Some of the area's top boys basketball players will represent Baltimore at the 10th annual Boo Williams Junior Amateur Athletic Union 17-under Invitational Tournament, beginning tomorrow at Hampton (Va.) University.
Shawnta Rogers of Lake Clifton and Woodlawn's Guy Butler, both first-team All-Metro selections this past season, will play for Tribes Baltimore, which will face teams from Tennessee, Los Angeles and Boston.
"I think the talent on paper is outstanding," said Tribes Baltimore coach Nat Stewart. "It's just a matter of the chemistry coming together."
Rogers, a 5-foot-5 junior guard, is a two-time All-Metro selection. He averaged 20.4 points, 9.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 steals for the Lakers this past season.
Butler, a 6-7 junior forward, averaged 18.2 points and 7.9 rebounds for Woodlawn, which reached the state 4A North Region semifinals.
Also playing for Tribes Baltimore will be Gilman guard Jimmy Fields, a second All-Metro pick; Southern of Baltimore's John Hemsley, who was a key contributor for the Bulldogs, who were ranked No. 2 in the country by USA Today and won the state 4A championship; and Marvis Thornton of Dunbar, which won the state 2A title and finished No. 5 nationally.
Keon Chavez and Mark Karcher, who helped St. Frances to the Catholic League Tournament semifinals, will be playing along with Alphonso Jones of Douglass, which reached the state 3A championship game.
It will be the ninth year that Baltimore has sent a team to the Boo Williams Invitational. Baltimore's best finish was a third place in 9987.
Former Baltimore representatives included former Dunbar standouts Keith Booth (Maryland), Donta' Bright (Massachusetts) and Michael Lloyd (San Jacinto Junior College in Texas), who later led the Poets to a 29-0 record and the national championship.
Other former players include Dunbar standout Sam Cassell, who starred at Florida State and now is playing for the Houston Rockets, and Thomas Jordan, a former standout at Lake Clifton who played at Oklahoma State.