Inside the PD: K-Tan basketball players make their college choices

At VCU, Shaka Smart calls it “havoc.” At Mount St. Mary’s, where former Ram assistant Jamion Christian runs the show, it’s called “mayhem.”

Kecoughtan guard Marcell Haskett was drawn to it, and he committed to the Mountaineers’ over the weekend.

“I love the way they play,” Haskett said. “They’re sort of similar to VCU’s ‘havoc,’ and everything there stood out. The coaching staff was so positive toward me.”

Haskett, a 6-foot guard and rising senior, averaged 21.5 points a game last season for the Warriors. That included a career-high of 39 points against Landstown in the 6A South quarterfinals at Scope.

Haskett, who will go into his senior season with 909 career points, said Mount St. Mary’s offered him during his sophomore season. He was also offered by Hampton University and received interest from Old Dominion and Tennessee Tech, he said.

Mount St. Mary’s is coming off a 16-17 season in which it won the Northeast Conference title and lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

“It’s a good fit for him,” Kecoughtan coach Ivan Thomas said. “I’m proud to see another Kecoughtan player going D-I.”

Haskett will become the fifth Kecoughtan player to sign with a Division I school since Thomas became head coach in 2008-09.

Haskett’s scoring mate last season, guard Brandon Tabb, has decided to attend the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Fla. It’s the same junior college another Kecoughtan graduate, Ricardo Ratliffe, used as a springboard to Division I basketball at Missouri.

“The coaches are great, and the school is all about making you better so you can go where you believe you can go,” Tabb said. “And that’s Division I.”

Tabb was the Warriors’ No. 2 scorer as a senior at 19.8 points a game. As a junior, he scored only 46 points the entire season.

Tabb said Norfolk State planned to offer him but didn’t because his SAT score wasn't high enough. He added that improving his academics will be “a really big priority” at Central Florida.

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