The hottest basketball summer league in the nation took over DeMatha High School on Aug. 25 as the George C. Goodman League hosted its annual Roundball Classic at the catholic school gymnasium located in Hyattsville, Md.

Miles Rawls, the Goodman League’s legendary commissioner, invited several star basketball players out to compete in the classic, including Oklahoma City Thunder forward and Prince George’s County, Md.’s own Kevin Durant. Others who participated were Maryland native Mike Beasley (Phoenix Suns), former Georgetown University forward Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons), former DeMatha player and No. 2 pick in the 2013 NBA draft Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic), former Eastern High School player Thomas Robinson (Portland Trail Blazers) and Baltimore City native Josh Selby (Cleveland Cavs), among others.

Durant put on his normal show for his hometown, launching three-pointers practically from the half court line as he finished with a game high 40 points. He played for Goodman League’s White Jersey team, along with Robinson and Selby.

Selby followed Durant with 33 points and Robinson had 28 points. Goodman’s Black Jersey team was led by Beasley with 31 points, while Oladipo and teammate Corey Allmond followed with 28 points each. The game finished in a 116-116 tie. There was no time for an overtime period because DeMatha officials had to close the gymnasium by a certain time. But fans were still satisfied as they got to see Durant perform twice during the evening.

Before the Roundball Classic game was played, a game between Goodman League’s All Stars and another popular league in the district, Watts League, was staged. The Goodman League All-Stars featured Baby Shaq, formerly of And-1, O-Jo, Jamaican Rob, Corey Allmond, Donta Nicholas and others, while the Watts League All-Stars included Bobby Maze, Jeff Allen and other former local college hoops stars.

Goodman League was winning by so much at halftime that Durant, who wasn’t supposed to play until the Roundball Classic main event, suited up early to assist the Watts League in the second half. Durant went on to score 36 points in the second half and helped Watts erase a 15-point deficit to win, 131-124.

Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall made an appearance, but didn’t suit up. He opted to just watch the game from the stands as a fan. Rap star and DMV native Wale also came through DeMatha to watch the game, along with other popular local rappers Shy Glizzy, Garvey the Chosen One and Boobie of One Way.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor