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Selected Metro Challenge 60 players

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Bailey, Publisher

Many of the DMV's best particiapted.

 

April 1, 2014 - Separation Sport's Metro Challenge 60 was a hit with players and evaluators alike, as many of the DMV's top high school non-seniors convened at DeMatha Catholic High School (MD) this past Saturday. Following are updates on several attendees.

LeAndre Thomas - 6'9", 240 pound Class of 2014 center, Montrose Christian (MD) - A big that stays around the paint, Thomas rebounds, scores around the cup and rim runs. He also gets what must be improved.

'I understand I'm not going to always be stronger than everybody, so I have to get my back to the basket game better" said Thomas after a game. He added "My pull up, face up" as aspects of big man play he is focusing on. "I want to get my overall skills down".

Physically, Thomas is also embracing strength work, including bench pressing, with a workout weight of "around 170 pounds, twelve reps, three times (sets)". The combination of skill and strength work will allow him to be the "Power big man" with skills he envision for college.

Continuing to work will enable him to become more like a pair of players he looks up to. Collegiately that would be Florida's Chris Walker, as LeAndre likes "the way he runs up and down the court and is athletic". From a professional standpoint Thomas desires to emulate "Kevin Garnett", since "I like his post moves".

Having moved from St. Petersburg, FL, to play at Montrose has been a positive for Thomas.

Oladoyin 'Doyin' Fadojutimi attacking the tin.

"Montrose is treating me good" he said. "I had a chance to learn a lot from the coaches there, Coach (Bryan) Brantley. I got closer to God too". On the last point, Thomas indicated being in the presence of Brantley, "Coach Brennan and all my coaches" has made it easier.

In terms of recruitment, Thomas is not really focused. That will change after this summer with Team Takeover.

John Davis - 6'2", 175 pound Class of 2015 guard - Headed to prep school next year after reclassing - Hargrave (VA) seems to be the frontrunner - Davis has also de-committed from DePaul for 2014. He's now available to be recruited.

Why the move?

"It's not a problem with DePaul, I really do like DePaul" said Davis of his decision. He wouldn't say "I made a mistake for committing there" but did allow "I committed a little prematurely".

Of his choice, Davis said "It was more of a family thing", with the decision reached after talking to family and coaches, all of whom "thought it would be best for me to prep instead of leaving in 2014".

Other schools haven't started recruiting him, as Davis said "Not too many people know about it". DePaul has not given up landing him apparently: "From what the coach said they are going to recruit me the same (way) , just as hard as they recruited me for 2014. That's what Oliver Purnell said when I talked to him".

The school he lands at will get a combo guard that is focused on being a point man, including mental reads and not giving up his dribble as easily. Prep school will be the place where he works on being a one. Additionally he'll further develop "my strength, explosion and all that".

Oladoyin Fadojutimi - 6'3", 170 pound Class of 2015 guard/forward, Takoma Academy (MD) - In Metro Challenge action, Fadojutimi or 'Doyin' as he's known as illustrated the ball handling and shooting work he's focused on for over a year, dropping 19 points and six rebounds in an early contest. He was able to spot up from deep, slice to the cup, and finish.

Defensively Doyin had his moments - scrambling back to defend layups/dunks in transition - but must be more focused consistently; he has the athletic ability and length to be a lock down defender.

"It's a work in progress. I feel like I can go out there and check the best player" he said. "Just have to work on sliding my feet (consistently)". The weight room will help in that regard as well.

Doyin has no offers, but "St. Peters, UMBC, Florida Gulf Coast, Kennesaw State, Howard" and Morgan State have shown interest. He took an unofficial visit to the last school. Of Morgan he revealed "I like it, and my mom liked the environment".

With continued work and solid performances for Team Takeover (led by Morello Vest) and Takoma Academy , a school coached by Jerry McFarland which Doyin noted "I really like", his recruiting profile is sure to broaden.

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