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Basketball 2013-14,
March

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 Observations, notes, etc., on games I've seen during
the 2013-14 season . . . Plus some Tedbits.

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SPECIAL NOTE
  To all scorekeepers: PLEASE try to make sure that correct info on scoring is called into the Score Service (215-854-4570). Part of my daily routine, especially after full-scale Pub days, has turned into this: answering multiple emails from coaches/players reporting mistakes in boxscores. We are reaching the point of no return. For years I've asked the leagues to make a rule that would force scorekeepers to sit next to each other with the scoreboard operator to one side or the other. It would thus be much easier for the scorekeepers to coordinate fouls/timeouts, not to mention cross-check info on which players actually make the field goals/free throws. Supposedly, that IS now the rule in the Pub, but many refs aren't enforcing it. Please remember, we want the info to be correct and making that happen is only fair to those involved. When the game is over, the scorekeepers should confer and make sure that their point totals for all players match up. Sounds simple, right? (smile) One more thing: Generally, it's better when the winning team calls in the results. That way the papers receive info to explain HOW the game was won because representatives of the winning team will usually be in a better mood (just human nature) to provide extra details such as rebounds, assists, etc., or the identity of someone who maybe hit a winning shot. Thank you.

December Reports/Tedbits
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February Reports/Tedbits

AUGUST 4
TEDBITS
 
In the last few days, rising seniors Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble (Neumann-Goretti) and Chris Clover (St. Joseph's Prep) have made oral commitments to play their college basketball at Saint Joseph's University. The hope, of course, is that these Catholic League guys will become prominent players on Hawk Hill, thus breaking a CL/Hawk Hill drought. Not since the 2001-02 season has a CL product led the Hawks in scoring average, rebounding average or assists. In 2006-07, D.J. Rivera (Neumann) paced the Hawks in steals, but then moved on to another college. Below are the CL products who've paced the Hawks in the three main categories going back to the 1960 season. Below that list are others who topped other statistical categories. Hard to believe: Clover will be bidding to become the Hawks' first prominent SJ Prep grad since NBAer Matt Guokas ('62/'66) . . . Well, except for coach Phil Martelli (smile), a '71 Prep grad and starter for the Hawks' CL champs that season.

Catholic League Products Who've Led Saint Joseph's University in the Main Categories, 1960-2014 
POINTS         REBOUNDS         ASSISTS      
Name School Year

PPG

  Name School Year

RPG

  Name School Year

Total

Rashid Bey Neumann 1998 16.9   Bill Phillips Carroll 2002 7.6   Rashid Bey Neumann 1998 130
Rashid Bey Neumann 1997 15.0   Bill Phillips Carroll 2001 8.9   Rashid Bey Neumann 1997 153
Brian Leahy Kenrick 1989 16.5   Rodney Blake Bonner 1987 7.1   Rashid Bey Neumann 1996 159
Rodney Blake Bonner 1988 18.2   Mike Bantom Roman 1973 13.1   Rashid Bey Neumann 1995 67
Rodney Blake Bonner 1987 17.6   Mike Bantom Roman 1972 14.8   Chris Gardler St. James 1990 100
Mike Bantom Roman 1972 21.8   Mike Bantom Roman 1971 13.2   Ivan "Pick" Brown Bonner 1988 136
Mike Bantom Roman 1971 18.1   Mike Hauer Bonner 1970 11.7   Tom Haggerty Wood 1976 67
Dan Kelly McDevitt 1970 20.7   Mike Hauer Bonner 1969 12.0   Fran Rafferty Kenrick 1975 74
Mike Hauer Bonner 1969 20.6   Mike Hauer Bonner 1968 13.8   Jim O'Brien Roman 1974 152
Mike Hauer Bonner 1968 17.8   Jim Boyle W. Cath. 1963 9.5   Jim O'Brien Roman 1973 106
Steve Courtin St. James 1964 20.7   Tom Wynne St. James 1962 10.0   Jim O'Brien Roman 1972 115
Tom Wynne St. James 1963 18.4             Mike Moody Roman 1971 76
Tom Wynne St. James 1962 19.5             Tom Lynch Judge 1970 67
Bobby McNeill N. Cath. 1960 16.7             Dan Kelly McDevitt 1969 107
                  Dan Kelly McDevitt 1968 81
                  Matt Guokas SJ Prep 1966 176
                  Matt Guokas SJ Prep 1965 155
                   unav. 1961-64      
                  Bobby McNeill N. Cath. 1960 135

