50 States in 50 Days: Maryland
DeMatha Catholic and Montrose Christian lead the pack
As the season draws closer, Five-Star is previewing the high school basketball scene in all 50 states. Each day, we will focus on one state, highlighting the top teams, players and games of the upcoming season. Today, we focus on Maryland. Did we pick the top teams or did we snub your alma matter? Did we find the best players, or is there someone flying under the radar, ready to make noise? Let us know in the comments below.
The DMV-area (Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia) is one of nation's hotbeds for basketball talent. We already took a look at Virginia. Today, it's Maryland's turn.
Five Teams to Watch
DeMatha Catholic: Last year’s team finished 29-7 and was mostly led my underclassmen. Small forward Jerami Grant (see-below), point guard James Robinson (Pittsburgh-commit) and center BeeJay Anya return for the Stags who should be on national polls all season. Robinson is the consummate point guard while Anya’s out-of-this-world wingspan protects the paint. Junior Jarius Lyles plays the role of sharpshooter for the DeMatha crew.
Montrose Christian: Coach Stu Vetter has another team on his hands that should be in national polls all season. Justin Anderson (see-below) and big man Michael Carrera return for the Mustangs. Much will be expected from transfer Ishmael Wainwright, a tough-minded 2013 swingman who is a top player in his class. Yugi Togoshi will be asked to replace Tyrone Johnson who is now suiting up for the Villanova Wildcats.
Patterson: Aquille Carr headlines this crew, which is one of the best in the Baltimore Public School league. He averaged 31 points and 6 assists last season. Myrek Fowlkes, a tough scoring guard in his own right, is Carr’s running mate. The Clippers lost in the State Championship last year to North Point.
John Carroll: After winning the Baltimore Catholic League last year, the Bel-Air school is looking for a repeat. They have a solid frontcourt with big men juniors Michael Owona and Jarred Jones protecting the paint. They also will bring in one of the most heralded freshmen in the nation, Justin Jennifer and Croatian Mikael Maric. Get a sneak peak of Jennifer in the video below.
St. Frances Academy: This team might have the best chance of dethroning last year’s Catholic League champs in John Carroll. 6-8 big man Josh Fortney is committed to Loyola (MD) and protects the paint for the Panthers. Senior transfer and UNLV-commit DaQuan Cook and junior Tevon Saddler cause havoc on the perimeter for head coach Mark Karcher.
Five Players to Watch
Jerami Grant (DeMatha Catholic): The Syracuse commit has ultra-long arms and is an elite defensive player at the small forward position. The senior has a number of moves in the high post that allow him to score in a variety of ways. It also doesn’t hurt that his father, Harvey Grant, was a 10-year pro in the league. His uncle is famous Chicago Bull Horace Grant. CLICK HERE to see a feature Five-Star put together about the family’s love for basketball.
Aquille Carr (Patterson): One of the most electrifying players in the nation, regardless of class. The junior earned the nickname “The Crimestopper” because the crime rate in Baltimore goes down when he is playing since he fills out gyms. The 5-7 point guard can cross you up with his handle. He can knock down the NBA range 3-pointer. Then, if you try and bring help, he’ll dish off for an assist. He’ll also throw in an occasional dunk too. The proof is in the video below – a must see.
Justin Anderson (Montrose Christian): An argument can be made that Anderson is the top senior and player in the state of Maryland. At 6-5 and 210 pounds, Anderson already has a college-ready frame. He excels in transition and is developing his ability to hit the outside jumper. From 15-feet in right now, he is a hands-down problem. The small forward is verbally committed to Virginia.
Kameron Williams (Mount St. Joseph’s): At 6-2, the junior has really started to make noise at the point guard position. He has a quick handle and is able to get into the lane seemingly at will. He can also shift to the shooting guard position with ease. He was apart of the guard-heavy Nike Baltimore Elite travel squad this past summer.
DaQuan Cook (Digital Harbor): This senior has already committed to UNLV and can fill it up with the best of them. At 6-1, Cook is a combo guard that excels when putting the ball on the ground and finding ways to score. He tends to be streaky with his jump shot but that doesn’t stop him from filling up the box score.
Joe Alexander (Linganore)
Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic)
Michael Beasley (Bowie/National Christian Academy/Riverdale Baptist)
Len Bias (Northwestern)
Muggsy Bogues (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
Josh Boone (South Carroll)
Mike Brey (DeMatha Catholic)
James Brown – sportscaster (DeMatha Catholic)
Sam Cassell (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
Jason Conley (Montrose Christian)
Dante Cunningham (St. John’s)
Malcolm Delaney (Towson Catholic)
Juan Dixon (Calvert Hall College)
Quintin Dailiey (Cardinal Gibbons)
Kevin Durant (Montrose Christian)
Dennis Felton (Surrattsville)
Duane Ferrell (Calvert Hall College)
Danny Ferry (DeMatha Catholic)
Steve Francis (Montgomery Blair)
Austin Freeman (DeMatha Catholic)
Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding)
James Gist (Our Lady of Good Counsel)
Jeff Green (Northwestern)
Donte Green (Towson Catholic)
Kenny Hasbrouck (Cardinal Gibbons)
Roy Hibbert (Georgetown Prep)
Steve Hood (DeMatha Catholic)
Jarrett Jack (DeMatha Catholic/St. Vincent Pallotti)
Tywon Lawson (Bishop McNamara)
Reggie Lewis (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
Roger Mason Jr. (Grace Episcopal Day School)
Gary Neal (Calvert Hall College)
Oliver Purnell (Stephen Decatur)
Josh Shelby (Lake Clifton)
Dickey Simpkins (Friendly)
Tubby Smith (Great Mills)
DaJuan Summers (McDonogh School)
Marvin Webster (Edmondson)
Monty Williams (Potomac)
Reggie Williams (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
David Wingate (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
Chris Wright (St. John’s)
Sam Young (Friendly)