2016 DMV Hoops Profiles

Here's a quick look at some local sophomores with potential who are on the Maryland hoops team's radar.

Here's a quick look at some local sophomores with potential who are on the Maryland hoops team's radar.

Joe Hampton, 6-6, F, DeMatha Catholic: Hampton recently had a huge game against big-time center Karl Towns, who is headed to Kentucky. There's no denying his talent, and most scouting services have him rated pretty high. We're taking more of a wait-and-see approach, as there are still concerns over his eventual college position, and how well he will be able to defend. I have him as a combo forward, someone who can step outside on occasion and nail a trey, and yet use his bulk down low to score as well. Hampton seems to have peaked height-wise at 6-6, and has a thick body, so we'll have to see how he evolves physically in the next year or so. The young man does have solid skills, however.

Curtis Jones, 6-2+, 2G, Paul VI: Jones looks like a player who will be recruited by a slew of high-major programs. He has some combo skills, but looks to eventually project as a two guard who is geared to score. He's had more ups than downs in the tough WCAC, and has shown plenty of athletic and scoring skills along the way. Jones, from the Richmond area, is getting a good bit of attention from Maryland, and we'd expect an offer sometime in the next few months.

Michael Tertsea, 6-10, C, John Carroll: Tertsea falls in the "intriguing" category, because though he is by no means a finished product, he's got some size and length that will keep colleges coaches interested. He's another big who is somewhat raw offensively, and yet runs the floor pretty well, and can be a distraction defensively as well. As with Hampton, it's a wait and see proposition. If the offense comes along, and the young man physically matures, Tertsea could wind up in a high major program, though it's still too early to make that call definitively.

Randall Broddie, 6-2, G, Potomac: Broddie's game generates a lot of conversation in local recruiting circles. There are times when he looks spectacular, and other times when his shot selection and overall play leaves you scratching your head. Broddie, whose game reminds us of Brandon Jennings' somewhat, has a point guard's body, but is wired to score. He's a gunslinger at heart, and when he gets it going, he can light up a scoreboard. He's from the "shoot you in, or shoot you out" school of basketball, and so consistency and pace is what I will be looking for in the next couple years. But yes, he's a talented kid.

Anthony Cowan, 5-10, PG, St. John's College HS: Cowan holds a Terp offer, and with good reason. He's a shifty, quick floor general who can score when needed, but who also distributes the ball very well, while also protecting the basketball against pressure defense. Cowan, who does not start for the senior-laden Cadets, will have to get a good bit stronger, and ratchet up his defense. But he's an impressive performer, and we have him rated as THE top prospect in the DMV area, although Curtis Jones is in that conversation as well. Cowan will hit the open trey, and perform the other requisite point guard duties admirably. He's an excellent prospect who should only get better as he gains strength.

David Erebor, 6-8, PF, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: We haven't seen a ton of Erebor, but he's a physical speciman who is relatively new to the game. We like his ability to run the floor, rebound the basketball, and he seems eager to learn. While his offensive game still needs lots of work, he has the ability to make foul shots, knocking down a number of them down the stretch versus Montrose Christian. His size and mature body will ensure a number of mid-major looks, but we'll wait and see how the rest of his game develops before making a final determination on his ceiling.

A. J. Wilson, 6-6, PF, DuVal: The word "upside" definitely applies here, as this rangy, bouncy forward has quite a bit of natural hoops talent. Right now, he's got some power forward skills in terms of playing "big," and being a presence down low, and yet has more of a small forward's frame. If he can develop his perimeter game a bit, and work on his handle, he may eventually be able to play both the "4" and the "3." Wilson is blessed with a lot of skills and natural athleticism, and it will be fun to see how his game and frame come together in the next two years. This wiry sophomore has lots of potential.

Darryl Smith, 6-1, PG, Suitland: Smith can shoot the basketball, make no mistake. That's clearly the major part of his game, and that ability is in high demand. And he can do a little bit of damage off the bounce as well. Right now, it's too early to project his eventual level, which obviously is the case with a number of these 10th graders. Smith is somewhat slight of build, and doesn't have ideal two-guard size, so we'll have to wait and see how strong he gets, and if he grows. If he gets to 6-3 or beyond, he's got a chance to get lots of mid/high interest due to his ability to knock down long-range jumpers.

Others:

Christian Matthews, 6-5, SF, National Christian Academy
Khalil Richards, 6-1, PG, St. Frances Academy
Kodye Pugh, 6-6, SF, Boys' Latin
Alani Moore, 5-7, PG, DeMatha Catholic
Ny'Rhique Smith, 6-2, PG, Douglass (PG)

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