CL products, not listed above, who've led the Hawks in other categories . . .
(Many of the players above also led in other categories)
Bernard Jones, Roman, 1993, FG pct.
John Smith, Neumann, 1981-1980, FG pct.
Gene Prybella, Neumann, 1974, FG pct.
Jim Lynam, West Catholic, 1963, FG pct.
Lonnie McFarlan, Roman, 1983, FT pct.
Jim McCollum, Dougherty, 1972-71, FT pct.
D.J. Rivera, Neumann, 2007, steals
Alex Sazonov, O'Hara, 2002-01, blocked shots
Zane Major, Roman, 1977, blocked shots

JULY 13
TEDBITS
 
The list below includes Public League, Catholic League and Inter-Ac League players drafted by NBA teams since the spring of 1947.
I am unsure on the high schools for some players from the early years, so please speak up if you know of someone I missed. tedtee307@yahoo.com. Also, there is conflicting info on rounds/selection numbers for some of the early years. The notation "Terr." means the player was a territorial draftee. Those players with asterisks next to their name transferred out of the listed school before exhausting their eligibility. (Also out of the three city leagues.)    

NBA Draftees From Public League, Catholic League and Inter-Ac League Schools
Year Name School College Team Rd.

No.

2014 None          
2013 None          
2012 None          
2011 Markieff Morris Prep Charter Kansas Phoenix 1 13
Marcus Morris Prep Charter Kansas Houston 1 14
2010 None          
2009 Gerald Henderson Episcopal Duke Charlotte 1 12
Wayne Ellington Episcopal North Carolina Minnesota 1 28
2008 Sean Singletary Penn Charter Virginia Sacramento 2 42
2007 None          
2006 Kyle Lowry Dougherty Villanova Memphis 1 24
Mardy Collins Gratz Temple New York 1 29
2005 *Hakim Warrick University City Syracuse Memphis 1 19
2004 None          
2003 None          
2002 Ronald "Flip" Murray Straw. Mansion Shaw Milwaukee 2 41
Rasual Butler Roman La Salle Miami 2 52
2001 Eddie Griffin Roman Seton Hall New Jersey 1 7
2000 None          
1999 Larry Ketner Roman Massachusetts Chicago 2 49
1998 Cuttino "Cat" Mobley Dougherty Rhode Island Houston 2 41
1997 *Adonal Foyle O'Hara Colgate Golden State 1 8
Marc Jackson Roman Temple Golden State 2 37
Jason Lawson Olney Villanova Denver 2 41
Alvin Williams Gtn. Academy Villanova Portland 2 47
1996 Shawn Harvey West Phila. West Virginia St. Dallas 2 34
Malik Rose Overbrook Drexel Charlotte 2 44
1995 Rasheed Wallace Gratz North Carolina Washington 1 4
Jerome Allen Episcopal Penn Minnesota 2 49
1994 Aaron McKie Gratz Temple Portland 1 17
1993 None          
1992 Randy Woods Franklin La Salle LA Clippers 1 16
1991 Doug Overton Dobbins La Salle Detroit 2 40
1990 Lionel Simmons Southern La Salle Sacramento 1 7
Greg "Bo" Kimble Dobbins Loyola Marymount LA Clippers 1 8
1989 Jerome "Pooh" Richardson Franklin UCLA Minnesota 1 10
1988 None          
1987 Dallas Comegys Roman DePaul Atlanta 1 21
Nate "Day-Day" Blackwell Southern Temple San Antonio 2 27
1986 None          
1985 Steve Black Overbrook La Salle Philadelphia 3 67
Albert "Truck" Butts Southern La Salle Boston 5 116
Daryl Lloyd University City Drake Philadelphia 6 136
Ralph Lewis Frankford La Salle Boston 6 139
1984 Tony Costner Overbrook St. Joseph's Washington 2 34
