HYATTSVILLE - The DeMatha Stags are known for their dominance in sports throughout the state of Maryland and all over the world. As for basketball, there are four current NBA players that attended DeMatha, including the first overall pick from the 2017 NBA Draft Markelle Fultz. Despite losing remarkable talent every season, DeMatha continues to be one of the best basketball teams in, not only Maryland, but the entire country. This season, DeMatha’s boys’ basketball varsity team is off to a 7-0 start and look to continue their rule at the top.
For DeMatha, they have been doing this for a while so this is nothing new. No matter the circumstance they are in, they always overcome it and push forward. After losing their star guard in Victor Oladipo, many thought DeMatha would take a big hit and struggle the following season. Despite losing their best player in arguably school history, DeMatha prevailed by going 26-9 overall the following season. This current season is no different.
DeMatha has made a statement early in the season by averaging 82 points per game, defeating opponents by an average of 36 points per game and holding opponents to just under 50 points a game.
They have been led by junior guard Justin Moore, who is averaging 16.2 points per game. Sophomore seven-foot center Hunter Dickinson has been a force to be reckoned with due to his size and presence in the paint, averaging 13 points per game.
“He’s extremely dominant,” DeMatha Head Coach Mike Jones said about Dickinson. “He’s very unselfish passing the ball, and he’s a part of all of the things that we want to do as a team going forward.”
Sophomore guard Earl Timberlake has also been a contributor this season so far with 12 points per game.
“I think he (Timberlake) fits in real well with this team,” Jones said. “I think the guys have embraced him as a member of the family and I think that is important with any new face that comes in.
“Earl’s aggression, confidence, and the versatility that he brings to the team is something that our team sees, and it is something that we are happy to take advantage of.”
DeMatha looks really good early on to start the season, including a staggering 82-point win against The Heights where they put 121 points. They seem like they are going to be the team to beat this year in Maryland once again and possibly across the nation.
With their stifling defense and aggressive offense, who will be the team to bring DeMatha down off the throne they have owned for many years? If so, what team will step and be the new heir to the Maryland throne that has been occupied by DeMatha for so long? Time will tell.