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Some of the DMV football players that made it official on National Signing Day

Some of the DMV football players that made it official on National Signing Day

The DMV-area is one of the most talent-rich regions in the high school recruiting landscape. For years, the area was known solely for its basketball prowess, but nowadays, college programs across the nation are beginning to take notice to how gifted the DMV’s student athletes are on the gridiron.

The early signing period saw Damascus’ 5-star student athlete Bryan Bresee sign with Clemson, St. John’s Mekhail Sherman pledge his allegiance to Georgia and his teammate Rakim Jarrett spurn the LSU faithful for the opportunity to stay home and ignite a movement to play at Mike Lockley’s University of Maryland. #GeauxTerps

National Signing Day presented an even larger platform for many more student athletes to make their intentions official.

  1. RuQuan Brown: Captain of the Roosevelt Roughriders, RuQuan amassed a total of 24 college offers, including those from Princeton, Yale and Georgetown. A young man who is equally adept on and off the field, Brown choose to further his academic and athletic endeavors at Harvard University.
  2. Satchel Parker: Parker served as captain and starting quarterback of the Maret Frogs. Upon leading his team to a DCSAA-A championship, Parker signed with Morehouse College.
  3. Jalen McNair: The 1st team All-WCAC defensive back played an integral role in helping the Good Counsel Falcons win the conference title. With standing offers from Yale and Rutgers, McNair chose to join his teammate George Wolo in signing with Buffalo.
  4. Dominique Perry: While Boston College, Louisville and Syracuse had offered, Perry decided to sign with the Cincinnati Bearcats. The strong-side defensive end from Northwest displays tremendous athleticism for his size and has shown a propensity for stuffing the run. He will likely earn time as both a 3- and 5-technique.
  5. Myles Turner: Bullis’ 3-star stud inside linebacker has nearly prototypical size and athleticism. His ability to stop the run and play coverage earned him 13 offers. Under the recruitment of DMV alum Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, he chose UMass.
  6. Charles Bell VI: The Quince Orchard Cougars’ safety was long-linked to Syracuse until he renounced his verbal commitment in December. After performing his due diligence, visiting schools such as University of Georgia, Bell decided upon Marshall.
  7. Treyvon Branch: St. John’s versatile offensive lineman picked up seven offers in 2019. He ultimately chose Morgan State. With an ability to play anywhere on the offensive line, Branch has an opportunity to see the field early with the Bears.
  8. Melteon Davis: Standing at 5-foot-11, 275 pounds, the high-motor defensive tackle decided to take his talents to Merrimack College. Davis was a key cog in the interior of a stingy DeMatha Stags defense. A consummate leader and hard worker, he will look to make an instant impact with the Warriors.
  9. Malique Miller: Miller did it all while playing with the McKinley Tech Trainers. Whether lined up at tight end or running back, he was a big play threat on the offensive side of the ball while excelling on defense as a linebacker. Miller signed with Bowie State University.
  10. Sy’Veon Wilkerson: Wilkerson proved to be one of the most valuable running backs in the WCAC and beyond. Though he was at times overshadowed by his peers, Wilkerson made the biggest plays in the biggest of moments. Sy’veon is taking his talents to Delaware State University.

All-DMV Basketball Team: Terrance Williams is the student-athlete of the year

All-DMV Basketball Team: Terrance Williams is the student-athlete of the year

At NBC Sports Washington, we're celebrating the great high school basketball talent in the DMV with our first All-DMV Team.

Click here for the All-DMV girls basketball team.

Terrance Williams, F (Gonzaga) Student-Athlete of the Year

The 6-foot-6 Michigan commit served as a team leader for coach Steve Turner’s Eagles while being a terror to the opposition. 

Williams led Gonzaga to their second DCSAA title in 4 years while climbing the ranks to become the Eagles second all-time leading scorer. An avid rebounder, Williams was a double-double machine and though his stats are comparable to anyone’s, what he meant to the Gonzaga program cannot be measured in numbers alone.

Hunter Dickinson, C (DeMatha)

Dickinson is a 7-2 center who is as equally effective at shooting from range as he is dominating the interior. The Michigan commit is also a quality rim protector whose defense led DeMatha to a WCAC championship.

Jeremy Roach, G (Paul VI)

The Duke commit rebounded from injury to lead Paul VI to the WCAC championship game. Roach is a combo guard who gets to the rim at will. Roach possesses an excellent handle, he shoots well from the outside and has the strength and creativity to finish through contact.