Richard Congo Overbrook Drexel Philadelphia 7 160
Greg "Box" Brandon West Phila. Creighton Seattle 10 219
1983 Joe Brown Gratz Georgia St. Cleveland 9 187
1982 *Dino Gregory Gratz Long Beach St. Washington 3 81
Jeffery "Monk" Clark Frankford St. Joseph's Indiana 6 123
George Melton Gratz Cheyney Philadelphia 9 204
1981 Gene Banks West Phila. Duke San Antonio 2 28
Lewis "Black Magic" Lloyd Overbrook Drake Golden State 4 76
Kevin "Butch" Lynam Carroll La Salle New Jersey 6 118
Darryl "City Lights" Warwick West Phila. Hampton Atlanta 6 121
Joe Schoen North Catholic St. Francis (Pa.) Detroit 8 163
John Smith Neumann St. Joseph's Portland 8 176
1980 Michael Brooks West Catholic La Salle San Diego 1 9
Randy Owens Germantown Phila. Textile Indiana 6 124
Leroy Berry Olney Wilmington (Ohio) Cleveland 7 147
Jim "Mo" Connolly Judge La Salle Phoenix 8 175
Joe Hand La Salle King's Philadelphia 10 213
1979 Charlie Floyd Malvern High Point Washington 3 66
Greg Joyner Northeast Middle Tennessee San Diego 5 99
Rodney Lee Edison Memphis Detroit 8 150
1978 John "Chubby" Cox Roxborough San Francisco Chicago 8 159
Tim Claxton Germantown Temple Washington 9 181
Dennis James Southern Widener Philadelphia 10 201
1977 Rich Laurel Overbrook Hofstra Portland 1 19
Phil Walker Central Millersville Washington 2 39
George Gibson Frankford Winston-Salem Philadelphia 6 129
Emery Sammons St. Thomas More Phila. Textile Buffalo 8 153
1976 Maurice "Mo" Howard SJ Prep Maryland Cleveland 2 32
Barnes Hauptfuhrer Penn Charter Princeton Houston 3 44
Andre McCarter Overbrook UCLA Kansas City 6 89
Phil Walker Central Millersville Philadelphia 7 117
Ed "Shot" Stefanski Bonner Penn Philadelphia 10 168
1975 Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant Bartram La Salle Golden State 1 14
Jimmie Baker Olney Hawaii Philadelphia 3 39
Andre McCarter Overbrook UCLA Cleveland 8 136
Freddie Stokes West Phila. Barber-Scotia New Orleans 9 145
Romie Thomas Edison Wisc.-Eau Claire Milwaukee 10 165
1974 Mike Sojourner Germantown Utah Atlanta 1 10
*Rubin "Tuner" Collins Edison Md.-Eastern Shore Portland 2 36
Roland "Tree" Grant Southern New Mexico St. Detroit 3 51
Joe Newman Dougherty Temple Detroit 5 87
Greg Newman West Phila. Drexel Detroit 8 141
1973 Mike Bantom Roman St. Joseph's Phoenix 1 8
Tom Ingelsby O'Hara Villanova Atlanta 2 27
Joe Cafferky Bonner N. Carolina St. Boston 6 103
Lynn Greer Edison Virginia St. Phoenix 11 170
Ed Hastings Bonner Villanova Boston 11 174
1972 Ollie Johnson Southern Temple Portland 2 30
Hank Siemiontkowski North Catholic Villanova Cleveland 4 50
Mike Krawczyk Judge Loyola (Md.) Washington 13 178
1971 Willie Sojourner Germantown Weber Chicago 2 20
Isaiah "Bunny" Wilson Southern Baltimore Detroit 2 29
Mike Gale Overbrook Elizabeth City  Chicago 3 47
1970 Carlton Poole Overbrook Phila. Textile Philadelphia 7 114
Fran O'Hanlon St. Thomas More Villanova Philadelphia 8 131
Greg Fillmore Franklin Cheyney New York 8 136
Mike Hauer Bonner St. Joseph's Philadelphia 9 148
1969 Larry Cannon Lincoln La Salle Chicago 1 5
John Baum West Phila. Temple Chicago 2 23
Fred Carter Franklin Mount St. Mary's Washington 3 43
Jim Bowles Dobbins Trinity (Texas) Philadelphia 8 112
1968 Joe Heiser Central Princeton Washington 6 68
Clarence Brookins Bartram Temple Philadelphia 9 118
Bill Soens Penn Charter Miami Philadelphia 11 145
Ted Campbell Dobbins N. Carolina A&T Philadelphia 12 158
John Baum West Phila. Temple LA Lakers 15 187
George Mack Edison N. Carolina A&T Philadelphia 15 189
Joe Crews McDevitt Villanova Philadelphia 16 197
Nate Ware Overbrook Tennessee St. Philadelphia 17 203
1967 Earl "The Pearl" Monroe Bartram Winston-Salem Washington 1 2
Richie Moore Bartram Hiram Scott San Diego 3 29
Cliff Anderson Edison St. Joseph's LA Lakers 4 35
Tom "Trooper" Washington Edison Cheyney Cincinnati 5 50
Frank "Watusi" Card West Phila. S. Carolina St. Philadelphia 7 77
Ted Campbell Dobbins N. Carolina A&T Philadelphia 11 121
Frank Gaidjunas La Salle Villanova Cincinnati 12 129
George Mack Edison N. Carolina A&T Philadelphia 13 139
1966 Matt Guokas Jr. SJ Prep St. Joseph's Philadelphia 1 10
Tom Duff SJ Prep St. Joseph's Philadelphia 5 49
Richie Moore Bartram Hiram Scott New York 10 85
1965 Jim Washington West Catholic Villanova St. Louis 1 6
Richie Moore Bartram Villanova Philadelphia 5 40
1964 Walt Hazzard Overbrook UCLA LA Lakers Terr.  
Wali Jones Overbrook Villanova Detroit 3 18
Steve Courtin St. James St. Joseph's Cincinnati 3 24
Frank Corace Bonner La Salle Philadelphia 4 29
1963 Herb Magee West Catholic Phila. Textile Boston 7 62
1962 Wayne Hightower Overbrook Kansas San Francisco 1 5
Hubie White West Phila. Villanova Philadelphia 2 14
1961 Ray Scott West Phila. Portland Detroit 1 4
1960 Bill "Pickles" Kennedy Lincoln Temple Philadelphia 2 15
Bobby McNeill North Catholic St. Joseph's New York 3 19
Joe Gallo West Catholic St. Joseph's Philadelphia 9 69
1959 Wilt "Dippy" Chamberlain Overbrook Kansas Philadelphia Terr.  
John Richter Frankford N. Carolina St. Boston 1 6
Joe Spratt West Catholic St. Joseph's Philadelphia 6 41
Joe Ryan SJ Prep Villanova Philadelphia 7 49
1958 Guy Rodgers Northeast Temple Philadelphia Terr.  
Jay Norman Mastbaum Temple Philadelphia 7 52
1957 Kurt Englebert Lincoln St. Joseph's Detroit 4 26
1956 Hal Lear Overbrook Temple Philadelphia 1 8
Joe Belmont Northeast Duke Philadelphia   50
John "Misty" Fannon St. Thomas More Notre Dame Philadelphia   52
1955 Tom Gola La Salle La Salle Philadelphia Terr.  
Bob Schafer Roman Villanova Philadelphia 3 19
Jack Devine West Catholic Villanova Philadelphia 5 33
Harry Silcox Lincoln Temple Philadelphia 7 46
1954 Rudy D'Emilio Northeast Duke Philadelphia 5 39
Fran "Wacky" O'Hara La Salle La Salle Philadelphia 11 92
1953 Ernie Beck West Catholic Penn Philadelphia Terr.  
Norm Grekin West Phila. La Salle Philadelphia 3 15
Fred Iehle Olney La Salle Philadelphia 4 18
1952 Charles "Bud" Donnelly La Salle La Salle Syracuse    
1951 Jim Phelan La Salle La Salle Philadelphia 8 77
1950 Paul Arizin La Salle Villanova Philadelphia Terr.  
Larry Foust South Catholic La Salle Chicago 1 5
Brooks Ricca Roman Villanova Philadelphia 8 92
1949 Nelson Bobb West Phila. Temple Philadelphia 3 28
1948 George Hauptfuhrer Penn Charter Harvard Boston 1 3
1947 None          
 *-did not finish high school career at listed school        

