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2013 Gonzaga DC Classic Team Profiles-Archbishop Molloy High School  

 

ARCHBISHOP MOLLOY HIGH SCHOOL                                          Briarwood, NY

 

This year marks the eighth appearance of the Archbishop Molloy Stanners in the DC Classic, which includes tournament championships in 1999 and 2001.  Molloy is under the direction of first year Coach Mike McCleary who also continues as Athletic Director. McCleary who was a longtime assistant coach will lead the team after the untimely death last year of legendary Coach Jack Curran (55 seasons, 2,670 wins in basketball and baseball). The Stanners won their 1,000th basketball game last season.  The Stanners have a veteran team of seven lettermen from last year’s team which finished 19-8 and reached the Quarter-Finals in the New York City playoffs. Key players for the Stanners this year are 6’ 2” Senior guard C.J. Davis who averaged 17.3 ppg and 4.5 apg last year, 6’ 4” Senior guard Gabriel Kilpatrick, a three year varsity player, who averaged 6.0 ppg last year and 6’ 5” Senior forward Jason Cethoute who averaged 6.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg last year. Davis was first team All-League CHSAA and first team All-Queens. He has committed to Columbia University. Seniors who will contribute defensive quickness and rebounding are 6’2” forward Kenny Hoyt, 6’0” guard Rashard Williams, 6’0” guard Michael Buckley and 6’4” forward James McCleary.  Other players to watch are juniors 6’2” guard D’Ante Warren, 5’11” guard Sebastian Cadet, 5’11’ guard Jason Camus, 6’7” center Matthew Capp, 5’11” guard John Whelan and sophomores 6’1” guard Aaron Walker and 6’5” forward Issac Grant, all joining the Varsity after winning the JV City Championship last year.  McCleary states “We have the components to have a good season.  I am pleased with how hard the players are playing and their commitment to winning.”  For more information on Archbishop Molloy see www.molloyhs.org 

 

2013 Gonzaga DC Classic Team Profiles-Calvin Coolidge High School

 

CALVIN COOLIDGE HIGH SCHOOL                                               Washington, DC

 

Calvin Coolidge Senior High School returns to the Gonzaga DC Classic for the first time since its appearance in the 2008 tournament. The Colts are coming off a very successful campaign last season when they went 25-6 and won the District of Columbia Interstate Athletic (DCIAA) Conference championship. Led by the 2012 Washington Post Coach of the Year, Vaughn Jones, the two-time defending   DCIAA Champion Colts return a talented young team, including 6'1” senior guard Sam Briggs the team’s 3-point shot leader (48) last year.  Super sophomore 6'5" Justin Route wowed many Division 1 programs this past summer and should have a major impact this season. A 6’ senior point guard, Jaycee Wright, will run the show this season, while 6’4” transfer senior guard/forward Jamal Gregory, one of the best athletes in the area, will showcase his explosiveness this season. Senior forward Doug Farley at 6’4" will add toughness and bring scoring to the frontcourt.  6’ 4” junior forward Malik Smith, is a terrific student athlete with a 3.3 GPA.  The strength of the team will lie with one of the most talented sophomore classes in the country,  featuring 6’7” forward Kevin Perry, Jr.,  6'5" forward Daquan Paige,  5'9” point guard Terrence Rozier, 6'2 shooting guard BJ Hill, and 6'2 guard Arkese Gaskins. These sophomores will be a huge component of the team that is looking to 3-peat as league champions.

Coach Jones notes that Jamal Gregory has several Division I scholarship offers, including the University of Southern California, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Cal State-Northridge, and  Delaware to name a few. Sam Briggs and Doug Farley are also being recruited by many Division I schools, and Jaycee Wright has received offers from multiple Division II schools. Coach Jones remembers that he played in the first DC Classic for DeMatha High School (MD):

“I played in the first Gonzaga DC Classic and we are very excited about playing in this outstanding event.” says Coach Jones. “The Classic is extremely well organized and we certainly are honored to be invited to this prestigious tournament, especially in this special 25th Anniversary edition.” Jones adds, “My schedule has always been tough and this is a great measuring stick early in the season to see where we are.”  For more information about Calvin Coolidge Senior High School, see http://www.coolidgeshs.org/

 

2013 Gonzaga DC Classic Team Profiles-Cesar Chavez High School

 

CESAR CHAVEZ HIGH SCHOOL                                                       Washington, DC

 

The Cesar Chavez school makes its first appearance in the Gonzaga DC Classic basketball tournament led by coach Malcolm Battle, now in his sixth season.  The Eagles have four of their top 5 scorers returning from last year and are expected to be a force amongst Charter Schools this year.  The four returning Seniors are 5’9” guard Tristan Thompson, who averaged 15.2ppg last year, 6’3” wing guard Chris Baez, who averaged 12.6ppg last year, 5’9” guard Tyler Thompson, who averaged 11.5ppg last year and 6’0” guard Cordel Mearite who averaged 8.1ppg last year.  Baez and both Thompsons are being recruited by division 1 schools and Mearite is being recruited by several division 3 schools. 

