Uptown Festival by More Than Basketball Preview: Part 1

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Posted On: 01/5/18 6:47 AM

12-6-18. Georgetown University NcDonough Arena, Home of the Hoyas.

Beginning at 11am at More Than Basketball Founder @_Arize_   presents the Uptown Hoops Festival at McDonough Arena @ Georgetown University. More Than Basketball INC goal & mission is to provide a platform for inner city student athletes to compete & get evaluated at the highest level & providing them  with the same opportunities as more privileged schools. This great event is a 14 team / 7 game showcase featuring teams from the DCIAA, DC Charter, WCAC & Capital Beltway Conferences. It will be loaded with many College excellent prospects from Prep, JUCO, D3, D2 & D1 levels &  from 2021 classes thru 2108. Many of the players are DC DMV hidden gems. Please come out & support these great teams, players, coaches & families for a great cause. Prep Hoops will be in attendance with 2 separate game Recaps which will lead to follow up articles for the players & their college recruitment. Part 2 Preview is coming out later today.

Kingsman Academy Knights (1-5, DC Charter)   vs Eastern Ramblers (5-9, DCIAA)     @ 11 am

This will be our 1st time scouting both teams. We will be providing some players in this game with Recruiting Reports after our recap this weekend. We have been informed that there are several excellent prospects playing in this game & we believe we will discover score some very under the radar players who can play in college. Both the DC Charter Conference & DCIAA Conferences are on the up-rise.

Kingsman Academy Top Players : Head Coach :  James Warren

Tre’Quan Nelson, G, 2018. Tiyahn Pellham, G, 2020. Deandre Washington, G, 2018.  Maurice Johnson, 2019. Deandre Davis 2019.  Louis Evans 2020. Koran Jackson 2019. Robert Smith 2018. Chavron Johnson 2019.  Jihad Jackson 2020.  Raynard Woods 2018. Diamante Young  Mark Fletcher 2019. Malik Lawson 2019.  Robert Williams 2019.

Eastern Ramblers Top Players : Head Coach : Emanuel Kakulu

Devon Johnson, 5’10” G, 2018.  14 ppg (pictured far left)

Tiyonne Robbins, 6’3″, F, 2018.  10.8 ppg (pictured near left)

Zack Israel, 6’3″ G/F/ 2018.  10.8 ppg


Cardozo Clerks  vs Paul International Pirates    @ 12:40 pm

This will be our 1st time scouting both teams. Cardozo (0-6, DCIAA) was once a top DC basketball power in the past & is trying to get back to their former status. Paul International (1-9, DC Charter)  is playing  just their 3rd season of varsity basketball in the up & coming DC Charter Conference. Both teams have several promising underclassman in addition to 2018 prospects. We expect to scout several promising college prospects & after our 7 game recap on Sunday & Monday provide Recruiting Reports for players this month.

Cardozo Top Players : Head Coach : Abdul Hill

Arizon Harding, 6’3″, F 2019.  17.5 ppg

Willie Brown, 6’0″, G, 2020.  15 ppg

Kaeem Hill, 5’9″, PG 2020.  9.8 ppg

Paul International Top Players : Head Coach Kenny Barton

Tristen Ware, 2019.  Hector Moreno 2020. Gregg Drew 2018. Jaden Fenton 2021. Trequan Dorn 2019. Rahlek Mathis 2019. Kevonte McCombs 2021. Jermaine Gibbs 2019. Aron Artis 2020. Troy Carter 2019. Da’marus Naylor 2019. Chidubem Chukwurah,  2019.

Calvin Coolidge Colts (7-5, DCIAA) vs Bishop Ireton Cardinals ( 2-6, WCAC) @ 2:20 pm

Coolidge is a sleeper in the DCIAA this season while Bishop Ireton is very young with 6 sophomores & 4 freshmen on their 17 man roster with some playing solely on the  varsity while the others play both JV & varsity. Bishop Ireton Cardinal 2018 PG Darius Hines has several D2 offers  while Coolidge has 3 plus college prospects. This will be my 1st looks at both schools.

Coolidge Top Players : Head Coach :  Roderick Moore

Aaron Boulware, 6’1″, F/G, 2018. 20.4 ppg 11.4 rpg *Captain (pictured far left)

Shane Godby, 6’0″PG/G, 2019. 10.2 ppg,  5 apg.

Victor Rose-Smith, 5’11”, G, 2018. 14 ppg 6 apg 4 stls *Captain

Bishop Ireton Top Players : HC : Neil Berkman

Darius Hines, 5’11″m PG, 2019. 22 ppg (pictured near left) Ethan Lynch, 6’2″, G 2019. 12 ppg



Dunbar Crimson Tide (DCIAA) vs Friendship Tech Titans (8-2, DC Charter)    @4pm



I have scouted both teams & each squad has some excellent college prospects which we ill update this month with Recruit Reports. Malik Miller is one of the most fearless rebounders in the DC DMV & has commited to Morgan State. Kenneth Tyree is tremendously underrated guard in the DC/MD with D1 mid major upside. Rasheed Dupre is a superb 2021 guard who may be small in stature, but s fearless.  Friendship is rated # in our week 5 DC/MD rankings & the favorite to win the DC Charter & will be a very tough out in the 2018 Washington DC State Championship.

Friendship Tech Key Players : Head Coach : Dwayne Shackleford

Rasheed Dupree, 5’6″, PG/WG, 2021. 10.4 ppg

Malik Miller, 6’3.5″ ,F/W, 2018.    25 ppg,  18 rpg, Committed : to Morgan State. * Captain far left

Kenneth Tyree, 5’10”, PG/CG, 2018.   22.6 ppg. * Captain near left

Dunbar Key Players : Head Coach:  Damon Singletary

Mitchell Eason, 6’1″, G, 2018. 10.1 ppg

Cole Phaire, 6’3″ F, 2018. 10.7 ppg

Rasheed Gatling, 5’10”, PG, 2018. 16.2 ppg (pictured far left)

Ahmad McKeithan , 5’10”, G, 2018. 13.2 ppg (pictured near left)