With Makur Maker, Howard Men’s Basketball Is Ready for a Breakthrough Season

“I wanted to be part of making history here.”

College basketball teams that go 4-29 typically struggle to generate buzz the following season. But for Howard men’s basketball, the matriculation of five-star recruit Makur Maker has instantly changed the team’s trajectory, and this year’s squad has a chance to make some breakthroughs. Keep in mind the Bison haven’t reached the NCAA tournament since 1992. […]

For Azzi Fudd, Friendships Made a Difference in Choosing UConn

Fudd, the top ranked girls' basketball player for the class of 2021, will join some of her close friends at UConn.

Growing up, Azzi Fudd was not the kid who wanted to try new things. During class, she rarely raised her hand unless she was certain she knew the answer. Her skills on the basketball court have brought her fame, but even now, she tries to deflect the spotlight when she can. In many ways, Fudd […]

Maryland Men’s Basketball Enters the Season With ‘Unfinished Business’

"We got this fire in us that we want to get back in that same position that we were in last year when our season ended."

Maryland junior guard Aaron Wiggins isn’t like his former teammate, Anthony Cowan Jr., when it comes to reading comments from the team’s critics. Sure, if he hears or reads something negative, it’ll stick in the back of his mind, but Wiggins doesn’t go out searching for slights. This season’s Maryland men’s basketball team has enough […]

After Buzzer-Beater Playoff Loss, the Mystics Look Ahead to Being ‘One of the Favorites’ Next Season

Shey Peddy, who played for Washington earlier this season, hit the game-winning three-pointer.

In a post-game interview on Tuesday night, ESPN reporter Holly Rowe asked Phoenix Mercury guard Shey Peddy how many game-winning shots she has hit in her career. Peddy, who, at 30, was a WNBA rookie with the Washington Mystics last season, and originally went to the WNBA bubble in Bradenton, Florida, for the Mystics, responded […]

Zach Leonsis Believes Professional Sports Can Learn from Esports

"Esports is growing so rapidly that esport athletes can and likely will be paid just as much as professional athletes in the major leagues within the next 10 years."

Late last month, Monumental Sports & Entertainment added another championship to its collection—this time in the burgeoning world of esports. Wizards District Gaming, the Wizards’ NBA 2K League affiliate team, defeated the Golden State Warriors-backed team, Warriors Gaming Squad, 3-1, to win the NBA 2K League Finals. The executives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, led […]

John Thompson Jr. Represented D.C. to the Fullest

He started here, stayed here, built here, and never considered any other pastures to be greener than these.

John Thompson Jr. represented so much to so many people—basketball excellence, Georgetown University, his players and his program, uncompromising Blackness. But he also represented D.C. He was the face and heart and soul of the District, more so than anybody in our lifetime, maybe more so than any sports figure ever. Or any figure, period. […]

How the Mystics’ Natasha Cloud Got Involved With the NWSL’s Racial Justice Efforts

"It's beautiful to see all athletes of all backgrounds and everything coming together."

On Thursday, Mystics point guard Natasha Cloud received a text from U.S. women’s national soccer team and North Carolina Courage forward Crystal Dunn with a request. Dunn wanted about 40 T-shirts made to illustrate the NWSL players’ support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and she needed them in time for the NWSL Fall Series […]

The Mystics Have Been at the Forefront of the Protests and Fight for Racial Justice

And the players deserve more credit than they get.

For four minutes, Ariel Atkins spoke from the heart.  Flanked by her teammates and one of their young sons, the normally reticent Atkins explained to ESPN’s Holly Rowe why the Washington Mystics had decided to sit out of their Aug. 26 game against the Atlanta Dream, hitting pause on the WNBA season just days after […]

John Thompson Jr. Made Georgetown Basketball His Own

“It’s always important to get a boguarder on your team … The boguarder is generally the guy who wins the argument. If you don’t have a big guy with a reputation, you’ll lose.”

The news that legendary Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson Jr. had died Sunday at 78 released a rush of memories dating back 50 years. I first met and interviewed “Big John” in his tiny office at St. Anthony’s High School in Northeast Washington. The small Catholic school no longer exists, but that’s where Thompson’s […]

Mystics Guard Ariel Atkins: ‘We’re Not Just Basketball Players’

"If you have a problem with saying Black Lives Matter, you need to check your privilege. Because yes, all lives matter, including the Black lives we're talking about."

Ariel Atkins isn’t known for being particularly talkative. On and off the court, the third-year Mystics guard prefers to let her game do the talking. But on Wednesday night in Bradenton, Florida, Atkins had plenty to say as she stood with her teammates in front of a TV camera after the Mystics decided to sit out […]

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