Maryland gets a break from schedule-makers

Maryland gets a break from schedule-makers

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…

In Capital Classic, there is no try: Luke Maye not be ignored

In Capital Classic, there is no try: Luke Maye not be ignored

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…

For Wizards radio announcer, broadcasting is a dream job and a link to his mother

For Wizards radio announcer, broadcasting is a dream job and a link to his mother

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…

Locals pulled huge upset in Capital Classic back in 1978

Locals pulled huge upset in Capital Classic back in 1978

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)…

Maryland signee Diamond Stone is a big deal in every way

Maryland signee Diamond Stone is a big deal in every way

Some thoughts on Friday’s news that the 6-foot-10 Diamond Stone, one of the most sought-after high school basketball players in the country, plans to play basketball next season at the University of Maryland: The announcement that Milwaukee-area high school basketball phenom Diamond Stone has committed to play at the University of Maryland next season is…

The secret to Maryland’s basketball success in 2014-15

The secret to Maryland’s basketball success in 2014-15

By now, Maryland basketball fans probably have heard or read about Ken Pomeroy’s assertion that Maryland has been the luckiest college basketball team in the country this season. And, after watching the Terrapins pull out another close game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament against Indiana on Friday night, they probably don’t care….

D.C.’s Austin Carr set an NCAA Tournament scoring record 45 years ago today

D.C.’s Austin Carr set an NCAA Tournament scoring record 45 years ago today

Saturday, March 7, 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of one of the great performances in NCAA Tournament history – a performance turned in by one of Washington, D.C.’s greatest players. Austin Carr, who played his prep basketball at now-closed Mackin High School in the District, set an NCAA record with a stunning 61-point outburst in…

Capital of Basketball

Capital of Basketball

John McNamara is the author of the Capital of Basketball, a work in progress.  He has also written Cole Classics! Maryland Basketball’s Leading Men and Moments, and University of Maryland Football Vault. He has been covering Maryland area professional and amateur sports since 1977. He currently works for the Annapolis Capital newspapers. John on LinkedIn…