For decades, the DMV has been a hotbed for basketball talent. From Kevin Durant to Victor Oladipo to Rebekkah Brunson, the region has been home to some of the world's best basketball players, and that doesn't look to end anytime soon. So, who's next? Throughout the week, NBC Sports Washington is taking look at the next crop of players creating a buzz in the DMV, including Azzi Fudd, Trevor Keels and the top 10 boys and girls on the rise. This part of the series evaluates the teams on the rise.
Note: Fall and winter sports, including basketball, have been postponed in Washington and canceled in Montgomery County, Md., due to the coronavirus pandemic. Decisions in other local regions will be determined in the near future.
1. Paul VI
Last season: 27-8 | Conference: 16-4
The Panthers finished last season as WCAC runners-up, and despite graduating Duke commit Jeremy Roach, PVI returns Trevor Keels, Dug McDaniel and a host of other talented student athletes.
Last season: 30-3 | Conference: 19-1
The Stags were head and shoulders above the competition in 2019-20. Their senior laden squad ran through the WCAC. Though DeMatha loses Hunter Dickinson and Earl Timberlake, it returns Jordan Hawkins and added top transfer Rodney Rice.
3. Theodore Roosevelt
Last season: 29-2 | Conference: 14-0
Roose produced a dream season in ‘19-20. The Roughriders defeated Wilson to win the DCIAA city championship and much of their core is returning. Expect Jasir Tremble to make his bid for All-NBC Sports Washington first team honors next season.
4. St. Andrew’s Episcopal
Last season: 22-3 | Conference: 10-2
The Lions defeated Sidwell to win the MAC championship. Led by sensational senior Benny Williams, St. Andrew’s has its eyes set on back-to-back titles.
Last season: 25-10 | Conference: 15-5
Gonzaga won the DCSAA state championship in ‘19-20, but when and if the ‘20-21 season starts, the Eagles will take the floor without NBC Sports Washington Player of the Year Terrance Williams for the first time in a long time. The Eagles, though, don’t rebuild, they reload. Judah Mintz and Devin Dinkins are set for breakout campaigns.
Last season: 24-5 | Conference: 11-1
Coach Angelo Hernandez’s Tigers overachieved in ‘19-20. They turned what many predicted to be a down year into a season in which they played in both the DCIAA and DCSAA championship games. With another offseason of work under his belt, anticipate Player of the Year Darren Buchanan to put on even more of a show.
7. St. John’s
Last season: 24-9 | Conference: 14-6
With the graduation of Ishmael Leggett amongst others, the Cadets will lose a lot from last year’s team, but SJC anticipates Amani Hansberry will be ready to carry the load. The Cadets will also tout a premier incoming freshman class.
Last season: 20-5 | Conference: 13-2
Wise rode a hot streak all the way to the Maryland 4a state championship game, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Pumas return electric scorer Trey Thomas who will look to lead them back to the promised land.
9. Sidwell Friends
Last season: 20-12 | Conference: 7-5
Coming off a magical 2018 season, Sidwell was never able to fully catch its stride in ‘19-20. With a roster stocked with underclassmen, coach Eric Singletary’s Quakers fought hard before falling to St. Andrew’s in the MAC final and Wilson in the DCSAA states. In ‘20-21, Sidwell should be dangerous. The silky-smooth Ryan Cornish leads a team that is eager to reclaim its championship glory.
10. National Christian Academy
Last season: 22-7 | Conference: 8-1
Jakai Robinson and NCA look to build off their impressive ‘19-20 campaign. Their challenging out-of-conference schedule last season should prepare them to rise towards the top of the rankings in ‘20-21.
11. Richard Montgomery
Last season: 23-4 | Conference: 8-2
12. Good Counsel
Last season: 18-12 | Conference: 10-8
Last season: 23-2 | Conference: 7-2
Last season: 21-7 | Conference: 7-2
Last season: 19-12 | Conference: 10-8
16. St. Charles
Last season: 27-1 | Conference: 14-0
Last season: 31-4 | Conference: 16-0
Last season: 17-10 | Conference: 11-2
Last season: 16-7 | Conference: 5-3
Last season: 18-7 | Conference: 7-3
Last season: 15-13 | Conference: 6-5
22. Eleanor Roosevelt
Last season: 19-4 | Conference: 15-0
Last season: 17-10 | Conference: 7-4
24. Riverdale Baptist
Last season: 17-16 | 5-3
Last season: 12-21 | Conference: 4-13
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