UPPER MARLBORO – Rock Creek Christian Academy (RCCA) will be seen as one of the younger teams this year while bringing on a new coaching staff. However, do not let the age fool you; the Eagles are loaded with division one talent and are ready to prove it on the court.
“We want to be a competitive team and compete at a high level here,” said first year Head Coach Lafayette Dublin. He comes over from Thurgood Marshall High School with his entire coaching staff to prepare Rock Creek for a tough 2018-19 season.
Their schedule will be a big test for the young and incoming players. Rock Creek will take on St. John’s with Virginia commit Casey Morsell on Dec. 19 and play away to Oak Hill Academy, considered the best high school team in the nation, on Jan. 12. The challenging road continues when they travel to Cumberland, Maryland in Jan. 31 for the Nike Bob Kirk Invitational at Bishop Walsh School to take on Sunrise Christian Academy.
“My expectations are to compete at a high level be, and be competitive, we want to be a top team in the area this year,” said Dublin. “Playing these top teams is going to help us by the time were in conference games.
However, Rock Creek has a loaded roster filled with division one, college-ready talent. It starts with Delonnie Hunt, a transfer who played guard at a high level with AUU team D.C. Premier and for St. John’s last year. While the adjustment from St. John’s to Rock Creek has been difficult, the junior said he is getting settled in day-by-day.
“I will say that the environment and vibes are totally different,” said Hunt. “On the court, I want to be able to expose my teammates talents along with mine so we all shine light on our futures.”
Former St. John’s point guard Guy Fauntleroy was the first transfer to join Dublin’s program. Chase Cook, a guard from Wilson High School in Washington, D.C, adds a scoring and passing touch.
Established and youth talents are featured this year for the Eagles as well. Freshman Camron Brown will give some good minutes after an excellent preseason showing.
“I don’t ask freshman to do a lot but he’s doing more than I expected,” said Dublin.
James Gross, a returning sophomore guard, might be the most athletic player out of this group with a 45-inch vertical and already has an offer from Bryant University. Six-foot-three junior guard Milton Matthews is a hidden secret talent, Dublin said. Matthews has received interest from Mount St Mary’s and Loyola University Maryland.
Dublin said it is important to challenge his guys with this tough schedule and wants to set the tone with all these new pieces for what Rock Creek will stand for this season.
“We will have different guys that will lead in scoring every night, we are just loaded with scorers,” said Dublin. “I think so far that these guys share the ball well, it’s so much talent across the board that it will be more than one floor general on the court.”