11 Patterson Basketball Alums in College

Patterson basketball has 11 alums currently playing football or basketball in prep school or in college:

Dereck Oliver (2015) – St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.) (prep)
Tyquan Pointer (2015) – North County Community College (N.Y.)
Demetrich Williams (2015) – Cecil Community College (Md.)
Gary Blackston (2015) – Angelina College (Tex.)
Dawan Bass (2014) – Frederick Community College (Md.)
Kwynten Brooks (2014) – Bloomfield College (N.J.)
Devante Conyers (2013) – Hartnell Community College (Calif.) (football)
Shakir Brown (2012) – James Madison (Va.)
Leonard Livingston (2012) – Miami (Ohio)
Nyme Manns (2012) – Bowie State (Md.) (football)
Jazmon Harris (2011) – Penn State Harrisburg (Pa.)


All Four Seniors Committed to Play Next Season

For the fifth straight year, every Patterson senior will be playing basketball on scholarship at the next level.

  • Point guard Dereck Oliver is headed to St. John’s (Wisc.) Northwestern Military Academy, selecting the prep school over several DI and DII offers.
  • Guard Gary Blackston will play at Angelina (Tx.) College, a DI Junior College and one of the best in the Midwest.
  • Guard Tyquan Pointer will play at North County (N.Y.) Community College, a DIII Junior College.
  • Forward Demetrich Williams will play at Cecil Community College, a DII Junior College.

Dereck Oliver

Gary BlackstonTyquan PointerDemetrich WilliamsOliver, the team MVP who started every game since his sophomore year, topped 1,000 points for his career this past season. He averaged a team-high 18.3 points and five assists. He is fully qualified to play in Division I.

Blackston filled the stat sheet for Patterson in his senior year, averaging 15.7 points, a team-high 9.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.8 steals and .7 blocks.

Pointer, a three-year varsity player, had several strong performances down the stretch, especially as a defensive presence. He averaged 4.1 points and one steal.

Williams provided the Clippers with a strong wing presence with his ability to shoot and play in the paint. He averaged 7.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, .9 blocks and .8 steals.

Patterson’s four seniors helped lead the program to its fourth region title in five years and its third appearance in the state title game during that stretch.

Patterson defeats Dunbar, 63-55, to secure City Championship berth

A balanced scoring effort and strong rebounding helped Patterson to a 63-55 win over Dunbar.

Gary Blackston filled the stat sheet with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

Gary Blackston finished with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds.

The win, combined with Edmondson’s loss to City, clinched a spot in next Saturday’s Division I City Championship Game against Lake Clifton. The Clippers (16-3, 9-2 Baltimore City) split the season series with Lake Clifton, winning 55-46 at home and falling 58-54 on the road.

Against Dunbar on Friday night, Patterson struggled early on the foul line, make just 3 of 13 in the first half. But Tyquan Pointer hit three 3-pointers in the half to help Patterson go into the break up 30-26.

Dunbar briefly tied the game at 36-36 in the third quarter, but Patterson went on an 11-4 run and never trailed the rest of the way. Gary Blackston finished with another double-double, scoring a game-high 18 points and adding 12 rebounds and four steals.

Dereck Oliver had 14 points, seven assists and three steals. Pointer and Demetrich Williams each had nine points, and Williams added eight rebounds and three blocks. Richard Hibbert finished with eight points and five rebounds, Koran Moore had three points, four rebounds and two blocks, and Earl Ross rounded out the scoring with two points and three rebounds.

With the win Patterson also secured the No. 1 seed in the 2A North Section I and will play at home through the duration of the region playoffs.

The Clippers are back in action on Saturday when it faces Riverdale Baptist in a rescheduled Basketball Academy game at Lake Clifton. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Dereck Oliver scores 1,000th point

Dereck Oliver started his career at Patterson backing up Aquille Carr and helping the Clippers win their first state championship in school history.

Dereck OliverThree years later, Oliver has made his own mark on the program. On Tuesday against Edmondson, Oliver pulled up for a first-quarter jumpshot and scored his 1,000th point. He finished the game with 29 points.

Oliver played in all 28 games his freshman year, starting three, and averaged 3.8 points. In the state semifinal game against Tuscarora, Oliver scored six points in helping the Clippers advance to their second straight state championship game. In the state final, he played 12 minutes as Patterson beat Thomas Stone for the state championship.

From the day that game ended, it become Oliver’s program. He has started each of Patterson’s 62 games dating back to the beginning of his sophomore year.

In his sophomore season he averaged 15.9 points, three assists and 2.5 steals. Oliver notched his career high, scoring 35 points against Owings Mills at the Basketball Academy. He led the Clippers to a near upset of eventual state champion Milford Mill in the playoffs, scoring 13 points.

He upped his scoring output in his junior year, averaging 18.8 points, four assists and 2.5 rebounds. He led the Clippers in a return to Comcast Center, scoring 16 points in a regional final win at Randallstown. He followed that up with 13 points and three assists in a state semifinal loss to eventual champion Potomac.

Oliver has only gotten better in his senior year. Through 11 games he’s averaging 19.5 points. In five City league games, he’s averaging 23.5 points. On Friday against City, he had his sixth straight game of 20 or more points.

Congrats to Dereck on a great career and a well-deserved achievement!


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.

Travel to the state semifinals at Comcast Center

Patterson will have buses available to and from the Comcast Center for Friday night’s game. The fee is $10 per person for the round trip (not including the $8 ticket for entry) and the bus will leave at 6 p.m. for the 9 p.m. game vs. Potomac.

To reserve a spot, e-mail coach Poopie at poopiebell@yahoo.co.uk or text him at 443-882-7748.