The Eagles also have 4 sophomores returning who all started at least one game last year.  They are 6’8” wing forward Deandre Johnson, 6’1” guard Mike Starks, 6’3” wing guard Prince Wright and 6’2” Wing guard Omari Hagood.  Other players expected to contribute for the Eagles this year are 6’2” freshman point guard Jacob Long, 5’7” freshman guard Greg Blaine, 6’3” sophomore wing guard Tonny Blackwell and 6’4” senior wing forward Derjuan Murphy.  Coach Battle said “We are honored first for the chance to participate in such a prestigious event and secondly to be the first DC Charter school to ever participate is a honor all its own.  For more information on the Cesar Chavez school see www.chavezschools.org

 

 

2013 Gonzaga DC Classic Team Profiles-Herndon High School

 

HERNDON HIGH SCHOOL                                                                                    Herndon, VA

 

Herndon High School is proud to make its second appearance in the Gonzaga DC Classic.  Head Coach Gary Hall is entering his 21st year at his alma mater and has helped establish the “Fighting Hornets” as one of the most respected basketball programs in the Washington, D.C. area.  Herndon High School has won numerous conference championships and been consistently ranked as one of top teams in Virginia State AAA.  The “Fighting Hornets” have participated in many prestigious invitational tournaments around the Country and over thirty alumni have continued their basketball careers in college, most notably former Villanova All-American, Scottie Reynolds.

This year Herndon returns a veteran group of players and enters the season as one of the favorites to compete for region and state titles.  The “Fighting Hornets” are led by three seniors that have started on varsity since their sophomore season.  Dorian Johnson, a 6’4” perimeter player, is the team’s leading returning scorer at 18.2 ppg.  Dorian is one of the most versatile players in the state of Virginia and captured first team All-Northern Region honors as a junior.  At 6’5”, senior Kent Auslander is one of the top dual threats in Northern Virginia.  Auslander is equally proficient with his back to the basket, as well as from behind the 3-point arc.  Malcolm McKenzie is a 5’10” guard equally comfortable at the point and shooting guard positions and is also is one of top defensive players in the metropolitan area.  Malcolm was named to conference All-Defensive teams past two seasons.  Delontae Wingfield, a 6’4” senior forward, saw significant playing time last year and is expected to contribute heavily this year.  Wingfield is an excellent athlete and an outstanding offensive and defensive rebounder.  Handling point guard responsibilities is the extremely talented 5’10” junior, Trevon WrightWright played an integral part in the “Fighting Hornets” 2012-13 championship run and is expected to continue the long tradition of outstanding lead guards at Herndon.  Players also expected to contribute significantly this year include two transfers, senior Deandre Thomas and sophomore Keyshawn Hamlin, as well as senior Clark Grubic.  For more information on Herndon High School go to www.fcps.edu/herndonhs 

 

 

2013 Gonzaga DC Classic Team Profiles-John Carroll School

 

JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL                                                                        Bel Air, MD

The John Carroll School has won 89 games in the last three seasons building on a decade of success under Coach Tony Martin.  This season will be Martin’s 26th year coaching basketball, 18 as a head coach and his Ninth season at John Carroll.  His winning percentage as a head coach is over 70% and he has over 400 career victories, including 10 league titles and 13 tournament championships.   He is the only head coach in Baltimore Catholic League history to win championships with two different varsity programs while leading those schools into the MIAA A Conference & BCL.   He has been named All-Metro Coach of the Year by the Baltimore Sun and Varsity Sports Network on multiple occasions and this year will become the all time winningest coach in the Schools history.

Last season the Patriots were 26-12 and reached the semi-finals in both the ultra-competitive Baltimore Catholic League and MIAA A Conference, after winning championships the prior two seasons.  In 2012-13 John Carroll squad attended the prestigious Nike Iolani Classic in Hawaii winning 3 of 4 contests against nationally ranked top 20 competition. The highlight of the trip occurred at the events presentation ceremony when The John Carroll School was invited back following the final game to accept the events most prestigious and honorable award; "The Ray Wong Team Award" which honors the treasured Iolani tradition of "One Team" and whose motto "CHARACTER-not show, EFFORT-not talk, ACTION-not credit, TEAM-not self" was reflected by the Patriots program.  The Patriots also made it to the championship game of the Benedictine Capital Classic.

The Patriots are led by 6’0” senior point guard Jordan Martin, an all-County selection, and 6’6” senior forward Lionel Owona and they  anchor the stout Patriot defense.  Martin has committed to The College of St. Rose and Owona is being recruited but undecided at this time.  The Junior trio of 6’1” point guard Kimbal Mackenzie, an all-league selection, 6’0” point guard Elijah Long and 6’2” wing guard Malik Tyne have scholarship futures garnering solid D-1 interest.  A trio of Sophomore big men; 6’9” forward Mike Tertsea, 6’10” Center Isaac Bassey and 6’8” Forward Mantvydas Urmilevicius also have scholarship futures ahead.  

