Springbrook senior guard Matthew Balanc is a human highlight reel.
During the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the 6-foot-3 standout wowed fans with his highlight reel dunks.
Balanc, who averaged a team-high 20.4 points per game last season, erupted for 50 points last month in the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League All-Star Game. He also earned game MVP honors despite his team’s 103-101 loss.
“My game is built for an all-star game, with a lot of dunks, a lot of fast breaks and a lot of showtime plays,” Balanc told The Sentinel afterward.
Jayani Gillespie, a Springbrook junior, recalled the first time he ever saw his teammate dunk in a game.
“It was in the seventh grade and we were playing Silver Spring International,” said Gillespie, who attended Francis Scott Key Middle School with Balanc. “Matthew has been dunking since the seventh grade.”
Balanc also shined in the DeMatha Summer League where he was one of the top players this year. In a playoff game versus DeMatha, Balanc scored 34 points and had a buzzer-beater at the end of regulation to force overtime against the host Stags. Springbrook lost the game in double overtime despite a valiant effort from Balanc.
The four-year varsity performer played on the AAU circuit this summer with head coach James Lee’s Mid Atlantic Select squad and helped lead the team to a 17U championship in Orlando last month.
“He had an unbelievable summer and he had a great game against DeMatha in the playoffs,” said Springbrook head coach Darnell Myers.
Division I college scouts began to really take notice this summer during the July recruiting period. New Mexico, St. Bonaventure and LaSalle were among the colleges that made offers.
Balanc, who received his first offer from Bryant University in May, recently trimmed his list from 13 down to five schools including UMBC, Florida Gulf Coast University, Rhode Island, UMass and Quinnipiac.
The sky is the limit for Balanc, a third team All-Sentinel performer last season.
“He’s going to get better,” said Myers. “I can see him really raising his game up to another level. He’s a gym rat so he always works his butt off. He’s always in the gym.”