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District vs Team Melo scrimmage selected players






Ron Bailey, Publisher

The organizations weren't at full strength, yet both boasted talented players.


March 28, 2016 - Last Friday two of the DC-Baltimore region’s best travel team programs scrimmaged in Baltimore County; The District traveled north to compete with B’More’s Team Melo at Leadership Through Athletics’ facility.

Following up updates on specific players in each team’s 14u-17u offerings.


Brandon Jacobs – 5’2”, 100 pound eighth grade G, The District – Jacobs may be diminutive but make no bones about it, this guy can play; he drives, dishes, and shoots.
A student at Sidwell Friends School, when Jacobs grows, watch out!

Brandon Jacobs of The District.

Davonte Ayers – 5’7”, 150 pound eighth grade G, Team Melo - Strong and aggressive, Ayers is classic combo guard, one who drives and dishes.

He's also a football player, lining up as a wideout and linebacker.

Jordan Foster – 5’10”, 135 pound eighth grade G, Team Melo – When you look at Foster, to a certain degree you see his brother, Class of 2017 Georgetown commit Tyler foster, in that’s Jordan’s long and moves wells.

The younger Foster sibling is a left handed shooter who will also handle the ball on the perimeter. He’s unselfish and clearly thinks the game.

Jordan Foster preparing to shoot.


Rajear Jones – 6’2”, 175 pound ’19 G, Saint Frances (MD), Team Melo - Strong and skilled, Jones looks like the next guard in St. Frances’ backcourt continuum. Can shoot, drive, finish and find. Plays very hard.

Needs to continue to drive consistently and work on his handles’ finesse.

Rajear Jones could be a name to remember.

Marley Sume - 6’2, 150 pound ’19 G, Paint Branch (MD), The District – A strong driver, Sume is relentless in his play. Goes all out.

Must be a better shooter and get stronger.

Things are looking up for Marle Sume.


Noah Locke – 6’2”, 175 pound ’18 G, McDonough (MD), Team Melo – Locke simply gets buckets, whether from the perimeter, via floater or at the rim. Noah is a scorer.

Will also find, but must do more of that for college. Increased weight room work will help him become more explosive.

Schools love him: “Cincinnati, George Washington, UNC – Greensboro and USC” have offered, according to Locke. Xavier, Villanova, Virginia, Davidson and a host of others are showing him interest.

It's black and white; Noah Locke can score.

Justin Nwosu – 6’4”, 205 pound ’18 F, Bishop O’Connell (VA), The District – Nwosu, who is going to do a 5th year ruggedly attacks the rim. He also rebounds and defends.

To take the next step up, Nwosu must become a better outside shooter.

Justin Nwosu has the tools for college ball.


De’Vondre Perry – 6’7”, 210 pound ’17 F, Poly (MD), Team Melo – Perry, ho moved to B’More from Eastern North Carolina, has made his presence known in Charm City, as De’Vondre is one of the strongest finishers in Baltimore/DC. Rebounds, defends and makes plays at multiple levels.

Must become a better one-two dribble pull up shooter for college. As a straight line driver, would do well to get more wiggle in his dribble.

Kansas State, Temple, UNCG and USC have offered Perry. Maryland, George Mason, NC State and Dayton are showing interest.

De'Vondre Perry could be a star in the making.

Don Duncan – 5’11”, 180 pound ’17 point G, Gilman (MD), Team Melo – Duncan is a strong guard who willingly finds people. Can get into the lane and take contact.

Duncan has to be a better shooter going forward, to make defenses honest.

Indicated “UT-Martin and VMI” have offered scholarships. More will – and Team Melo will also benefit – if Duncan shows he can run a team packed with finishers but short on ball handlers.

Charles Snowden – 6’7”, 195 pound ’17 F, St. Albans (DC), The District – St. Frances (PA) has offered Snowden, a player who when putting it together attack the tin at a high level. Many opportunities should present themselves.

Which schools pursue him will be predicated on Snowden constantly playing aggressively. A great student, Snowden sometimes allows himself to think too much instead of just attacking.

Must also knock down mid-range jumpers consistently, which will open up his game.

Walter Booth and staff have put together an impressive organization in The District Basketball.

Jake Kuhn – 6’4”+, 180 pound ’17 G, Gorietti (MD), The District – A slashing shooter, Kuhn can not only pull up from three but finish on a defender’s head.

Getting stronger is important for Kuhn. So is working on separation moves.

Per him, “Air Force, Mt. St. Marys and St. Frances – PA” have all offered.


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