Last winter, the Potomac (Md.) boys’ basketball team finished the season 3-16, last in the Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A league.
But over the offseason, much happened. Renard Johnson, a former Friendly assistant, was named head coach. Dion Wiley, a 15-year old sophomore guard was ruled eligible after missing his freshman season. And now, Potomac is a No. 2 seed in the Maryland 3A South Region playoffs and Wiley is drawing plenty of attention.
Rival coaches have called Wiley the county’s best sophomore, and among the region’s best. He’s a 6-foot-3 guard, and will likely grow, with long arms and a killer shooting touch. Wiley, who is averaging 18.2 points per game and has hit 50 three-pointers already, has displayed NBA range.
“He’s a match-up nightmare,” Johnson said. “He’s actually a pass-first kind of guy. We haven’t tracked his assists like we should. But if I had to compare him with anybody, it’s Dwyane Wade. He’s a lot more explosive than you know.”
Wiley, whose older brother Da’von is a junior forward at Bishop Ireton, has yet to draw any scholarship offers but has plenty of interest from schools such as Massachusetts, Johnson said. Wiley’s future is definitely bright. Two of the area’s top AAU teams, Team Takeover and D.C. Assault, have also been hotly recruiting Wiley.
“I’ve seen his improvement from Nov. 16 to now,” Johnson said. “And I really believe he is the full package. He just has to hone his skills.”