leading the team in scoring with 9.9 ppg (43.3% FG, 43.5% 3FG), as well as contributing 18 assists, 13 steals, and 10 blocks in 8 games.  Phillip Carter was the team’s second leading scorer and leading rebounder, averaging 9.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg.   4 6
18 McKinley Tech:  Anchored by Daniel Allen (16.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg), Woody Newton (12.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg) and Tervondre Williams (11.6 ppg), McKinley Tech got off to a strong 4-2 start, but ended the season on a 5 game losing streak.  The team’s offense slowed down in the 2nd half of the season, never scoring more than 54 points in its final 5 games.  Despite all this, the strong start was enough to propel Tech into the playoffs, where they lost as the #16 seed against #1 DC Evolution. Daniel Allen was the catalyst for the Trainers this summer and the rising senior continues to improve. 4 6
18 Oxon Hill: Led by 2nd Team All-League selection Ronald Polite (21.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.7 spg), Oxon Hill won 3 out of their last 4 games after a 1-5 start.  With 5 players averaging more than 10 ppg — Polite, Mike Sumner (12.3 ppg, 4 games), Kalonji Parker (11.7 ppg), Joraei Bile (10.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg), and Marcus Gorham (10.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg) — Oxon Hill looks poised to have a strong winter.  Sumner reentering the fold after a year at St. Mary’s Ryken will have great impact on Lew Howard’s odds of making some noise in PG this winter. 4 6
18 Vikes (Whitman): Led by St. Andrew’s transfer Jason Lewis (17.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg) and Brendan Shaver (13.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 44.8% 3FG), the Vikes looked like a team that will challenge for a regional title this winter.  With one of the toughest schedules in the league, the Vikes played fundamentally sound basketball and held teams to 39.4% FG shooting.  Against DC Evolution, the Vikes put up 74 points despite a serious physical disadvantage. Lewis was one of the best shooters of the summer, finishing 4th in the league in 3-pointers made.  The vikes lost a coin flip to Flint Hill and McKinley Tech, just missing the post-season. 4 6
23 St. Mary’s Ryken: Ryken’s Louis Tang had a huge summer, leading the team in scoring (14.6 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg), assists (2.6 apg), and steals (2.2).  Jules Bikoy (13.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.7 spg) and Chris Weaver (8.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg) were both consistent contributors as well.  Ryken’s best stretch was a 3 game winning streak against Pallotti, Potomac School, and Long Reach.  Tang (19.3 ppg) and Bikoy (17.6 ppg) both caught fire for Ryken with 26 point games, helping the team to a 3-3 record at the time.  Despite a 4 game losing streak to end the season, Ryken looks to have two players ready for huge winter seasons. 3 7
23 Takoma Academy:  Three of Takoma Academy’s losses were by 7 points combined, so the record does not tell the full story.  Mike Brown had an excellent summer, averaging 16.9 ppg and 6.1 rpg and shooting 42.4% (14-33) from 3.  Robert Booker (9.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.0 bpg) was incredible with his rim protection, finishing tied for 3rd in blocks in the league.  Against BCC, Booker exploded for 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 blocks. The 9 blocks tied a league high for blocks in an individual game.   Elijah Gregory  (9.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg) helped facilitate the offense and stretch the floor hitting 13 threes on the season and leading the team in assists.  The team ended its season on a 2 game winning streak with wins over Westlake and Good Counsel. 3 7
25 Mount Carmel: Teon Rushing had a solid all-around summer for Carmel, averaging 10.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, and 2.4 spg.  Corey Robinson was also productive with 9.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg.  In the team’s opening game, Mt. Carmel overcame an 11 point deficit to defeat Blake by 4.   Unfortunately, the team’s 37% field goal percentage was the team’s detriment this summer. 2 8
25 Potomac School: Due to only having Preston Bacon (16.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 50% FG) for 3 games, and Justin Law (15.2 ppg) and Jamel Melvin (14.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg) for 5 games, Potomac School’s offense struggled en route to a 2-8 record. Potomac School’s best game came against BCC, winning 75-60.  Law erupted that game for 27 points, hitting 5 of his 7 three-point attempts. The lone player to play all 10 games,  Jackson Sands had a big game in its win over Long Reach with a 21 pts/10 reb double-double. 2 8
25 The Brook (Springbrook): While The Brook started off the season 0-7, they were able to salvage something by winning 2 of their last 3 games (6 point loss vs 7-3 Sidwell).  Timitrius Hawkins (14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.7 spg) led The Brook in points, assists, and steals, earning himself a spot on the Honorable Mention list.  Hawkins had a great game against O’Connell, racking up 23 points, 7 boards, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Xavier Harris was the team’s second leading scorer, averaging 10.1 ppg and leading the team in 3-pointers.  With a lot of talent lost due to graduation, Hawkins and Harris will have to have big winter’s to keep Springbrook competitive. 2 8
25 Westlake: Cameron Tweedy had a strong season, going for 15.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, and 2.1 bpg on 53.6% shooting. Tweedy put up 22 points, 8 boards, 3 blocks, and 2 steals in a win over Ryken.   While Westlake didn’t get as many wins as they would have liked, they did have a big win early in the season over Landon, where Justin Bryson (11.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg, 60.7% FG) posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 boards.  Stanley Harris led the team in assists, steals, 3-pointers made, and was team’s third leading scorer.  Westlake had one of the tougher schedules in the league but remained competitive in most of its games.   2 8
29 Bengals (Blake): Going into the final game of the regular season, Blake was in danger of ending its season winless, but had its best game of the year against Central in a 71-66 win. Raef Hetherington (17.2 ppg, 43.8% FG, 25-75 from 3) exploded for 28 points in that game, hitting 4 threes and sinking all 8 of his free throws.  Hetherington was the focal point of the team’s offense, scoring 101 more points than the next leading scorer. Against a more talented Maret squad, Hetherington hit 5 threes and the Bengals only lost by 6 in a game they were not expected to be in.  Miles Samuels (7.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg) also had a strong game with 15 points, 8 rebounds, and a block.  While the team didn’t have the record it would’ve liked, it played hard every game till the whistle, and the stiff competition should help prepare them for the winter season. 1 9
29 Central: Central opened its season with a 4-point win over Mount Carmel, but unfortunately finished the season on a 9 game losing streak.  Despite this, 4 of its losses only came by 7 points or less. The squad was led in scoring by Michael Calloway (12.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 57.3% FG), Dominique Mitchell (10.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 20-49 from 3), and Devonte Young (10.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.8 bpg).  Young had a very strong game against Blake, putting up 15 points, 17 boards, 2 assists, and a block.   1 9
31 Blazers (Blair): Blair easily had the toughest schedule in the league with all 10 games coming against playoff teams, including #2 St. John’s, #3 SS/SA, and #4 Bullis.  Despite going winless, the stiff competition will pay dividends come winter. Liam Olagbagu led the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 11.2 ppg and 5.0 rpg.  His best game came against DeMatha where he racked up 20 points, 7 boards, 6 assists, and 4 steals.  Roman Cannuscio (7.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 14-43 3FG) was impressive, showcasing a flashiness to his game as well as a solid 3-point shot. In Blair’s best game, against Bowie, Cannuscio put up 17 points, 7 boards, 2 steals, and hit 4 threes.  Blair was down by 24 at half, but outscored Bowie in the 2nd half by 9 points. The Blazers impressed with their resiliency. 0 10
31 Lightning (Long Reach): While Long Reach didn’t have the season it wanted, you never saw the team give up.  3 of its losses came by single digits, including a 5 point loss to BCC in its final game.  The Lightning were led by Craig Johnson Jr. (12.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 spg) and Cooper Haberem (11.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 16-40 3FG).  Against BCC, Carey Olivis (9.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg) had 21 points and 6 steals, while Ramone Martin (8.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg) put up 17 points, 14 boards, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. 0 10

