The 1988 Capital Classic is considered to have been the strongest field to ever have competed in the event. In all, 13 participants from the 15th annual game played in the NBA and several, including Christian Laettner, were first round draft choices. Talent was abundant on both sides of the court, but the U.S. team had a slight depth advantage. Despite the imbalance, during the first half locals Jerrod Mustaf, Crawford Palmer (Duke and Dartmouth), and Donald Hodge (Dallas Mavericks) hustled to score a total of 21 points to keep the Capital team in the game. The U.S. team held a 49-38 lead at intermission and didn’t lose any steam in the second half. They outscored the locals 14-4 in the opening minutes and shot 51 percent from the field. The late Malik Sealy was the game’s high scorer with 23 points. Litterial Green, who was voted his team’s MVP, added 19 points to lead the U.S. All-Stars to a 112-83 win and a 10-5 advantage in the overall series.
NOBODY BEATS THIS WIZ Walt Williams, a 1988 Capital All-Star, was the Sacramento King’s first round draft selection, and seventh overall, in the 1992 NBA Draft. Williams’ illustrious career at the University of Maryland resulted in several school records, including total points in a season (776), 14 games of 30 or more points and the Highest ACC scoring average (29.6).