Three recently graduated Baltimore Select players will continue their basketball careers next season.
Scott Bowden, the AAU program's director and founder, said today that point guard Omar Strong (Douglass) is headed to Cecil College and guard Dwayne Wheeler (Mount Carmel) will prep for a year at Princeton Day Academy in Lanham. Center Jakub Kusmieruk (John Carroll) signed with Central Florida last fall.
Strong, who averaged 22 points per game as a senior and was named to The Sun's All-Metro first team, is a "definite high mid-major, mid-major DI ballplayer," according to Bowden.
"[Strong] wanted to stay home," Bowden said. "He had many JUCO offers from some of the major ones in Texas and Utah and Kansas, but he really wanted to be as close to home as possible. He's a Baltimore City guy."
"[Wheeler] was not too far off from meeting Division I requirements," Bowden said. "Basically, he just needs to increase his SAT score and at the same time, he did think he could get a better look with one more year. He had some interest from High Point and Bethune Cookman, but he thought he could maybe go a little better with one more year and an increased SAT."
Two of Select's 2008 players will play football in college. Gerrard Sheppard (McDonogh) will suit up for Connecticut as a wide receiver, while James Carmon (City) plans on attending Lackawanna College, a junior college in Scranton, Pa., Bowden said.
Looking ahead to 2010, DeMatha point guard and Select member Josh Selby was recently rated the No. 5 player in the country for 2010 by Rivals.com .
"Selby's off the charts right now," Bowden said. "His mom and I are kind of keeping that one quiet. Basically, it's between [schools in] the ACC, Big East and SEC. We don't want to leave anyone out [by naming schools]."