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DMV’s two NIKE programs Team Melo
and Team Takeover have each secured one of the area’s premier big men in the
class of 2021; a pair of 6’9s in Victory
Naboya (TTO) and Adam Walden (MELO).
Let’s meet the DMVs new twin towers!
Victory Naboya arrived on scene and made
an immediate impression; his end to end speed and tremendous athletic ability
alone put him in a class by himself – his package is truly a rarity for a
player at this stage. He's a bit stuck between the four and five spots standing
between 6'8 and 6-9 with long arms.A
raw specimen offensively he isn’t yet working with a high level of skill yet he
is amazingly efficient and highly productive.
Noboya is already playing well above the
rim with ease, shows excellent timing resulting in him being an exceptional
shot blocker and alters many other shots he doesn’t actually get to.What you will see very soon is a player who
will be looking to tear down the rim every time he touches the ball inside. We liken Noboya to a young J.J. Hickson because
of his ability to control both backboards, finish in transition, and provide
energy plays that get his team going.
Victory has the frame of a college
freshman already and when combined with his athleticism and motor it makes him
one of the most intriguing prospects that we have seen in the DMV in a
longtime; from an evaluation standpoint it is extremely easy to state that once
his feel for the game and skill-level improves, he has a realistic chance to
establish himself as one of the best big men not only in the DMV but in the
country – his is the definition of a high floor high ceiling player.
Adam Walden long-term potential is
obvious. With his tremendous size, frame, length and mobility, his elite
physical tools put him in the same class as Noboya but for a different reason
power – think Derrick Favors in this instance.
Physically gifted, Walden’s
combination of size, power, mobility, athleticism and explosiveness is unparalleled
at the middle school level.He too is a
work in progress offensively but it’s clear to see already that with his
particular set of physical tools he will consistently be able to finish with
authority whether the rim and paint is protected or left open.
Due to his upward
explosiveness and size, guards just need to lob the ball around the cylinder
and he can go up and get it without a running start. Adam has a soft overall
feel for the rim from about 8 feet out in all directions.He is also very good at finishing non-dunks
around the bucket. A dominant rebounder and Adam is extremely active and
effective on glass combine that with an exceptional ability to run the floor for
his size he is a player that knows who and what he is and he embraces it; at 6’8/6’9 Walden is also a timely and active shot blocker who patrols the paint with secret
service like protection; he contest shots, rebounds in and out of his area and
can single handily control the game in those two areas. When his offense catches up with his defense
and rebounding it could be a scary proposition as this is one of the younger
2021 who looks like he easily could reach the 7’0 plateau.
the high school side Walden is rumored to have cut his list to two schools Mt.
St. Joe’s and Calvert Hall with the Cardinals looking to hold the early edge.
Ngongba Jr. (2024) has the size, skill and pedigree and that combination places his immediately
into the national conversation as so many DMV players before him.Patrick’s dad stands 6’8 and starred at
George Washington University with another local star Shawnta Rogers (Baltimore)
and then played briefly overseas.His
mother, well she is “only” 6’4; any questions so far?
Curtis we strongly believe will max out in the 6’6/6’7 range; his development
is aided heavily by Curtis knowing what he is and isn’t on the floor.We evaluate Jalen with the ceiling not the
floor in mind, looking at his long range development begins with charting his trajectory
over several years – given that it can easily be stated that by the time his
Michael Sumner is a young man who thrives on competition as
he brings it every time he steps onto the court. Sumner has added some serious explosion
to his game and capable of scoring almost at anytime from anywhere on the floor
and he has the confidence to back it up. He is finishing with authority at the
rim off the deck and off the alley.
Anthony “Ace” Valentine is perhaps one the best natural athletes
in the class 2023; an AAU National Champion and record holder in track - He is
definitely one of the most athletic point guard in the class. He is in the
conversation as the fastest guard in America from end line to end line with the
Like a box of baking soda Earl Timberlake's game has many uses - at times Earl Timberlake can look like a man among boys;
when he is forcing the action with the ball in his hands in space or
pick-in-roll situations he virtually unstoppable on every possession. He is easily
one of the most versatile players in the 2020 class – some may have a more
polished offensive game; but not many affect the game the way Timberlake does.
We had our first opportunity to intently study the game of 6’5
Julius Ellerbe and its clear the talent is off the charts; he is a natural
small forward because his skill level and ability to stroke the outside shot
with a quick release. He has size and strength and when locked in killer
This long and lean forward has the ability to stuff the stat
sheet all day long. He can rebound and go coast to coast or lead the break
where he makes good decisions at time but at others he takes chances and seems
to be driven by the highlight play verses the easy play but my goodness, when
he is want to he can passes like a seasoned next level guard.
We watched him sprint the wing or middle in transition where
he can finish above the rim or shoot the three. He is a true triple threat
player (pass, dribble and shoot). From the wing he can drive both ways and does
a great job of moving the defense with a ball fake before he starts a drive. We
like the lift on and smoothness of his pull up jumper - he elevates over
defenders displaying his high release and excellent follow through. He shoots
the three off the catch without hesitation with great shot preparation.
At times we saw some very unselfish play but also a tendency
to force the issues unnecessarily he can easily deliver passes on the money
with either hand from the perimeter or from the post as he is willing to play
back to the basket basketball and often draws a second defender. When Ellerbe
was in the post he likes to fake middle and quick spin on the right block or
shoot a hook to the middle. On the left block he loves the turn shot to the
middle over his left shoulder.
Defensively he uses his length and timing to block and alter
shots. He is a fun and exciting player to watch. The sky is the limit for this
kid all he has to do is work in the most important part of his game at this
point and that the game between the ears; mastery of that aspect puts him in
rare air and his Top 20 All-Star selection in the Basketball Spotlight Future
Phenom Camp is testament of his immense talent.We will be monitoring this player very closely.
Virginia’s Quinn Clark possesses great length and matching
athletic ability and he has been quietly been taking the DMV by storm in recent
month. Selected as a 2022 Middle School All-American Clark is a terrific shot
blocker on or away from the ball; as well Clark has tremendous timing and can
also cover ground quickly to block a shot when the offensive player clearly has
Clark also works the offensive glass. He consistently scores with
tips INS over or around opponents. All weekend long Clark was very quick to the
ball, notching a solid stat-line of 7-points, 9-rebounds, 2-assist, 2-blocks,
and 2-steal on 3-6 shooting from the field.
He runs the floor extremely well and finishes at the rim on
the break and has strong moves when he receives drop off passes in the half
court set. Quinn also scores in and around the lane area when he receives the
ball from cutting and slashing in between defenders.He knows how to find his spots and he
Clark made it a compete weekend by making the 2022 Top 20
game at the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp and has positioned himself
with the respect of scouts and as well as his peers as one of the top players
in the country in 2022.His best days
are ahead of him as he begins to and maintain a healthy diet of elite level
play – with this there is no limit to how far he can go!
Hunter Dickinson is a true center with great size and
tremendous upside. He has drastically improved at running the floor and his mobility
is tremendous for a 7-footer. He has
excellent hands and finishes drop off passes and clear paths above the rim now.
He has become an
explosive and powerful finisher with both hands around the basket and his good
hands allow him to catch tough passes and turn them into baskets; his board and
full court dribble that finished with the dunk was a highlight of the weekend
and featured in Finest Magazine.
We also noticed Dickerson has developed a good left shoulder
hook with a high release and is gradually developing his right shoulder as
well. He is an excellent area rebounder especially on the offensive end and is
also a above average on ball shot blocker.
Physically he is becoming more and more immovable in the
paint as his frame continues to fill out. Hunter is also a big man who takes to coaching and
has shown great improvement over the course of his young career as a result DMV
Preps is proud to name Hunter Dickerson (Team Uptown) Co-MVP of the 2016 Coach Francis
Classic where he dropped 18-points, to go along with 10-boards, 2-assist, 1-block on 9-14 shooting even knocking down a few from distance!
What can be said about Terrance Williams that hasn’t been said;
Williams is quickly developing a chiseled frame and physique through hard work and
has a great combination of power and finesse again through hard work you are
seeing vastly improve agility, quickness, and fast-twitch action.
He proved he can step out and nail the 3-point shot or go
inside and impose his will. He's explosive around the rim dunking over 6’9
centers in game action proves that and he uses his thick frame and some unique
hang times on drives to convert in traffic. He is a terrific rebounder in
traffic due to his instincts and power and the front court is still wear he
bread is buttered but you see as a rising freshman what is in store for the
Always remember we are talking about a top national prospect
in the frontcourt; the wing development will be an added versatility piece that
will make him one of the most versatile in the DMV.His work ethic no doubt lead us to believe that
ultimately the high level inside/outside combination he will become will have
many college coaches intrigued and calling for years to come – special kid and
special player any program would be lucky to have.
DMV Preps is proud to name Terrance Williams (Team Uptown) Co-MVP of the
2016 Coach Francis Classic coming in with 18-points, 10-rebounds, on 6-10
Myles Stute is a high energy wing guard the can score in a
variety of ways. He can get to the rim in transition and finishes with authority
or he can stop and knock down a pull up jumper. His three point shot is lethal
and he range to 25-feet + and knocks it down with consistency; defenders must
respect him at all times.
From the wing Stute probes the defense looking for an
opening to attack to score or draw and kick to an open teammate; he show great
vision, has a unselfish nature, and is committed to making the high IQ right
basketball play. Stute attacks the top foot of defenders and possesses a great
first step; his quick catch and go move is extremely effective made more potent
by his shooting ability.
At 6’5 Myles is capable of defending multiple positions and
could develop into a lock down defender in the future because of his size and
physicality.His natural ability to
score and fluid nature in which he does it speaks to tremendously high ceiling;
Stute is just beginning to combine elite level athleticism with an already mature
and diverse skill set – we honestly assert that Stute will be and remain in the
conversation as one of the top prospects in the DMV for years to come and
conversely given the strength of the class of the market; look for him to also
impact the national ranking boards.For
those that didn’t know he’s one of the areas bests kept secrets – but not any
longer Stute is here to stay.
Myles Stute was selected as the DMV Preps MVP of the Coach Francis Classic after posting 23-points, 7-rebounds, 2-assist, on 9-14 shooting, and 5-10 from behind the stripe for Tea Downtown; join us tomorrow when we name the Team Uptowns MVP from the Coach Francis Classic.