Holland Takes Best Shot
During the final month of the high school boys basketball season last winter, Delonte Holland was one of best players in Prince George's County, averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game for Eleanor Roosevelt. This summer, Holland has been one of the top players in the Washington area, with three 30-point games and two triple-doubles for Eleanor Roosevelt, which is playing in the Reebok and Kenner leagues at High Point and Georgetown, respectively. Roosevelt was 5-1 in the Reebok League and 6-1 in the Kenner entering this week.
"Delonte has been playing real well," Roosevelt Coach Glenn Farello said. "He's got that outside stroke going."
But when it came time for the nation's top scholastic players to receive invitations to the prestigious summer camps operated by shoe companies Nike and adidas, Holland got snubbed. Instead, the 6-foot-6 senior is off to the Eastern Invitational camp in Trenton, N.J., with seven of his Roosevelt teammates.
Despite the fact that Holland hasn't received much notice from camps, Farello believes he will receive plenty from college recruiters. Holland was academically ineligible until the final month of last season.
"He hasn't been out a lot, so the talk on him is not big," Farello said. "But when [former Roosevelt standout Alpha Bangura] was transferring [from Monmouth to St. John's last month] and I talked to coaches, everyone knew about Delonte. Now, not everyone had seen him play . . . since he was a sophomore. He's going to find a home. It's just a matter of him getting seen. By the end of July there will be a lot more people knocking on the door."
High Point Struggles
The High Point boys basketball team has had a difficult go of it this summer, entering the week just 2-5 in the Reebok League. Not that Coach Ernie Welch is surprised or disappointed; with two starters injured, the Eagles have lost three consecutive games.
Welch said forward Jaczur Shuler and swingman David Jackson, both juniors, have not been playing because of sprained ankles. In their absence, shooting guard Tivon Cash, a senior, has had to shoulder even more of the load than normal. Cash was High Point's second-leading scorer last season at 14.5 points per game.
"Tivon has been doing well," Welch said, "but you can't beat Carroll and Gonzaga and schools like that with two starters missing."
Lady Cougars on the Move
The Beltway Lady Cougars under-15 girls basketball team leaves Saturday for Memphis to compete in the National Invitation Championship.
"We lost in the finals last year," said Coach Lester Butler, who also coaches the Bladensburg girls team. "We're hoping we can go back this year and win it."
Butler said the team's top players include center Raven Mallard and guard-forward Alexis Britt of Riverdale Baptist, forward Candace Howard and guard Kim Holston of Bladensburg, guard Tesha Ford of Oxon Hill and guard Martina Wheeler of Fairmont Heights.
Perhaps most interesting has been the play of Howard, a sophomore who did not play for Bladensburg this past school year because she was academically ineligible.
"She is 5-11 and she can play all five positions," said Butler, who will need a new standout to replace Kiarsha Curtis, who will play for Northeastern University in the fall. "We're working now and trying to make sure we can get mentally and physically prepared to go to school and sit in classes and do everything everyone else does."