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Throughout the remainder of the season, The Washington Informer will feature our choices for the top five high school basketball programs in the greater Washington area, specifically the DCIAA (District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association) and the WCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference), for their efforts based upon win/loss record, strength of schedule and winning streak:

1. Theodore Roosevelt (16-2) (DCSAA)

Theodore Roosevelt, winners of nine straight, is on a roll. The Roughriders dropped Thurgood Marshall Academy (Washington, D.C.) 66-58 on Jan. 6.

Sophomore point guard Marcus Dockery, sophomore guard Darius Miles, and senior guard Kareem James are in a groove right now. Dockery leads the Roughriders in scoring with over 11 points per game.

2. Gonzaga (10-0) (WCAC)

Gonzaga’s record remains unblemished moving into the heart of their regular season schedule. The Eagles recently took down Good Counsel (Olney, MD) 71-54 on Jan. 2 behind an impressive performance by Myles Stute.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound guard led the Eagles in scoring against the Falcons with 19 points, adding eight rebounds and three assists as well.

Sophomore forward Terrance Williams leads Gonzaga in scoring so far this season (18.9 ppg) while senior forward Myles Dread and sophomore point guard Chuck Harris also have double-figure averages.

3. Dunbar (10-6) (DCSAA)

Dunbar has won three of its past four games and looks to be a formidable opponent moving forward.

After falling to Friendship Tech (Washington, D.C.) 56-51 on Jan. 6, the Crimson Tide has since defeated KIPP (Washington, D.C.) by 12 points and dominated Coolidge (Washington, D.C.) by 24 points.

Senior shooting point guard Rasheed Gatling leads the Crimson Tide in scoring with over 17 ppg and has scored over 20 points in his past two contests.

4. DeMatha (12-1) (WCAC)

The Stags are riding on a two-game win streak, most recently defeating Bishop Ireton (Alexandria, Va.), 74-49, on Jan. 2.

DeMatha will have a tough test against rival Gonzaga on Jan. 11, a game which could provide some clarity atop the conference the rest of the way.

Junior guard Justin Moore has been the catalyst for the Stags’ success, averaging 18.4 ppg this season.

5. Thurgood Marshall Academy (9-6) (DCSAA)

Despite recently falling to Theodore Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall has hung around and played solid basketball over the past few weeks.

The Warriors have won seven of their past 10 contests, including a convincing 55-43 win against Good Counsel on Dec. 30. Senior guard Savion Gallion has been the driving force, averaging over 23 points per contest.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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