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.
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: