2014 – Riverdale Baptist

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Riverdale Baptist School is located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Front Row (L-R): Manager John Webster, Asst. Coach Hank Lloyd, Cassius Blount, Jasper Sterling, Curtis Williams, Head Coach Louis Wilson, Tavar Merriman, Raine McKeython, Deion Hammond, Asst. Coach Dale DeBerry, Sr., Asst. Coach Chad Wilson Back Row (L-R): Asst. Coach Charles Dowsey, Asst. Coach Manning Durant, Kenny Wormley, Stephon Mingo, Cyril Ogbuagu, Breyon Jackson, Malik Dupree, Deon Savage, Isaiah Robinson, Duane Harper, Jr., Asst. Coach Dale DeBerry, Jr., Asst. Coach Kenneth Jackson Not Pictured: DeQuan Abrom

Front Row (L-R): Manager John Webster, Asst. Coach Hank Lloyd, Cassius Blount, Jasper Sterling, Curtis Williams, Head Coach Louis Wilson, Tavar Merriman, Raine McKeython, Deion Hammond, Asst. Coach Dale DeBerry, Sr., Asst. Coach Chad Wilson
Back Row (L-R): Asst. Coach Charles Dowsey, Asst. Coach Manning Durant, Kenny Wormley, Stephon Mingo, Cyril Ogbuagu, Breyon Jackson, Malik Dupree, Deon Savage, Isaiah Robinson, Duane Harper, Jr., Asst. Coach Dale DeBerry, Jr., Asst. Coach Kenneth Jackson
Not Pictured: DeQuan Abrom

Number Name Pos Grade Height
0 Raine McKeython G 11 6′
1 Jasper Sterling G 11 5′ 9″
2 Duane Harper, Jr. F 12 6′ 4″
3 Deion Hammond G 10 6′ 2″
5 Kenny Wormley G 12 6′ 3″
10 Isaiah Robinson F 12 6′ 5″
11 Tavar Merriman G 12 5′ 8″
12 DeQuan Abrom G 12 6′ 2″
20 Curtis Williams G 11 6′ 1″
23 Cassius Blount G 11 6′ 2″
32 Deon Savage F 10 6′ 5″
33 Stephon Mingo F 11 6′ 5″
34 Cyril Ogbuagu F 10 6′ 6″
35 Breyon Jackson F 10 6′ 7″
44 Malik Dupree F 11 6′ 8″

The Team

Riverdale Baptist School from Upper Marlboro, Maryland is making their first appearance in the Gonzaga DC Classic Tournament. The Crusaders are coming off a very successful campaign last season when they went 30-9 and won the Maryland State Private School Championship. In the championship game, the Crusaders defeated Clinton Christian. The Crusaders garnered the following rankings at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. They were ranked #1 by the National Christian School Athletic Association, #2 by the Prince George’s County Gazette, and #4 by the Washington Post.

Led by Head Coach Louis Wilson, the two-time defending Capital Beltway Athletic Association Champions return a talented squad for the 2014-15 season. Kenny Wormley, a 6’3” point guard, is the Crusaders lone early signee, inking his letter with Siena College. Last season, he averaged 6 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Wormley is a well-rounded player, delivering good passes, playing lock down defense, rebounding and blocking shots. Senior DeQuan Abrom is a 6’2” first team All Capital Beltway Athletic Association league guard. DeQuan and Chinanu Onuaku (now a freshman at Louisville) were the team’s leading scorers last season with 12 points and 3 steals per game as they helped lead the team to the Maryland Private School State Championship. Abrom has caught the eyes of programs such as Norfolk State, Sacred Heart, Fairfield and St. Francis. Other players expected to pace the Crusaders this season are senior Isaiah Robinson, a 6’5” forward and junior Cassius Blount, a 6’2” shooting guard.

Coach Wilson notes that the following players have moved up from the Junior Varsity and are expected to contribute this year. They are seniors Duane Harper, Jr. a 6’3” forward and Tavar Merriman, a 5’9” point guard. Juniors Jasper Sterling, a 6’1” point guard and Stephon Mingo, a 6’5” forward, along with sophomore Deon Savage, a 6’6” forward, will also see quality playing time.

Coach Wilson indicates that the Crusaders are the beneficiaries of a handful of talented players who are new additions to the program. Malik Dupree, a 6’8” junior transfer from Frederick Douglas High School, is a big strong forward with soft hands. Breyon Jackson, a 6’8”sophomore forward hailing from the state of Ohio, is a big-time rebounder and will attack the basket with power. Sophomore Cyril Ogbuagu, a 6’6” forward from Nigeria, is a very physical player with a smooth jump shot. Also joining the Riverdale Baptist squad this season are Curtis Williams, a 6’ junior guard transfer from Good Counsel High School. Williams led the Falcons in scoring last year with 17 points per game and he is expected to add scoring punch to the Crusaders line up. Deion Hammond, a 6’2” sophomore guard from the Bullis School, has drawn the attention of the University of Delaware and the University of Virginia. Finally, Raine McKeython is a 6’guard who joins the Crusaders after transferring from Georgetown Prep.

Notably, Coach “Lou” is closing in on his 600th high school basketball win this season (16 games away). “Being born and raised here in the Washington, D.C. area, I know that the Gonzaga DC Classic is a great tournament with great teams from our area and around the country,” says Coach Wilson. He added, “We are delighted to be a part of one of the nation’s prestigious high school basketball events.”

Team Administration

  • Principal: Eric Harrison
  • Athletic Director: Terry Terrill
  • Head Coach: Louis Wilson
  • Assistant Coaches: Dale DeBerry, Sr., Dale DeBerry, Jr., Charles Dowsey, Manning Durant Kenneth Jackson, Henry Lloyd, Chad Wilson
  • Manager: John Webster
  • Statistician: Stacey Wilson
  • Mascot: Crusaders
  • Location: Upper Marlboro, Maryland
  • Website: http://www.rbschool.org/

The School

Riverdale Baptist School, a co-educational Christian School located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was established in 1971 and is a ministry of Riverdale Baptist Church. It serves students from Pre-K through 12th grade and enjoys an excellent reputation for preparing students academically, socially, and spiritually. The school’s vision is to develop students whose Christian faith, character, and God-given gifts will impact and influence lives in their communities and around the globe. Riverdale Baptist School is devoted to developing the whole person and instilling a life-long passion for learning, leading, and serving. Enrollment for the past several years has been approximately 900 students.

The Riverdale Baptist high school program emphasizes a college preperatory curriculum with honors and advance placement courses offered to academically qualified students. Over 50 percent of the high school student body maintains a 3.0 Grade Point Average in an intensive academic program that includes developing solid Christian character. On average, 96 percent of all seniors are accepted into four-year colleges and universities each year. The middle school program emphasizes strong academics as well as an expanding Fine Arts program. The school day consists of a Bible class, four academic classes (math, history, science and English), physical education, and one elective. The elementary program at Riverdale Baptist School emphasizes spiritual precepts, character building, and the skills and concepts necessary to academic advancement. These self-contained classrooms follow a carefully selected curriculum of learning in Bible, language skills, spelling, reading, math, handwriting, science, and heritage studies.

Members of the faculty are all dedicated Christians who have a calling to minister in Christian Education. They have earned degrees from reputable Bible colleges, Christian colleges, and secular universities across the nation. They are active in Church activities and ministries, and throughout the school year, days are set aside for attending conventions, conference, and in-house workshops to enrich and provide teacher development. The school has a dual accreditation through Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International.