Dec 1, 2016

U.S. All-Stars 91, Capital All-Stars 81

DIALING LONG DISTANCE U.S. On Target as Langdon, Staples Lead the Charge

A pair of Atlantic Coast Conference recruits shot the United States All-Stars to a 91-81 victory in the 21st annual Capital Classic. MVP Trajan Langdon (Duke) scored 21 points and converted a rare four-point play when he made a free-throw after being fouled on a successful three-point shot. When Langdon wasn’t scoring, Oak Hill Academy sharpshooter Curtis Staples (Virginia) stepped in. Staples scored six of his team’s final eight points and finished the evening with 24 points on 10-14 shooting from the field. “We were playing better defense in the second half,” offered Staples. “I missed a lot of open shots that I should make next year (at Virginia).” Many of those shots did go for Staples as he became the NCAA all-time leading threepoint shot maker. The Capital All-Stars rode the streaky shooting of McKinley Tech guard Victor Page. His 22 points came on a variety of moves to the basket and included a fake behind-the-back pass which he curled into a lay-up over two U.S. defenders. The nation’s number one prep team in 1994, Oak Hill Academy, was represented by Staples. The 1994 Naismith Player of the Year Jerod Ward, was unable to play because of a severe ankle sprain sustained during the week of practice. BIG MAN FROM BALTIMORE Rodney Elliott announced the week after the 1994 Capital Classic that he would be attending the University of Maryland, which had to beat Clemson and NC State in a heated recruiting war for Elliott’s services. The former Baltimore Dunbar star was a key star for the Terrapins. As a prep star at Dunbar, Elliott averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds per game while leading the Poets to a state title. He was also the quarterback of the Dunbar football squad.