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2006 All-Mets go for NCAA glory

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

Late Friday afternoon, 2006 All-Met Michael Gruner will take the court for Lafayette against Lehigh in the Patriot League final. You'll remember Gruner from the 2006 Maryland state tournament. Remember, he improbably led Whitman to that 4A title, scoring 23 points in a 39-38 win over Eleanor Roosevelt, a team with a bunch of Division I prospects and a 14-game winning streak at the time..

Gruner, as fellow Whitman alum Dan Shanoff has noted, can and should put on his resume until the end of time that he once shared co-Player of the Year honors with Kevin Durant. And there will be plenty of Bethesda types watching his Patriot League final appearance with interest.

But Gruner's national TV spot Friday afternoon won't exactly be the last hurrah for that 2006 All-Met team.

Two hours later, two of his fellow '06 All-Mets -- Chris Wright and Austin Freeman -- will lead Georgetown against Marquette in the Big East semis. At the exact same time, two more '06 All-Mets -- Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes -- will lead Maryland against Georgia Tech in the ACC quarters.

A sixth '06 All-Met -- the aforementioned Durant -- will be preparing for an 8 p.m. tip-off as the NBA's second-leading scorer.

A seventh '06 All-Met -- William & Mary's Danny Sumner, the Tribe's third-leading scorer -- will stay at home and scoreboard-watch; Eric Prisbell now has W&M as one of the first four teams out of the 65-team field.

An eighth '06 All-Met -- Villanova's Scottie Reynolds -- will wait out the end of these conference tournaments and then try to lead the Wildcats to a second straight Final Four, starting next week.

So I guess you go small, put Wright and Reynolds at guard, Vasquez and Freeman on the wings, ask Durant to do what he can down low, ask Hayes, Sumner and Gruner to come off the bench, and take your chances. Could probably win a few ballgames with tha tlineup.

(The other two guys on the '06 All-Met team were Bobby Shannon, who originally committed to Marshall, and Nigel Munson, who led UDC in scoring this season.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 12, 2010; 1:57 PM ET
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Carl Winslow, 2006 All-Met coach?

Posted by: MillBurray | March 12, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Go Whitman Vikes! Nice to see Steinz covering another one of my schools. That 06 Whitman team was all heart. Unfortunately missed the whitman state championship victory that year in CP because they were playing at the same time as the MD acc opener.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 12, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

What about the ladies?

Jasmine Thomas at #6 Duke, Paulisha Kellum at #22 UVA, Keisha Eaddy at tourney bound Temple, Doreena Campbell at #23 UCLA. That's just the front row!

Posted by: natsfanbrent | March 12, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

D.C. is such a basketball town... people forget this. If the Wizards were in contention, the real citizens of the DC area (born and raised) would be going nuts. It would be twice the excitement of the Caps. No offense to the Caps. But DC is a football and basketball town.

Posted by: destewar | March 12, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

G Greivis Vasquez, Montrose Christian, Sr., 6-5
"The talented Venezuelan does not try to force things."

That's a blast from the past.

Posted by: wis193 | March 13, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Gary never gets the local talent, right Prisbell?

Posted by: jpfterps | March 15, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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