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.