JULY 10
TEDBITS
 
In the recent NBA draft, no City Six players were selected. Ditto for products of Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac schools. Ugh. Meanwhile, a thought hit me recently, I had some time tonight to slap together some research and here's the result . . .Your 76ers have not drafted a Pub/Cath/Int guy since 1985! Hard to believe, right? In the 1946-47 season, the NBA's first champs (though the league was officially named the Basketball Association of America), the Philadelphia Warriors, featured five Philly guys -- Matt Guokas Sr. (Roman), John Murphy (Gratz), Angelo Musi (Overbrook), Petey Rosenberg (Southern) and Jerry Rullo (Bartram, the father of former Malvern star/coach Jim Rullo). The Warriors' '56 champs featured five more  -- Paul Arizin (La Salle, though he never played high school ball), Ernie Beck (West Catholic, later the long-time coach at Bok), Tom Gola (La Salle), Jackie Moore (Overbrook) and Bob Schafer (Roman). The Sixers' '67 kingpins had three -- Wilt Chamberlain (Overbrook), Matt Guokas Jr. (SJ Prep) and Wali Jones (Overbrook). The '83 champs? None. I guess we should have known what was coming . . . Anyway, below are the Pub/Cath/Int guys drafted by the Sixers since 1964, right after their first season in town after moving here from Syracuse. Over time, the NBA draft has featured several formats and, as you'll see, for a while it was possible for a guy to get drafted more than once. If I missed anyone, please speak up. Thanks. tedtee307@yahoo.com.

Year Name High School College Rd. No.
 None since '85        
1985 Steve Black Overbrook La Salle 3 67
Daryl Lloyd University City Drake 6 136
1984 Richard Congo Overbrook Drexel 7 160
1982 George Melton Gratz Cheyney 9 204
1980 Joe Hand La Salle King's 10 213
1978 Dennis James Southern Widener 10 201
1977 George Gibson Frankford Winston-Salem 6 129
1976 #Phil Walker Central Millersville 7 117
Ed Stefanski Bonner Penn 10 168
1975 Jimmie Baker Olney Hawaii 3 39
1973 @-Mike Bantom Roman St. Joseph's 1 4
1970 Carlton Poole Overbrook Phila. Textile 7 114
Fran O'Hanlon St. Thomas More Villanova 8 112
Mike Hauer Bonner St. Joseph's 9 148
1969 Jim Bowles Dobbins Trinity (Texas) 8 112
1968 Clarence Brookins Bartram Temple 9 118
Billy Soens Penn Charter Miami 11 145
*Ted Campbell Dobbins North Carolina A&T 12 158
*George Mack Edison North Carolina A&T 15 189
Joe Crews McDevitt Villanova 16 197
Nate Ware Overbrook Tennessee State 17 203
1967 Frank "Watusi" Card West Phila. S. Carolina State 7 77
*Ted Campbell Dobbins North Carolina A&T 11 121
*George Mack Edison North Carolina A&T 13 139
1966 Matt Guokas SJ Prep St. Joseph's 1 9
Tom Duff SJ Prep St. Joseph's 5 49
1965 Richie Moore Bartram Villanova 5 36
1964 Frank Corace Bonner La Salle 4 29
 #-drafted by Bullets in '77        
 @-disallowed (went to Suns at No. 8)      
 *-drafted twice by 76ers        

APRIL 16
TEDBITS
 
Here are the top scoring performances by Pub/Cath/Int guys in Donofrio Classic championship games over the last 15 years. Four of the players -- Episcopal's Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson; Penn Charter's Rob Kurz; Northeast's Steve Smith -- advanced to the NBA. Let's hope a couple more join that club.

