Basketball Program Facts & Figures

In the Community

The freshman, JV and varsity basketball players, managers and coaches finds time each year as a group to give back to the community. Below are a few examples from the past ten years of O'Connell basketball program involvement:

Missionaries of Charity - The team accompanied our school chaplain, Father Thompson, on a visit to the Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charities in Washington, DC. The players joined in a Mass before preparing and serving lunch to the homeless.

Holy Redeemer - For several years the team brought gifts, read stories, played in classrooms, and had a basketball pep rally for youth. In 2004, three seniors, Marcus Ginyard, Bryant Majors, and Dave Neal, along with Coach Wootten, spoke at an assembly about the importance of making good daily decisions and how those decisions can lead to a positive outcome.

USO Support - In 2006, the program adopted a unit in Iraq. The three teams collected playing cards, magazines, board games, and even a video game system for our troops serving in Iraq.

Matthew House - Team members collected non-perishable food, blankets, clothes, and diapers and donated the items to Matthew House.

Anne Arundel House of Hope - The teams have participated in an adopt a family program, providing a full Christmas, clothing and gifts.

Baltimore Social Service - The teams donated wrapped gifts to be handed out at the Baltimore Service Recreational Center.

By the Numbers

25

The number of teams that were ranked in the Nation’s Top 25 that O’Connell has defeated in the last 12 years.

23

The average number of wins for O’Connell over the last thirteen years under Coach Wootten.

4

The number of Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament Championships won by O’Connell under Coach Wootten, three of which were consecutive. Only one other program and coach have achieved such a difficult task.

3

The number of WCAC Regular Season Championships won by O’Connell under Coach Wootten.

5

The number of VA State Championships won by O’Connell under Coach Wootten.

361

The number of wins over the last 16 years versus a national schedule.

41

The number of former players who have played or are currently playing at the collegiate level.

0

The number of players who have NOT qualified for a college scholarship academically. A testament to how the program monitors and works with the academic progress of the players over their four years.

13

The number of coaches who have moved on to become head college coaches, college assistant coaches and/or high school head coaches after being under Coach Wootten’s tutledge.

13

The number of nationally recognized tournaments that the Knights have won in the last 9 years.

69%

The winning percentage of Coach Wootten at Bishop O’Connell High School and in the toughest high school conference in the country.

7

The number of First Team All Met Players under Coach Wootten.

Program History Under Coach Wootten

1999-2000
Record: 16-12
This was Coach Wootten's first year. The team had a mix of young and old players and is remembered for "rising to the challenge." They started 10-0, which would be the one best starts for any of Coach Wootten's teams. Senior Brett Herberger said, "Our team can be remembered for never giving up."

2000-2001
Record: 18-14
There was great improvement in Coach Wootten's second year at the helm. This team was led by five seniors and who would make a national statement. They defeated the number three team in the nation, Westchester and also won the Red Cross Tournament. The foundation was being laid for a great run over the next five years.

2001-2002
Record: 30-7
In Coach Wootten's third year, O'Connell would make into the WCAC Championship and finish number one in Northern Virginia. This team was led by four seniors and six sophomores. They finished number three in the D.C. area and epitomized how a team should play. They were able to win the first of five state championships under Coach Wootten so far. They were led by first team All-Met Ahamd Smith who would go on to play at St.Bonaventure.

2002-2003
Record: 25-5
This would be another stellar year for the Knights as they would finish number twenty-one in the nation. They were a young team with only one senior on the roster. There were six juniors, three sophomores and one freshmen. This team would win the Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon and win the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in Cumberland. They were able to have such great success because of thier "team first" attitude.

2003-2004
Record: 30-4
This was a banner year for the program and Coach Wootten. This team would finish #20 in the nation and was led by five seniors who would all continue thier carreers at the collegiate level. This team was known for its depth and willingness to share the ball, with six different players leading scoring on different occassions. This team would win the WCAC regular season Championship, the WCAC Tournament Championship, the Virginia Independent Championship and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament.

2004-2005
Record: 31-3
This group would be known as the best team in school history record wise. This team was led by three seniors, two of which became first team All-Mets and future ACC players, Marcus Ginyard and Dave Neal. This team finished number one in Virginia and number four in the D.C. area. They would win the Virginia Independent Championship and also win the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, becoming only the second school to accomplish the feat.

2005-2006
Record: 21-12
Coach Wootten's seventh year would end up being very similiar to his second year at O'Connell. This team would beat the previously undefeated and number three team in the nation. This team was a mix of young and old players that would come together late in the season. They started 10-9 and finished 11-3 and would also win the third straight Virginia Independent State Championship.

2006-2007
Record: 17-13
This was a very young team that included only one senior on the roster. This team improved throughout the year and finished strong. They won five out of the last seven and made it to the state championship.

2007-2008
Record: 29-7
This would become of the best teams in school history under Coach Wootten. This team would beat five nationally ranked teams during the season. They were led by first team All-Met and Player of the Year, Jason Clark. This team would also win the Arlington Optimist Tournament and the Bishop Gorman Classic in Las Vegas.

2008-2009
Record: 22-11
This was a successful season in Coach Wootten's ninth year at O'Connell. The team played a national schedule, despite only having three seniors on the roster. This season was memorable for one home game in particular. For the first time in school history, O'Connell Basketball was televised on ESPNU in front of a sold out gymnasium.

