Third-ranked Paul VI Catholic has plenty of talent, with four players already committed to Division I colleges and junior guard Stanford Robinson starting to blow up nationally. But the Panthers’ best prospect might be only a few weeks into his high school basketball career.

Freshman forward Marcus Derrickson is off to a strong start, including a game-high 16 points and six rebounds in the visiting Panthers’ 71-58 victory over Bishop Ireton on Tuesday night in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game.

Derrickson, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound forward, is averaging 7.5 points for Paul VI (6-0, 1-0). He already has scholarship offers from Miami, Rutgers and North Carolina State.

“He is the best freshman that I have ever coached, as talented as all the kids I’ve ever coached,” Paul VI Coach Glenn Farello said, calling Derrickson the Panthers’ second-best shooter. “He is a tough, hard-nosed kid that can really put the ball in the basket. He’s versatile. And has a work ethic that is second to none.”

Video of Paul VI’s victory over Episcopal: