Several of the basketball all-stars who will participate in Thursday's Capital Classic at the University of Maryland (8 p.m.) will be at Baltimore's Dunbar High tonight for the Capital Classic Slam Jam, a slam-dunk and three-point shooting contest.
Those on hand will include Dunbar's two McDonald's All-Americans, Michael Lloyd and Donta Bright; Southern's three-point specialist, Kwame Evans; Maryland recruits Exree Hipp (Harker Prep) and Duane Simpkins (DeMatha); California's Jason Kidd, considered by many the nation's best player; Yinka Dare, a 7-foot player headed for George Washington; and Serge Zwikker, a 7-foot-3 center from Harker Prep.
The three-point contest will begin at 8, followed by the slam-dunk contest at 9. Tickets are $2, and the doors open at 7.
For those who might have missed it, Bright has committed orally to Massachusetts, choosing the Minutemen over Ohio State, St. John's and Clemson. Lloyd has picked Arkansas over Minnesota and Clemson.
More all-stars: This is all-star week in the Baltimore area. The East vs. West All-Star boys basketball games will be held Saturday at Dunbar.
The underclassmen will play at 5 p.m., followed by the seniors at 7 p.m. At 9 p.m. Baltimore's 19-under AAU squad will meet a 19-under AAU team from Philadelphia in a scrimmage. Dunbar's Bright and Lloyd, who cannot play in the senior all-star game because they are already committed to two all-star contests (Capital Classic and McDonald's All-America Game), will be allowed to play in the scrimmage. Rasheed Wallace, a 6-11 center from Simon Gratz who will be one of the nation's top recruits next season, leads the Philadelphia team.
The event is being called the Second Annual Rodney Beasley East vs. West All-Star Game, in memory of the Walbrook starter who was killed in an auto accident hours after competing in last year's game. The first benefit game was played in his memory last summer.
The coaches for the senior game are: East -- Meredith Smith (Southern) and Wayne Cooke (City); West -- Gus Herrington (Walbrook) and John Nash (Douglass).
In the underclassman contest: East -- John Blake (Mervo) and Larry Alexander (Patterson); West -- Durce Jackson (Carver) and Tim Holley (Gilman).
Deja vu: When Gilman senior Victor Carter-Bey set a Maryland Scholastic Association dual meet record for putting the shot (55 feet, 4 1/4 inches) Tuesday against Mount St. Joseph, it brought back fond memories for Gilman coach Johnnie Foreman, who was around for a record-setting shot put heave 26 years ago.
Foreman was a freshman in 1966 competing on the junior varsity track and field team at Douglass when future Colts tight end Raymond Chester, competing for the Douglass varsity, set an MSA championship meet record with a throw of 54-2.
"It was ironic when I looked it [the record] up the other day," said Foreman. "We were over at Kirk Field. Ray got in the shot circle and just threw it. I was a freshman and throwing the shot for the junior varsity. I had just finished running the 100 -- and was heading down to the circle to get my throws when he set the record."
Just as he did watching Chester, Foreman has had an opportunity to see an outstanding multi-sport athlete in Carter-Bey. He was an All-Metro second-team pick as a linebacker last fall and an all MSA B Conference first-team pick as a basketball forward this past season.
Area wrestlers at the nationals: Broadneck's 112-pound Shawn Miller, Old Mill's Brian Layman (160) and North Carroll's Tom Dell (130) finished fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively, during the weekend in the National High School Wrestling Championships at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
The tournament featured more than 300 past and present former state champions from across the nation, with Miller and Dell, state titlists at 119 and 135, respectively, this year, and Layman, a 160-pound state titlist a year ago, each being honored as high school All-Americans for finishing in the top eight of their weight classes.
liaison Layman, a 171-pound state runner-up to Randallstown's Mike Jenson, The Sun's 1991-92 Wrestler of the Year, and Miller, a first-team All-Metro selection, who went 35-0, both lost their semifinal bouts to the eventual champions.
Maryland, which took 11 wrestlers to this year's event, had captured at least one individual national title in each of the two previous years: Archbishop Curley's Gene Curran, The Sun's Wrestler of the Year in 1990, and Southwestern's Walter Reed last year.
Jenson (171) was favored to keep the streak alive, but dropped a first-round overtime bout to Utah's two-time state champ.
Other area wrestlers who suffered early-round losses were Greg Knox (112), Calvert Hall National Prep champion; Andy Rill (125), North Carroll state runner-up; Aaron Cree (171), Severna Park state champion; and Monte Spencer, Oakland Mills heavyweight state champion.