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Howard County All-Decade Boys Basketball

The Howard County All-Decade boys basketball team, featuring players who played between the 2009-10 and 2019-20 seasons.
The Howard County All-Decade boys basketball team, featuring players who played between the 2009-10 and 2019-20 seasons.

During each of the last four decades, going back to Hammond breaking through for the county’s first boys basketball state championship in 1983, Howard County has seen plenty of success on the state’s biggest stage.

Seven different programs — Centennial, Hammond, Long Reach, Mt. Hebron, Oakland Mills, River Hill and Wilde Lake — have hoisted a state championship trophy at least once in the last 40 years.

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But it’s during the most recent 10-year stretch that Howard County basketball enjoyed arguably its greatest single season ever. In 2015, Centennial and Oakland Mills were each crowned as state champions on the same day — marking the only time in history two of the area’s squads finished with a title in the same year.

Success, however, goes well beyond team accolades. Between Howard County’s public and private schools, a dozen players since 2010 have gone on to play Division I basketball and more than 30 other individuals have played Division II or Division III.

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And there were 16 public school players in the past decade, along with a handful from Chapelgate and Glenelg Country players, to surpass the 1,000-point barrier for their career.

In an effort to look back and spotlight some of these elite individuals and the teams they played on, we combed through the archives and spoke with several county coaches to come up with a snapshot look at the best of the best. All players who graduated or are scheduled to graduate between 2010 and 2022 are eligible for the lists, although accomplishments before the 2009-2010 season were not factored in. Therefore, the merit of the graduating class of 2010 being included was based solely on the performance of those players during their senior year.

Vote below in the Fan’s Choice Player of the Decade poll or by clicking HERE.

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TEAM OF THE DECADE

Centennial 2014-15 (18-1, 25-2)

The Centennial boys basketball team strikes the "Zaching" pose, made famous by the late Zach Lederer, after winning the 3A state championship on March 14, 2015.
The Centennial boys basketball team strikes the "Zaching" pose, made famous by the late Zach Lederer, after winning the 3A state championship on March 14, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. / XX)

After making it to the state final four in 2011 and 2012 and falling just short of a championship, the Eagles returned to the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center and this time walked away with the hardware for the first time in program history. Centennial lost just twice all season — by three points against South Carroll over holiday break and in overtime against Oakland Mills in January — and closed the year with 12 straight wins. No victory was more thrilling than the buzzer-beating win over River Hill for the region title. From there, the Eagles beat C. Milton Wright in the state semis and Westlake for the championship. Only four teams scored over 56 points against Centennial all season. Tom Brown, Chad Strothers and Isaiah White all averaged 12 or more points per game and were named to the All-County team.

PROGRAM OF THE DECADE

Oakland Mills

Oakland Mills coach Jon Browne raises the 2A state championship trophy toward the team's fans after beating Patterson in the title game March 14, 2015.
Oakland Mills coach Jon Browne raises the 2A state championship trophy toward the team's fans after beating Patterson in the title game March 14, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. / XX)

No county program won more games in county or overall this decade than the Scorpions under head coach Jon Browne and assistant Jeff Tittle. Oakland Mills has gone 149-41 in league play and 202-68 overall since the 2009-10 season, securing four county titles to go along with a region and state championship in 2015. Additionally, the Scorpions had two teams — 2010-11 (19-0, 25-1) and 2012-13 (19-0, 24-1) — go undefeated during the regular season before falling just short in the region finals. Greg Whittington (2011), Lavon Long (2013), Daniel Kiely (2016) and Daeshawn Eaton (2019) all garnered Player of the Year honors, while Will Robinson Jr. (2015) was named Baltimore Sun Metro Player of the Year.

PLAYER OF THE DECADE

Charlie Thomas, River Hill (2015)

River Hill senior Charlie Thomas poses for the boys basketball player of the year photo at River Hill High School in Clarksville, MD on Friday, March 27, 2015.
River Hill senior Charlie Thomas poses for the boys basketball player of the year photo at River Hill High School in Clarksville, MD on Friday, March 27, 2015. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Bursting onto the scene as a varsity starter his freshman year, Thomas went on to have one of the greatest individual careers in county history. He averaged 12 or more points per game every year of high school, finishing with a program-record of 1,717 points — ranking him third all time in county history behind Mt. Hebron’s Barry Young and Cliff Rees. He also ranks third all-time among Howard County players in career rebounds (893) behind only Barry and Perry Young. Thomas made first team All-County as a sophomore and junior before capping things off with Player of the Year honors following averaging 23.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game as a senior. He went on to play in college at the University of Wisconsin.

“I think Charlie reached a point there where he realized this was the last year in high school for him and there was no next year. You saw it in his eyes, he knew it was time for him to become a man out there,” coach Matt Graves said in 2015. “He set the tone in the Cardozo game and then he never really slowed down after that. His scoring, his vocal leadership...everything went to an entirely different level.”

FIRST TEAM ALL-DECADE

Robert Davis (Marriotts Ridge class of 2014) scored 1,347 career points. He currently ranks first all time on the Marriotts Ridge scoring list.
Robert Davis (Marriotts Ridge class of 2014) scored 1,347 career points. He currently ranks first all time on the Marriotts Ridge scoring list. (Staff photo by Jen Rynda)

Robert Davis, Marriotts Ridge (2014). In his four years on varsity, Davis played for three different head coaches and had varying levels of team success — topped by helping the Mustangs to a program-record 18 victories in 2012. But his presence as a team-first guard capable of scoring all over the floor was undeniable each and every season. He finished his career with program records of 1,347 points and 301 assists, making first team All-County as a junior and garnering Player of the Year honors as a senior. He had his jersey retired before graduating and going on to play in college at Johnson C. Smith University.

“He’s just truly a selfless young man,” Marriotts Ridge coach Marcus Lewis said in 2014. “To have your best player step up put the team before himself, like he did, that speaks volumes. For Robert, the most important thing was winning and he was willing to do whatever he possibly could to give us the best chance to do that.”

Howard County Boys' Basketball 2018-19 Player of the Year, Oakland Mills senior Daeshawn Eaton.
Howard County Boys' Basketball 2018-19 Player of the Year, Oakland Mills senior Daeshawn Eaton. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Daeshawn Eaton, Oakland Mills (2019). The 2019 Player of the Year, Eaton was a three-year varsity starter who averaged double figures scoring in each of those campaigns. He finished his career with 1,121 points — ranking him second on the Oakland Mills all-time list — to go along with 422 rebounds, 284 assists and 208 steals. His efforts as a junior first-team selection helped the Scorpions to a share of the county title and then he guided the team to the region finals as a senior. Eaton went on to play at Howard Community College, where he helped the team to a region title and was named a Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference first-team selection as a freshman.

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“‘Dae Dae’ was that consistent force for us and, from a coaching perspective, we gave him the freedom to take a game over when the situation called for it,” coach Jon Browne said in 2019. “His ability to get to the rim was unbelievable. We would jokingly call him ‘plastic man’ because of his ability to contort his body in so many different ways and then finish off the glass. He is a very fun player to watch.”

Howard County boys basketball co-player of the year Wilde Lake's Trea Keys poses for a photo at the North Laurel Community Center in Laurel on Monday, April 10, 2017.
Howard County boys basketball co-player of the year Wilde Lake's Trea Keys poses for a photo at the North Laurel Community Center in Laurel on Monday, April 10, 2017. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Trea Keys, Wilde Lake (2019). From the time he was pulled up to varsity during the playoffs his freshman year, Keys showcased superior quickness and an ability to score all over the floor despite standing just 5-foot-7. He ended up making first team All-County three times, including garnering Player of the Year honors as a sophomore, and finished as the second leading scorer in school history with 1,242 career points. Between his sophomore and senior seasons, Keys averaged at least 16 points a game in each campaign and also added career totals of over 200 assists and more than 150 steals.

“As a coach, seeing the progression of Trea as a player and the legacy that he was able to build has been incredibly special to watch,” coach Deon Wingfield said in 2019. “He obviously has the skill, but it’s his basketball IQ that I think sets him apart. He evolved as a player, figured out different ways to help the team as a scorer and as a facilitator, and forever left his imprint on this program.”

Oakland Mills senior Daniel Kiely averaged a county-best 21 points and 7 assists a game during the 2015-16 season on the way to being named Player of the Year.
Oakland Mills senior Daniel Kiely averaged a county-best 21 points and 7 assists a game during the 2015-16 season on the way to being named Player of the Year. (Staff photo by Jen Rynda)

Daniel Kiely, Oakland Mills (2016). The steady presence and consistent driving force for Oakland Mills between his sophomore and senior seasons — guiding the program to three straight region championship appearances and a state title in 2015 — Kiely goes down as one of the greatest point guards in county history. He’s the only Howard County public school player to ever finish his career with over 1,000 points, 400 assists and 300 rebounds. His 1,085 career points rank him fifth in program history and his 400 assists are tied for second most in county history. During his best individual season as a senior, he averaged county-leading totals of 21 points and 7 assists per game on the way to being named Player of the Year. He played in college at Arizona Western College and Texas A&M International.

“The stats, the accomplishments ... they are hard to ignore,” coach Jon Browne said in 2016. “Having won a state championship to go along with all the wins, this four-year stretch he’s been a part of at Oakland Mills is basically unparalleled. Any expectations I had for Daniel coming in as a freshman, he’s blown them out of the water.”

Oakland Mills senior Lavon Long was named Howard County boys basketball Player of the Year in 2013.
Oakland Mills senior Lavon Long was named Howard County boys basketball Player of the Year in 2013. (Jen Rynda / Patuxent Publishing)

Lavon Long, Oakland Mills (2013). The 2013 Player of the Year, Long was a 6-foot-6 combo-guard who could literally do a little bit of everything. In his lone season with the program after transferring in from Mount St. Joseph, he helped Oakland Mills to an undefeated regular season and a 24-1 overall record — the only loss on a buzzer-beater in the region finals. Long averaged team-leading marks of 15 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, 3 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He went on to play at Siena College.

“He was the pulse behind everything we did ... He was the one that set the tone,” coach Jon Browne said in 2013. “He was an emotional leader more than anything and the kids fed off him. He helped make every guy that played alongside him into a stud and that speaks to his unselfishness.”

After finishing among with team-leading averages of 15.9 points and 8.9 rebounds a game and helping the Dragons’ to a winning record in the MIAA A Conference during the 2016-17 season, Anthony Longpre was selected by the Howard County Times as co-Player of the Year.
After finishing among with team-leading averages of 15.9 points and 8.9 rebounds a game and helping the Dragons’ to a winning record in the MIAA A Conference during the 2016-17 season, Anthony Longpre was selected by the Howard County Times as co-Player of the Year. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Anthony Longpre, Glenelg Country (2017). Joining the program from Canada before his sophomore year, Longpre proved to be a dynamic stretch forward from Day 1. He made the MIAA A Conference All-Star team three straight years and was named as Howard County co-Player of the Year as a senior in 2017. Standing at 6-foot-9, Longpre posted three-year career totals of 1,140 points, 675 rebounds and 93 made 3-pointers. He went on to play in college at Saint Joseph’s University.

“I remember when he first came to us, he shot four regular-form jumpers from the volleyball line — well beyond the 3-point line — and his form was perfect. We kind of looked at each other as coaches and knew right away we had something special,” Quinlan said. “Anthony has improved in a lot of ways since he came to us, but what I think sets him apart are two natural gifts: his basketball IQ and his hands. Those things he’s had from the beginning.”

Warren Powers of Glenelg Country is closely guarded during an MIAA A Conference boys basketball playoff game between Glenelg Country and Calvert Hall at Glenelg County School in Ellicott City, Md., on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
Warren Powers of Glenelg Country is closely guarded during an MIAA A Conference boys basketball playoff game between Glenelg Country and Calvert Hall at Glenelg County School in Ellicott City, Md., on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. (Brian Krista / Patuxent Publishing)

Warren Powers, Glenelg Country (2013). During his four years as a starter, Powers was an MIAA All-Conference selection three times and served as the key piece that helped the Dragons transition from B Conference champions in 2011 to being a competitive program in the A Conference. He averaged 10 or more points every season, finishing his career with 1,766 points — the most by any Glenelg Country player this decade. He also added 983 career rebounds, averaging a double-double as a junior and senior. He went on to play in college at Chowan University.

“I thought he got better every year since he got here ... his ball handling and shooting got better, but even more than that I thought he developed into an outstanding defensive player,” Glenelg Country coach Kevin Quinlan said. “You put that with his knack for scoring he’s had from day one and he really was an all-around guy for us.”

Will Robinson Jr. was named Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year following the 2014-15 season.
Will Robinson Jr. was named Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year following the 2014-15 season. (Jen Rynda, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Will Robinson Jr., Oakland Mills (2015). Transferring into the Scorpions’ program for his senior season from St. Frances, Robinson made the most of his one year in the orange and black by serving as the leading scorer for an Oakland Mills team that won its first state title in 25 years. He posted averages of 21.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a game on the way to being named the Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year. Robinson scored in double figures in every game but one and was at his best in the biggest games, averaging 24 points between the state semifinal and state championship games. He went on to play in college at Gulf Coast State, McNeese State and Slippery Rock University.

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“That kid is a winner. Period. He excels under pressure, welcomes it and wants the ball ... that’s who he is,” coach Jon Browne said in 2015. “He’s not real flashy, doesn’t talk a lot. But when the chips are down, he finishes. He had a toughness to him, a mental toughness. He was very cool even when things were going awry and he was the one that often got the other guys settled down.”

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Isaiah White, right, of Centennial scores over Trevor English of Westlake during the 3A championship game in 2015.
Isaiah White, right, of Centennial scores over Trevor English of Westlake during the 3A championship game in 2015. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. / XX)

Isaiah White, Centennial (2015). While he only had two varsity seasons to showcase himself, White left a lasting impression on the Centennial program and the county as a whole. He made All-County in each campaign and averaged at least 16.5 points both seasons (859 combined points), but he was just as valuable as an all-around player — serving as the leader in the Eagles’ run to the 3A state championship in 2015. His defensive presence included a combined 94 steals and 87 blocks over two seasons. White went on to play Division I basketball at the University of Maine and the University of Portland.

“He exploded to start the season offensively and then, as we got rolling, he showcased himself as truly a complete player in all aspects,” coach Chad Hollwedel said in 2015. “I was incredibly impressed with how he developed as a team-defensive player. He has always been great on the ball, but for him to get over two blocks a game and do most of it from help ... that speaks to his tremendous growth.”

Oakland Mills senior forward Greg Whittington was named Howard County Player of the Year following the 2010-11 season.
Oakland Mills senior forward Greg Whittington was named Howard County Player of the Year following the 2010-11 season. (Photo by Matt Roth)

Greg Whittington, Oakland Mills (2011). A true match-up nightmare, the 6-foot-7 Whittington rapidly improved throughout his three years on varsity to the point where he became the area’s most sought after recruit in decades. He made first team All-County as a junior and then was named Player of the Year as a senior while leading Oakland Mills to a 25-1 overall record. That campaign in 2011 was one of the best individual seasons in league history as he posted averages of 23.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, 4.4 blocks 3.0 steals and 2.7 assists. Before going on to play at Georgetown University, Whittington finished with career totals of 1,049 points, 702 rebounds (ninth in county history) and 305 blocks (fifth in county history). After playing several years overseas, this fall he signed a two-way NBA contract with the Denver Nuggets.

“Greg started to realize that when he comes to play, there are few, if any, players that can guard him at this level,” coach Jon Browne said in 2010. “He has a great mid-range jumper, he can put the ball on the floor and he’s explosive at the rim. He can be absolutely dominant at times.”

Hammond's Brandon Willis raises his hands in celebration after helping the East squad to a victory during the 2016 Howard County boys basketball All-Star game.
Hammond's Brandon Willis raises his hands in celebration after helping the East squad to a victory during the 2016 Howard County boys basketball All-Star game. (Photo courtesy of Israel Carunungan)

Brandon Willis, Hammond/Atholton/Glenelg Country (2016). Willis moved around quite a bit, starting his freshman year at Glenelg Country before spending two years at Atholton and then finishing up at Hammond. However, regardless of the jersey he wore, Willis showcased himself as a star every step of the way. He posted career totals of 1,199 points, 277 assists, 252 rebounds and 180 steals on his way to making All-County twice. Willis also is fourth all-time among county public school players with 162 made threes in his four years. His best single year came as a senior, finishing second the county in scoring average (19.5 ppg) and assists (4.3 apg) while helping Hammond to the region semifinals.

“I literally could not have asked for more from him,” coach Mike Salapata said in 2016. “He’s a great player, works non-stop and the best part about him is that he’s as good of a kid off the court as he is on it. He was an absolute pleasure to be around and he really brought this team together throughout the season.”

SECOND TEAM ALL-DECADE

During the 2009-10 season, Hammond Senior Brandon Bjerre averaged 16.1 points a game and led the Golden Bears to their first county title since the mid-1990s.
During the 2009-10 season, Hammond Senior Brandon Bjerre averaged 16.1 points a game and led the Golden Bears to their first county title since the mid-1990s. (Matt Roth / Patuxent Publishing)

Brandon Bjerre, Hammond (2010). After a back injury derailed his junior season, Bjerre returned with a vengeance as a senior on his way to earning Player of the Year honors. He averaged 16.4 points and 10.7 rebounds a game to go along with a county-leading 41 made 3-pointers while leading the Golden Bears to the program’s first county title since the 1992-93 season. He went on to play at Erskine College.

“[Overcoming adversity] became the story of Brandon’s career,” coach Karl Friedheim said in 2010. “He saw what he needed to do to get to the next level and he did not stop until he reached his goal. The type of kid that he is, with that kind of work ethic and discipline, he deserves everything that he’s achieved.”

Centennial's Tom Brown drives to the hoop as C. Milton Wright's Seth Walter defends in the Eagles' 3A state semifinal win over C. Milton Wright at the Xfinity Center on March 12, 2015.
Centennial's Tom Brown drives to the hoop as C. Milton Wright's Seth Walter defends in the Eagles' 3A state semifinal win over C. Milton Wright at the Xfinity Center on March 12, 2015. (Matt Button / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Tom Brown, Centennial (2016). Brown wasn’t flashy, but he was the glue for the Eagles with his versatile play during his three years on varsity and helped the program to at least 17 wins each season — including a state title in 2015. He made All-County twice and finished his career second in program history with 1,052 points. Brown also added career totals of 615 rebounds and 234 assists before going on to play at Le Moyne College.

“He is individually the most fundamentally sound player that I’ve coached. He can do a lot of different things and do them extremely well,” coach Chad Hollwedel said in 2016. “He was so balanced and it’s something that allowed us to really exploit his match-ups. Teams basically had to decide how they wanted him to beat them.”

Glenelg's Ryan Davis poses for a photo during the Co-Howard County Basketball Players of the Year shoot in Ellicott City on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
Glenelg's Ryan Davis poses for a photo during the Co-Howard County Basketball Players of the Year shoot in Ellicott City on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Ryan Davis, Glenelg (2018). A relatively late bloomer, having played junior varsity his first two years of high school and then averaging just under six points per game as a junior, Davis exploded as a senior on the way to co-Player of the Year honors. A 6-foot-6 wing who could score all over the floor, he posted averages of 16.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and shot 37 percent from 3-point range. He finished the 2017-18 season with 16 double-doubles. Davis is playing in college at Millersville University.

“He put in countless hours from March to the start of the season, playing for us on the AAU circuit with Maryland 3D,” coach Jansen McMillan said in 2018. “Being one of the guys who was on the bottom and then just each month, he would slowly keep climbing with his skills, being able to play against top-notch competition during the summer with the circuit. And he put in a lot of time on his own, waking up at six in the morning, shooting late at night, listening, and just actually wanting to get better every day.”

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Oakland Mills senior Joe Kiely helped the Scorpions to county and district championships during the 2010-11 seasons.
Oakland Mills senior Joe Kiely helped the Scorpions to county and district championships during the 2010-11 seasons. (Matt Roth/Patuxent Publishing)

Joe Kiely, Oakland Mills (2011). An elite point guard with exceptional speed, Kiely ranks among the county’s all-time leaders in both assists (377, fifth all-time) and steals (209, 11th). He was a three-year starter and two-time All-County selection, including first team honors following a senior season during which he averaged 8.7 points, 5.6 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. In that 2011 season, he helped Oakland Mills to a 25-1 record that included county and district titles.

“He’s such a fierce competitor that he didn’t care about any of the numbers except for wins. He played defense, ran our offense ... did everything and anything we needed,” coach Jon Browne said In 2011. “And when the playoffs came, he took over. His entire career, the bigger the stage, the better Joe played.”

River Hill's Jaden Martin poses for a photo during the Co-Howard County Basketball Players of the Year shoot in Ellicott City on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
River Hill's Jaden Martin poses for a photo during the Co-Howard County Basketball Players of the Year shoot in Ellicott City on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Jaden Martin, River Hill (2018). A four-year varsity starter, helping the Hawks to county titles his final two seasons of high school, Martin made first team All-County as a junior and then secured co-Player of the Year honors as a senior. The 6-foot-2 guard finished his career as one of the program’s most accomplished scorers, currently sitting third in River Hill history with 1,056 points. But he also was a great distributor, finishing with 228 career assists. As a senior, before going on to play at Susquehanna University, Martin guided River Hill to a region championship for only the second time in program history.

“He took the leadership role to another level this year and just did a little bit of everything,” coach Matt Graves said in 2018. “He led our team in assists, steals, scoring. He did a lot of things — and some things didn’t show up on the stat sheet — to help us win.”

Saint Joseph's Isaiah Miles rises for a shot against Oregon.
Saint Joseph's Isaiah Miles rises for a shot against Oregon. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images)

Isaiah Miles, Glenelg Country (2012). If not for the fact that he transferred to Milford Mill for his senior season, Miles very likely would have graduated as the most accomplished player in Dragons’ program history. A starter and double-figure scorer each of his first three years in high school, Miles was a MIAA All-Conference selection as a sophomore and junior. The 6-foot-8 stretch forward finished with three-year totals of 1,213 points, 847 rebounds and 198 blocks while with the Dragons. He went on to play in college at Saint Joseph’s University and has played professional basketball overseas several seasons.

“He excels in a lot of areas, but I thought his rebounding was what improved the most throughout the season,” coach Kevin Quinlan said in 2011. “He has amazing savvy and instincts for where the ball is going to bounce off the rim and he goes out and gets it.”

Atholton senior Jordan Oates led the county in points and rebounds per game on his way to being named the 2019-20 Howard County boys basketball Player of the Year.
Atholton senior Jordan Oates led the county in points and rebounds per game on his way to being named the 2019-20 Howard County boys basketball Player of the Year. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Jordan Oates, Atholton (2020). In just two years with the Raiders, after spending his first two high school seasons at Glenelg Country, Oates became a multiple-time All-County selection and the program’s first Player of the Year in 25 years. As a junior, he averaged a double-double (10.2 points and 10.7 rebounds) and then was even better as a senior — setting program records for most rebounds in a season (368, 14.2 average) and threes made in a season (66). He also led the county in scoring with 462 points. He is playing in college at Salisbury University.

“The stats he put up last year on what was a very deep team spoke for themselves, but I think Jordan realized pretty early that for us to be successful again this season his role was going to have to be completely different. We needed him to become the face of the program,” coach Jared Albert said in 2020. “I think as the season went on he embraced that and grew into it. The jump that he took as a player was unbelievable and he leaves behind an unbelievable legacy. From both an individual and team perspective, he did it all in his two years here.”

Reservoir's Josh Odunowo releases a shot as he gets past Thomas Johnson defender Bajon Bihai (23) during the MPSSAA Class 3A boys basketball semifinal game at University of Maryland in 2019.
Reservoir's Josh Odunowo releases a shot as he gets past Thomas Johnson defender Bajon Bihai (23) during the MPSSAA Class 3A boys basketball semifinal game at University of Maryland in 2019. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Josh Odunowo, Reservoir (2019). In his two varsity seasons, Odunowo established himself as one of the area’s most dominant athletic forwards and made first team All-County in both campaigns. His combined two-year totals were 602 points, 553 rebounds and 211 blocks (4.4 bpg). As a senior he was a Player of the Year finalist and helped lead Reservoir to the state championship game. In the region finals he had the best game of his career, posting 29 points, 23 rebounds and five blocks in a win over Northeast.

“That regional final game might be one of the best single performances I have ever witnessed. He refused to let us lose. And I think that game, and the entire playoffs really, showcased just how much he has grown as a player,” Reservoir coach Mike Coughlan said. “The defense, the energy and the effort all comes naturally, but we really challenged him to grow these last two years offensively. So to see how far he came in that area this season, peaking during the playoffs, I was just so incredibly proud of him.”

Centennial High School's Keonte Potts poses for the Player of the Year boys basketball photo at Roger Carter Recreation Center in Ellicott City, MD on Thursday, March 17, 2012.
Centennial High School's Keonte Potts poses for the Player of the Year boys basketball photo at Roger Carter Recreation Center in Ellicott City, MD on Thursday, March 17, 2012. (Jen Rynda / Patuxent Publishing)

Keonte Potts, Centennial (2012). While leading Centennial to back-to-back region championships, Potts made second team All-County as a junior and was named Player of the Year as a senior. An explosive scorer during his two seasons on varsity, including averaging 21.9 points per game as a senior and finishing in double figures scoring ever game, the speedy guard finished with a combined 902 career points and 163 assists.

“There was so much growth for him in terms of his ability to do all the little things and a lot of that I thought was his willingness to be a team player,” Centennial coach Chad Hollwedel said in 2012. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he could have averaged five-to-seven more points a game if he just focused on his offense. But it was more important to him to have us be successful.”

Centennial senior Omari Ringgold poses for a photo at Centennial High School in Ellicott City, MD on Monday, December 3, 2012.
Centennial senior Omari Ringgold poses for a photo at Centennial High School in Ellicott City, MD on Monday, December 3, 2012. (Jen Rynda / Patuxent Publishing)

Omari Ringgold, Centennial/Mt. Hebron (2013). After averaging just over five points per game as a sophomore at Mt. Hebron, Ringgold transferred to Centennial and blossomed into one of the county’s best scorers. He finished his three-year varsity career with a combined 1,083 points, including leading the county with 21.1 points per night as a senior. Ringgold, who went on to play at the next level at Albright College, helped Centennial to county and region titles in 2012 and then a top four county finish in 2013. The best game of his career came during the region playoffs as a senior, pouring in 42 points in a triple-overtime victory over River Hill.

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“That game summed up what Omari has meant to this program ... he simply wasn’t going to let us lose,” coach Chad Hollwedel said. “The way he attacked the basket and carried us, it really was amazing to watch.”

Glenelg senior forward Troy Spurrier made first-team All County as a junior and senior.
Glenelg senior forward Troy Spurrier made first-team All County as a junior and senior. (Staff photo by Jen Rynda / Patuxent Publishing)

Troy Spurrier, Glenelg (2012). While he never was named Player of the Year, Spurrier was a two-time first team All-County selection that was as consistent as they come during his four-year varsity career. An undersized forward, he made up for his height difference on the interior with hustle and fundamentals on the way to three seasons averaging at least 12 points and 7 rebounds a contest. His career totals of 1,268 points and 687 rebounds both rank him among the top 12 in county history in both categories. Spurrier, who also added 185 career steals, went on to play at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

“The motor he has, combined with his athleticism and length, is very unique for this level,” coach Jansen McMillan said in 2011. “He has that knack for attacking the basketball on the glass. He understood his role on this year’s team was to be scrappy and he embraced that.”

THIRD TEAM ALL-DECADE

Chancellor Barnard of Glenelg Country tries to dribble around Eric Evans of Calvert Hall.
Chancellor Barnard of Glenelg Country tries to dribble around Eric Evans of Calvert Hall. (Brian Krista, Patuxent Publishing)

Chancelor Barnard, Glenelg Country (2014). A four-year varsity player who drastically improved each and every season, Barnard was a MIAA A Conference All-Star as a senior before heading to play at Loyola University. He finished with career totals of 1,139 points — including averaging 21.6 points per game as a senior — and 153 blocks.

Matthew Frierson of Chapelgate takes a wide open three-point shot during a game at Glenelg Country school on Nov. 26, 2013.
Matthew Frierson of Chapelgate takes a wide open three-point shot during a game at Glenelg Country school on Nov. 26, 2013. (Staff photo by Brian Krista)

Matt Frierson, Chapelgate (2015). Frierson goes down as the greatest 3-point shooter in Chapelgate history and he steadily improved each and every season with the Yellowjackets. He peaked as a senior, making first team All-County after averaging 23.6 points per game and hitting a program-record 137 threes in 30 games. He finished with career totals of 1,467 points, 383 rebounds, 381 assists, 283 made threes and 183 steals.

Marriotts Ridge's Brandon Held is presented with a basketball to recognize his reaching the 1,000-point mark in his high school career. Marriotts Ridge uses a second half surge to defeat Glenelg, 75-61, on March 1, 2019.
Marriotts Ridge's Brandon Held is presented with a basketball to recognize his reaching the 1,000-point mark in his high school career. Marriotts Ridge uses a second half surge to defeat Glenelg, 75-61, on March 1, 2019.

Brandon Held, Marriotts Ridge (2019). Finishing his three-year varsity career with 1,026 points, Held joins Robert Davis as the only 1,000-point scorers in Mustangs’ program history. He made second team All-County as a sophomore and junior, before capping things with first team honors as a senior while averaging 17.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists for a Marriotts Ridge team that won 14 games.

Micah Henry, right, of Hammond shoots against Trea Keys of Wilde Lake during a basketball game at Hammond High School in Columbia, Md. on Friday, February 17, 2017.
Micah Henry, right, of Hammond shoots against Trea Keys of Wilde Lake during a basketball game at Hammond High School in Columbia, Md. on Friday, February 17, 2017. (Matt Hazlett / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Micah Henry, Hammond (2019). Henry was a two-time All-County performer who averaged double figures scoring in three straight seasons on his way to finishing his career with 1,018 points. His best season came as a senior, where he led the county with a scoring average of 21.3 points per game to go along with team-leading averages of 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2 steals.

Reservoir's Seth Henry (33) goes through his player intro rituals before their game against City during the 3A East regional championship boys basketball game at Reservoir High School on Friday, March 7, 2014.
Reservoir's Seth Henry (33) goes through his player intro rituals before their game against City during the 3A East regional championship boys basketball game at Reservoir High School on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Brian Krista / Patuxent Publishing)

Seth Henry, Reservoir (2015). During his three varsity seasons, Henry played a vital role in helping the Gators win 14 or more games each year and secure a region title during the 2012-13 campaign. He finished with career totals of 777 points and 512 rebounds before going on to play at Carnegie Mellon University.

Oakland Mills' #32 Antonio Manns shoots during a game against Long Reach on Feb. 24, 2012.
Oakland Mills' #32 Antonio Manns shoots during a game against Long Reach on Feb. 24, 2012. (Photo by Nate Pesce / Patuxent Homestead)

Antonio Manns, Oakland Mills (2012). Transferring into the program from Digital Harbor for his senior year, Manns put together the third greatest scoring season in county history by averaging 26.9 points per game. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound forward scored over 20 points in all but one contest, hit 48 3-pointers and also added 10.2 rebounds per game on his way to first team All-County honors.

River Hill's Nick Marshall goes up for a basket during a playoff game at Reservoir on March 3, 2020.
River Hill's Nick Marshall goes up for a basket during a playoff game at Reservoir on March 3, 2020. (photo courtesy of Tim Morgan)

Nick Marshall, River Hill (2021). A transfer into the River Hill program from Mount St. Joseph prior to his sophomore season, Marshall made All-County twice before having his senior season postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. In his two seasons, he averaged at least 13.9 points per game in each campaign while also finishing among the county leaders in steals and assists. He has signed to play in college at Loyola University.

Oakland Mills' Mamadou Ndiaye claps after beating Oakdale during the boys Class 2A state basketball semifinal game at Xfinity Center University of Maryland in College Park, MD on Friday, March 13, 2015.
Oakland Mills' Mamadou Ndiaye claps after beating Oakdale during the boys Class 2A state basketball semifinal game at Xfinity Center University of Maryland in College Park, MD on Friday, March 13, 2015. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Mamadou Ndiaye, Oakland Mills (2015). A transfer into the program from Laurel High for his final two seasons, Ndiaye played above the rim on his way to making All-County twice. The athletic 6-foot-7 forward combined for 772 points, 408 rebounds and 70 blocks over two years — helping lead the Scorpions to a state title in 2015. He went on to play Division I basketball at Saint Peter’s University.

Glenelg's #25 Nick Oates runs the ball downcourt , seen using a slow shutter speed, during a game against Centennial on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.
Glenelg's #25 Nick Oates runs the ball downcourt , seen using a slow shutter speed, during a game against Centennial on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (Nate Pesce / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Nick Oates, Glenelg (2015). Oates, a four-year starter and three-time All-County selection, ranks among Glenelg’s program leaders in almost every major statistical category. He finished with career totals of 1,074 points, 322 assists (ninth most in county history), 178 steals and 119 made 3-point shots.

Mount Hebron's Brandon Prox takes a three while Long Reach's Tyri Davis, left, tries to block the shot during the boys basketball game at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.
Mount Hebron's Brandon Prox takes a three while Long Reach's Tyri Davis, left, tries to block the shot during the boys basketball game at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Jen Rynda / BSMG)

Brandon Prox, Mt. Hebron (2019). Prox hit 36 or more 3-point shots in each of his four years on varsity, including a county-record 79 threes as a junior, on his way to a county-best 197 makes from beyond the arc in his career. Prox, who finished with 1,047 career points, made All-County twice.

Marymount's Reed Scott makes a move during a game against St. Mary's College.
Marymount's Reed Scott makes a move during a game against St. Mary's College. (Photo courtesy of Marymount Athletics)

Reed Scott, Howard (2010). The 6-foot-7 forward put together an absolutely dominating senior season on the way to first team honors. He led the county in points (17.1 ppg), rebounds (13.8 rpg — 15th highest average in county history) and finished second in blocks (3.5 bpg). He added 18 3-pointers and posted 17 double-doubles in 25 games.

ATHOLTON

Team of the Decade: 2019-20 (11-5, 19-7)

Members of the Atholton boys basketball team celebrate after their win over C. Milton Wright in the 3A state quarterfinals on March 7.
Members of the Atholton boys basketball team celebrate after their win over C. Milton Wright in the 3A state quarterfinals on March 7. (Matt Button / Baltimore Sun Media/Baltimore Sun Media)

The Raiders won county titles in both 2014 and 2019, but failed to win a playoff game either season. And while the regular season in 2019-20 saw seven losses for Atholton, it was the team’s ability to peak at the right time that makes it stand out. Between the end of the regular season and into the playoffs, the Raiders won eight straight games to secure the program’s first region title since 2009. The season came to an abrupt halt following the team’s state quarterfinal win over C. Milton Wright because of the coronavirus pandemic, meaning the Raiders never got a chance to play at the University of Maryland. Jordan Oates was named Howard County Player of the Year, while Raymond Brown joined him on the All-County team.

Player of the Decade: Jordan Oates (2020)

Atholton senior Jordan Oates led the county in points and rebounds per game on his way to being named the 2019-20 Howard County boys basketball Player of the Year.
Atholton senior Jordan Oates led the county in points and rebounds per game on his way to being named the 2019-20 Howard County boys basketball Player of the Year. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

In just two years with the Raiders, after spending his first two high school seasons at Glenelg Country, Oates became a multiple-time All-County selection and the program’s first Player of the Year in 25 years. As a junior, he averaged a double-double (10.2 points and 10.7 rebounds) and then was even better as a senior — setting program records for most rebounds in a season (368, 14.2 average) and threes made in a season (66). He also led the county in scoring with 462 points. He is playing in college at Salisbury University.

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“The stats he put up last year on what was a very deep team spoke for themselves, but I think Jordan realized pretty early that for us to be successful again this season his role was going to have to be completely different. We needed him to become the face of the program,” coach Jared Albert said in 2020. “I think as the season went on he embraced that and grew into it. The jump that he took as a player was unbelievable and he leaves behind an unbelievable legacy. From both an individual and team perspective, he did it all in his two years here.”

All-Decade Atholton Team

G Justin Ballmer (2014)

G Raymond Brown (2020)

G Jordan Oates (2020)

G Casey Parkins (2019)

G Gavin Stephenson (2012)

F Michael Bernetti (2014)

F Justin Oates (2019)

F Matt Robinson (2010)

CENTENNIAL

Team of the Decade: 2014-15 (18-1, 25-2)

The Centennial boys basketball team huddles together after beating Westlake for the 3A state championship during their game March 14 at the University of Maryland's Xfinity Center.
The Centennial boys basketball team huddles together after beating Westlake for the 3A state championship during their game March 14 at the University of Maryland's Xfinity Center. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. / XX)

After making it to the state final four in 2011 and 2012 and falling just short of a championship, the Eagles returned to the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center and this time walked away with the hardware for the first time in program history. Centennial lost just twice all season — by three points against South Carroll over holiday break and in overtime against Oakland Mills in January — and closed the year with 12 straight wins. No victory was more thrilling than the buzzer-beating win over River Hill for the region title. From there, the Eagles beat C. Milton Wright in the state semis and Westlake for the championship. Only four teams scored over 56 points against Centennial all season. Tom Brown, Chad Strothers and Isaiah White all averaged 12 or more points per game and were named to the All-County team.

Player of the Decade: Isaiah White (2015)

Isaiah White of Centennial waits to be introduced before a boy's basketball game against Oakland Mills in Ellicott City on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.
Isaiah White of Centennial waits to be introduced before a boy's basketball game against Oakland Mills in Ellicott City on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (Matt Hazlett / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

While he only had two varsity seasons to showcase himself, White left a lasting impression on the Centennial program and the county as a whole. He made All-County in each campaign and averaged at least 16.5 points both seasons (859 combined points), but he was just as valuable as an all-around player — serving as the leader in the Eagles’ run to the 3A state championship in 2015. His defensive presence included a combined 94 steals and 87 blocks over two seasons. White went on to play Division I basketball at the University of Maine and the University of Portland.

“He exploded to start the season offensively and then, as we got rolling, he showcased himself as truly a complete player in all aspects,” coach Chad Hollwedel said in 2015. “I was incredibly impressed with how he developed as a team-defensive player. He has always been great on the ball, but for him to get over two blocks a game and do most of it from help ... that speaks to his tremendous growth.”

All-Decade Centennial Team

G Aaron Adams (2011)

G Keonte Potts (2012)

G Joey Sedlacko (2020)

G Chad Strothers (2015)

G Elijah White (2017)

G Isaiah White (2015)

F Tom Brown (2016)

F Omari Ringgold (2013)

F Timi Tinuoye (2013)

CHAPELGATE

Team of the Decade: 2010-11 (12-0, 25-7)

Chapelgate Christian Academy basketball players including Kyle Dailey, left, Jordan Bryant, second from left, Carter Davis, third from left, statistician John Lee, fourth from left, Duke Raoum, holding plaque, Chisom Uzosike, sixth from left, Winfield Taylor, seventh from left, and Chika Obi, right, celebrate after winning the MIAA C Conference championship Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at Gilman School in Baltimore. Chapelgate defeated Beth Tfiloh 64-45.
Chapelgate Christian Academy basketball players including Kyle Dailey, left, Jordan Bryant, second from left, Carter Davis, third from left, statistician John Lee, fourth from left, Duke Raoum, holding plaque, Chisom Uzosike, sixth from left, Winfield Taylor, seventh from left, and Chika Obi, right, celebrate after winning the MIAA C Conference championship Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at Gilman School in Baltimore. Chapelgate defeated Beth Tfiloh 64-45. (Steve Ruark / Patuxent Publishing)

On the way to the program’s second of back-to-back C Conference championships to open the decade, the Yellowjackets went unbeaten in league play during the regular season and then defeated Indian Creek and Beth Tfiloh, 64-45, in the postseason to secure the hardware. Between the end of the regular season into the playoffs, Chapelgate rolled off a stretch of 11 straight victories. Winfield Taylor, Matt Phillips and Nate Frierson all averaged in double figures scoring, with Taylor and Frierson each being named MIAA C All Stars.

Player of the Decade: Matt Frierson (2015)

Chapelgate's Matt Frierson smiles as the tournament MVP during the basketball game against Long Reach at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville.
Chapelgate's Matt Frierson smiles as the tournament MVP during the basketball game against Long Reach at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

A three-year varsity player, Frierson goes down as the greatest 3-point shooter in Chapelgate history and he steadily improved each and every season with the Yellowjackets. He peaked as a senior, making first team All-County after averaging 23.6 points per game and hitting a program-record 137 threes in 30 games. He finished with career totals of 1,467 points, 383 rebounds, 381 assists, 283 made threes and 183 steals before going on to play in college at The Citadel. He is currently playing professional in Brazil.

“”He just shoots all day, that’s what he does. Literally hundreds, some days thousands, of shots,” coach Frick Frierson said in 2015. “It’s neat when you get rewarded for that work because that’s not how life always is when it comes to sports. But he worked on his shot over the years and now he’s getting to enjoy the fruits of his labor.”

All-Decade Chapelgate Team

G Gordie Frierson (2013)

G Matt Frierson (2015)

G Nate Frierson (2011)

G Malik Grandy (2015)

G Aaron McCall (2010)

G Terrell Willis (2014)

F Chris Grandy (2014)

F Winfield Taylor (2011)

C Chika Obi (2013)

GLENELG

Team of the Decade: 2010-11 (15-4, 16-8)

On the way to a second-place finish in the standings, the Gladiators finished with their highest county and overall win totals of the decade. Of the team’s four league losses, three were by six points or less and Glenelg gave undefeated county-champion Oakland Mills one of its toughest county tests in a 57-53 loss. The season ended with a loss against region-champion Gwynn Park. Ryan Griffin, Shane Kellaher and Troy Spurrier all averaged in double figures and were named either first- or second-team All-County.

Glenelg's Troy Spurrier was a two-time first team All-County selection and finished with 1,268 career points.
Glenelg's Troy Spurrier was a two-time first team All-County selection and finished with 1,268 career points. (File photo by Jen Rynda)

Player of the Decade: Troy Spurrier (2012)

While he never was named Player of the Year, Spurrier was a two-time first team All-County selection that was as consistent as they come during his four-year varsity career. An undersized forward, he made up for his height difference on the interior with hustle and fundamentals on the way to three seasons averaging at least 12 points and 7 rebounds a contest. His career totals of 1,268 points and 687 rebounds (program record) both rank him among the top 12 in county history in both categories. Spurrier, who also added 185 career steals, went on to play at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

“The motor he has, combined with his athleticism and length, is very unique for this level,” coach Jansen McMillan said in 2011. “He has that knack for attacking the basketball on the glass. He understood his role on this year’s team was to be scrappy and he embraced that.”

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All-Decade Glenelg Team

G Ryan Griffin (2011)

G Shane Kellaher (2011)

G Dom Napolitano (2015)

G Nick Oates (2015)

G Johnny Piwowarski (2019)

G Trevor Winn (2016)

F Ryan Davis (2018)

F Troy Spurrier (2012)

GLENELG COUNTRY

Team of the Decade: 2010-11 (19-1, 27-4)

Glenelg Country School's Amon Jones, right, and Isaiah Miles celebrate after beating Annapolis Area Christian School in the MIAA B Conference basketball championship Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at Gilman School in Baltimore.
Glenelg Country School's Amon Jones, right, and Isaiah Miles celebrate after beating Annapolis Area Christian School in the MIAA B Conference basketball championship Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at Gilman School in Baltimore. (Steve Ruark / Patuxent Publishing)

In the program’s last season in the MIAA B Conference before graduating up to the A Conference, the Dragons put together a truly special campaign. The team didn’t lose back-to-back games all season and three of the four losses were by single digits. In the playoffs, the team won by 21 against a Pallotti squad that it had lost to during the regular season and then defeated Annapolis Area Christian, 75-61, for the B Conference title. Isaiah Miles, Warren Powers, Cesar Jove-Vives and Kevin Boyd all averaged in double figures scoring, with Miles and Powers each being named MIAA B All-Stars.

Player of the Decade: Warren Powers (2013)

Warren Powers of Glenelg Country is fouled by Denzel Richardson of Calvert Hall, left, as he puts up a jump shot during an MIAA A Conference boys basketball playoff game between Glenelg Country and Calvert Hall at Glenelg County School in Ellicott City, Md., on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
Warren Powers of Glenelg Country is fouled by Denzel Richardson of Calvert Hall, left, as he puts up a jump shot during an MIAA A Conference boys basketball playoff game between Glenelg Country and Calvert Hall at Glenelg County School in Ellicott City, Md., on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. (Brian Krista / Patuxent Publishing)

During his four years as a starter, Powers was an MIAA All-Conference selection three times and served as the key piece that helped the Dragons transition from B Conference champions in 2011 to being a competitive program in the A Conference. He averaged 10 or more points every season, finishing his career with 1,766 points — the most by any Glenelg Country player this decade. He also added 983 career rebounds, averaging a double-double as a junior and senior. He went on to play in college at Chowan University.

“I thought he got better every year since he got here ... his ball handling and shooting got better, but even more than that I thought he developed into an outstanding defensive player,” Glenelg Country coach Kevin Quinlan said. “You put that with his knack for scoring he’s had from day one and he really was an all-around guy for us.”

All-Decade Glenelg Country Team

G Chancellor Barnard (2014)

G Kevin Boyd (2013)

G Joshua Hightower (2016)

G Warren Powers (2013)

G Darryl Williams (2015)

F Anthony Longpre (2017)

F Isaiah Miles (2012)

F Chase Paar (2019)

HAMMOND

Team of the Decade: 2009-10 (14-3, 17-6)

Hammond's Cedric Blossom (right) gets ready to shoot while being defended by Annapolis' D.J. Jones (center) during the District V boys basketball championship game on Feb. 23, 2010 at Arundel High.
Hammond's Cedric Blossom (right) gets ready to shoot while being defended by Annapolis' D.J. Jones (center) during the District V boys basketball championship game on Feb. 23, 2010 at Arundel High. (Nicole Martyn / Patuxent Publishing)

A year after losing in the county title game against Atholton, the Golden Bears broke through for the program’s first county championship since the 1992-93 season. Hammond started the year 0-2 in county and 0-3 overall, but won 14 games in a row after that en route to finishing a game ahead of Oakland Mills and River Hill in the standings. In the playoffs, Hammond defeated Glenelg before losing an overtime heartbreaker against Oakland Mills in the 2A South region semis. Brandon Bjerre was named Player of the Year, while Avery Terry (second team All-County), Cedric Blossom and James Turner also finished with double-digit scoring averages.

Player of the Decade: Micah Henry (2019)

Hammond's Micah Henry goes to the basket against Atholton's Justin Oates in the 2019 2A vs. 3A boys' all-star game at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia.
Hammond's Micah Henry goes to the basket against Atholton's Justin Oates in the 2019 2A vs. 3A boys' all-star game at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Henry was a two-time All-County performer who averaged double figures scoring in three straight seasons on his way to finishing his career with 1,018 points — the most by a player in a Golden Bears’ uniform this decade and third most in program history. His best season came as a senior, where he led the county with a scoring average of 21.3 points per game to go along with team-leading averages of 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2 steals.

“He definitely worked on his shooting since coming up to varsity his sophomore year and you could tell by the fact that after hitting just four threes as a sophomore, he hit 22 this year. He’s a gym rat that worked on his game nonstop and turned into an incredibly dangerous scorer,” coach Mike Salapata said. “I think he really embraced being the No. 1 guy, trusting the plays we were running and learning how to adjust to how teams we were guarding him.”

All-Decade Hammond Team

G Robert Gordon (2018)

G Micah Henry (2019)

G Dave Patrick (2011)

G Avery Terry (2010)

G James Turner (2012)

G Brandon Willis (2016)

F Brandon Bjerre (2010)

F Jarvis Doles (2016)

HOWARD

Team of the Decade: 2015-16 (9-10, 14-11)

Head coach Seth Willingham of Howard talks with the startling line up before a basketball game against Marriotts Ridge at Howard High School in Ellicott City, MD on Thursday, February 4, 2016.
Head coach Seth Willingham of Howard talks with the startling line up before a basketball game against Marriotts Ridge at Howard High School in Ellicott City, MD on Thursday, February 4, 2016. (Matt Hazlett / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

There were just two Lions’ squads that finished with winning overall records this decade (2019-20 was the other) and this squad achieved the highest win total of 14. The Lions started the year by winning 12 of their first 16 games and later, after stumbling down the stretch of the regular season, regrouped to win playoff games against Digital Harbor and MERVO. George Greene was named first team All-County, while Bryce Shuart and DJ Dawkins joined him with double-digit scoring averages.

