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County’s summer basketball competition heats up

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Published on: Thursday, June 13, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Three years ago, Brandon Hedley, a Montgomery County product, led Springbrook to a 71-57 victory over DeMatha in a summer league basketball game at High Point. Hedley finished with a game-high 33 points including nine three-pointers against the Hyattsville powerhouse.

Who says summer league basketball games don’t mean anything?

Oftentimes, summer league basketball games provide student-athletes an opportunity to bond with one another before the winter season gets underway. Players can also identify their weaknesses and work towards developing a way to shore up their deficiencies.

Montgomery County basketball teams are participating in various summer leagues this year including The Rock Summer League at High Point and the BSN Hoops Summer League at DeMatha.

Sherwood, Paint Branch, Churchill, B-CC, Blake, Springbrook and Georgetown Prep all boast teams in the highly competitive Rock Summer League that annually features top area talent.

Paint Branch 5-foot-10 guard Donovan Walker has shown flashes of brilliance in games at High Point this summer.

“He’s a freak athlete who is super explosive at the rim,” said one recruiting analyst about the rising junior point guard. “He was unafraid of going up and trying to dunk on bigger players.”

Bullis, Springbrook and Takoma Academy are among the county teams participating in the summer league games at DeMatha.

Meanwhile, Wootton High School plays host to the MCDR Summer League that features various county teams including The Heights, St. Andrew’s, Landon, Einstein, Magruder, Gaithersburg, Quince Orchard, Whitman and others.

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