Both were high school standouts, with Williams playing on Crossland HS team that reached the Class AA state basketball finals three years in a row (1986-88). Ferry, of course, played at storied DeMatha Catholic HS, where the team he played on in his junior year (1983-84) wound up 29-2 and ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today.
Maryland’s basketball team, coming off back-to-back 27-win seasons for the first time in school history, faces a lot of questions entering the 2016-17 season.
Starters Jake Layman, Rasheed Sulaimon, Robert Carter and Diamond Stone have moved on. The return of point guard Melo Trimble and the arrival of a strong recruiting class seems to have convinced someone that the drop-off won’t be too severe, though. ESPN picked the Terrapins 18th nationally in its most recent preseason poll.
That’s the good news. The bad news for Terrapins fans is that four Big Ten teams (Wisconsin at No. 8, Michigan State at No. 10, Indiana at No. 11 and Purdue at No. 14) are ranked ahead of the Terrapins by ESPN.
However, the conference’s schedule-makers (Maryland’s slate was released last week) seem to have done the Terrapins a favor.
Typically, the guys who do the thankless grunt work don’t get noticed in high school all-star basketball games. Fans come to see high-flying dunks, ankle-breaking crossover dribbles and great moves to the basket.
In Friday night’s 42nd annual Capital Classic at Catholic University, however, the contributions of North Carolina-bound Luke Maye couldn’t be ignored.
Maye, a rugged 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward from Cornelius, N.C., grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds to go along with his 15 points as the U.S. All-Stars rallied past the Capital All-Stars late for a 105-102 victory.
Dave Johnson doesn’t just think about basketball when he’s broadcasting a Washington Wizards game. He also thinks about his mother. His late mother, Mary Lue , suffered from multiple sclerosis and spent most of her time in a wheelchair. For her to leave the house was a chore for all involved; she had to be lifted in and of the car by Dave and his father. On most days, that radio was her only link to the outside world. That radio was usually tuned to WTOP, Washington’s all-news station — a place where her son has worked for the last 20 years. “She listened to WTOP all day long to keep up with the news — and that’s where I ended up working,” the Annapolis resident said. He’s been at the station since 1995. He picked up the Wizards gig two years later — in the 1997-98 basketball season — and is probably best known for that. But he hung on WTOP, too, phoning in early-morning sports reports from wherever his NBA travels take him.
Nobody much cares which team wins an all-star basketball game, especially a high school all-star game. The game is supposed to be a showcase for the players, a chance to show what they can do in front of college scouts. It’s also for the fans, who get a glimpse of the college (and potentially professional) stars of the future.
The one thing those early games didn’t feature was a competitive performance by the locals. In the first four years the game was played, the best the D.C. all-stars could do was lose by 18 points to the national team. In the most lopsided game of the series to that point – a 138-107 victory by the U.S. squad in 1976 – the score probably didn’t get any further out of hand because the players on the winning team got tired from all the running and dunking.