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Dunbar Alumni- NBA Alumni

John Duren ‘76

Duren was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 19th pick in the 1980 NBA Draft. While at Dunbar, his team was ranked #1 in the nation in 1976. He went to Georgetown University, where he was first team All-Big East and Big East Player of the Year in 1980. While at Georgetown, he won a gold medal in the 1979 Pan American Games. He played three years with the Jazz (1980-82) and one year with the Indiana Pacers in 1982-83. He played for the Lancaster Lightning for the 1983-84 season.

Craig Shelton ‘76

Shelton was the 28th (2nd round) pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1980 NBA Draft. He and his classmate John Duren took Dunbar to the #1 ranking in the country in 1976. They both attended to Georgetown, where the two were first team All Big East in 1980. He ended his career as the third-leading scorer in Georgetown’s prestigious history. He played for the Hawks in 1980-81 and four games into the 1981-82 season, playing the remainder of the season in the CBA for the Atlantic City Hi-Rollers and Lancaster Lightning.

Kenny Matthews ‘77

Matthews was the 19th pick in the 10th round by the Boston Celtics of the 1981 NBA Draft. Matthews was an All-Met selection and fourth-team All-American his senior year in 1977. He attended North Carolina State University.

Anthony Jones ‘81

Jones was selected with the 21st pick by the hometown Washington Bullets in the 1986 NBA Draft. He began his collegiate career at Georgetown University, playing there from 1981-83 before transferring to University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) in 1984. He was the Big West Player of the Year in 1986. Professionally, he played for the Bullets, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. He also played in Italy for Libertas Livorno and in the USBL (Palm Beach Stingrays) and WBL (Las Vegas Silver Streaks).


Syl was an All-American at Dunbar High School in D.C. He originally signed with Wake Forest, then promptly transferred to Old Dominion. Charles helped ODU (23-8) win the Sun Belt Championship during the 1985-86 season. He also played on the V.I. national team in ’85 and again in 2004.

Michael Smith ‘90

Smith was the 35th (2nd round) pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 1994 NBA Draft. He went to Providence College, where he set the Big East career record for rebounding average (11.67) and the school record for field goal percentage by a forward (.554). He’s the fourth player to score 1000 points and grab 1000 rebounds in school history. He won the school’s first-ever Big East Tournament Championship in 1994, winning Most Outstanding Player. In his seven-year NBA career, he played with the Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies and the Washington Wizards. He then played for Snaidero Udine (Italy) and in the CBA with the Idaho Stampede and Dakota Wizards.

Johnny Rhodes ‘91

Rhodes was All-Met Player of the Year by the Washington Post as a senior in 1991. He then went to the University of Maryland and set an ACC career record (344) and single season record for steals. Rhodes is 10th in school history in scoring (1,743 points) and assists (344), most of any non-point guard. He is also an impressive 15th in rebounding (704), the best ever for a Maryland guard. He became the only player in ACC history to surpass 1,700 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists and 300 steals. Rhodes played professionally in Italy and Taiwan, and later with the famed Harlem Globetrotters.

Michael Gill ‘95

Gill was first-team All-Met and fourth-team All-American his senior year in 1995. He then went to the University of Pittsburgh. After his freshman year, he transferred to Compton (CA) Community College and then to the University of California-Berkeley. He helped lead Cal to the NIT Championship in 1999.

Xavier Singletary ‘96

Singletary was a first-team All-Met selection in 1996. He then began his college career at Howard, becoming the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Rookie of the Year in 1997. His sophomore year, he was 11th in the country in scoring with 22.3 points per game and first-team all-conference. He then transferred to Boston College. Singletary was first team All-Big East Tournament in 2001 as he helped to lead the Eagles to the Big East Championship.

Bernard Robinson ‘00*

Robinson was the 45th (2nd round) pick of the Charlotte Bobcats (now Charlotte Hornets) in the 2004 NBA Draft. He was second-team All-Met in 1999 and transferred to New Hampton Prep (New Hampton, NH) for his postgraduate year. He went to the University of Michigan, playing four years there. Robinson was selected as Third Team All-Big Ten from the league coaches and the media his junior and senior seasons. In 2004, he led his Wolverines to the NIT championship. Over his four-year career, he played for the Bobcats and New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets. He played for Minas Tenis Clube (Brazil) in 2010, Metros de Santiago (Dominican Republic) and Quimsa (Argentina) in 2011 and with Basquete Cearense (Brazil) in 2012. Both franchises are in Brazil.

Tre Kelley ‘03

Kelley was a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in DC and the first two-time All-Met First Team selection in school history. He went to the University of South Carolina. While there, he won back-to-back National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championships in 2005 and 2006, and won the Frances Naismith Pomeroy Award in 2007 for the best senior point guard in the country. In 2007, he was named first team All-SEC (by the coaches and Associated Press) and Gamecock MVP. As a three-year starter, he finished top 10 in at least six all-time statistical categories, including points scored, assists, and games played. Kelley has played professionally since 2007, playing in several countries, such as Croatia, Greece, Israel, Turkey, Venezuela, China, Puerto Rico and Italy. He also has played for the Austin Toros and Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA Developmental League (D-League). In 2016, he was named Eurobasket First Team All-Turkish League and to the D-League All-Star Game.

High School All-Americans

1977 – Kenny Matthews (Fourth Team)

1981 – Anthony Jones (First Team)

1984 – Tyrone Jones (Fourth Team)

1985 – Darryl Prue (Fourth Team)

1990 – Michael Smith (Third Team)

1995 – Michael Gill (Fourth Team)

McDonald’s All-Americans

1981 – Anthony Jones

1990 – Michael Smith

Capital Classic

1977 – Kenny Matthews

1981 – Anthony Jones

1984 – Tyrone Jones

1985 – Darryl Prue

1990 – Michael Smith

1991 – Johnny Rhodes

1992 – Shawn Winfree

1993 – Nathan Langley, Claude Green

1995 – Michael Gill, Frank McQueen

1996 – Xavier Singletary

1999 – Brian Chase

Washington Post All-Mets

1977 – Kenny Matthews

1981 – Anthony Jones

1984 – Tyrone Jones

1985 – Darryl Prue

1990 – Michael Smith (1st)

1991 – Johnny Rhodes (POY), James Marshall (1st)

1992 – Shawn Winfree (1st)

1993 – Nathan Langley (POY), Claude Green (1st), Earl Tyson (3rd)

1995 – Michael Gill (1st), Frank McQueen (2nd)

1996 – Xavier Singletary (1st)

1999 – Brian Chase (1st), Troyce Haynesworth (2nd), Bernard Robinson (2nd)

2002 – Tre Kelley (1st)

2003 – Tre Kelley (1st)

2004 – Randy Hampton (1st)