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Festival Preview: The Junction May Have a Banner This Year






Ron Bailey, Publisher



December 3, 2008 – Last year, Baltimore’s Walbrook High School went 13-11 before making the quarterfinal round of the Maryland State Playoffs. There were times when the school’s campus, also known as ‘The Junction’ was rocking. A main reason why was Roscoe Smith.

Now a 6’8” junior, Smith is not only poised to continue a great summer in which he’s been recruited by virtually every top program in America, but maintain his important role with Walbrook as well.

Smith and Bridgers discuss strategy last year.

“There’s no question about that” said the team’s coach, Kelvin Bridgers when asked if Smith is the focal point of his team. What’s scary is that Smith has improved after a season in which he had 19 double-doubles last year; expect to see increased shot blocking, rebounding and defense provided by Roscoe, likely producing more than the three triple-doubles (points, rebounds, blocks) he logged in 2007-2008).

Offensively, Smith can shoot, drive, finish and pass. The Warrior’s new offense, one in which Bridgers noted has “opened things up for them” as “It’s not a restrictive offense. It gives our players an opportunity to create” is almost tailor-made for Smith’s abilities.

Smith will not be the only beneficiary.

Denzel Walker, a 6’0” tough as nails junior transfer combo guard is poised to run Walbrook’s show, while 6’6” senior forward Joshua Boyd, another transfer, provides a physical, athletic post player that can give you mid-range scoring as well.

“I’m back to having a team I’m used to having” said Bridgers, a coaching veteran in his 11th year at Walbrook. “We are bringing it on both sides of the floor”.

Senior wingman Dante Stuckey is a player in that mode. Of Stuckey, who stands 6’4”, Bridgers said “He’s our utility man” since Dante “does everything…He’s solid on offense and he’s solid on defense. Plus he hits open shots”.

The Warriors’ out-of-conference schedule should help prepare them for a Baltimore City League title. That of course includes their DTLR National High School Hoops Festival Presented by Nike game with Philly’s North Catholic, a contest Bridgers labeled “A great opportunity to play in a top level tournament”, where they will face “The city champion from a tough basketball town like Philadelphia”.

Furthermore, Walbrook’s own mixer, The Function at the Junction provides possible chances to play teams from D.C. and Delaware on the 11th and 12th of this month, while the Warriors travel to Maryland’s Eastern Shore for a Christmas tourney.

Bridgers agreed his team’s schedule will aid in achieving that B’More ‘chip’, but also indicated “A lot goes into winning a championship”, including maturing on and off the court.

Under his guidance and with the likes of Smith on the roster, Walbrook has as good a chance as anybody.


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