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Practice notes: DCA 17 Gold and Blue






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Session was long on instruction and detail.


May 11, 2013 - Wednesday evening, DC Assault held a 17 and under practice, with members of both its Gold and Blue squads participating. The session consisted of skill, set and open run components, lasting for around two and a half hours.

Following is info, mostly regarding recruiting, learned from the practice:

J.J. has brought it: Senior Magruder (MD) point guard J. J. Epps was at practice, and revealed he is now playing with DCA. During session the 5’6”, 140 pound Epps did what he does, driving, finding, pushing tempo and hitting occasional outside shots.

It is unsure which DCA team the unsigned lead man will play with; the Gold team’s point guard is Melo Trimble, a 2014 Maryland recruit. DCA is committed to ensuring Trimble continues adjusting to the point guard role, but there is little doubt a backcourt of Epps and Trimble – also capable of playing the two man – would be formidable on the circuit.

Epps, who shared receipt of Division I offers from “Fairfield, Hartford, Jacksonville and UNC-Greensboro” also indicated if a necessary ACT score is not reached, he will attend “Fishbourne Military” Academy .

Must continue dialing in his jumper, thereby making defenders honest.

That's Markus Oliphant, trying Andre Walker on a drive.

Oliphant overlooked: So far, only S.C. State has offered Markus Oliphant, a 6'5", 185 pound forward who attended Arundel (MD), where he actually played a lot of center in 2012-2013, his senior year. That should change.

Long and athletic, Oliphant likes to slash, can shoot from the spot up position, and is generally active. During this year with DCA, he has done all that, and is happy, as "they let me play my game".

Oliphant knows he must get stronger, and has previously indicated trips to LA Fitness have occured. There, he has said muscles groups such as his back and legs have ben a focus, in addition to some upper body work.

Originally from Fayetteville, NC, Oliphant also needs to tighten his handle in the open floor, as well as shooting off the bounce.

Prep school could also be an option for him next year.

Offers for Morsell: Standing 6”4” and weighing around 172 pounds, Mike Mosell is a slasher with long arms, one that will also hit the open shot , defend in space, and find open teammates. His game is team oriented.

That ‘we’ focus, exhibited in work with DCA and St. Johns (DC), has garnered offers from “UNC Greensboro, Kennesaw State and Robert Morris”, according to Morsell. Xavier, St. John’s and Radford have expressed interest.

Sometimes, his team outlook can morph into not enough offensive aggression, which Morsell seems to understand. He also shared “I need to get into the weight room”, thereby allowing him to see the paint and hold his position defensively and offensively, in college, as a swingman.

Harvey could be household name: Having only played basketball for one year, DeJuan ‘Day-Day’ Harvey can be excused for not having the game’s nuances, like counter post moves, close out arm position, or overall feel. Nevertheless, schools have taken notice.

“Towson has offered” revealed Harvey, a low key, mannerly guy that was hurrying to get out of the gym, as his mother was waiting. “Pittsburgh, Miami, Virginia Tech, Penn State, George Washington” are the interested schools, all calling him during the last several weeks; they saw him with DCA.

How can a guy with a year of hoops experience and is need of a major strength development program garner that kind of interest? First off, ‘Day-Day’ is seven feet tall (though he weighs a svelte 180 pounds). Second, the soon to be Friendship Collegiate graduate is active, seems to embrace learning, and will battle. While his jump hook is not yet reminiscent of Kareem’s sky hook, he can release it over most defenders. His best ball is clearly ahead of him.

Harvey revealed he is “close” to the requisite SAT score, and may end up going to Phelps Prep in Philadelphia if it’s not received.

It would seem ‘Day-Day’ will have his.

Changes: There has been turnover in the DCA 17 Gold coaching ranks, after a recent buzzer loss to rival organization Team Takeover ‘s Black team in Philadelphia. More will be reported when those changes are finalized.

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