If English teachers ask Hylton center Matt Hewson and Potomac guard Eric Hayes to write "What I did over the summer" reports when they go back to school, what the players hand in will be not so much essays but travelogues.
The 7-foot-2 Hewson, a rising senior who last month unofficially committed to the University of Delaware, has participated in basketball camps or showcases in Louisville, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Georgia and Las Vegas.
Rising junior Hayes, who has three Division I scholarship offers, has played in Brazil, Houston, New Orleans, Georgia and Orlando.
For his part, Hewson was most amazed by the array of talent he encountered at Nike camp in Indianapolis.
"That's the biggest honor of all," he said. "I never expected to be invited to Nike all-American camp. All the college coaches and all the instruction and all the leadership things they taught us. . . . Being invited alone was a [big] deal."
Despite his unofficial commitment to Delaware -- he cannot sign until Nov. 10, the beginning of the early signing period -- Hewson continues to receive recruiting letters, including some from schools with far higher profiles than the Blue Hens. The latest suitor is Florida State, a school he had not heard from until recently.
Hewson settled early on Delaware in part because of the work Coach David Henderson has done in helping to polish 6-foot-10 freshman center Raphael Madera. Delaware made early and consistent contact with the Hewsons.
"I believe I will not reconsider," Hewson said. "I believe that's definitely where I'm going to go.
"All Division I major schools are [coached by] guard coaches. Delaware is a big-man school. What I need is a big-man coach who can develop me to get to the next level. I feel Delaware is a school that can do that."
According to the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal, Hewson will become the tallest player in school history, inching past 7-1 Ndongo Ndiaye (1998-2000) and 7-foot Yannis Xenakis (2001-03).
Hayes has received scholarship offers from Richmond, West Virginia and Miami (Fla.), a list that is expected to grow steadily. His father, Potomac Coach Kendall Hayes, said his son might make some unofficial visits soon, perhaps to Wake Forest and N.C. State, among others.
Those trips will cap a busy summer.
"He's had the opportunity to go up against a great deal of the top talent in the country, [and] he's more than held his own," the elder Hayes said. "He probably has some added confidence."
Brown Leads Potomac Charge
Potomac senior Kharya Brown set meet records in the 100 and 200 dashes at the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational last month in Greensboro, N.C., and she and two Potomac seniors swept the top three finishes in the 200.
Representing the Quiet Storm track club, Brown turned in a time of 11.85 seconds in the 100 semifinals, beating the previous meet mark of 11.97. Brown won the final in 11.86. Potomac teammates Fallon Hutcherson and Candace Robinson finished third and fourth, respectively, with times of 12.05 and 12.10.
In the 200 finals, that trio, in the same order, claimed the top three spots with times of 24.09, 24.53 and 24.54. The previous meet record was 24.25.
Majestics Gain SYL Final
The Under-19 Super Y-League Northern Virginia Majestics have advanced to the SYL North American finals as the top seed from the Mid Atlantic Division. The eight-team SYL event is set for tomorrow through Sunday in Chicago.
The U-19 Majestics (9-1-1), an apprentice team to the minor league team of the same name, will open against the Atlanta Silverbacks.
Two recent area high school graduates -- Seton's Bridgit Cooley (Virginia Commonwealth) and Woodbridge's Jordan Parsels (Virginia Tech) -- are among the U-19 team members who have logged time with the minor league Majestics.
St. Clair Transfers to VCU
Gar-Field graduate Tim St. Clair, who set single-season and career records for home runs and RBI at Chesapeake (Md.) College, has transferred from the junior college to Virginia Commonwealth University.
As a freshman at Chesapeake, St. Clair set school records in RBI (54) and home runs (12) and batted .448. He was named a third-team National Junior College Athletic Association Division II all-American. This past spring, he batted .355 with seven homers and 47 RBI. He also went 7-2 on the mound. His 19 homers and 101 RBI are career records at Chesapeake.
VCU went 34-24 last season.