Posted On: 08/6/18 5:00 AM
We spent most of June and July on the road evaluating prospects from the DMV at various events, and now its time to take a look back at what we’ve learned. Here we begin by taking a look at some of the players who’ve helped themselves with consistently strong play over the summer. In this edition we highlight five class of 2021 wings and/or forwards that have done just that.
6’3 SF Malcolm Dread | Team Takeover/Gonzaga (DC)
When you consider the most consistent prospects in the local 2021 class this summer, you have to consider Malcolm Dread. His defense is what got him on the floor as a freshman, but the rest of his overall game is catching up quickly. Look out for Dread on the offensive boards too. He’s already had a number of put-back dunks this summer, and we see many more in his future. James Madison and George Washington became the first two schools to offer him scholarships.
6’5 PF Avery Ford | Team Takeover/Paul VI (VA)
Avery Ford is one of the most improved prospects from day one of freshman year to now. He has super long arms which help him defend at the rim and his instinctive timing and quick feet help him out on the perimeter. Ford is gaining a lot of confidence and seemed to be really hitting his stride just as the summer winded down. With an offer from Mount St. Mary’s under his belt, it probably won’t be much longer before other schools begin their pursuit.
6’5 SF Jake Koverman | South River Shooters/Southern (MD)
Jake Koverman has done nothing but produce while playing up on a 16U AAU squad this summer. The high IQ wing has a nice blend of size and skill to go along with a high motor. Koverman is already being tracked by local division one schools such as UMBC, and more will likely follow up soon.
6’4 SF Wes Peterson Jr. | DC Premier/Bishop O’Connell (VA)
Wesley Peterson Jr. was a go-to-guy for 15U DC Premier throughout the summer. He saw some valuable minutes as a freshman given his length and defensive potential, but his offensive game is starting to catch up. Peterson will likely be given the chance to play an increased role as a sophomore, and we would not be surprised to see him take advantage.
6’5 SF Jakai Robinson | Team Durant/National Christian (MD)
15U Team Durant standout Jakai Robinson proved himself to be a top-tier prospect in the local 2021 class with his continuous standout performances. The athletic southpaw racked up highlight reel dunks and led his team to several wins in the process. Robinson should begin to see high majors actively recruit him sooner rather than later if he can keep it up.