Each week and for the duration of the season, The Washington Informer will feature our choices for the top five high school basketball programs in the greater Washington area, specifically the DCSAA (District of Columbia State Athletic Association) and WCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference), for their efforts based upon win/loss record, strength of schedule and winning streak:
1. Wilson (29-9) (DCSAA)
Wilson, which slipped past Poly (Baltimore) 56-53 on Feb. 10, is firing on all cylinders and look to be the team to beat moving forward. Wilson junior guard Jay Heath Jr., senior guard Ricardo Lindo, and sophomore small forward Dimingus Stevens are all averaging over 13 points per game.
2. Theodore Roosevelt (28-6) (DCSAA)
Theodore Roosevelt knocked off Dunbar (Washington, D.C.) 67-64 on Feb. 17.
Roughriders senior guard Marquise Brown had an impressive performance after he accounted for 14 points, five rebounds and five assists. Sophomore guard Darius Miles pitched in with 10 points and nine rebounds.
3. Friendship Tech Prep Academy (23-3) (DCSAA)
Friendship Tech finished the regular season on a high note, winning six consecutive games including a 71-38 thumping of The Seed School (Washington, D.C.) on Feb. 15.
Titans senior guard Malik Miller had a domineering performance scoring 30 points and pulled down 30 rebounds with six assists. Friendship Tech senior point guard Kenneth Tyree had 21 points and six assists in the 33-point victory.
4. Thurgood Marshall Academy (22-6) (DCSAA)
Thurgood Marshall continued its 13-game winning streak with a 71-50 blowout of KIPP DC College Preparatory (Washington, DC) on Feb. 8.
Senior guard Savion Gallion exploded for 33 points and 10 rebounds, while senior small forward Darius Richardson also notched a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Marshall freshman point guard and senior forward Darius Richardson have also been big contributors this season, with both averaging over 10 points per game.
5. Gonzaga (24-4) (WCAC)
Gonzaga took down Bishop McNamara (Upper Marlboro, Md.) 73-69 on Feb. 16.
Eagles senior forward Allin Blunt led the way with 22 points and nine rebounds, while fellow senior forward Myles Dread scored 15 points, dished out three assists and grabbed two rebounds against the Mustangs.
The Washington Informer Top 5 is strictly based upon the opinions of The Informer sports division and will run throughout the duration of the DCSAA and WCAC basketball seasons.