Tommy Amaker’s Harvard team created the biggest splash on the first day of the NCAA tournament, downing New Mexico and causing heartburn for everyone who didn’t realize that the Mountain West is a perennial disappointment in March.
But as my friends @PostSports reminded me shortly after the win, Amaker is also a former two-time All-Met from W.T. Woodson. His appearances on The Post’s high school all-star list came 31 and 30 years ago this week.
And the first appearance — when Amaker was the list’s only junior — coincided with Len Bias’s senior year, leading to the photo above. Amaker is the little guy with the big smile in the upper right. Bias is directly beside him, stone-faced, in the Northwestern warmup. That’s Johnny Dawkins in the little inset box. Their writeups:
Amaker: Fine floor leader … helped Cavaliers to 22-2 record by averaging 16 points, seven assists and four steals…soft touch from 16 feet….good leaper with ability to hang in the air on drives….aggressive on defense and forces opposing guard to throw away ball….excellent leading the fast break
Bias: Second-team All-Met last year….has accurate 16-foot jump shot and good jumping ability….has given verbal commitment to University of Maryland….averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds per game in leading Wildcats to Maryland AA state final….played particularly well in second half of the season….fine defensive player and shot blocker….good team leader.
Here was the full team:
Johnny Dawkins Mackin, Darryl Webster Coolidge, Linwood Davis Theodore Roosevelt, Gary Potts St. John’s, Jeff Baxter Carroll, Len Bias Northwestern, Tommy Amaker W.T. Woodson, Michael Jackson South Lakes, Earl Davis Theodore Roosevelt, Doug Turner Seneca Valley.
Amaker: Considered the best point guard in the area….has the ability to control the game, by his leadership, a behind-the-back pass, a steal or the slick move to get open for his shot….durable performer, started 90 consecutive games over four-year period and scored 1,131 points….averaged 17.9 points, 8.4 assists and 6.1 rebounds in leading team to a 23-3 record and berth in the Virginia Northern Region final….lost by two points when his basket was ruled to have come after the buzzer….headed for Duke.
Here was the full team: Bernard Campbell Dunbar, Kenny Saunders McKinley, Lyndon DeBellotte Cardozo, Tommy Amaker W.T. Woodson, Clarence Green Spingarn, Kelvin Scarborough Eastern, Rodney Rice St. John’s, Gerald Jackson Flint Hill, Bennie Bolton DeMatha, Wally Lancaster St. Anthony’s.