Before committing to Memphis on Monday, Potomac (Md.) guard Randall Broddie was the most high-profile, highly coveted recruit left in D.C.-area public school basketball — perhaps in public and private school, alike. He was also considering Cincinnati, Penn State, Rutgers, Villanova, DePaul and others, but eventually the 6-foot-3 Broddie chose the Tigers after an unofficial visit to the school this weekend.
“Honestly, when I was on the plane home, it kind of hit me,” Broddie said. “I realized this was a school I was really leaning toward. I loved the school, but it was mostly the connections that I had with the coaches.”
Broddie said that rapport with Tigers Coach Josh Pastner stuck out because they’re “great guys” and were straightforward with him about what he’d need to do to earn his spot on the team. The Tigers were 24-10 in the 2013-14 season, and 12-6 in the newly minted American Athletic Conference before losing to Virginia in the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.
Broddie reclassified to the class of 2016 after spending his freshman year at St. John’s. He entered Potomac as a freshman with three years of public school eligibility remaining under MPSSAA rules, planning to head to prep school for a year after this upcoming season. Broddie says that, as of now, he has no plans to reclassify again, and is still considering himself a member of the class of 2016.
That means Memphis will have to wait two years for one of the D.C.-area’s most rapidly improved and explosive playmakers, who helped lead Potomac to the 2A state championship with 20 points per game last year as part of one of the area’s most talented backcourts with now-Maryland freshman Dion Wiley.
Broddie says he’s added about 20 pounds of muscle since that championship run, muscle he says he learned to carry through a successful AAU season in which it helped him absorb contact and take less punishment when driving through the paint. Given his propensity to do that, Broddie will likely benefit from that muscle as he joins transfer guard Kaine Wilson in a revamped but very dangerous Wolverines backcourt this season.
“I’m excited for this season, I’m trying to better myself and trying to make sure the younger guys are ready,” Broddie said. “I know we still have lots of experience on this team in David Rose and Kaine Wilson coming in, so now I’m just trying to focus on this year and getting ready.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 60
Three-pointers for Broddie last season, the second-most in Prince George’s County.
— It’s not quite basketball season yet, so check out AllMetSports’ Top 20 for this week in area high school football. Northwest, No. 1 in the Top 20, is a unanimous choice for the top team in the Coaches’ Poll.
— DuVal football endured a tough start to the season, but after a 47-0 win this week, they may be headed for a fun finish.
— Defending 2A South runner up Gwynn Park had a historically bad start to this season. The Yellow Jackets are rallying.
— Herndon’s season looked destined to be cut short of playoffs again this season. Then the Hornets staged an epic comeback.
— Walter Johnson and Wheaton each had losing streaks of 15 and 14 games respectively. So naturally they both won this weekend.
— No. 4 Westfield ended Robinson’s impressive season-opening run with a 31-14 win Friday night.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY:
One of the best games of the weekend came in WCAC play, where Good Counsel outlasted St. John’s for a one-point win. Here’s what it looked like: