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SFS Invitational Tournament Standouts






Ron Bailey, Publisher

The SFS Tournament had something for recruiters on all levels.


December 12, 2013 - Last week's Sidwell Friends Invitational again provided an opportunity to see talented high school players compete. SFS and its staff, including boys varsity head coach Eric Singletary should be commended for their efforts.

Congrats also goes out to tournament winner Calvert Hall. The SFS Invitational All-Tourney Team is:

Tristan Thompson, senior guard, Chavez
Tyler Thompson, senior guard, Chavez
D'Ondre Stockman, senior guard, Pallotti
Nico Clareth, junior forward, Calvert Hall
Mickey Bell, sophomore forward, Sidwell Friends
Christian Lutete, senior wing, McKinley Tech
William Howell, sophomore guard, St. Albans
Evan Phoenix, junior center, Calvert Hall, MVP

Christian Lutete on the move.

More detail follows on players.

Christian Lutete - 6'3", 185 pound senior wing, McKinley Tech (DC) - Lutete, a shooter, has worked hard on his ball patting skills, and is now fairly strong dribbling with his dominant (left) hand. Is capable of putting up scoring numbers.

No one has offered yet, but UMass-Lowell, Shepherd, Clarion, Sacred Heart, St. Thomas Aquinas, along with Division III schools Salisbury and Arcadia are interested.

Is still becoming more efficient off the drive. Had a great fall league.

Drew Edwards - 6'3", 200 pound junior guard, Calvert Hall (MD) - A dead eye shooter, Edwards will can also function as a point guard, most successfully in a half court, no pressure situation. Makes solid decisions with the rock.

Harvard, Yale, Clemson, LaSalle, Dayton, Bucknell have all offered, while Arizona, Boston College, Temple, Rutgers and others are monitoring him.

Must continue to hone his ball patting. Will rebound.

Nico Clareth - 6'5", 210 pound junior forward, Calvert Hall (MD) - A player that likes to score around mid-range, where he shoots or drives, Clareth will also battle for rebounds. Can extend deeper than mid-range on shots also. Needs to strengthen his handle, particularly the left hand. Is physically strong.

Radford, Abilene Christian, Charleston, UMBC and Holy Cross are showing interest.

Scored 17 points in the championship game.

Nico Clareth (shooting), being defended by a McKinley Tech big man.

Mickey Bell - 6'3" plus, 204 pound sophomore wing, Sidwell Friends (DC) - A rugged player that will get to the rim, Bell admitted "I'm a better shooter" due to a summertime focus on that. Still must address his dribbling, which is adequate in the half court, but must be improved with both hands.

Harvard, Princeton and others are on his trail.

Byron McMillan - 6'1", 165 pound senior point guard, Takoma Academy (MD) - A senior captain, Takoma's head coach Jerry McFarland said of McMillan, "He runs our team with a great assist to turnover ratio, 5-to-1". McFarland also labeled the floor general his team's "leader", one "that can knock down the open shot" is a good defender, and has good size.

McMillan must get stronger, hone his footwork, change dribbling speeds and direction better.

DIII schools such as Marymount, Salisbury and Mary Washington are recruiting him.

Tonny Blackwell - 6'2", 155 pound sophomore guard, Cesar Chavez (DC) - Capable of scoring in bunches, Blackwell is a player defenses must account for at all times; he's a relentless bucket getter that drives and pulls up.

Blackwell needs to display better shot selection, make more plays for others, and get stronger.

Is severely under-recruited at this point. Recruiters need to get on their job.


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