Player of the Decade: Reed Scott (2010)

Howard's Reed Scott posts up in a game against Mt. Hebron.
Howard's Reed Scott posts up in a game against Mt. Hebron. (Submitted photo)

One of the county’s best true post players in recent history, the 6-foot-7 Scott put together an absolutely dominating senior season on the way to first team honors. He led the county in points (17.1 ppg), rebounds (13.8 rpg — 15th highest average in county history) and finished second in blocks (3.5 bpg). He even hit 18 3-pointers and posted 17 double-doubles in 25 games. Scott went on to be a four-year starter in college at Marymount University.

“You always know what you’re going to get from Reed, he’s probably our most consistent player and he’s our workhorse inside,” coach Kevin McDuffie said in 2010. “Whenever we need a basket or a big play, that’s where we turn. He’s very fundamentally sound and does a great job getting himself in position.”

All-Decade Howard Team

G Andrew Blanco (2018)

G George Greene (2016)

G Cooper Haberern (2021)

G Darrion Harris (2020)

G Bryce Shuart (2016)

G Malcolm Tatum (2011)

G Dequon Walker (2017)

F Reed Scott (2010)

LONG REACH

Team of the Decade: 2011-12 (12-7, 14-9)

Long Reach's Larry Nwankwo, center, cheers with his teammates after Lond Reach takes the lead during the boys basketball game against Hammond at Hammond High School in Columbia, MD on Friday, January 27, 2012.
Long Reach's Larry Nwankwo, center, cheers with his teammates after Lond Reach takes the lead during the boys basketball game against Hammond at Hammond High School in Columbia, MD on Friday, January 27, 2012. (Jen Rynda / Patuxent Publishing)

After starting 3-7, including one stretch of six straight losses, the Lightning regrouped to win 10 of 12 to close the regular season and then opened the playoffs with a win over Oakland Mills. It goes down as one of three seasons this decade where Long Reach finished with a winning record in county play. Senior guard DeVaughn Nowlin, who scored in double figures in every game but one, was named second-team All-County.

Player of the Decade: Tre Morgan (2018)

Long Reach forward Tre Morgan takes a foul shot against Centennial during the 2015-16 season.
Long Reach forward Tre Morgan takes a foul shot against Centennial during the 2015-16 season. (Photo courtesy of Israel Carunungan)

The only Long Reach player this decade to be named All-County more than once, Morgan accomplished the feat despite missing almost his entire senior season with an injury. Transferring into the program from Wilde Lake after his freshman year, Morgan made an immediate impact as a sophomore by averaging 14.6 points and 9.9 rebounds a game on the way to second team honors. He then was even better as a junior, making first team after finishing second in the county in scoring (16.4 ppg) and third in rebounding (10.5 rpg).

“For a [6-foot-1-inch] guy, his post moves are as good as you are going to find,” Long Reach coach Andrew Lazzor said in 2017. “He can get to the rim on anybody and he finishes, whether it’s facing the basket or back to the basket.”

All-Decade Long Reach Team

G Shane Barr (2014)

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G Chad Brown (2018)

G Brian Green (2013)

G DeVaughn Nowlin (2012)

F Kojo Addo (2021)

F Ron Carter (2015)

F Daquan Hargrove (2012)

F Tre Morgan (2018)

MARRIOTTS RIDGE

Team of the Decade: 2011-12 (14-5, 18-6)

Marriotts Ridge fans raise their "magic fingers" as DJ Tucker makes a free throw during a game in 2012.
Marriotts Ridge fans raise their "magic fingers" as DJ Tucker makes a free throw during a game in 2012. (Brian Krista, Patuxent Publishing)

The Mustangs set program records for both county and overall wins, finishing in a tie for second place in the standings under coach Mike Coughlan. The team opened the year by winning 14 of its first 16 games and was tied for first place in the league entering the final month of the regular season. Marriotts Ridge was the only team all season to beat county- and region-champion Centennial by double digits. In the playoffs, the Mustangs beat Long Reach before losing against Largo on the road. Arjun Patel, DJ Tucker, Robert Davis and BJ Durham all averaged nine or more points a game, with Patel and Tucker making All-County.

Player of the Decade: Robert Davis (2014)

Marriotts Ridge's Robert Davis posted a county-best 21.6 points a game during the 2013-14 season on his way to being named Player of the Year.
Marriotts Ridge's Robert Davis posted a county-best 21.6 points a game during the 2013-14 season on his way to being named Player of the Year. (Staff photo by Jen Rynda)

In his four years on varsity, Davis played for three different head coaches and had varying levels of team success — topped by helping the Mustangs to a program-record 18 victories in 2012. But his presence as a team-first guard capable of scoring all over the floor was undeniable each and every season. He finished his career with program records of 1,347 points and 301 assists, making first team All-County as a junior and garnering Player of the Year honors as a senior. He had his jersey retired before graduating and going on to play in college at Johnson C. Smith University.

“He’s just truly a selfless young man,” Marriotts Ridge coach Marcus Lewis said in 2014. “To have your best player step up put the team before himself, like he did, that speaks volumes. For Robert, the most important thing was winning and he was willing to do whatever he possibly could to give us the best chance to do that.”

All-Decade Marriotts Ridge Team

G Robert Davis (2014)

G BJ Durham (2012)

G Cam Heard (2019)

G Brandon Held (2019)

G John Miller (2021)

G Arjun Patel (2012)

F Greg Speelman (2015)

F DJ Tucker (2012)

MT. HEBRON

Team of the Decade: 2010-11 (12-7, 14-9)

Mt. Hebron's Deonte Moses, left, dribbles out of pressure during a boys basketball game against Atholton.
Mt. Hebron's Deonte Moses, left, dribbles out of pressure during a boys basketball game against Atholton. (Jen Rynda / Patuxent Publishing)

The Vikings have produced winning overall records a handful of times this decade, but no squad achieved more county wins than the 12 league victories this team achieved. Mt. Hebron put together two separate five-game winning streaks against county competition and finished tied for fourth in the standings. Deonte Moses (13.6 ppg) and Malik Gilmore (11 ppg) led the way offensively.

Player of the Decade: Brandon Prox (2019)

Mount Hebron's Brandon Prox dribbles the ball during the boys basketball game against Long Reach at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.
Mount Hebron's Brandon Prox dribbles the ball during the boys basketball game against Long Reach at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

From a statistical standpoint, Prox graduated as the best long-range shooter Howard County public school basketball has ever seen. He hit 36 or more 3-point shots in each of his four years on varsity, including a county-record 79 threes as a junior, on his way to a county-best 197 makes from beyond the arc in his career. He made 28 more career threes than the next closest individual. Prox, who finished with 1,047 career points and 187 career steals, made All-County twice.

“He refused to be denied,” coach Mike Linsenmeyer said in 2018. “He had to work hard to get open, because obviously everybody knew that he could shoot, and he was willing to do that. He played really good defense also and was a really good teammate, and that’s why we had a really good run this year.”

All-Decade Mt. Hebron Team

G Odell Dickerson (2019)

G Deonte Moses (2012)

G Brandon Prox (2019)

G Mark Smith (2015)

F David Herlihy (2014)

F Zach Neal (2011)

F Aaren Smith (2015)

F Diara Woodard (2013)

OAKLAND MILLS

Team of the Decade: 2014-15 (17-2, 24-3)

March 14, 2015: Oakland Mills wins the 2A State Basketball Championship game between Oakland Mills and Patterson at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland. Photo by: Daniel Kucin Jr. Baltimore Sun
March 14, 2015: Oakland Mills wins the 2A State Basketball Championship game between Oakland Mills and Patterson at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland. Photo by: Daniel Kucin Jr. Baltimore Sun (Daniel Kucin Jr. / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

After losing in the region finals four of the previous five years, the Scorpions finally got over the hump by beating Douglass 73-70 in overtime for the 2A South region crown and then rode that momentum to the program’s first state championship since 1990. Oakland Mills lost by double digits twice in its first six games, but then regrouped to go 20-1 the rest of the way — including handing county-champion Centennial its only league loss. The team beat Oakdale in the state semis and then Patterson for the state championship. Oakland Mills went undefeated in the regular season in both 2010-11 and 2012-13 but this is the only squad this decade to close the deal. Will Robinson Jr. was named the Baltimore Metro Player of the Year and he was joined on the All-County squad by Daniel Kiely and Mamadou Ndiaye.

