Commentary

Teammates rule during Nike Baltimore Combine

Updated: April 14, 2009, 12:07 PM ET
By Mike Loveday | ESPNRISE.com

Teamwork seemed to be the prevailing theme at the 2009 Nike Baltimore Combine. Five sets of teammates cracked the Top 25 SPARQ ratings* on Saturday.

Westlake, Eleanor Roosevelt, Linganore, Suitland and North Cross (Va.) all had at least two team members in the top 25.

The official SPARQ ratings will not be available until later this week, until some athletes' times can be manually entered and tabulated. The early numbers say there were over 1,200 athletes to participate in this year's Nike Combine and not just from Maryland. Athletes came from Pennsylvania, Virginia, D.C., New York, New Jersey and even Canada.

The SPARQ rating is a mathematical calculation that takes into account a player's height and weight and uses results in the 40-yard dash, pro-agility, kneeling power ball toss and vertical jump.

Continue to check ESPNRISE and ESPNU all week for complete coverage of the year's Nike Baltimore Combine. We will have a breakdown of the top performances in each event later this week.

Want to read more about this year's combine? Check out MDVarsity.com's blog here.

*These SPARQ ratings are the rough cut and are pending until later this week when results are verified and tabulated.

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Top 25 SPARQ ratings at the 2009 Nike Baltimore Combine
NAME SCHOOL GRAD. YR. SPARQ
Conner Crowell North Point 2011 121.02
Julian Blair Westlake 2010 111.39
Willie Williams Hereford 2010 107.64
Kendall Jefferson Westlake 2010 103.08
Antoine Johnson Eleanor Roosevelt 2010 102.93
Richard Aiyegoro Eleanor Roosevelt 2010 95.85
Blake Countess Gilman School 2011 95.25
Sidney Brown North Cross (Va.) 2010 94.71
Ryan Dixon Linganore 2010 94.20
Tiras Jordan Westlake 2010 94.05
Devin Cain North Cross (Va.) 2010 92.91
Taray Carey Whitehall (Pa.) 2010 92.55
Gordon Martin Leesville Road (N.C.) 2010 91.29
Keith Brown Suitland 2010 90.54
Corey Williams Gwynn Park 2010 89.70
Jawaun Wynn Piscataway (N.J) 2010 89.07
DeSean Jamar Ford Westlake 2010 88.71
Ronald Darby Potomac 2012 87.96
Zach Zwinak Linganore 2010 87.96
Bobby Stup Tuscarora 2010 86.82
Dustin West Liberty 2010 86.82
Joshua Alaeze Parkville 2010 85.65
Lorenzo Smith Brookville (Va.) 2010 85.38
Dontrewell Kelley Suitland 2010 84.69