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DCA Practice: 10.13.13






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Organization holds skills development session.


October 13, 2013 - Yesterday DCA had a skills development session, attended by players ranging from 7th grade to the high school senior level. This practice, which included drills and full court play was led by Carrington Carter, Matt Parker, Dave Kontaxis and Toney Wilson, lasted for around two hours, was well organized, along with intense and focused. Good work for players soon to enter their high school and in some cases middle school seasons.

This is what Carrington, a former DCA guy and graduate of Morehouse College had to say afterward: "If you don't do what you are supposed to do in school, you can cancel the summer. You HAVE (his emphasis) to take your academics seriously".

Overall, Carrington thought "Today was a good day"; an accurate assessment.

Following are several of the players who participated.

Oumar Barry - 6'8", 180 pound, Class of 2015 forward, Bishop O'Connell (VA) - Having only been in America for a month, Barry, a native of Guinea, West Africa will be a name recognized by recruitniks; he's active, athletic, competes and can hit the mid-ranger out to 17 feet or so with arc and touch.

Having only played basketball for 'trois ans' (three years in French), Barry acknowledges "I must get stronger" in addition to polishing his back to the basket and overall footwork.

DePaul has sent him a letter, but no other recruiting love has been received. As of yet.

Alex Long, laying it up.

Alex 'Goggles' Long - 6'8", 195 pound, Class of 2014 forward, Riverdale Baptist (MD) - Buffalo, Towson and Delaware have offered Long, who this year with RB should receive more 'ships. A long, offensive minded forward adept at mid to long range shooting and running the floor, he's also capable of rebounding and passing.

Long has worked hard on his body, increasing an initial max bench press of around 135 to "200 pounds now", with a workout number of around 185 pounds . He's definitely been pushing iron.

To garner more looks, Long needs to consistently show his complete game and continue that weight room work.

Ed Polite - 6'3.5, 182 pound, Class of 2015 forward, Duval (MD)- To see Polite is to view an unfinished product, one that with continued perimeter skill development could be a swingman capable of shooting, driving, defending, rebounding and finishing. Schools see it, as VCU, Delaware, Radford, Wagner and St. Peters are all showing love.

To be fair, Pollite's perimeter work is evident; he drives, shoots and feels much more comfortable away from the cup, as opposed to this time last year.

Currently he's much more at ease attacking the basket in half court situations, and knows his open floor flow needs work, in addition to shooting range and overall ball handling.

John Davis - 6'2", 180 pound, Class of 2014 guard, Clinton Christian (MD) - Davis has tantalized schools for a while with his ability to score, athleticism and at times team running skills. According to him, it's translated to offers from "Oklahoma State, Rutgers, DePaul, Cincinnati, Penn State, Towson and Delaware".

Though he at times plays bigger, Davis' size still portends to a classic point man in college. is that what they desire from him?

"No, they want me as a scoring guard" shared Davis. "They want me to score, and at times run a team".

To secure success in college, John should burnish those floor general instincts, as well as get stronger, which will allow him to shoot more consistently from deep and take that bump going to and at the tin.

He certainly thinks transferring to Clinton Christian was a good move, saying "I love it" since "it's a good school, good basketball, good players, all that".


NyRhique Smith, a Class of 2015, 6'2" guard at Douglass (MD) has been visited by Maryland, Tulane and others.

Gheoghe Muresan, former NBA center was in the house. So was his son, forward George Muresan.

Leroy Butts IV, Class of 2015 forward at Bishop O'Connell (VA) led the stretching portion, and seemed to embrace a leadership role.

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