It's summer time in D.C. Must mean it's time to see who's playing and for whom in the Kenner League.The annual summer basketball league - formally known as the Nike Pro-City league - opens the month long action on Friday with current and former college players taking to the McDonough Arena court on the campus of Georgetown University. The loosey-goosey nature of the event makes any type of announcement tentative, though the rosters are starting to take shape with players from Georgetown, George Mason and George Washington. Perhaps the most interesting team for Hoyas nation features Otto Porter and John Caprio playing with incoming freshmen Brandon Bolden, Bradley Hayes and DVauntes Smith-Rivera on The Tombs. The multi-faceted Porter figures to emerge as the Hoyas top player next season and one of the better players in the Big East while fans will get their first look at the incoming talent.Other pairings include juniors Markel Starks and Nate Lubick (Clyde's), rising sophomores Jabril Trawick and Greg Whittington (DCX). Other pairings include juniors Markel Starks and Nate Lubick (Clyde's); risingsophomores Jabril Trawick and Greg Whittington (DCX). Sophomore center MikaelHopkins will play for Team Takeover, swingman Aaron Bowen for Emery HeightsElite and junior center Moses Ayegba for Hoop Magic.CenterTyler Adams redshirt last season, was not among those listed on the statement released by the University. Regular season games will be played every weekend (there are no games on July 4) at McDonough Arena and the schedule closes out on Sunday, July 29. Patrick Holloway, named All-Met Player of the Year, headlines George Mason's participants according to a source. The former Paul VI star is expected to play for High Level along with fellow Patriots Bryon Allenand former Seton Hall transfer Anali Okoloji.Vaughn Gray (Hoop Magic), Vertrail Vaughns and Jonathan Arledge (DCX) are also expected to don the high tops.George Washington has its own intriguing group of newcomers, including Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood and five freshmen headlined by Landon's Joe McDonald, Montrose Christian's Kevin Larsen and Episcopal's Kethan Savage. The freshman plus Armwood will also play for Hoop Magic, along with rising sophomore John Kopriva. Guard Lasan Kromah (Team Takeover) and forward Dwayne Smith (Clyde's) are among the other Colonials participating, theschool announced.Click here for the entire schedule. Quarterfinal games will be played on Thursday, Aug. 2 and Friday, Aug. 3. Semifinal games will be played at 2 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 and the championship game will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. All parking for Nike Pro-City League games will be in the Southwest Garage off the Canal Road entrance to the University.
According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.
After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season.
For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes.
Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.
Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's.
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The face of VCU basketball for the past several seasons, Mo Alie-Cox is heading to the professional ranks.
No, not as a player on the hardwood but rather as one on the gridiron.
On Thursday it was reported by multiple sources that Cox will sign with the Indianapolis Colts. It is expected that Cox will play primarily as a tight end for the Colts, after tailoring his NFL workouts last month to that position.
According to Mike Garafolo, Cox was deemed eligible for the NFL Draft by the league last season due to his previous red-shirted year. A year removed from draft eligibility, he is technically a free-agent.
At 6'7" and 250 pounds, he is a natural fit for the position. In addition he has a 7-1 wingspan and gigantic hands that make a basketball look small.
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Cox joins a long list of converted basketball stars into NFL tight-ends. Most famous is perhaps Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks who played both basketball and football at the University of Miami. The list also includes Antonio Gates, new Colts teammate Erik Swoope, Martellus Bennett, and Julius Thomas just to name a few.
In his four year career with the Rams, Cox played 142 games and helped the team to NCAA tournament berth every season. In an interview with CSN last November, then-VCU head coach Will Wade said he'd received calls from NFL teams and scouts about Alie-Cox throughout his career.