April 24, 2018

2017 MSA public school boys’ basketball awards



De’Vondre Perry, Poly

Photo by Austin McFadden/MSA.

Temple commit charged Baltimore Polytechnic Institute to its first boys’ basketball state title in school history, turning in a historic performance at the state tournament in which he averaged 28 points on 19-for-34 shooting (55.9 percent) with his nine 3-pointers made (9-for-16, 56.3 percent from deep) was one shy of the state record. He also racked up 12.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.0 blocks, 1.5 steals and made 9 of 11 free throws at Xfinity Center. Perry guided the Engineers to a 23 wins and averaged a team-high 20.2 points and 10.4 rebounds. Dished 4.2 assists a game and tallied 2.4 steals and 3.1 blocks.


G Jalen Gibbs, North Point

G Manny Camper, Kent County

G Zach Tucker, Century

G Michael Speight, Wise

F Keve Aluma, Stephen Decatur



F La’Quill Hardnett, Perry Hall

Photo by Reggie Hildred.

The versatile 6-foot-9 forward, who averaged 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists, keyed Perry Hall to its first state title and a 26-2 record. Led the Gators in rebounds, assists and blocks (2.0 a game). Averaged 12.5 points, 16.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 blocks at the state tournament. Holds many Division I offers, including Rhode Island, Rice and Towson. 


G Darren Lucas-White, Fairmont Heights

G Christian Jones, Annapolis

G Demetrius Mims, Poly

F Anthony Higgs, Perry Hall

F Daniel Oladapo, Bladensburg



G Marvin Price, Patterson

The Power 5 prospect emerged as one of the state’s top forces, averaging 22.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in Patterson’s 2A title campaign. Led the Clippers to its first City championship and state title since the Aquille Carr-era in 2011 and 2012. Offers include Kansas State and Virginia Tech.


G Justin Cohen, Crisfield

G Avion Robinson, Old Mill

G Mahzi Thames, Meade

G Trea Keys, Wilde Lake

G Gerard Mungo, Patterson



G Che Evans, Jr., Dulaney

Courtesy photo.

One of the top freshman in the nation, Evans, busted onto the scene to average 17.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.3 blocks and lead Dulaney to 17 wins. Has offers from Georgia Tech, St. John’s, TCU and UNLV, and is receiving interest from Maryland and Kentucky.


G Rahim Ali, Poly

Poly’s Rahim Ali maneuvers through traffic during the MPSSAA Class 3A title game against Potomac. Photo by Austin McFadden/MSA.

Not often does a freshman lead guard key a state title run, but Ali did just that, and helped Baltimore Polytechnic Insitute win its first boys’ basketball championship in school history. The 5-foot-9 frosh averaged 7.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.2 steals to power a forceful lineup that featured Division I prospects De’Vondre Perry and Demetrius Mims.

About Kyle McFadden 416 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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1 Comment on 2017 MSA public school boys’ basketball awards

  1. Excellent article. But Perry’s 2015-16 Season wasn’t underwhelming, Poly went 13-0 in the city league while playing everyone twice and went on to win the schools first city championship. They were upset in the playoffs.

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