The Corner Forum
Monday, April 21, 2003
Issue #28

Spingarn Hoops Star To Play for Winchendon

By Jim Laise, 1248 E St. NE

Babacar Thiam, the high-flying Spingarn High product who thrilled audiences at the neighborhood secondary school in recent years, reportedly will take his skills to Winchendon Prep in Massachusetts for the 2003-04 season. Babacar, highly recruited this season, will refine his game in New England, according to a prominent recruiting service. Babacar, who recently immigrated from Senegal, played in the preliminary game of the prestigious Jordan Capital Classic at the MCI Center, on April 17.

Babacar is but the latest Spingarn product to make his way in the basketball world. The 6-foot-7 wing player is the exclamation mark that followed Elgin Baylor and Austin Carr to make a name for himself. Baylor, now an executive with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, may be the greatest player of all time to come from D.C., and is certainly the best from Northeast. A close second would be Carr, whom many over 40 describe as the best "street baller" every to leave the playgrounds here. Baylor teamed with Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain on great L.A. Lakers' teams of the '60s and early '70s, while Carr played at Notre Dame and then in the NBA.

All is not lost for local hoops fans, however. Spingarn will welcome back talented 6-5 forward Sohi Frazier to next year's edition. Frazier is defensive minded, with shot-blocking and rebounding skills. A rising senior, he is being followed closely by several Big East and ACC schools, reports say. §