Featured as the lead guard for Team Takeover this past summer, Tre Campbell guided the AAU squad to a near perfect regular season in the Elite Youth Basketball League.
The Georgetown recruit led the team in assists (63) with a 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio while facing some of the nation’s best guards in the class of 2014. But in late May, Campbell suffered a torn MCL in his left knee at EYBL Session No. 4 in Minneapolis, throwing a wrench in his summer circuit tour.
The injury forced him out two months, but the 2012 second-team All-Met guard said the knee is 100 percent and he’s looking forward to a 2014 season in which St. John’s has lofty expectations.
“We’ve been working out hard during the summer and in the fall,” Campbell said. “I think we’re ready, we have a lot of key guys back. I think we can win [the WCAC].”
A WCAC title has eluded the Cadets since 2000, but in Coach Sean McAloon’s first season at the helm, the team reached the tournament final.
The Cadets have four seniors returning who averaged double digit points, all of whom have committed to play Division I basketball: James Palmer (Miami), Darian Anderson (Farleigh Dickinson), Darian Bryant (George Washington) and Campbell.
“I think it’s a testament to my staff and my kids,” McAloon said. “Having four guys come back that play so selflessly is unheard of a lot this day and age. Take this area, a lot of people are all about numbers, and these guys are about wins.
“We made it really hard for people to guard us. That starts with the kids — they had to buy in.”
The lightning quick Campbell flourished in McAloon’s uptempo system last season and has improved his decision making in pick-and-roll situations.
“He’s just so much better off screen and rolls and reading screens,” McAloon said. “He’s always been able to shoot it, and he’s great in the open floor.”
“His half-court game has picked up, he knows how to get people shots and create his own shots without forcing it. Everything has really improved.”
In heading to Georgetown, Campbell will be the only local recruit in a star-studded four player class that is currently ranked fifth among 2014 classes by ESPN. Paul VI standout junior Marcus Derrickson recently orally committed to join the Hoyas in 2015.
“A lot of people said they are going to come out and support me,” Campbell said. “Of course being from D.C., that’s going to put a lot of pressure on me, especially going to Georgetown.”
Campbell is likely to fill the void left by senior guard and 2009-10 All-Met Markel Starks when he arrives on campus. The two converse at least once a week as Starks offers the young guard advice about playing major minutes as a freshman.
“[Markel] said he wants to pass the torch down to me,” Campbell said. “He told me it’s going to be a lot on my shoulders coming in as a freshman and playing a lot because he’s going to be gone. He told me to just keep working.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 1,475
Season rushing yardage total for Langley junior running back Tyler West, which ranks first among underclassmen in the area. West is fourth among all running backs in the area, leading a Saxons team that currently holds the fourth seed in the 6A North playoff race entering Friday’s game at Madison.
-Altholton’s Bryana Nguyen captured her second consecutive Maryland golf state title with state record score.
-Wootton field hockey remained undefeated after winning the 4A South region title to flip the script from a year ago. Sherwood defeated Quince Orchard in the 4A West title game. Wootton faces Dulaney on Monday in state semifinals and Sherwood will play Severna Park. Wootton field hockey standout Alex Yokley is also a skimboarding champion.
-West Springfield’s Caroline Alcorta etched her name in the Burke Lake Park cross-county record books by winning the Virginia 6A Conference 7 title.
-Here’s your guide to the Maryland state volleyball playoffs which kick off tonight.
-Here’s the Virginia Week 8 football playoff point standings.
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WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY:
Boys’ Soccer: No. 4 St. Stephens/St. Agnes hosts No. 8 Georgetown Prep in the IAC Championship at 4 p.m.
Football: H.D. Woodson hosts Ballou at 5 p.m., where the Warriors will look to maintain their unbeaten mark in DCIAA Stars division play.