One on One With Amauro
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  This is a new feature of Off Season Hoops. It is my attempt to familiarize the fans with some of our
young stars by holding short Question & Answer Sessions. This will be an ongoing feature throughout
the Spring and Summer and into the Fall. I hope everyone enjoys it. As always you can e-mail me at
Thurlbough@hotmail.com to let me know what you think.
---- Amauro "Amar" Austin


JULY 16

  This week's star to go one on one with Amauro is Roman's long-armed, yet undersized warrior Charron Fisher. Fisher is on pace to shatter all of Roman's scoring records. He does it in bullying fashion, but he also has recently shown a penchant for shooting it from the perimeter which is step one in his developing a Wingman's Game. If he finishes this process, he would be uncoverable as he goes harder than anybody and bullies guys much, much bigger. His vicious dunks are earth-shattering. Nobody gets it done like Fisher as last season he once had a performance of 40 Points & 20 Boards. With gradual progess, there is no doubt in my mind that this kid could be atleast a Mid Major D1 Player. He just has the heart of a lion and the will to win and succeed. Sometimes that's all it takes. I had a chance to sit down with Fisher this past weekend in Long Island as he ran with Sam Rines in the Adidas 3 Stripes Tourney.

Charron Fisher
6-3 225 Jr. PF-SF
Roman Catholic

  AA: What nicknames have you been given, Charron?
CF: Everyone calls me "The Manchild."
  AA: Who are the toughest players that you've played against in High School or on the AAU circuit?
  CF: The toughest guys that I have seen have been Al Jefferson (a 6-9 265-lb rising Junior monster from MS. Many have called him the #1 player in that Class.), Shaun Livingston (a 6-6 167-lb Rising Junior showtime PG from Peoria, IL. I feel he's the 3nd best player in the Class.), Wayne Marshall (our 6-10 Center from King HS) & Micheal Blackshear (our 6-6 bruiser of Simon Gratz who will attend Temple in the Fall.)
  AA: What do you need to improve in your game?
CF: I must improve my ballhandling and my shooting to get ready for college.
  AA: What sneaker brand do you like the most?
CF: I like Nike & Adidas.
  AA: Who do you credit with your Basketball? Why?
CF: I credit my mother Portel Rogers because she takes me everywhere I need to be to play and supports me 100%.
  AA: Where are you from?
CF: I am from Pennsauken, NJ.
  AA: What Camps will/have you attend this summer?
CF: I attended Nike Underclassman Hoop Jamboree in June and was invited to Nike All-American Camp late, but didn't attend because of travel problems.
  AA: What teams will you play for this summer?
CF: I will play for the Philadelphia Patriots, Sam Rines & Hunting Park (Coached by Greg Wright).
  AA: What colleges do you like?
CF: I like Maryland, North Carolina & Stanford.
  AA: Who are your favorites to watch (1 Pro, 1 College, 1 High School)?
CF: In the Pros, I like Tracy McGrady (Orlando Magic), In college I like Dajuan Wagner (Memphis & recent Cleveland Cavs draftee) & In High school I like to watch Sean Singletary (Penn Charter).

JULY 2

  This week's star to go one-on-one with Amauro is Penn Charter's new PG Sean Singletary. Singletary is arguably one of the Top 3 PGs in the area regardless of class. He has had good showings against everybody from A to Z. He vows to make his return to his city roots from small Perkiomen School in Montgomery County a nightmare for everyone else as he is more confident and focused than ever. He may not be a familiar name to all City buffs, but he had a one year stint at Haverford School as a Freshman and he has been around for many summers. He is also one of the area's better prospects in Football as a speedy (4.5/40) Wide Receiver. Not to mention, the fact that he has already received a qualifying SAT score of 1010. Basically, he is the type of kid that every parent wishes were their son because he has a ticket written for him to be a success. It's only up to him to punch it. Double S, as I have tabbed him, plays the game with that certain something, that combines grace, aggressiveness, attitude, skill & knowledge. One evaluator commented to me once that, "Sean Singletary makes the difficult look simple." That just about sums it up. He's a natural. I had the chance to sit down with Sean last week before his Alvin Williams Team (Coached by the Legendary, Tom "Puck" McKenna) played their Sonny Hill Game against the Eddie Jones team from the Main Line.

Sean Singletary
6-0 170 Rising Jr. PG
Penn Charter

  AA: What nicknames have you been given Sean?
SS: People call me "Shiz" & "Octane." ("I call him Double S.")
  AA: Who are the toughest players that you've played against in High School or on the AAU circuit?
SS: The toughest guys that I have seen have been Al Jefferson (a 6-9 265-lb rising Junior monster from MS. Many have called him the #1 player in that Class.), T.J Bannister (5-11 PG from Florida, one of the top 20 PGs in the Class.), Darius Washington (5-11 Rising Junior PG from Florida, one of the Top 5 PGs in that Class.), Curtis Sumpter (6-7 Villanova Freshman Combo Forward via Bishop Loughlin in Brooklyn, NY.) & Randy Foye (6-3 Villanova Freshman Point Guard via Eastside HS in Newark, NJ.).
  AA: What do you hope to accomplish this summer and beyond?
SS: Well I just work out 3 to 4 times a day. I'm working hard to become the best and eventually I want to become a Pro.
  AA: What sneaker brand do you like the most?
SS: I like Nike & Adidas.
  AA: Who do you credit with your Basketball? Why?
SS: I credit my parents Harold & Jackie Singletary because they put me out there to play ball. They took me all over the city to play when I was younger.
  AA: What part of the City do you reside?
SS: I am from McCallum Ave. & Lincoln Dr. in Mt. Airy.
  AA: What Camps will you attend this summer?
SS: I am going to Adidas ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ from July 7-11, I am going to the Eastern Invitational Session IV in Mid August & Five Star Camp in Late August.
  AA: What teams will you play for this summer?
SS: I will play for the Philadelphia Patriots & the Tim Thomas Playaz (Coached by Jimmy Salmon).
  AA: What colleges do you like?
SS: I like Texas, Wake Forest, Villanova, Syracuse & Seton Hall.
  AA: Who are your favorites to watch (1 Pro, 1 College, 1 High School)?
SS: In the Pros, I always used to like Isiah Thomas (former Detriots Piston Great). In College, I like to watch Texas Whirlwind PG T.J Ford. In High School, I like to watch Latta HS graduated Sr. PG Ray Felton, who is headed to North Carolina.

JUNE 25

   This week's star to go one-on-one with Amauro is 6-10 240-lb King Rising Senior giant, Wayne Marshall. The Big fella has at times looked like the City's next Pro Big Guy. Ironically, other times he has looked uninspired and disinterested. Still many schools in the East would grasp at the chance to see what will come about from this ultra-skilled big man. Most scouting services have the Big Guy in their Top 75, but I feel that he is much better, at least Top 50 and that's scary because he isn't close to scratching the surface. Many don't know, but Marshall will not turn 17 until January which spells nothing, but good. Add that factor to his size, strength, fantastic footwork, athleticism & offensive ability and we could be talking about a special prospect once he puts it all together. I had the chance to sit down with Wayne after his King Team dropped a tough Positive Image League playoff Game to the Mallery All-Star Squad last week. Befittingly, Wayne went off for atleast 30 points and looked better than I ever saw him.

Wayne Marshall
6-10 240 Jr. C
Martin Luther King

  AA: What nicknames have you been given Wayne?
WM: "Gobby" was my childhood name and now people call me "Baby Shaq."
  AA: Who are the toughest players you have played against to date?
WM: The toughest guys I have seen have been Jason Cain (6-9 Bartram Rising Senior) & Micheal Blackshear (6-6 Gratz Bulwark headed for Temple. Ironically, their dads, Wayne & Micheal, battled it out at Germantown & Overbrook respectively in the mid-70's.)
  AA: What do you hope to accomplish this summer and on to your Senior year?
WM: I want to do well at ABCD Camp and at all the Tournaments.
  AA: What sneaker brand do you like to ball in the most?
WM: Adidas.
  AA: Who do you credit with your basketball success? Why?
WM: My dad, Wayne Marshall Sr. because he was a great player and he taught me how to play.
  AA: What part of the city are you from?
WM: I am from Price & McMahon Sts around Chew & Chelten in East Germantown.
  AA: What Camps will you attend this summer?
WM: I am going to ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ from July 7-11.
  AA: What teams will you run with this summer?
WM: I will be playing with the Philadelphia Phoenix in Vegas coached by Horace "Pappy" Owens & Rodney Handy, I will play with the Positive Image Traveling Team coach by Larry Waiters & I will play with King's High School Team.
  AA: What colleges do you like the most?
WM: I have always liked Temple & Maryland.
  AA: Who are your favorites to watch (1 Pro, 1 College, 1 High School)?
WM: In the NBA, I like Tracy McGrady (Orlando Magic). In College, I like Lynn Greer (Temple). In High School, I like Mustafa Shakur (Friends Central's #1 PG in the Country & #5 Player Overall according to the Hoop Scoop.)

JUNE 19

   This week will be a special one-on-one segment as I was double-teamed by the Cardinal Dougherty 6-7 Sophomore Twin Towers DeSean White & Shane Clark. White & Clark are two of the brightest young stars the city has to offer and two of the most skilled Fowards the city has seen in a long while not to mention both should crack many Top 50 National lists. Both have the potential to play at the Highest Level of College Basketball, but for now they enjoy just being 16 and hooping for the Cardinals at 2nd & Godfrey. The very outspoken White, often denounced for his nonconformist ways and his immature antics, is making serious positive progress. He is maturing as both a kid and a ball player. Even more important, he is listening and understanding what can all come about from this. His game has never been the question as he has the tools to do more than most in this Sport. He's now ready to take that challenge. While the very soft-spoken Clark is also getting better at his craft. Clark reminds of many Forwards past as he has all around game without many flaws. He knows the game cold and plays it with grace. His endless potential lies in the fact that he mixes that old school game with the new school athleticism that we all see on Television. I had a chance to sit down with White & Clark earlier this week before their tough PureGame Greater Philadelphia League Game with Public League Sleeper George Washington.

DeSean White Shane Clark
6-7 215 Soph. PF 6-7 180 Soph. SF
Cardinal Dougherty

  AA: What nicknames have you guys been given?
DW: Everybody calls me " D. White", "6-6 206" & "Shizo."
SC: People call me "Baby D. Miles" & "Shiz."
  AA: Who are the toughest players you've played against?
DW: The toughest guy that I've seenhas been 6-9 265-lb Soph. Center Al Jefferson of Prentiss, MS. (He is rated as the #1 or #2 Player in the Class of 2004 Nationally depending on who you ask.)
SC: The toughest guy that I have played against has been King's 6-10 240-lb Jr. Center Wayne Marshall.
  AA: What do you guys hope to accomplish this summer and onto next year?
DW: I want to win all of these Tournaments, earn All-Tourney and MVP honors & just better my game.
SC: I just want to improve my game.
  AA: What sneaker brand do you like the most?
DW: Nike
SC: And 1
  AA: Who do you credit with your Basketball success? Why?
DW: I credit both Coach Shawn Smith (Patriots) & Coach Dave Distel (Dougherty) because they push me to work hard in every game and at every practice.
SC: I credit Coach Smith because he is the reason I got better.
  AA: What part of the City are you from?
DW: I am from 32nd St. & York Ave. in North Philly, but I now live in Olney around Rising Sun Ave. & Tabor Rd.
SC: I am from 19th St. & Somerset Ave. in North Philly, I lived in West Oak Lane for the past few years, but I now live around 16th & Spring Garden Sts in the North Central Area.
  AA: What Camps will you attend this summer?
DW: I'll probably attend the Eastern Invitation Session #1 from July 7-11 at the College of New Jersey.
SC: I'm going to the Nike Underclassman Hoop Jamboree next week in Indianapolis, IN and I will also attend the first session of the Eastern Invitational.
  AA: What teams will you run with this summer?
DW: I'm playing with the Patriots coached by Joe Westerfer & Shawn Smith, Cuttino Mobley All-Stars coached by Kamal Yard, Cardinal Dougherty & possibly in Vegas with Hunting Park coached by Greg Wright.
SC: I'm playing with Philly MJC coached by Lonnie Lowry, The Patriots coached by Joe Westerfer & Shawn Smith, Cuttino Mobley All-Stars coached by Kamal Yard, Philly Hoops coached by Ron George & Cardinal Dougherty.
  AA: What colleges do you like the most?
DW: I like Duke, Florida, Seton Hall & LaSalle.
SC: I like Boston College & LaSalle.
  AA: Who are your favorites to watch? (1 Pro, 1 College & 1 High School)
DW: In the Pros, I like Tracy McGrady (Orlando Magic) & Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves), in College, I like Rasual Butler (LaSalle) & in High School Maureece Rice (Strawberry Mansion).
SC: In the Pros, I like Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers) & Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves), In College Troy Bell (Boston College) & Drew Gooden (Kansas) & in High School Mustafa Shakur (Friends' Central) & Kyle Lowry (Northeast).

JUNE 12
     This week's star to go one one one with yours truly is the biggest of them
all on a national level. He is All-America Candidate Mustafa Shakur. If you haven't
already heard, Shakur has made the Semi Final cut for the Junior National
Team that will compete in Venezuela later this summer. He is already being
rated by a majority of the well-respected evaluators and scouting services
as the #1 PG in the Country, one of the Top 15 Players overall & on top of
it all, he is also the highest Nationally Rated Point Guard from the
Philadelphia area since Franklin's Pooh Richardson in '85 and arguably the
best since the great Kareem Townes made the ball talk at Southern in '91.
The pride of 10th & Olney is still working hard and getting better. He has
drawn large crowds at every gym he has entered this spring. Despite all
this, the soft-spoken Shakur, formerly of the city's William Penn, has
maintained himself at the academic haven that is Friends' Central and he
happens to be one of the true Solid Gold kids that has come across this
great city. I got a chance to speak with this Shaker & Baker on Monday
before a large crowd down at Temple's McGonigle Hall at the Sonny Hill
League before his Hunting Park squad played a larger-than-life contest
against the loaded Urban Pioneers coached by a former McDonald's AA, Horace
Owens.

Mustafa Shakur
6-3 180-lb Jr. PG
Friends' Central

AA: What nicknames have you been given, Mustafa?
MS: People have called me "Franchise", "Staf" & "Mu."
AA: Who are the toughest players you've played against in High school or on

the AAU/Camp Circuit?
MS: The toughest guys I've seen have been Elijah Ingram (5-11 All-American
Lefty PG of St. Anthony's(NJ) headed to St. John's), Julius Hodge (6-6
All-American WG of St. Raymond's of the Bronx, NY now going into his Soph.
year at NC St.), Dee Brown (5-10 All-American PG of Suburban Chicago headed
for Illinois), Deron Williams (6-3 All-American CG of Colony, TX headed for
Illinois), David Bell (6-7 PG-WG-SF formerly of Olney HS & Mt. Zion who will
soon announce his college decision) & Brent Welton (6-5 WG formerly of Roman
Catholic HS and one of Division D2's Top young stars at Philadelphia
University).
AA: What do you hope to accomplish this summer and your Senior year?

MS: I just want to improve and to win.
AA: What sneaker brand do you like most?
MS: Nike & Adidas
AA: Who do you credit with your basketball success?
MS: I credit Mr. Greg Wright coach of the Hunting Park Warriors & my brother
Mujahid Shakur (Olney '94) because they both worked with me since I was
younger and had confidence in me. I've been with Mr. Greg since I was 9.
AA: What do you feel you need to work on?
MS: Everything!, but my strength is the biggest thing.
AA: What teams will you run with this summer?
MS: My Hunting Park Warriors Team coached by Greg Wright & The Positive
Image Team coached by Larry Waiters.
AA: What Camps will you attend?
MS: I'll be going to NBPA Camp in Richmond, VA next week, The USA Youth
Developmental Festival in Colorado Springs, CO later this month from June
26-30, ABCD Camp from July 7-11 in Teaneck, NJ & The Five Star Camp in Late
August in Honesdale, PA.
AA: What neighborhood are you from?
MS: I'm from 10th St. & Olney Ave. in Olney (Cherashore Playground).
AA: What schools do you like the most?
MS: In no order, U.Conn, N.C St., Arizona, Villanova, Syracuse, Georgia Tech
& Virginia.
AA: Who are your favorites to watch (1 Pro, 1 College & 1 High School)?
MS: I always used to like watching Detriot Piston great & current Indiana
Pacer Coach, Isiah Thomas, I like watching Robert Battle (6-8 Drexel
Center; also a Cherashore product) & my Friends' Central Teammate Mike Cook.

MAY 31

   This week's star to go one-on-one with Amauro is the biggest star of them all. He is the reigning Pennsylvania Big School State Player of the Year, Maureece Rice. Rice is poetry in motion. On the playgrounds , hPhenombeen tabbed "Kid Dynamite." The DN has tabbed him, "The Scorelord." Some call him, "The Phenom." Most just call him 'Reece. For a kid who gets so much attention, he is shy & soft-spoken. His accomplishments, ability & Resume all speak for themselves. Despite being criticized for not traveling the AAU/Camp circuit, most recently he has been spotted on most top scouting Publications Top 50's and everyone better watch out because this Big Timer has his sights on bigger and better things. I sat down with Rice earlier this week before his Mansion team's huge PureGame Greater Philadelphia League Game against John Bartram.

