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Top Five: Local college basketball players breaking out

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The D.C. area is loaded with basketball talent. Here are five underclassmen, all guards, who stayed close to home and are emerging for their teams.

5. Justin Anderson (Virginia/Montrose Christian) » After a slow start, the 6-foot-6 freshman has been more effective recently. He had eight points and three rebounds in Saturday's 56-36 romp over Florida State.

4. Phil Guglielmo (Navy/St. Stephen's and St. Agnes) » The 6-5 freshman has emerged along with 5-7 sophomore Kevin Alter to give the Mids an unlikely Mutt and Jeff pair of 3-point threats. In Sunday's 59-50 win at Army, the duo combined to hit six of nine from beyond the arc.

3. Joe McDonald (George Washington/Landon) » He had more turnovers than assists in his first 13 games, but now the freshman is getting the point. In four Atlantic 10 games, McDonald has 22 assists to six turnovers, including 10 Saturday to go along with his 16 points in an upset win at Massachusetts.

2. Marcus Thornton (William & Mary/Bishop McNamara) » The 6-4 sophomore has made more 3-pointers (45) than any player in the CAA and ranks third in the league in scoring (17.8 ppg) and 3-point accuracy (38.5 percent).

1. Treveon Graham (VCU/St. Mary's Ryken) » In wins over Saint Joseph's (Thursday) and Duquesne (Saturday), the 6-6 sophomore hit a combined nine of 16 from beyond the arc, scoring 25 and 20 points, respectively. Graham (16.2 ppg), the top scorer for the Rams, is hitting 50 percent of his shots.

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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