Boys Athlete of the Week (Jan. 16): Walt Moody, River Hill, basketball

Walt Moody, River Hill basketball player, was The Baltimore Sun's Boys Athlete of the Week for Jan. 16, 2013. (Handout photo)

In three victories for River Hill against Howard County competition last week, the 6-foot-4 senior forward averaged 22 points and nine rebounds. In a 70-58 win over Howard on Jan. 7, Moody finished with 24 points, including three 3-pointers, and 11 rebounds. He followed that with 21 points and eight rebounds in a 55-51 overtime win against Centennial, going 9-for-10 from the free-throw line and scoring 11 of the Hawks' 15 points in overtime. On Friday, he scored 21 points and added eight rebounds in the team's 57-51 victory over Reservoir. In his third season on varsity, Moody averages 20.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.4 steals. He has led the Hawks (11-2 overall, 9-1 Howard County) to a dramatic turnaround after the team went 4-19 last season. Moody, who also played football until focusing solely on basketball this year, has a 3.4 weighted grade point average. He plans to play basketball in college and has drawn interest from Salisbury, Frostburg State, Shenandoah and St. Mary's.

Others considered: Brendan Dwyer, Mount St. Joseph, ice hockey; George Flaviano, Digital Harbor, indoor track; Corey Martin, North County, basketball; Myles Martin, McDonogh, wrestling; Daxter Miles, Dunbar, basketball

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