Prolific Anacostia High School and George Washington University guard Wilbert Skipper, Jr. died. Skipper grew up in the Wellington Park apartments, and played at Douglass JHS. The Indians sharpshooter was one of the premier Interhigh players of the late 1970’s. At GWU, Skip scored more than 1,900 points. He was a motivational speaker, and a recent author, who will be sorely missed in his hometown:
You may pre-order Bijan C. Bayne’s next book. It is called Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race & Class, and has Washington ties from President Obama’s frequent play on the Island, to the many summer leaguers from our region who have played there.
At least one columnist believes the embattled L.A. Clippers should bring back Elgin Baylor, the man who sued Donald Sterling:
Longtime St. John’s College High School basketball and football Coach Joe Gallagher died. He was 93. Coach was a local product, a GWU basketball captain, and was instrumental in shaping the careers of Coach Morgan Wooten, Scotty Glacken, Jay Calabrese, Tim Brant, Collis Jones, Butch Ellis, Kevin Stinnett, Mike Kruczek, Grayson Marshall, and helped steer Dave Bing to Syracuse.
Long live Coach Joe Gallagher, who won more combined football and basketball games than any high school coach in the U.S.