Posted: 7:25 pm Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Dwyer’s Darick Jarmon gets his moment in the spotlight 

By Jeff Greer

Before the season started, Dwyer coach Fred Ross pointed out his senior captain Darick Jarmon.

“He won’t get any headlines, he won’t be the big star, but he’s our guy,” Ross said back in December. “He makes everybody better.”

On Thursday afternoon, Jarmon got his moment.

Up five with less than a minute to play, Jarmon coolly sank two foul shots to ice Dwyer’s 70-61 win over national prep basketball powerhouse Findlay Prep in the quarterfinals of the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md.

It was a sweet moment for Jarmon, who spends much of his time in practice pushing around Dwyer’s 6-foot-10 blue chip center Joel James, a junior rated among the best prospects in the Class of 2012, but doesn’t play a ton of minutes in games.

“We felt confident putting him on the line,” fellow senior Jacoby Brissett said. “Whenever we run or do any conditioning, he always makes the free throws at the end.”

Ross echoed Brissett’s sentiment.

“He’s the team captain,” Ross said. “We have some very good players, but his work, his attitude, his effort, his determination, all that speaks loudly for Dwyer basketball. Because of who he is and how hard he’s worked, he’s the captain. And for him to get an opportunity in this game, on national TV, and step up and sink those free throws … I mean, we talk team basketball all the time. He is that.”

Jarmon played eight minutes, helping Dwyer fill the void left by its slowed-by-foul-trouble big fellas James and Greg Louis. He and 6-7 senior center Derrick Davis ate up 24 minutes off the bench. Davis had five points and five rebounds. And Jarmon had his foul shots and a board of his own.

“I was just thinking that I had to make the free throws for my team — I’m the captain,” Jarmon said.

Well, the captain delivered. And he got his headline and his moment in the spotlight.