If you hadn’t heard of Randall Broddie prior to this weekend, you’re likely not to forget it anytime over the next four years. Broddie, a freshman point guard for Potomac High School, played a major role in beating St. John’s College 84-69 at the National High School Hoops Festival.
Three days after scoring 24 against Crossland in an 86-54 win, Broddie netted 19 on 7-14 shooting.
“It’s very challenging but it’s making me better and it’s making the players around me better. I love them,” he said of starting at point guard as a freshman. “I use it to my advantage so I can get better as a player.”
Of course, what would a Potomac win be without another memorable performance from highly touted junior forward Dion Wiley? He finished the day with a game-high 26 points at DeMatha Catholic while teammates Romone Saunders, Chris Winn, and Anthony Smith all finished in double-figures.
“We only brought back two starters, Randall is a transfer, we’re just trying to jell right now,” coach Renard Johnson said. “The one thing they are doing is playing hard. And as long as we play hard we can cover up for a lot of inexperience playing together.”
Although Johnson still labeled his Potomac squad as “Dion’s team,” the Wolverines proved they were much more than just Dion Wiley on Saturday. Broddie introduced himself to the scene with a strong performance against a very talented St. John’s team while Saunders, Winn and Smith all proved to be viable complements to Wiley on the scoring end.
But, as if he needed to make the packed DeMatha gym even more aware of his presence, Wiley made sure to ice the game in a way not many will forget. With 2 minutes, 24 seconds left he carried the ball down the right sideline with just one defender, his old teammate Darian Anderson, to beat. He cut toward the middle, leapt just inside the lane, cocked the ball back into his left hand and thundered home a dunk that put Potomac up 16 and forced the crowd onto its feet.
“I tell you what, there’s not a player that I’ve seen in high school that I would trade him for,” Johnson said. “And I’m sure there are many coaches that would trade for my guy because let me tell you, I see him in practice every day so I’m spoiled. But I tell you what, the day that he leaves, I probably won’t sleep for a month.”
Potomac 84, St. John’s 69
Potomac 17 26 20 21— 84
St. John’s 13 19 22 15—69
Potomac (2-0): Dion Wiley 26; Randall Broddie 19; Romone Saunders 14; Chris Winn 12; Anthony Smith 11; Aaron Williams 2.
St. John’s (3-1): Darian Anderson 20; Tre Campbell 13; James Palmer 12; Allante Holston 8; Darian Bryant 7; James Mitchell 5; Mike Morsell 4.