 

STOCK RISERS

Malcolm Alexander – Junior (Bullis): Opportunity came knocking for the Bullis wing and he took full advantage.  The younger brother of former Eleanor Roosevelt/Holy Cross forward Malachi Alexander was 2nd in scoring for Bullis at 13.3 PPG and is poised for a breakout junior year.

 

Daniel Allen – Senior (McKinley Tech): The diminutive guard was a scoring machine for McKinley Tech and showed why he is one of the pound for pound best in the DMV.  With Woody Newton’s recent departure for Mt. Zion, Allen will have as many shots and touches as he can handle in his senior campaign at McKinley.

 

Jordan AlphonsoJunior (Paint Branch): Alphonso is going to be a force in MoCo this winter.  The rising junior played all 10 games for Paint Branch, averaging 8.1pts, 7.5rpg, and 2.1bpg and providing excellent interior defense.  Against Potomac School (6/16), Alphonso had 6 blocks in one of the most dominant defensive performances we saw all summer. With Alphonso anchoring the middle, look for PB to be one of the best defensive teams in MoCo this winter.

 

Chinguun Ganbold – Senior (W.T Woodson): With star player Cody Mains only playing 4 games, Ganbold became the go-to scorer, averaging 14.1 ppg on 48.2% FG and 45.2% 3FG.  He also showed a great feel for the game and the stage was never too big. Expect Ganbold to be an integral part of Woodson’s 2018-19 squad.

 

Delonnie Hunt – Junior (St. John’s): Hunt (6.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.7apg, 9 games) was an absolute highlight reel, displaying his rising athleticism with a variety of tough finishes and his first in-game dunk of his career.  Hunt was also the floor general for his team, leading the undefeated Cadets with 34 assists. With Tre Wood off to UMass, Hunt will be expected to take on a larger role for St. John’s in the winter.  Based off this summer he looks more than ready.

 

Jason LewisSenior (Whitman): Whitman has had success in the transfer market over the last few years, with Gonzaga transfer Alex Sanson being one of the best players in MoCo in his 2 seasons for the Vikes.  Lewis will look to fill that void this upcoming year, with Sanson now graduated. The St. Andrew’s transfer averaged 17.8 ppg to lead Whitman in scoring and was one of the top 3-point shooters in the league, hitting 24 of his 63 triples (38.1%).   In his first game of the summer league, Lewis put up 26 points on 10-15 shooting, going 3-3 from downtown. Against DC Evolution, Lewis hit 7 of 10 triples to lead his team in scoring with 23 points. Lewis had at least one 3 in every game he played except for one, and 7 games with multiple 3’s.

 

Kino Lilly – Sophomore (Landon): Only a rising sophomore, Lilly (21.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.0 spg) was the number 2 leading scorer in summer league with 196 points, helping Landon reach the playoffs with a 6-4 record.  Kino burst on the scene right from the jump, scoring 27 points in Landon’s season opening victory over Springbrook. Kino also had two 30 plus point games, including a summer league high of 37 in a 25-point victory over Flint Hill.  Kino’s display of pull-up 3’s and stepbacks had all eyes on him every time he stepped on the court. With Canin Reynolds by his side, Landon’s backcourt duo will be one of the best in the DMV moving forward.

 

Miles Mallory – Senior (Pallotti): Mallory steadily improved throughout the course of the summer.  The rising senior showed grit and toughness and was a major reason why Pallotti made their improbable run to the final-4.  Mallory was 2nd in scoring for Pallotti at 13.2 PPG, 1st in rebounds at 7RPG, and led all of summer league with 33 blocked shots.  He also shot 55% from the field.

 

Bez Mbeng – Sophomore (Good Counsel):  Only a rising sophomore Mbeng has all the tools to be a great WCAC player.  He has length, versatility and is very good both on and off the ball. Good Counsel had a bright future considering their youth and Mbeng is a central piece in what GC has in store.  Mbeng led GC in scoring at 9.9 PPG.

 

Olivier Nkamhoua – Senior (Richard Montgomery):  Perhaps the biggest stock-riser in summer league, Olivier Nkamhoua was an absolute beast. RM had one of the best front courts in summer league, and Nkamhoua saw his stock soar alongside Miles Gally and Djordje Orcev.  His ability to play both inside and outside, rebound, block shots, and finish around the rim opened a lot of eyes. After battling injuries for the past year, Nkamhoua, who led RM at 17.2 PPG/10.2 RPG, is poised to lead RM deep into the MPSSAA playoffs in his senior year.

 

Ronald Polite – Junior (Oxon Hill):  Ronald Polite used summer league as a platform to springboard himself onto the DMV hoops scene.  Polite’s silky smoothe style made things look effortless. Polite led the league in scoring for much of the season and finished third.  In addition to his scoring, Polite was a top notch distributor and showed tremendous vision. With two years left at Oxon Hill, Polite has the potential to play himself into one of the area’s top guards.

 

Paul Smith – Junior (DeMatha): With Hunter Dickinson missing, Paul Smith was the man in the paint for the Stags this summer.  Smith averaged 7.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, and 1.8 bpg in 7 games during the regular season, helping DeMatha finish the season as the #8 seed.  In the first round of the playoffs, Smith led DeMatha against Maret with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 2 steals. If Smith can play at this level in the WCAC season, DeMatha’s frontcourt will be among the best in the country.

 

Christian Turner – Senior (Flint Hill):  Turner was another one who really blew up at summer league as he poured in 19.8 PPG while shooting an impressive 55.9% from the field.  Turner has great size for a wing guard and alongside Qudus Wahab and Ethan Jones could do big things in his senior year at Flint Hill. Turner is versatile bucket getter who has a bright future.

 

Elijah Williams – Senior (Sidwell Friends): The younger brother of Sidwell superstar alumni Jelani Williams, Elijah showed he was a force to be reckoned with at summer league.  The 6’6” rising senior was one of the more impressive post presences in the league and showed he is more than an explosive dunker. Williams has the tools to do it at the next level, and his senior year at Sidwell will be an exciting one.

 

Regular Season Awards (*6 games minimum to be eligible for awards)

MVP: Kino Lilly – Landon

FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Jay Heath Jr – DC Evolution
Nendah Tarke – Bullis
Isaiah Gross – Greenbelt (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Olivier Nkamhoua – Montgomery (RM)
Makhi Mitchell – DC Evolution

SECOND TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Canin Reynolds – Landon
Dimingus Stevens – DC Evolution
Kamdyn Curfman – Georgetown Prep
EJ Jarvis – Maret
Ronald Polite – Oxon Hill

THIRD TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Richard Dudley – Paint Branch
Jason Gibson – Sidwell Friends
Ayan Teel – O’Connell
Christian Turner – Flint Hill
Gilbert Otoo – Pallotti

Honorable Mention
Malcolm Alexander- Bullis, Daniel Allen- McKinley Tech, Raphe Ayers- Maret, Jules Bikoy- St. Mary’s Ryken, Robert Booker- Takoma Academy, Cameron Brown- Greenbelt (Eleanor Roosevelt), Mike Brown- Takoma Academy, Christian DePollar- SS/SA, DeJean Desire-, Georgetown Prep, Eric Ford- Landon, Kyree Freeman-Davis- Bowie, Chinguun Ganbold- W.T. Woodson, Timitrius Hawkins- Springbrook, Raef Hetherington- Blake, Delonnie Hunt- St. John’s, Ethan Jones- Flint Hill, Jason Lewis- Whitman, Darius Maddox- St. John’s, Miles Mallory- Pallotti, Joemel McNair- Pallotti, Mahkel Mitchell- DC Evolution, Djordje Orcev- Montgomery (RM), Charles Thompson- SS/SA, Paul Smith- DeMatha, Marley Sume- Paint Branch, Louis Tang- St. Mary’s Ryken, Cameron Tweedy- Westlake, Charlie Weber- O’Connell, Elijah Williams- Sidwell, Elijah Wood- BCC

 

Regular Season Leaders (*6 games minimum)
PPG: 23.0 – Canin Reynolds (Landon)
RPG: 11.2 – EJ Jarvis (Maret)
APG: 6.3 – Ethan Jones (Flint Hill)
SPG: 3.4 – Canin Reynolds (Landon)
BPG: 3.3 – Miles Mallory (Pallotti), Makhi Mitchell (DC Evolution)

Regular Season Game Highs
Points: 37 – Kino Lilly (Landon)
Rebounds: 19 – Nendah Tarke (Bullis)
Assists: 12 – Ethan Jones (Flint Hill)
Steals: 8 – Makhi Mitchell (DC Evolution)
Blocks: 9 – Miles Mallory (Pallotti), Robert Booker (Takoma Academy)
3PT FG: 8 – Kamdyn Curfman (Georgetown Prep)

 

PLAYOFFS
CHAMPION: DC EVOLUTION
RUNNER-UP: ST. JOHN’S
SEMI-FINALISTS: PALLOTTI, ST. STEPHEN’S & ST. AGNES
PLAYOFF MVP: Makhi Mitchell – DC EVOLUTION

 

FIRST ROUND
(1) Wilson 92,  (16) McKinley Tech 54
(2) St. John’s 89,  (15) Flint Hill 59
(3) St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 75,  (14) Paint Branch 51
(4) Bullis 68,  (13) Montgomery 69
(5) O’Connell 65,  (12) Pallotti 76
(6) Bulldog Elite 63,  (11) Georgetown Prep 65
(7) Greenbelt 56,  (10) Landon 49
(8) DeMatha 75,  (9) Maret 59

 

SECOND ROUND
(1) DC Evolution 70,  (8) DeMatha 50
(2) St. John’s 61,  (7) Greenbelt 58
(3) St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 78,  (11) Georgetown Prep 53
(12) Pallotti 54, (13) Montgomery 47

 

SEMIS
(1) DC Evolution 83,  (12) Pallotti 63
(2) St. John’s 87,  (3) St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 76

CHAMPIONSHIP
(1) DC Evolution 86, (2) St. John’s 81

 

Top Performances
Isaiah Gross (Eleanor Roosevelt) 31 p, 4 r, 2 a vs PB 6/3
Qudus Wahab, Flint Hill  21 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks vs Westlake 6/5
Louis Tang, Ryken 26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals vs Pallotti 6/6
Cody Mains, WT Woodson 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks  vs DC Evolution 6/6
Makhi Mitchell, DC Evolution  23 points, 16 rebounds, 8 steals, 7 assists, 2 blocks 6/8 vs Long Reach 6/6
Kino Lilly, Landon  27 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds vs Springbrook 6/9
Kamdyn Curfman, Georgetown Prep  34 points, 10-17 FG, 8-13 3pfg 6/10 vs McKinley Tech 6/9
Canin Reynolds, Landon 25 points, 8 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists vs McKinley Tech 6/10
Raef Hetherington, Blake 29 points, 5 steals vs Takoma 6/10
Mahkel Mitchell, DC Evolution 16 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks vs Pallotti 6/10
Woody Newton, McKinley Tech  21 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals vs Richard Montgomery 6/11
Ronald Polite, Oxon Hill  28 points, 4 assists, 4 steals vs Richard Montgomery 6/12
Canin Reynolds, Landon 25 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals vs Good Counsel 6/12
Ethan Jones, Flint Hill 29 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals vs DeMatha 6/14
Canin Reynolds, Landon 26 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals vs O’Connell 6/14
Dejean Desire, Georgetown Prep 19 points, 16 rebounds vs DeMatha 6/14
Ronald Polite, Oxon Hill 23 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals vs B-CC 6/15
Canin Reynolds, Landon 24 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals vs Bullis 6/15
Kino Lilly, Landon 33 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists vs Bullis 6/15
Christian Turner, Flint Hill 34 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists vs W.T. Woodson 6/16
Alex Anderson, W.T. Woodson 30 points, 8 rebounds vs Flint Hill 6/16
DeJean Desire, Georgetown Prep 22 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals vs Sidwell 6/16
Xavier Lipscomb, SS/SA 12 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals vs Blair 6/17
Robert Booker, Takoma 16 p, 11 r, 9 b, 1 s vs BCC 6/18
Mahkel Mitchell, DC Evolution 15 p, 14 r, 5 a, 6 b, 2 s vs Ryken 6/18
Ronald Polite, Oxon Hill 30 p, 7 r, 5 a, 5 s vs Ryken 6/19
Jay Heath Jr., DC Evolution 19 p, 13 r, 5 a vs Good Counsel 6/20
Belo Oranye, Georgetown Prep 25 p, 17 r, 1 a, 1 b, 1 s vs Blair 6/20
Timitrius Hawkins, Springbrook 14 p, 4 r, 6 a, 7 s vs Mt. Carmel 6/22
Eric Ford, Landon 13 p, 15 r, 5 a, 6 b vs Flint Hill 6/22
Kino Lilly, Landon 37 p, 2 r, 6 a, 1 s vs Flint Hill 6/22
Devonte Young, Central 15 p, 17 r, 2 a, 1 b, 1 s vs Blake 6/23
Olivier Nkamhoua, Richard Montgomery 30 p, 10 r, 3 a, 3 b, 1 s vs DeMatha 6/23
EJ Jarvis, Maret 29 p, 12 r, 3 b vs Central 6/24
Nendah Tarke, Bullis 19 p, 19 r, 2 a, 2 s vs Takoma 6/24
Bobby Hill, DeMatha 20 p, 15 r, 5 a, 3 b, 4 s vs Blair 6/24
Joraei Bile, Oxon Hill 22 p, 9 r, 5 s vs Potomac 6/25
Isaiah Gross, Eleanor Roosevelt 24 p, 10 r, 3 a, 3 s vs Whitman 6/26
Carey Olivis, Long Reach 19 p, 12 r, 6 a, 1 s vs Landon
Preston Bacon, Potomac School 27 p, 10 r, 5 s vs Woodson 6/26
Ramone Martin, Long Reach 17 p, 14 r, 3 a, 2 b vs B-CC 6/27
EJ Jarvis, Maret 21 p, 17 r, 3 b, 3 s vs Landon 6/29
Qudus Wahab, Flint Hill 22 p, 11 r, 4 b vs Central 6/29
Makhi Mitchell, DC Evolution 24 p, 10 r, 5 a, 2 b, 2 s vs McKinley 6/30
EJ Jarvis, Maret 27 p, 20 r, 2 b vs DeMatha 6/30
Nendah Tarke, Bullis 23 p, 8 r, 5 a, 2 s vs RM 6/30
Dejean Desire, Georgetown Prep 19 p, 11 r, 3 b vs Bowie 6/30
Dimingus Stevens, DC Evolution 31 p, 5 r, 2 a vs Pallotti 7/1
Jay Heath Jr.,  DC Evolution 29 P, 6 R, 4 A vs SJ 7/3

 

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