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Posted On: 02/5/18 6:26 PM
The Coaches 4 the Cure event presented by Team Loaded was one of the must go to events of all the high school season. There was talent during every game with teams from Virginia, DC, West Virginia and Canada all featured. The talent drew coaches from Virginia Tech, VMI, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Boston College, Maryland Eastern Shore, UNC Greensboro and many more to make the trip and recruit.
With all the talent in the building, my colleague Jack Herron and I decided to do things a little differently in our write ups.
We both decided to do an “All Coaches 4 the Cure Team,” and we had a great time arguing who’s team would win in a matchup. We did a “snake draft” scenario, with Jack getting the first pick (on a coin flip), and myself taking the second and third pick, Jack taking the fourth and fifth pick, etc.
We drafted a starting five and two subs. Check out Jack’s team here, and let us know on social media which team you think would win in a head-to-head matchup!
1st Pick: Casey Morsell | 6’2” G | St. Johns
The 2019 guard out of D.C. was the main reason St. John’s ended up beating Bishop Sullivan with a final score of 59-45. Morsell showed his ability to knock down tough jumpers with the defender in his face throughout the game. He has tremendous range when shooting the basketball and has such a pure stroke. He is extremely smooth with the ball and can get to the bucket and finish in contact. From the guard position he can rebound well, too. He finished with a team high of 13 points and 5 rebounds. Georgetown, Virginia, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Florida are all involved with Morsell.
2nd Pick: Jaemyn Brakefield | 6’8” F | Huntington Prep
Brakefield looked everything like a top ten player in his class on Saturday. The talented sophomore finished with a game high 29 points and 7 rebounds. At 6’8”, Brakefield can shoot the ball from the perimeter or he can play with the ball in his hands down low and finish at the rim which allows him to score the ball in a variety ways. He is still young but he is already showing a good sign of leadership while on the court being extremely vocal. Brakefield mentioned Kentucky, Ohio State and Kansas as schools that are sticking out right now.
3rd Pick: Henry Coleman | 6’7” F | Trinity Episcopal
This was on the best performances that I have seen from the sophomore of Trinity Episcopal. Coleman showed how he can finish well at the rim in transition with his tremendous athleticism. He scored a team high 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Almost half of those points were athletic dunks on a transition run out. Henry has a great motor and can really impact the game on both sides of the ball. Henry recently just visited NC State and has a slew of high majors schools involved with him.
4th Pick: Mamadou Diawara | 6’9” PF | Massanutten Military Academy
Mamadou is a very intriguing prospect standing at 6’9 and weighing about 240 pounds. He was by far one of the strongest guys at the event and his work down low is which stood out. With his height, he can finish well around the rim and block many shots on defense. I was really impressed with his back against the basket and then scoring the basketball. He played a talented Blue Ridge team but there was simply nobody able to stop him because of his presence that he takes up in the paint around the rim. Diawara tallied a total of 10 points and 4 rebounds. He mentioned Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland as schools that are in constant contact.
5th Pick: Darius McGhee: | 5’9” | Blue Ridge
The Liberty commit passed the 3,00 point mark in his career after finishing with 17 points against a very talented Massanutten team. Darius is one of the top shooters for his class in the state of Virginia and has unbelievable range. On the defensive side of the ball he had 4 steals which often leads to quick buckets for the speedy point guard. Overall McGhee is a guy that doesn’t care about his height standing out 5’9” and can fill the stat sheet up quickly. Liberty is getting an absolute steal in the Blue Ridge guard.
6th Pick: Andre Bottoms | 5’11” | Oscar Smith
Bottoms has very much improved since the last time I saw him play. His basketball iq seems higher and he played a smart basketball game. He had 15 points and assisted on 5 buckets. He showed improvement of scoring the basketball by knocking down open shots and he got into the lane thru contact. Bottoms is currently ranked 35th in our 2020 Virginia rankings but with more improvement, he can very much make a jump. Bottoms currently holds offers from Hampton and Norfolk State.
7th Pick: Jason Wade | 6’3” | Trinity Episcopal
Wade was two rebounds away from securing a triple double for Trinity Episcopal and easily could have gotten those two extra boards if he would of not fouled out with about three minutes left in the game against John Marshall. The ODU pledge finished with 10 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Once again, he showed that he is one of the best defenders in his 2018 class and who knows what the result of the game would have been if Wade didn’t leave early. As soon as his presence was not on the court, is when John Marshall took the lead for good and ended up winning.