Every week, across several sports, players around the DMV shine in individual performance. Every Monday, I’d like to take a minute to highlight some of those performances, including what I view as the best performance and name that athlete the “DMV Star of the Week.”
This week’s DMV Star of the Week is George Washington basketball forward Hunter Dean.
George Washington secured two crucial victories last week to climb back over .500 and Dean is a big reason why.
The 6’10 senior from Mandeville, LA had a career-high 17 points along with 12 rebounds in Wednesday’s 89-80 overtime road victory over Rhode Island.
Three days later, he dropped a career-high AGAIN!
In Saturday night’s 92-85 win over La Salle in D.C, Dean scored 21 points and hauled in 8 rebounds to help GW win its ninth conference game.
It’s the first time since the 2016-17 season that George Washington has reached at least nine conference wins. First-year Head Coach Chris Caputo has his Colonials playing their best basketball at the perfect time.
GW has two regular season games to go before the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brooklyn begins on March 7.
The DMV saw ten teams in action this past week, including the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, and the Georgetown, George Washington, Maryland, American and Howard basketball teams along with the D.C. Defenders XFL team and Washington Nationals at Spring Training
Here are some honorable mention performances for DMV Star of the Week:
Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetov had 2 goals and 2 assists in Washington’s 6-3 win over the Rangers on Saturday
D.C. United striker Christian Benteke scored the game-tying goal in the 90th minute before winger Ted Ku-DiPietro scored the game winning goal in the 98th minute in Saturday’s dramatic opening night win over Toronto
Maryland basketball sophomore forward Julian Reese had 2 double-doubles this week:
Wednesday’s win over Minnesota: 21 points/12 rebounds
Sunday’s win over #21 Northwestern: 12 points/10 rebounds
American basketball forward Matthew Rogers scored 24 points and hauled in 16 rebounds in Saturday’s loss to Loyola Maryland
GW basketball guard James Bishop IV had two stellar performances this week:
Wednesday’s win over Rhode Island: 25 points/5 rebounds/6 assists
Saturday’s win over La Salle: 29 points/3 rebounds/9 assists
Here’s what’s coming up this week in DMV Sports:
Washington Capitals: (29-27-6, 6th in Metropolitan Division)
3/1 @ Anaheim
3/4 @ San Jose
Washington Wizards: (28-32, 10th in Eastern Conference)
2/28 @ Atlanta
3/2 @ Toronto
3/4 vs. Toronto
3/5 vs. Milwaukee
D.C. United: (1-0-0, T-4th in Eastern Conference)
3/4 @ Columbus
Georgetown Basketball: (7-23 overall, 2-17, 11th in Big East)
3/1 @ #19 Creighton (regular season finale)
Maryland Basketball: (20-9 overall, 11-7, 3rd in Big 10)
3/1 @ Ohio State
3/5 @ Penn State (regular season finale)
Howard Basketball: (17-12 overall, 9-3, T-1st in MEAC)
2/27 @ South Carolina State
*3/2 vs. Norfolk State (regular season finale)
American University Basketball: (15-14 overall, 7-11, 7th in Patriot League)
*2/28 vs. Bucknell (Opening Round of the Patriot League Tournament)
George Washington Basketball: (15-14 overall, 9-7, 7th in Atlantic 10)
3/1 @ Davidson
*3/5 vs. VCU (regular season finale)
D.C. Defenders: (2-0 overall, 1st in XFL North)
3/5 vs. St. Louis
Washington Nationals: Spring Training
2/28 vs. St. Louis
3/1 @ New York Yankees
3/2 vs. Miami
3/3 @ New York Mets
3/4 vs. St. Louis
3/5 @ Houston
*Denotes games I will be covering in-person