Max Jannes (4)
Heritage's Max Jannes strokes the jumper against Tuscarora. Jannes displayed an impressive quick release all year long. (Photo Chas Sumser)

2017-2018 All-NOVA freshman boys team

Max Jannes, Heritage–Jannes, plus a strong junior class, are major reasons why Pride will be a strong factor in 2018-2019. A second-team all-Dulles District selection, Jannes averaged around eight points a game and displayed a beautiful quick-release shooting stroke. Despite being a six-foot guard did a fantastic job on the boards, averaging five a game. Knows when to drive from the perimeter and take the higher percentage shot. Valuable to the Pride as a scorer but can also handle the ball adequately and passes well. Hudl highlights here.

Trevor Keels, Paul VI–The latest major Division I guard prospect to surface at PVI, Keels averaged over eight points a game as a freshman on a team that was already loaded with talent. Almost ideal Division I shooting guard height at around 6’3″ or 6’4″ and likely still growing. Hit 34 three-pointers on the season and erupted for a season-high 23 points against national power Oak Ridge (FL) in just his third career game–also hit a clutch game-tying three in that contest late. Like Jannes delivered very good rebounding stats considering his age and position on the court.

Caleb Satchell, Potomac–One of three talented freshmen who made an impact at Potomac this year (Tyrell Harris, Anthony Jackson)–all perfectly deserving of being on this list. Satchell, a shooting guard, displayed wisdom beyond his years understanding when to take to take the shot and when to defer to teammates. Crafty passer who was great at playing inside-out with Nick Pullum and the Panthers’ bigs. Willing defender who even in middle school was known for his grit and toughness. Hudl highlights here.

Darius Johnson, Episcopal–Guard was fourth-leading scorer for a Maroon team that featured his brother Xavier as its top scoring threat. Quick, can shoot from outside and already hits his free throws at around an 80% clip. Scored in double figures 13 times on the year, often coming off the bench.

Darius is a very talented young player who is capable of being an elite guard in the DMV. He learned a great deal as a varsity player in the IAC this season, and I expect him to have a terrific spring and summer on the Addidas Gauntlet AAU Circuit. Darius is a tremendous worker and he loves being in the gym. –Jim Fitzpatrick, Head Coach Episcopal

Duro Segun, Virginia Academy–Still developing into his lengthy body, the 6’9″ Nigerian-born Serun came off the bench this year to make a significant impact for Virginia Academy. Athletic with a long wingspan and high motor, Serun blocked dozens of shots for his team. Thin, but not afraid to bang down low and will undoubtedly only get stronger. A work in progress offensively, Serun still managed to contribute on the offensive end of the floor and is progressing rapidly. Already a guest of Patrick Ewing at the Hoyas’ Midnight Madness in Georgetown last year.

Honorable Mention–Tyler Coleman (Woodbridge), Tyrell Harris (Potomac), Anthony Jackson (Potomac), Brysen Boots (Manassas Park), Christopher Kuzemka (Paul VI), Avery Ford (Paul VI), Wesley Peterson (O’Connell), Ariel Goddot (Bishop Ireton), Bryce Steele (Episcopal), Ilias Hwang (Washington-Lee), Liam Andersen (Yorktown), Manny Ojo (Osbourn), Sam Larsen (Rock Ridge), Caleb Rexroad (Loudoun County)

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