Maureece Rice
6-0 210 PG-WG
Strawberry Mansion HS

AA: Where are you from 'Reece?
MR: I'm from 28th st. & Huntington Ave. in North Philly, but I now reside on 31st St. near York Ave.
AA: What schools do you like the most?
MR: I always liked North Carolina, Duke, U. Conn & Miami (FL). Miami has been out to see me.
AA: Who are the 5 toughest players you have played against in High School?
MR: I don't really know, I guess Michael Cuffee (Gratz 01'), Jamal Nichols (Franklin 01'), Micheal Blackshear (Gratz 02'), Shejdie Childs (Friends Central 02') & Mustafa Shakur (Friends Central 03').
AA: What do you hope to accomplish for this summer and your Senior year?
MR: I want to get back to the Top 10 in the Country after this summer, then I want my 3rd Public League Title & lastly I would hopefully like to become a McDonald's All-American. (All goals are in reach)
AA: What teams will you play with this summer?
MR: I will play with Sonny Hill (3 on 3) coached by the John Hardnett & Philly Hoops Black coached by Gil Cosby.
AA: What sneaker brand do you like most to ball in?
MR: Adidas.
AA: What Camps will you attend this summer?
MR: I will attend Adidas ABCD Camp in July in North Jersey & NBPA Camp in late June in Richmond, VA. I also may attend 5-Star Camp in August.
AA: Who are your favorite players to watch? (1 Pro, 1 College & 1 High School)
MR: I like Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers), Jay Williams (Duke) & Maureece Rice (laughs).
AA: What do you feel you need to work on to get better?
MR: I need to work more on my jump shot & my quickness.

MAY 21
   The first Star to go One on One With Amauro is Bartram's 6-9 Rising Sr. Forward Jason Cain. Cain is one of my personal favorite kids in the city as he is one of the city's most personable, likeable kids around and a huge crowd favorite. He has the potential to go very far in the Sport of Basketball and in life. Here is his profile and the Q&A Session I did with him last week before his Bartram squad played a Pure Game: Greater Philadelphia League Game vs Masterman. For the moment, his recruitment extends to much of Mid-Major Land. By the end of the Summer, many of the Upper Echelon Schools could be on the trail as he is already qualified and looks hungrier.

Jason Cain
6-9 200 Jr. F
John Bartram HS
(950 SAT)

AA: What nicknames have you been given Jason?
JC: In school they call me "Co-Cain" & "Six-Nine."
AA: What Colleges do you like the most?
JC: I haven't begun to look into the recruiting Process, but I have always been a fan of Florida & U. Conn.
AA: Who are the toughest players you've played against in High School or on the AAU circuit?
JC: 6-9 SF Charlie Villanueva (Top 10 player in the Class of 2003 from Blair Academy via Queens, NY), 6-10 C Wayne Marshall (Martin Luther King in Philly), 6-7 SF Arnauld Dahi (One of the Class of 2003's better Wing's, originally from the Ivory Coast, but in the State's attending Life Center Academy in Burlington, NJ) & my man 6-0 PG Charles Jones (High School Teammate).
AA: What do you hope to accomplish this summer and onto your Senior Year?
JC: I just want to keep my Grades up & keep working on my game.
AA: Exactly what do you feel you need to work on?
JC: EVERYTHING!
AA: What sneaker brand do you like the most?
JC: Adidas.
AA: Who do you credit with your Basketball success? Why?
JC: Coach Chris Russell of my Philly Hoops Gold Team. Coach Chris has been with me since I was 10 and in the 5th Grade. He kept me motivated even when I wanted to quit playing all together. He stayed with me through everything.
AA: What players do you like to watch the most (1 PRO, 1 College, 1 High School)?
JC: Tracy McGrady (Orlando Magic), Mike Dunleavy Jr. (Duke) & Tasheed Carr (University City).
AA: What part of the city are you originally from?
JC: I am originally from the West Philly, the Bottom. Though I lived most of my life at 41st St. & Baltimore Ave. I now live in South Philly. As you can see, I've moved around a lot.
AA: What Camps will you attend this summer?
JC: I have been invited to NBPA Camp which is in Richmond, VA in Late June. (NBA Camp fields 90 of the Nation's best players) & hopefully I'll be invited late to Adidas ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ in Early July.
AA: What Teams will you play with this summer?
JC: Philly Hoops Gold (Coached by Chris Russell), Hunting Park Warriors (Coached by Greg Wright) & of course my Bartram Braves (who will be coached this summer by Bob Leach Sr.).