Name Team School Pts Year
Rysheed Jordan Team Philly Vaux 48 2013
Ja'Quan Newton I-3 Neumann-Goretti 42 2013
Rysheed Jordan Team Philly Vaux 34 2012
*Wayne Ellington Playaz Episcopal 33 2006
*Gerald Henderson Playaz Episcopal 33 2005
Tony Chennault Team Philly Neumann-Goretti 32 2008
Brandon Austin Team Philly Imhotep 28 2013
Ameer Ali Sonny Hill Srs. Gratz 28 2005
Micheal Blackshear Waterview Gratz 27 2002
Shaun McKie Sonny Hill Srs. Gratz 26 2000
Brian Wanamaker Positive Image Roman 25 2007
*Wayne Ellington Playaz Episcopal 25 2005
Mark Tyndale Sonny Hill Srs. Gratz 24 2004
Wayne Marshall Positive Image King 24 2003
Novar Gadson Waterview Bartram 21 2008
Velton Jones Team Philly North Catholic 21 2008
Jamal Wilson Team Philly Neumann-Goretti 21 2008
Kashief Edwards Positive Image Imhotep 21 2007
Scott Rodgers Sonny Hill Srs. Central 21 2005
*Steve Smith Waterview Northeast 21 2001
Bradley Wanamaker Positive Image Roman 20 2007
*Gerald Henderson Playaz Episcopal 20 2006
*Rob Kurz Playaz Penn Charter 20 2004
Sharif Bray Waterview Central 20 2002
*advanced to NBA        

APRIL 13
TEDBITS
 
Earlier today, former Boys' Latin star Maurice "Doo-Wop" Watson finalized plans to transfer to Creighton University after two years at Boston University. Going back to 1978, Watson is just the fifth Daily News City Player of the Year to leave his original school. Here's the list . . .

Name Name School First College Second College
1978 Clarence "Eggy" Tillman West Phila. Kentucky Rutgers
1990 Jonathan Haynes Gtn. Friends Temple Villanova
2001 Tamal Forchion Roman George Washington West Georgia
2010 Tony Chennault Neum.-Goretti Wake Forest Villanova
2012 Maurice "Doo-Wop" Watson Boys' Latin Boston Univ. Creighton
 Note: Frankford's Anthony Chennault, was the Player of the Year in '81. He began his career at a JC (Gloucester County,
in NJ), then finished a Lubbock Christian, an NAIA school in Texas.

APRIL 8
TEDBITS
 
Unless something changes between now and then, the 2014-15 school year will bring quite the unusual circumstance. For just the second time in 40 years, an Inter-Ac school will have guys from outside the area as the coaches of the two main sports. Aaron Brady, a product of South Western High in Hanover, Pa. (about 15 miles east of Gettysburg), yesterday was named to succeed Kevin Pellegrini as Malvern's football boss. Headed for his second year as the Friars' basketball honcho is John Harmatuk, who attended Klein High, in Texas (Houston's northern suburbs). In the 2008-09 school year, Penn Charter's football coach was Jeff Humble (Coughlin High, in upstate Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) while the hoops coach was Bill Michuda (Marquette High, in Milwaukee). Michuda had coached at PC in the mid-'80s and at La Salle in the early '80s, and he'd first come to Philly to play for then-La Salle College. In the Catholic League over the last four decades, in football/basketball, at least one of the coaches at each school in every school year has been a local guy. Overwhelmingly, most have been CL products, with a few Inter-Ac guys mixed in. In basketball, Barry Kirsch (of St. Francis in Clearfield, Pa.; about 30 miles northwest of Penn State) was Carroll's coach for 12 seasons beginning in '70. That whole time, the football program was headed by guys with local roots (Joe McNichol, then Jim Bowes). This research yielded one pretty cool discovery. Bonner's basketball coach in the '76 and '77 seasons was Fran Docherty, and I needed to cross-check his roots. Turns out he's a Bonner grad and he's also . . . well, just click here to see how he spent his off-teaching hours. Legendary!

