At least one reporter thinks so:
Hats off to longtime local radio host and former St. Albans, Mackin, and Maret Coach James “Butch” McAdams for revealing on WOL-1450 AM this morning that he will soon name his Top Fifty schoolboy basketball players from Metro D.C. Coach attended our inaugural event at Landover Towne Center last Saturday. It’s great to have as knowledgable and personable figure in the fold.
“Coach’s Corner” is part of the 8-9 a.m. Saturday mortgage show:
Jesse Karangu invited us back on “The Big Show With JK”. We had a blast- thanks again JK:
I haven’t posted one of these in a minute. They’re lists dedicated to some local names that too often fall throught the cracks when we’re reminiscing about ballplayers:
Charlie Jenkins, ARMSTRONG
Michael Ray, CHAMBERLAIN
Bob Keller, ST. JOHN’s
Russell “Bo” Clarke, SPINGARN
Gordon Austin, SHERWOOD
Kenny Robinson, MACKIN
Kevin Lewis, WILSON
Andrew Corbin, H.D. WOODSON
Mike Johnson, BOWIE
Scott “Helicopter” Thomas, BLADENSBURG
Nap Napolitano, DUVAL
Freddie Thomas, PHELPS
Roger Truehart, McKINLEY TECH
Al Baker, ST. ANTHONY’s
James Brunson, LARGO
Former Bowie High player is judged by standards not even some adult athletes live up to:
Thanks to all who shared in our opening event at WOW Wingery and Cafe in Landover Town Center. During this gathering, and the annual function at Watts Branch Playground, and the Father’s Day cookout hosted each year by former McKinley Tech playmaker Kevin Tatum (’69), our leadership was able to meet or re-connect with Coach Butch McAdams, Bowie’s Herb Gray. Jr., Parkdale “Chick” Lyles, legendary Tech stars “Apple” Milam and Jeffrey Harrison, Lawrence Moten of Archbishop Carroll, DeMatha’s Carroll Holmes and Daryl Greene (who owns WOW- thanks Daryl), “Chink” Gray of Parkdale, Duval’s Dickie Brown, and many others who did their thing in the area. We also appreciate the support and kind words of those who had previous or out-of-town engagements, such as DeMatha alum James Brown. When “JB” was told we’d hang his warmup top over a chair for inspiration (an inside joke about a historic McKinley Tech-DeMatha clash in the Knights of Columbus Tournament), he responsed, “Now that’s dusting off an old memory”.
A good time (and great reminiscing) was had by all. We hope to make our get together an annual thing that ties in with not only the weekend of the cookout and the Watts Branch piece, but the annual scholarship benefit Hoop Dreams 3-on-3 tournament hosted by the Hoop Dreams foundation to assist college-bound students at H.D. Woodson High. Susie Kay does a wonderful job with that organization, as many of you know. We hope to see all of our readers, contributors and supporters next June.
What does that have to do with basketball? Jonathan played AAU ball for the D.C. Blue Devils. The 6’9″ Pro Bowler attended St. Albans School.
DC Blue Devils: