"It's All About The Game"

DMV Elite 80 selected players, Pt. 1






Ron Bailey, Publisher

The folks at DMV Elite 80 put on one heckuva exposure camp this past weekend.


September 15, 2013 - Saturday's DMV Elite 80 Camp was a hit, as top players from around the DC/B'More region coverged on Bowie City gym. With no shoe company, travel team or high school rivalries dampening the turn out, college coaches and fans alike were treated to good hoops.

Following are a few players that excelled at the event:

Mike Cunningham - 6'2", 175 pound senior guard, Duval (MD) - A backcourt guy capable of playing both guard positions, Cunningham has made a reputation as a player that puts the rock in the hole. It's for good reason, given his ability to drive, finish and shoot, including stop and pops particularly on the break.

For college, Cunningham would be most effective running the team and scoring when necessary; at the high school and AAU level, he seemingly likes to get shots off. His point guard instincts must be utilized/fully developed.

Not so according to him, as he said "I have to score" at Duval. "Coach (Lafayette Dublin) wants me to score".

Increased strength development should also be embraced by Cunningham, who can also become a more consistent defender.

Towson, LIU and Robert Morris have offered scholarships. So has ASA (JC).

DayJar Dickson is an up and comer.

Quadree Smith - 6'7", 275 pound senior center/power forward, Paul VI (VA) - According to his pops, Rob, the younger Smith owns 20 offers, from schools like Towson, Drexel, St. Joe's, Kent State, FIU, Greensboro and George Mason. Others like Nebraska, Tennessee, Siena and Rider have done so also.

Those schools and others see a center/power forward that likes to do big guy things; score in the paint, rebound, play with force around the rim. He's also a very good locker room guy, a teammate that bonds easily with others.

Smith is working on his physical conditioning, which includes weight reduction and strength development.

DayJar Dickson - 6'7", 210 pound senior power forward, Potomac (MD) - Dickson is an active big, one that runs the floor, finishes, rebounds and defends. He's certainly ascendant, as the likes of Temple have started calling him. (Note: Today, DMV Elite's Marcus Helton reported via Twitter that Johnson C. Smith has offered Dickson a scholarship)

To round out his game, Dickson needs to work on his footwork around the cup, particularly back to the basket. Doing so will make him an inside-outside big; right now, he is a fairly good mid range spot up shooter.

Leroy Butts IV, 6'7", 195 pound senior power forward, O'Connell (VA) - A long player with about a seven foot wingspan, Butts is known for blocking shots and finishing. He's worked hard on his game, now capable of hitting mid-range shots frequently - one time even going off the glass at a rakish angle. "My shooting is getting better" said Butts about the development, with a hint of satisfaction.

Schools like Georgetown have offered him, as have "Miami, Cincinnati, DePaul and Rutgers". Butts admitted Rutgers is impressive", noting the Scarlet Knight's coaching staff and its connections with DC Assault, his AAU crew.

Going forward Butts understand he must continue to get stronger.

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