FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
27TH GONZAGA DC CLASSIC TIPS-OFF FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
Strong DC – Maryland Field Joined by Teams from Philadelphia, New York City
December 4, 2015 – The 27th Annual Gonzaga DC Classic basketball tournament begins Friday afternoon, December 11, 2014 at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. Games continue Saturday at Gonzaga and Sunday at Bender Arena at American University.
Gonzaga, last season’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Champions, will be joined in this advancing tournament by seven teams from the Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City regions.
Joining Gonzaga will be 2014 DC Classic Champions Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA), Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School (Brooklyn, NY), Calvin Coolidge Senior High School (Washington, DC), Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Olney, MD), Our Lady of Mount Carmel School (Baltimore, MD), St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Potomac, MD) and St. Raymond High School for Boys (Bronx, NY). , All proceeds from program sponsors, ticket and merchandise sales go to support Gonzaga’s far-reaching service programs here in the Washington region and across the U.S. and Latin America. The tournament’s slogan is “Great Basketball Supporting Good Works”.
Games begin Friday at 3:15 when Bishop Loughlin takes on St. Andrew’s Episcopal. The 5:00 game will feature Our Lady of Mt. Carmel versus the host team, Gonzaga. At 6:45, Roman Catholic battles Calvin Coolidge followed by the 8:30 game in which St. Raymond challenges Our Lady of Good Counsel. All Friday and Saturday games will be played in the Carmody Center gym at Gonzaga College High School. Second round games begin at 3:15 on Saturday.
Sunday games will be played at Bender Arena at American University and final round consolation and championship games begin at 1:30 on Sunday. Tickets are $10.00 per day for adults, $5.00 for students.
The entire tournament will be webcast and can be viewed at the tournament website, www.gonzagadcclassic.org. The official tournament twitter feed can be found at @gonzagaclassic.
Qualified organizations and individuals (press, college coaches, scouting services) may request tournament passes via email to Al Jackson at email@example.com. Please include name and links to your publication(s), website(s) and/or twitter feed(s).
Brief profiles of participating teams can be found below.
Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
After winning last season’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Championship in thrilling fashion, Gonzaga Head Varsity Coach Steve Turner looks forward to the 2015-2016 campaign. While the coach and the team are happy to be watching two of last year’s stalwarts – guard Bryant Crawford (Wake Forest) and big man Sam Miller (Dayton) – join eight other Gonzaga grads playing for top programs this season, they are happy to be hosting the 27th DC Classic.
Returning players include a great back court featuring highly recruited junior Chris Lykes, sophomore Prentiss Hubb, and 6’4″ senior Nigel Stewart. Senior Navy commit Jack Lawrence (6’9″) will anchor the middle while a group including Junior Eddie Scott, and 6’4″ sophomore Myles Dread will lead the charge in the front court. Four players moving up from the junior varsity team are expected to get key minutes, including guards Michael Myers, Brian Doolan, and Nicky Miller along with forward Devon Flowers.
“Playing in the WCAC is a marathon, not a sprint,” said Coach Turner. “We look forward to getting ready by playing against great teams from around the nation in the DC Classic. It’s a great tournament and one we are proud to host.”
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School (Brooklyn, NY)
The expectation of the Bishop Loughlin Men’s Basketball team is set high as always. Coach Ed Gonzalez, in his 7th season, is leaning on his returning, more experienced players to bring stability and leadership to the rest of the team. Coming off a disappointing 10 win season last year (10-16), this year’s Lions team is reloaded and ready to go.
This year’s team is led by 3rd year varsity player and team co-captain Junior Guard/Forward Keith Williams who has received scholarship offers from VCU, Dayton, & Hofstra to name a few. Other returning players include 2nd year varsity player and co-captain Senior Point Guard Damien Prescod, 2nd year Senior Center Keion Smiley, 2nd year Junior Forward Jordan Thomas, and 2nd year Junior Guard Tyrese Gaffney. Newcomers include Senior Center Jeremy Betjol, a talented junior core that include Adrien Nunez, Anton Herton, Joshua Roberts, Jordan Griffin, and Ricardo Dominguez. Rounding out the rest of the team are 3 sophomores Idan Tretout, Markquis Nowell, and NayShon Kane who hope to contribute key minutes in the rotation. Coach Gonzalez knows that nothing is guaranteed and he has his work cut out for him. In order for his team to be successful his team must be tough defensively, limit turnovers, shoot high percentage shots, and remain healthy, work together as a team.
Calvin Coolidge Senior High School (Washington, DC)
Calvin Coolidge Senior High School from Washington D.C. returns to the Gonzaga DC Classic for their third appearance. They were part of the field in the 2008 and 2013 tournaments. The Colts are coming off a very successful campaign last season when they went 23-7 and were the runner-up for the District of Columbia Interstate Athletic (DCIAA) Conference championship.
Head Coach Bennie Nesbitt says, “As league finalists last year we expect to compete for a league championship and state title. With eight varsity players returning, including four starters, this should be a great season.”
