Local high school-to-college talent picked for fantasy ‘Home Sweet Home’ hoops team
Fred Jeter | 6/25/2020, 6 p.m.
With a lull in the sports world, it’s time to announce Richmond’s all-time “Home Sweet Home” basketball team.
To be eligible, a “baller” had to make headlines for both his city high school—public or private—and a Richmond college.
This talented, stay-at-home group was never far from mom’s kitchen and washing machine.
Just for fun and totally unofficial, here goes the Top 10-ish in alphabetical order:
• Brad Burgess (Benedictine College Preparatory, Virginia Commonwealth University): He set the NCAA record of 146 starts (2008-2012) while scoring 1,684 points and spurring the VCU Rams to the 2011 Final Four. He also helped Benedictine to 2007 State VISAA title.
• Jesse Dark (Maggie L. Walker High School, VCU): After playing for the Virginia Interscholastic Association state champion Green Dragons, “Bodine” scored 1,584 points in just 88 games for the Rams (1970-1974). He became VCU’s first ever NBA draftee.
• Gerald Henderson (Huguenot High School, VCU): He scored 1,542 points for the Rams (1974-1978) before going on to win four NBA championship rings with the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons.
• Luqman Jaaber (George Wythe High School, Virginia Union University): Among the NCAA leaders in steals and assists, he was the consummate floor leader and brilliant defender on VUU’s 2005 NCAA title team. He later became VUU’s head basketball coach.
• Michael Perry (Thomas Jefferson High School, University of Richmond): A member of Thomas Jefferson’s 1975 state championship team, he went on to score the then-school record 2,145 points for the Spiders (1977-1981).
• Edmund Sherod and grandson Nick Sherod (Edmund, John Marshall High School and VCU; Nick, St. Christopher’s School and UR): “Easy Ed” led the State AAA division in scoring at John Marshall and then accumulated 1,324 points and 582 assists for the Rams (1977-1981), helping VCU to its first two NCAA appearances. After setting the St. Christopher’s school record and state record of 2,815 points, Nick moved quickly into Coach Chris Mooney’s lineup at UR. Still with his senior season to go, he has 1,192 points, 441 rebounds and 147 assists.
• Keith Valentine (Thomas Jefferson High, VUU): He earned All-State hon- ors on Thomas Jefferson’s 1975 state championship team. He later was named MVP of VUU’s 1980 NCAA Division II championship team.
• Kendrick Warren (Thomas Jefferson High, VCU): He earned McDonald’s All- American honors at Thomas Jefferson, then collected 1,858 points and 1,049 rebounds for the Rams, despite missing much of his junior season because of an injury.
• Peter Woolfolk (Jefferson-Huguenot-Wythe Complex, UR): He led Jefferson-Huguenot-Wythe to the 1984 State AAA title. He scored 1,604 points and grabbed 859 rebounds at UR, helping the Spiders to NCAA upsets over University of Indiana and Georgia Tech.
And the MVP of the “Home Sweet Home” team is ... in a close call, Henderson’s four NBA championships are the undisputed tie breaker.
This team has a deep bench.
Others considered: Len Creech (George Wythe High, VCU); Duan Crockett (Thomas Jefferson High, VUU); Trey Davis (Benedictine, UR); Bo Jones (Huguenot, VCU); Reggie Jones (John Marshall High, VUU); Jerry Hargrove (Armstrong High School, VUU); Richard Jones (Maggie Walker, VCU); Johnny Moates (Benedictine, UR); Warren Peebles (John Marshall High, VUU); and Jesse Pellot-Rosa (George Wythe High, VCU).
Also, Donald “Cisco” Ross (Armstrong High, VCU); LaMar Taylor (John Marshall High, VCU); Bobby Ukrop (George Wythe High, UR), Jabo Wilkins (Maggie Walker High, VCU); Cravelyn Williams (Maggie Walker High, VUU); and Greg Williams (Jefferson-Huguenot-Wythe, VUU).
There were surely many more. Hopefully, many more are yet to come.