2015 ALL-XFINITY ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS ANNOUNCED
After much thought I present you with the CAPITOL HOOPS 2015 All-Xfinity-All-Tournament-Team.
Stats play a huge role in deciding the teams, but watching the flow of the game and seeing how each player left their mark on the games this weekend were also huge. All tournament team is solely decided on how players played in their game(s) at Xfinity Center, not just the championship game but their overall performance in both games (or the rare scenario that they made this list and only played 1 game). Regular season play and regional playoff play had no bearing. Winning was the most important factor. You wont find many players who didn’t win a state championship on the first team. Where you are going to college or what AAU team you play for has no bearing whatsoever on our votes.
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Will Robinson, Jr. — Oakland Mills — Senior
The 6’5” wing was the catalyst for his Scorpion squad who defeated the Patterson Clippers en route to the 2015 2A state championship. Throughout the three day event it was obvious that he was the most dominant player on the floor and his stats back that up. He led all scorers at X-finity averaging 24PPG. The next closest scorer was under 20PPG. He shot 53.3% from the field and 88.2% from the line. He also averaged 9.5 rebounds per game and was one of only a few players to play in all of his teams 64 minutes between the two games.
Isaiah White — Centennial — Senior
The elder White brother on Centennial’s 3A state championship team had a superb weekend, doing everything for his Eagles. White finished as the 4th leading scorer in the tournament at 18.5 PPG and was tied for 2nd in total FGs made. He was tied for 5th in total 3-point FGs made and was tied for 2nd in total blocked shots. In addition, White may have led the tournament in dunks. He brought a lot of energy to the court on both ends.
Devin Smith — New Town — Sophomore
The only sophomore to make this year’s all tournament team, Smith was a scoring machine for New Town. He averaged 18 PPG and shot a tournament high 21 free throws, making 14. He put New Town on his back during stretches. His ability to get to the line was phenominal. We’d be surprised if we don’t see Smith’s name on another All-Xfinity All-tournament team before his HS days are over.
Daniel Kiely — Oakland Mills — Junior
The 6’1” point guard was able to do a couple things his stand-out brother Joe was never able to do at Oakland Mills; win a regional championship, and in turn, win a state chip. Despite being loaded with star power it was the younger Kiely who led this Scorpion team to head coach Jon Browne’s first state title. Kiely dominated the ball, making more important decisions than perhaps any other point guard in this tournament. He led the tournament in assists at 5 PPG, shot over 50% for the tourney on 8-15 shooting and averaged 6 boards a game. Any HS PG whose getting 11.5 PPG, 6 RPG, and 5 APG when he’s clearly the team’s third option is doing something right.
Bruce Spruell — Meade — Senior
The Meade Mustangs cruised in both of their games at Xfinity winning by a combined 69 points over their two Montgomery County foes. Thus, no Meade player was able to accumulate the statistics that other players playing in closer games would be able to. However it was easy to see which players impacted their games most. Bruce Spruell led the entire tournament with 8 steals, and was a menace defensively. In Meade’s semi-final win he registered 15 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and not a single turnover in 25 minutes. He was one of two Mustangs to finish in double figures in the championship. The senior will be missed for his contributions on both ends.
Tristan Easton — Meade — Junior
Easton had a phenominal semi-final game vs Springbrook when he went for 23 points, the most any player scored on day one at Xfinity. He had the 2nd highest FT% of any player who shot 10+ FTs in the tournament as he went 11-12, good for 91.2%. Easton led Meade in scoring at Xfinity, and committed only 3 turnovers in 45 minutes.
Chad Strothers — Centennial — Senior
The 6’1” lefty had his way in Centennial’s semi-final win versus a tough C.M. Wright squad that had defeated Milford Mill in the regional final. He went 9-16 from the field in that game en route to 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. He followed that performance up with a 12 point, 6 rebound showing in Centennial’s state championship win over Westlake and point guard Dominic Espeleta. Strothers ability to drive the ball to the basket was on display all weekend long.
Quincy Roche — New Town — Junior
Roche averaged 12.5 PPG, 8 RPG, and 2 APG for the 1A state champs. The 6’3” forward shot 47.6% from the field, 83.3% from the FT line and was a consistent force for the Titans. Roche helped out with the dirty work, and was also a plus defender over the 3 day event.
