Bullis G Aaron Briggs lands Navy offer

December 5, 2013

After three varsity seasons at Bullis sharpshooting senior guard Aaron Briggs hadn’t received the Division 1 offer he so coveted.

The 6-foot guard didn’t fret though. He played his final season of AAU with Loudoun Triple Threat and spent hours in the gym with D.C. area training guru Hanif Hill and North Florida’s all-time leading scorer Koran Godwin, another trainer.

While playing with Loudoun Triple Threat on the summer circuit, the U.S. Naval Academy began keeping a watchful eye on Briggs. Navy and Briggs continued to converse after the summer, and in late October the Midshipmen made their offer. Briggs said he is leaning towards Navy but doesn’t know when he will decide. North Point, Air Force and Fairleigh Dickinson and Mount St. Mary’s have also expressed interest.

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“He’s a basketball junkie, he just loves the game, and that’s one of the things that excites [Navy] about him.” Bullis 10th year coach Bruce Kelley said. “He’s going to get better and better. He already is a lot better than he was last year.”

After averaging 8.3 points per game as a junior and hitting 45 three-pointers, Briggs is more comfortable putting the ball on the floor and pulling up for mid-range jumpers at the elbow.

Through three games this season he’s averaging 14 points and is 11 of 12 from the free throw line. He’s flourishing in his new role at point guard after spending his entire career at shooting guard.

With the departure of standout guard Anthony Thompson, Briggs knew he would have to take his game to another level with more ball handling responsibilities, so he did the necessary work to make for a smooth transition.

He credits Hill for improving his ball handling and Godwin his shooting. Hill has trained some of the best players to come out of the area including Delonte West, Ty Lawson, Dante Cunningham and Nolan Smith, and Briggs has been training with Hill since he was eight-years-old.

He’s also worked on the intangibles in his new role as floor general alongside guard Russell Sangster. The two have played on varsity for the Bulldogs (3-0) since their freshman seasons.

“I’ve really improved my focus and my mentality entering the game,” Briggs said. “I’ve been more patient letting the game come to me and I’ve really focused on making my teammates better.”

Briggs has been making the hour commute to Bullis’ Potomac campus from Upper Marlboro since entering the school as an eighth-grader. He recently took his visit to the Naval Academy in Annapolis and said it reminded him of Bullis’s gaping campus which would make for an easy transition.

“This is a really great program,” Briggs said reflecting on his time at Bullis. “It’s really a community because everybody is so close together. The basketball program is great, and as a team we fit together nicely.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 10

The number of Friendship Collegiate seniors that are committed or sifting through offers. Roman Stubbs and Rick Maese took a look at the football program, how the addition of transfers has helped them flourish and what is being done to cut down on transfer movement in the District.

BREAKFAST LINKS:

–Clinton Christian boys and Capitol Christian girls attempt to join the area’s basketball elite while building from scratch.

–Virginia High School League’s reclassification has altered the postseason landscape for girls’ and boys’ hoops. See who is where and which postseason rivalries are coming to an abrupt halt.

–Check our home page for the full basketball preview. We have previews of every conference, Top 20 for boys’ and girls’ basketball and our preseason All-Met Watch.

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D.C. high school basketball preview

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR
A loaded No. 6 Capitol Christian girls’ basketball team gets its first area test at WCAC opponent Bishop O’Connell. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. in Arlington.

In boys’ basketball Maryland-commit Dion Wily and third-ranked Potomac begin their season at Forestville at 7 p.m.

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