Cyrus Jones and Paul Banks finally parted ways.
Jones and Banks were the other starters on the unbeaten 1991-92 Dunbar High team that featured Michael Lloyd, Keith Booth and Donta Bright. They stayed together the past two seasons at Connors State Junior College, and led the Oklahoma school to the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament last March.
Jones and Banks split up this winter to assist different Division I programs that are rebuilding.
Jones, 6 feet 2, is the starting shooting guard for West Virginia University, which fell to 2-1 with a loss to Towson State on Monday. He's averaging 14.0 points and a team-high 2.7 steals, and his seven three-pointers also lead the Mountaineers, who will move from the Atlantic 10 to the Big East Conference next season.
Banks, 5-8, is the point guard for Texas-Arlington, a member of the Southland Conference. In four games for the 2-2 Mavericks, who went 7-21 last season, he's averaging 9.3 points and a team-high 6.5 assists.
Al Mobley, the sixth man for the 1991-92 Poets as a sophomore, received a scholarship from UMES this year, but didn't achieve the necessary scores on standardized tests to play as a freshman. Now up to 6-9, he's a student in Princess Anne, and will play for the Hawks next season.
"That team didn't fear anyone," said Pete Pompey, the Dunbar coach then.
As for Pompey, he's now the athletic director and football coach at Edmondson. He was relieved of his duties at Dunbar in the summer of 1993, after an investigation by the Baltimore City state's attorney's office into the alleged misuse of athletic funds. Pompey's bookkeeping methods were questioned, but charges never were filed in the case.