99-00 All-Metro boys basketball teams

Sun Staff

Player of the Year:

Derrick Snowden, Spalding, senior guard

Quickness, instincts, superb ball handling and competitive fire set Snowden apart over the last two seasons as the metro area's premier point guard.

The 6-foot Snowden, who is headed to Villanova and is the only local player named to April's Capital Classic, capped an incredible four-year varsity career by leading the Cavaliers (25-11) to their first ever No. 1 ranking in The Sun's final poll, the first for an Anne Arundel County boys team.

"Derrick was one of the five-best point guards in the nation and clearly our leader," said Cavaliers coach Mike Glick.

Snowden, Spalding's career leader in points (1,404) and assists (695), is a repeat All-Metro selection who lifted his scoring average from 10.2 points to a club-leading 15.9 (55 percent from the field and 73 percent at the line).

Also leading in assists (4.6) and steals (2.2), Snowden rung up his numbers playing in five national tournaments plus the Baltimore Catholic League tournament. Twenty-seven of the team's 36 games came against teams ranked locally or nationally.

While he developed into an outstanding offensive player, defense is still Snowden's calling card.

One of only three players to be named Anne Arundel County Player of the Year twice and All-County three times, Snowden won Baltimore Catholic MVP honors for both the regular season and tournament (second straight), repeat All-Tournament team and Most Outstanding Player at the Alhambra.

Snowden scored 63 points in three games at the Alhambra, including 28 (14 final period) in a 67-55 loss to DeMatha in the final, as Spalding became the ninth BCL team to advance to the championship.

Coach of the Year: Richard Hart, Aberdeen

Hart, who led the No. 4 Eagles (26-1) to the 2A state championship (school's third and first since 1976) in only his second season, is a unique story.

After graduating from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University with a teaching degree in math, Hart went into business for 15 years before finally pursuing his goal of teaching and coaching at Aberdeen two years ago at age 41.

"David Volrath principal was kind enough to give me a teaching position algebra, computer math and on my resume, I said I would be interested in coaching basketball," said Hart, who drives one-and-a-half hours each way from York County (Pa.) to Aberdeen.

In Hart's first year, coach Ron Petry resigned two days before the start of basketball, and Hart was called into the office.

"Mr. Volrath asked me if I had my sneakers with me," said Hart, who played basketball at Slippery Rock and at Lower Burrel High, a suburb northeast of Pittsburgh.

Just as fast, Hart led the Eagles to a 21-5 record and the 3A semifinals at Cole Field House, where they lost, 101-60, to Thomas Johnson. "It was overwhelming, but the players realized we had to take another step and they did," said Hart.

Moving to 2A, the Eagles won their first 17 games this season and won the Harford County title. They eliminated rival Edgewood in the 2A East playoffs and went on to win the state crown, 50-48, over favored Gwynn Park (21-6) of Prince George's.

"Basketball is a very special game where the team that plays the best together can win over a team with the best players," said Hart. "That's what our kids did."

First team

Calvin Dotson, Dunbar, senior guard

One of the metro area's most consistent players, the 6-2 Dotson averaged 22.3 points, 6.5 assists, 3.2 steals and 3.1 rebounds for the ninth-ranked Poets (18-6).

In what was not a typical Dunbar season, the Poets lost the Baltimore City title game to No. 3 Southern, 77-55, and the Class 2A North Region final to No. 15 Edmondson, 72-65, despite Dotson's outstanding efforts.

"Calvin is a very unselfish player who did everything he could to lead us in the right direction," said coach Lynn Badham of his senior lefty who can shoot, distribute and play solid defense.

Qualifying academically for Division I basketball, Dotson is considering Wake Forest, Duquesne and Vermont.

The school that finally does land Dotson will be getting, in the words of Badham, "a coach's dream."

Thomas Hawkins, Annapolis, senior forward

The first four-year varsity player at Annapolis, Hawkins finished as the Panthers' all-time leading scorer with 1,507 career points, sixth best total in Anne Arundel County history.

