BCPL and WCAC Player Evaluations

BALTIMORE, Md. & WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Terrapin Times has been out scouting and took in both the Baltimore Catholic League and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference quarterfinals this past weekend. Here are some capsule evaluations on kids the Terps looked at, are looking at, and some others who may get a look.

BALTIMORE, Md. & WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Terrapin Times has been out scouting and took in both the Baltimore Catholic League and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference quarterfinals this past weekend. Here are some capsule evaluations on kids Maryland may be looking at, are looking at, and some others who may get a look.

Nico Clareth, 6-3, SG, 2015, Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.): Clareth has generated a lot of buzz this year for the Cardinals. He's a sturdily built, athletic wing, who is more scorer than shooter. His shot selection leaves a bit to be desired at times, but he does put numbers on the board. Clareth is very aggressive, and plays at full speed. Right now, we think he could get some high major looks, but would probably excel more at a mid major level.

Drew Edwards, 6-3, PG/SG, 2015, Calvert Hall: Edwards is one solid basketball player, who can play both guard slots, although perhaps is bit better suited for the wing. He's long, rangy, and fairly athletic, although not exceptionally explosive. He can shoot, makes smart plays with the ball, and seems to have all the intangibles you look for. Like Clareth, I'd expect Edwards will get some high-major offers.Maryland has shown interest, but 6-3 combo guards are probably not real high on their wish list at the moment.

Michael Tertsea, 6-9, C, 2016, John Carroll (Bel Air, Md.): Tertsea is a long, lean post prospect who is very much in the developmental stage. He runs the floor well, has excellent mobility, and can be an intimidating defensive presence around the rim. He'll have to get much stronger, and really needs work on his offensive game. That said, he's only a sophomore and has time. If the offense comes around, Tertsea will likely receive some high major offers in time. I'd expect Maryland to monitor him, since there's few kids his age in the DMV with his size and potential. Still, he has a lot of work ahead of him, though from all we know, the work ethic and desire are there.

Phil Booth, 6-3, PG/SG, 2014, Mount St. Joseph's (Baltimore, Md.): Booth signed with Villanova in November, after a long courtship with Maryland, Georgetown and Indiana. Nothing has really changed in his game, though he has added some bulk and strength. Booth remains a player who does all the little things well, can make shots, and puts forth effort on the defensive end of the court. He struggled against St. Maria Goretti (Hagerstown, Md.) Feb. 21, and yet he's an overall solid prospect, who should do well at Villanova. Although the Terps continued to recruit Booth for some time, once Melo Trimble committed, that relationship was over for all practical purposes.

David Erebor, 6-8, PF, 2016, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Baltimore, Md.): Erebor is an excellent run/jump athlete, and has the physique you look for in a collegiate power forward. So far, his production has been spotty, but there is a good deal of potential to be tapped. Erebor doesn't really have much touch around the rim, lacks polished post moves, and yet, surprisingly, he's a fairly good free throw shooter. Much like Tertsea, Erebor is someone who bears watching. He'll be a solid Division-I recruit, but we'll have to wait and see how the offense comes along before we'll know at what level he can play. Pretty intriguing prospect.

Dwayne Morgan, 6-8, SF/PF, 2014, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.): Morgan has signed with UNLV, and he has a chance to be a pretty good player in the Mountain West. He still is trying to make the transition from power forward to the wing, and that's going to take some time. Morgan has improved his outside shot, though its still a bit erratic. What holds him back now is the lack of an off the bounce game, where he creates shots off the dribble. He'll need a lot of work in that area, but he's got the athletic tools to work with. Morgan only scored four points versus Mt. Carmel and was pretty much a non-factor in the game. Consistency, plus adding strength, are the areas he'll need to step up in.

Khalil Richards, 6-0, PG/SG, 2016, St. Frances Academy: This young dynamo is a scorer, showing both the ability to get to the rim, and hit from deep. He's strong, reasonably athletic, and plays with no fear. The question is, Will he grow into a full fledged two guard, or develop his skills as a scoring point? Right now, he's a solid mid-major prospect with a chance to go higher if he grows or develops some playmaking skills.

As you can see, though there are some solid young players in Baltimore (Gilman, Boys' Latin and Friends all have some talented freshmen), there's not a lot of kids to get excited about in the BCL. The word right now is potential, because I saw no one Feb. 21 who I would regard as a "must have" recruit, if you are Maryland.

Now, here's our take on the D.C. prospects in the WCAC quarterfinals:

Bryant Crawford, 6-2, PG, 2015, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.): The Terps offered Crawford early on, but since then it's fairly obvious that a point guard in the 2015 class is not a priority. Crawford is a talented guy, but he's had lots of injury problems, and has struggled at times this year for the Eagles, particularly in terms of knocking down perimeter shots. Still, Indiana, Georgetown and Villanova are all involved with his recruitment. I do not see Maryland being a factor whatsoever.

