Eleanor Roosevelt's Malachi Alexander drives past DuVal's Daniel Ijeh during a game in January. (Toni L. Sandys/THE WASHINGTON POST)

“He’s an unbelievable student so he liked the academic fit at that school,” O’Connell said. “He liked the coaching staff. He’s going to fit in great there.”

Alexander, a 6-foot-6 wing, averaged 8.07 points per game last season for Eleanor Roosevelt, which went 22-5 and advanced to the Maryland 4A championship. The junior led the Raiders with 11 points and 12 rebounds in the 39-36 title game loss to Magruder.

During his senior season, Alexander will take on a bigger role in the offense, O’Connell said. Seniors Chaun Miller (13.11 ppg.) and Akil Charles (8.81), two of the team’s top three scorers last season, graduated.

“He’ll be clearly the best player on the team and one of the best players in the county,” O’Connell said. “He’s going to probably shoulder a little bit more of the load than he has the last couple of years.”

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