Chris Lun was just a freshman in high school freshman when he watched eventual NBA star Jason Kidd and the U.S. All-Stars defeat the Capital All-Stars in the 1992 Capital Classic.
Next weekend, 22 years later, the Walt Whitman High School boys’ basketball coach will get to lead the Capital All-Stars in the country’s longest running high school basketball all-star game.
Lun, The Gazette’s Montgomery County coach of the year, was selected to coach the Capital All-Stars in the 41st annual game, set for 7:30 p.m. April 26 at T.C. Williams in Alexandria.
“I’ve known about it for a long time so it’s cool to be a part of it this time,” said Lun, whose Vikings (21-7) made it to the 4A state championship.
The Capital All-Stars feature some of the premier talent in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, including Alexander Long (Riverdale Baptist), Chinanu Onuaku (Riverdale Baptist), Andrew Robinson (Springbrook) and Dion Wiley (Potomac).
“We want to represent the D.C. area well and show the rest of the country how good the basketball is here,” he said.
Henry A. Wise coach Rob Garner, who led the Pumas to a 4A state championship, was selected to coach the Metro All-Stars North team in a preliminary game.
Garner represented Potomac on the 1991 Capital All-Stars team and said he regularly attended the game growing up.
“Just watching every year, seeing the local guys battle with whoever, it really showed the amount of talent that we had in the DMV,” said Garner, who coached in a preliminary game in 2012.
Below are the 18 players from Montgomery and Prince George’s County schools listed on the all-star rosters, according to thecapitalclassic.com.
Capital All-Stars (Coach, Chris Lun, Whitman)Alexander Long, Riverdale Baptist (Undecided)
Chinanu Onuaku, Riverdale Baptist (Louisville)
Andrew Robinson, Springbrook (Undecided)
Dion Wiley, Potomac, Md. (Maryland)
2014 Metro All-StarsNorth (Coach, Rob Garner, Wise)
Jared Gray, Bowie
Ibrahim Kallon, Wheaton
Demonte Ojinnaka, James H. Blake
Russell Sangster, Bullis
Xavier Sewell, Clarksburg
Micah Till, Wise
Andre Walker, Bullis
Jerome West, Laurel Prep
Keif Williams, John F. Kennedy
SouthAndre Fox, Eleanor Roosevelt
Marcquise Reed, Capitol Christian
Clint Robinson, Charles H. Flowers
Davon Taylor, Central
EastQuadree Smith, Potomac, Md.
— Eric Goldwein