Here are, in my opinion, the twelve greatest scholastic male players in Washington area history, based solely upon what they accomplished as schoolboys:
HAROLD FOX, NORTHWESTERN
ELGIN BAYLOR, SPINGARN
AUSTIN CARR, MACKIN
ADRIAN DANTLEY, DeMATHA
COLLIS JONES, ST. JOHN’s
MATTHEW GANTT, DOUGLASS
JO JO HUNTER, MACKIN
JAMES BROWN/DANNY FERRY, DeMATHA (tie)
GEORGE LEFTWICH, ARCHBISHOP CARROLL
GRANT HILL, SOUTH LAKES
WILBUR “DUCEY” SMITH, FAIRMONT HEIGHTS
STACY ROBINSON, CROSSLAND/DUNBAR
(my three high honorable mentions would be Jim McBride, Fred Hetzel and Donald Washington- please feel free to weigh in)
More on the famous YMCA, from our colleague Claude Johnson of the Black Fives sportswear line:
A giant is never larger than when he stoops to touch a child’s life:
Cleveland extended it’s playoff advantage over Washington to 3-1 on a tie breaking shot by Eleanor Roosevelt’s Delonte West. The final score was 100-97. West scored 21 overall, nailing seven of 12 shots and 5-8 on three pointers. The team’s G.M. Danny Ferry played at DeMatha, and the voice of the Cavs, Austin Carr, starred at Mackin.
Is the Mackin grad and longtime Coach K sidekick headed for Palo Alto:
DC area natives have coached college ball at N.C. State, Cal, Georgia, Michigan, Harvard, Notre Dame, Tulane, Texas A & M, Georgetown, Miami (Fl.), American, Vermont and Seton Hall.
In the Wizards’ 108-72 thrashing of Cleveland, Good Counsel’s Roger Mason scored 18 points on 8-14 shooting and sank two of his three trey attempts, and had two steals.
DeMatha’s Keith Bogans contributed 12 points in Orlando’s 108-94 loss to Toronto.
We’ve had some legendary coaches in this area. Red Jenkins of W.T. Woodson. Dave Brown at Spingarn. William Rountree of Spingarn. Joe Gallagher of St. John’s. Bob Dwyer at Archbishop Carroll. John Thompson with St. Anthony’s. Stu Vetter at Flint Hill. Cardozo’s Harold Deane. McKinley Armstrong with McKinley Tech. Joe Dean Davidson with Dunbar. St. Albans’ Bob Brown. Morgan Wootten at DeMatha. Eastern’s A.B. Williamson. Paul Furlong of Mackin.
Here’s a website dedicated to Coach “Sleepy” Thompson and his tournament:
We didn’t have nationally-acclaimed sportswriters like Rick Telander, Pete Axthelm, and Peter Vescey to champion our great guards, nor a famous ambassador such as Sonny Hill to celebrate our tradition, but we’ve had some fine backcourt men. Remember Jo Jo?