HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) wing Josh Reaves stood out at the 2014 Metro Challenge at…
Metro Challenge 60 Recap
Robinson cements high major status Justin Robinson, a standout at Saint James (Md.) School, cemented his status as a potential high major prospect at the Metro Challenge 60 on Saturday. In December, Robinson drew rave reviews at the National Hoops Festival. In the event, he showed flashes, distributed the ball and nearly got the nod in Scout.com's last 2015 top 100 update. He was ranked as the No. 17 point guard at that time. It turns out; Robinson is likely better than that. A 6-foot-1 point guard, Robinson plays with poise and impressed with his feel for the game. He knows how to run a team, is a quality passer, has good vision and understands the position. Robinson has good speed and an especially quick first step. On Saturday, he consistently found ways to get in the paint and pushed the pace for his camp team. To go with his ability to handle lead guard duties, Robinson is also a good shot maker. The lefty shoots the ball well out to 23-feet and is also comfortable making mid-range pull-ups and floaters. Heading into the spring AAU season, Robinson has four scholarship offers – Providence, Old Dominion, Radford and St. Peters. He also has interest from Butler, Illinois, Rutgers, Iowa, George Washington, George Mason and Harvard. While that's a solid list of schools, his offer list is sure to grow once college coaches see him on the EYBL circuit with Boo Williams. Top Performers Kevin Dorsey, PG – The electric and energetic point guard from Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI brought it at the Metro Challenge 60 event on Saturday. Dorsey played to his normal strengths, as he defended, pushed the tempo and found ways to get into the paint. But he also did damage with his jump shot, which has always been known as his biggest weakness. He hit three three-points in one game I took in and shot the ball with confidence throughout the event. D.J. Harvey, SF – Although just a freshman, I've evaluated Harvey a handful of times over the past year and it's clear he's steadily gaining confidence and his game is maturing. A natural athlete, Harvey moves up and down the floor with ease and is a tremendous leaper. He's blessed with great size for a wing (6-foot-7) and the physical gifts are there. Now his game is developing. Harvey made multiple mid-range pull-ups and showed a level of comfort creating shot opportunities for himself. He also rebounded well, showed potential as a defender and played aggressive on both ends. Marcus Derrickson, PF –The 6-foot-7 forward is tough for opposing big mans to guard because of his versatility. His best weapon is his jump shot, which is pure from mid-range out past the three-point stripe. He often times gets defenders off balance with jabs and pump fakes, thus opening up a driving situation. But he also has the tools to score on the block and has terrific touch around the basket. Derrickson is also a quality area rebounder. Bryant Crawford has big event Bryant Crawford, PG – Crawford's showing on Saturday was impressive. He's already quick and tough to contain off the dribble, but when he makes long-range shots like he did at he Metro Challenge, it makes guarding Crawford even tougher. To go with the numerous threes he made, Crawford mixed in drives, slick passes and finishes in transition, including the best dunk of the day over Sylvester Ogbonda in transition. Randall Broddie, SG/PG – It's clear the DMV area is loaded with guards and Broddie is certainly one of the best ones. A sophomore at Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac, Broddie is a dynamic combination guard that excels as a scorer and as a guy that can make plays for others. On Saturday, Broddie played into the scoring role. The southpaw shoots it well from long-range, but is quick, has a good first step and is a crafty scorer at the rim. Broddie also has good vision and is a talented passer when he sets his mind to it. Josh Reaves, SF – The progression of Reaves has been notable and significant. A 6-foot-4 wing, Reaves is known for his ability to lock up on defense, rebound and make athletic plays at the rim. On Saturday the Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI standout was as aggressive as I've ever seen him. He constantly attacked the basket, both in transition and in the half court. He's clearly getting better off the bounce and is also a respectable catch and shoot shooter out to 22-feet. Drew Edwards, SG – Perhaps the biggest surprise of camps was this 6-foot-3 guard. Edwards is wired up to put the ball in the basket. He has good ball skills and actually showed a good enough feel and handle to spend some time on the ball. But where Edwards is most valuable is off the ball as a scorer. He gets his points in a variety of ways. He worked for shot opportunities at the rim, tossed in floaters, mid-range pull-ups and made three three-pointers in his final game of the day. Sylvester Ogbonda, C – Arguably the top center prospect in attendance was this 6-foot-10, 215-pound big man out of Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy. Ogbonda is a valuable shot blocker. He's mobile, quick off his feet and uses his lengthy set of arms and athleticism to contest shots. Offensively he flashed good hands and scored off a right jump hook multiple times. A 2015 recruit, Ogbonda has a tremendous upside and is one to track this spring and summer. Joe Hampton, C – Hampton is a load to handle inside. At 6-foot-7, Hampton checks in at likely close to 260-pounds. He's physical, strong, plays well through contact and has impressive touch around the basket for a guy his size. Hampton scored off face up drives and strong power finishes inside. Hampton also did a good job of rebounding his area. Hampton is also capable of making face up jump shots. His best game of the day was a 16 point, 10-rebound outing. Stock Risers Craig Lecesne, SF – An intriguing prospect that emerged at camp was this 6-foot-6 lengthy wing prospect out of Saint James (Md.) School. Lecesne was aggressive when he had scoring opportunities. Off the catch, he consistently made long-range shots, but he also made himself available by cutting to the rim and despite his thin frame and lack of strength proved to be a good finisher around the basket. He showed very good touch on his floater. Kenny Wormley, PG – Wormley, lefty out of Upper Marlboro (Md.) Riverdale Baptist, had a strong day at the Metro Challenge, including one game where he put up 22 points. Wormley, a lefty, has good speed, found ways to get into the paint and stayed in attack mode throughout the event. Justin Route, SG – The Washington (D.C.) Calvin Coolidge standout impressed with his athleticism, toughness and ability to make plays at the rim. Route, a 6-foot-5 wing, played hard and for a wing was especially effective on the glass. He's one to watch heading into the spring. Deividas Zemgulis, SF – Zemgulis already holds a scholarship offer from Penn State. He has a strong body and good size for a perimeter shooter at 6-foot-6, 210-pounds. He's a shot maker to three with good range. Taron Oliver, C - For a guy his size, Oliver has more tools than you would expect. He has a good set of hands, can face up for jump shots and has good touch around the basket. He has a good overall skill level. Recruiting Updates Drew Edwards told Scout.com that he has scholarship offers from Dayton, Virginia, LaSalle, Towson, Longwood, Drexel, Providence, Bucknell, USC and Richmond. He also cited interest from Clemson, Kansas State and Arizona. De'Monte Buckingham picked up a scholarship offer from Maryland recently. He said Villanova and Xavier recently began recruiting him. He also cited interest from North Carolina and Cincinnati. Kevin Dorsey said he has eight scholarship offers. He said he felt like VCU and UMass were prioritizing him. He has taken unofficial visits to both schools.
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