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Posted On: 03/8/18 9:00 AM
We’re finally here. The final four of each class will take place today and tomorrow to see who locks their spots in for a chance at a state championship. Tomorrows slate features four contests from the respective 2A and 1A classifications. Dunbar will take on Clear Spring at 3pm. Following at 5pm, Fairmont Heights will tip-off against Patterson Mill. Lake Clifton and Oakdale are scheduled for a 7pm contest, while North Caroline and River Hill will play at 9pm.
Let’s take a look at some players to keep an eye out for going into these match-ups.
ICYMI: Here are our respective watch lists for 4A and 3A.
JP Delorenzo brings experience and a winning pedigree to this very deep and talented Oakdale squad. The 6’3 senior, who has lost just four games over the course of the last two seasons, can put the ball in the basket from a variety of areas. DeLorenzo will look to showcase his patented floater, which is a go-to move of his.
Still unsigned, and considered one of the top available guards in the state, Darren Lucas-White is a flat out sleeper in the local 2018 class. The 6-foot-3 lead guard has considerable length, and terrific defensive potential. Lucas-White is a more than capable scorer from all three levels, but is very adept at attacking the basket and creating.
Malik McCormick will be among the most exciting players to watch on Friday. The quick, crafty guard has unlimited range, and is also confident enough to mix it up inside. McCormick’s ability to defend and put the ball in the basket will undoubtedly be integral to his team’s success.
Da’Shawn Phillip brings valuable leadership intangibles to this talented Dunbar team. In conjunction with his experience, the versatile 6-foot-5 wing adds the ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor. Phillip is a capable scorer who prides himself on defense and intensity.
Yealearndo Reed brings an added dimension to the Hornets front court with his intriguing blend of size, skill and touch. At close to 6’7, he boasts a broad frame which he utilizes well to carve out space on the low block. Reed has soft hands, which he uses to remain active on the boards. He also uses his long limbs to constantly swat and alter shots at the basket.
Collin Schlee is quickly emerging as one of the top guards in the state of Maryland, and is a huge reason why Oakdale continues to improve as a team. The class of 2019 guard, who holds an offer from Mount St. Mary’s, can flat out put the ball in the hole. At 6-foot-2, Schlee is a good athlete who is fundamentally sound, and can score from all three levels.
Jamal West brings size, physicality, and touch to the Dunbar front court. The sturdily built 6-foot-5 forward is strong, athletic, and doesn’t mind contact at the rim.