Monthly Archives: February 2010

Nolan Smith’s 18 Points, Four Steals Lead Duke Over Tulsa

Nolan Smith’s defensive skills help Blue Devils come back to rout non-conference foe 70-52:


Scottie Reynolds, Jerome Dyson Naismith Trophy Candidates

Former Herndon High All-Met, and Procter High ace both nominated for award denoting America’s best men’s college basketball player:

ATLANTA (Feb. 24, 2010) – Just three months into the college basketball season, several programs are vying for supremacy as the top team in the nation.  The same can be said for the 30 student-athletes looking to win the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T after the midseason team was announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.  The Big East conference has seven players on the list, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with six. Two schools, Kansas and Kentucky, are represented by two players apiece. 

The top 30 midseason men’s list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists from around the country. The board based its criteria on player performances this season.  

The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is the most prestigious national basketball award and is given annually to the men’s college basketball player of the year. This year, the award will be presented at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis.

Other notable Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year winners include Bill Walton (UCLA), Larry Bird (Indiana State), Michael Jordan (North Carolina), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), David Robinson (Navy), Kevin Durant (Texas) and last year’s winner, Blake Griffin of Oklahoma.  

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Scottie Reynolds


Coach: McKinley Armstrong Was a Father First

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jenice Armstrong, a former D.C. high school basketball player herself (St. Anthony’s), on her dad Coach McKinley Armstrong:


Jerome Dyson Lifts U.Conn Over # 8 West Virginia

Huskie guard from Rockville scores 17 in key Big East battle:


Best Players At Seattle University: Baylor #1, Tresvant, Dunston Make List

Seattle University’s greatest mens’ basketball players, with a heavy Spingarn presence:

“Rabbit” Baylor and Ernie Dunston played for the Spingarn Green Wave. Tresvant had 40 rebounds in a college game, despite not having played high school ‘ball at Spingarn.

Remember Mackin standout Tom Little?

Tommy Little (1967-70): 78 Games Played, 1,585 Career Points (20.3 ppg), Ninth in career points, Sixth in career scoring average

How about Eastern star Leapin’ Lou West?

Lou West (1967-70): 82 Games Played, 1,341 Career Points (16.4 ppg), 864 Career Rebounds (10.5 rpg), Seventh in career rebounds


Where Are They Now? St. Anthony’s Phil Gamble

Nice Hartford article on mutiple All-Met Phil Gamble (St. Anthony’s):


Kevin Durant Scores 36 to Spoil McGrady Debut

Kevin Durant, former DC Assault AAU player, scored 36 points and a go-ahead jumper in OT to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 121-118 victory over the New York Knicks, in Tracy McGrady’s first game in red, white and blue.

Durant has scored 25 or more points in 27 consecutive games. Teammate Jeff Green of Northwestern High scored 16, with 11 rebounds.


We Salute a Giant: McKinley Armstrong

Washington Post profile of a man who guided youth, among other places at a school whose name he was born with:

He will always be remebered.


Chris Wright, Austin Freeman Nearly Boost Hoyas After 23-point Deficit

The Georgetown Hoyas’ mens’ team nearly overcame a 60-37 Syracuse lead in dropping a 75-71 naibiter to the Orange.

Buoyed by 21 points by DeMatha product Austin Freeman, and 20 from former St. John’s All-Met Chris Wright, the Hoyas closed the gap to 71-70 before bowing.

Austin Freeman


Terps Survive Lowe’s Wolfpack, Led by Vazquez

The Maryland men overcome a sluggish 30 minutes of play to defeat DeMatha grad Sidney Lowe’s North Carolina State Wolfpack on the road by a tally of 67-58:

Greivis Vazquez is from Venezuela, but played his high school ball here at Montrose Christian.

It was Raycom Sports, in their launching of an ACC sports blog network last year, who reached out to the DC Basketball Blog ©, recognized our role in preserving local basketball history, and invited us to be a charter member of the new blog group. Thanks to Stephanie Girard of Ravenel Consulting for finding us here.