Northern Virginia Top 100: Full Recap and Top Performers

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This past Sunday, Hoop Group was at Marymount University for the Northern Virginia Fall Top 100. The first of nine total Fall Top 100s this fall saw a great turnout of players from all across the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. Here are some takeaways from the clinic:

NOVA Top 100 Headshots

Player Measurements

Player Evaluations

-There is some serious size in the DMV
As with most of our events, there were players who stood out….literally. The NOVA Top 100 had a lot of good size, with 6’10 Obinna Ejike (Virginia Academy ’17) leading the group. The sophomore big is still relatively new to the game of basketball, but showed the potential to be dominant in the paint with strong post moves and great rebounding ability. We also saw Jalen Melvin of Dumfries, Virginia. Jalen is 6’8 and a solid rim protector. He does not get baited into committing cheap fouls and altered many shots in the paint. He also showed good vision for a big man.
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-We saw a lot of versatility
While we saw some back to the basket posts on Sunday, we also saw players who had good size, but also possessed the ability to stretch the floor. One of those was Irwayne Cornell, a sophomore from National Christian Academy in Maryland. Cornell is 6’7, but was able to guard some of the bigger posts down low. His length helped him make scoring tough for 6’10 bigs Obinna Ejike and Jake Lorenzo. Similarly, Ismael Johnson, also of National Christian, showed tremendous athleticism which enabled him to space out the floor. He can be relied on to go grab rebounds.

-Guys could shoot from deep
It was a perfect Sunday outside in Arlington, but inside, it was raining threes with all the shooters we had in the building. A lot of guys showed they were capable of knocking down the trey ball and could do so from well beyond the arc. One of those shooters was Christian Jennings (DeMatha Catholic ’16) who may have had the deepest range of anyone. He was hitting shots from so deep, defenders weren’t even guarding him because they didn’t think he was a threat to score. Then there was Branden Curry (Briar Woods ’16), who was drilling threes both off the dribble and on the catch. He also hit an exciting one at the buzzer.

Promising shooters Josh Holmes (North Point ’15), Dallas Marshall (Clarksburg ’16) and Tre Patterson (John Marshall HS ’15) were also in attendance Sunday. All three players are listed at 6’3 and displayed good looking shots. A combination of size and shooting touch could make them interesting prospects.

-There are a lot of athletes down in the DMV
While many people measure athleticism by one’s ability to dunk, a player’s level of athleticism extends to much more than that. Take Treva Cameron (Idea Charter ’18) for example; Treva had some of the quickest feet you’ve ever seen. He gets up and down the floor in a flash and is an absolute nightmare to match up against both offensively and defensively. Then there was Darron Barnes (Wise ’17) who did possess great jumping ability and was very quick on defense, getting himself in the passing lanes and coming up with steals and loose balls.

While one’s dunking ability is not the only way to measure athleticism, it does help. Walter Williams supported this theory by punishing the rim on a number of occasions. The senior from Henrico High School has tremendous leaping ability. He had several powerful slams, including one alley-oop in transition that sparked some excitement from the crowd watching.

-There was a lot of depth amongst the guards
We saw A LOT of skilled guards in Arlington on Sunday. Some excelled in scoring the basketball, others were distributors and some showed a combination of both. One of the best guards in the area is Stone Bridge’s Jason Jolly. Jolly is quick and tough and gets to the rim with relative ease. We saw him a lot in the summer and he continues to play well as we enter the fall. After Jolly, one of the best orchestrators with the ball was Tyler Beckwith (Springbrook ’17). As a point guard, Tyler brought the ball up against a press every possession and never seemed to get bothered. He has great ball handling ability and does not let pressure speed him, or the offense, up.

Darien Simmons of IDEA Prep Charter also showed potential on both sides of the ball. Defensively he jumped passing lanes and forced turnovers and offensively he was good at splitting double teams with his dribble and finishing with a nice floater. Speaking of finishing, James Canady (Evangel Christian ’15) had a number of TOUGH finishes throughout the day. The 6’1 guard does not shy away from contact, taking the ball strong to the hoop and finishing through defenders.
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-The future is bright down in the DMV
We will be walking away from Marymount knowing one thing for sure, you will be hearing about players from the DMV area in the future. Two of the most impressive players of the weekend happened to two of the youngest in attendance. Guard Kenneth Tyree Jr. may only be a freshman at Friendship Chamberlin Charter in Washington D.C., but he can play. He is listed at 5’9 and is very quick. He is a scorer and can get himself to the rim with his quickness or pull up for a mid range jump shot. Accompanying Kenneth in the freshman class is Jake Lorenzo (Potomac Falls ’18). Jake is a 6’10 post player who showed great upside. While he still needs to get stronger, he showed toughness on the boards, grabbing rebounds over opponents. You will only hear more from these two as they continue to grow in high school.

FULL RECAP OF PLAYER EVALUATIONS, MEASUREMENTS AND HEAD SHOTS BELOW:

NOVA Top 100 Headshots

Player Measurements

Player Evaluations

The Northern Virginia Top 100 was a great way to start our Fall Top 100 Tour. We had a tremendous showing and some talented players in the building this past Sunday. One thing is for certain: there will be some good basketball to watch in the DMV area this season. Our next stops in the tour are Philadelphia and Massachusetts THIS weekend. We cannot wait to keep the momentum rolling!

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All College and Scouting Services that Attended Northern Virginia Top 100
National Recruiting Report
Salisbury University
Penn State-Harrisburg
St. Mary’s College
York College
Randolph Macon College
Susquehanna University
Shenandoah University
Mercer County Community College
Utica College
Waynesburg University
Randolph College
Eastern Mennonite University
University of Mary Washington

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