Monthly Archives: February 2010

Remembering Coach McKinley Armstrong

We here at the DC Basketball Blog appreciate your comments and condolences upon the passing of Coach McKinley Armstrong, and will continue to update you as news, recollections and obits abound. It is some solace to know the family members are aware of this unique blog commemorating the local game. Another obit is linked below (they differ slightly):

The Durham Herald-Sun, and Washington Afro-American have also published obituaries.

Trainer Nation is making its voice heard.


High Point Man: Another Obit For Coach Armstrong

Here’s an obituary for noted McKinley Tech Coach McKinley Armstrong (scroll down to his name):

Some of our well versed know High Point, N.C. as home to the college where 1960′s McKinley Tech grad Genie Littles played so well.


Skeeter Swift Could Talk and Play

Former George Washington High star profiled in Washington City Paper:

He’s going to be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame- good for him!


Maryland Raycom Sports Blog

I blog on the 2009/10 Terps here, including former Montrose Christian star Greivis Vazquez:


Scottie Reynolds a Finalist For Oscar Robertson Trophy

Local product and ‘nova star is finalist for USBWA award for outstanding college player (in the interest of full disclosure, I am a voter):

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has announced finalists for the 2010 Oscar Robertson Trophy, to be presented to the association’s national player of the year.
The Oscar Robertson Trophy is voted on by the entire membership of the association, which consists of nearly 900 journalists. The ballot will be distributed to the membership on Mon., March 1.
The following players are finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy:
Cole Aldrich, F, Kansas (6-11, 245, Jr., Bloomington, Minn.)
James Anderson, G, Oklahoma State (6-6, 210, Jr., Junction City, Ark.)
Sherron Collins, G, Kansas (5-11, 205, Sr., Chicago, Ill.)
DeMarcus Cousins, F, Kentucky (6-11, 260, Fr., Mobile, Ala.)
Devan Downey, G, South Carolina (5-9, 170, Sr., Chester, S.C.)
Jimmer Fredette, G, BYU (6-2, 195, Jr., Glens Falls, N.Y.)
Luke Harangody, F, Notre Dame (6-8, 246, Sr., Schererville, Ind.)
Robbie Hummel, F, Purdue (6-8, 208, Jr., Valparaiso, Ind.)
Damion James, G/F, Texas (6-7, 225, Sr., Nacogdoches, Texas)
Wesley Johnson, F, Syracuse (6-7, 205, Jr., Corsicana, Texas)
Dominique Jones, G, South Florida (6-4, 215, Jr., Lake Wales, Fla.)
Greg Monroe, C, Georgetown (6-11, 247, So., New Orleans, La.)
Scottie Reynolds, G, Villanova (6-2, 190, Se., Herndon, Va.)
Jon Scheyer, G, Duke (6-5, 190, Sr., Northbrook, Ill.)
Evan Turner, G/F, Ohio State (6-7, 205, So., Chicago, Ill.)
John Wall, G, Kentucky (6-4, 195, Fr., Raleigh, N.C.)
The Oscar Robertson Trophy is awarded to the USBWA’s Player of the Year. It is the nation’s oldest award and the only one named after a former player. The legendary Oscar Robertson was the USBWA’s first player of the year in 1959. The USBWA renamed its player of the year award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998.

McKinley Armstrong of McKinley Tech: 1928-2010

Here’s an online obit for Coach:


Jerome Dyson vs. Scottie Reynolds: U.Conn Upsets # 3 Villanova

The U.Conn. Huskies toppled #3 Villanova 75-64, as Rockville’s Jerome Dyson netted 15 points, doled out six assists, and did a stellar job watching ‘nova star and Herndon grad Scottie Reynolds. Reynolds still scored 18, but most came before intermission.


Coach McKinley Armstrong Covered on News Channel 8

That was hip of sportscaster Glenn Harris to discuss Coach McKinley Armstrong last night at 8 p.m. on News Channel 8.

Ronnie Hogue, McKinley Tech Class of 1969, Washington Post & Washington Star First Team All-Met

Trainer All-Met Tim Bassett guarding Charlie Scott in the NBA


Scottie Reynolds Leads Villanova Once Again

Herndon All-Met leads Wildcat charge with 19 points after intermission:


McKinley Armstrong Dies

The Greater Washington basketball community notes the loss of Coach McKinley Armstrong. Coach was a loving father and dedicated teacher. He attended North Carolina College in the era of Sam Jones and Ernie Warlick. Most Washingtonians remember Armstrong as pilot of the dominant McKinley Tech teams of the late 1960′s and early 1970′s, including 1969′s “Magnificent Seven”. That championship team featured four starters who were named to the Washington Post and Washington Star’s first team All-Metropolitan rosters, which is likely unprecedented and unrepeated.

Some of Coach’s powerhouse teams are referenced in the interviews with both Kevin Tatum and Mickey Michaels at In one stretch culminating in their 1969 Interhigh championship victory, a Washington Post article from the time cites the Trainers as having won 34 consecutive public school opponents- a colossal achievement given the talent pool and hostile “away game” atmosphere of late 1960′s D.C. high school basketball. Armstrong’s outstanding players are too many to mention here, but included Ernest Lewis, Michael Sessoms, Kevin Tatum, Ronnie Hogue, “Apple” Milam, Michael Bossard, Tim Bassett, Jo Jo Hicks, “Nehru” Brown, Lonnie Perrin, Jeffrey Harrison, James Monroe, James Gorham, Xavier Yeoman, James Buckmon, Arthur Williams, “Cricket” Williams and “Zip” Evans.