October 23, 2007
October 23, 2007 - Last month, the Crab City Fall Classic allowed observers an opportunity to see many talented high school basketball players compete, on the University of Maryland's Comcast Center floor. One of those student athletes was none other than Baltimore, Md., guard, Naji Hibbert.
During the competition, Hibbert was his new high school, DeMatha Catholic's best all-around player, as the guard not only scored from the perimeter, but also attacked the rim, defended players both smaller and taller than his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame, rebounded, and found teammates.
In short, Hibbert impacted all facets of the game, and was indispensable to DeMatha making the tourney's championship game.
His coach at Dematha, Mike Jones, seemed pleased at the Crab City Fall Classic with Hibbert, a member of the Class of 2009, who transferred to the Hyattsville, Md., school this summer from B'More's Saint Frances Academy.
That tutelage was on display at a DeMatha workout this month, where not only did Hibbert defend all over the court, but also rebounded, scored, and passed.
Additionally, the multifaceted player also embraced more of a leadership role, as he routinely helped less experienced players in drill and game action - something crucial for not only his development but DeMatha's success this year, given the school's recent graduation of five players that signed Division I letter-of-intents last year and another who after transferring will do the same this season.
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