Five Key Questions: O’Connell vs. McNamara

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Posted On: 01/19/18 1:29 PM

ARLINGTON, VA — Bishop O’Connell picked up an important home win against Bishop McNamara by a final score of 73-57. Here we answer five key questions from this pivotal WCAC matchup.

WHO WAS THE GAME’S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER?

This was a tough one. Xavier Johnson, who is headed to Nebraska next season, had a solid all-around game. The 2018 point guard recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, and definitely deserves mention for his impressive performance. The MVP award for this game, however, has to go to Ayan Teel. We discussed the type of impact the class of 2019 floor general would make before the season, and he’s making us feel pretty smart right about now. Teel recorded a season high 23 points, hitting three trey’s, nailing all four of his foul shots, and handing out 3 dimes. It’s quite impressive how crafty he is, and how well he finishes in the lane through contact despite his small stature.

HOW GOOD IS JAHMAL BANKS?

A highly touted football recruit, we believe 2020 Jahmal Banks has the potential to be an excellent basketball player at the college level. At around 6’5 with long arms, he is a fluid athlete who can pick out a pass, hits the boards, and will take a charge. Banks hauled in a team-high 8 boards to go along with 6 points and 2 assists.

WHY IS CHARLIE WEBER SO UNDERRATED?

We expect that it won’t be much longer before we see Charlie Weber‘s recruitment expand. Prior to his arrival at O’Connell, Weber was a standout at Huntingtown High School, but had gone somewhat under-the-radar. UMBC boss Ryan Odom was in to see him last night, and Holy Cross was the first to express interest in the energetic 6’8 stretch four man. Weber should see a major uptick in the number of schools reaching out in the near future.

WHICH PLAY WAS THE MOST EXCITING?

Weber is reported to have a 38 inch vertical, which was on full display here.

WHAT SHOULD WE WATCH FOR MOVING FORWARD?

We have to say that Bishop McNamara has had a very difficult schedule to open the season, and it won’t get any easier with a trip to a very good Carroll team this weekend. 2018 floor general Ibn Williams showed flashes of brilliance last night, and we expect to see more of that in their next contest, which we plan to attend.