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Analzying 2019-20 Basketball Recruitment in the DMV

It’s no secret that the DMV is loaded with talent across all sports, but recently it has flexed its muscles in the basketball world. With the class of 2020 featuring numerous four and five-star recruits, their commitments will be looked at closely by fans across the country.

Schools like Paul VI, Gonzaga and St. Johns — combined with the rest of the WCAC — continue to produce highly-sought talent that the blue bloods of college basketball are chasing. As the nation’s top 2019 recruits cap off their commitments, quite a few DMV natives are making their college decisions and garnering numerous offers. With the 2019 class set and the 2020 class still reeling in offers, it’s time to look at where D.C.’s top players are headed and the potential landing spots for the class of 2020’s prospects.

2019 Class Summary

The top five prospects in the DMV area have already chosen where they’ll play in the upcoming year, with three players choosing at local schools.

Casey Morsell, Guard: St. John’s (D.C.) – Signed with UVA 

Morsell signed with the defending national champions Virginia Cavaliers in early April, despite receiving offers from Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Penn State and more. The 6’2″ guard is shifty and not only makes dazzling moves at the rim, but is able to use his low center of gravity when driving to the rim. Virginia’s head coach Tony Bennett will enjoy having Morsell fill the shoes of Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy, both of which are set to depart for the NBA.

Justin Moore, Guard: DeMatha Catholic (MD) – Signed with Villanova

As the No. 7 shooting guard in the country according to 247 Sports, Moore brings a unique dynamic to head coach Jay Wright and the Wildcats. He’s not afraid to shoot with a hand in his face, but he has the ability to utilize his skill to get to the basket. What separates him, however, is his defensive ability. His vision on both ends of the court allows him to create chances from turnovers and from set offensive plays.

Anthony Harris, Guard: Paul VI (VA) – Signed with UNC

Harris originally committed to Virginia Tech, but with head coach Buzz Williams leaving for Texas A&M, the combo guard decommitted for a chance elsewhere. Soon after, he signed to play for Roy Williams and UNC. Harris had the luxury of playing for one of the top coaches in the DMV in Glenn Farello and will now play for the legendary Williams. He played for Team Takeover in the AAU circuit and has the ability to immediately compete with the ACC. The downfall for Harris is that he suffered a torn ACL in December, but with proper recovery, he should be back to his speedy ways.

Makhi and Makhel Mitchell, Center: Woodrow Wilson (D.C.) – Signed with Maryland

Makhi and his brother Makhel are headed to College Park, Maryland, to continue their dominating presence in the paint. Both are capable of filling the shoes of Bruno Fernando, but it’ll be interesting to see how head coach Mark Turgeon handles having both players. Makhi can stretch to the perimeter and either power his way to the paint or shoot from downtown. Makhel’s specialty is controlling the paint and creating space for guards. Having that dynamic will help the Terrapins create problems against Big Ten opponents.

Qudus Wahab, Center: Flint Hill (VA) – Signed with Georgetown

Despite interest from Syracuse and Pittsburgh, Wahab signed with Patrick Ewing and Georgetown. Center Jessie Govan graduated, meaning the Hoyas’ starting center position is up for grabs. Last season, freshmen led the way for Ewing’s team, so Wahab will have the chance to start immediately. His strength is his best trait, but his smart movement allows him to get scoring opportunities. With improved agility, he can be a dynamic rim protector.

2020 Class Headlines

Jeremy Roach, Guard: Paul VI (VA) – Committed to Duke

The No. 15 player in the 2020 class, Roach is coming off a torn ACL. That didn’t stop Coach K and Duke from chasing him, as Roach pledged his allegiance to the Blue Devils.

Hunter Dickinson, Center: DeMatha Catholic (MD) – Undecided

Notre Dame, Purdue, Florida State and Oregon are a few schools that have offered Dickinson, but expect more top-programs to express their interest. The 7’2″ big man took an unofficial visit to Kentucky and has gotten in-home visits from Iowa and Providence. South Carolina and Pittsburgh have also been in talks with Dickinson, according to Jake Weingarten.

Earl Timberlake, Guard: DeMatha Catholic (MD) – Undecided

According to 247 Sports, Timberlake has 25 offers, ranging from Cincinnati to West Virginia. Although listed as a guard, he possesses good size at 6’6″. That height advantage will allow him to create mismatches at all levels.

Dimingus Stevens, Guard: Woodrow Wilson (D.C.) – Undecided

Stevens received an offer from Temple a few weeks ago and also has interest from Louisville, Maryland and Seton Hall. The sharpshooting guard knows where to expose defenses and knocks down open shots.

Chuck Harris, Guard: Gonzaga (D.C.) – Committed to Butler

Another WCAC product, Harris committed to Butler early in the recruitment process. He’ll join former Paul VI guard Aaron Thompson.

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