Monthly Archives: September 2011

Roy Hibbert On Parks And Recreation

Former Georgetown Prep player Roy Hibbert, the Rockville seven footer, on the hit NBC sitcom Parks And Recreation:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/871642-the-most-legendary-personalities-in-aba-history#/articles/872597-video-roy-hibbert-kills-it-on-parks-and-recreation

And you thought Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh’s cameo this week on Law & Order SVU was a big deal.

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New Brookland Book Sheds Light On Center of Basketball Universe

Basketball may have been invented in Springfield, Mass., but it became an improvisational art form in a section of N.E. Washington where Elgin Baylor purchased a home for his parents, players such as Jack Sullivan, Monk Malloy, Tom Little, Michael Bossard and John Battle grew up, Coach McKinley Armstrong lived, and Coach John Thompson coached. That section of the city is Brookland, the worthwhile subject of a new book by Rosie Dempsey and John Feeley, Jr.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-fond-look-back-through-brooklands-history/2011/09/28/gIQAT1Mn5K_story.html

Get your copy today, ballplayers are mentioned. The authors will be at St. Anthony’s School on Oct. 9.

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New Book “Brookland” Chronicles America’s Greatest Basketball Community

St. Anthony’s High School. Turkey Thicket Playground. Archbishop Carroll H.S. and their legendary 55 game winning streak. What do these all have in common? Brookland, the center of the basketball universe.

http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9780738587769/Brookland

Local authors Rosie Dempsey (McKinley Armstrong’s neighbor) and John Feeley, Jr., have written a picture history of the community that gave us Jack Sullivan, Monk Malloy, Tom Little, Michael Bossard, Tom Sluby, John Battle, and a host of other basketball players.

The authors will guest on Washington’s WAMU radio today at 1 p.m., Saturday at 7 a.m., and the interview segment will then be available online. They have a book event at St. Anthony’s on Oct. 9.

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Charles “Tommy” Branch of DeMatha Catholic High School

Washington Post obituary:

 
CHARLES T. BRANCH, JR. 

On Saturday, September 10, 2011 made his transition after a long illness. He is survived by parents, Charles, Sr. and Carolyn Branch; three brothers, Phillip (Sharon), Adrian (Kim) and Alan (Stacey) Branch; grandmother Harriett Thomas and many devoted aunts, uncles, cousins and good friends. Wake at J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, 7474 Landover Rd., from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 15. On Friday, September 16, viewing 10 a.m., funeral service 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 2020 St. Joseph Dr., Landover, MD.
 
DC Basketball extends our heartfelt condolences to Tommy’s family and friends.
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Lionel Harris of Cardozo High School

LIONEL HARRIS, WAS A TWO-TIME ALL METROPOLITAN PLAYER FROM CARDOZO HIGH SCHOOL, SENIOR CLASS OF 1968-1969. HE ATTENDEDTHE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, WHERE HE PLAYED HIS FRESHMAN YEAR  AND FIRST HALF OF HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR BEFORE BEING SIDELINED BY  RESPIRATORY AILMENT SIDELINED HIM. HARRIS TRANSFERRED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, WHERE HE PLAYED HIS FINAL TWO YEARS ,BEFORE BEING DRAFTED IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL ROUNDS BY THE PHILADELPHIA 76’ERS. HE ATTENDED  ROOKIE CAMP WITH DOUG COLLINS. HARRIS WAS THE NUMBER 1 PICK  IN THE COUNRTY.
 
HARRIS, CADWELL JONES, THE LEGENDARY RAYMOND LEWIS, AND OTHERS DIDN’T SURVIVE CAMP. HE DIDNT AGGRESSIVELY PURSUE A PRO CAREER, DUE TO FAMILY OBLIGATIONS.  AFTER COLLEGE, HE ACCEPTED A POSITION IN THE PROCUREMRENT OFFICE OF THE D.C. DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, WHICH HE HELD UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT. HARRIS DID, HOWEVER CONTINUE TO PLAY BASKETBALL IN THE AREA, AND IN 1975 WAS VOTED MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN THE URBAN COLIATION LEAUGE WHERE HE COMPETED AGAINST SEVERAL PROFESSIONAL AND COLLEGE PLAYERS. HARRIS RESIDED IN N.W. WASHINGTON D.C. AND IS  A LOCAL LEGEND.  HE WAS RECENTLY INDUCTED INTO THE CARDOZO HIGH SCHOOL HALL A FAME.
 
WHEN HARRIS’ SON LIONEL WAS KILLED, THE BOY’s MOTHER BECAME A NOTED ADVOCATE AGAINST TEEN VIOLENCE.
 
Washington Post obituary:
 
LIONEL R. HARRIS 
On Friday, September 9, 2011. Beloved father of the late Lionel R. Harris, II “Pooh”. He is survived by one brother, Edward Harris (Alma); one sister, Marchelle Harris; one aunt, Arlette Crockett and a host of family and friends. Viewing Friday, September 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at HORTON’S FUNERAL HOME, 600 Kennedy St., NW. Viewing will also be held on Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at Unity Church, 1225 R St. N.W. Interment Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=lionel-r-harris&pid=153638943&fhid=2193

Our condolences to family, friends, classmates and co-workers.

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Lionel Harris, Tommy Branch Die

DC Basketball is sad to note the passing of former DeMatha star Tommy Branch, and Cardozo All-Met Lionel Harris.

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