An imposing 6-foot-6 forward, Largo’s John Majors struggled to crack the regular rotation during his junior season. He settled for a reserve role last winter and mostly watched as the senior-heavy Lions charged to the Maryland 2A final.
Majors found few opportunities to make a true impression during a campaign in which he scored just 12 points. Now a senior, he has blossomed into a force in the post, playing alongside 6-foot-7 sophomore Abdulai Bundu. He averages 11.7 points per game, second-best on the team behind Bundu’s 17.2.
Majors “played here and there, spot minutes,” Coach Lew Howard said. “That’s not his fault. We had a dynamic team last year. That group was awesome. . . . He’s maturing, playing hard and following the rules of the program. He’s an exemplary young man, and we’re happy to have him.”
Six players from last year’s Largo team have continued their careers playing at some level in college, including second-team All-Met Derrick Colter at Duquense. (As a true freshman, Colter is actually leading the Dukes in minutes played and is second on the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game.) Majors hopes to join them next year by taking advantage of his first opportunity to play regular varsity minutes.
“I’m just trying to be a leader on the team for the young guys,” said Majors after scoring 11 of his team-high 24 points in the fourth quarter of a comeback victory. “I want to help my team in any way I can.”
The new-look roster, filled with players not used to the varsity pace, took some time to find a rhythm. Now Largo has learned to exploit its usual size advantage inside. (Howard, who has coached his share of top-level players in 13 years at the Prince George’s County school, said he believes Bundu will develop into a Division I prospect by the time he’s finished.)
Less than a month ago, the Lions were 4-6 and in the midst of a four-game losing streak. They have won seven straight games heading into tonight’s home contest against ninth-ranked Potomac (Md.).
“Right now, we’re getting into basketball shape,” Howard said. “The month of January is a true grind, and if you can grind through January, hopefully, it’s going to vault you to great things in February and, god-willing, March.”
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