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