High school basketball season is over and March Madness has arrived, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop rooting for your favorite Washington-area high school team. There are plenty of former local standouts who are dancing this season, in both the men’s and the women’s brackets. Here’s a breakdown of who to watch this March, followed by a complete list of players.
BY THE NUMBERS
18: Local players in the men’s bracket.
33: Local players in the women’s bracket.
3: Players on a No. 1 seed. They’re all in the women’s bracket. Riverdale Baptist’s Chloe Jackson plays for Baylor, fellow Crusader Zion Campbell is on Mississippi State, and former Paul VI standout Mikayla Vaughn is on Notre Dame.
13: Local players suiting up for a school located in D.C., Maryland or Virginia.
5: Local players on the Towson women’s team and the Bethune-Cookman women’s team. That’s tied for the most for one program among this group of tournament competitors, followed by the Maryland men, with four.
3: Former All-Met Players of the Year that made this year’s tournament. Maryland men’s player Anthony Cowan, Maryland women’s player Kaila Charles and Baylor women’s player Chloe Jackson earned the top prize in high school and will lead their teams into the postseason.
13: Members of the local class of 2018 playing in the tournament. There are five freshmen on the men’s side and eight in the women’s bracket.
2: The most men’s tournament players produced by one high school. DeMatha, Georgetown Prep, Paul VI, Potomac (Md.) and St. John’s each have two representatives.
7: Women’s tournament players produced by Riverdale Baptist. The Upper Marlboro powerhouse leads this category by a large margin. Paul VI follows with three.
Here’s a complete list of players, broken down by high school:
N.C. Central freshman Nicolas Fennell
N.C. Central sophomore Reggie Gardner Jr.
Nevada senior Corey Henson
Temple junior Alani Moore II
Maryland junior Travis Valmon
Old Dominion sophomore Loren Brill
St. Louis sophomore Joshua Hightower
Iowa sophomore Luka Garza
Syracuse senior Frank Howard
Villanova freshman Brandon Slater
Murray State senior Anthony Smith
St. Louis senior Dion Wiley
Nevada senior Trey Porter
Wisconsin senior Charles Thomas IV
Villanova freshman Saddiq Bey
Maryland junior Anthony Cowan
Maryland sophomore Reese Mona
Maryland freshman Ricky Lindo Jr.
Annapolis Area Christian
Kentucky senior Taylor Murray
Central Florida junior Tolulope Omokore
Syracuse senior Raven Fox
Princeton freshman Lexi Weger
Maine sophomore Maeve Carroll
Towson junior Mariah Gray
Bethune-Cookman senior Ashani Hunt
Bethune-Cookman freshman Tania White
Bethune-Cookman freshman Kiana Williams
Robert Morris freshman Natalie Villaflor
Towson senior Maia Lee
Radford senior Alexis Jackson
Princeton junior Bella Alaria
Stanford senior Marta Sniezek
Miami sophomore Mykea Gray
Bethune-Cookman sophomore Amani Ball
Radford freshman Amele Ngwafang
Notre Dame sophomore Mikayla Vaughn
Tennessee freshman Mimi Collins
Towson sophomore Rayna Barbour
Baylor senior Chloe Jackson
Iowa State junior Nia Washington
Maryland junior Kaila Charles
Maryland freshman Shakira Austin
Miami senior Khaila Prather
Mississippi State junior Zion Campbell
Towson sophomore Jalynn Holmes
Mercer freshman Tia Benvenuti
Michigan junior Kayla Robbins
Princeton senior Sydney Jordan
Robert Morris sophomore Megan Callahan
Towson senior Danielle Durjan
Bethune-Cookman redshirt junior Briana Hardee
Bucknell senior Meagan Mikkelsen