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December 14, 2010

Several standouts from D.C. events

MORE: D.C. Classic: Friday highlights | Graham dominates National Hoops Festival

Rivals.com took a swing through the talent-rich Washington, D.C. metro area over the weekend. Here's a look -- in alphabetical order -- at the weekend's eye-catchers.

D.C. Eye-Catchers
SG, St. Vincent-St. Mary - 2011 Class
The senior from Akron had initially committed to St. Francis (Pa.) College before opening things back up during the winter. Now, he's got a chance to end up being one of the hottest mid-major targets in the country. The feeling among some coaches is that he showed enough ball-handling ability to play some at the point, but it's his athleticism near the rim and picture-perfect jumper with range to the three-point stripe that got coaches excited at the National Hoops Festival.

PG, Gonzaga College - 2013
The sophomore point guard's shots weren't dropping on Thursday night, but he still led his team to victory and ended his weekend by being named MVP of the 2010 Gonzaga Classic. A thin southpaw, Britt is a pure point guard who is looking to get his team into their offense, set up his teammates and make good decisions.

SF, I.C. Norcom - 2011
As it stands, the 6-foot-7 senior is one of the most versatile players in the country. A hybrid forward who literally plays every position for his high school team, the Virginia Tech signee does a little bit of everything. He's gotten stronger, looks much more comfortable handling the ball and has improved mechanics on his jumper. He deserves to be in the discussion as a potential McDonald's All-American.

SG, Word of God - 2012
The 6-foot-4 product of Raleigh, N.C., is one of the most explosive baseline scorer/athletes regardless of high school classification. The thin junior is a dangerous catch-and-shoot guy with easy range to 22 feet and he has an assortment of floaters he likes to use off of the dribble. There have been questions about his attitude and consistency in his past, but Graham was on his best behavior at the National Hoops Festival and reports are he's been playing like this for most of the year.

PG/SG, DeMatha - 2013
It's still too early to tell what level the 6-foot-1 sophomore will ultimately be recruited on, but he showed very well during two outings over the weekend. His game is one that is based on speed, effort and making the correct play and it will be appreciated by just about anybody who watches him. He made some jumpers, but his specialty is turning the corner off of a screen and racing to the basket.

SG/PG, Princeton Day Academy - 2013
One of the nation's top five sophomores, the 6-foot-4 native of Denver has been most commonly thought of as a future shooting guard. That makes sense given his ability to score from all three levels on the offensive end. However, it's starting to look like he is a guy who can at least play the point for part, if not full time because of his instincts for passing the ball.



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