Monthly Archives: July 2008

Dig Randolph Childress

The former Flint Hill star and ACC Tourney MVP is still dealing:


DC-Led Notre Dame Ranked # 5 In SI Preseason- 40 Years Ago

The Fighting Irish had high hopes for their 1968-69 basketball team, as this excerpt from Sports Illustrated’s College Basketball Preview attests:

“…5- Notre Dame

In the lobby of Notre Dame ‘s new 11,500-seat indoor arena (named, laboriously, the Athletic and Convocation Center), the display cases hold only two basketball trophies—one for defeating Butler last year, the other for winning a Christmas tournament in 1955. There is also a tactful sampling of football hardware—one Heisman Trophy, one National Championship plaque, one Grantland Rice Award. The contrast has not been lost on Coach Johnny Dee , who has labored mightily the past four years to build a new image for Irish basketball. The 1965-66 team had a 5-21 record; last year it was 21-9. All the regulars from that team are back, but three of them will play only when Dee decides the nation’s best collection of sophomores needs a rest. Football, move over.

The two who will not be knocked off the first string are senior Forwards Bob Whitmore and Captain Bob Arnzen. Both averaged more than 20 points a game last year, and Arnzen was a high scorer in the classroom, too. He may well be left with the Bradleyesque choice between the pros and a Rhodes Scholarship . Whitmore, an exceptional rebounder at 6’7″, is one of four products of Dee ‘s very successful recruiting drive in the Washington, D.C. , Catholic high schools. The other three are all sophomores, and two will start; one of these, Austin Carr , could well be the star of the team. A 6’3″ guard with the build of a fullback, Carr averaged 34.7 points with the freshmen. He will play in the backcourt while Sid Catlett and Collis Jones fight for the open spot up front. Catlett, at 6’8″ and 220 pounds, has the edge, but he sat out last year getting caught up with his studies while Jones was scoring 23.4 points a game for the freshmen. Jackie Meehan, another sophomore and excellent ball handler, will pair with Carr at guard.

This leaves the Irish with one tremendous bench: Dwight Murphy, Jim Derrig and Mike O’Connell , the three displaced starters, and sophomores John Plieck, Tom Sinnott and Jim Hinga, who are considered only a step behind Carr , Catlett and Jones. There is an immediate problem, though, UCLA in the second game. With so many sophomores, Notre Dame cannot possibly win, or can it? Four years ago when Whitmore and Catlett played at Washington ‘s DeMatha High , they handed New York ‘s Power Memorial its only loss. The Power star was Lew Alcindor …”


True Reformer’s Hall is 105 Years Old

A Washington landmark has a basketball legacy:


Recent Prep All-Star Teams, By City

These teams are nice, but outsiders categorize D.C. and Baltimore as one metro area. That’s like a Dayton newspaper claiming Cincinnati athletes on their all-time prep football team.

ESPN’s take:

High School Hoop gives it a shot:


    All-Baltimore/D.C. Team

G Keith Bogans (Dematha, 1999)
G Kevin Durant (Montrose Christian, 2006)
F Carmelo Anthony (Oak Hill, 2002)
F Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spaulding, 2004)
F Mike Beasley (Notre Dame Prep, 2006)
6th Man Jeff Green (Northwestern, 2004)

The Baltimore/D.C. area is producing top players faster than anywhere else right now. They are not just producing players they are producing big time players. Carmelo Anthony, Mike Beasley, Rudy Gay and Kevin Durant are all franchise player type talents.

Sorry HSH (and four-letter channel)- in the DC area, we consider players from The District, its Maryland ‘burbs of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, and our neighboring Northern Virginia cities our own. Baltimore city and County have their own mayor(s), t.v. stations, school systems, transit systems, and high school leagues, both public and Catholic. DC and Baltimore are 39 miles apart even at their closest points.


Keith Bogans Comes Back to Alexandria

The former DeMatha and Kentucky star comes home:


Players Exhibit Skills at “The Rock”

Summer league sizzles at Beltsville’s High Point H.S.-

Hat tip to APBR CEO Ray LeBov.


The Remarkable Skeeter Swift- Alexandria’s Own

Nice article on one of Northern Virginia’s all-time best:


Black Basketball’s First Intercity Game

This New York-DC thing on the courts goes back (100 years):


Michelle Miller Makes Her Mark at Washington-Lee

Former college star guides Arlington girls’ high school team:

Washington-Lee high school produced Princeton basketball standouts John and Ed Hummer. Its most famous alums are Shirley McLaine and Warren Beatty (the latter was a star center on the football team, and considered playing at Northwestern University).

The author of this article, Anthony Cotton, covered D.C. public school (Interhigh) bsaketball for years.


Elgin Baylor Boycotts a Laker Game in Charleston

In West Virginia, almost 50 years ago:

Leadership is an asset both on and off the court.