Ronald Polite, G (Oxon Hill)

Polite is amazing in the open court. With extreme athleticism, the guard routinely finishes above the rim with flare. Polite orchestrated a potent Oxon Hill offense. The George Mason commit effectively got his teammates involved while consistently showing his range from the perimeter.

Earl Timberlake, F (DeMatha)

Timberlake can do it all. Standing 6’6, not only can the Miami commit shoot from distance and score in a myriad of ways, he is arguably the top defender in the DMV. Timberlake plays with passion and the Stags rode his multi-faceted game to a WCAC championship.

Ishmael Leggett, G (St. John’s)

The Rhode Island commit has been a stalwart in the St. John’s attack since he stepped foot on the Military Rd. campus. Leggett used his quickness and creativity to cap off his career by leading the Cadets to the WCAC semifinals. 

Corey Dyches, G (Potomac)

Dyches was the fearless leader of the Potomac Wolverines, leading them to a deep postseason run. The University of Maryland commit has unlimited range and uses his physicality to get to the basket with ease. A willing passer, he often sets his teammates up for buckets and he’s not afraid to do the dirty work — he’s an effective rebounder as well.

Dyches is the only student-athlete to make First Team All DMV in two sports. 

Trevor Keels, G (Paul VI)

The junior guard has amassed upwards of 20 offers and it’s not difficult to understand why. Keels uses his strength and wide frame to get to his spots on the floor and with a silky smooth jumper, he is able to stretch the defense from mid-to-long range.

Keels is calm under pressure and with a full arsenal of weapons in his offensive repertoire, he can score on virtually any defender. 

Max Brooks, F (St. Charles)

Max Brooks led St. Charles to a 26-1 record which included playoff victories over Oxon Hill and Potomac. At 6-foot-7, Brooks is an excellent defender who can guard on-ball and routinely changes shots at the rim. The UMass Lowell commit was also the Spartans leading scorer; Brooks is just beginning to realize how good he could be.

Darren Buchanan, F (Wilson)

The Do-it-All DCIAA player of the year led Wilson to the the league and state finals. At 6’5, Buchanan is an excellent rebounder and skilled passer. On defense, he can guard 1-through-5 and with his playmaking ability, Wilson often ran their offense through Buchanan.

Coach of the Year

Mike Jones, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes

In his third season, Jones led St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes to an IAC title and overall record of 30-4, which included going undefeated in their region. A season removed from winning the VISAA state championship, Jones’ senior-laden squad dominated its opposition, often winning in convincing fashion and at one point winning 21 of 22 games. 

St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes showed a willingness to not only schedule but compete with the top talent in the region as it lost tight games to WCAC powers, DeMatha, Gonzaga and Paul VI —all by single digits.

Second Team 

Benny Williams, F (St. Andrew's)
Favour Aire, C (Bishop McNamara)
Jakai Robinson, F  (National Christian Academy)
Erik Reynolds, G (Bullis)
Paul Lewis, G (Bishop O’Connell)
Bez Mbeng, G (Good Counsel)
Tymu Chenery, G (Episcopal)
Chuck Harris, G (Gonzaga)
Dug McDaniel, G (Paul VI)
Jamal Barnes, F (St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes)

Honorable Mention

Devin Dinkins, G (Gonzaga)
Avery Ford, G (Centreville)
Jasir Tremble, G (Theodore Roosevelt)
Saveon Jackson, F (KIPP)
Judah Mintz, G (Gonzaga) 
Jao Ituka, G (Gaithersburg)
Ryan Cornish, G (Sidwell Friends)
Amani Hansberry, F (St. John’s)
Quinton Mincey, F (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Rodney Rice, G (Bullis)
 

 

 

All-DMV Basketball Team: Kiki Rice is the student-athlete of the year

All-DMV Basketball Team: Kiki Rice is the student-athlete of the year

At NBC Sports Washington, we're celebrating the great high school basketball talent in the DMV with our first All-DMV Team.

Kiki Rice, G (Sidwell Friends) Student-Athlete of the Year

Following a freshmen season that put the DMV on notice, the USA Basketball alum entered her sophomore campaign with high expectations. She did not just meet them — she exceeded them.

Rice was a proficient scorer as a freshman. She often used her raw talent and abilities to out-athlete her opposition. This year, a more seasoned Rice showed off her ability to run the offense, get her teammates involved and pick her spots to dominate. 

Her leadership, drive and determination led Sidwell to the DCSAA championship game.

Madison Scott, F  (Bishop McNamara)

Madison Scott concluded an illustrious career at Bishop McNamara by leading the Mustangs to victory in the WCAC championship. 

