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Posted On: 01/6/17 5:00 AM
The IAC-MAC Challenge, featuring top-level basketball programs with some of the most regarded coaches in the area, will be broadcast live on January 7, 2017 from Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA. With all six varsity boys’ basketball games being carried at DMVSTREAM.COM and the DMVSTREAM.COM Facebook Page. Below is a brief preview of what should be an exciting full day of hoops.
SSSAS: ‘17 Denmark Slay (High Point), ’17 Michael McEneney (Hamilton), ‘18 Domenick Bailey, ‘19 Charles Thompson, ’19 Christian DePollar ’20 Xavier Lipscomb, ’20 Jamal Barnes
POTOMAC SCHOOL: ‘18 Devon Flowers, ‘18 Mike Grimes, ‘19 Preston Bacon
X-FACTOR: Charles Thompson will match up in the post with 6’8 junior Devon Flowers. The sophomore has been very good in his match-ups with high level bigs thus far this year. Thompson’s potential ability to neutralize Flowers could give the Saints an edge.
PREDICTION: SSSAS 63 Potomac School 61
GP: ‘18 Jared Bynum, ‘18 Mezie Offurum, ‘18 Ike Nweke, ’19 Dejean Desire, ‘17 Curtis Mitchell, ’17 Anthony Scafide, ’19 Kamdyn Curfman
St. Andrew’s: ‘17 Anthony Duruji (LA Tech), ‘19 Heru Bligen, ‘18 Justin Nwosu
X-FACTOR: Heru Bligen is quickly making a name for himself locally among the other top sophomore point guards. A long, lanky athletic playmaking guard who can absolutely lock up on the perimeter, Bligen’s potential to help neutralize Jared Bynum and get the Lions going in transition is quite evident.
STA: ‘17 Charles Snowden (UVA Football), ’17 Dakota Foster, ‘18 Collin Nnamene, ‘19 Phillip Jordan, ‘19 Cole Matthiesen
GDS: ‘17 Ben Schwartz, ‘19 Allan Ebert
X-FACTOR: Collin Nnamene is considered among the elite rim protectors in the DMV. The active and prideful 6’9 big man tirelessly repels and alters shots around the basket.
PREDICTION: St. Albans 68 Georgetown Day 60
BULLIS: ‘17 Chyree Walker (Delaware),’17 Raffy Baumgardner, ‘18 Vado Morse, ‘18 Lincoln Yeutter
MARET: ‘17 Luka Garza (Iowa), ‘17 Coby Davis (Wake Forest Football), ’18 Elijah Bowens, ‘19 E.J. Jarvis
X-FACTOR: While Maret has the advantage in the post, expect Bullis to counter with stellar guard play. Junior Lincoln Yeutter is in the midst of a breakout campaign for the Bulldogs. Expect Yuetter, along with the team’s leading scorer, Vado Morse, Delaware commit Chyree Walker, and baseball standout Raffy Baumgardner to make a difference.
PREDICTION: Bullis 65 Maret 62
EHS: ‘17 George Mawanda-Kalema (Brown), ‘18 Zach Pfaffenberger, ‘19 Xavier Johnson
SFS: ‘17 Jelani Williams (Penn), ’17 Abass Salah (Swarthmore), ’17 Ross Young, ’17 Ace Stallings, ‘18 Saddiq Bey, ‘19 Jason Gibson
X-FACTOR: Sophomore Xavier Johnson started at the point for the Maroon in their state title victory as a freshman, and is quickly growing into the type of floor general almost any coach would love to have. Considered among the best shooters at his position regardless of class, Johnson is a smart and reliable playmaker on both ends of the floor. Look for Johnson to impact the game defensively with his length, quickness and instincts.
PREDICDTION: EHS 61 Sidwell 60
LANDON: ‘17 Donnell Frayer, ‘20 Canin Reynolds, ‘19 Chazz Harley, ‘18 Julian Larosiliere
FLINT HILL: ‘17 Nick Wright, ‘18 Justin Taylor, ‘20 Dowar Jioklow
X-FACTOR: Perhaps the best unsigned senior at this event, Donnell Frayer exhibits the total offensive package. Showcasing in the gym range on his jumper, Frayer is also very unselfish and enjoys creating easy looks for his teammates.
PREDICTION: Landon 55 Flint Hill 49