Memorial Service or Funeral for Wil Jones

According to Coach Butch McAdams, the services for the late UDC basketball coach and Maryland University assistant Wil Jones will take place as follows:
Friday, March 21, viewing 10a-12 pm,service at noon, @ UDC.


DC Basketball Legend Wil Jones Dies

Longtime local high school and college coach, and former American University All-American Wil Jones died. Coach Wil Jones had deep connections to every local basketball figure from Elgin Baylor and Lefty Driesell, to Earl Jones. His status and mark on the national game cannot be understated.


Elgin Baylor Biography Available

You may order the first biography of DC’s Elgin Baylor here:


Supreme Courts DC Basketball Trailer Part of Feb. 20 Historical Society Event

Please join DC Basketball at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 for a night of film screeings, book signings, and discussion of the work of education visionaries Dr. E.B. Henderson and Sears president Julius Rosenwald:

“Visionaries of Black Education: Julius Rosenwald and Dr. E.B. Henderson”

Segregation circumscribed the educational opportunities of black children in the early twentieth century. In Washington the black community persevered and provided the best educational opportunities possible within this system. Both Julius Rosenwald and Dr. Edwin B. Henderson Both Julius Rosenwald and E.B. Henderson contributed to this cause by helping to build key institutions supporting black education. We present a series of short film clips and a panel discussion that will explore the impact of their vision upon black education.

Juius Rosenwald, the son of German immigrants and owner of Sears Roebuck, provided matching funds for black schools in rural areas areas and Black YMCAs in urban areas. The first of these challenge grants went towards the construction of the 12th Street YMCA. This gift originated as a response to an appeal by President William Howard Taft and supplemented funds provided in roughly equal parts by the central YMCA Administration, John D. Rockefeller, and the Washington black community. Opened in April 1912, the 12th Street Y (now the Thurgood Marshall Center) remains a vital part of the U Street neighborhood and still provides educational programming to children.

Edwin B. Henderson transformed the educational opportunities of black children by introducing physical education into public schools. In 1907, he introduced basketball to the black community by forming a Howard University team and a Black Basketball League. When the YMCA opened, Henderson organized its basketball team, one that became the best black basketball team in the nation. For these efforts, Henderson earned the moniker, “the grandfather of black basketball,” and in 2013 an induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Proposed schedule of events

Introduction by HSW, host

Welcome and introduction by moderator: Bijan Bayne, author, Elgin Baylor: The First Superstar


”Rosenwald Schools,” work in progress

Introduced by Aviva Kempner

“Basketball; More than A Game the story of Dr. Edwin B. Henderson”

Introduced by Edwin B. Henderson, II

“Supreme Courts: How Washington Changed Basketball, “ trailer (3:30 min.)

Introduced by Pennington Greene, Executive Director, D.C. Basketball Institute

Panel discussion:

Bob Kuska, author, Hot Potato: How Washington and New York Gave Birth to Basketball and Changed America’s Game Forever

Aviva Kempner, producer/director, “The Rosenwald Schools”

Stephanie Deutsch, author, You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South

Edwin Henderson, grandson, Dr. E.B. Henderson, Tinner Hill Heritage Association

Audience Q & A

Book signings of books by Kuska and Deutsch to follow

Place: Auditorium, The Carnegie Library

Guest Column: Is Bradley Beal Emerging as the Leader of the Wizards?

Here’s a guest column by

Is Bradley Beal Emerging As The Leader Of The Washington Wizards?

The Washington Wizards are emerging as a playoff-caliber team this season. That’s great news for all the fans of the team, who saw their favorite group struggling to avoid the last seeds of the conference the past few seasons. Up to now, when an NBA fan thought about the Washington Wizards, it’s all about John Wall. But this season, Bradley Beal is emerging as the real deal for Washington. Can he truly be the leader of the team?
Beal snapped at the opportunity when it was presented to him. John Wall started the season slow, struggling to find a solid shooting pace. That’s when Beal took charge and emerged as the leading scorer for the team. The 20-year old shooting guard is currently averaging a team-high 20.6 points per contest while shooting 41.7 percent from the floor and 44.8 percent from downtown.

Considering the fact that he is on his sophomore season, Beal’s performance can be described at least as promising. His numbers have exploded in comparison to the previous season. He is showing improvement in almost any aspect of the game plus he is also showcasing some of his leadership skills. One thing that he didn’t see from him up to now is his clutch performance. And yet, during his comeback from an injury, Beal hit the game-winning layup with almost seven seconds left in the game, to lift the Wizards over the New York Knicks.

Whilst Bradley Beal missed nine games with a right fibula stress injury, his strong return came to solidify his role as a premier contributor for the Wizards this season.

The future seems really bright for the 6’5” guard. Considering the young of his age and the fact he is constantly improving his performance, we might see him taking things to the next level. The presence of John Wall in the team only benefits both players. In a way, they are competing against each other and at the same time, they are working together.

The Washington Wizards currently stand at the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 10-13 record. After the acquisition of Marcin Gortat, the team seems like it has what it takes to earn the ticket to the postseason. Of course, the contribution of both Beal and Wall will be important for the team.

It might be too soon for us to judge if Beal is taking over as the leader for the Wizards. He will have to prove he can play with consistency and of course, stay out of injury issues. After all, it will take much time for him to overpass the impact John Wall has to the team. However, he certainly has placed the foundation for an even better continuation to his career in the near future.
Beal can be considered as an emerging star. He certainly needs to improve some aspects of his game and develop some distributing skills as well. But the potential is certainly there.

For more of Bradley Beal and his Washington Wizards journey, visit Don’t forget to visit the Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues Washington Wizards page while you are at it.

Kevin Durant Props Ty Lawson For All-Star Team

Kevin Durant believes his former AAU teammate Ty Lawson should be selected to the All-Star team:

Lawson had 13 assists and 17 points in the Denver Nuggets’ 105-93 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night- one of his first games back from a hamstring injury.


Kevin Durant Gives Victor Oladipo Advice

Montrose Christian product Kevin Durant counsels DeMatha grad Victor Oladipo:,0,7303062.story