The annual National Hoopfest took place at DeMatha again this year, and as always it featured some of the top teams from all over the country and was absolutely loaded with prospects for all levels. It has become a must…
The annual National Hoopfest took place at DeMatha again this year, and as always it featured some of the top teams from all over the country and was absolutely loaded with prospects for all levels. It has become a must for college coaches to stop by, and with all the talent it makes sense.
We will take a long look at the many standouts from the event, and here we look at part three of some of the standouts from the DC and Maryland schools.
If you’d like to see watch the replay of all the games, you can find them on the CBG Live Network.
Malik Mack Malik Mack 6'0" | PG St. John’s | 2023 State #260 Nation MD | 6’2” PG | St. John’s ’23
Mack is the senior leader for this talented St. John’s team, and while he didn’t play his best basketball this weekend his leadership and calming presence can’t be understated. The 6’2” lefty is as smooth as they come as he can get to his spots with ease, he never gets sped up and he can create shots for himself and others with ease. The Harvard commit finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in their win over The Patrick School.
Daquan Davis Daquan Davis 6'2" | CG St. John's | 2024 State #111 Nation MD | 6’2” PG | St. John’s ’24
Davis is one of my favorite players in the entire DMV, as he plays with a toughness you have to love and looks like he was shot of a cannon every time he’s on the floor. He pushed the tempo and got opportunities in transition including the play of the weekend where he posterized a 7’2” defender, he has become a much more consistent shooter from deep off the catch and off the bounce and he’s a dog of a defender who will guard you 94 feet. He finished with 18 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in their win over Dream City (AZ).
Donavan Freeman Donavan Freeman 6'9" | PF St. John's | 2024 State #100 Nation MD | 6’9” PF | St. John’s ’24
Freeman was very intriguing when we first saw him as a freshman, and he has developed very nicely into one of the most versatile big men in the DMV over the past few years. He’s a smooth athlete who gets up and down the floor and is explosive around the rim as a finisher and rebounder, he can hit tough shots in the midrange and mid-post area and the fact is he still has a lot of room to get better. He was their most consistent player averaging 14 points and 5.5 rebounds in their two wins.
Devin Toatley | 6’0” PG | St. John’s ’26
Toatley is one of a number of impressive freshmen we saw this past weekend, and he’s going to be a force to reckon with in the WCAC over the next few years. He has blazing speed with the ball in his hands and has a shifty handle that allows him to create in isolation situations, he showed good athleticism as a finisher, he made shots consistently and he brought it on the defensive end as well. He averaged 12 points per game in their two wins coming off the bench.
Ace Valentine Ace Valentine 6'2" | PG Mount St. Joseph | 2023 State MD | 6’3” CG | Mount St. Joseph’s ’23
While Mount St. Joe’s didn’t have the best showing against PVI, Valentine showed continued improvement and was their most solid player on both ends of the floor. He created well off the bounce and got to spots where he scored the ball efficiently from multiple levels, he was fantastic defensively guarding the ball and shooting passing lanes and he showed toughness even with them down big. He finished with 15 points, 4 steals and 3 assists in the loss.
Tyonne Farrell Tyonne Farrell 6'6" | PF Mount St. Joseph | 2024 State MD | 6’6” F | Mount St. Joseph’s ’24
Farrell has been emerging as one of the up and coming players in the Baltimore area, and despite the loss he looks to be showing improvement in the right areas. He’s a high energy and high motor hybrid forward who brings it on both ends of the floor, makes athletic energy plays around the rim and defensively and he’s starting to show improvement in his ability to make shots from deep. He finished with 11 points in their loss.