Dickman to coach U.S. stars in D.C.

March 20, 1999|By MARK KELLER

As if Tom Dickman hadn't had enough good fortune this basketball season, a little more came his way Friday.

The Thomas Johnson coach was named head coach of the U.S. All-Stars in the Reebok Capital Classic at MCI Center on April 8.

"I got a call last Tuesday saying I had been selected. I don't know if I was the 2,001st choice and the first 2,000 turned it down or what," Dickman said. "It probably had something to do with the season we had."

Dickman's team will be made up of 12 senior players from nine states and will take on the Capital All-Stars, a team drawn from the D.C. metro area.


The U.S. team includes two players who have committed to the University of Maryland: 6-foot-3 guard Drew Nicholas and 6-10 center Tahj Holden. Another Maryland signee, 6-3 point guard Steve Blake of Oak Hill Academy, will play for the Capital All-Stars.

"I guess it's kind of neat to have a week with some obviously good and eventually famous players, but it won't be any more fun than coaching at TJ," Dickman said. "In fact, I anticipate it being not as much fun as TJ."

Dickman said he will attend a meeting about the game next Saturday, presumably to "set some parameters" on the game.

"This will be a players' game, that's for sure," Dickman said. "It's not going to be 25 passes and a layup. We'll more or less give them some structure and let them play."

The selection is the latest in what has become a milestone year for Dickman. He won his 500th game in late February, then topped off a 27-1 season with the school's seventh state title last Saturday.

"I was telling my wife I wished I would have saved some of these things," Dickman said. "A lot of years, just one would be nice. They seem to be coming in bunches right now."

Dickman's coaching staff at TJ - Bruce Zimmerman, Tim Abercrombie, Dwayne Jenkins and Jim Weddle - will coach the U.S. team.

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