Clippers’ Seniors Heading to College

All three of Patterson’s seniors, who led the team to a 2A North Region championship, will play basketball in college next year.

Guards Kwynten Brooks, Rysheed Corbin and Dawan Bass played significant roles in the Clippers’ 21-5 season and their third regional championship in the last four years.

Brooks signed a letter of intent to Division II Bloomfield (N.J.) College in November. Corbin and Bass are each headed to Division I Junior Colleges: Corbin to Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College and Bass to Laramie County (Wyo.) Community College.

“I’m extremely proud of the work our three seniors put in on the court and off the court,” Patterson head coach Harry Martin said. “Having people like them in our program has helped elevate Patterson into the premier school in the city to excel at basketball and in the classroom.”

Brooks, the second-leading scorer on the team as a junior, adjusted his role as a senior and became the team’s steadiest player. He started all 26 games and regularly stuffed the stat sheet; he averaged 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals. He also led the team in charges taken for the second straight year.

Corbin proved to be a dynamic offensive player and one of the toughest players in Baltimore City. He led the team in scoring (18.8 points per game) and steals (3.5 per game); was second on the team in rebounds (6.1 per game) despite playing point guard; and was tied for second on the team in assists (2.4 per game).

Bass, meanwhile, greatly improved in the summer before his senior year and became one of the toughest match ups in the city. He led the team in rebounds (9.4 per game) and was second on the team in points per game (14.1). He also averaged 1.6 steals per game and posted a team-best 12 double-doubles, including 21 points and 10 rebounds in the 2A state semifinal game.

“Kwynten has won a state championship with us and was an exemplary student,” Martin said. “Dawan’s game grew incredibly from his junior to senior year and he matured in the classroom. Rysheed has overcome a lot in his life and has a great opportunity to grow as a person and player in college.”

Bloomfield College, Brooks’ destination, finished last season 21-9 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the Division II NCAA Tournament. Tallahassee, Corbin’s destination, finished last season 14-14 in one of the most competitive regions in the country. And Laramie County, Bass’ destination, finished last season with an 18-13 record.

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