Posted On: 01/17/21 5:00 AM
SPRINGFIELD, VA — Multiple local teams were in action on Saturday at the NIBC Invitational. Here is a rundown of the top performers from schools in Maryland or Virginia.
Elijah Davis Elijah Davis 6'0" | PG St. Frances | 2022 MD | Baltimore Panthers ’21
Davis is a tough guard who is known for his defense, and he drew a very difficult assignment but proved that he could handle the task. The main takeaway from his performance was how comfortable he looked on the ball offensively. Davis handled pressure well and made very good decisions overall.
Darren Harris | Paul VI ’24
Harris stood out immediately on the wing because of his size, but he quickly established himself as a confident floor spacer. He is always shot ready and has a quick release which is beneficial in tight quarters. He also did his due diligence defensively by taking a couple of charges.
Caleb Kenney Caleb Kenney 6'6" | PF Douglas Freeman | 2021 State VA | Blue Magic ’21
Kenney was the pillar of Blue Magic’s defense. He did an admirable job protecting the rim throughout the night. Kenney plays much bigger than his listed height in part because of his length, and he’s tough as nails. Holy Cross is getting a potential program changing athlete who knows how to play the right way.
Jason Moore Jason Moore 6'6" | PF DeMatha | 2023 MD | DeMatha ’23
Moore is well known as a five-star football recruit, but he’s a productive basketball player as well. The physical forward, who double-doubled, presents a unique combination of strength and quickness that is simply tough for foes to contend with.
Derik Queen Derik Queen 6'9" | PF Montverde Academy | 2024 State FL | Baltimore Panthers ’24
Queen had some nice moments on both ends throughout his team’s win. He was efficient with the ball and showcased the dexterity we’ve grown accustomed to seeing. Queen was aggressive on the glass and did a nice job initiating offense whether in transition or half-court.
Julian Reese Julian Reese 6'8" | C St. Frances | 2021 State #109 Nation MD | Baltimore Panthers ’21
Reese enjoyed a breakout performance on the national stage. The Maryland commit asserted himself from the opening tip and was quite dominant throughout. Reese got to his spots both inside and out while converting at a high rate. He finished above the rim and was extremely disruptive all over the floor on the defensive end.
Ward was an impact player on all fronts for the Stags in their hard-fought win on Saturday night. The rangy wing consistently rebounded out of his area and was a one-man fast break. Ward’s court vision, particularly when in transition, is commendable and he’s shooting the ball with confidence.