Daily News All-Decade Basketball Team, 2000-09

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One thing about lousy, spring weather: On the days when baseball games are scrapped, a guy has time to fill.

This spring - hey, what do you know? - the timing, yearwise, was perfect for the compilation of an all-decade basketball team.

So, here we go. We're presenting the Daily News' All-City squad for the 2000-09 seasons. (What's this decade going to be called as history drags on, anyway? Has anyone made an official decision? The Zeros? The Aughts?)

Our search for the Player of the Decade takes us back to the turn of the century, and also causes another bout with sadness.

That honoree is Eddie Griffin, the 6-9 center from Roman Catholic High.

In '99, Griffin was the DN Player of the Year after leading the Cahillites to the Catholic League championship; he entered his senior season at the very top of many national organizations' best-player lists. He did not disappoint.

While again leading Roman to the title, he scored 636 points (25.4 average) and posted norms of 12 for rebounds and six for blocks. POY choices in this newspaper date back to '78. Griffin became (and remains) just the second two-time honoree, along with '93 Simon Gratz product Rasheed Wallace.

Among other laurels, he appeared on the cover of Parade magazine as that group's national best player.

Griffin finished his career with 1,656 points. He then played for one season at Seton Hall before entering the NBA as the No. 7 pick in the first round. Well-documented personal problems hindered his pro career and he died in Houston in August '07 when he crashed his SUV into a freight train.

My dealings with Eddie were always positive, as were those with family members, even in the extremely difficult immediate aftermath of his tragic passing. RIP, Eddie.

The hardest element about picking these teams is to try to keep everything in the high-school context.

Granted, it's impossible not to be influenced somewhat by what happens later. But if a guy was a third-team All-City honoree 6 years ago, for instance, he's not going to pop up now as one of the decade's best players. Please keep that in mind as you check out the assorted teams for the Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac leagues - and overall, of course.

Here are thumbnail sketches of the other All-City first-teamers:

-- Maureece Rice, Strawberry Mansion, '03: Dislodged '55 grad Wilt Chamberlain (2,206) as the leading scorer in city history (2,681) and thrice led the Public League in points per game. Starter for PL champs in '00 and '02. As a senior, he averaged 29.1 points, five rebounds, four assists and 3.3 steals. Co-Player of the Year as a senior. Also a first-teamer in '02 and a second-teamer in '01. Played his college ball at George Washington. Now with Erie in the NBA Development League.

-- Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson, Episcopal, '06: It's impossible not to mention these guys as one, seeing as how they were Heart and Soul for a squad we deemed the Inter-Ac's best ever. Co-Players of the Year as seniors; also first-teamers as juniors. As a senior, Ellington averaged 21.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He scored 1,756 points at Episcopal and 2,211 total, counting one year at Daniel Boone, near Reading. Recently named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player for national champ North Carolina. Henderson's senior-year averages were 21.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists, and he finished with 2,059 career points, nine short of tying the league record. First-team All-ACC selection this past season at Duke.

-- Sean Singletary, Penn Charter '04: As a senior, he earned Player of the Year honors atop an All-City squad that saw 15 of the 16 members play Division I ball. Averaged 22.9 points, six rebounds, five assists and 3.5 steals. His 2 years at PC produced 1,137 points and a 24-0 Inter-Ac mark, counting the postseason tournament. Also a first-teamer as a junior. At Virginia, he played well enough to have his No. 44 jersey retired. Has toiled this season in the NBA and the Development League.

Our Coach of the Decade is Carl Arrigale, of the Ss. Neumann-Goretti Saints (and St. John Neumann Pirates through '04). He coached the school to five Catholic League titles and two other finals, with the losses coming by three points apiece. His overall record for the decade was 223-64 (.777 winning percentage).

