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Top Prospect Doesn't Make All-League?

So how did one of the Washington area's top players fail to make his own all-league team? Apparently, his own coach did not nominate the player for such honors.

While no one wanted to talk publicly about it - citing the confidentiality of last night's season-ending coaches' meeting - O'Connell junior guard Kendall Marshall was on the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference's all-league second team after O'Connell Coach Joe Wootten nominated another of his players for the 10-member all-league first team.

Marshall, a 6-foot-3 junior who has accepted a scholarship offer to play for North Carolina, led the Knights in scoring this season, averaging 13.7 points per game. He was widely regarded as O'Connell's best player.

Wootten was one of two coaches not to attend last night's meeting where the coaches voted on their all-league teams. Instead, Wootten phoned in his nominations. When other coaches learned that Wootten had not nominated Marshall for the first team, they were surprised.

Wootten did not immediately return a phone call this afternoon.

"I was very shocked I didn't have an opportunity to select" Marshall, one coach said on the condition of anonymity. "It's ridiculous. We're all looking at each other like, 'What? Who's nominated for the first team? Who's nominated for the second?' I shook my head. That makes no sense."

Those making the first team were: DeMatha guard Quinn Cook and forward Naji Hibbert; Gonzaga guards Tyler Thornton and Cedrick Lindsay and center Ian Hummer; Bishop McNamara center Talib Zanna and guard Rashad Whack; Paul VI Catholic guard Erick Green; St. John's guard Derrick Thomas; and Good Counsel guard Recardo Gaddy. Gonzaga's Steve Turner was the coach of the year.

By Josh Barr  | March 11, 2009; 5:32 PM ET
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As for Marshall: 13.7 points-per-game for a 22-8 team is good! But it's not what was really expected from a player who was able to verbally-commit to North Carolina so early in his career, is it?

His rating has steadily dropped nationally. But, he's still considered a blue-chip player! Is he still going to UNC? Does UNC still want him? I have to ask!

Or maybe his coach just forgot to list him?!

Posted by: nkscouting | March 12, 2009 5:25 AM | Report abuse

It would be great to see a full article on high school coaching, especially in the private school area. So many of the coaches have a double standard, and they recruit almost on the college level.

I think the post should get a group of parents together that have lived the nightmare of high school coaching and expose it for what it is.

Posted by: JHB1994 | March 12, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

hey Josh,

you know most if not all of the 1st Team players. who would have gotten bumped by Marshall had Wooten cast his votes "correctly?"

Posted by: baileyindc | March 12, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Josh, your article is trash. Here is some basic information you needed to know before going to print. What were O'Connell's biggest wins? Answer: Win over Kinston of NC in showcase event with Roy Williams in attendance. 2 wins over Gonzaga, and 1 one point win over rival PVI. In the Kinston win, the showcase host presented a game MVP award after the game in a halfcourt ceramony. It went to David Eismeier. In the first Gonzaga win, Eismeier had 17 points and 17 rebounds. WJLA TV chose him as their "athlete of the week" based on that performance. In the second Gonzaga game, Eismeier had another huge game, hitting 3 treys in a row, in the second and third quarters to swing a deficit into a lead they never relinquished. Final score was 46-44, and Eismeier was leading scorer with 11 points, and also had 9 rebounds. The one point PVI win? More of the same. In a low scoring 36-35 game, again the go ahead trey was by Eismeier after PVI led most of the game. Game ended with Marshall with 11 points, Eismeier with 10 points.

What about intangibles? I guarantee if you request the O'Connell stats you will see that Eismeier led the team in charges taken by a large margin. (Think Shane Battier.) Ball movement? Go watch the films. Free throw percentage important? Eismeier was near 90% of the season, while Marshall was at 58%. Marshall is an excellent player, but Eismeier is a worthy candidate too.

You owe Wooten an apology. Coach who called you "in secrecy" does not represent reality. Probably motivated by jealously or recruits in same market and wants to cause trouble for Wooten. Check your facts next time before jumping the gun.

Agree with prior poster too. Lots of D1 players dont make first team in WCAC because of how competitive the league is.

Posted by: BasketballJunkie | March 13, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Joe's family still posts on the internet.

He's a hoax and his dad can only carry him for so long.

Nice to see Joe "man up" and do this in person too.

What a coward.

Posted by: notafan | March 14, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't like the way wooten cast his vote. Watch sexy and funny videos

Posted by: roverfind | March 16, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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