David Meriwether: White Men Can Jump

David Meriwether made history when he made the team at Crenshaw High

The pose is classic Air Jordan. Legs spread wide and a basketball-laden arm arced high, a kid soars through the air of the Crenshaw High School gymnasium into the waiting arms of two grinning teammates, who heave him up toward the rim. The basketball slams haplessly off the forward edge to the roar of "Milk! Milk! Milk!" "You wait for Milk to dunk," quips teammate Jonathan Stokes, "you'll be waiting every game."

It's a stereotype, and the players know it, which is why they poke fun at it. "Milk" is David Meriwether, 17, 5 ft., 11 in., a junior whose...

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