London and Wilkerson making strides

Philadelphia's Roman Catholic High School has a rich basketball history. One filled with college and professional stars. This year's Roman squad features a few big names, as well a handful of emerging players. Today, Hawk Hill Hardwood looks at junior guard Rashann London and sophomore forward TreVeughn Wilkerson.

On Sunday evening, Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with Roman Catholic head coach Chris McNesby about two of his productive starters: Rashann London and TreVaughn Wilkerson.

"This year has been a bit of a coming-out party for Rashann," McNesby began, speaking about his junior guard. "He's a blend of everything. He can play the point and control tempo, but he can also get out in transition, in the open floor, and score."

While teammates Shep Garner and Traci Carter may be the more recognizable names in this year's Roman Catholic backcourt, London is making himself known this season. He poured in 24 points in a win at Penn Charter. He had 21 in a big win at Archbishop Carroll.

"The biggest thing about Rashann is that he doesn't force the issue," McNesby continued. "It doesn't always show up in the box score, but he makes the simple play at the right time, the right play at the right time."

In terms of offensive strengths, McNesby explained that Rashann is "more of a slasher right now, but he's certainly a capable outside shooter. One of his greatest strengths is just that he plays really hard and makes the right decisions."

Rashann London's recruitment is still in the early stages, but McNesby noted three schools as being in the picture. "Chris Clark of St. Francis has been here a lot," Coach McNesby stated. He went on to explain that both George Mason and Drexel are also schools starting to get involved in his recruitment.

If this year continues to be a "coming-out party" for London, look for that list of schools to grow before it's dwindled down.

Chris McNesby has a roster full of Division 1 talent, from Shep Garner to Traci Carter to Rashann London. And that talent isn't limited to the backcourt. In 6'6 sophomore forward TreVaughn Wilkerson, McNesby has yet another future college player.

"It's been a real pleasure to see his progress this year," the Roman coach began. "Last year his confidence was up and down, but this year it's more steady."

At a muscular, long 6'6 and 205 -210 pounds, Wilkerson is a combo forward who plays bigger than his size. "He's a great contributor for us, especially in terms of rebounding."

While Wilkerson got some minutes on varsity last year, this is his first year as a main piece for the Cahilites. Only a sophomore, he's already turning heads.

"He's a really unselfish kid, which is great, but I want him to call his own number sometimes," McNesby continued. At a long 6'6, TreVaughn's upside will be determined by both his growth and his continued development. His coach expounded on this.

"He's not just a big body who can rebound," Chris stated. "He can step out to the perimeter, and he's a skilled passer. I'm real excited about his growth."

Rashann London and TreVaughn Wilkerson are both making a significant and positive impact on this year's Roman Catholic squad. The Cahillites have a monster showdown on Tuesday against Philadelphia Catholic League power Neumann-Goretti. This game will be a major test for Chris McNesby's squad. With continued strong play from sophomore TreVaughn Wilkerson and junior Rashann London, both the present and the future are bright for the Cahillites.

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