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 DCIAA (District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association) and the WCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference), for their efforts based upon win/loss record, strength of schedule and winning streak:
1. Theodore Roosevelt (22-3) (DCSAA)
The Roughriders are on a five-game win streak after defeating H.D. Woodson High School (Washington, D.C.) 88-68 on Jan. 26. Junior center Darius Buchanan led the team in scoring with 21 points while notching eight rebounds and four assists in the victory.
Sophomore point guard Marcus Dockery, who leads the Roughriders in scoring this season with over 11 points per game, scored 15 points, pulled down two rebounds and had two assists in the win.
2. Thurgood Marshall Academy (18-6) (DCSAA)
Thurgood Marshall Academy has reeled off nine straight wins, the most recent a complete dismantling of Parkdale High School (Riverdale, Md.) 75-31 on Jan. 27.
Senior guard Savion Gallion was nearly unstoppable with 31 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while senior small forward Darius Richardson scored 14 points and cleaned the glass with 10 rebounds.
3. Gonzaga (19-1) (WCAC)
Gonzaga secured its eighth consecutive win by topping Immaculate Conception High School (Montclair, New Jersey) 68-57 on Jan. 27.
Eagles senior forward Myles Dread posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, as well as five assists.
Gonzaga sophomore forward Terrance Williams currently leads the Eagles in scoring this season (19 ppg).
4. Dunbar High (16-7) (DCSAA)
Dunbar took down Bell Multicultural High School (Washington, DC) 71-52 on Jan. 26. Senior point guard Rasheed Gatling led the way for the Crimson Tide with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Gatling still leads the Crimson Tide in scoring averaging over 15 points per game.
5. Woodrow Wilson (19-7) (DCSAA)
Woodrow Wilson fell to Bowie High, 85-82, on Jan. 27. Four Bulldogs players scored in double figures, including junior guard Jordan Harris, who led his team in scoring with 26 points.
Despite the loss, Wilson still has enough firepower to rebound and get back to their winning ways.
The Washington Informer Top 5 is strictly based upon the opinions of The Informer sports division and will run throughout the duration of the DCIAA and WCAC basketball seasons.