Parkdale guard Kareema Conteh didn’t expect to see her mother in the stands for her game against No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt last Tuesday — she expected her to be at work — so the senior wondered if something might be up.
Parkdale likely wasn’t going to beat Roosevelt — after all, no one has yet — and Conteh had already hit the 1,000-point milestone the week before. Tuesday’s game wasn’t exactly a headliner. But it quickly became one for Conteh and her family.
Coach Lawrence Watson called Conteh’s mother and told her she may want to be in attendance — not just to see her daughter drop 26 against the stingy Raiders’ defense, but because he had a feeling an offer was coming afterwards. Watson called Conteh and her mother over after the game, and George Washington offered Prince George’s County’s leading scorer.
“I wasn’t really expecting it,” said Conteh, who averages 23.6 points per game. “I didn’t know the [GW] coach was going to be at the game — I didn’t think anybody was going to be at the game.”
Despite a high GPA and strong commitment to academics, Conteh didn’t have any offers by the time she took the court that evening. Now, she’s got offers from Goucher and Marymount, as well as the Colonials.
“I was excited, it was a big thing,” Conteh said. “My mom was excited, she knows I’ve been working hard. My mom and dad have sacrificed a lot for me, over the summertime, making sure I got to the gym.”
Conteh’s path to Division I offers winds through lots of local gyms, but breaks from those of many of her high school opponents in that she’s never played AAU basketball and only began playing basketball in seventh grade. She says she’s been able to channel the time she might put into AAU ball into academics and individual skill work, which she believes has been the key to her rapid development into a Division I prospect.
“My first thought when I got the offer was: ‘this is close to home,'” Conteh said. “I wanted to be close to home so I can get that home-cooked meal whenever I want it. But I also know they have a good medical program at George Washington, so that was another big thing.” Conteh says she hopes to study chemistry or biology in college, and will weigh academic options as well as basketball opportunities when making her decision.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 43
Points scored by National Cathedral guard Marta Sniziek in Tuesday’s game against ISL-AA rival Georgetown Visitation. The Cubs managed to hold the rest of NCS to just 12 points in a 62-55 victory that wrapped up the regular season league title.
— Friendship Collegiate football coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim is headed to Alabama to join Nick Saban’s staff.
— In a major public school/private school girls basketball showdown, No. 2 Riverdale Baptist outgunned No. 5 Damascus last night.
— Severna Park’s Ryan Forsyth set a state record in the 3,200 meters in the MPSSAA indoor title meet.
— One of Virginia’s top public school football teams will take on one of the WCAC’s best in a non-conference showdown next fall
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VIDEO OF THE DAY:
No. 7 DeMatha knocked off No. 5 Paul VI Monday. Here are some highlights:
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Boys’ basketball: No. 1 St. John’s vs. No. 7 DeMatha, 7:30 p.m.
Two of the top teams in the WCAC square off tonight. St. John’s has largely avoided the bloodbath experienced by the league’s top four teams beating up on each other, but will have its work cut out for it with DeMatha, which is rallying and hoping to avenge a blowout loss to the Cadets earlier this season.