Q&A with The Sun's Pat O'Malley

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Reporter answers readers' questions about H.S. basketball

February 18, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Baltimoresun.com Staff

Pat O'Malley has been covering high school sports, mostly in Anne Arundel County for The Sun for 27 years. Pat was inducted into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Michael, Baltimore: Who do you think is the best team in the city?

Pat O'Malley: The Sun's No. 2 ranked team, Walbrook (19-2, thru Feb. 16), and No. 3 Dunbar (15-2) are the city's top two teams. Who is the "best" ? Well, we should find out on Wednesday when the two teams meet for the Baltimore City title at Poly at 5 p.m.

Raynard, Severn: I have three simple questions for you to answer. Why do you think Saint Frances is struggling this - is it the coaches or players? Is Jamal Barney that good in your eyes? Who are the top 5 swingmen in the city this year?

Pat O'Malley: On St. Frances - according to coach William Wells, the upperclassmen are not getting along with the underclassmen which has created internal problems. The Panthers have a lot of talent and sometimes you can actually have too much talent, which creates playing time problems and one basketball is not enough for so many to shoot. The only way they will do well in the MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League playoffs is if the majority takes on an unselfish attitude - like sharing the ball and going to the open man, even if he is a rookie. As for the second part of your question, yes, Southwestern's Jamal Barney is outstanding - can score from anywhere (dunk and from the perimeter), handles the ball exceptionally well, plays good defense, is very quick and an intelligent player. As for the top five swingmen in the city (no special order): Barney and Richard Myers (Southwestern), Velmar Coleman and Rodney Spruill (Walbrook), Craig Singletary (Dunbar), and a sixth, St. Frances freshman Sean Mosley.

Braken, Baltimore: Where are the Dunbar seniors going for college?

Pat O'Malley: The Dunbar seniors have not announced where they are going to school. Nathan Irby, an All-Metro guard as a junior, was The Sun's Offensive Football Player of the Year and is a superb athlete who will likely have to choose between the two sports. Kyle Johnson, a 6-9 center, has been taking an SAT prep program and will soon return to play for the Poets. His size has schools more than interested. Guard Darron Edwards set records as an All-Metro pass receiver in football and could go either way. Craig Singletary has yet to decide and has been the Poets' most consistent player. As soon as we hear where they are going, we will let you know on the prep sports pages and on baltimore.sun.com.

Steve, Annapolis: Who holds the Anne Arundel County career scoring record and how does that compare to the state record?

Pat O'Malley: The Anne Arundel County scoring record for public schools is 1,823 by Vince Barnett of Southern-Harwood, followed by Marcus Neal of Annapolis, who had 1,744. As for the overall record, including private schools, Ken Case (1998-2000) of Calvary Baptist had 2,114, and Severn's Dennard Melton (1994-98) had 1,907 career points. As good as those totals are, they pale in comparison to the state records. Rodney Monroe of St. Maria Goretti (1983-87) in Hagerstown, holds the state record for career points at 3,047, followed by Quintin Dailey (1976-79) of Cardinal Gibbons with 2,844; Adrian Dantley (1970-73) of DeMatha, 2,709; and Barry Young, Mt. Hebron (1984-87), 2,153. Monroe, Dailey and Dantley all played in the NBA.

Ed, Millersville: How many total career points does Alex Buchholz from Old Mill have?

Pat O'Malley: Alex Buchholz of Old Mill has fewer than 1,000 career points in three varsity seasons as of Feb. 16, but he has an outside shot at the milestone if the Patriots go deep in the playoffs.

Mark, Baltimore: Do you think Walbrook will win a state title?

Pat O'Malley: With the likes of Velmar Coleman, Ed Tyson and Rodney Spruill, the No. 2 Warriors have a great shot to win a state title in Class 4A if they can get out of the 4A North Region that includes No. 4 Southwestern, Parkville, which is not to be taken lightly, Lake Clifton and Woodlawn, not to mention seven-time state champion Thomas Johnson of Frederick.

Vicki, Baltimore: Girls basketball question. Why are Arundel and Western still at the top of the girl's basketball prep polls when they have more losses than teams below them and they both play in easy conferences with hardly any competition?

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