For the third straight year, a D.C.-area product has made his way to college basketball’s biggest stage: Eleanor Roosevelt alumnus Lasan Kromah will be on the floor in North Texas when his Connecticut Huskies take on the top-seeded Florida Gators Saturday at 6:09 p.m.
Kromah’s winding path to the 2014 Final Four began at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, where he earned fourth-team All-Met honors for a senior season in which he averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds per game. The Raiders fell to Wise in the South region final that season.
From there, the Greenbelt native headed a few miles south to George Washington University, where he was an Atlantic 10 all-Rookie team selection and led his team in three-pointers (48) and steals (62). He started all 31 of the Colonels’ games that season, averaging nearly 12 points and more than three rebounds per game. But in a preseason scrimmage before his sophomore year, Kromah suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot — an injury that forced him to miss the entire 2010-11 season, but also opened up the year of eligibility he would eventually use to transfer to UConn before the 2013-14 season.
After two more strong seasons at George Washington, Kromah graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and transferred to the University of Connecticut to pursue a Master’s degree in Education Psychology: Cognitive, Instruction and Learning Technologies. NCAA rules provide immediate eligibility for fifth-year transfer students pursuing a graduate degree who have a season of eligibility remaining, so Kromah joined Kevin Ollie’s squad and slid into a major role as the team’s fifth-leading minute-getter. Kromah’s played in all of the Huskies’ 38 games so far, averaging more than six points and a steal per game. He’s provided a veteran presence among the role players surrounding superstar Shabazz Napier, chipping in five steals and hitting all six of his free throws through four tournament games so far.
Kromah is the third player from the D.C. area in the past three years to make his way to the Final Four. DeMatha product Jerami Grant played in the 2013 Final Four with Syracuse, while Kansas’s Thomas Robinson, who played at Riverdale Baptist before heading to prep school out of the area, went to the 2012 Final Four.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 5
The last Final Four team to have more than one D.C.-area product was the 2008-09 Villanova Wildcats, who featured five players who played at D.C.-area high schools: Dwayne Anderson (St. John’s), Jason Colenda (O’Connell), Dante Cunningham (Potomac, St. John’s), Maurice Sutton (Largo), Scottie Reynolds (Herndon)
– Osbourn Park’s Jeffrey Neufang’s big night led the Yellow Jackets over Centreville last night
– It took awhile for Langley softball to get going in its matchup with Fairfax, but the Saxons found enough late to earn a 13-6 win
– The W.T. Woodson girls’ soccer team is off to a hot start so far this season
– O’Connell’s Melo Trimble, Bullis’s Lynee Belton played in the McDonald’s All-American game this week
– The weather finally cleared up for two days straight, but the soggy spring has teams scrambling to settle in to their seasons
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
– In girls’ soccer, No. 1 Chantilly takes on No. 9 Forest Park tonight at 7 p.m.
– In girls’ lacrosse, No. 10 South River takes on No. 6 Severna Park, 5 p.m.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY:
Here’s the photo gallery from the Osbourn Park/Centreville baseball game which turned into the Jeffrey Neufang show: