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Legendary DeMatha coach talks about All-American process, UNC-bound Marshall weighs in


In 2002, Morgan Wootten announced his retirement at an afternoon press conference at DeMatha. Pictured, the legendary coach makes his goodbye's from a podium in the school library. Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post

On this week's episode of Verbally Committed -- A DMV Prepcast with B.J. Koubaroulis and Stephen Ball on 106.7 The Fan, legendary DeMatha coach Morgan Wootten talked about his new ventures with the McDonald's All-American selection committee.

Wootten, who won 1,274 games in putting DeMatha on the map, is now the chairman of the selection committee. He talked with B.J. and Stephen about some of the greats that he coached in Hyattsville, including Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley, Keith Bogans, Danny Ferry and many more. Enshrined in the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 with guys like Isaiah Thomas and Bob McAdoo, Wootten's DeMatha teams were No. 1 in the Washington. D.C, area 23 times and he helped 250 players get full scholarships.

Wootten talked about his success at DeMatha, breaking Lew Alcindor's Power Memorial team's 71-game winning streak and more. It's considered one of the greatest basketball games ever played.

Hear the interview.:

Bishop O'Connell senior point guard Kendall Marshall talked about being named a McDonald's All-American. A 6-foot-4 point guard, Marshall was selected to play in March 31 McDonald's All-American game even though his team is suffering through a tumultuous season. Marshall, who was featured on the front page of The Washington Post as a fifth grader, has always been a highly-touted prospect. He talked about the pressure of living up to the hype and what it meant to him to be chosen as an All-American.

Hear the interview.

The Washington Post's Recruiting Insider Josh Barr talked about Friday's DeMatha vs. O'Connell game and Montrose Christian's two-week lay-off before playing Ballou on Friday at Comcast Center.

Barr detailed former Maryland recruit Terrence Ross's saga in transferring back to Portland, Montrose sophomore and future lottery pick Justin Anderson stepping up and Duke recruit Josh Hairston getting shafted in the McDonald's All-American selection process. Ballou's Donte Thomas is averaging 21 points per game and Zalmico Harmon might be the area's best point guard that noone's ever heard of.

Hear the interview.

Other interviews included: editor Dan Sousa talking about Broad Run hiring Matt Griffis as its new football coach, H.D. Woodson Coach Frank Oliver talking about Ronika Ransford making the McDonald's All-American squad and W.T. Woodson coach Doug Craig talking about the weather wreaking havoc on the Virginia AAA Northern Region hoops scene.

By B.J. Koubaroulis  | February 17, 2010; 7:05 PM ET
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