After stopping by Princeton Day Academy's practice Thursday night, Rivals.com analyst Eric Bossi drove a mile up the road in D.C. for a battle of Washington Catholic Athletic Conference foes Archbishop Carroll and DeMatha. In front of a packed house, DeMatha fought off a sluggish start to roll to a 20-point win behind the play of senior Mikael Hopkins, junior James Robinson and sophomore Jairus Lyles.
Observations from DeMatha/Carroll
Mikael Hopkins, PF, DeMatha- The Georgetown signee got off to a rough start in the first half. He was T'ed up, settled for deep jumpers and wasn't very involved on the glass. During the second, though, his activity sparked a big DeMatha run to break open the game. He scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half and finished with 12 rebounds and four blocks to go with those points.
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James Robinson, PG/SG, DeMatha- The junior four-star is a physical presence with the ball in his hands. He's too strong for most high school defenders to take the ball from him and he's smart. He gets others involved, is a pretty good jump shooter and plays with toughness. Looking ahead, improving his speed will be important because quick point guards could give him troubles.
Jairus Lyles, SG/PG, DeMatha- The sophomore was the game's leading scorer with 19 points and he did it in a variety of ways. He hit some jumpers, got transition finishes and scores off the dribble drive. His speed and first step are both high level.
BeeJay Anya, C, DeMatha- The beefy sophomore is an interesting guy to watch. He clears space in the lane, runs the floor surprisingly well and has a nice pair of hands.
Kenny Cherry, PG/SG, Carroll- A native of Canada, he's a powerful combo guard who goes at guys. A good jump shooter, he really likes to get some momentum going before pulling up between 12 and 17 feet. Low- to mid-level programs in search of a scoring combo should be taking a look.