Morgan State men’s basketball Coach Todd Bozeman, who attended Potomac High (the Forestville one), welcomes former Gwynn Park star Sean Thomas to the 2008-9 Bears:
Remember racial trailblazers Julius “Peter Rabbit” Johnson (Fairmont Heights H.S.) and Ronnie Hogue? Pete was one of the first two Black basketball players to wear the uniform of the Maryland University Terrapins (1965) and McKinley Tech’s Hogue paved the way at the University of Georgia in 1969. Both men are featured in chapters of Barry Jacobs’ book Across The Line- Profiles in Basketball Courage: Tales of the First Black Basketball Players in the ACC and SEC (The Lyons Press). It’s a worthwhile read, and local fans will recognize other D.C. area products in the stories (among them former McKinley big man Tim Bassett).
Hats off to the local kids who were pioneers on such campuses, and made us all proud.
Former Sidwell Friends and Duke star Janee Hayes has signed to play professionally in Puerto Rico. Best wishes to her.
Did you see the father and uncle of former city championship point guard Kevin Tatum (McKinley Tech ’67-’69) gracing the cover of Sunday’s “Washington Post Magazine” as the Michael Phelps’ of the seniors’ set:
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Kevin played with four All-Mets in high school (Bossard, Hogue, Milan, Bassett, and Lewis) over his three years, and writes for the Philadelphia News.
The former Sidwell Friends and West Springfield student is a Beijing playmaker:
Bing may run for mayor in Detroit. He’s a Spingarn grad interviewed on film here:
And Austin Carr of Mackin here: (see “Video Gallery”)
The man is not a national playground legend for nothing. He’s never lost a game in Annapolis’ summer league:
Curt is a Coolidge grad- ran at Creighton, his brother Charles played at St. Anthony’s and Georgetown.
The Jabbo Kenner League is a summer fixture in D.C.:
Summer league play is an unsung tourist attraction in Washington- be it the Kenner League, the Goodman League, or others. I received an e-mail a few weeks ago from someone in Montreal who found this blog, and wanted to know where her boyfriend could see a good run while visiting Washington.
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