Chris Lykes, 5-6, PG, 2017, Gonzaga: I know, Lykes is tiny, and even 5-6 might be a stretch. And yet, he's probably been the most consistent player for Gonzaga all year. He's a tough little dynamo, strong, fearless and really quick. He'll obviously be a point guard in college, and yet he can put up points in a hurry, scoring 21 in a loss to Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.). To do what he's done, at his size, in the WCAC as a freshman, has been impressive. If he grows somehow to 5-10, watch out.

Deividas Zemguilis, 6-5, SF, 2015, St. Mary's Ryken (Leonardtown, Md.): This was our first look at Zemgulis, who hails from Lithuania. He's a pretty good athlete, tough as nails, but his calling card is his shot. The kid has unlimited range, and will not hesitate to pull the trigger. Supposedly Penn State offered him Feb. 22 on the spot. I don't see him in Maryland's future, but this kid can really knock down shots -- 25 feet on in.

Jamir Moultrie, 6-0, SG, 2017, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.): Another standout freshman in the WCAC, although I believe Moultrie is overaged. Still, this well-built guard played very well in the Mustangs' upset win over St. John's (Washington, D.C.), scoring 18 points and showing no fear. Moultrie looks to score, and doesn't yet have polished floor leader skills, but he's a very talented kid with lots of potential. The bright lights were Feb. 22, and Moultrie definitely got it done.

Joe Hampton, 6-6, SF/PF, 2016, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattasville, Md.): Hampton has had some huge games recently for the Stags, but their shaky win over Ryken was not one of them, as the combo forward notched only four points and had two rebounds. Lots of people are high on his skills, but we are withholding judgment until we see either better conditioning, or more growth. While Hampton can step outside to make shots, he'll have to defend closer to the rim, and at barely 6-6 and lacking hops, that could be a problem. Like so many other sophomores in the DMV, we're just going to have to wait and see how he develops.

D.J. Harvey, 6-6, SG/SF, 2017, DeMatha Catholic: Harvey did not have a big statistical game Feb. 22, but this kid has it. He's athletic, can score, has bounce, has a nice developing frame, and just looks the part of a big-time prospect down the road. DeMatha has some other nice parts, but Harvey is the kid to build the program around. He's going to be a major recruit in time.

Anthony Cowan, 5-10, PG, 2016, St. John's: We've discussed Cowan before, and he's got a chance to be a very good collegiate prospect. Right now, he's slight of frame, and though aggressive, cannot take the pounding in the paint just yet when he attempts to finish. The strength should come, but the speed, floor vision, and shooting ability are all well above average. Maryland has offered, and they have a solid chance to land this talented sophomore in a year or two.

James Palmer, 6-5, SF, 2014, St. John's: Palmer, who signed with Miami early, has plenty of local fans, and I'm one of them. He's a legit 6-5, long, rangy, athletic, and though his shot is not always on, he finds ways to score. The typical late bloomer, Palmer may have gotten some token interest from Maryland, and he would have been a very good addition. Some think he's got the best long range potential of any 2014 recruit in the DMV. He's a nice pickup for the Canes.

Josh Reaves, 6-4, SG, 2015, Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.): Maryland is definitely recruiting Reaves, but the Terps have not yet offered. He had a very quiet game against Gonzaga (four points), but we do like his athletic ability, his excellent passing and his ability to defend. Reaves' shot has improved, but from a ball-handling point of view he doesn't yet seem to have high-major guard skills. If that improves, and his body fills out, he has a chance. The intangibles are top notch for this "glue guy."

Aaron Thompson, 6-0, PG, 2017, Paul VI: Thompson actually started at point for the Panthers Feb. 22, and acquitted himself very well. He does a lot of things well, and plays with poise. He'll definitely be someone Paul VI builds around for the next three years. It's way too early to project the Division-I level for Thompson, but he has a chance to be an extremely highly recruited hoopster.

Curtis Jones, 6-2, PG, 2016, Paul VI: Jones sat out with a bad back we're told. He's a talented young prospect, and yes, Maryland is heavily involved.

Romelo Trimble, 6-2, PG, 2014, Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.): Trimble, of course, is the crown jewel of Maryland's 2014 recruiting class, and yet he struggled mightily with his shot against Bishop Ireton (Alexandria, Va.), as the Knights only put up 34 points. We've probably seen Trimble 15 times in the past two years, and this is the first time I can recall him having an off-shooting game. Still, it's only one game, and he's carried O'Connell on his back all year. As we've said numerous times, Trimble does have some physical limitations in terms of explosiveness and jumping ability, but more than compensates for that with strength and smarts. And yes, he's still one of the best long-range shooters in the nation. Knowing Trimble's competitive nature, I wouldn't want to be his next opponent. O'Connell will finish out the season in next week's VISAA Championships, and then will play in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational in Frostburg, Md., in mid-March.

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