If you’ve followed this blog for any period of time, you probably already know about my affection for basketball here, and the long-standing tradition of the game in the region. there’s been a long line of prolific talent to grace this tri-state area, and it’s been present at pretty much every level of the game. Whether it’s high school, college, the pros, or the blacktop, we’ve ALWAYS had cats that could work miracles with the pill.
So in the spirit of giving a worthy shout out to some of the ballers that paved the way, I decided to dig up in the archives of DMV basketball lore and put together what I’d like to call the DMV “Super 3”. Three players from a given decade that are synonymous with the game, the region, and the legacy of basketball in the DMV. Mind you, back in the day, there wasn’t a “DMV” per se’ (or at least residents of DC, MD, NoVA, and the surrounding counties, didn’t identify themselves like that…), but I’m still going to stick to the format…For the Culture…LOL
So without further adieu, here’s the very FIRST edition of the DMV “Super 3”; 1960’s and 1970’s edition.
1) Austin Carr – ( Mackin High School, University of Notre Dame, NBA) – Anybody not alive or in their infancy during the 160’s and 70’s only have the benefit of stats and the ever faithful online archive that is Youtube to get an idea of just how dominant this dude was during his high school and college career. Simply put, Austin Carr was one of the most prolific scorers the college game has ever seen, regardless of era. He got his start getting buckets at Washington D.C.’s Mackin High School, becoming one of the few 2000 point scorers in the city’s basketball history. The show didn’t slow down when he was recruited to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, either. He ended his college career as a consensus All-American in 3 years, scoring a total of 2,560 points in his college career (an average of 34.5 points per game, in a time devoid of the 3 point shot). This also included him becoming only the 2nd player in NCAA history to score 1,000 points in a single season. That other cat was none other than Pistol Pete Maravich.
We aren’t even gonna get into his NCAA tourney heroics. Let’s just say that the following stats are STILL around…NOW…TODAY… #Legit :
Carr holds NCAA tournament records for:
Most points in one game (61 vs. Ohio in 1970)
Most field goals in one game (25)
Most field goals attempted in one game (44)
His record scoring average of 50 points per game in seven NCAA playoff games.
His NBA career was plagued by injury, but the legacy he left was enough to get him into both the Naismith College Basketball Hall of Fame, and his iconic # 34 jersey retired in Cleveland. He’s definitely worthy of inclusion of the DMV ‘Super 3’ for this era of basketball.
2) Dave Bing – (Spingarn High School, Syracuse University, NBA) – DC High School and Blacktop legend… Consensus All-American all 4 years at Syracuse… 7 time NBA All-Star…NBA & Naismith College Basketball Hall-Of-Famer…Mayor for life for the Motor City? I’d say that’s enough for Dave to make the list. Dave got buckets AND Votes in the same lifetime? Kinda hard to out-do that, mane…LOL
3) Adrian Dantley – ( DeMatha High School, University Of Notre Dame, NBA) – It seems like Notre Dame had no issues tapping into the DC Metro talent pipeline during this time period. Adrian Dantley did one thing really REALLY well when he was playing for both storied DeMatha High School basketball program, and the Fighting Irish; He got buckets, and LOTS of them. That didn’t stop after he got to the league, either. Olympic gold medal? Check…4 Time NBA champ? Check…Naismith Hall of Famer? Yep…That too. In a league that hadn’t really seen the meshing of roles and positions yet, he was the ultimate mismatch for NBA forwards for his entire career, to the tune of 23,177 career NBA points. The now Utah Jazz retired his iconic # 4 Jersey. Yeah, that dude got buckets whenever he felt like it, which makes him a worthy 3rd member of the DMV “Super 3” for this era (Yeah, I know his career crosses over into the 1980’s, but he did alot of his damage early in his NBA career).
If you’re a DC basketball historian like I am, you probably have your own Super 3 for this time period , too. Follow a brotha…Fell free to leave YOUR Super 3 in the comments section.
Until Next Entry!