Meet the 2016 WCAC Boy’s Basketball First-Team

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On Monday, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Boy’s Basketball First-Team was introduced before the championship game. This team includes players that stood out and performed at a high level during the 2015-16 season. All the players on the team are Division I talent with bright futures ahead of them.

WCAC Boy’s Basketball First-Team 

Markelle Fultz, DeMatha Catholic High School (2nd Appearance) 

This is the second time DeMatha guard Markelle Fultz was named to the WCAC First-Team. He made it last year and was the WCAC Player of the Year as well. This season, Fultz averaged 18 points per game and led the Stags to the WCAC Championship. The Washington commit will be playing in the McDonald’s All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic. He is also being consider for the Naismith High School Player of the Year award.

VJ King, Paul VI (2nd Appearance) 

It was another solid season for Paul VI forward VJ King. The Louisville commit was one of the top scorers in the conference as he averaged 22.6 points per game and tallied 30 or more points in five games this year. King will join Markelle Fultz at the McDonalds All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. King also made First-Team last season which was his first year with Paul VI.

Nate Watson, Bishop O’Connell (1st Appearance)

After transferring from Capitol Christian, O’Connell junior Nate Watson has established himself as one of the top big men in the WCAC. Throughout the basketball season, Watson was a force in the paint. He averaged 13.1 points per game and recorded 15 or more rebounds in five games. When Bishop O’Connell beat Gonzaga on Feb.3, Nate had 25 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks. In the game against St. John’s on Feb. 12, Watson finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Right now he holds offers from Providence, George Mason, Georgia Tech, and Saint Joseph’s.

DJ Harvey, DeMatha Catholic High School (2nd Appearance)

Since DJ Harvey has played with DeMatha, he’s established himself as one of the top players in the 2017 class.This season, Harvey averaged 13.1 points per game and made his second appearance on the WCAC  First-Team. Harvey’s ability to score, rebound, and his athleticism makes him a valuable target for the top college basketball programs.

Jamir Moultrie, Bishop McNamara (2nd Appearance) 

Bishop McNamara’ Jamir Moultrie continues to be a top scorer in the conference. This season he averaged 18.2 points per game and made 64 three-pointers. The junior guard scored 35 points against Paul VI on Feb. 2 and 33 points against Good Counsel on Feb. 16. Jamir helped the Mustangs make it to the WCAC Semifinals where they lost to St. John’s. Expect Jamir Moultrie make another appearance on the WCAC First-Team next season.

Jeff Dowtin, St. John’s (1st Appearance)

Senior guard Jeff Dowtin truly had a breakout year. The Rhode Island commit averaged 15.8 points per game and he was a sniper from behind the arc. Dowtin scored 20 or more points in 10 games this season and scored a season high 27 points when the Cadets played Shadow Mountain on Dec. 30. In the championship game against DeMatha, Jeff Dowtin tallied 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Anthony Cowan, St. John’s (2nd Appearance) 

Senior point guard Anthony Cowan ended his WCAC career as a champion. Cowan had 21 points, seven assists, and five rebounds to lead St. John’s to win their first conference championship since 2000. During the regular season, Cowan averaged 20 points per game and matched his career high of 40 points when St. John’s played St. Francis (GA). The four-star will be a solid addition to the University of Maryland basketball team.

Kylia Sykes, St. John’s (1st Appearance) 

Forward Kylia Sykes is another player in the WCAC that had a breakout year. Sykes averaged 10.8 points per game and had collected 26 points against Bishop Ireton. Sykes scored 17 points and collected five rebounds against DeMatha on Monday. Kylia Sykes has offers from schools like Manhattan and UNC-Greensboro. His performance in the championship game should swing more offers his way.

Prentiss Hubb, Gonzaga (1st Appearance) 

Last year, Gonzaga guard Prentiss Hubb displayed his potential in the 2015 WCAC Championship game when he scored 17 points to help his team beat DeMatha in double overtime. This season continued to show his potential. The sophomore guard was second on his team in scoring with 10.8 points per game. When Gonzaga played Neumann-Gorretti on Jan. 2, Prentiss Hubb scored 19 points and made the game-winning basket. He recorded a career high of 26 points against DeMatha on Jan. 31. Right now, Hubb holds offers from Maryland, George Mason, NC State, Xavier, Cincinnati, and Towson.

Chris Lykes, Gonzaga (1st Appearance) 

Chris Lykes performance this season led to him being named to the First-Team and the WCAC Player of the Year. Lykes led the conference in scoring with 22.8 points per game. He scored a career-high of 38 points against Bishop O’Connell on Feb. 14. In the WCAC Semifinals game against DeMatha, Lykes led all-scorers with 28 points. College are taking note of Lykes as he has offers from Georgetown, Villanova, Miami, Siena, VCU, and others.

Coach of the Year: Sean McAloon, St. John’s 

Head Coach Sean McAloon guided St. John’s to become the best team in the area and the No. 9 team in the country. The Cadets finished the year with a 28-3 record and WCAC champions. These accomplishment is the reason why coach McAloon is the WCAC Coach of the Year.

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Ryan McFadden, @RMcFadden15

Founder of Inside The Locker Room and Sports Editor for the Ionian. I write about the Washington Nationals for Federal Baseball. Iona College class of 2019 and proud DeMatha alum. Follow me on Twitter @RMcFadden15.

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