St. Charles head boys basketball coach Brett Campbell is proud of the number of seniors in the program who have gone on to play at the next level after their days of playing for the Spartans are over.
“In the past three years we have had nine guys move on to play at the next level,” Campbell said. “We are very proud of our 100% college matriculation rate since our school has opened, and our seniors always work very hard to uphold this number.”
All three St. Charles seniors from this year’s team have committed to play collegiate basketball.
Spartans guard Anthony Bowman has committed to play for St. Mary’s College of Maryland next year, while St. Charles seniors Cameron Chesley and E’Mari Johnson will be teammates at Allegany College of Maryland.
“We are very appreciative of the growth both on and off the court of Anthony, E’Mari and Cameron,” Campbell said. “This was a special class for me personally, as I’ve known each of them dating back to when they were in seventh grade. Cameron and E’Mari were both students at Stoddert [Middle School in Waldorf] where I was teaching at the time, and Anthony was a student at Archbishop Neale School in La Plata.”
Bowman, a three-year starter for the Spartans, began playing basketball around the age of 5 and has helped turn the St. Charles basketball program into a competitive force in Maryland Class 3A.
“In my career at St. Charles, I’ve seen us grow as a program. We went from being the people nobody thought about to everyone talking about us as the best,” Bowman said. “My legacy at St. Charles in the basketball program will always be remembered. Coach [Campbell] is the best coach in 3A. I believe the whole coaching staff is the best, and they got a great future ahead.”
During his three years starting for the Spartans, St. Charles went 54-18 in games Bowman played in.
“He is a tremendous competitor and an outstanding leader,” Campbell said.
This summer, Bowman wants to work on his three-pointer and get stronger to play at the next level for St. Mary’s College, an NCAA Division III school which plays in the Capital Athletic Conference.
“I chose SMCM because the coaching staff and players made me feel like home on my visits. That is somewhere I can grow as a person and it’s somewhere that I can win at like I did at St. Charles,” Bowman said. “I look forward to the road trips and playing the different styles of basketball. I just want to thank the whole St. Charles community for the support this year and all the interviews. I very much appreciate it.”
St. Mary’s College head men’s basketball coach Chris Harney said: “We are excited to add a great student-athlete the likes of Anthony Bowman. He impressed me from the start on his initial visit to St. Mary’s College. His leadership and competitive nature will have an immediate impact on our basketball family. He comes from a very experienced coaching staff led by coach Brett Cambell so I know he will be a fundamentally sound player from the start.”
Johnson, a two-year varsity player for the Spartans, began playing basketball at the age of 11.
“I wouldn’t have picked up a basketball if it wasn’t for my neighbor, Sean Scott, who used to play for St Charles High School,” Johnson said. “I used to play football and bowling growing up too.”
Allegany is a two-year school which competes in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference along with nearby College of Southern Maryland, and Johnson hopes to continue to play basketball and further his education in cyber security after his time there is up.
“The reason why I chose Allegany College of Maryland is because it has such a great environment,” Johnson said. “They have a nice campus, a great coaching staff that’s willing to help you get better, and they have what I want to major in, which is cyber security. After my two years are up, I want to go to a great four-year school to continue my cyber security major and play college basketball.”
Chesley will join Johnson at Allegany in the fall after playing just one year for Campbell at St. Charles.
“Cameron played one year for us after coming over from North Point High School,” Campbell said. “He fit in perfectly with our culture and was always willing to do the little things that are vital to winning.”
Chesley played football, soccer, baseball and ran track growing up, but basketball was the sport that always stuck with him.
“I started playing basketball around the age of 5 or 6,” Chesley said. “My mother got me into the sport when I was young because since I was a baby I always wanted to be around a basketball. That was like the only thing that could calm me down.”