Sherman Douglas and Earl Moore in the same back court. Mindboggling, to say the least.
Even Spingarn Coach John Wood, this year's Capital All-Stars pilot in Sunday's 12th annual Capital Classic, had to admit the possibility of the metropolitan area's finest guards and leading scorers playing together in the backcourt will "be exciting to watch."
The 6-foot-1 Douglas was named The Washington Post's player of the year after leading Spingarn to a 31-0 season, the city title and the No. 1 area ranking. He and Moore, Cardozo's 6-foot guard who averaged 28.4 points per game, will be depended on to score heavily when they lead the smaller but quick Capital All-Stars against the U.S. All-Stars Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Capital Centre.
Despite its perennial height disadvantages, the local team more often than not has managed to play the widely acclaimed prep all-Americas close (the U.S. All-Stars lead the series, 6-5). But with 6-9 Rodney Walker of Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore unable to play (sprained ankle), this local team may be the smallest yet.
"We've got good talent and exceptional quickness," said Wood, who coached the local team to victory in 1980. "We can employ a lot of different player combinations because many of our guys played several positions for their teams. We'll go with anything we think will work -- whether it's three forwards and two guards or three guards and two forwards. All of these kids are interchangeable."
That includes DeMatha's 6-10 Danny Ferry, who is a fine outside shooter. Ferry, along with Northwestern's 6-9 David Gregg, Dunbar's 6-7 Darryl Prue, Spingarn's 6-6 Anthony Duckett, Cardinal Gibbons' 6-5 Bernard Royster and Coolidge's 6-5 Tim Anderson, will be asked to hit the boards a little more than usual.
With Douglas and Moore on the end of the break, the local team will not have any problem running. Add All Saints' 6-4 Phillip Gamble, Flint Hill's 6-3 Gus Hill, Good Counsel's 6-2 Chris Windlan and Eastern's 6-1 Vincent Reed, and the locals have as fine a fast-breaking and outside-shooting unit as they have had in years.
Of course, the U.S. team has fine shooters also. A recent addition was Toney Mack, a 6-5 jump shooter (averaged 41.0 points per game) from Brandon, Fla. He will join guards 6-3 Jeff Lebo of Carlisle (35.0), 6-2 Quin Snyder of Mercer Island, Washington, 5-11 Michael Porter of Dublin, Va. and 5-10 Kenny Wilson of Jersey City.
The other U.S. players are 7-foot Tito Horford of Houston, 6-11 Doug Roth of Knoxville, 6-8 Ed Horton of Springfield, Ill., and Ted Hammonds of Crestview, Fla., 6-6 Steve Bucknell of Byfield, Mass., Rick Calloway of Cincinnati, Walker Lambiotte of Woodstock, Va., and Kevin Madden of Staunton, Va.
In the noon preliminary game, the District All-Stars will play the Suburban All-Stars.
The players for the District are Wilson's Chris Cheeks, Spingarn's Robert Smith, Eastern's Derrick Daniels and Jeff Holloman, H.D. Woodson's Freddie McCoy and Henry Ellis, Good Counsel's Clay Dade, St. John's Mike Tate, Carroll's Kenny Wills, All Saints' Charles Smith, Landon's Neil Phillips and St. Stephen's Mike Pascal.
The Suburban players includes W.T.Woodson's George Burgin, T.C. Williams' James Clark, Stuart's Jay Dennis, Mount Vernon's Tracy Scruggs, South Lakes' Brian Allen, Woodbridge's John Martin, Suitland's Roddy Peters, High Point's Dwayne Martin, Forestville's Terry Brent, Springbrook's Mike Mundy, Wheaton's Tom Addison and Wootton's Jack Lynch.
Good Counsel's Richard Seel will coach the District team and Stuart's Ed Tiernan will handle the Suburban team.