Both the High School and the D1 College Scene was active this weekend in DMV hoops. The National HoopFest 2018 got off to a rousing start over at DeMatha Catholic, with some of the country’s best High School programs coming into town to test the DMV’s finest. Montverde and IMG Academies were among the out of town, high profile programs to make the trip to the area. The DCIAA and WCAC were represented by DeMatha, Paul VI, Bishop McNamara, St. John’s, and Wilson High respectively (Wilson did double-duty this weekend with their participation in the DC-Baltimore Challenge…I’ll get to that in a minute… LOL).
The full schedule for the weekend-long event can be found right here on the National HoopFest Website. Lots of GREAT basketball and TONS of high major basketball talent were on display, as evidenced by the following footage (Shout-Out to Capitol Hoops.com for being at the forefront of covering the DMV high school basketball scene for a good minute now. Keep doing your thing! Check out their youtube channel for more footage from Hoopfest 2018.) :
Now Wilson had a pretty busy weekend. After going toe to toe with Top 5-ranked Montverde Academy, they came back home to the city to participate in the DC-Baltimore Hoops Challenge at Theodore Roosevelt H.S. in Northwest DC. Baltimore Polytechnic High School (or Poly for short) was the match-up for the Tigers. Poly is the defending 3A Maryland State Champs, so Wilson handily defeating them 70-56 behind Boston College-bound Jay Heath and Maryland bound Mitchell twins (Mahki and Makhel). DC wins the challenge 4-2 and keeps bragging rights in this Metro region for another season.
Both of the flagship college programs in the DMV were in action this weekend, with the Maryland Terrapins bouncing back from a road loss at Big 10 opponent Purdue with a convincing 55-41 smashmouth, grind out win against Final Four squad Loyola-Chicago. The Terps improved their record to 8-2, good enough to be the 23-ranked squad in the country. Georgetown wasn’t as lucky this weekend, losing a tight game against historic former Big East rival Syracuse, 72-71. Both schools have extremely BRIGHT futures ahead of them, given the amount of young talent between them. Mac McClung & James Akinjo are the vanguard of a new and improved recruiting presence in Pat Ewings’s inaugural coaching tenure at the Tombs, while Mark Turgeon brought in a Nationally ranked Top-10 recruiting class to College Park that’s immediately paying dividends. It’s going to be exciting to see just how both young squads continue to grow and develop going into the meat of the conference schedule, and into tourney time.
Well, that’s it for this weekend. The season’s still early, so HHG will be bringing more coverage of area High Schools and College to the forefront. Until next entry!!! 😉