It’s Askia Booker’s world and the rest of us are just living in it now. The afroed newcomer has lit up the Drew League in his four weeks as MHP’s dynamic, high-scoring point guard, going from unknown quantity to marquee attraction. The late game theatrics of MHP vs. Black Pearl Elite is going to be a huge exclamation point on the sharpshooter’s first season—one that might get lost in a veritable forest of them by the end of the summer.
Elsewhere, the young prep stars that have populated this year’s squads put on a show for a packed-house crowd that gathered to watch top prospects Shareef O’Neal, LaMelo Ball, Cassius Stanley, and Josh Christopher—among others—show off their developing skills against grown professional hoopers as Tuff Crowd took on Hometown Favorites and Nationwide Blue Devils played No Shnacks.
When all is said and done, 2019’s season may go down as one of the most impressive and exciting summers yet. As of now, the only team in the Carl Munn Division that remains undefeated is All In, a far cry from the snake bitten Clozers of yesteryear.
Meanwhile, the Louis Merritt Division is looking more stacked than ever as three teams still hold 4-0 records: No Shnacks, Redemption and CABC SoCal. One note: This past Sunday saw two down-to-the-buzzer thrillers and one of, if not the biggest blowouts in Drew League history. If you’re only showing up for the big names, you are missing out.
No one could have predicted that so many young teams would be ranked so highly a third of the way through the season, let alone a team that wasn’t even in the league and another that missed the playoffs last season.
MHP, Public Enemy, and Young Citi are all generating buzz—some without any big-name professional players at all! That’s soon to change, though, with eligibility for bigger name players opening up in just two weeks. Don’t get too comfortable with things as they stand now because the real season starts when the pros show up.
Game 1: Reapers Black Ops 87 vs. I-Can All-Stars 76.
Player of the Game: Johnny Dee (33 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists)
Game 2: Public Enemy 75 vs. Panthers 70.
Player of the Game: Markus Monroe (19 points, 7 rebounds)
Game 3: Hometown Favorites 94 vs. Tuff Crowd 85.
Player of the Game: Gerry Blakes (37 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists)
Game 4: No Shnacks 92 vs. Nationwide Blue Devils 88.
Player of the Game: Onyeka Okongwu (13 points, 12 rebounds)
Game 5: CABC SoCal 81 vs. Prodigy 77.
Player of the Game: Gary Franklin (25 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists)
Game 6: Team Watson 73 vs. Jaguars 66.
Player of the Game: DJ Ursery (25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists)
Game 1: Problems 89 vs. Pandas 64.
Player of the Game: Garrett Nevels (24 points, 11 rebounds)
Game 2: Young Citi 72 vs. L.O.S. 61.
Player of the Game: Keith Smith (20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists)
Game 3: Baxter’s Legacy 108 vs. Optimus 56.
Player of the Game: Curtis Hollis (27 points, 7 rebounds)
Game 4: MHP 78 vs. Black Pearl Elite 76.
Player of the Game: Askia Booker (27 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists)
Game 5: Redemption 70 vs. CitiTeam Blazers 68.
Player of the Game: Sek Henry (19 points)
Game 6: All In 66 vs. Public Enemy 63.
Player of the Game: Ira Lee (14 points, 12 rebounds)