All-Metro boys basketball team

High Schools

March 27, 2000|By Pat O'Malley

Player of the Year

Derrick Snowden,

Archbishop Spalding

Quickness, instincts, superb ball handling and competitive fire set Snowden apart over the last two seasons as the metro area's premier point guard.

The 6-foot Snowden, who is headed to Villanova and is the only local player named to April's Capital Classic, capped an incredible four-year varsity career by leading the Cavaliers (25-11) to their first No. 1 ranking in The Sun's final poll and first for an Anne Arundel County boys team.

"Derrick was one of the five-best point guards in the nation and clearly our leader," said Cavaliers coach Mike Glick.

Snowden, Spalding's career leader in points (1,404) and assists (695), is a repeat All-Metro selection who lifted his scoring average from 10.2 points to a club-leading 15.9 (55 percent from the field and 73 percent at the line).

Also leading in assists (4.6) and steals (2.2), Snowden rang up his numbers playing in five national tournaments plus the Baltimore Catholic League tournament. Twenty-seven of the team's 36 games came against teams ranked locally or nationally.

While he developed into an outstanding offensive player, defense is still Snowden's calling card.

One of only three players to be named Anne Arundel County Player of the Year twice and All-County three times, Snowden won Baltimore Catholic MVP honors for both the regular season and tournament and Most Outstanding Player at the Alhambra.

Coach of the Year

Richard Hart,

Aberdeen

Hart, who led the No. 4 Eagles (26-1) to the Class 2A state championship (school's third and first since 1976) in his second season, is a unique story.

After graduating from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University with a teaching degree in math, Hart went into business for 15 years before pursuing his goal of teaching and coaching at Aberdeen two years ago at age 41.

"David Volrath [principal] was kind enough to give me a teaching position [algebra, computer math] and on my resume, I said I would be interested in coaching basketball," said Hart, who drives one-and-a-half hours each way from York County, Pa., to Aberdeen.

In Hart's first year, coach Ron Petry resigned two days before the start of basketball, and Hart was called into the office.

"Mr. Volrath asked me if I had my sneakers with me," said Hart.

Just as fast, Hart led the Eagles to a 21-5 record and the 3A semifinals at Cole Field House, where they lost, 101-60, to Thomas Johnson. "It was overwhelming, but the players realized we had to take another step, and they did," said Hart.

Moving to 2A, the Eagles won their first 17 games this season and the Harford County title. They eliminated rival Edgewood in the 2A East playoffs and went on to win the state crown, 50-48, over Gwynn Park (21-6) of Prince George's County.

Calvin Dotson,

Dunbar

One of the Baltimore metropolitan area's most consistent players, the 6-2 Dotson averaged 22.3 points, 6.5 assists, 3.2 steals and 3.1 rebounds for the ninth-ranked Poets (18-6).

In what was not a typical Dunbar season, the Poets lost the Baltimore City title game to No. 3 Southern-Baltimore, 77-55.

The Poets also lost the Class 2A North region final to No. 15 Edmondson, 72-65, despite Dotson's outstanding efforts.

"Calvin is a very unselfish player who did everything he could to lead us in the right direction," said Dunbar coach Lynn Badham of the senior left-hander, who can shoot, distribute and play solid defense.

Qualifying academically for Division I basketball, Dotson is considering Wake Forest, Duquesne and Vermont.

The college that Dotson finally does choose to attend will be getting a player who is, in the words of Badham, "a coach's dream."

Thomas Hawkins, Annapolis

The first four-year varsity player at Annapolis, Hawkins finished as the Panthers' all-time leading scorer with 1,507 career points, sixth best in Anne Arundel County history.

Matching Snowden as a three-time All-County player, the 6-4 Hawkins was county Player of the Year as a sophomore.

This season, Hawkins led the No. 2 ranked Panthers to a 25-1 mark, an Anne Arundel County public school record for victories.

Hawkins paced his team in scoring (18.9 average), rebounding (7.3) and shooting percentages from the field (.550) and at the line (.830), and was second in three-point percentage at .330, hitting 38 of 115 attempts.

An improved ball handler, rebounder and defensive player over the previous two seasons, Hawkins also averaged 3.3 assists and two steals an outing.

"Thomas kept improving his total game each year and ended a complete player," said coach John Brady.

Keith Jenifer,

Towson Catholic

Considered among the nation's top unsigned guards, the 6-2 Jenifer was named to the 40th Alhambra All-Tournament Team with Snowden after scoring 42 points and leading the event's field with 21 assists.

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