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DMV Elite 80 selected players, Pt. 2






Ron Bailey, Publisher

More standout playes from the DMV Elite 80 Camp.


September 16, 2013 - We presented a number of guys that performed well in DMV Elite 80 Camp action, in Pt. 1. Here are a few more.

Eric Bowles - 5'10", 155 pound junior point guard, WT Woodson (VA) - Eric helped lead WT Woodson the Virginia Final Four last year, and in doing so proved he's one of the best drive and find guard in the DMV. The kid makes others better by sharing the rock.

His planned departure from Woodson to Clinton Christian was a blow to the Cavaliers, depriving head coach Doug Craig of his best player. Well, Knowles eventually eschewed C.C. deciding Woodson was the place for him. According to the lead guard, Craig welcomed him back with a laugh, before saying "'I'm glad to know you're back'".

While Eric's ball distribution certainly doesn't engender a jovial reaction in foes, his high school utilization will be different this year. "We have a whole different team" he said. "So I'll have to play different". Gone are the shooters from last year. This time around, Knowles has not only find guys, but be the offensive catalyst also.

"I'm ready for it" opined Bowles. "I've been working on my shot; pulling up, getting to the basket and floaters".

That's NyRhique Smith laying it up.

Much of his game is predicated by the dribble, so Eric must get stronger to handle bumps. His jumper also has to be steady out through three point land.

Holy Cross has offered Bowles, with head coach Milan Brown spearheading the effort. St. Peters has started contacting the Knowles family. An unofficial visit there may be on tap.

NyRhique Smith - 6'2", 175 pound junior guard, Douglass (MD) - Moving from New Jersey guy, Smith is new to Douglass, but he's happy being there, saying "It's a good school with a good coach and good talent". He previously went to school in the Monmouth, NJ area.

While at Douglass, NyRhique will be counted upon to be the primary scorer, a load Smith says he's prepared for. Smith can definitely score - driving, pulling up - but understands the need to "work on my defense".

Another point of needed development for NyRhique is that he has a tendency to play to the level of the competition. NyRhique has heard it before, and to combat that must "Play every game like it's my last".

Joe Hampton - 6'6", 250 pound sophomore center/forward, DeMatha (MD) - Known as a prodigy of sorts, Hampton is a post player with balletic footwork, particularly when he's wheeling and dealing around seven feet from the basket, where he can score using good shooting touch. Hampton also has a good overall feel for the game.

According to him, "Xavier" has offered, while "Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, West Virginia, Boston College, Miami and Notre Dame" have shown interest.

Hampton indicated "I have to work on my agility and ball handling"; though he's projected to attain 6'8" height, a boon to players with his skill set, Joe understands playing better laterally and off the bounce will help him whether he does or doesn't grow.


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