Adrian Dantley

Northeast DC Hoops Tradition



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Anyone can appreciate the wealth of basketball talent produced by large metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Chicago, or the Borough of Brooklyn. Recent documentaries about figures such as Ben Wilson have brought these hotbeds to light. What distinguishes D.C. Basketball is that, unlike population centers of 3 million plus such as Brooklyn and Chicago, even small pockets of D.C. have been hoop factories.


To truly appreciate the concentration of talented basketball players the Washington area has produced, one must take into account the legacy in some pockets of the city alone. For example, if one drew a line from 4th St., N.E. in and near the Edgewood neighborhood, to 22nd St., N.E. in Woodridge, three blocks wide on each side, it would encompass the childhood homes of Stan Kernan, Sid Catlett, Ed Jordan, JoJo Hunter, James Brown, Aubrey Nash, Skip McDaniels, Kevin Tatum, Tom Sluby, John Battle ,Tre Kelly, Lonnie Perrin, Ed Swails, Kenny Saunders, Jeffrey Bossard, "Apple" Milan, Tom Little,Jo Jo Hicks, Ed and Mike Tapscott , Delonte Taylor, Jan Panell, Cricket Williams, Eugene Littles, Tony “Bone” Ellis, "Monk" Malloy, Billy Martin, Stacy Battle, Jack Sullivan, Ronald "Igor" Curtis, Merlin and Gary Wilson, Diane Tolliver, Michael McRae, Denise Armstrong, John and Ernie Austin, Pernell Shands, Angie Scott, Darren Campbell, Curtis Daniels, Dietra Primus, "Chip" Austin and a host of other scholastic talents, (primarily) for Archbishop Carroll, McKinley Tech, DeMatha, and St. Anthony's.

Few experts have pointed out that if all the basketball players in McKinley Tech's school zone had played for Tech, the Trainers, just to name one school, would have had, during the era McKinley Armstrong coached city champions there, Sid Catlett, Aubrey Nash, James Brown, Skip McDaniels, Ed Tapscott, NBA Hall Of Fame (Adrian Dantley), Merlin Wilson, Felix Yeoman, 1976 Olympia team (Kenny Carr), and JoJo Hunter. If that had been the case, national basketball writers would be talking about a McKinley Tech dynasty, and not DeWitt Clinton, Verbum Dei, Overbrook, or Detroit Pershing. Even without the aforementioned players, McKinley ran the table in the Interhigh in both 1968 and 1969, winning a conference record 33 straight, and placing four players on the first team 1968-69 Washington Post and Washington Star All-Met teams.

McKinley already had those great "Fabulous Five" teams right before Brown vs. Board of Education integrated the school in 1954. Irish kids who grew up together playing at Turkey Thicket Playground. But what if their friend Jack Sullivan, the St. Anthony's All-Met (and future Mount Saint Mary's national scoring leader/All-American) had run with them? What if Tom Little, who grew up at 14th and Monroe Streets, N.E., had attended Tech rather than Mackin? He would have teamed with some pretty strong players too.

When it comes to basketball strength in the Washington metropolitan area, we need not always reach out to the Dulles Corridor (David Robinson) or Southern Prince George's County (Sonny Proctor) to make our case. We can point to a little stretch of real estate between "The Stronghold" (where JoJo grew up) and Edgewood (Sid Catlett) on the south and west, to Woodridge (Skip McDaniels, Aubrey Nash, Kevin Tatum, the Tapscott brothers, Tony “Bone” Ellis) on the north and east, to prove Washington has produced more elite basketball players than any similarly sized area on the planet. More of these young men and women have made their mark on America's top college basketball programs, than any combination of athletes from L.A., Philly, NYC or Chicago.


