As one of the top players in event history, Nic Claxton will forever be remembered by Gov. Challenge fans. On June 20th 2019, Claxton was drafted 31st overall by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019 NBA Draft. He has now signed a multi-year NBA contract and is already playing in big minutes during his rookie season (2019/2020). Before the NBA, the 6’11 PF played for Legacy Early College (SC) where he was a 4 star, Top 100 National recruit. He then played two seasons for the University of Georgia where he earned 2nd Team all SEC season his sophomore season. Claxton played in the 2015 & 2016 in the Governors Challenge.
During his time at Lincoln Academy (GA) Damion Baugh put on absolute show at the 2017 Governors Challenge, winning the M&T Bank Slam Dunk Contest during his junior season. The 6’3 Guard is currently a freshman at the University of Memphis where he has started multiple games and is a major contributor on a freshman-led National Title contender. In his first game under Coach Penny Hardaway, Damion threw down a monstrous dunk that led him to be featured on SportsCenter Top 10 plays. Baugh was considered a 4 star, Top 100 National Recruit during his time in high school & at the Governors Challenge.
Obi Toppin has taken the college basketball world by storm with his dominant performances during the beginning of the 2019/2020 season. In his sophomore year he has helped lead his Dayton team to multiple upset victories. The 6’9 monster of a power forward has skyrocketed up NBA draft boards into a solid first round draft pick, with some considering him a Top 10 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. He has caught the nation’s eye and received praise from Jay Bilas, Jon Rothstein and others. Toppin participated in the 2017 Governors Challenge during his post grad season at Mt. Zion Prep (MD), leading his team to a 3-0 record and starring in the M&T Bank Slam Dunk Contest.
Cole Swider, currently a sophomore at Villanova, participated in the 2017 Governors Challenge during his senior year at St. Andrews School from Rhode Island. In addition to leading his team to a 2-0 record at the event he averaged 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Swider also participated in the M&T Bank Slam Dunk Contest and won the 3-Point Contest. The 6’8 power forward was considered one of the best shooters in the country and was ranked #35 by ESPN in 2018. Swider also won the 2017 Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year and was chosen to play in the Jordan Brand Classic. During his freshman campaign, Swider was a big contributor to the Wildcats and has grown to play even larger role to start his sophomore year.
Immanuel Quickley had an impressive performance at the 2016 Governors Challenge for the John Carroll Patriots with a 16 point, 4 assists & 4 steals performance. He was ranked as the #19 player and #3 point guard in the country by 247 Sports in 2018. Quickley was also named to the McDonald's All American Game, where he won the 3-point contest. He was also a member of the USA U17 and U19 national teams. Quickley is now a sophomore point guard at Kentucky where he is a starter and key player for the National Championship contending Wildcats. During his freshman year on a loaded team, Immanuel played in all 37 games, boasting multiple starts and helping his team make an Elite Eight appearance.
Where are they now?
- Brycen Goodine (St. Andrews ’19): Syracuse
- Juwan Gary (Liberty Heights ’19): Alabama
- Jayln McCeary (Legacy Early College‘19): South Carolina
- Rodney Howard (Legacy Early College‘19): Georgia
- Elias King (Lincoln Academy ‘19): Mississippi St.
- Iverson Molinar (Veritas Prep ‘19): Mississippi St.
- Nah’shon Hyland (St. Geogres ‘19): VCU
- Qudus Wahab (VA Academy ‘19): Georgetown
- Patrick Williams (West Charlotte ‘19): Florida St.
- Jay Heath (Wilson ‘19): Boston College
- Dearon Tucker (Legacy Early College‘19): Oregon St.
- EJ Jarvis (Maret ‘19): Yale
- Moulaye Sissoko (Lincoln Academy‘19): Dayton
- Shawn Walker Jr. (Bishop Sullivan‘19): George Washington
- Cam Spencer (Boys Latin‘19): Loyola Baltimore
- Jalen Rucker (Gilman‘19): Army
- Jason Gibson (Sidwell Friends ‘19): Towson
- Sherif Kenney (Rock Creek ‘19): La Salle
- Marvin Price (Patterson ‘19): Ohio
- Christian Ings (Neumann-Goretti ‘19): Rider
- Benson Lin (St. Andrew’s ‘19): Bryant
- Louis Tang (St. Mary’s Ryken ‘19): VMI
- Chase Claxton (Legacy Early College ‘19): Winthrop
- Stephan Gabriel (Veritas Prep‘19): Bradley
- Keegan Records (St. Andrew’s ‘19): Colgate
- Judah Jordan (Capital Christian ‘19): Weber St.
- Tommy Bruner (Gray Collegiate ‘19): USC Upstate
- Cam Timmons (Highland ‘19): Howard
- Khalil Robinson (Gray Collegiate ‘19): Howard
- Glen “JoJo” Anderson (Brooklyn Collegiate‘19): UMES
- Saddiq Bey (Sidwell Friends ’18): Villanova
- Myeron Jones (Lincoln Academy ’18): Penn State
- Ricardo Lindo (Wilson ’18): Maryland
- Dereon Seaborn (Lake Taylor ‘18): NC State
- Jermaine Harris (Rock Creek ’18): Rhode Island
- Sharone Wright Jr. (Legacy Early College ’18): Wake Forest
- Michael Wynn (Liberty Heights ’18): Wake Forest
- Montez Mathis (John Carroll ’18): Rutgers
- Donovan Toatley (Riverdale Baptist ’18): UT Chattanooga
- Demetrius Mims (Baltimore Poly ’18): Towson
- Ayinde Hikim (Wilson ‘18): La Salle
- Savillon Gallion (Thurgood Marshall ‘18): Buffalo
- Dontrell Schuler (Legacy Early College ’18): Charleston Southern
- Abraham Deng (Valley Forge Military Academy ’18): Longwood
- Ciaran Sandy (Gilman ‘18): Holy Cross
- Dee Barnes (Kings Christian ’18): Mount St. Marys
- Kobe Tigney (VA Academy ‘18): Radford
- Donta King (Legacy Early College ‘18): Charleston
- Joel Kabimba (Middleburg ‘19): Stetson
- Wayne Bristol Jr (Riverdale Baptist ‘18): Howard
- Michael Marsh (Gray Collegiate ’18): SC State
- Joe Bryant Jr. (Lake Taylor ‘18): Norfolk St.
- Kevon Voyles (Decatur ‘18): UMES
- Da’Shawn Phillip (Dunbar ‘18): UMES
- Kentrevious Jones (Quality Education ’18): Macon
- Keve Aluma (Stephen Decatur ’17): Virginia Tech
- Obi Toppin (Mt. Zion’17): Dayton
- Jelani Williams (Sidwell Friends ’17): Penn
- Teshaun Hightower (Mt. Zion ’17): Tulane
- Nana Opoku (Potomac ’17): Mount St. Mary’s
- Myles Douglas (Aberdeen ’17): St. Joes
- Tyler Foster (Middleburg ’17): Youngstown St.
- Manny Camper (Kent County ’17): Siena
- Rayshawn Neal (Legacy ’17): SC State
- Jihar Williams (Friends ’17): William & Mary
- Kodye Pugh (Boys Latin ’16): Stanford
- Ejike Obinna (Virginia Academy ’16): Vanderbilt
- Myles Cale (Appoquinimik ’16): Seton Hall
- Dre’ Perry (Baltimore Poly ’16): Temple
- Jordan Jones (Poly ’16): Marist
- Jashaun Smith (Legacy Charter ’16): Longwood
- Jamal Wright (Riverdale Baptist ’16): High Point
- Mikey Dixon (Sanford ’16): Grand Canyon
- Jahlil Jenkins (Virginia Academy ’16): Fairleigh Dickinson
- Ryan Gomes (Friends ’16): Houston Baptist
- Pat Spencer (Boys Latin ‘15): Northwestern
- Simeon Carter (W. Charlotte ’15): Georgia Southern
- John Crosby (Poly ’14): Delaware State