Deon Savage describes himself as a runner and a jumper, and that motor has made him a standout player on the hardwood. But
Theodore Roosevelt‘s 6-foot-6 senior center knows he’ll need more than his size and explosiveness — and will have to expand his game outside the paint — to succeed at the next level.
“That just comes from time in the gym. It really comes down to how bad I want it,” Savage said.
Savage and Roosevelt forward Donald Brewer, an All-Met honorable mention, are mulling decisions to play college basketball for Division II and junior college programs. After excelling in the frontcourt against high school competition, they are preparing to slide a position down and face bigger and stronger players.
Savage played in the middle while the 6-4 Brewer played power forward and small forward to help keep the Rough Riders near the top of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association with a combined 52-17 record the past two seasons.
Savage transferred from Riverdale Baptist to Roosevelt for his junior season, establishing himself as a rim protector at the Northwest Washington school. He averaged 2.4 blocks this past season, including six games in which he swatted away five or more shots. Lately, he’s been focused on improving his versatility by working on his ballhandling and shooting.
“I think my basketball knowledge of the game has increased over the last few years. Playing with those guys, I learned a lot. I had some down games and some good games,” said Savage, who has partial offers from Richard Bland and Virginia Union and is considering several other programs. “But I think it’s increased my basketball knowledge of the game at the end of the day. I know what I have to do at the next level to be a better player.”
Brewer joined Roosevelt’s varsity team as a sophomore, and at first struggled to keep up with the team’s fast pace and defensive intensity. By his junior season he began establishing himself as a two-way player and had a breakout performance in a DCIAA semifinal victory over Eastern when he put up 32 points and kept JaMarko Pickett, an Ole Miss signee, to 21 points.
“It was a good experience. I was a young kid on the team playing varsity but it was a real great experience. I had to adapt real fast,” Brewer said.
Brewer converted 30 three-pointers as a junior and 21 this past season and provided an inside-outside presence on both ends of the court. He is considering Chesapeake along with several other schools and is expecting to play small forward and even some shooting guard at the next level.
“I’ve spent lots of hours in the shooting machine so I’ll be able to play in that situation,” Brewer said.