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Chris Heck and his son Peyton. COURTESY PHOTOChris Heck and his son Peyton. COURTESY PHOTO  Gaithersburg native Chris Heck has a busy schedule to say the least.
The Philadelphia 76ers President has the difficult task of running an NBA franchise and following his son’s college basketball team.
Heck, a Villanova graduate, is also the father of Villanova basketball walk-on Peyton Heck.
On Sunday, Villanova advanced to the Final Four for the second time in three years and the 76ers clinched a playoff berth for the first time in six seasons.
This weekend, Heck and his wife Mary Beth plan to fly to San Antonio to watch their son and his teammates compete for another NCAA championship.


Durant honored in hometown of Seat Pleasant

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KD Day picsKevin Durant enjoys a ride with hundreds of fans in Seat Pleasant. COURTESY PHOTO  NBA champion and Prince George’s County product Kevin Durant was honored last week in his hometown of Seat Pleasant.

Durant, who guided the Golden State Warriors to the 2016-17 NBA title, was celebrated Thursday at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center.

“I thought it was a great idea,” said Stu Vetter, who coached Durant at Rockville’s Montrose Christian School during the 2006-07 campaign. “Kevin certainly deserves it.”

The Kevin Durant Day parade began in the morning at Judith P. Hoyer Montessori School in Landover and ended in Seat Pleasant with Durant being recognized by Maryland’s Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford.


Wall succeeds in inking a new deal with the Wizards

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WASHINGTON – The Washington Wizards have locked up John Wall for the next several years.

On Friday, the Wizards held a news conference to announce the signing of Wall’s multi-year extension with the National Basketball Association franchise.

Wall, the top overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension that will keep him in Washington through the 2022-23 campaign. Wall’s new deal starts with the 2019-20 season.


NBA Draft is highlighted by two local former high school players

Markelle FultzMarkelle Fultz. FILE PHOTOThe first round of the 2017 NBA Draft was bookended by a pair of local products – Upper Marlboro’s Markelle Fultz and Silver Spring native Josh Hart.
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Fultz, a 2016 DeMatha graduate, with the first overall selection. Fultz, who attended James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro, became the first Prince George’s County product to ever be selected No. 1 overall.
“It is with great Prince George’s County pride that I congratulate Upper Marlboro’s very own Markelle Fultz on becoming the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft,” Prince George’s County Councilman Mel Franklin said in a news release. “Markelle’s work ethic and determination are a result of his outstanding character and the wonderful influence of his family, especially his mother, Ebony Fultz, and the community that nurtured him. Markelle overcame being cut from his high school basketball team as a sophomore to become the country’s most sought after college talent. In three and a half years’ time, Markelle went from being a junior varsity high school basketball player to the top pick in the NBA Draft. Markelle, Prince George’s County congratulates you. We celebrate your incredible successes and are excited about the promise of your next great steps in the NBA. May God bless and guide your future, for the best is yet to come.”


Former DeMatha graduate to be top NBA draft pick

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Markelle FultzMarkelle Fultz.     PHOTO BY BRANDY L. SIMMS  2016 DeMatha graduate Markelle Fultz is expected to be the top overall selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

If that happens, Fultz will become the first DeMatha product ever selected with the top pick in the draft.

That’s quite impressive when you consider the talent that has come through the Hyattsville private school over the years.

“That’s huge,” said Potomac resident Mamadi Diane, a 2005 DeMatha graduate who played at the University of Virginia. “That’s a great feat in itself. I know the folks at DeMatha are very excited.”


Montgomery’s Vanterpool returns to D.C. with Blazers

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VanterpoolFormer Blair standout David Vanterpool returned to the D.C. area as a Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach.  PHOTO BY BRANDY L. SIMMS 

WASHINGTON – Bradley Beal and John Wall spoiled David Vanterpool’s homecoming Monday when the Washington Wizards beat the Portland Trail Blazers at Verizon Center, 120-101.

The dynamic Washington backcourt duo of Beal and Wall combined for 49 points in the win that prevented the Portland assistant coach from capturing a victory over his former team.

Vanterpool, a former standout at Montgomery Blair High School, spent 13 years playing professional basketball including a one-year stint with the Wizards.

Despite the loss, Vanterpool said it was a pleasure to be back home amongst friends and family.


Josh Hart opts out of the NBA for college

Josh Hart has pulled out of the 2016 NBA Draft.

The Silver Spring native elected to go back to Villanova instead of entering the June 23rd draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Hart entered his name for consideration in April and was among the NBA prospects participating in Chicago at the combine last month as part of the NCAA process for potential early entrants.

“I enjoyed the process and learned a lot,” said Hart, a former Wheaton High School standout. “It was definitely worthwhile. I look forward to graduating next year and coming back to play with my teammates.”


Terps' basketball takes a hit with NBA pastures

Melo-TrimbleMelo Trimble.             COURTESY PHOTO

For University of Maryland basketball fans, the news came as a surprise to few when it was announced this week that sophomore guard Melo Trimble and freshman center Diamond Stone would be leaving College Park for greener pastures.

 Both players have decided to enter their names in the upcoming NBA Draft. However, Stone, a projected first round pick according to, plans to hire an agent which will make him ineligible to return to campus next season.


Sam Jones remains one of the best to ever play


sam-jones-headshotSam Jones. COURTESY PHOTOBesides Hall of Fame center Bill Russell, no other player in NBA history has won more championship rings than Sam Jones.

Russell, who holds the record for the most NBA championships won with 11 titles in 13 years, and Jones were once teammates with the Boston Celtics.

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