FIRST TEAM        
Name School Ht. Pos. Yr.
Eddie Griffin Roman Catholic 6-9 C '00
Maureece Rice Strawberry Mansion 6-0 G '03
Wayne Ellington Episcopal Academy 6-4 G '06
Gerald Henderson Episcopal Academy 6-5 F '06
Sean Singletary Penn Charter 5-11 G '04
Name School Ht. Pos. Yr.
Maalik Wayns Roman Catholic 6-0 G '09
Rick Jackson Ss. Neumann-Goretti 6-9 C '07
Mark Zoller St. Joseph's Prep 6-5 C '03
Kyle Lowry Cardinal Dougherty 6-0 G '04
Matt Walsh Germantown Acad. 6-6 G '02
Omar Thomas Strawberry Mansion 6-5 F '00
THIRD TEAM        
Name School Ht. Pos. Yr.
Derrick "D.J." Rivera Ss. Neumann-Goretti 6-2 G '06
Bradley Wanamaker Roman Catholic 6-3 G '07
Jeff Jones Monsignor Bonner 6-3 G '07
Mark Tyndale Simon Gratz 6-5 F '04
Jesse Morgan Olney 6-4 G '09


FIRST TEAM        
Name School Ht. Pos. Yr.
Maureece Rice Mansion 6-0 G '03
Omar Thomas Mansion 6-5 F '00
Mark Tyndale Gratz 6-4 F '04
Jesse Morgan Olney 6-4 G '09
Dawan Robinson King 6-2 G '00
Name School Ht. Pos. Yr.
Andrew "Scootie" Randall Comm. Tech 6-6 F '08
Rodney Green Prep Charter 6-5 F '06
Scott Rodgers Central 6-3 G '05
Ramone Moore Southern 6-4 F '07
Marcus Morris Prep Charter 6-9 F '07
Markieff Morris Prep Charter 6-10 C '07
THIRD TEAM        
Name School Ht. Pos. Yr.
Wayne Marshall King 6-10 C '03
Denzel Yard Franklin LC 5-11 G '09
Jason Cain Bartram 6-9 C '03
Richard Francis Bartram 6-3 G-F '02
Maurice "Mardy" Collins Gratz 6-5 F '02
*-Tyrone Garland Bartram 6-1 G '10
Name School Ht. Pos. Yr.
Erik "Ugs" Adams Olney 6-5 F-C '04
Dwayne Davis Mansion 6-4 G-F '08
Tywain McKee Bartram 6-1 G '04
Dionte Christmas Fels 6-5 G-F '04
Malcolm Eleby Franklin LC 6-2 G '07
*-currently a junior        

Honorable Mention
(Two Per School)
(Schools in Existence, 2000-09)
Bartram: Novar Gadson '08; Bobby Leach '01.
Bodine: Donte Greene '09; Lamar Gary '09.
Bok: Marquise Salley '05; Chris Parks '08.
Central: Sharif Bray '02; Kenny St. George '06.
Dobbins: Kassim Green '05; JeVan Sayles '00. 
Edison: Steve Martin '05; Tim Young '03.
Eng. and Science: Marcus Brown '09; Kechan Myers '04.
Fels: Shannon Givens '09; Tariq Chandler '03.
Frankford: Phil Alston '00; Lewis Leonard '06.
Franklin: Jamal Nichols '01; Andre Glover '05.
Franklin LC: Michael Green '03, Tyreek Byard '03.
Furness: David Watson '02; Robert Antrom '07.
GAMP: LaRon Byrd '09; Chris Feggans '03.
Germantown: Ivan Evans '04; Tyrell Coleman '06.
Gratz: Malik Alvin '06; Percell Coles '00.   
Kensington: Baltazar Feliciano '03; Theo West '09.  
King: Raheem Scott '02; Stefon "DJ" Jackson '03.
Lamberton: Brandon "Pooh" Gary '00; Nafis Ricks '06.
Lincoln: Garry Mills '01; Kairi Truesdale '00.
Mastbaum: Marion "Buddy" Rose '04; Tariek Belcher '05.
Masterman: Zahir Carrington '06; Labeeb Muhammad '02;
Northeast: Steve Smith '01; Sean Evans '07.
Olney: David "Bone" Bell '01; Alex "Boo" Thompson '00.
Overbrook: #-Nurideen Lindsey '08; Murvin English '02.
Parkway: Daniel Rumph '01; Rashawn Dennis '03.  
Penn: Randy Morman '00; Orie Johnson '06.
Roxborough: Dahliek Powell '02; Clayton Brothers '08.
Southern: Shawn Sabb '04; Antoine "Doo Dirty" Brown '04.
Strawberry Mansion: Devon White '08; Tracey Worley '04.
University City: Kenny Moore '07; Anthony Morrison '05.
Washington: Dominique Curry '05; Shannon Bussey '00.
West Phila.: Eugene Myatt '02; Ricardo Lovelace '04.
#-attended Bartram in '09; did not play.
(Schools in Existence for Part of Decade)
(Six Total)
Jarrod "G" Denard, Freire, '08; Sam Prescott, Imhotep, '09;
Brandon Penn, Robeson, '08; Kashief Edwards, Imhotep, '07;
Troy Blue, Del-Val, '07; Isaiah Coleman, Freire, '05.