2009-2010
Record: 19-14
In the tenth year, Coach Wooten's team would make an unbelievable run and be known for its great perseverance. This team was 10-11 at midpoint and would win ten of the next thirteen games. Due to weather conditions, this team was forced to play six games in six days. They would win five in a row and lose the sixth at the buzzer. They would finish as Virginia Independent State Champions and were led by first team All-Met Kendall Marshall.

2010-2011
Record: 19-11
This was another successful season for O'Connell Basketball.This team was a mix of youth and experience and would be known for their "love of the game." They were led by five seniors, all of which would go on to play at the next level. This team would go on to beat PVI and Dematha twice in this season.

2011-2012
Record: 14-18
Through difficult times we grow if we face our challenges head on! The Knights played everyone tough, but with a very young team, they came up short losing games by an average of just 3 points per game. This young team would grow and mature from this experience into the WCAC champions the following year.

2012-2013
Record: 30-7
The team finished the season as the #1 ranked team in the Washington DC area and #15 in the Nation. The team captured the WCAC and ACIT crowns, playing one of the most difficult schedules a high school team can face. The Knights won 30 games for the 4th time in the last 12 years!

2013-2014
Record: 20-12
This young Knights team again reached the 20 win total playing a tough national schedule defeating three nationally ranked teams. The team was led by All Met Player of the Year and McDonalds All American Melo Trimble.

2014-2015
Record: 20-11
The Knights season started with an impressive 12 game win streak. Although faced with some midseason adversity the Knights rallied to beat rivals PVI in the WCAC Tournament. A young Knights team won 20 games for the 10th time in Coach Wootten's 16-year tenure.

After O'Connell

Players After O'Connell

Name

Year

University

Matt Lewis2017James Madison University
Nate Watson2017Providence College

Ako Adams

2016

Rice University

Randal Gaskins

2016

St. Francis University

Jamaal King

2015

St. Francis University

Siyao Sun

2015

Cal. State Northridge

Oumar Barry

2015

DePaul University

Keljin Blevins

2014

University of Southern Mississippi

Kam Moore

2014

Boston College

Stephen Osu

2014

Presbyterian College

Melo Trimble

2014

University of Maryland

Junior Etou

2013

Rutgers University

Pat Dumais

2013

Marymount University

Adrian Chuquilangui

2013

Coast Guard Academy

James Bourne

2011

Winthrop University

Joe Cabrera

2011

St. Mary's College

Larry Savage

2011

Delware University

Kendall Marshall

2010

University of North Carolina

Maurice Williams

2010

U.S. Military Academy/West Point

Marcus Carmon

2010

Marymount University

Devin Cole

2009

Radford University

Kevin Jones

2009

IUP

Dave Eismeier

2009

Pace University

Jason Clark

2008

Georgetown University

Frank Ben-Eze

2008

Davidson College

Alex Harrington

2008

College of William and Mary

Zach Crimmins

2007

Columbia University

Rockwell Moody

2006

St. Joseph University

Wil Johnson

2006

Gannon University

Tyler Young

2006

Boise State University

Adam Baumgartner

2006

John's Hopkins University

Jason Colenda

2006

Villanova University

Dave Neal

2005

University of Maryland

Marcus Ginyard

2005

University of North Carolina

Bryant Majors

2005

Marymount University

Erik Smith

2004

Lehigh University

Ernie Lomax

2004

Hampton University

Jeremy Trimble

2004

U.S. Military Academy/West Point

Noah Rodgers

2004

Catholic University of America

Freddie Stanback

2004

Loyola University/Marymount

Robert Wills

2003

McDaniel University

Ahmad Smith

2002

St. Bonaventure University

Pierre Lacey

2002

Davis and Elkins University

Matt Lawless

2002

Washington and Lee University

Justin Gatling

2001

Manhattan University

Coaches After O'Connell

Name

Role

University

Dennis Murphy

Head Boy's Coach

Pallotti

Scott McClary

Head Men's Coach

Muhlenburg College

Ron Ginyard

Head Boy's Coach

St. Stephens/ St. Agnes

Jason Donnelly

Assistant Coach

Villanova University

Mike Pegues

Assistant Coach

Xavier University

Duane Simpkins

Assistant Coach

George Mason University

Garrett O'Donnell

Head Boy's Coach

Maret High School

Seth Goldberg

Head Boy's Coach

St. Paul's High School

Hunter Taylor

Assistant Coach

Arkansas State

Joey Cantafio

Assistant Coach

Tulane University

Matt Mihalich

Assistant Coach

University of Hartford

Kenyamo McFarlane

Head Girl's Coach

Loudoun Valley High School

Kevin Payette

Head Boy's Coach

Blackstone Valley Prep

Managers After O'Connell

Name

Year

University

Michael Mann

2016

Virginia Commonwealth U.

Trey Carter

2013

University of Maryland

Harrison Evola

2013

Auburn University

Spencer Westemier

2009

St. Joseph University

Donald Durang

2008

University of Maryland

Jaclyn Myers

2002

Coastal Carolina

Justin Zawistowski

2000

George Mason University