The Top 20 Pro Prospects in Maryland and Washington D.C.

The Top 20 Pro Prospects in Maryland and Washington D.C.

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The following is my first list of the top 20 D1 prospects in MD/DC. This list will change every so often the more I get to see different schools and players. Schools I still need to see more from are George Mason, Morgan State, Mount St. Mary’s, Maryland Eastern Shore and Coppin State. This list is as current as January 2, 2018.

Here we go…..

  1. Justin Jackson
  2. Bruno Fernando
  3. Kevin Huerter
  4. Jairus Lyles
  5. Jessie Govan
  6. Darryl Morsell
  7. Anthony Cowan
  8. Michal Cekovsky
  9. Zane Martin
  10. Yuta Watanabe
  11. Mike Morsell
  12. Shawn Anderson
  13. Jair Bolden
  14. Sa’eed Nelson
  15. Marcus Derrickson
  16. R.J. Cole
  17. Junior Robinson
  18. Andre Walker
  19. Tiwian Kendley
  20. Patrick Steeves

 

Others in consideration: Charles Williams, Jonathan Mulmore, Hasan Abdullah, Deshaun Morman, Justin Gorham, Jared Nickens, Ivan Bender, Cam Gregory, Chuck Champion, Martez Cameron, Arkel Lamar, Joe Sherburne, Joshua Tomaic, Phillip Carr, Otis Livingston II, Jaire Grayer, Goanar Mar

Here is a breakdown of prospects looked at per school

 

Howard – R.J. Cole and Charles Williams

 

George Mason – Otis Livingston II, Jaire Grayer, Goanar Mar

 

Georgetown – Jessie Govan, Marcus Derrickson, Jonathan Mulmore

 

Navy – Shawn Anderson, Bryce Dulin, Hasan Abdullah and Tom Lacey

 

American – Sa’eed Nelson, Larry Motuzis

 

Towson – Zane Martin, Mike Morsell, Brian Starr, Deshaun Morman, Justin Gorham, Eddie Keith

 

Maryland – Huerter, Fernando, Jackson, Cekovsky, Morsell, Cowan, Wiley, Nickens, Bender, Tomaic

 

Loyola MD – Andre Walker, Cam Gregory, James Fives, Andrew Kostecka, Chuck Champion, Isaiah Hart

 

Mount St. Mary’s – Junior Robinson and Jonah Antonio

 

George Washington – Yuta Watanabe, Jair Bolden, Arnaldo Toro, Patrick Steeves, Terry Nolan Jr.

 

Morgan State – Tiwian Kendley, Phillip Carr, Martez Cameron, LaPri McCray-Pace, Stanley Davis

 

UMBC – Jairus Lyles, Arkel Lamar, K.J. Maura, Joe Sherburne, Jourdan Grant

 

Maryland Eastern Shore –

Coppin State –

 

As I said before this list will change periodically. This is what I have right now. Stay tuned for updates on prospects in the Maryland/DC area.

 

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George Washington Rolls Over UCF 74-59

George Washington Rolls Over UCF 74-59

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Washington D.C. – George Washington overcame some first half struggles on offense to pull away from UCF in the second half to win 74-59. Sophomore shooting guard Jordan Roland (6’1 171) caught fire in the second half scoring 22 of his career high 27 points to help close the deal. UCF struggled immensely on the offensive end throughout the night. Without leading scorer and point guard B.J. Taylor, the knights lacked any flow on offense and struggled to get the massive sophomore big man Tacko Fall (7’6 290) involved until late in the second half. Second leading scorer Matt Williams (6’5 215) also struggled shooting going just 4-15 from the field.

 

This was not a pretty game for the Knights of UCF on either end of the floor. Without a true point guard on the floor they struggled to set their offense and did not get many open looks. When they did score it came off one on one offense and breaking down their man. Big man Tacko Fall did not get much opportunity in the first half. When he did get the ball in the post with position he struggled to make quick moves to score. On several occasions he turned right into double teams and either missed a short shot or got it blocked. The second half was much more encouraging for Fall. He was more decisive when posting up finishing several post ups with massive one handed dunks over defenders. He was also much more active on the offensive glass. Tacko also made an impact as a rim protector making sure that players either pulled up for jumpers or stayed on the perimeter entirely. Tacko is impossible to stop when he has deep post position. His length allows him to shoot overtop of any defender with ease. He is still raw, but his potential is through the roof. Fall finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Matt Williams finished with eleven points, 3 three-pointers and six rebounds.

 

For GW the second half provided a lot of promise as they will begin conference play at the end of the month. Jordan Roland showed that he can be a huge threat from the perimeter moving forward. In the last three games combined he is 10-18 from three. Roland found himself open often and he did not hesitate to launch from deep. Shooting over 41% from three on the year, he is the Colonials biggest threat from the perimeter. Roland showed an aggressiveness on offense that GW will have to rely on, if star power forward Tyler Cavanaugh (6’9 243) is having an off night. Roland finished with 27 points and five three-pointers.

With an NBA ready offensive skill set Cavanaugh is trying to go out on a high note in his senior year. Cavanaugh can play inside and out causing the defense to have to prepare to play him either way. He has the ability to post smaller defenders, scoring with a polished inside game. Cavanaugh is also the prototypical pick and pop player. He shoots the ball confidently and fluidly when coming off the pick and roll. There are times when Tyler could be more aggressive looking to score to exploit his matchups, but he is an unselfish player always looking to play within the system. Cavanaugh heated up in the second half and finished with 19 points, six rebounds and three assists.

 

Tacko Fall will be closely watched over for the remainder of this season by NBA scouts. I believe he should play through this year and the next before declaring fro the draft. He will still need a lot of time in the D-League either way.

As for Tyler Cavanaugh he is a late second round prospect this year. He should get an opportunity to play summer league and catch on for a training camp invite with his versatile offensive game.

 

Up next for GW is Thursday, December 22nd @ Miami

Up next for UCF is Sunday, December 18 vs Miami (OH)