By Todd Bradley, DCSportsFan.com
Special to MaxPreps.com
BETHESDA, Md. - Known for having one of the top high school lacrosse programs in the country, the Landon School in Bethesda is home to one of the most sought-after recruits in the Class of 2009. This 6-foot-5, 185-pound junior doesn't play lacrosse, though. Christian Webster stars on the basketball court and his junior season has been sensational to date.
Webster has averaged over 31 points per game since Dec. 12, a stretch that includes a 43-point performance in the championship game of the Pohanka Chantilly Classic during the Christmas holiday. Although Landon lost the Classic final, 96-86, Webster was named the tournament's MVP.
"Every day over the summer I got in the gym and shot a lot of jump shots," Webster said. "I worked on conditioning and ball handling because I know that I'm going to be a guard at the next level. I think I have a lot more work to do, though."
Webster followed up his MVP outing with a 32-point performance against Georgetown Prep (Rockville, Md.) this past Friday. He scored 12 of his team's first 14 points, even though he was being double and tripled teamed at times.
"I try to get everyone involved early so those double and triple teams don't come late," Webster said after a 77-63 loss to Georgetown Prep. "I try to attack the basketball and get the other team in foul trouble and take the jump shots when they start sagging off."
Webster emerged on the scene last season, when he averaged 19.8 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He was named the DCSportsFan.com Sophomore of the Year and to the All-DCSportsFan.com Team. Webster is being recruited by colleges in the just about every Division I conference in the country, but he's focusing on three for the present.
"Right now I'm looking at the Big East, the ACC and then the Ivy League," Webster said. "Those are three places that I would want to go with."
With a 3.2 grade point average, Webster will have plenty of options, but that doesn't mean he's going to stop working hard.
"I need to work on ball handling the most," Webster said. "I'm a 3-guard right now, but when I get to the next level I'm going to be a 2-guard or maybe even a 1."
Schools such as Clemson, Georgetown, Maryland, Tennessee, Villanova and Virginia Tech are just a few of the colleges that are recruiting Webster. Landon coach Andy Luther described Webster as a complete player who will only get better with time.
"He doesn't have to bring the ball up, but he does," Luther said. "He doesn't have to post up, but he does. He doesn't have to stand on the wing and shoot, but he does. Knowing that he can do each of those things, we have to move him around because defenses will adjust to one of those things if he keeps doing it. So getting him to improve in each area is important and that's what he loves doing."
Although playing at the next level is all but certain, Webster still has another season at Landon, his senior season in 2008-09, which will be time well spent.
"He loves working hard, improving his game and getting ready to play in college," Luther said. "He's extremely talented."
Todd Bradley is the Editor-in-Chief of www.dcsportsfan.com, which covers high school athletics in the Washington, D.C. area. E-mail Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.