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3000 Points Club: Archie Talley, Salem 3720 2000 Points Club: Jack Sullivan, Mount Saint Mary 2672, Dave Robinson, Navy 2669, Austin Carr, Notre Dame 2560, Johnny Dawkins, Duke 2556, Jeff Covington, Youngstown State 2424, Carlos Yates, George Mason 2420, Gene Littles,High Point College 2398, Lawrence Moten, Syracuse 2334, Chris McGuthrie. Mount Saint Mary 2297, Greg Saunders, St Bonnies 2238, Louis Bullock, Michigan 2224, Adrian Dantley, Notre Dame 2223, Kenny Saunders, George Mason 2177, Randolph Childress, Wake Forest 2208, Keith Herron, Villanova 2170, Danny Ferry, Duke 2156, Len Bias, Maryland, 2149, Dennis Scott, Georgia Tech 2115, David Hawkins, Temple 2077, Sherman Douglas, Syrcuse 2060, Fred Hentzel, Davidson 2032, Adrian Branch, Maryland 2017 50 Points Club: Archie Talley / Salem College / 11 times / 4 TIMES IN ONE WEEK, Austin Carr/ Notre Dame / 9 times, Elgin Baylor / Seattle / 2 times, Danny Ferry / Duke / 58/ 1time, Will Jones / American University 54 / 1 time, Fred Hetzel / Davidson / 53/ 1 time, Dave Robinson / Navy/ 50 /1time, Jack Sullivan / Mount St.Marys / 50 / 2 times, Jack Sullivan / Mount St.Marys / 40 / 6 times 40 Points Club: Austin Carr / Notre Dame / 23 times, Archie Talley / Salem College / 20 times, Elgin Baylor / Seattle College / 4 times, John Austin / Boston College / 4 times, Fred Hetzel / Davidson College / 4 times, Dave Robinson / Navy / 4 times, Dave Bing / Syracuse / 3 times, Michael Beasley / Kansas State / 3 times, Adrian Dantley / Notre Dame / 3 times, Kenny Carr / Nc State / 3times, Jerry Chambers / Utah / 3 times, Will Jones / American U./ 2 times, Greg Sanders / St Bonnies / 2 times, Bob Lewis / North Carolina /2 times, Scottie Reynolds / Villanova / 2 times, Danny Ferry / Duke / 1 time, Bob Whitmore / Notre Dame / 1 time, Collis Jones / Notre Dame / 1 time, Jeff Covington / Youngstown State / 1 time, Randolph Childress / Wake Forest / 1 time, Ronnie Hogue / Georgia / 1 time, Eugene Oliver / South Alabama / 1 time, Carlos Yates / George Mason / 1 time, Monte Williams / Norte Dame / 1 time, Hawkeye Whitney / Nc. State / 1 time, Lenny Bias / Maryland U / 1 time, David Hawkins / Temple / 1 time, Kermit Washington / American / 1 time, Skeeter Swift / East Tenn.State / 1 time NBA Rookie of Year: Elgin Baylor- Spingarn, Dave Bing- Spingarn, Adrian Dantley- DeMatha, Dave Robinson- Woodbridge, Grant Hill- South Lake, Steve Francis-, Kevin Durant- Montrose Christian NBA Hall Of Fame: Earl Lloyd, Dallas Shirley, Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, Morgan Wooten, John Thompson Sr., Adrian Dantley Assist Club: Sherman Douglas - Syracuse U. / 22 assist, Kelvin Scarborough - New Mexico / 21 assists, Grayson Marshall - Clemson U. / 20 assists, Jan Panell - Oklahoma U. / 18 assists, Sidney Lowe - N.C. State / 18 assists, Brian Ellerbe - Rutgers U. / 16 assists, Charlie Smith - Georgetown U. / 16 assists, Jay Gallagher - Mount St. Mary’s / 15 assists, Penny Greene - U. of South Florida / 15 assists, Moochie Norris - West Florida / 15 assists, Harold Fox - Jacksonville U. / 14 assists, Stan Washington - San Diego / 14 assists, Toney Ellis - Colorado / 13 assists, Cricket Williams - Jacksonville U. / 13 assists, Michael Jackson - Georgetown / 13 assists, John Duren - Georgetown / 13 assists, Steve Francis - Maryland / 13 assists, Eddie Jordan - Rutgers / 13 assists, Tom Amaker - Duke / 13 assists
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