 

Coach Martin is looking forward to returning to the Gonzaga DC Classic. “It is a great tournament, for good causes” says Martin.  For more information on the John Carroll School, see www.johncarroll.org  

 

 

2013 Gonzaga DC Classic Team Profiles-Lafayette High School

 

LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL                                                                             Lexington, KY  

 

Lafayette High School feels much honored to be the first team from Kentucky to play in the Gonzaga DC Classic.  Lafayette is coming off a very successful season last year that finished with the Generals’ being ranked number 7 in the State.  This year, Coach Mike Mendenhall has high expectations for his players.  Lafayette will begin this season as a consensus top 5 team in the state, and one of the favorites to win it all. 

Lafayette returns a core group of players in senior captains Jackson Davis, Lance Blakely, and Dequise Robinson, and several underclassmen who will be key contributors.  A starter since his freshman year, forward Jackson Davis, (6’9”, 21 pts, 10.5 rbs, 1.5 bl), first team All-City, Honorable Mention All-State), has scholarship offers from Columbia, Harvard, Houston, Penn, Princeton, Rice, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, and VCU, and interest from several other Division 1 Programs. Guard Lance Blakley (6’4”, 9 pts, 4 rbs, 3 asts, and honorable mention All-City), a starter for the past three years, has caught the attention of several Division 2 and Division 3 schools. Guard Dequise Robinson (5’10” ,7 pts, 3 asts, 2 spg) has drawn interest from Eastern Kentucky University and several Division 2 programs. The Generals will also rely on productivity from several underclassmen, including junior Lucky Jackson, and sophomores Harrison Lane, Ross Jenkins, and William Watkins.  Lafayette hopes that playing against the high level of competition in the Gonzaga DC Classic will prepare the team for a run at a record 7th Kentucky State Title in March.  For more information about Lafayette High School, see www.lafayette.fcps.net.

 

 

2013 Gonzaga DC Classic Team Profiles-Mount Saint Joseph High School

 

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH                                                                                            Baltimore, MD

 

Mt. St. Joeseph returns to the Gonzaga DC Classic Basketball Tournament following their championship run in the tournament last year.   The Gaels finished last season with a 31– 8 record and a Baltimore Catholic League (BCL) championship and they also won the Rotary Roundball Classic in North Carolina. MSJ is led by 6’4” senior guard Phil Booth, a Villanova recruit.  Booth is a top 4 star recruit rated in the top 100 by Rivals.  Other senior standout guards for the Gaels are 6’ 5” Jordan McNeil and 6’ 0” Jaylen AdamsMcNeil has committed to play for Towson and Adams for Jacksonville University.    The Gaels return 4 other seniors; 6’ 6” forward Kyle Doran, 6’ 7” forward Graham Seering, 6’ 11” center Zander Wear and 5’ 8” Carson Scharf.  The Gaels are also expecting big things this year from 6’ 2” sophomore guard Randy Miller.  The Gaels are coached by Pat Clatchey who is in his 22nd season with the team.  During that time he has accumulated over 500 wins, sent 36 players to division 1 colleges and been named Coach of the Year 11 times.   Coach Clatchey says “I expect the team to be highly competitive this season.  We are always honored and excited to be part of the Gonzaga DC Classic, and having won the tournament two times has been a great accomplishment for our program.”  For more information about Mt. St. Joe see www.msjnet.edu

 

 

2013 Gonzaga DC Classic Team Profiles-Gonzaga College High School

 

GONZAGA COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL                                                          Washington, DC

 

Gonzaga begins the 2013-2014 campaign with a combination of experienced leadership and a promising set of underclassmen anxious to make their mark.  In 2012-2013, Gonzaga finished the regular season undefeated in the WCAC, racking-up 18 victories and no defeats, only the third team in the history of the WCAC to sweep the regular season. 

Coach Steve Turner, now in his 10th season as head coach at the Gonzaga DC Classic’s host school, has a relatively young team this year with two returning starters:  Senior Jordan Abdur-Ra-oof, a 6’7” inch senior verbally committed to play at Cornell and Junior guard Bryant Crawford, who has offers from multiple Division I schools.  Other likely starters and those expected to see significant playing time include 6’8” junior Sam Miller, 6’6” senior Bradley Jacks, and 6’4” senior guard RaMond Hines and standout freshman guard Chris Lykes, 5’6”.

 

“We look forward to the Classic every year,” said Coach Turner.  “It comes early in the season and offers a great chance to play against some of the best teams in the area and from around the country.  We are proud to have been a part of this 25 year tradition, grateful to Chairman John McLaughlin for his service to the tournament and especially proud to be hosting it here at Gonzaga.” The Eagles are looking to win their eleventh DC Classic championship.  For more information about Gonzaga College High School, see http://www.gonzaga.org

 

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