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DeMatha hosts hoops event this weekend


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Published on: Friday, December 07, 2012

By Brandy L. Simms

Prince George’s County teams and players will be well represented during the sixth annual National High School Hoops Festival at Hyattsville’s DeMatha Catholic High School this weekend.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Bishop McNamara, Potomac, Riverdale Baptist, National Christian, Princeton Day Academy and host DeMatha are among the county schools scheduled to participate in the two-day event.

The festival will also feature several nationally ranked programs from other areas including Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and West Charlotte (N.C.). The event is also serving as a showcase for various college-bound student-athletes including Huntington Prep’s Andrew Wiggins, the nation’s top-ranked high school player.

“Wiggins is the best kid in the country hands down,” said James Lee, director of operations and head coach for the Mid-Atlantic Select AAU program. “He probably could help an NBA team right now. (He’s a) very versatile, high level athlete. (He’s a) game changer.”

Princeton Day’s 5-foot-7 point guard Aquille Carr is also among the featured players in the weekend showcase. Carr, a Seton Hall commit, led Baltimore’s Patterson High to the Maryland 3A state championship last season.

The event will also feature nationally ranked programs such as Oak Hill Academy and Paul VI of Fairfax, Va. The Panthers are the reigning Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and City Title champions. Paul VI boasts highly-regarded sophomore and county native Marcus Derrickson.

Oak Hill point guard Nate Britt is also among the players with county ties competing in the event. The former Gonzaga (D.C.) standout and Upper Marlboro native has signed a national letter of intent to play at North Carolina next season.

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