Metro Challenge Superlatives

HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- Terrapin Times recently took in the Metro Challenge 60, a showcase event put on by Team Takeover's Keith Stevens, and held at DeMatha Catholic High School. This invitation only event enabled all of the DMV's best local high school talent to be seen by all the major scouting services.

HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- Terrapin Times recently took in the Metro Challenge 60, a showcase event put on by Team Takeover's Keith Stevens, and held at DeMatha Catholic High School. This invitation only event enabled all of the DMV's best local high school talent to be seen by all the major scouting services.

There were a number of players at the event that we wanted to get more looks at, but Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) swingman Josh Reaves was priority No. 1. We've seen Reaves a handful number of times this year, and we have a clear picture of what he can and cannot do.

First of all, Reaves' motor doesn't stop. That trait alone is a plus, especially for a program like Maryland's in which there were players from time to time this year who took some plays off. Reaves, 6-foot-4, was still going all out in the day's final game, even when its outcome was already determined. Reaves also brings a lot of athleticism to the table, creating havoc defensively, and enabling him to play bigger than his size would have you think.

We also like his ability to pass the ball. The lefty will have to work on his off hand, but Reaves can get to the rim efficiently, and finishes well despite his lanky frame. As a shooter, he's adequate, certainly not great, but he can hit a trey now and again.

In short, Reaves is the ultimate "glue guy." He has yet to receive an offer from Maryland, but indicated that he expects one this summer.

Whoever signs Reaves this fall won't be getting a McDonald's All American, and his commitment won't create much of a national stir. That said, the guy is a winner, and does all the little things a winning program needs.

Throw in the fact he's a great young man who scores high in the "intangibles" category, and you can see why more schools are showing serious interest. The Terps could surely use a player like Joshua Reaves.

Other Capsules

Justin Robinson, 6-1, PG, St. James (Md.), 2015: We hear the Terps may go take a look at Robinson, although as a junior point guard, we don't see that as being high on their priority list right now. But Robinson's rep is growing, and he might have been the best pure point guard at this event. He's a lefty penetrator who knows how to run a team. Butler and Providence are among those schools having offered so far.

Aaron Thompson, 6-0, PG, Paul VI, 2017: Thompson can play, and received lots of minutes as a freshman this year for a powerful Paul VI squad. It's way too early to talk about his recruitment, but he'll be one of the nation's better prospects coming out in the Class of 2017. He's a nice athlete, has good court vision, and can score the basketball.

Randall Broddie, 6-2, G, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2015/16: We list both classes with Broddie, because we're not yet sure exactly when this lefty gunslinger will be going to college. There are some academic issues to deal with, but when it comes to scoring the basketball, Broddie is one of the best in this region. He's more two-guard than point guard for now. He showed some willingness to run the show when we saw him, but clearly is more comfortable knocking down jumpers and finishing at the rim.

De'Monte Buckingham, 6-3, SG, Henrico (Fairfield, Va.), 2016: Buckingham is a beast physically, already well developed, and he won't have a problem adjusting to the rigors of college basketball from a physical standpoint. He's a volume scorer and rebounder, who put up big numbers this year for Henrico. He seems to be an early Virginia lean, but the Terps and others have offered.

Drew Edwards, 6-3, PG/SG, Calvert Hall College HS (Towson, Md.), 2015: Edwards is one smooth customer, and was the most impressive backcourt prospect we witnessed at the event. Edwards is not a scintillating athlete, but does everything well, and seems equally adept at either guard slot. On March 29, though, he was off the ball and making shot after shot. Edwards has some high-major offers, and will likely get more. Maryland has monitored him, but given their multiple needs in 2015, I am not seeing an offer coming at this time. But this young man can definitely play.

Jon Davis, 6-2, G, Clinton Christian (Clifton, Md.), 2015: Davis had earlier signed with DePaul, but de-committed at this event and will ask for his release. This crafty scorer (and former DC Assault product) is headed to prep school (Hargrave Military Academy) and has opened his recruitment back up. I don't see Maryland pursuing Davis given their needs from the '15 class, but Davis can definitely light up the scoreboard, and is a solid athlete.

Chyree Walker, 6-4, SG, Paul VI, 2017: Walker has major upside, as a wiry, athletic, high-flying wing. He, like fellow freshman Aaron Thompson, got some run at Paul VI this year, which tells you all you need to know about his upside. This young man has a very bright future, as his ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim is impressive.

D.J. Harvey, 6-6, SF, DeMatha Catholic, 2017: Harvey was the first DeMatha Catholic freshman to start at the famed school since Adrian Dantley -- need we say more? Of all the players at this event, Harvey already has the look of a big time prospect, with a polished game, nice athletic frame, and plenty of poise. Harvey, originally from Alabama, will be a target of all the major powers in three years -- mark it down.

Myles Douglas, 6-6, SF, Friends (Baltimore, Md.), 2017: Are you getting the impression the Class of 2017 is loaded? Douglas is not as polished as Harvey, but still has enormous potential. He's a long, fluid athlete, who puts it on the deck well, but still needs to get stronger in order to finish more effectively. His shot needs a little work, but again, we're talking about a high school freshman. The Terps are well aware of this talented young prospect from Charm City.

Christian Matthews, 6-6, SG/SF, National Christian Academy, 2016: We only got a brief look at Matthews, and we'll need to see more. But this well-built, reasonably athletic swingman has a chance to be recruited at a high level. His size, coupled with guard skills, should make him someone the majors will be looking at. Maryland has been to NCA to see him play, and is showing interest.

Joe Hampton, 6-6, F, DeMatha Catholic, 2016: It's a wait and see deal with Hampton. He's got skills, can shoot it deep, or can score some at the rim, but it's more about his eventual collegiate position (in terms of who he guards). Hampton will have to shed some weight as well. Still, he had some monster games for the Stags this year, and clearly has game. Hampton has early offers from DePaul, Xavier and Penn State. The Terps, as they have been, will continue to monitor Hampton this summer.

Craig Lecesne, 6-7, SF, St. James, 2016: Lecesne isn't very strong, isn't a big run/jump athlete, but after you watch him several times, you quickly realize this is a kid who knows how to score. He's got the deep jumper, some nice moves to the hoop, and seems to possess the unique skill of knowing how to play basketball. This kid is intriguing, and a few months in the weight room should only enhance his chances of getting some solid D-I looks.

A.J. Wilson, 6-6, F, DuVal (Lanham, Md.), 2016: Wilson was a sleeper prior to the season, but is quickly becoming someone lots of schools will be inquiring about. Right now, it's a question of potential. Wilson has loads of athleticism, but has played mostly inside for DuVal, and is in the process of moving his game outside. He's a very active rebounder and shot blocker at the moment, while his offensive game is mostly inside 15 feet. Maryland is recruiting Wilson though, and the upside is definitely there.

Sylvester Ogbonda, 6-10, C/F, National Christian Academy (Fort Washington, Md.), 2015: Ogbonda is one of the better insiders on the East Coast in his class. He runs well, has a nice touch, and can be a defensive force. He's not overly aggressive right now, but again, he's someone to keep an eye on. Ogbonda definitely helped his reputation at this event, and he was someone the scouts in attendance were impressed with.

Bryant Crawford, 6-2, G, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 2015: Crawford has battled multiple injuries the past two years, and had an uneven junior year for the Eagles, but he came to play at the Metro Challenge 60. He was going hard to the rim, clamping down defensively, and even hit a few long jumpers. When his shot is falling, Crawford brings a lot to the table. Maryland won't be involved with Crawford, but Indiana, Georgetown, and Villanova definitely are in the mix.

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