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Olney, MD)
After finishing the season before with a record of 1-24, the Falcons finish 11-18 last year. They won the Calvert Hall Christmas Tournament, beating Washington Post Ranked #12 Eleanor Roosevelt in the championship game. Also in WCAC Playoffs, they beat Carroll in the Play-In game to advance to Quarter Finals of the WCAC. The Falcons return 4 starters from last year’s team. In 2014-2015, the Good Counsel Falcons finished 8th in the ultra-competitive WCAC, which is considered by most one of the best conferences in the country.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School (Baltimore, MD)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is making its second appearance in the Gonzaga DC Classic. The Cougars, under the direction of first year coach Hakim Hibbert, play in the highly competitive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association “A” conference and the Baltimore Catholic League.
The team returns two key starters from last year: BCL Defensive Player of the year senior David Erebor, who has committed to Brown University, and junior swingman Terry Nolan who is being recruited by several mid-major colleges on the East Coast. Joining the Cougars rotation in the front court are senior Davon Davis, junior Marquis Bullet and freshman Jamere Busch Williams. On the perimeter the Cougars will rely on a trio of juniors – Devin Gaines, Christian Evans and John Kent.
The Cougars are looking to build on last season’s record of 32-11, which included a nineteen-game winning streak that propelled them to a #1 ranking by the Baltimore Sun. The Cougars reached the MIAA championship game, the finals of the Maryland Private Schools post season tournament and received their first ever invitation to the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament.
Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
Last year’s champions return to Washington to defend their title at the 27th Annual Gonzaga DC Classic. In 2014-2015 Roman Catholic HS finished 29-2 and won the PIAA AAAA State Championship, District XII AAAA Championship (City of Philadelphia), and the Philadelphia Catholic League Championship. The Cahillites finished 12-1 in the Philadelphia Catholic League regular season. At the end of the 2014-2015 season Roman Catholic’s basketball team was ranked as one of the top teams in the top 25 nationally by various publications.
Roman graduated seniors Trevaughn Wilkerson (Hartford), Manny Taylor (Rutgers/Football) and Gemil Holbrook (Philly U) in 2014-2015. Roman returns five other players from its rotation last Season as well as adding a few new additions. Seniors Tony Carr (6’4/PG), Nazeer Bostick (6’3/G) and Lamar Stevens (6’7/Wing) have a signed to play at Penn State University. 6’7 Senior Power forward Paul Newman who is also being recruited by various schools will provide very good experience in the frontcourt for the Cahillites. Juniors D’andre Vilmar, Dakquan Davis and JP Sanders all return for Roman as varsity contributors to help add depth in the backcourt.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Potomac, MD)
In 2014-2015 St. Andrew’s Episcopal School finished with a 21-6 record and won the Mid Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament. At one point during the 2014-2015 season the St. Andrew’s basketball team was ranked as high as #12 in the Washington Post Top 20 boys basketball rankings. St. Andrew’s graduated senior starters Marcus Adkison (Shepherd University), Myles Law (Ohio Wesleyan University) and Jacob White (West Virginia Wesleyan University) in 2014-2015. Adkison is seeing significant time as a freshman and was named the MVP of Shepherd University’s opening basketball tournament.
St. Andrew’s returns seven players from last season’s varsity roster including two starters. Skilled senior starter 6’7 senior forward, Tyler Stewart, has signed a letter of intent to play at Binghamton University next season. Senior starter 6’9 George Muresan will provide quality minutes at the forward position with his ability to play with his back to the basket and stretch the floor with his shooting ability. Varsity returners 6’1 senior crafty guard Austin Allen and 6’1 high I.Q. junior guard Chris Smalls will handle the backcourt responsibilities. Athletic and defensive play maker, 6’7 forward Anthony Duruji will provide play making ability on both offense and defense. 6’2 guard/forward Dominic Doyle will provide offensive versatility and shooting ability from the outside. 6’2 senior forward Ryan Brown rounds out the returners and provides critical senior leadership and toughness. Added depth will be provided from young and upcoming players, Heru Bligen a 6’1 speedy defensive guard and 6’2 athletic junior forward Alex Smith (division 1 lacrosse recruit). Other players to watch are talented guards Enzo Bascon and Tino Nywata in addition to forwards Marcus and Malcolm Parker.
“The St. Andrew’s community is honored to be a part of the Gonzaga D.C Classic and would like to thank the Gonzaga High School Father’s Club, Tournament Committee, coach Turner and his staff for this wonderful opportunity”, said St. Andrew’s head coach Kevin Jones.
St. Raymond High School for Boys (Bronx, NY)
This year marks the fourth appearance of the St. Raymond Ravens in the DC Classic. St. Raymond is under the direction of Coach Jorge Lopez, now in his fourth season (48-36). The Ravens have a veteran team of eight lettermen from last year’s team which finished 16-12 and reached the Finals of the CHSAA Archdiocesan Championship and the Quarter-Finals of the New York City playoffs.
Key for the Ravens this year are junior forward Sidney Wilson (6-7) with 14.7 ppg and 9.0 rpg, junior guard Isaiah Washington (6-1) with 11.4 ppg and 7.0 apg and sophomore guard Omar Silverio (6-2) with 12.4 ppg and 2.0 apg. All three players have already received multiple scholarship offers. Brian Adams (6-4), Claudio Nmzei (6-3), Tauriel Arocho (6-5) and Lydell Geffrard (6-7) are seniors who will contribute strong rebounding and defensive stops for the team, as will sophomore Amadou Traore (6-5). Other players to watch are sophomores Dallas Watson, Terrence Trice, Nicholas Rivera and Darius Lee, all joining the Varsity after winning the Freshmen City Championship last year.