Matching Snowden as a three-time All-County player, the 6-4 Hawkins was county Player of the Year as a sophomore.

This season, Hawkins led the No. 2 ranked Panthers to a 25-1 mark, an Anne Arundel County public school record for victories. Hawkins paced his team in scoring (18.9), rebounding (7.3) and shooting percentages from the field (.550) and at the line (.830), and was second in three-point percentage at .330, hitting 38 of 115 attempts.

An improved ball handler, rebounder and defensive player over the previous two seasons, Hawkins also averaged 3.3 assists and two steals an outing.

"Thomas kept improving his total game each year and ended a complete player," said coach John Brady.

Hawkins is considering Tallahassee and Gulf Coast community colleges in Florida.

Keith Jenifer, Towson Catholic, senior guard

Considered among the nation's top unsigned guards, the 6-2 Jenifer was named to the 40th Alhambra All-Tournament Team with Snowden after scoring 42 points and leading the event with 21 assists.

A repeat first-team All-Metro, All-Baltimore City/County and All BCL, Jenifer averaged 18.8 points (including Alhambra), 5.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 assists for the No. 5 ranked Owls (29-11).

Jenifer led the BCL in scoring this season with an average of 21.5 points in 14 league games, and five times pumped in 30 or more points.

"Keith is the complete guard, who knows when to score and when to pass," said coach Mike Daniel. "He was our coach on the floor and right now has a tough decision to make with so many schools after him."

Jenifer has narrowed his choices to Florida State, South Carolina, New Mexico and Pittsburgh.

Marcus Johnson, Annapolis, senior swingman

Another All-Metro repeater, Johnson, a 6-5 swingman who coach John Brady said "is the best all-around player we've had at Annapolis," set a county career record for three-pointers (167).

"Marcus can play any position on the floor and did very well," said Brady, six-time Anne Arundel County Coach of the Year. Johnson launched a county-leading 54 threes this season in 167 attempts (32 percent) and averaged 18.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and led the team in steals (3.9).

Johnson shot 43 percent from the field and sank 70 percent of his free throws to finish with 1,168 career points, good for third place among only seven Panthers who scored 1,000 or more.

In three seasons with his height, long arms and athleticism, Johnson honed his defensive skills and offensive game that includes inside and outside scoring, electrifying dunks and fall-away jumpers to place him among the area's best. He's a projected Division I player after a year or two in junior college.

Johnson will likely end up with teammate Hawkins and last year's Metro Player of Year, Mervo's Marcus Hatten at Tallahassee or Gulf Coast Community College.

Darshan Luckey, Southern, senior forward

Going from reserve to starting forward, the 6-4 Luckey complemented teammate Melvin Scott, The Sun's Baltimore City/County Player of the Year, with each making the other a better player.

Luckey averaged 18.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (20-6). His overall play was highly instrumental in Southern winning the Baltimore City championship, Class 4A North Region and finishing as a state semifinalist.

"Darshan surpassed our expectations," said Southern coach Meredith Smith.

In the city final, Luckey bagged a game-high 29 points in a 77-55 romp over Dunbar. He scored a season-high 32 in the 85-75 4A North Region final victory over No. 7 Douglass (17-5).

With Luckey, Scott and second team All-Metro guard Keyon Johnson returning next season, the Bulldogs again will be the city team to beat.

David Lunn, McDonogh, senior forward

Lunn completed his four-year varsity career with 1,566 points and led the Eagles (24-5) to three consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) B Conference titles and a final No. 6 ranking.

Moving up from second to first-team All-Metro this season, the 6-5 Lunn led the Eagles in scoring (17.6), rebounding (7.1), assists (4.9) and had a school record for steals (4.5).

"David has been our leader for three years and he's a fierce competitor," said coach Matt McMullan.

The Eagles played like an A Conference team thanks to Lunn and they will move up to the A Conference next year.

Lunn's ability and presence enabled the Eagles to roll through their B Conference schedule, including a 62-44 romp over Severn in the final, defeat three BCL teams - Loyola (62-40), Cardinal Gibbons (62-39) and No. 11 Calvert Hall (53-48).

They were very competitive in losses to one out-of-state team (by three), No. 1 Spalding (46-44), No. 5 Towson Catholic (68-61), state 2A runner-up Gwynn Park (55-52) and Archbishop Carroll (64-60), Washington's 13th-ranked team in overtime.

"David took our program to another level," said McMullan.

Tim Payne, St. Frances, senior center

An All-BCL Team center in regular season and the tournament, the 6-6 Payne averaged 20.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and four blocked shots for the No. 10 Panthers (19-9).

Payne, who had a league-high 37 points against Towson Catholic in the regular season, led St. Frances to the BCL tournament semifinals where they suffered a 56-35 loss to the Owls despite 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.

"Tim carried us down the stretch," said Panthers coach William Wells, whose team was in the hunt for the regular-season title, finishing two games out of first.

"He has the abilities and it's up to him to fulfill them."

Duquesne, Pittsburgh, Youngstown State, Wagner and Central Florida are all very interested in Payne.

Tremaine Robinson, Archbishop Spalding, senior swingman

With his numbers slightly up from last season as a junior All-Metro, the powerfully built 6-4, 200-pound swingman became a more complete player this season.

Dubbed "Showtime" by his teammates for his rim rattling dunks and high flying alley-oops, Robinson, who signed with , averaged 13.5 points - shooting 52 percent from the field and 72 percent at the line - 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals and a team-leading 24 blocks.

More importantly, Robinson learned to adjust to what is best for the team by playing improved and more aggressive defense, and on nights, when his offense was taken away, he contributed by taking to the boards or unselfishly serving as decoy to open up others.

"Tremaine possesses remarkable athleticism that can make him unstoppable, inside or outside," said coach Mike Glick. "And he became a defensive force this season."

A four-year starter and co-catalyst with Snowden, Robinson was named to the BCL All-Tournament Team after scoring 59 points and grabbing 20 rebounds in three victories.

Closing his high school career at the 40th Alhambra, Robinson's 20 points in a first-game 58-47 victory over D.C.'s St. John's, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion, propelled the Cavaliers to the final.

Robinson tossed in 10 points in the tough 67-55 loss to DeMatha in the Alhambra championship and earned second team All-Tournament honors.

Melvin Scott, Southern-B, junior guard

The only sophomore on last year's All-Metro first team, Scott, the Baltimore City/County Player of the Year, is the last of five repeaters on this year's elite team.

A 6-2 junior guard, Scott is smooth and natural in nearly everything he does on the court and veteran coach Meredith Smith, who has coached the likes of Miami's Johnny Hemsley and Towson's Damon Cason, says he "ranks with the best we've had and has tremendous work ethic."

Scott led the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs in scoring (24.9) and averaged 8.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists.

In a 12-point loss to eventual 4A state champion Oxon Hill in the semifinals at Cole Field House, Scott led the Bulldogs with 15 points. His 11 fourth-period points in an 85-75 triumph over No. 7 Douglass in the 4A North Region final enabled Southern to advance to the state tournament.

Before that, Scott, who averaged 22.3 points against Baltimore opponents including a season-high 31 against Poly and had only one non-double figures game, scored 25 points in the 77-55 City championship win over No. 9 Dunbar.

Another outstanding game by Scott was his 30-point effort in a 66-60 early-season victory over 2A state runner-up Gwynn Park.

Scott already has the likes of Duke, Seton Hall and Maryland licking their chops and is likely to be the area's most sought after player next year.

Second team

Jason Osborne Towson Catholic Senior Center

Todd Galloway City Junior Guard

Daevon Haskins Walbrook Junior Guard

Keyon Johnson Southern Junior Guard

Marcus Neal Annapolis Junior Guard

Doug Underwood Meade Junior Guard

Jerome Goodman North County Senior Forward

Jai Lewis Aberdeen Junior Forward

Clement Sorgho Pikesville Junior Forward

Dontae Truitt Douglass Senior Forward

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