The 1989 Capital Classic was billed as the coming out party of New York City prep legend Kenny Anderson. Sports Illustrated had dubbed the sleek, southpaw guard the best sophomore prep player in 1986, and Anderson retained that status as a senior, coming into the Capital Classic with numerous high school All-America and national Player of the Year honors. Anderson had a great all-around game scoring 18 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out six assists, but it was Anderson’s counterpart, Coolidge High’s Curt Smith, that left the Capital Centre crowd buzzing. Smith’s performance was brilliant. His 24 points, including 10-of-14 shooting from the field, and seven assists boosted the Capital All-Stars back from a 12-point halftime deficit to a 103-101 victory. While Smith ran the perimeter game, Flint Hill’s George Lynch (New Orleans Hornets) grabbed 22 rebounds in one of the greatest rebounding displays in Capital Classic history. Lynch’s Flint Hill teammate Arron Bain (Villanova) added 13 points for the local squad. The first half belonged to Anderson and the U.S. All-Stars. Forward Wayne Buckingham (Clemson) and center Malcolm Mackey (Georgia Tech) were able to shake free from defenders for easy baskets in the lane. Travis Ford (Kentucky) parlayed crisp Anderson passes into baskets, including two three-pointers, to stake the nationals to a 53-41 intermission advantage.
WILLIAMS PERSEVERES Monty Williams once thought his basketball career was finished. While playing at the University of Notre Dame it was discovered Williams, a graduate of Potomac (MD) High School, suffered from a rare heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Williams sat out from basketball as a precaution and continued his studies at Notre Dame. Before his senior season, doctors presented Williams the opportunity to play basketball with his condition. He slipped on the Irish uniform and averaged 22.4 points per game and earned Honorable Mention All-American honors.