Many New York area basketball fans and journalists consider the early 1970’s Mount Vernon High School basketball teams the best ever in the region. Gus Williams, Ray Williams, Rudy Hackett, Earl Tatum, et al. When NYC fans boast about that clique, tell ‘em about the beatdown they took at the hands of the school that finished no. 9 in the final Washington Post ranking of Metro area teams, McKinley Tech:
The book Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race & Class is available for pre-order at a discounted price:
The Washington angle is that author Bijan C.Bayne attended D.C. schools, and a few of the players in the book moved to the Vineyard from Washington.
The DC Basketball Foundation named former Bladensburg H.S. player Ray Carci to its Board of Directors. Carci is Vice President of the Special Olympics of South Carolina. Carci played high school ball against players such as Alphonso Adair of DuVal, Harold Fox of Northwestern, and Matt Gantt of Douglass. From Bladensburg he went on to play at the University of Maryland where he played in the 1972 NIT Tournament, and Baptist College in Charleston, S.C.
Carci has worked with Special Olympics of South Carolina for 17 years. Prior to that he served on the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games. He brings a background in event planning, fundraising, sponsorship, sales, community development, and marketing to DC Basketball.
As a teenager, Ray Carci played summer and pickup basketball all over the D.C. metropolitan area, including The Jelleff League, Chillum, Turkey Thicket, College Park, and Chevy Chase. DC Basketball is excited to have Mr. Carci aboard to marry local basketball history to enrichment programs and corporate partnerships for youth, educators, and recreational officials.
Nice to see Northwestern H.S. alum Jeff Green playing healthy:
Fear the Hoya.
Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race & Class is now available on Amazon.com:
Readers will learn that Amaury Bannister, who starred in CYO ball at St. Francis de Sales on Rhode Island Avenue with Steve Hocker, accepted a ninth grade scholarship to DeMatha. Coach Wootten had approached him at a CYO tournament. But after the riots that followed the MLK assassination in ’68, Bannister’s family remained on Martha’s Vineyard after their summer vacation, and Amaury enrolled there. His Vineyard h.s. teams ushered in a new era of play, state tournament appearances, and a dynamic summer league. In a future post, we will tease how transfers from Paint Branch and DeMatha, brought new blood to Vineyard hoops in the mid-to-late 1990’s.