Ahead of the NCAA Tournament, the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club (7719 Wisconsin Ave.) will host a conversation and lunch with Hall of Fame basketball coach Morgan Wootten on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Wootten, who coached local basketball powerhouse DeMatha High School to 1,274 wins over his 46 seasons, will sit down with basketball fans and anybody else interested in his thoughts on the state of college basketball today, his predictions for the NCAA Tournament and stories of fellow legendary coaches Red Auerbach and John Wooden.
Wooden, who won 10 national championships over a 12-year period at UCLA and who is widely considered one of the best coaches ever, once said he thought Wootten was the best coach at any level in the country.
Wootten, 81, coached scores of future college players and some NBA ones during his time at DeMatha. He retired from coaching in 2002, but still helps run the annual summer basketball camp he’s been putting on since 1961.
The discussion, one of many none-music events Bethesda Blues & Jazz owner Rick Brown hopes to incorporate into the new venue, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and include a three-course meal. Tickets are $35. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club website.