Luckey homes in on MCI, Hoyas

Capital Classic gives Southern-B star look at possible home court

April 06, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When Darshan Luckey is introduced before tomorrow's 28th Capital Classic all-star game at the MCI Center, the senior from Southern of Baltimore will be stepping onto a court he might become familiar with over the next four years.

The two-time All-Metro forward might wind up with Georgetown, which plays its home games at the Washington arena.

"Kevin Braswell [formerly of Lake Clifton] plays for them, and he's been telling me the school is tough, academically and athletically," said Luckey, 6 feet 4, 190 pounds. "He said I'd have to come in, work hard and prove myself, and I'm ready to do that. I'm considering Purdue, but Georgetown's the one that's shown the most interest.

"I'm like 10 points from getting the [qualifying] score on my SAT, so I feel like I'm really close to committing."

As a member of the Capital All-Stars, Luckey will play alongside several of the best seniors from Maryland, Virginia and Washington against the U.S. All-Stars, featuring some of the best prospects from around the country.

"It's going to feel good being out there, being considered one of the top players in the country," said Luckey, who averaged 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists for this year's Baltimore City runner-up. "I'm going to go out there with an attitude of playing to win."

Joining Luckey on the Capital All-Stars is his Southern High teammate Melvin Scott, a 6-3 North Carolina-bound guard, and Annapolis' Marcus Neal, a 6-1, All-Metro point guard who scored 1,744 career points and made an Anne Arundel County-record 215 career three-pointers.

"At Southern this year, I was more of a setup guy, trying to get everyone involved and giving other guys opportunities to score," said Scott, a two-time All-Metro pick who was named a Super 25 player by USA Today. He averaged 19.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.3 steals. "I'll go out there with the team concept in mind, but if I get the chance to take someone one-on-one, I'll throw it up. The idea is to have fun."

The Capital Classic will be preceded by an 11 a.m. District-Suburban boys all-star game, featuring some of the lesser-known talent from the Washington area, and a 1 p.m. inaugural girls all-star game.

All-Metro players Greeba Outen Barlow of River Hill, Jill Marano of Arundel and Rayna DuBose of Oakland Mills will be featured in the girls game. River Hill's Keiko Miller-Tate, a 6-2 forward who averaged 10.7 points and 7.9 rebounds, also will play.

"It's exciting to be a part of the first women's game, and to play in front of a crowd at MCI Center," said Outen Barlow, a 5-10 forward who averaged 18 points and 3.1 assists and scored 1,233 career points, the most in River Hill history. "I've played in big-time games all over the country, but what's going to make this one special is that Michael Jordan's been on the same court training with the Wizards this week."

Known for her slashing, flashy play, Outen Barlow led River Hill to the No. 2 area ranking and -- with her showmanship -- might be just the sort of player the inaugural game needs to take off.

"I'm ready to show people what my abilities are," she said.

The 5-8 Marano averaged 15.9 points, 6.7 assists and 3.4 steals. She shot 47.5 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range for the No. 3 Wildcats.

At 6-2, DuBose ranks as the area's most dominant post player. She averaged 21.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 4.8 blocks and shot 56 percent from the field. DuBose scored 1,591 points and had 1,215 rebounds over four years.

Capital Classic

What: 28th Capital Classic

When: Tomorrow

Where: MCI Center, Washington

Schedule:

11 a.m.: Scholarship game featuring Washington-area boys.

1 p.m.: Girls all-star game.

3 p.m.: U.S. All-Stars vs. Capital All-Stars.

Tickets: $25, $12.50, $7.50 at local Ticketmaster or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

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