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Dwayne Haskins sports throwback Chase Young DeMatha jersey

Dwayne Haskins sports throwback Chase Young DeMatha jersey

Dwayne Haskins put his high school rivalry aside and extended the olive branch to Washington’s top draft pick and his former Ohio State teammate Chase Young.

Haskins posted a picture on Instagram wearing a throwback Chase Young DeMatha Catholic High School jersey with the caption “Felt like the young Chase out there.” 

Growing up in the DMV, Haskins and Young first met in high school where they each represented a different powerhouse sports school in the area. Young attended DeMatha joining the long line of alumni to play professional sports like Victor Oladipo, Quinn Cook, Markelle Fultz, Premier Lacrosse League founder Paul Rabil and D.C. United’s Bill Hamid. Haskins graduated from the Bullis School where he joined Cam Brown, Moise Fokou, Justin Herron, Tanard Jackson and many others who went on to play in the NFL after graduation.

After competing in high school, the two became teammates at Ohio State and had to put their differences aside. Now, both athletes have returned home to the D.C. area to continue their careers as teammates on the Washington Football Team.

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After being taken with the No.2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young looked back on his years at DeMatha fondly. 

“DeMatha is a special place,” he said. “A place where my bonds have gotten stronger just through the whole brotherhood and just being at DeMatha. I’m glad my parents told me to move to DeMatha because obviously it was for the best.”

And according to his teammates from the time, they knew Young would be great from the start.

“Chase used to wreck practice every day,” former Maryland running back Anthony McFarland said. “The offense couldn’t get the ball off. He just wanted to dominate anyone who was in front of him…That’s why I know he’s going to be a good player. He’s been like that since high school.”

Young and Haskins will continue to make their mark on DMV area sports when the NFL returns this fall. But their road to success began long before they set foot at FedEx Field for the first time.

“I think it’s perhaps something they put in the water fountains at DeMatha,” Paul Rabil said of his alma mater.

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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 will answer that question, taking look at the next crop of players creating a buzz in the DMV.

In DeMatha’s Hunter Dickinson, the Michigan Wolverines are getting a true big man who has the skill to do it all. At 7-foot-2, 257 pounds, Dickinson is a strong rebounder and adequate rim protector. On offense, he’s a good passer who finishes with touch around the rim and has the range to make shots from distance.

“Everybody likes to call him an old-school post man because he truly embraces being someone who plays on the block,” DeMatha head coach Mike Jones said. “And he definitely has that, but I think the underrated part of Hunter’s game is his ability to play out and away from the basket. His ability to see the floor and pass so well; his IQ is so high.

“I think everything he has done at the high school level, he will be able to do in college because he is one of the smartest basketball players I’ve ever coached, so he will have no problem adjusting. As he gets stronger and gets in the best shape he can possibly be in, Hunter will be just as good as he was in high school. He’ll be able to play that well in college.”

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Wolverines fans hope Hunter can bring to Ann Arbor similar levels of the team and person success he experienced in Hyattsville. In his four seasons at DeMatha, Dickinson helped lead the Stags to two WCAC championships. He earned first team all-conference honors his final three seasons and was named WCAC Player of the Year his senior campaign.

“Hunter was someone who got better each and every year,” Jones said. “He’s someone who got it done in the classroom and performed at a very high level on the court. He was a leader and graduated as our student body president. He’s what DeMatha is all about.”

In Juwan Howard’s inaugural season as head coach, the Wolverines were 19-12 overall and 10-10 in Big Ten play before the coronavirus pandemic canceled postseason play. Michigan’s 2020-21 roster will boast a pair of experienced senior bigs in Austin Davis and Jaron Faulds, but with the graduation of Jon Teske and transfer of Colin Castleton to Florida, there is a hole in the roster that Dickinson could step in and fill.

“Hunter’s IQ will get him on the court with no problem. Being 7-2 doesn’t hurt, but just the fact that he knows how to play the game will allow him to be effective,” Jones said. “He’s used to playing with four other really good players, so that won’t be an adjustment for him – that’s what a lot of other college freshmen struggle with, just the adjustment of not being ‘the guy.’ Hunter is used to playing with four other really good players, so his ability to adjust to that will truly have him ready to be an impact player from day one.”

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Why former DeMatha standout Earl Timberlake will have an immediate impact at Miami

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Earl Timberlake is a student athlete who impacts the game in a myriad of ways. The former 4-star DeMatha wing is a dynamic two-way player who can handle the ball, slash to the rim and knock down big shots. His ability to serve as a lockdown defender leads his high school coach to believe Timberlake will make his presence felt at the University of Miami.

“He’ll be able to guard anybody. Miami will be able to put him on anyone,” DeMatha head coach Mike Jones said. “He’s going to be tough enough, strong enough and be able to move well enough to guard just about any position on the floor.

“Earl is constantly working on his game. The best players I’ve ever coached are the ones who put in work whether they’re with us or not with us, and Earl is definitely of that mold. He’s going to have an impact from day one.”

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According to the coach, the effect Timberlake’s presence had on DeMatha was staggering. Jones said DeMatha would not have won its two most recent titles had it not been for Timberlake; the two-time 1st team All-WCAC performer is the kind of student athlete coaches build championship teams around.

“He immediately changed the culture and vibe of our team,” Jones said. “He’s ultra-competitive -- he literally treated every practice like it was a game, and he came in and challenged guys right away. The way he approached everything made everyone work harder, play harder, focus more. His competitive nature truly changed the vibe of our team.”

In eight seasons at Miami, head coach Jim Larranaga has led the Hurricanes to four NCAA tournament appearances. Last year, they were 15-16 before the pandemic shut the season down. Timberlake may be the shot in the arm Miami needs. He will team up with leading scorer and fellow WCAC alum Chris Lykes (Gonzaga). And with the graduation of Dejan Vasiljevic, Timberlake should be in position to contribute early and often if he adjusts quickly to the collegiate game.

“Because he’s so good, in high school, teams would attempt to pack it in to attempt to keep him out of the lane. But they won’t be able to do that in college,” Jones said. “The spacing is so much better, the floor is so much bigger. He truly is going to find that offensively things are so much easier for him because he’s going to have more room to operate. Again, he’s going to have an impact from day one.”

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