The Ole Miss commit used length and athleticism to dominate the interior, while finding opportunities to show off her polished mid-range game. She was a program builder who will leave her legacy at Bishop McNamara.

Lee Volker, G/F (Paul VI) 

Lee Volker unleashed an inside/outside game that made her a match-up nightmare for opponents. When operating on the interior, Volker displayed polished post moves putting her in place to score at the basket. She extends defenses by shooting from distance and she is capable of putting the ball on the floor getting to the rim.

Volker led PVI to the WCAC final.

Eniya Russell, G (Pallotti)

Eniya Russell of Pallotti is a generational talent. The six-foot guard is electric off the dribble, can shoot from distance and is a terror on the boards. 

The South Carolina-commit led the Panthers to the IAAM championship.

Chetanna Nweke, F (Stone Ridge)

The 6-1 Princeton commit can score from anywhere on the court. She is a proficient three-point shooter with a polished mid-range game and Nweke plays with her back to the basket when called upon. 

She led the Gators in scoring, averaging 18.7 ppg.

Azzi Fudd, G  (St. John’s)

Azzi Fudd returned from a knee injury with a vengeance. After sitting out the early stages of the season, Fudd led the Cadets to their fifth consecutive DCSAA championship.

She utilizes supreme court vision to see things on the court before her opponent has a chance to. She is effective off the handle at setting up her teammates or getting her own shot. She has enough range to scare defenses from anywhere on the court, and she uses body control to get to the rim on command.

Fudd is smooth and polished in a manner rarely seen at the high school level. She is a true basketball savant and the junior is coveted by major college programs across the country. 

Elizabeth Martino, G (Riverdale Baptist)

Martino is an athletic combo-guard who uses her activity to control the flow of the game. She is effective at leading fast break opportunities and equally adept at attacking the rim in traffic. 

The Rutgers commit is an excellent defender who showed an ability to consistently knock down open jumpers.

Kaylah Ivey, G (Riverdale Baptist)

Kaylah Ivey is a playmaker extraordinaire. The 5-8 guard is a willing passer who puts the ball in the hands of her teammates in a position to score. The Boston College commit is aggressive off the dribble which allows her to penetrate with ease and finish at the rim.

Liatu King, F (Bishop McNamara)

King is an athletic wing who competes hard on the glass and uses her athletic ability to sprint out and finish in transition. She has the size to shoot over smaller defenders and the handle to blow by traditional bigs. 

The Pitt commit is a mismatch waiting to happen. She helped McNamara win the WCAC championship. 

Alyson Jefferson, G (Banneker)

Alyson Jefferson was the DCIAA player of the year. She averaged over 20 ppg helping to lead Banneker into the playoffs. 

Jefferson has a quick first step and is fearless in attacking the rim. Throughout her career, she thrived in big moments and consistently asked that the ball be in her hands in clutch time. 

Coach of the Year

Tamika Dudley, Sidwell Friends

In her first season at Sidwell, Dudley was tasked with replacing the Quakers' longtime head coach, Anne Renninger. As if that task weren’t enough, Dudley set out to do so with a roster that contained zero seniors, one junior and 10 freshmen/sophomores.

How did the Dudley-led Quakers respond? By going 25-6 and making it all the way to the DCSAA championship game in which they fought valiantly before falling to perennial powerhouse St. John’s.

Sidwell plays a beautiful brand of basketball: Crisp passes, timely cuts to the hoop, and they routinely pass up good shots for better ones. 

Sidwell is primed to challenge for championships for years to come.


Second Team 

Isabella Perkins, G  (Paul VI)
Kelis Corley, F  (St. John’s)
Adrianna Smith, F (O’Connell)
Jadyn Donovon, G  (Sidwell Friends)
Ava McGee, F (Maret)
Laila Jewett, G (Bishop Ireton)
Kaniyah Harris, G (Flowers)
Tajha Jackson, G/F (Ballou)
Brianna Scott, F (South Lakes)
Deja Bristol, F (New Hope Academy)
 

Honorable Mention

Synia Johnson, F (Riverdale Baptist)
Tedi Makrigiorgos, G (Madison)
Kamryn Anthony, G (Anacostia)
Taylor Webster, F (Georgetown Visitation)
Taylor Napper, F (St. John’s)
Cameron Wilkes, G (Dunbar)
Delaney Thomas, F (St. John’s)
Page Greenburg, G (Maret)
Zy’aire Hairston, G (Dunbar)
Nycerra Minnis, F (Parkdale)