On Saturday December 2 at the campus of University of Maryland Baltimore County located in Catonsville, MD the 2017 Charm City Challenge will be held. It is an excellent 4 game tournament which features 4 of Baltimore’s top Baltimore Catholic League (BCL) teams vs 4 of Washington, DCs DMV top Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) teams in a 4 game tourney with games scheduled below. Game #1 begins @ 2pm & game #4 starts at 7pm. Part 1 of the review features games 1 & 2 while Part 2 covers games 3 & 4. This is a superb tourney & Prep Hoops will be in attendance for all 4 games with game & player reports.
2pm: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel vs McNamara
3:45: St. Mary Ryken vs John Carroll
5:15pm: St. Johns College HS vs Mt. St. Joseph
7pm St. Frances vs Gonzaga College HS
Game #1 @ 2pm Bishop McNamara vs Our Lady Mt. Carmel
Bishop McNamara Mustangs
. 6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD. 20747 Head Coach Martin Keithline
This summer the Mustangs lost the core of their team to Prep Schools when 6’9″ Mahki Mitchell & his twin brother Mahkel Mitchell transferred to Montverde Prep. The twins are nationally ranked at #49 & #106 respectively by Prep Hoops. 5’10” Jonathan McGriff transferred to Huntington Prep WV & is ranked nationally by some services. The Mustangs top players will be: 6’1″ junior Garrett Kirkland pictured right (#69), 6’3′ senior guard Leshoun Taylor (#77). 5’10” senior Ibn Williams (St. Anthony HS) & 6’4″ senior transfer Nigel Marshall via St. Anthony NJ. Look for 2 promising freshmen: 5’10” Kenneth Womack & 6’2″ Amari Bell. to impress. Bishop McNamara has reloaded for 2017/18 & we are curious to see how this new unit plays & we expect some surprises.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cougars
. 1706 Old Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD. 21221. Head Coach: Hakim Hibbert
(BCL Conference & MIAA Red)
Last season the Cougars had an excellent season finishing @ 24-9. MC must replace outstanding 6’3″ G Terry Nolan Jr who is now playing for George Washington University & 6’5″ junior Will Thomas (#17) who transferred to Mervo. Mt. Carmel is currently 2-0 with impressive wins over BCL rival Calvert Hall & the Gerstell Academy. The Cougars will be lead by 6’0″ senior CG Will Miller (#100), 6’2″ senior G Rasheed Brown (#89) 6’9″ senior F Brandon Watson(#34), 6’7′ senior F/C Jordon Jones pictured right (#29), & 6’0″ senior CG Dwight Felton(#93). The loss of Will Thomas stings, but with 5 players ranked in our top 100 2018 DC/MD rankings the Cougars have a strong starting unit.
Game #2@ 3:45 pm. St. Mary Ryken vs John Carroll
St. Mary Ryken Knights. 22600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown, MD. 20650
Head Coach: Walter Booth (Conference WCAC)
The Knights hired a gem in 1st year Head Coach Walter Booth & we know he will get the job done at SMR. Despite losing 6’6″ nationally ranked junior Mehki Long to Massanuten Military & promising 6’1″ junior Jhamir Young to DeMatha the Knights will be very competitive & dangerous in the WCAC. Coach Booth has reloaded & added 5 big time players in 6’8″ Severt Alperen Kurnaz (#22) from Turkey who is a stretch 5 & pictured right, 6’3″ junior sharpshooter Wei-chieh (Louis) Tang from Taiwan, 6’3″ WG Jules Bikoy from the DMV & 6’3″ sophomore Mike Sumner Jr. (#10) via Oxon Hill HSn & 5’10” senior PG D’Angelo Tull (#75) from Kings Christian HS. 6’7″ senior Lelan Eackles (#62) is poised for a breakout season. Keep a lookout for 2 freshmen: 6’5″ Kenny McKoy & 6’1″ Aaron Jasper. We rank the Knights @ #20 in the new DC DMV & DC/MD power team rankings. Adam Ayalew & myself saw the Knights workout this fall & we came away very, very impressed.
John Carroll Patriots. 703 East Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD. 21015 Head Coach : John Zito
(BCL & MIAA Black Conference)
John Carroll has one of the best back courts in the nation in 6’4″ PG Immanuel Quickley pictured right who is ranked in the top 10 nationally & committed to Kentucky & 6’4″ senior Montez Mathis ranked in the top 90 nationally & committed to Rutgers. At this time we believe Immanuel may not play due to illness. The Patriots added 6’7″ junior Yavuz Gultekin from Turkey who is ranked #10 by Prep Hoops for DC/MD, but we predict could become a national recruit. 6’0″ junior G Nigel Haughton (#41) is a key returnee, and 6’6″ Cameron Byers (#29) is an impact sophomore. In our new team power rankings the Patriots come in at #4, but lost a controversial game to BCL rival St. Frances in OT without Immanuel on 11-29-17. However, on 11-27 -17 the Patriots crushed Mt. Joseph 74-53 & are currently 2-1. If John Carroll can remain healthy this season they are our pick win the BCL.