Posted On: 09/16/18 5:00 AM
ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Sixth Annual DMVElite 80 Showcase Event did not disappoint, bringing together some of the area’s best along with a more than a few sleepers, and a few up-and-comers. Below is a notebook with our observations from a full day in the gym.
Let’s start with the obvious. Qudus Wahab, a 6-foot-11 center out of Flint Hill, was the best available prospect at the event, and he played like it. Joel Kabimba, a 6-foot-8 power forward out of Middleburg, Asa Shannon, a 6-foot-5 wing out of Episcopal, and Cartier Bowman, a 6-foot-5 small forward out of West Nottingham, were the next three best available’s we saw. The abundance of under-the-radar division one caliber point guards available in the area is astonishing. Fred Crowell, Rahsaan Edwards, Jordan Hairston, and Jalen Rucker fit the bill there. Cartier Bowman, an athletic and versatile 6-foot-5 wing from West Nottingham, solidified his status as a division one prospect. Samuel Tabe of High Point is a nice sleeper who can do a bit of everything at 6-foot-3. 6-foot-4 wing Alex Fitch of Rock Ridge and 6-foot-6 power forward Jake Latta of South County both helped themselves today with their effort and attention to detail.
6-foot-5 shooting guard Dimingus Stevens of Woodrow Wilson was the best player at the camp, regardless of class. 6-foot-9+ post prospect Andre Screen of St. Stephens & St. Agnes was on the short list of top shot blockers we saw at camp. Jamie Bergens, Lincoln Ball, Nate Lacey, JayShaun Freeman, and Ethan Wilson were among the other 2020 standouts that come to mind. 6-foot-10 post Tegra Izay of Archbishop Carroll showed positive signs today, and is one to watch closely these next few months.
2021’S TO WATCH
There were a handful of intriguing 2021 prospects we liked at the event. Jordan Hawkins, a slender 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Gaithersburg, might have the highest ceiling of them all. 6-foot-10 post Oluwasegun Durosinmi, 6-foot-2 guard Brayon Freeman, and 6-foot-5 Wes Peterson were three others who separated themselves from the pack with their blend of productivity and potential. 6-foot-2 guard Jao Ituka of Gaithersburg was the most explosive player at the camp regardless of class, but 6’0 guard Darius Johnson of Episcopal is catching up to him quickly in that regard.