Theodore Roosevelt guard Johnnie Shuler took his first official visit to La Salle over the weekend, and said Sunday night that he is “leaning” toward committing to the Philadelphia school.
The 5-foot-11 guard is still considering offers from Seton Hall, F airfield, Saint Louis and Quinnipiac, he said, but has no concrete plans to make visits before the start of the season in December. Shuler added that La Salle has been one of his favorite schools since his recruitment ramped up last spring, and that weighed heavily on his mind all weekend.
“[La Salle] has nice buildings on campus. Nice dorms, nice gym. Everything was just nice,” Shuler said. “I’m going to choose my school when the season starts.”
A second-team All-Met last winter, Shuler was among the best point guards in the area as a junior, averaging 9.8 points per game and helping Roosevelt go 26-4. The Rough Riders rose as high as second in the Post’s rankings in January, and Shuler enjoyed breakout performances against West Charlotte and rival Coolidge. He had formed an identity in those contests, especially after transferring from DeMatha in Jan. 2012, which forced him to sit out half a season.
His offseason has been devoted to adding strength and honing his pullup jumper — which is essential to thrive at the next level, Shuler said. At La Salle this weekend, Shuler got an authentic look at the college game. He watched two practices and a scrimmage, and toured the facilities. The Explorers, who play in the Atlantic 10, finished last season 24-10 and made a run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament under Coach John Giannini.
“The team they had there, they were cool, and funny too,” Shuler said. “He’s a good coach. He lets you go. As long as you play defense for him, he’ll let you.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 546
The number of yards Wootton quarterback Sam Ellis threw for in a win over Rockville on Friday. Ellis finished 22 of 36 with six touchdowns. If confirmed, it would be the Maryland public high school single-game record.
– Here is an unflinching look at the competitive gap that is growing in D.C. public high school girls’ soccer, which is posing challenges for teams on both sides.
– In a Sunday afternoon thriller, National Cathedral girls’ soccer used strong goalkeeping to beat Flint Hill and claim the ISL AA crown.
– In case you missed it, the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League selected former All-Met guard Aquille Carr with the 43rd overall pick Friday.
– A halftime adjustment and an opportunistic Olivia Gilliam helped St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes win the ISL field hockey title with a 3-0 victory over Holton-Arms.
– Sophomore Ryan Yang came through for Sidwell Friends soccer on Sunday, scoring two goals to help the Quakers beat Flint Hill 3-1 in the MAC championship game.
–Here is a complete list of the top passers, rushers and receivers from Friday night’s football around the area.
PHOTOS FROM THE WEEKEND
VIDEOS FROM THE WEEKEND
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WHAT TO WATCH
Field Hockey: Maryland 4A semifinals at Broadneck, 5 and 7 p.m.
Severna Park (12-3-1), winners of five straight, will meet powerhouse Sherwood (16-1) in the early game. coming off a 1-0 overtime win against Bethesda Chevy-Chase in the region quarterfinals, Wootton (15-0) will meet Dulaney in the late contest. Wootton has given up just four goals all season long.