By my count, there are 29 Washington area high school graduates playing in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, including eight in the play-in games Tuesday and Wednesday.
This list should include every NCAA participant who played his senior year at a high school in the Post’s circulation area. If I’m missing anyone, please let me know (email@example.com).
There are some former local guys not on this list because they did not complete their high school careers here. The feeling is if you weren’t eligible for All-Met your senior year because you played outside the area, then you’re not a local grad even though you might have ties locally or played here at some point in your high school career.
So by technicality, that bumps players such as Duke’s Quinn Cook (DeMatha), Bucknell’s Ryan Frazier (Blake), Indiana’s Maurice Creek (Oxon Hill), Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder (Carroll) and Oregon’s Waverly Austin (Progressive Christian).
Twenty-one of the 29 locals are from private schools. The list includes a national player of the year, a conference player of the year, several all-league selections and a few guys that even the most ardent boys’ basketball followers in the area probably forgot about, scattered from Boise State to Pacific to Middle Tennessee to Valparaiso to Saint Louis to Florida Gulf Coast. One didn’t even play high school basketball.
Moses Ayegba, Georgetown, Jr.: The former Progressive Christan center has played in 27 games for the Hoyas.
Colin Beatty, Pacific, Sr.: The guard, a DuVal grad, poured in a career-high 26 points in the Big West quarterfinals.
Bruce Beckford, North Carolina A&T, Fr.: The MEAC all-rookie team forward played at Montrose Christian.
Carmelo Betancourt, Akron, Fr.: Another Montrose Christian product, the guard dealt out a team-high three assists in the MAC final.
R.J. Buck, North Carolina A&T, Sr.: The St. Mary’s Ryken grad made seven starts at guard this season for the MEAC champs.
Kenny Buckner, Boise State, Sr.: He played at Wilson — baseball, not basketball. The reserve center is shooting 62.6 percent from the floor.
Vashil Fernandez, Valparaiso, So.: The former Princeton Day forward has appeared in 26 games.
C.J. Garner, LIU-Brooklyn, Sr.: One of two Springbrook players starting for the Blackbirds, the guard averaged 28 ppg in the NEC tournament.
Treveon Graham, Virginia Commonwealth, So.: The St. Mary’s Ryken All-Met is the Rams’ top scorer and an A-10 second-teamer.
Jerami Grant, Syracuse, Fr.: The ex-DeMatha forward is averaging 4.0 ppg and 2.8 rpg for the Orange.
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, Jr.: Yet another Grant from DeMatha in the tourney, the guard was an all-Big East second-team choice.
Josh Hairston, Duke, Jr.: The All-Met Montrose Christian forward was the first Blue Devil off the bench in about half the games.
Mikael Hopkins, Georgetown, So.: Another DeMatha alum in a field loaded with them, the forward leads the Hoyas with 33 blocks.
O.J. Lewis, LaSalle, Fr.: The walk-on guard from Riverdale Baptist has played in seven games.
John Manning, Saint Louis, So.: A reserve on a fashionable NCAA pick, the center from Chantilly has made 16 of 33 field goal attempts.
Bruce Massey, Middle Tennessee, Sr.: The Seneca Valley grad is the Sun Belt defensive player of the year.
Eric McKnight, Florida Gulf Coast, So.: The Eagles are in the NCAAs for the first time thanks in part to a Princeton Day alum via Iowa State. He’s shooting 61.3 percent.
Victor Oladipo, Indiana, Jr.: The DeMatha All-Met guard is the Sporting News national player of year.
Jamal Olasewere, LIU-Brooklyn, Sr.: The All-Met forward and former high school teammate of Garner’s at Springbrook is the Northeast Conference player of year.
James Robinson, Pittsburgh, Fr.: The DeMatha All-Met guard has handed out 113 assists and committed only 39 turnovers.
Lawrence Smith, North Carolina A&T, Sr.: The McNamara grad has played in 21 games.
Dante Taylor, Pittsburgh, Sr.: The 2008-09 All-Met Player of the Year at National Christian is shooting 55.9 percent from the field in 15.8 minutes per game for the Panthers.
Jeremy Underwood, North Carolina A&T, Jr.: The Coolidge product, a guard, is among the MEAC leaders in free throw percentage at 81.4%.
Mouphtaou Yarou, Villanova, Sr.: The All-Met Montrose Christian forward-center has racked up 1,051 career points; 828 rebounds for the Wildcats.
Talib Zanna, Pittsburgh, Jr.: The All-Met McNamara forward is third on the team in points and second in rebounds.
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