Courtesy of Gonzaga via Twitter
Courtesy of Gonzaga via Twitter

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 (14-2) (DCIAA)
The Roughriders have strung together seven consecutive wins and look to be the team to beat moving forward. Theodore Roosevelt recently took down Midfield High School (Midfield, AL) during the Normandy Holiday Invitational on Dec. 29.

Sophomore 6-foot-3 guard Darius Miles led the way against Milfield with 13 points, but sophomore point guard Marcus Dockery has been the driving force behind his team’s success as of late.

Despite being held to only four points in his last contest, Dockery is currently leading his team in scoring (11.9 ppg) and has gotten his teammates involved as well, with 24 assists up to this point.

2. Gonzaga (9-0) (WCAC)
The Eagles are flying high with an undefeated record. Gonzaga notched a 50-point victory (90-40) over St. Mary’s Ryken on Dec. 12, displaying its firepower in conference play.

Gonzaga senior forward Myles Dread led the way in that contest with 17 points, pulling down six rebounds as well. Dread and sophomore forward Terrance Williams have been nearly unstoppable offensively.

Williams currently leads his team in scoring (19.9 ppg), and Dread is right behind him with 16 ppg as the second scoring option.

Williams dropped 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School (Brooklyn, N.Y.) on Dec. 29 during the Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament.

3. Wilson (10-8) (DCIAA)
The Tigers were edged by Lincoln Academy (Suwanee, Ga.) 72-71 in a two-overtime heartbreaker on Dec. 29 during the Governor’s Classic basketball tournament.

However, Wilson came out of the gates strong this year after three consecutive victories before falling to Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 82-70, on Dec. 9.

Senior guard Ayinde Hikim and junior guard Jay Heath Jr. are both averaging 14 ppg and don’t show any signs of slowing down.

4. DeMatha (10-1) (WCAC)
The Stags most recently fell to Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 76-66 during the Beach Ball Classic, but they are playing together with impressive results this season. DeMatha junior guard Justin Moore has been the catalyst for the Stags’ success this season, averaging nearly 18 ppg.

Moore has kept his team in many games and has been the focal point of what DeMatha wants to do on both ends of the floor.

5. Dunbar (7-5) (DCIAA)
Dunbar was a force to be reckoned with after putting together four consecutive wins, including a 24-point victory over Banneker on Dec. 13 to start the season. Dunbar recently defeated Eastern High School 56-55 during Mount Vernon Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29.

They are firing on all cylinders, and it has been a team effort offensively for the Crimson Tide, as four players currently have double-figure scoring averages.

Senior shooting point guard Rasheed Gatling leads that group, averaging over 15 ppg. He scored 25 points, dished out five assists and had five rebounds in the victory against Eastern.

The Washington Informer Top 5 is strictly based upon the opinions of The Washington Informer sports division and will run throughout the duration of the DCIAA and WCAC basketball seasons.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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