DMV Tip Off Recap

UPPER MARLBORO, MD - The DMV Tip Off put on by DC Assault had a lot of high level talent and junior Tre Campbell shined the brightest.

Damonte Dodd, PF/C, Massanutten – Dodd is athletic, has a good body, and is an excellent rebounder. Now he is looking more comfortable with his back to the basket as a scorer. Dodd made a few impressive moves to score, and then did his usual rebounding and shot blocking. Also Dodd is excellent running the floor and put on a good show for future head coach Mark Turgeon who was in the stands watching. He is a long way from a finished product, but the upside is really there for Dodd.

Deandre Burnett, SG, Massanutten – He is definitely not a point guard, but Burnett flat out knows how to get buckets and he did it again in this game. Burnett got the rim using strength and quickness and showed no fear at all during the game. An excellent shooter, Burnett can get hot and that s when he is really dangerous. Burnett needs to get a bit more efficient, but there is a lot to like with him.

Ahmad Fields, SF, Massanutten – An unsigned senior, Fields was especially impressive in a blowout win. Fields was using his athleticism and strength to score from the mid-range and in, and then even knocked in a jumper from the elbow. He will need to get a bit more under control, but with a lack of high level players available, Fields could be one who really explodes as the season goes on.

Roddy Peters, PG, Suitland – Playing with only one arm, Peters was solid given that he can only drive to his right because of an impending shoulder surgery. Peters didn't shoot it well at all in this one, but he is one heck of a passer and made a lot of plays going to the rim. He must improve his perimeter shot, but with his size and floor vision Peters just knows how to impact the game in a lot of different ways.

Aquille Carr, PG, Princeton Day Academy – The talent is there, and Carr makes things happen, but sometimes you wonder which team he is playing for. Carr scored a lot and made some nice passes, but it took him a lot of shots and he had his share of turnovers. Still there is no way to stop Carr from making plays, and if he disciplines himself he will be one of the most difficult covers in all of college basketball.

Anton Waters, PF/SF, Princeton Day Academy – Waters is undersized, but he is a grown man who plays with an extremely high motor. His energy and rebounding flipped the game for PDA, and that led to a nice comeback. Waters does almost all of his damage inside of 10 feet, but he is so effective it is really impressive to watch. If he can develop a perimeter game he will be a problem for opponents at a very high level.

Nigel Johnson, SG, Riverdale Baptist – Johnson is mostly known for his scoring, but today he played tough defense and made things happen in transition. His shot wasn't falling, but Johnson still did the little things to keep his team in the game. He will need to continue to be a scoring threat as that will always be his bread and butter, but it was good to see him have a positive impact when his jump shot wasn't going in.

Tre Campbell, PG/SG, St. John's – It was a banner day for Campbell. He got off to a bit of a slow start, but then he flat out got it going. Campbell was absolutely unconscious shooting the basketball and led his team to a big win. A quick player with a good IQ, Campbell is excellent off the catch and doesn't need much time to get his shot off. He completely dominated in this one.

James Palmer, SG, St. John's – When it wasn't Campbell it was Palmer. Palmer is more of a catch and shoot guy than Campbell, but he still finds a way to get space for himself. A kid who is young for his grade and still growing, Palmer could be a classic late bloomer who really emerges as a scorer who makes an impact at the mid-major level or higher.

Chinanu Onuaku, C, Riverdale Baptist – Onuanku really can struggle on the offensive end where he doesn't have a great feel, but when it comes to rebounding and blocking shots he does those two things at a very high level. Right at about 6-foot-10 with extremely long arms, Onuaku attacks the glass trying to get every rebound and shows excellent instincts for how to block shots. He showed a decent touch from the foul line, but in order to capitalize on all of his physical gifts he will need to shore up his offensive game.

Brandon Better, SG, Princeton Day Academy – Carr did most of the shooting and scoring, but Better was pretty solid in his own right. Better made some key shots and used nice quickness to get into the lane and convert. He isn't the biggest guy on the wing, but he was fairly efficient and showed the ability to make big plays at a clutch time.

Sylvester Ogbonda, C, National Christian – He is raw, but there is a lot to work with here. Ogbonda ran the floor well, hit a few from the mid-range, and showed a decent idea of how to rebound. He has to continue to get more acclimated to the speed and physicality of the game, but Ogbonda has the size at 6-foot-11 and the athleticism to be a factor down the road in his high school career.

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