FIRST TEAM        
Name, School School Ht. Pos. Yr.
Eddie Griffin Roman 6-9 C '00
Maalik Wayns Roman 6-1 G '09
Rick Jackson Neum.-Gor. 6-9 C '07
Mark Zoller SJ Prep 6-5 C '03
Kyle Lowry Dougherty 6-0 G '04
Name, School School Ht. Pos. Yr.
Derrick "D.J." Rivera Neum.-Gor. 6-2 G '06
Bradley Wanamaker Roman 6-3 G '07
Jeff Jones Bonner 6-3 G '07
Tamal Forchion Roman 6-6 F-C '01
Cantrell Fletcher Neumann 5-9 G '01
Andrew Rogers Ryan 5-9 G '08
THIRD TEAM        
Name, School School Ht. Pos. Yr.
Charron Fisher Roman 6-4 F-C '04
Reggie Redding SJ Prep 6-4 F '06
Chris Clark SJ Prep 5-8 G '04
Antonio "Scoop" Jardine Neum.-Gor. 6-2 G '07
Mike Ringgold Roman 6-6 F '06
*-Tony Chennault Neum.-Gor. 6-2 G '10
*-currently a junior        

Honorable Mention
(Two Per School)
Bonner: Derrick Graff '05; Matt Kearney '02.  
Carroll: Jordan Ingram '03; *-DJ Irving '10
Conwell-Egan: Andrew Holland '03; Hayk Gyokchyan '08.
Dougherty: DeSean White '04; Shane Clark '04.
Judge: Ryan Haigh '02; James "J.J." Franklin '06. 
Kennedy-Kenrick: Ryan Rich '02; Amarildo Matos '04.
La Salle: Brian "Whitey" Horgan '00; Nick Shattuck '04.
McDevitt: Wayne Bishop '00; Isaiah Pinckney '02.
Neumann-Goretti: Brandon Brigman '01; Richard "Tabby" Cunningham '04.
North Catholic: Velton Jones '08; Lenny Young '08.    
O'Hara: Fran Grandieri '00; Gene Willard '01.
Roman: Raymond "Doodles" Sims '06; John Huggins '01. 
Ryan: Joe Zeglinski '06; Chris Kozole '02.
SJ Prep: John Griffin '04; Matt Griffin '07.
West Catholic: Marshall Taylor '04; Rob Hollomon '09.
Wood: Mike Spadafora '02; Matt Spadafora '05.
*-Currently a junior.


FIRST TEAM        
Name School Ht. Pos. Yr.
Wayne Ellington Episcopal 6-4 G '06
Gerald Henderson Episcopal 6-5 F '06
Sean Singletary Penn Charter 5-11 G '04
Matt Walsh Gtn. Academy 6-6 G '02
Brian Grandieri Malvern 6-4 G-F '04
Name School Ht. Pos. Yr.
Rob Kurz Penn Charter 6-9 G-F '04
Ryan Ayers Gtn. Academy 6-7 F '05
Lee Melchionni Gtn. Academy 6-7 F '02
Terrence Mack Episcopal 6-6 F-C '02
Mike Slattery Gtn. Academy 6-1 G '01
Sammy Zeglinski Penn Charter 6-1 G '07

Honorable Mention
(Two Per School)
Chestnut Hill: Gary Lawrence '09, Julian McFadden '06.
Episcopal: Mike Yocum '06, Omari Grier '09.
Gtn. Academy: Kyle Griffin '07, Andrew Ott '06.
Haverford School: Cameron Youngblood '02, John Haldy '07.
Malvern: Dave Glaser '01, Joe Hoban '07. 
Penn Charter: Sean Knitter '00, Brett Storm '00.