Over the weekend, we released our 2013-14 All-Met basketball rosters, star-studded lineups of college-bound players with stellar high school resumes and impact-player potential. Then, with its win over Kentucky in Monday night’s NCAA Championship game, UConn brought the 2013-14 college basketball season to an end, and with it closed out the debut seasons of several of last year’s graduating All-Mets. Is an All-Met selection — which rewards players for tremendous high school basketball achievement — a good predictor of immediate college success? Here’s how last year’s first-team All-Met boys fared in their first seasons at the college level. A look back at the girls’ first-teamers is coming tomorrow.
BOYS 2012-13 FIRST TEAM
Player of the Year: Kris Jenkins, Gonzaga
Jenkins played in all 34 games for 29-5 Villanova this season, averaging 11.7 minutes per contest to go with 4.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Listed as a forward at 6-6, 250 pounds, Jenkins knocked down 30 three-pointers for the Wildcats, shooting 37 percent from behind the arc.
First Team: Ishmail Wainwright, Montrose Christian
A Kansas City native who played two seasons for Stu Vetter at Montrose Christian, Wainwright played in 32 of 38 games for Baylor this season. The small forward averaged 1.9 points in 9.1 minutes per game.
First Team: Josh Hart, Sidwell Friends
The 6-5 guard played significant minutes for Villanova as a freshman, playing in all 34 games and averaging more than a half’s worth of minutes in each of them. Hart averaged 7.8 points per game to go with 4.4 rebounds, and knocked down 26 threes in his debut season.
First Team: BeeJay Anya, DeMatha
The three-time first-team All-Met pick played in 33 of 36 games for North Carolina State this season, averaging 2.1 points per game in 11.8 minutes of action. The 6-9 forward grabbed 68 rebounds and blocked 46 shots for the Wolfpack.
First Team: Marquis Wright, North Point
The 2013 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year, Wright slid into the starting point guard role for Siena as a freshman. He played in all of the Saints’ 38 games and led his team in minutes, averaging nearly 35 per game. Wright averaged 8.7 points, 5.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game.
Fist Team: Nigel Johnson, Riverdale Baptist
Johnson played in 30 of 33 games for Kansas State this season, averaging 4.1 points in 13.8 minutes per game. He grabbed 44 rebounds and dished 48 assists in his debut season, which ended with a Round of 64 loss to eventual national runner-up Kentucky.
First Team: Aquille Carr, Princeton Day
After turning down a scholarship opportunity in favor of turning pro, Carr was cut from his NBA D-League team — the Delaware 87ers — where he averaged 10.7 points per game in 10 games. He is now training for June’s NBA Draft.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 3
The 2012-13 first team featured three non-seniors: Potomac (Md.)’s Dion Wiley, O’Connell’s Melo Trimble, and Paul VI’s Marcus Derrickson. Wiley won a Maryland 2A state championship with Potomac this season, future Maryland teammate Trimble is the All-Met Player of the Year for 2013-14, and Derrickson led Paul VI to the WCAC, Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association, and Alhambra championships.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
It’s a big night in Virginia spring soccer, as No. 1 Oakton hosts No. 5 Chantilly in the marquee matchup of an evening on which four of the top 10 teams in boys’ and girls’ soccer take the field.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
In a significant girls’ soccer matchup, No. 2 Battlefield held off No.1 Chantilly to stay undefeated. Here’s what it looked like:
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Last year’s final boys’ lacrosse No. 1 Gonzaga’s taken its lumps early on this season, but the Eagles showed no lack of confidence as they cruised over Bullis yesterday. Check out the highlights here: