BALTIMORE, Md. -- Baltimore Elite AAU Coach Bub Carrington believes there is a renaissance going on in Charm City hoops, especially the tough, gritty point guards the city used to churn out at a regular clip.
Of late, the numbers have been down, but there are some young playmakers coming up through the ranks that are fueling the resurgence.
One is St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) sophomore point guard Daquan Bracey, a tough, old-school jitterbug in that mold.
"He [fellow SFA guard Khaliel Richards] and Daquein are going to bring us back with that Baltimore toughness, the little guard," Carrington said. "Yeah, tough. A throwback. Old-school. From New York originally. But got an Ed Cota-type game. Kinda herky-jerky with it. And I am learning to not get in his way because sometimes when kids, they see the next pass, well they see it before you see it. So I am learning to get out of his way and just coach everybody else."
Bracey is a break-you-down type who can get his shot who led a young SFA backcourt this year with Richards, who is also garnering early Terps interest.
"I think I had a good season. It could have been better if I just stayed healthy, but it was good for my first go-around," Bracey said.
The 5-foot-9, 164-pound dervish averaged 10.5 points per game and three assists a game as a starter this season.
"When I am on the court, I just go. I don't have any particular style, I just make plays. But I like Chris Paul, O.J. Mayo, Monta Ellis... I just like guards that are explosive," Bracey said.
So far, while early yet, schools like Maryland, Miami, Kansas State, UMBC and Mount St. Mary's have been in contact with his coaches or through the gym this season. He said the last two have verbally offered him.
Bracey was at Comcast last season unofficially for a Terps game.
"It was what I like, a lot of people in the stands. I like big crowds like that. And any offer that is given I will take into consideration, especially a big program like Maryland," Bracey said.
This spring Bracey is working on his jumper coming off screens the most.
He said he'd love to study law down the road at college.
"Other than that, I just want my dream to come true," Bracey said of his round-ball aspirations.
This weekend, Bracey and Baltimore Elite head to the next Nike EYBL event, which is in Dallas.
Bracey is also playing varsity baseball for SFA this spring.
TT Baltimore Hoops Tour: Daquan Bracey
TerrapinTimes Top Stories
Live Evaluation & Interview: Daniel GeorgeOXON HILL, Md. -- Oxon Hill hosted Surrattsville (Clinton, Md.) Sept. 30 in a Prince George’s County class 4A matchup. Terrapin Times was on hand to scout Oxon Hill four-star 2018…
Carter As Competitive As EverCOLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Even in passing or in jest, don't mention to Terps junior linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr., that fellow 'backer and upstart Shane Cockerille holds the lead in…
TTDave's Inside The ShellWelcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland-football recruiting roundup.
TerrapinTimesYesterday at 11:09 PM
Watch: Quick Feet For No. 22 OT/Terps CommitOwings Mills (Md.) Mc Donogh offensive tackle Jordan McNair, who is committed to Maryland, in action during his senior season.
Scout FootballYesterday at 12:40 PM
Watch: DeAndre Lane emerging as senior leaderThe Maryland native already has one more catch than he did all of last season.
TerrapinTimesYesterday at 11:30 AM