Monthly Archives: October 2014

Jeff Green Chasedown Block Goes Viral

Nice to see Northwestern H.S. alum Jeff Green playing healthy:

Fear the Hoya.


A D.C. Basketball Player Brought Martha’s Vineyard Basketball Into New Era

Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race & Class is now available on

Readers will learn that Amaury Bannister, who starred in CYO ball at St. Francis de Sales on Rhode Island Avenue with Steve Hocker, accepted a ninth grade scholarship to DeMatha. Coach Wootten had approached him at a CYO tournament. But after the riots that followed the MLK assassination in ’68, Bannister’s family remained on Martha’s Vineyard after their summer vacation, and Amaury enrolled there. His Vineyard h.s. teams ushered in a new era of play, state tournament appearances, and a dynamic summer league. In a future post, we will tease how transfers from Paint Branch and DeMatha, brought new blood to Vineyard hoops in the mid-to-late 1990’s.


Can The Pope Save The Soul of A D.C. High School Basketball Team

Check out this article on Bishop O’Connell High:


Anacostia and GWU Star Wilbert Skipper Dies

Prolific Anacostia High School and George Washington University guard Wilbert Skipper, Jr. died. Skipper grew up in the Wellington Park apartments, and played at Douglass JHS. The Indians sharpshooter was one of the premier Interhigh players of the late 1970’s. At GWU, Skip scored more than 1,900 points. He was a motivational speaker, and a recent author, who will be sorely missed in his hometown:


DC Author Publishes Book On Basketball On Martha’s Vineyard

You may pre-order Bijan C. Bayne’s next book. It is called Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race & Class, and has Washington ties from President Obama’s frequent play on the Island, to the many summer leaguers from our region who have played there.