DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. -- Terrapin Times took in the Suitland-DuVal hoops showdown Dec. 17, which featured a pair of 2016 stars: DuVal's A.J. Wilson and Suitland's Darryl Smith. Here's our take on the two potential Terps targets:
Player: A.J. Wilson
School: DuVal HS; Lanham, Md.
Weight: 190 pounds
Venue: Suitland HS
Athleticism: Wilson is a long-armed, fluid athlete, who has good lift and decent explosion. He's still thin but has plenty of time to fill out.
Shooting: Wilson was 4-of-4 from the line, hit several mid-range jumpers, and has decent form.
Ball-handling: This talented sophomor didn't put it on the floor a lot. It was hard to get a gauge for how well he handles the ball.
Rebounding He battles on the boards, but does tend to drift a bit. On this night, his rebounding totals (4) were hurt by his foul trouble.
Defense: He's very quick off his feet and can alter shots. Wilson will eventually have to cover guys out on the court if he wants to shift his game to the "3" spot.
Intangibles: The thing most analysts say about Wilson is that they love his motor and enthusiasm for the game.
Summary: Keep in mind, we're talking about a 10th grader here, and we'll see a lot more of him in the future. The word on Wilson is that he aspires to be a small forward, though most of his game now is 15 feet and in. But the young man has very good athleticism, and has time to work on the transition to the perimeter. Though saddled with fouls, Wilson showed enough to warrant further looks, and at this early stage, certainly looks like he has high major potential if he continues to put in the work. As of now, we'll call him a combo forward with lots of upside.
Player: Darryl Smith
School Suitland HS (District Heights, Md.)
Weight: 170 pounds
Position: Wing Guard
Venue Suitland HS
Athleticism: Smith has solid, but not elite athleticism. He runs pretty well, gets decent lift on his jumper, and though thin, has long arms, which help him on both ends of the court.
Shooting The sophomore didn't have a great shooting night (7-of-19 field goals), but he has excellent form, and still managed to nail four treys. Smith's known as a shooter/scorer, and that remains his calling card.
Ball-handling: Smith can handle well enough to create shots, but is strictly a two-guard at this time, and is not called upon to break pressure defenses. He'll need to continue to work on this facet of his game, particularly his left hand.
Passing: He found some teammates on occasion, but he clearly is Suitland's designated "gunslinger" and looks to score the basketball.
Rebounding: Smith had six boards against a big DuVal team, and despite his slim frame, was not hesitant about going to the glass.
Defense He didn't really stand out in this area, but did manage to accumulate three steals.
Intangibles: Smith showed good effort, played under control for the most part, and appears to be a good "chemistry" guy.
Summary: Again, we're talking about a sophomore, and while Smith did not have a stellar game, he clearly has plenty of talent on the offensive end of the court. We'll monitor the rest of his game throughout his career at Suitland to see if he becomes more of a dual-threat guy. Smith is 6-2 tops, and not real strong, so he'll need to grow and add some weight to reach the high major level in college.
But again, he's got 2.5 years to do that. Right now, he's a shooter/scorer, and there's a lot to be said for being able to excel in those areas. If he gets a little bigger and taller, he's going to have plenty of colleges coming to Suitland to check him out.
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