Johnson, Gray are centers of distinction


Honors continue to pour in for Western senior center Dana Johnson and St. Frances senior center Devin Gray, two of the country's top high school players.

Johnson was named to this year's Parade Magazine All-America first team, which appeared in Sunday's issue.

Last month, Sports Illustrated asked a group of women's college coaches to select an All-America team for 1995. Johnson -- who led Western to a 25-1 record this season, averaging 21 points and 21 rebounds a game -- was one of the five players picked.

Johnson has signed with Tennessee.

Gray has been chosen the Gatorade Circle of Champions state Player of the Year and the Quaker Oats state Player of the Year. The former award means that Gray is also eligible for regional and national Gatorade Player of the Year.

Gray, who remains uncommitted, has been selected to play in the Capital Classic at 8 p.m. March 27 at the Capital Centre.

Gray has visited Minnesota and Richmond and also might visit Maryland, Clemson, St. John's and Wake Forest. Towson State still has an outside shot at Gray, who is averaging 25.6 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Gray will lead St. Frances (18-6) in its first appearance in the Alhambra Tournament, which begins Thursday at Frostburg State College. St. Frances meets Bishop Kendrick (Pa.) in a quarterfinal at 4 p.m. Thursday.

St. Frances could face DeMatha, the Washington area's top team, in a semifinal.

The tournament's defending champion is Philadelphia's Roman Catholic. No Baltimore team has won the tournament since Calvert Hall did it in 1982.

* Before Dunbar, Carver and St. Paul's won their varsity boys basketball championships in the Metro Classic on March 3, each school's junior varsity set the standard by winning conference title games the preceding Friday and Saturday.

Dunbar completed its season 14-0 under coach Paul Holmes by beating Cardinal Gibbons, 93-66, for its third straight MSA A Conference championship. Alexander Mobley, a 6-foot-6 freshman center, scored 20 points. He is the brother of former Lake Clifton standout Thomas Jordan. Yashadi King, a 6-2 sophomore guard-forward who led the Poets in scoring for most of the season, added 16 in the championship game.

Although Gibbons did not capture the A Conference title, the Crusaders (23-2) did win the Catholic League regular-season and Catholic League tournament titles this season. Gibbons has won six tournament and six regular-season titles under 10th-year coach Mike Dahlem.

Carver won the MSA B Conference championship by beating visiting Edmondson, 71-65, in overtime. Eric Browning, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward, led the Bears with 27 points, including 11 of his team's 14 points in overtime. Carver, which has won four of the past five B Conference titles, finished the season 16-1 under second-year coach Leonard Badham. Durce Jackson, who has coached the Carver varsity, was the junior-varsity coach for the previous three championships.

St. Paul's won the C Conference championship by beating Park in overtime, 47-44, at Friends as Brett Naylor, a 6-foot-6 junior center, scored 19. St. Paul's finished the season 16-5 under co-head coaches Randy Woods and Exie Harvey.

The second annual NAACP High School All-Star Classic,

featuring the area's top underclassmen and senior basketball players, will be held April 13 at Morgan State University.

Both games will feature East vs. West, with the underclassmen playing at 6 p.m., followed by the seniors at 8 p.m. The teams and the coaches should be announced later this week.

Last year the East won the underclassmen contest and the West upset the East in the seniors' game.

Overtime: Tomorrow is the last day for registration for boys and girls basketball teams that want to compete in the state AAU basketball tournaments, which begin March 23. For more information, call Mel Parker at 269-1296. . . . The Lyndhurst Adult Recreation Council is attempting to start the First Annual Agnes Welch Westside Summer Basketball League with games at the Lyndhurst Recreation Center and Cloverdale Recreation Center. For more information, call Jerome Banks at 233-6373.

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