Top DMV basketball players to watch in high school playoffs

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The high school basketball regular season is coming to an end and playoffs are right around around the corner. Teams have established themselves as either powerhouses, sleepers or non-contenders, and everyone is looking forward to seeing which schools live up to or play above those titles.

Likewise, the most talented players across Washington, Maryland and Virginia have had ample opportunity to make a name for themselves. The regular season provided a chance for some of the top high school players in the area to show how they affect winning, fit in with a team, accumulate statistics and gain the attention of recruiters. The playoffs will provide those same opportunities with increased stakes, thus more pressure but also more eyes to impress.

Below is a list of some of those impact boys and girls players to watch in the playoffs. The lists are comprised of eight players per class from 2020-2022 and four players from the 2023 freshman class.



Jeremy Roach (Paul VI) 

Terrance Williams (Gonzaga)

Hunter Dickinson (DeMatha)

Ronald Polite (Oxon Hill)

Ishmael Leggett (St. John's)

Earl Timberlake (DeMatha)

Corey Dyches  (Potomac)

DeLonnie Hunt (Rock Creek Christian)


Trevor Keels (PVI)

Ryan Cornish (Sidwell Friends)

Benny Williams (St. Andrews)

Guy Fauntleroy (Riverdale Baptist)

Jakai Robinson (National Christian)

Jao Ituka (Gaithersburg)

Darius Johnson (Episcopal)

Jasir Tremble (Theodore Roosevelt)


Favour Aire (Bishop McNamara)

Darren Buchanan Jr. (Wilson)

Judah Mintz (Gonzaga)

Dug McDaniel (PVI)

Trey Thomas (Wise)

Christian Watson (SJC)

Paul Lewis (O'Connell)

Devin Dinkins (Gonzaga)

Rodney Rice (Bullis -- Injured)


Amani Hansberry (SJC)

Mason So (O'Connell) 

Zane Adnan (Bullis)

Cam Gillis (Sidwell)




Eniya Russell (Pallotti)

Madison Scott (McNamara)

Elizabeth Martino (Riverdale)

Tedi Makrigiorgos (James Madison)

Chetanna Nweke (Stone Ridge)

Marisa Sanchez-Henry (Howard)

Kaniyah Harris (Flowers)

Aurea Gingras (Edison)


Azzi Fudd (SJC)

Lee Volker (PVI)

Adrianna Smith (O'Connell)

Laila Jewett (Ireton)

Nia Ford (Douglass)

Maria Gakdeng (New Hope)

Brianna Scott (South Lakes)

Taylor Gibson (McNamara)


Kiki Rice (Sidwell Friends)

Kennedy Fauntleroy (New Hope)

Aaliyah Carlock (O'Connell)

Ava McGee (Maret)

Kadidia Toure (Good Counsel)

Olivia Brooks (Ireton)

Alayna Arnolie (James Madison)

Taniyah Lawson (Carroll)


Jadyn Donovan (Sidwell)

Kiah Miller (Sidwell)

Drew Jordan (Maret)

Delaney Thomas (SJC)

Top DMV basketball players to watch in high school playoffs originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington