Coach John Thompson, who was raised at the Number Two Boys Club by men like Bill Butler and Jabbo Kenner, and who raised his sons John and Ronnie there, helped save the club by raising a needed $42,000.
DC Basketball stars Willie Wood, Angelo Council, and others played at Number Two.
DC Basketball welcomes the teams and fans of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Sweet 16 to the Verizon Center and Chinatown, where Red Auerbach ate lunch every Tuesday at the China Doll. A special welcome goes out to University of Miami Coach Jim Larranaga, who guided a George Mason team led by local players such as Folarin Campbell (Springbrook) and Lamar Butler (Oxon Hill) to the 2006 Final Four.
The word “upset” is used with a wink here, as we knew Tommy Amaker’s 14th seeded Harvard squad would triumph against # 3 seed New Mexico.
They led much of the way, and Amaker has done a great job at a school which doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. Harvard’s senior guard Christian Webster attended the Landon School here in Bethesda. His father Darryl was a great shooter at Coolidge High, and a star at George Washington U. The Websters are related to All Saints and Georgetown 1980’s guard Bobby Winston. James Brown, Bob Ferry, Jr., and other local players have starred for Harvard.
Upper Marlboro native and DeMatha alum Victor Oladipo was named first team colllege basketball All-American by the US Basketball Writers Association:
Washington’s Rodney McGruder, who scored 24 in Kansas State’s Big 12 Conference Tournament win over Texas, came back with 25 to lead the Wildcats over Oklahoma State:
McGruder played at Archbishop Carroll H.S., and for the DC Assault with Michael Beasley and Jamar Samuels (both of whom attended Kansas State).
Because you asked for it, here’s DC’s own Kendall Marshall making a one hand pass off the dribble through Omer Asik’s legs: