|Washington DCs Super 30: The Best DC metro basketball players of all time|
|Wednesday, 28 January 2009 15:10|
Washington DC’s Super 30: The Best DC metro basketball players of all time
To compile a list of the best 30 Washington DC metropolitan area basketball players in history is a daunting task. To even attempt to put together such a list would require input and infinite knowledge of old school basketball gurus who have been around the game awhile.
Ed Meyers, CEO of Game Plan Sports, former college coach and basketball historian with over 30 years of witnessing the best to come out of the area proved a valuable resource for this piece along with Van Johnson of Game Plan Scouting Service. In addition to running Game Plan Sports, Meyers was instrumental in the Urban Coalition Summer and currently organizes Jabbo Kenner Nike Pro/Amateur Summer Leagues held every summer to the best talent in the area.
According to the consensus of Ed Meyers here’s the DC area super 30:
1. Elgin Baylor, 6-6, WF – Spingarn/LA Lakers/NBA Hall of Fame.
2. Will Jones, 5-11, PG - Dunbar HS/American U. Head Coach at UDC - First to
win a NCAA Basketball National Championship in the Washington, DC area.
Claiming the Division II title in 1982.
3. Dave Bing, 6-3, PG - Spingarn/Syracuse/NBA Hall of Famer
4. Adrian Dantley, 6-5, F - DeMatha/NBA Hall of Famer
5. John Austin, 6-5, G/F – Carroll-DeMatha/Boston College
6. Jim McBride, 6-5, F – DeMatha -Dunbar/
7. Anthony “Jo Jo” Hunter, 6-3, SG - Mackin/Maryland-Colorado
8. Austin Carr, 6-4, SG - Mackin/Notre Dame/NBA player
9. Earl Jones, 6-11, C/F - Spingarn/UDC College/NBA Player
10. Tom Little, 6-3, WF - Mackin/Seattle University
11. George Leftwich, 6-2, PG – Archbishop Carroll/Villanova
12. Bobby Lewis, 6-3, SG – St. John’s College/North Carolina
13. John “Bay Bay” Duran, 6-2, PG – Dunbar/Georgetown/NBA Player.
14. Bob Whitmore, 6-5, F – DeMatha
15. Charles "Hawkeye" Whitney, 6-5, WF - DeMatha/NC State
16. Jerry Chambers, 6-9, C – Eastern /Utah – Only player ever to be named Final
Four MVP in 1965 without advancing to the Final Four.
17. Tom Hoover, 6-10, C - Archbishop Carroll/Villanova/NBA Player
18. Grant Hill, 6-7, WF – South Lakes/Duke/NBA Player
19. Len Bias, 6-8, F – Northwestern /Maryland/ Drafted by Boston Celtics 1st Round
20. Kenny Matthews, 6-5, SG – Dunbar/NC State
21. Adrian Branch, 6-7, F/G - DeMatha/Maryland/NBA Player
22. Andrew White, 6-6, G –Western HS
23. Earl Lloyd, 6-6, C – Parker Gray/West Virginia – First Black to play in the
24. Craig “Big Sky” Shelton, 6-7, PF – Dunbar/Georgetown/NBA Player
25. Ollie Johnson, 6-9, C, Spingarn/San Francisco
26. Sherman Douglass, 6-0, PG - Spingarn/Syracuse/NBA player
27. Stacy Robinson, 6-2, SG, Dunbar/Fairmont Hghts/Crossland
28. Ed Ratcliff, 6-8, F – Eastern/Tennessee-Howard
29. Walt Williams, 6-8, F/G - Crossland/Maryland/NBA Player
30. Dennis Scott, 6-7, F/G – Flint Hill/Georgia Tech/NBA Player
One could argue the position of many players included on this illustrious list but there is not doubt that all were legendary talents of the game. The Washington DC area is home to some of the best basketball talent in the nation.
Let for stories on various players on this golden list in the weeks to follow. Check back frequently to www.dcmetrosports.com for bios, feature articles, and writeups on DC area pro and amateur athletes.