HYATTSVILLE – The first game of the Capitol Hoops Summer League competition on June 1 at DeMatha Catholic High School featured Woodrow Wilson High School (Washington, D.C.) versus Bowie High School. The game showcased the talent that we will see when the high school basketball regular season rolls around again.
The last time these two teams met was in January during the DMV Classic Showcase at Parkdale High School in Riverdale where Bowie defeated the eventual 2018 DCSAA champions 85-82 in a thriller.
However, Wilson got revenge as the Tigers defeated Bowie 68-59 behind tremendous performances from Jay Heath Jr., Dimingus Stevens and transfer forward Mahki Mitchell from Montverde Academy in Florida.
Mitchell said he is happy to be back home in the DMV. Makhi and his twin brother Mahkel played at Bishop McNamara High School their freshman and sophomore years then transferred to Montverde as upperclassmen.
Stevens and Heath were the top two scorers for the Tigers last season. In game one of the summer league, Heath recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Stevens nailed 16 points in the game.
“We just wanted to come in and play hard,” Heath said. “I mean, we didn’t practice a lot, but we wanted to come in and make a statement and show people that we are coming. I feel like this is the best summer league in the nation, and we wanted to play in it, so I feel we are going to do good in it.”
The biggest surprise was University of Maryland commit Mahki Mitchell. He recorded a double-double also with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Makhi and Mahkel transferred to Wilson after completing their junior years at the Montverde. Heath said it makes the game a lot easier playing alongside the twins.
“We came in here and started off strong in game one, and we just have a great group of guys here,” Makhi Mitchell said.
The Tigers were too much for the Bulldogs. By halftime, Wilson enjoyed a double-digit lead over Bowie, 39-26. The Bulldogs had three players that scored in double-figures as well. Kyree Freeman-Davis led Bowie in scoring with 18 points. Bobby Carson and Nigel Santa-Cruz both had 14 points and eight rebounds apiece.
“I like the competition,” Freeman-Davis said. “They got two big men that are pretty good, we just had to do better on the defensive end, but it was fun though I liked it.”
Carson said he had a good experience playing in the summer league at DeMatha where he used to go to school and play basketball.
“I felt like we could have got the win today,” Carson said. “Things just didn’t go right, and we struggled.”
Carson also has two brothers that will join him at Bowie this season. Six-foot-four wings Maceo and Malik Carson are in the class of 2020. The younger brothers did not score in, but Malik and Maceo combined for eight rebounds.
The Bulldogs return their leading scorer from last season, Kyree Freeman-Davis, on a team that looks to be a top contender in the Prince Georges County 4A Division this upcoming season. Bobby Carson will be another guard to look forward to watching in the backcourt with Freeman-Davis. The Bulldogs lost arguably their best player in Isaiah Burke last season to graduation. Burke is heading to Morgan State University in the fall to play under Head Coach Todd Bozeman.