Laurel boys basketball follows lead of point guard

Senior point guard Kirk Hawkins led the Spartans last year in scoring when he averaged 20 points a game.
Senior point guard Kirk Hawkins led the Spartans last year in scoring when he averaged 20 points a game. (File photo/2015)

Before last season Laurel High boys basketball Torrence Oxendine said he expected Kirk Hawkins to average about 12 to 15 points per contest.

But the Spartans point guard did much better than that.


He averaged about 20 points per game," said Oxendine, now in his sixth season as the head coach at Laurel High. "He has really improved his mid-range game and decision making."

Hawkins is now a senior and will be expected to carry the load again for the Spartans, who finished under .500 last season after posting a mark of 9-13 when Hawkins was a sophomore.


Another returning player for Laurel is junior Oba Anjorin, whom Oxendine said will come off the bench.

Hawkins is one of three returning senior starters for the Spartans. He participated in the DMV Elite 80 Showcase and is being recruited by DII programs right now.

Senior Eric Elue is a returning starting small forward who will be counted on to contribute.

"He was a little timid last year on the wing. He is more aggressive this year," Oxendine said. "He should be a valuable piece for us."


Oxendine noted Elue, a strong student, is attracting attention from Division III programs.

Ke'Shon Hill-Kearney, a transfer from Pallotti, should also see key minutes.

Oxendine expects Bowie, Eleanor Roosevelt and Wise to be "the power three" in the Prince George's 4A league this season.

"On paper I think Bowie has the best all-around team," Oxendine said. "Those three are always at the top."

The Laurel High coach, a product of Division II Virginia State, said his team will be among many trying to move into one of the top four spots in the county.

"We expect to finish over .500 this year and make some noise in the playoffs," he said.

Among the seniors Laurel will have to replace are Derrick Solee, Tyreon Cooper, Ramelo Caldwell and Michael Azah.

Former Laurel players now with college programs include Tai Marshall, a junior forward at Division II Bowie State. He scored two points in the first four games for the Bulldogs, who play Dec. 3 at Augusta College in Georgia and Dec. 6 at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida.

Former Laurel High coach leads at Howard

Former Laurel High boys basketball coach Keith Coutreyer is the associate head coach with the men's program at Howard, a member of the Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

The Bison play Dec. 5 at North Carolina A&T, on Dec. 7 at North Carolina Central and on Dec. 9 at Purdue, which has been nationally-ranked this season.

Howard began its season with losses to UMass and Rutgers before beating Medgar Evers, Texas Southern and Central Arkansas.

Howard's James Daniel averaged 27.6 points per game in the first five contests. He is junior guard from Hampton, Virginia.

Pallotti graduates shine

D'Ondre Stockman, a sophomore guard for Division III Marymount in Virginia, started the first four games and averaged 30.5 minutes and 10.8 points per contest for the Saints.

Stockman is a graduate of St. Vincent Pallotti and was all-MIAA player for the Panthers as he averaged nearly 20 points per game as a senior. He had six points against Eastern Mennonite in a 70-59 loss at home Nov. 22 in the title game of the Pablo Coto tournament. Marymount hosts Christopher Newport on Dec. 5 in a Capital Athletic Conference contest.

Laurel resident and Pallotti graduate Jeff Holland is a junior guard/forward for Catholic, which began the season ranked among the top 20 teams at the Division III level. Holland played in three of the first four games and averaged 2.0 points per contest. The Cardinals host St. Vincent on Dec. 7.

Michael Robinson, a Pallotti graduate, is a freshman for Division III Hood College in Frederick. He averaged 5.3 points in the first four games this season. Hood hosts Widener on Dec. 5.

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