2017 WCAC Boys Basketball All-Conference First Team

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Just like past Washington Catholic Athletic Conference First Team, this year’s team feature some of the top players the area has to offer. Six of the players on the team will be playing Division I basketball next season, while the rest still have one more year add on to their solid resume.

Chris Lykes (Player of the Year), Gonzaga

It was another outstanding season for Miami signee Chris Lykes, who is Gonzaga’s all-time leading scorer. The 5-foot-7 guard averaged 17.8 points per game, and was second on the team in assists.

Lykes also paced the Purple Eagles with 20 points in the championship win over Paul VI on Monday. Lykes will be leaving a great legacy at Gonzaga as he will go down as one of the best players to wear purple and one of the top guards in the area.

Prentiss Hubb, Gonzaga

Four-star Prentiss Hubb made the First Team All-WCAC for the second straight season. The junior guard averaged 13.8 points and 4.5 assists per game. Hubb scored a season-high 25 points against Westlake on Jan. 7. He is rated the No. 4 shooting guard in the 2018 class and the top player in D.C.

Hubb has offers from Virginia, Maryland, Xavier and other schools.

Nate Watson, Bishop O’Connell

Providence commit Nate Watson made the All-WCAC for the second time in his two seasons with the Knights. Watson averaged 13.3 points per game and recorded eight double-doubles, while helping O’Connell to a 19-10 record.

Matt Lewis, Bishop O’Connell

Senior guard Matt Lewis had a solid 2017 campaign, leading the team with 15.7 points per game. The James Madison commit tallied four double-doubles and scored 25 or more points in four games.

Ryan Allen, DeMatha 

Ryan Allen took on the role as the Stags lead guard after that position belonged to potential lottery pick Markelle Fultz last season. Allen didn’t disappoint as he tallied 14.4 points per game, and led the team with 43 three-point field goals.

Allen put on a show during the senior day game against Gonzaga, registering 34 points to help the Stags win, 82-75. The season didn’t end the way DeMatha wanted it to as they fell to Paul VI in the conference semifinals despite having a double-digit lead.

D.J. Harvey, DeMatha

D.J. Harvey came into DeMatha as one of the top players in the country, and he will leave the basketball powerhouse the same way. The Notre Dame commit was named to the All-Conference First Team for the third time in his four-year career. He averaged 16.6 points per game, and used his athleticism to make him effective on both ends of the court.

Aaron Thompson, Paul VI

It was a heartbreaking end to point guard Aaron Thompson’s four-year career, but he still had a solid season to say the least. The future Pittsburgh Panther averaged 10.5 points per game and led Paul VI to national status. Thompson has shown he can be a great distributor and make plays on defense. There is no question Pittsburgh is getting a good prospect.

Brandon Slater, Paul VI 

Once V.J. King left Paul VI for college, junior Brandon Slater had to step up and become the team’s go to scorer. Slater did so by leading the Panthers with 15.3 points per game. Slater tallied 15 points in the conference semifinals and championship.

Slater best game was against Gonzaga during the regular season when he registered 34 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. The four-star wing holds offers from Maryland, Villanova, Virginia, Syracuse and other schools. Slater is rated the No. 5 shooting guard in the nation by 247sports.

Slater, and the rest of the Paul VI will look to finish the year out strong at the Virginia Independent Schools Boys State Championship.

Tre Wood, St. John’s 

St. John’s took a major hit after winning the WCAC Championship last season when Anthony Cowan, Kylia Sykes, Dejuan Clayton, and Jeff Dowtin moved on to the college level.

However, the loss of top-level talent didn’t keep St. John’s from being one of the top teams in the area. Junior guard Tre Wood helped the Cadets be as competitive as they were this season. Wood averaged 10.2 points per game, while helping St. John’s make it to the conference semifinals.

Wood is rated a three-star by 247sports and currently holds offers from Iowa, Penn State, Old Dominion and St. Joseph’s.

Wynston Tabbs, St. Mary’s Ryken 

Junior guard Wynston Tabbs played a major role in St. Mary’s rise in the WCAC, which is one of the toughest high basketball conferences in the country. Tabbs led the Knights to an eight-game winning streak earlier in the season and a 16-13 record. Tabbs averaged 15.8 points per game, and scored 34 points in Ryken’s win over DeMatha on Feb. 18.

Tabbs holds offers from James Madison, Towson, George Washington, and Penn State.

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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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