BOWIE, Md. -- Terrapin Times dropped in to Bowie City Gym to catch some of the DMV SuperTeam Showcase, an event capably run by DMV Elite. There were a lot of solid local talents on hand. Here are some observations:
Team Takeover 17U is loaded. They were shorthanded in Sacramento last weekend, but now have added Paul VI's (Fairfax, Va.) Franklin Howard (back from his ACL injury) and Georgios Papagiannis (Westtown/West Chester, Pa.). TTO rolled over a decent Baltimore Finest's team, running 10 deep and just overwhelming BF, coached by former Terp Rodney Elliott.
Papagiannis, who has a Terp offer, looks to have lost weight and was moving very well. He's got polished post moves, passes the ball very well, and has sound basketball IQ. He's a decent rebounder, and though not a leaper by any means, he will alter shots simply with his immense frame. There's still not a lot of info on his recruitment, and we're not sure how hard the Terps are pushing, but the big Greek is awfully good. And if by some chance he wanted to come, you take that verbal and run with it.
The other TTO prospect of particular interest to Terp fans is Paul VI's Josh Reaves, and he was up to his usual tricks May 4, flying over the rim for dunks, tip-ins, while defending with a purpose.
He's still not a devastating shooter or exceptional ball-handler, but his energy level is always there. Reaves is all about the team as well, and given the recent developments with the Terps' roster, that's not something that can be overlooked. This kid is a warrior.
His Paul VI teammate, Kevin Dorsey, doesn't even start for TTO, and yet he's another whirling dervish who factors on both ends of the floor. Dorsey, 5-11, simply disrupts things. He's a pest on defense, and a rim attacker on offense. Like Reaves, he has some things to work on, but the energy and desire is present every time out. Dorsey has some mild Maryland interest, and an offer in the near future wouldn't shock me, so that's something we'll continue to monitor.
Sophomore point guard Anthony Cowan (St. John's/Washington, D.C.) runs the show for DC Thunder, and he was outstanding May 4. He's still only about 5-10, but has tremendous straight-line speed and good quickness, while seeing the floor well and hitting open jumpers. He appears to have spent some time in the weight room, which will benefit him, as Cowan still has some trouble finishing at the rim, although he is not at all shy about heading into the paint with a vengeance.
All signs point to Cowan remaining a top Terp priority, although with the need for a 2015 point guard now, it's not clear if that will be a potential roadblock with Maryland's pursuit of Cowan.
Another guard who's coming on strong is Randall Broddie (Potomac/Oxon Hill, Md.), who runs the show for TTO 16U. It appears the Potomac HS product will be a '16 signee, and what impressed me May 5 was his improvement in running the show, and showing more legit point guard skills. In the past I've referred to Broddie as a "gunslinger", and he still has that element to his game, but he does seem to be showing more feel in controlling tempo, and getting other teammates involved. Broddie has high-major skills, so we'll continue to monitor him this summer to see if the transformation and maturation process continues.
D.J. Harvey: This 6-6 freshman at DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) could well be the next "big thing" to evolve from the DMV. The skills, athleticism and effort are all present.
De'Monte Buckingham: Buckingham (Henrico/Richmond, Va.) is another TTO player, and the Richmond native already has a Terp offer. He's a power guard, already physically developed, and he does some nice things on the court. But this sophomore didn't really impress me as a "must have" type recruit.
Christian Matthews: This 6-5 sophomore from National Christian Academy (Oxon Hill-Glassmanor, Md.) has a solid frame, decent athleticism, and can score. Maryland is reportedly showing some interest, but right now, Matthews seems to be (like many in the DMV) straddling the mid-to-high-major fence. But again, there's enough there to warrant future viewings.
Craig Lecesne: Lecense (St. James, Md.) played sparingly; he seemed to have a foot or ankle injury of some kind. Lecense , a 6-6 shooter from St. James, has already attracted lots interest from the better academic schools, mainly in the mid-major range, but I do think the Terps will keep an eye on him, while pursuing his teammate Justin Robinson.
John Crosby: It seems like this Baltimore Poly point guard has been around forever. Crosby had a lot of mid-major interest, and George Mason was pursuing him hard, but he's decided to prep a year to see if he can attract higher interest. Crosby is a talented ball-handler and passer, who never has shown he can make perimeter jumpers with consistency. He was overwhelmed at times by the depth of TTO, but still held his own.
Crosby now will be a 2015 recruit, and the Terps need another point guard, but I doubt UMD takes a hard look here. Justin Robinson appears to be top choice, if the Terps go local for a point guard to complement Melo Trimble.
Corey Manigault: Manigault is really coming on; he's a 6-7+ insider from Paul VI (class of 2016) who has good feet, tremendous hands, and nice mid-range touch. He's impressive, and with a 6-9 father and a 6-2 mother, he'll likely continue to grow. Along with Cowan, and possibly Broddie, Manigault could turn out to be one of the real studs of the DMV region in that sophomore class.
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