Tuesday, August 25, 2015

This Is Not A Test, We Repeat This is Not a Test: The Price is now with Moore

Breaking news in the DMV and more specifically in the WCAC; Marvin Price previously committed to Poly HS has made an 11th hour change and will be attending the storied Dematha program in Hyattsville, Md. with top prospect Justin Moore.  In what very well may be the surprise of the summer the move changes the entire landscape of recruiting for the class of 2019 in the conference and reveals a growing trend that has “DC/PG” players heading north and vice-versa.

The majority of the top rated players in 2020 hail from the northern part of the DMV; specifically many of them coming from the same area as Marvin Price- Baltimore; these players are is being heavily recruited by the powerful WCAC and the BCL and MIAA will have to make a hard push to keep them at home with some of the offerings being put on the table.  Having already lost a stable full of talent in the past 6-moths Baltimore schools will be working overtime to keep these players from heading down the beltway to arguably one of the best conferences in the country. 

Appearing this weekend as teammates in the Coach Francis Classic the DMV got an early look at what the future may hold; as their All-Star squad Team Downtown won in impressive fashion.
As these two young stars complete their formal MS careers and move onto high school what exactly did the Stags get in these two studs?

Justin Moore:  Is a true shooting guard with a terrific offensive feel and knack for scoring but watching very closely his development in recent months you are seeing a lot of improvement with respect to changing speeds, spacing, and passing reads and trajectory DO NOT BE SURPRISED to see Moore being groomed as a future lead guard.  A position where we believe he can ultimately excel at, at a very high level  – and consequently to reach the level we believe he can and wants to; those places don’t have 6’2/6’3 shooting guards. In the recent Coach Francis Classic Moore showed more explosion and quickness than we have ever seen and he likely wasn’t going full bore given the setting.  Evident by a drive to the rim, single footed, two handed dunk that had a little power behind it Moore is reshaping himself likely due to one of the best strength and conditioning programs in the country over there with the Red, White, & Blue.  Moore also showed against the best in the area that he can get to the rim on the break and on straight line drives in the half court set where he is as crafty a finisher as you will find. Moore has a smooth mid-range pull up jumper and he can also knock down the three.  He is willing defender and has excellent core strength with the added quickness he will excel on that end of the court as well.

Marvin Price: Put Price into this same institution and training environment; with Moore moving up a number is makes sense to groom the Baltimore native as a two-guard; exactly what the Price camp wants for the young man.  Price who always plays the game with an excellent motor that allows him to compete with great energy - He is an above the rim finisher now on the break and in the half-court; he attacks the glass on both ends especially offensively and his unselfish nature, IQ, and team mindset has him playing the game the right way in every setting we see him in.  Price could score 20-points every time he steps onto the floor at the 8th and 9th grade level now; but he is dedicated to making the right pass and the right play and between the two programs and coaches he has played for in the past year he has proved that he can play within structure.  We liken Price to recent Virginia Tech recruit Chris Clarke, who stands 6’5 – as Price can play the two, the small forward, as well as a undersized power forward due to this strength, rebounding ability, and athleticism in a four guard lineup.

If the performance in the Coach Francis Classic is any indicator of future performance things are looking very bright for Mike Jones and company and with both anticipated to be on the varsity immediately we may see it sooner than later; as the current Stag roster will be blowing out its fair share of teams to allow the young fellas some excellent experience immediately.

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