Snowden set to strut his stuff

U.S. All-Star from Spalding will showcase his moves tomorrow in Capital Classic

High Schools

April 10, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Known primarily for his defense, Derrick Snowden didn't take long in a recent practice to impress his fellow U.S. All-Stars with some offensive moves that will be on display against the Capital All-Stars in tomorrow night's 27th Capital Classic at MCI Center in Washington.

"All it took," said Snowden, a two-time All-Metro pick from Archbishop Spalding, "was a couple of crossover dribbles to show my quickness," along with a couple of drives to the basket, of course.

Snowden's efforts earned him the nickname "Baby-I," after former Georgetown star Allen Iverson, from U.S. All-Star teammates such as North Carolina-bound Adam Boone of Minnesota and Clemson-bound Tony Stockman of Ohio.

"I guess they didn't know I had it in me," said the 6-foot Snowden, who is Villanova-bound. "My game is constant hustle and quickness. But my feeling is the play's never over until that last second."

The Severn resident was named last season's All-Metro Player of the Year, after averaging 17 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals to lead Archbishop Spalding to the area's No. 1 ranking.

Spalding won the Catholic League regular-season and tournament crowns, and Snowden earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the prestigious Alhambara Tournament, where the Cavaliers finished second to national power DeMatha.

"It's a blessing and an honor to be a part of this, knowing others could have been chosen," Snowden said.

"I know our team's going to get up and down the floor quickly. I know, personally, if I get the ball, I'm gone."

Snowden, Boone and Stockman could match up with Takoma Academy's Tamir Goodman of Pikesville, Montrose Christian's Marvin Lewis (Georgia Tech) or Crisfield's Andre Collins (Maryland).

"When I heard the U.S. Dream Team's members talking about their experiences and when I watch the videos about it, I know what they're talking about," said the Towson-bound Goodman, who averaged more than 37 points as an All-Baltimore City/County player at Talmudical Academy.

"There's a certain pride, just being around such great kids, such great players, and a certain arrogance when you walk into the gym, being around them."

Goodman transferred from Talmudical to Takoma Academy -- a Seventh-day Adventist school whose schedule fit Goodman, an Orthodox Jew who observes his religion's Sabbath and doesn't play from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday -- and faced stiffer competition this past season.

Despite missing three weeks because of surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left ankle and often playing center as Takoma's tallest player, the 6-3 Goodman averaged 24.6 points to go with 8.7 assists, 8.2 rebounds and 5.7 steals.

His team finished third in the Beltway League behind highly reguarded Montrose Christian and Riverdale Baptist.

Goodman withdrew his commitment to a scholarship to Maryland last fall after Terps coach Gary Williams expressed doubts about his abilities, but Goodman said he feels little pressure to prove himself tomorrow night.

"I don't know if this is [about]shutting up anybody or proving I'm one of the best players in the world. I don't know if that's what it means," Goodman said. "But that's not my focus. I'm trying to be as good as I can, and have a lot of fun.

"I spent all season guarding Marvin Lewis and 7-foot [Mohammed] Diakite [Lewis' Montrose teammate], now, they're going to be on my team," said Goodman, who scored more than 20 points in two games against Montrose.

Among the game's more intriguing battles are the ones that may take place under the basket among four of the nation's top Division I recruits at center.

The U.S. squad's Neil Fingleton, 7-6, of Massachusetts and Jared Reiner of South Dakota and the Capital team's Michael Sweetney of Oxon Hill in Prince George's County and Diakite of Montrose Christian in Montgomery County are nationally ranked Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 9, respectively, by recruiting service.

"Guards control the game, but people who come to see the game will get a treat from the centers," event organizer Bob Goeghan said.


U.S. All-Stars

No. Name Po. Ht. H.S. or State (College)

3 Derrick Snowden PG 6-0 Spalding (Villanova)

10 Tony Stockman PG 6-2 Ohio (Clemson)

31 Adam Boone PG 6-2 Minnesota (Carolina)

20 Julius Page SG 6-3 New York (Pittsburgh)

24 Jitim Young SG 6-2 Illinois (Northwestern)

21 Scott Hazelton SF 6-8 Mass. (Connecticut)

33 Andre Sweet SF 6-7 New York (Duke)

25 Kyle Cuffe PF 6-8 New York (St. John's)

34 Zachary Williams PF 6-7 New York (Ohio St.)

41 Garner Meads PF 6-8 Utah (Undecided)

52 Jared Reiner C 6-11 South Dakota (Iowa)

42 Neil Fingleton C 7-6 Mass. (N. Carolina)

Capital All-Stars

33 Andre Collins PG 5-9 Crisfield (Maryland)

25 Luke Martin PG 6-0 St. John's, D.C.

22 Tamir Goodman SG 6-3 Tak. Acad. (Towson)

23 Marvin Lewis SG 6-3 M. Christ. (Ga. Tech)

34 David Hawkins SG 6-4 Carroll, D.C. (Tulane)

24 Kevin Bell SG 6-4 R. Baptist (American)

20 Maurice Young SF 6-5 B. McNamara (UVa)

15 Deon Saunders SG 6-6 Sping., D.C. (Am'can)

2 Delonte Holland SF 6-7 E. Roosevelt (R.I.)

21 Bernard Robinson PF 6-6 N.H. (Michigan)

32 Greg Rector PF 6-6 Quince Orchard

50 Michael Sweetney C 6-9 Oxon Hill (G'town)

44 Mohammed Diakite C 7-0 M. Christ. (St. John's)

Capital Classic

What: 27th Capital Classic All-Star Game pitting Capital All-Stars against U.S. All-Stars

Where: MCI Center, Washington

When: Tomorrow, Suburban All-Stars vs. District All-Stars, 5: 30 p.m.; Capital All-Stars vs. U.S. All-Stars, 7: 30 p.m.

Tickets: $17.50, $12.50, $10.50, through Ticketmaster or by calling 202-432-SEAT, 703-573-SEAT or 410-481-SEAT.

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