Player of the Decade: Daniel Kiely (2016)

Oakland Mills' Daniel Kiely poses for the Howard County boys basketball Player of the Year photo at Oakland Mills Hill School in Columbia, MD on Thursday, March 24, 2016.
Oakland Mills' Daniel Kiely poses for the Howard County boys basketball Player of the Year photo at Oakland Mills Hill School in Columbia, MD on Thursday, March 24, 2016. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The steady presence and driving force for Oakland Mills between his sophomore and senior seasons — guiding the program to three straight region championship appearances and a state title in 2015 — Kiely goes down as one of the greatest point guards in county history. He’s the only Howard County public school player to ever finish his career with over 1,000 points, 400 assists and 300 rebounds. His 1,085 career points rank him fifth in program history and his 400 assists are tied for second most in county history. During his best individual season as a senior, he averaged county-leading totals of 21 points and 7 assists per game on the way to being named Player of the Year. He played in college at Arizona Western College and Texas A&M International.

“The stats, the accomplishments ... they are hard to ignore,” coach Jon Browne said in 2016. “Having won a state championship to go along with all the wins, this four-year stretch he’s been a part of at Oakland Mills is basically unparalleled. Any expectations I had for Daniel coming in as a freshman, he’s blown them out of the water.”

All-Decade Oakland Mills Team

G Daeshawn Eaton (2019)

G Daniel Kiely (2016)

G Joe Kiely (2011)

G Lavon Long (2013)

G Will Robinson Jr. (2015)

F Dajuan Dent (2013)

F Antonio Manns (2012)

F Mamadou Ndiaye (2015)

F Greg Whittington (2011)

RESERVOIR

Team of the Decade: 2012-13 (14-5, 19-7)

Reservoir players celebrate as fans run onto the court after winning the 3A basketball regional final game against Annapolis at Reservoir High School in Fulton, MD on Friday, March 8, 2013.
Reservoir players celebrate as fans run onto the court after winning the 3A basketball regional final game against Annapolis at Reservoir High School in Fulton, MD on Friday, March 8, 2013. (Jen Rynda / Patuxent Publishing)

In the first year under head coach Mike Coughlan, the Gators utilized their incredible depth — eight players averaged between 4.5 and 11 points a game — to secure the first region championship in program history. Reservoir started the season with back-to-back county losses but regrouped to finish third in the standings. Between the end of the regular season and into the playoffs, the Gators won 10 straight games and culminated the run with a 59-51 victory over Annapolis in the 3A East region championship game. The run came to an end in the state semifinals, but not before giving Potomac all it could handle in a 64-57 decision. Matt Christian and Kyle Reilly represented the Gators on the All-County team.

Player of the Decade: Josh Odunowo (2019)

Reservoir fans cheer Josh Odunowo before the Boys Basketball playoff game against Mt. Hebron, at Reservoir, in 2019.
Reservoir fans cheer Josh Odunowo before the Boys Basketball playoff game against Mt. Hebron, at Reservoir, in 2019. (Bill Ryan / For Baltimore Sun Media)

In his two varsity seasons, Odunowo established himself as one of the area’s most dominant athletic forwards and made first team All-County in both campaigns. His combined two-year totals were 602 points, 553 rebounds and 211 blocks (4.4 bpg). As a senior he was a Player of the Year finalist and helped lead Reservoir to the state championship game. In the region finals he had the best game of his career, posting 29 points, 23 rebounds and five blocks in a win over Northeast.

“That regional final game might be one of the best single performances I have ever witnessed. He refused to let us lose. And I think that game, and the entire playoffs really, showcased just how much he has grown as a player,” Reservoir coach Mike Coughlan said. “The defense, the energy and the effort all comes naturally, but we really challenged him to grow these last two years offensively. So to see how far he came in that area this season, peaking during the playoffs, I was just so incredibly proud of him.”

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All-Decade Reservoir Team

G Taz Larry (2011)

G Aaron McDonald (2014)

G Judge Payne (2016)

G Kyle Reilly (2014)

F Seth Henry (2015)

F Bobby Hill (2021)

F Josh Odunowo (2019)

F Shane Reybold (2010)

RIVER HILL

Team of the Decade: 2017-18 (13-3, 21-5)

River Hill boys basketball poses with the region championship trophy after defeating Thomas Stone in the 2A South final on March 3, 2018.
River Hill boys basketball poses with the region championship trophy after defeating Thomas Stone in the 2A South final on March 3, 2018. (Baltimore Sun)

The only Hawks team in program history to win a county and region championship in the same season, this squad started the year by winning seven in a row and 14 of its first 15 games. Even with a couple stumbles late in the regular season, including against co-county champion Oakland Mills, River Hill rebounded to win against the Scorpions when it mattered most in the region semifinals. The Hawks then beat Thomas Stone, 61-51, for the 2A South region championship before losing in the state semifinals against North Caroline. Jaden Martin earned Player of the Year honors, while Jacob Krause made first team All-County.

Player of the Decade: Charlie Thomas (2015)

River Hill senior Charlie Thomas poses for the boys basketball player of the year photo at River Hill High School in Clarksville, MD on Friday, March 27, 2015.
River Hill senior Charlie Thomas poses for the boys basketball player of the year photo at River Hill High School in Clarksville, MD on Friday, March 27, 2015. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Bursting onto the scene as a varsity starter his freshman year, Thomas went on to have one of the greatest individual careers in county history. He averaged 12 or more points per game every year of high school, finishing with a program-record of 1,717 points —ranking him third all time in county history behind Mt. Hebron’s Barry Young and Cliff Rees. He also ranks third all-time among Howard County players in career rebounds (893) behind only Barry and Perry Young. Thomas made first team All-County as a sophomore and junior before capping things off with Player of the Year honors following averaging 23.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game as a senior. He went on to play in college at the University of Wisconsin.

“I think Charlie reached a point there where he realized this was the last year in high school for him and there was no next year. You saw it in his eyes, he knew it was time for him to become a man out there,” coach Matt Graves said in 2015. “He set the tone in the Cardozo game and then he never really slowed down after that. His scoring, his vocal leadership ... everything went to an entirely different level.”

All-Decade River Hill Team

G Jacob Krause (2018)

G Nick Marshall (2020)

G Jaden Martin (2018)

G Varun Ram (2010)

G Gary Sandler (2015)

F Jordan Knisley (2011)

F Walt Moody (2013)

F Charlie Thomas (2015)

WILDE LAKE

Team of Decade: 2011-12 (14-5, 17-6)

Three Wilde Lake defenders close in on the ball during a game against Marriotts Ridge on Jan. 10, 2012.
Three Wilde Lake defenders close in on the ball during a game against Marriotts Ridge on Jan. 10, 2012. (Scialom, Noah / Patuxent Publishing)

While the Wildecats had other teams this decade that made it further in the playoffs, this team is the only one that finished with double-digit county victories this decade. In the first season under head coach Deon Wingfield, Wilde Lake ended up finishing in a tie for second in the county. The team rolled off nine straight victories during one stretch between December and January. Five players — Antoine Barnes, Dante Garner, Devaughn Garner, Eric Handy and Anthony Miller — all finished the season averaging eight or more points. Dante Garner made first team All-County, while his brother Devaughn made second.

Player of the Decade: Trea Keys (2019)

Trea Keys (Wilde Lake class of 2019) scored 1,242 career points. He currently ranks second all time on the Wilde Lake scoring list.
Trea Keys (Wilde Lake class of 2019) scored 1,242 career points. He currently ranks second all time on the Wilde Lake scoring list. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

From the time he was pulled up to varsity during the playoffs his freshman year, Keys showcased superior quickness and an ability to score all over the floor despite standing just 5-foot-7. He ended up making first team All-County three times, including garnering Player of the Year honors as a sophomore, and finished as the second leading scorer in school history with 1,242 career points. Between his sophomore and senior seasons, Keys averaged at least 16 points a game in each campaign and also added career totals of over 200 assists and more than 150 steals.

“As a coach, seeing the progression of Trea as a player and the legacy that he was able to build has been incredibly special to watch,” coach Deon Wingfield said in 2019. “He obviously has the skill, but it’s his basketball IQ that I think sets him apart. He evolved as a player, figured out different ways to help the team as a scorer and as a facilitator, and forever left his imprint on this program.”

All-Decade Wilde Lake Team

G Dante Garner (2012)

G Devaughn Garner (2012)

G Devon Groves (2014)

G Eric Handy (2013)

G Trea Keys (2019)

G Marcus Mitchell (2020)

G Dennis Williams (2010)

F Marquis Bullet (2017)

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