"It's All About The Game"
Ron Bailey, Publisher
December 5, 2014 - Last weekend a number of schools converged on Wise HS (MD) to scrimmage. Such events allow teams to assess themselves in live game situations, as well as observers to view a team's strengths and weaknesses.
To the latter's end, several of the participating teams are reviewed below.
The Mustangs, coached by Pete Corriero have "high expectations this year", due to "a lot of good returning players" said the coach. He and his team "are looking forward to being competitive in the county", Anne Arundel County, MD that is, shared Corriero.
One of those players is junior forward Tristan Easton. A 6'4", 210 pound performer, the Mustangs routinely find Easton in the corner for jumpers, where he cans them via a smooth release. Easton is not all finesse, as he bangs around the paint. Tristan can also slash and pass, though his open floor handle can be improved.
Corriero declined to name specific schools recruiting Easton, though he did indicated "D2, mid majors" are interested.
Tye'Quan Gaskins quietly is a prime difference maker for Dunbar.
Flint Hill (VA)
Coached by Rico Reed, MAC member Flint Hill competes in a way that belies the presumption attached to upper crust private schools, - they get after it, particularly on defense. That happens when your coach is a former Maryland state champion from Prince George's County who demands the same ethos of his current charges as he did the former.
That mindset is illustrated clearly by the Huskies' 1-2-2 full court press, which Reed employs liberally. The willingness to compete actually permeates all that FH does.
"Obviously, the goal is to outwork opponents" said Reed. That starts with a backcourt of "Tyler Femi and Greg Harris", both seniors, a pair that provides options, including "playing up tempo and more half court sets". Reed believes that duo"gives us a chance every night". Harris is the larger of the two at 6'0", 190 pounds, but Femi, standing 5'10" and 160 pounds more than holds his own. Division 2 and 3 colleges are sniffing on Femi.
"I think we have a chance to win the title" summed Reed. Helping meet that goal will be senior, 6'3", 190 pound wing Sam Worman, a guy his coach dubbed "probably our best player". Worman is one of the DMV's best sleepers, a guy that makes plays all over the floor.
"With a young team, we're looking to compete" shared Damon Singletary, Dunbar's head coach regarding the Crimson Tide's 2014-15 prospects.
Leading the way is sophomore guard Luther Anderson, a 5'10", 170 pound penetrator that loves to attack the rim. The next step for Anderson is finding people in the lane, "and also utilizing the pull up jump shot. He's got to learn that, or his body will continue to take a pounding" noted Singletary.
Another young player The Crimson Tide's coach cited was Dequan Washington, a 5'7", 140 pound, speedy freshman guard.
Singletary will lean havily on a pair of seniors, Davon Mcrae, a 6'4", 180 pound F/G who must provide points, rebounds and assists, and 6'2", 205 pound forward Tye'Quan Gaskins.
A team captain, Gaskins does what is needed for Dunbar.
Gaskins also has good footwork on mid-range face ups, attacks the rim and seems to be a pretty good interior passer.
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