A wave of summer league all-star games this week will be a treat for basketball fanatics who want to see some of the area's premier high school players.
Tonight, in the Sidwell Friends high school league all-star game at 7:30, DeMatha's Duane Simpkins and Good Counsel's Nii-Nelson Richards will lead the East against the West and flamboyant guard Avis Willis from Gonzaga. . . .
Friday, the Flint Hill League will stage its all-star game at 7:30 p.m. The West will be led by sophomore point guard Greg Williams of W.T. Woodson and Madison senior Bart Lamberson. . . .
Slam-N-Jam League with have three games as part of its all-star Saturday. Junior varsity players take to the court at 4 p.m. Teams composed only of next year's high school juniors begin play at 6. High school seniors compose the all-star teams that meet at 8. League organizer Riley Gore expects more than 150 college coaches to attend.
A questionable selection surrounds the seniors game. Suitland's John Spann, a 6-7 inside presence, has played in only three league games this summer, but was added to the Red team -- and is sure to attract notice. The Blue squad will be led by National Cathedral's 6-9 Don Reid, perhaps the league's most imposing player.
The Urban Coaliton League, the area's oldest amateur league, still produces games filled with long-lasting memories.
Phoenix Suns reserve guard Mike Morrison, plagued with injuries most of last season, is in good health again and making trouble for defenders. Sunday, he scored 64 points to lead Executive III to a 165-162 victory over the Budweiser All-Stars. The previous day, Morrison had 48 points in a 142-128 win over Green Fuel. . . .
Former Coolidge All-Met Curt Smith (43 points) thought his basket with four seconds left had won a game for the team named Urban Coalition, but T Shirt Connection's John Taylor made a 10-foot baseline jumper at the buzzer to win the game, 123-122. . . .
In the Sugar Ray Leonard League, Run and Gun is a high-scoring team name, but only John Speller, who is averaging 28 points, has been able to score easily. As of last Sunday, the team showed few signs of future improvement, falling to 0-7. "They haven't ran yet," said statistician Debbie Dixon.