Monthly Archives: March 2009

Claude Johnson Visits DC’s WOL 1450

The radio station that gave the world Petey Greene (the man who launched sportscaster and former DeMatha star James Brown’s career) interviews hoops historian and sportswear CEO Claude Johnson:


Spurlock Photography and DC Basketball

Our friend Claude Johnson of the Black Fives sportswear line, on a key element of Washington basketball history:

And a little something your friendly blogger wrote about the Spurlock exhibit:


NBC 4 Ranks Washington’s 10 Best Players

Here’s yet another list of top local players for your approval or commentary:


Ty Lawson’s 19 Lifts Heels Over Oklahoma

If Blake Griffin is the best college basketball player in the nation, what is Ty Lawson, chopped liver?

Never understood how Griffin, who averages 24 points and 14 rebounds (and is the NCAA’s leading rebounder), and plays in The Big 12, is national player of the year, but Michael Beasley, who averaged 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds, was not. Beasley, who led the nation in double-doubles last season, was only a freshman.


Scottie Reynolds’ Tyus Edney Impression Catapults ‘cats

Scottie Reynolds of Herndon High took a hook-and-ladder pass from Silver Spring’s Dante Cunningham, weaved between a melange of Pitt defenders, and convereted the bucket to give Villanova its first Final Four berth since the Wildcats won it all in 1985:

Dwayne Anderson of Silver Spring, Md. led ‘nova scorers with 17, Reynolds contributed 15, Cunningham 14 (a D.C. area trio). For the valiant losers, Friendly High product Sam Young led the charge with 28 points.

(Dante Cunningham and Marissa Coleman as All-Met high schoolers)

Marissa Coleman front row seated, L, and Scottie Reynolds, second row, second from R., as All-Met prep players.


‘Riss Cross: Marissa Coleman’s Record 42 Keeps Lady Terps Dancing

St. John’s College High School in N.W. D.C. has produced more than its share of illustrious basketball players- among them Bobby Lewis, Collis Jones, Justin Ellis, Kevin Stinnett, Mark Pitchford, Grayson Marshall and Chris Wright. Yesterday, Cadet grad Marissa Coleman netted a Maryland record 42 points, on 15-27 shooting, and 10 of 11 from the charity stripe, to guide Maryland to a 78-74 triumph over Vandy. She also collared 15 rebounds:


St. John’s Bobby Lewis as a Pro

Rare footage of Bob Lewis (former St. John’s College H.S. star in N.W., and North Carolina All-American) as an NBA player:

That’s Pat Riley harrasing Lewis in the photo above.


Rabbit, Run: Elgin Baylor In The 1969 NBA All-Star Game

Towards the end of his pro career, and after surgeries on both knees, the Spingarn grad still vying for game MVP honors:


Ty Lawson Leads UNC In Another NCAA Rout

Clinton, Md. point guard and former DC Assault star leads Tar Heels into Elite Eight,  where he will be joined by local products Dante Cunningham, Dwayne Anderson, Jason Colenda, Maurice Sutton, and Scottie Reynolds of Villanova, and Sam Young of Pitt.

Lawson scored 17 points in the first half vs. Gonzaga. In the previous round, vs. LSU, he tallied 21 points in the second half, despite his injured toe:

Congratulations to all the Washington-area players participating in the men’s Elite Eight.


Barry Farms Goodman League Commish Talks Smack to President Obama

All good natured, of course;