Posted On: 09/12/18 5:00 PM
Twelve players from Maryland and DC have already committed to play division one basketball, with many more expected to follow in the upcoming weeks and months. Here is a breakdown of how each player could fit in at the next level.
HERU BLIGEN | LONGWOOD
Longwood is getting a program changing guard in Heru Bligen. The reliable and intelligent 6-foot-2 playmaker is highly productive in a number of areas on both ends of the floor, but still has plenty of room to grow and improve.
JAY HEATH JR. | BOSTON COLLEGE
Jay Heath Jr. should fit in right away at Boston College, where his versatility on both ends of the floor will be on display. Heath is a lockdown defender on the ball who can get into the paint at will, score it from three levels, and create for others.
EJ Jarvis is one of the best defensive players in the DMV, and that should translate right away into Ivy League play. Offensively, Jarvis is a left-handed 6-foot-9 power forward who is crafty with the ball, sees the floor extremely well, and has great touch.
CARSTEN KOGELNIK | BROWN
Carsten Kogelnik is a terrific get for Brown, and has a good chance to be a key player for four years. Kogelnik is a great team player with size and good playmaking potential.
MEKHI LONG | RHODE ISLAND
We believe Mekhi Long is one of the best long-term prospects in the DMV, and it will be a lot of fun to watch him grow at Rhode Island. Long’s initial value will come defensively, where at 6-foot-7 he is able to match up with multiple positions because of his athleticism, length, and ability to rebound out of his are.
MAKHI & MAKHEL MITCHELL | MARYLAND
The Mitchell Twins are a formidable 1-2 punch who will bring physicality and productivity to the Terrapins front line. At 6-foot-10, they are legitimately skilled twin towers who can actively repel shots at the basket and finish through contact at the basket.
JUSTIN MOORE | VILLANOVA
6-foot-3 combo guard Justin Moore will fit into Jay Wright’s system seamlessly as he can play either guard spot, score, defend, and create for others. Moore has strength, length and athleticism which should help him cope with bigger opponents.
CASEY MORSELL | VIRIGNIA
Virginia is getting one of the best shooters in the country in Casey Morsell. Owning a 6-foot-9 wingspan, Morsell should also fit into Tony Bennett’s pack-line defensive scheme with relative ease.
CHASE PAAR | GEORGE WASHINGTON
6-foot-9 lefty Chase Paar is an awesome get for George Washington. Paar is a hard-worker who is gifted offensively, but is also a very impactful presence on the defensive end with his ability to block shots, rebound, and communicate.
CAM SPENCER | LOYOLA (MD)
Loyola is getting one of the best catch and shoot guys from the state of Maryland in Cam Spencer. The 6-foot-2 off guard is also a scrappy, tough defender on the ball.
ABDOU TSIMBILA | PENN STATE
Abdou Tsimbila is a forceful paint presence who should make an immediate impact at Penn State. The steadily improving 6-foot-8 power forward should carve out a significant role from day one, but should also see it grow over time.