Posted On: 12/8/17 9:31 AM
In this series, we will be breaking down 10 players in the Baltimore area who will be candidates to make the All-Metro team at the end of the season. As Adam Ayalew did for the DMV area, the players considered for this series will be broken down by three categories: production, performance and competition. There is no particular order to this list, but first up is John Carroll senior guard Montez Mathis.
Out of the gate, Mathis has been the most impressive player in Baltimore. The Rutgers commit is averaging 23.4 points per outing and has already tallied a couple game of 30+ points. The way he can control a game is undeniable. Not in the sense of controlling the ball, but dominating the offensive glass and being a flawless finisher out in transition. Defensively, Mathis is always looking to jump passing lanes to spark a fast break opportunity. In multiple games this season, he’s ended with four or more steals. Mathis is a do-it-all type of player that is making John Carroll look like one of the top teams in the state without arguably their best player.
Performance & Competition:
The Patriots are out to a 5-1 start with their only loss coming to St. Frances in overtime. Led by Mathis, John Carroll is averaging an impressive 78.7 points per game. All four of their victories have been double-digit differences, but they’ll face some challenges in coming weeks. Games set against Bishop Loughlin, Goretti and Perry Hall will all take place in the next two weeks. Not that the Patriots have shown any signs of needing help, but they’ll finally get their star point guard and Kentucky commit Immanuel Quickley back on Dec. 11 when they take on Archbishop Spalding. They’ve been a force without Quickley, arguably the best point guard in the country, so how dangerous will they be when he returns? We’ll have to wait and see.
— Mars Reel (@marsreel) November 29, 2017