Mamadou Ndiaye — Oakland Mills — Senior
One word to describe the 6’7” Ndiaye’s tournament would be consistent. He made 4 FGs in each game, scored 15 points in each game, missed 3 FTs in each game (he finished 13-19 from the line), and played exactly 27 minutes in each game. One thing he did that didn’t show up in the box scores was his ability to draw charges. In the semi-final game he drew 4 charges, 3 of them in the final 6 minutes of the game. He drew another in the championship, and spoke after his semi-final win about how he’s been doing that all year long. He averaged 5.5 rebounds per game, and was a perfect compliment to 6’5” Most Outstanding Player Will Robinson, Jr.
Josh Qualls — Meade — Junior
The 6’0” junior had a 4A championship high 16 points and he was efficient, scoring his 16 on only 7 FG attempts. In addition he averaged 5 boards and 2 assists per game. Qualls also got it done on the defensive end, holding B-CC guards to 5-20 shooting in the final. Qualls, along with Easton will have a chance to do it again next year.
Gary Blackston — Patterson — Senior
In Blackston’s first year with the Clippers he made it all the way to the Maryland 2A state championship but fell short of the ultimate prize. Blackston had very similar numbers to back-court mate Dereck Oliver. The two finished tied for 2nd in scoring in the tournament at 19.5 PPG. They finished tied for 5th in the tournament in assists at 3.5 each. Blackston averaged 7.5 rebounds and was the only player in the tourney to shoot 100% from the line (With a minimum of 5 FTs taken) as he went 12-12 and canned 5 of 11 3-pointers in his two games. He caused mismatch problems with his ability to play inside and outside.
Kevin Holston — B-CC — Junior
Despite being in foul trouble in both of his games, Holston led the Barons in scoring despite limited minutes. He also made a lot of big shots at clutch times. Holston finished as the 10th leading scorer in the tournament. He was 2nd in 3-pointers made, and tied for 5th in steals. He did all this while playing in only 35 of his teams 68 minutes. Holston finished 40% from 3-point land and shot 50% from the field. The point guard had a total of 3 turnovers in his 2 games.
Dereck Oliver — Patterson — Senior
It’s probably safe to say Oliver has more games played at Comcast/Xfinity then anyone who played in the state tournament this year. Oliver has been to Comcast three of his four years in high school. In his final tournament Oliver had a great showing, although he could not end his career with his second state championship. Oliver finished the tournament tied with teammate Gary Blackston in scoring at 19.5 PPG. He shot 50% from the field, 80% from the line and canned 3 of his 9 nine 3-pointers. He finished tied for 5th in assists at 3.5 per game and was the heart and soul of his team despite standing only 5’7”.
Dominic Espeleta — Westlake — Senior
Espeleta played terrific ball at Comcast/Xfinity for the 2nd year in a row. Like last year he wasn’t able to capture a state championship, but led his team in the back court and put on a show. Espeleta finished the tournament tied for 5th in scoring at 16 PPG. In the Wolverines state semi-final win Espeleta had 17 points on 7-14 shooting, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds.
Gary Jefferson — Lake Clifton — Senior
Jefferson had a rough weekend shooting the ball as he went a combined 5-31 including 1-14 from deep but he was able to get to the free throw line where he went 15-17. He averaged 13PPG, 3 RPG, 2 steals per game, a block per game, and an assist per game. He really left his mark on the defensive side, where Lake Clifton prides themselves. Despite the poor shooting Jefferson found other ways to get things done, one of the reasons you will certainly see him at the next level.
Edward Polite — DuVal — Senior
The loan player to appear on any of these three teams that played only one game is this man. Polite had a monster game against B-CC in the 4A semi-finals and if it wasn’t for B-CC forward Yannick Alexis’ buzzer-beater, Polite would have had a crack at a state chip. Polite scored 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked 5 shots, had a steal and an assist, and only 2 turnovers in 32 minutes of play.
Defensive Player of the Tournament
Rashad Hawkins — Lake Clifton — Senior
Hawkins was the defensive anchor for perhaps the best defensive unit that any public high school in the state of Maryland had this year. Despite Lake losing a close ball game to New Town in the 1A state championship, Hawkins still showed everyone why he’s a force to be reckoned with. The 6’4” senior was the tournament’s top defensive rebounder and was tied for the top total rebounder at 12 per game. He led Lake Clifton in blocked shots in the tournament and was 2nd in steals. In addition to his defensive performance Hawkins only committed one turnover in 61 minutes of play in his two games at Xfinity.