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Locals Shine at National High School Hoop Fest
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (6:41 PM CT, Mon December 16, 2013)
Joe Hampton had one of his best games at DeMatha Saturday
Joe Hampton had one of his best games at DeMatha Saturday
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Hyattsville, MD (Future150) -- At the National High School Hoops Festival at DeMatha High School, the top teams from the Maryland and DC area squared off against each other as well as some top out-of-area teams. While there were a couple of lopsided affairs, a majority of the games were exciting and closely contested. Many of the area's top players showcased their talents throughout the day, while some national names from around the country showed out as well.

Traci Carter, 2015 PG, Life Center: Carter is a hard-nose point guard who can either run the offense or get to the rim and score it. He showed off an improved shooting stroke as well as his ability to defend. Plenty of high major programs have already begun tracking the talented guard but don't be surprised to see his recruitment hit another level this spring.

Juwan Gray, 2015 SF, Polytech: One of the bigger surprises of the day, Gray was the go-to guy for his team vs. St. Agnes. He showed the ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter and good slashing ability. He is a long and rangy athlete that has considerable potential. Smaller programs have to be hoping that he remains somewhat of a secret; he could be a potential steal.

Obi Enechionoyia, 2014 SF, St. James: He is one of the most versatile players in the country and a major get for the Temple program. He defended all three perimeter positions throughout the game as well as the power forward on occasion. He is long, agile, and understands how to play the game. He will be a major part of the Owls plans moving forward as they continue the transition into their new conference.

Tre Campbell, 2014 PG, St. Johns: Campbell will stay home and play for the Georgetown Hoyas next season and appears to be a great fit. He is quick with the ball in his hands and makes good decisions. He is capable of playing either guard slot, although he is at his best with the ball in his hands. It may take a year or so for him to make a major impact at the college level but don't be surprised when he is named captain of the Hoyas later on in his collegiate career.

Anthony Smith, 2015 PF, Potomac: On a Potomac squad that features Maryland commit Dion Wiley and 2016 SG Randall Broddie, it was Smith that was the lone bright spot. He finished with 21 points and 15 boards. He plays with a high motor and is pretty athletic, making him a great rebounder. At this point it is hard to project what level he can play at, being a 6-foot-6 power forward with very limited perimeter skills. That being said, he will bring major value at a lower level program. He will be one to track throughout the year due to his upside.

Collin Goss, 2015 C, St. Stephens & St. Agnes: He has recently become a known name in recruiting circles due to his rapid improvement and it's easy to see why. At 6-foot-10 he is very mobile, can hit threes, and shows good timing on the defensive end of the floor. At times it is clear that he is still getting used to his frame and that he needs to bulk up, but as he becomes more comfortable he will only improve. Right now he looks to be a solid mid-major option. Make no mistake; plenty of high-majors are keeping tabs on him as well.

Martin Geben, 2014 PF, St. Maria-Goretti: Geben was a rebounding machine on Saturday, hauling in 21 boards. He finished shots around the rim and is underrated as a shot blocker. He is a great fit for Notre Dame stylistically and could have an immediate impact.  He will pair nicely with fellow 2014 standout Bonzie Colson. Coach Brey and company shouldn't have a problem on the glass when the two of them are on the floor.

Pat McCaw, 2014 SG, Montrose Christian: McCaw stated his case to be considered one of the top unsigned seniors left on the board. He has great size and good ball handling. His biggest asset is his shooting ability; he can stretch defenses and make them pay for collapsing on drivers. His recruitment should see a major boost going into the spring after this showing.

Trayvon Reed, 2014 C, Life Center: At this point, Reed is what he is; mainly a shot blocker and a big that will finish shots around the rim. His offensive game still has plenty of room for improvement, but when he does get position he shows good touch around the rim. If he ever develops a killer instinct of any kind he will become an absolute monster, but he has shown little inclination of doing so at this point. 

Chinanu Onuaku, 2014 PF, Riverdale Baptist: Onuaku is looking more and more like a top 100 player each time we see him. The big man is a good shot blocker and rebounder. In addition he is quicker than most players his size and can take his man off the dribble as well as shoot it from the perimeter. He has improved drastically since this past July and gave Cheick Diallo, one of the premier bigs in the country, fits in the first half of their matchup. Coach Pitino and staff have to be very excited about having him on campus next year.

Cheick Diallo, 2015 PF, Our Saviour New American: While he struggled in the first half, he showed why he is considered one of the best players in the country in the second. He went 7-for-8 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds as well. He is quick, has good timing, and is a freak athlete. His offensive game is coming around but still has a ways to go before it catches up with his defense. That being said, he oozes potential and could eventually overtake Malik Newman as the top player in 2015 if he becomes more dominant.

Kevin Dorsey, 2015 PG, Paul VI: Dorsey is a steady pass-first point guard that is a natural leader and brings a toughness to his team. He is a good defender and doesn't mind deferring to his teammates if it means his team will get the win. He rarely makes bad decisions with the ball in his hands

Justin Jenifer, 2015 PG, Milford Mill: Jenifer is an electric guard who is cat quick and can really score the ball. At 5-foot-10 he is more of a scoring point guard and needs to work on being more of a distributor. That being said he is a great passer and has the ability to make the players around him better when he chooses to do so. Once he learns to be more of a facilitator and true point guard he will take his game to another level.

Joe Hampton, 2016 PF, DeMatha: Hampton is an interesting prospect in that he is an undersized power forward who is incredibly skilled. If he grows a couple more inches he has the chance to be one of the elite members of class. His weight is a bit of a concern at this point but if he can stay in good playing shape his skill set is so great that it will be hard to keep him off the floor no matter what height he is.


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