Dudley became a leading Warrior Forward took young Woodlawn to region final Player of the Year

March 19, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

There isn't much difference between the Donte Dudley of last season and the one of this season.

He's still the same quiet and unassuming person who transferred dwich from Largo High of Prince George's County to Woodlawn.

Except on the basketball court.

Dudley, a 6-foot-2 junior forward and The Baltimore Sun's Baltimore County Boys Basketball Player of the Year, developed into one of the area's most versatile players on a young Woodlawn squad (23-1) that reached the state Class 4A Region II final and was ranked fifth in the area.

"He can shoot from the outside, post up and is a great rebounder," Woodlawn coach Rod Norris said. "He's a smart and unselfish player, and he is so smooth at times that the players perform better around him."

On a team that featured 12 underclassmen, Dudley averaged 17.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists and became a leader by example for the Warriors.

Woodlawn dominated the Baltimore County 4A-3A League en route to its first undefeated season.

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It wasn't until the 21st game of the season, a 75-59 win over Perry Hall, that Dudley believed that the Warriors realized their potential. In their first meeting in January, the Gators gave Woodlawn its biggest scare before losing, 68-64.

Then came the first loss for the Warriors, a 95-85 defeat by Poly in the regional semifinals before a capacity home crowd. The next day in school, Dudley and his teammates were ridiculed by their classmates.

But by the end of that day, there was an opportunity at redemption when they were told that Poly had to forfeit because of an ineligible player.

The Warriors advanced to the regional final and didn't disappoint, battling Prince George's County's High Point before losing, 81-77.

It was an upbeat ending to the season.

The first team at a glance

Jeremy Baker

Calvert Hall, 5-9, senior, guard

His speed and hustle on the soccer field earned him All-Metro honors in helping the Cardinals to the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference title. The same could be said for his play on the basketball court as he averaged 14.8 points and 4.7 assists and was voted by the Catholic League coaches as the league's Player of the Year. Baker was the Cardinals' top defensive player.

Kenny Bostic

Milford Mill, 5-11, junior, guard

After a record-setting performance (11 assists) in the Class 1A final last season, Bostic developed as one of the area's best guards this season. Bostic averaged 14.0 points and 6.1 assists for the Millers, who reached the Region II title game before losing to eventual champion Dunbar. He was a first-team All Baltimore County 2A-1A League selection this season.

James Burrell

Towson Catholic, 6-6, senior, center

He probably was the Owls' most consistent player this season. Burrell averaged 15.6 points and 9.1 rebounds and was a first-team All-Catholic League selection for the second straight season. Strong in the lane, Burrell also can hit the outside jumper. Selected to the Catholic League all-tournament team, he has been contacted by Fordham, Holy Cross, Towson State and Loyola.

Sharif Butler

Towson Catholic, 6-3, senior, forward

Butler came on strong at the end of last season for the Owls and continued that play in 1992-93. He's averaging 20.1 points, 4.3 rebonds and 2.9 assists. Butler was a first-team Catholic League selection for the Catholic League and MSA Armstrong A League tournament champions. Butler helped in bringing up the ball and setting the offense. Butler has been contacted by South Alabama, Virginia Commonwealth and Pitt-Johnstown.

Donta Evans

McDonogh, 5-8, junior, guard

Evans held his own against some of the area's top teams in the MSA Armstrong A League, leading the Eagles in scoring at 18.1, while averaging 4.4 assists and 4.6 steals. Opponents played box-in-one defense against him, but he was still able to score.

Jerry Hunt

Loyola, 6-3, senior, forward

The leader of the squad, which won the Catholic League regular-season title and was a finalist in the league tournament and the MSA Armstrong A League tournament, Hunt averaged 10.7 points and 6.7 rebounds. Despite his size, Hunt was able to rebound. A repeat selection on the All-Catholic League, Hunt is considering La Salle and Drexel.

James Lewis

Catonsville, 6-2, senior, forward

One of two regulars back from last season's Class 3A state champions, Lewis was the stalwart for the Comets, who reached the Class 3A semifinals. He averaged 19.2 points and 14.1

rebounds, in earning All-Baltimore County 4A-3A League honors for a second straight season. An All-Baltimore City/County football pick, Lewis used his size to control the boards. He has been contacted by Potomac State Junior College and Salisbury State.

Wes Unseld Jr.

Loyola, 6-3, senior, forward

A role player last season, Unseld came into his own at the end of this season. He averaged 12.0 points and a team-leading 9.2 rebounds and was the Catholic League tournament's Most Valuable Player. Unseld emerged as an excellent rebounder and a strong offensive performer in the post. He is considering Johns Hopkins for basketball.

Chris Wilson

Calvert Hall, 6-6, senior, center

In one of the area's toughest leagues, the Catholic League, he always seemed to be cool and calm under pressure. Wilson averaged 15.3 points and 9.8 rebounds and was a second-team All-Catholic League pick for a second straight season. He can score in a variety of ways. Washington College, Wheeling (Pa.) and Shippensburg are interested in him.

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