APRIL 6
TEDBITS
 
The 27th annual All-Star Labor Classic was played today at Northeast High and three City players scored as many as 18 points. McDevitt's Tyrell Long led the way with 24 points while Roman's Rashann London and Constitution's Floyd Preito added 19 and 18, respectively. (Thanks to "Ace" for those numbers.) Below is a list of all City players who've scored at least 18 points. There have been several formats through the years and one, especially, was not conducive to point outbursts: a running clock (except on free throws) through most of the '90s. The first game, in '88, was played on a Saturday night before 4,675 at the Palestra. The kids were pumped and City bested Suburbs, 143-139. There were 255 field goal attempts in the 48-minute game -- one every 11.3 seconds. Franklin's Randy Woods, who advanced to the NBA out of La Salle, shot 13-for-22 (6-for-7 on treys) and 3-for-4 for 35 points. That's still the record.

Best Outbursts by City Players
In All-Star Labor Classic, 1988-2014
Name School Pts Year
Randy Woods Franklin 35 1988
John Davis Neumann-Goretti 32 2013
Brandon Austin Imhotep 28 2013
Michael Cuffee Gratz 25 2001
Tyrell Long McDevitt 24 2014
Chris Williams Dougherty 22 1989
Vincent Mason Univ. City 22 1988
Scootie Randall Comm Tech 21 2008
Charron Fisher Roman 20 2004
Sharif Bray Central 20 2002
Percell Coles Gratz 20 2000
Phil Crump Franklin   20 1989
Brian Graves Olney 20 1988
David Burton Neumann-Goretti 19 2005
Monroe Blakes West Catholic 19 1988
Rashann London Roman 19 2014
Quasim Jones Bartram 18 2010
Earl Pettis Neumann-Goretti 18 2006
Tyreek Byard Franklin LC 18 2003
Troy Roundtree Northeast 18 2003
John Ashmore West Catholic 18 1998
Floyd Preito Constitution 18 2014

APRIL 2
DETAILS/ROSTERS FOR UPCOMING PUB COACHES' ALL-STAR EVENT
 
It will take place Friday, April 4, at Ben Franklin HS. Games at 5, 6:30 and 8.
  Three-point and dunk contests will also be mixed in.
  Admission will be $5 for students with a valid student ID. $10 for all others.
  UPDATE: The MVPs were Deion Evans (Game 1), Lincoln Kpokuyou (2) and
Jahmir Taylor (3).

C Game 5 p.m.
Team 1

Herniak Sembahi
Akeem Roberts
Roger Bracy
Jeff Williford
Mike Kessler
Devon Jacobs
Naykwon Phillips
Muhammad Laws
Andrew Singleton
Khyree Hunt-Hawkins
John Fieffe
Deion Evans
Team 2
Djuan Baucom
Bryant Turner
Khalif Askew
Shawn Ruffin
Akquil Harrington
Rhasheed Camp
Mike Chau
Andre Bryant
Tony Brown
Luis Martinez
Raymond Fred
James Cottrell
B Game 6:30 p.m.
Team 1

Tyquaan Bardlavens
Rob Simmons
Will Taylor
Karon Snead
Charles Presley
Devante Laws
Raekwon Dial
Jihaad Fluellen
Briheam Anthony
Aaron McFarlan
Devin Bullock
Team 2
Leron Epps
Anthony Harris
Malachi Thompson
Thomas Spruill
Hyking Brisbon
Jamar Brisbon
Andre Cannedy
Mohamed Sherif
Malik Tyndale
Shahid Adams
Lincoln Kpokuyou
--
MVP of 1st game
A Game 8 p.m.
Coach Harrigan

Raheem Liggins
Greg Bennett
Larenz Thurman
Tyheim Monroe
Anthony Wright-Downing
Chris Bing
Malik Smith
Jakwan Jones
Coach Colson
Floyd Preito
Jahmir Taylor
Basil Thompson
Shakeem Stevens
Clayton Wolfe
James Suber
Anwar Epps
--
MVP of 2nd Game




 

 

Dunk Contest
(Between Games 2/3)

Greg Bennett
Jahmir Taylor
Hyking Brisbon
Aaron McFarlan
Anthony Wright-Downing
Mohamed Sherif
Mike Kessler
Chris Bing

3 Point Contest
(Between Games 1/2)

Andre Bryant
Luis Martinez
Tony Brown
Andrew Singleton
Devin Bullock
Akquil Harrington
Raymond Fred
Darius Wallace





 

MARCH 30
TEDBITS
 
Below you'll see my choices for (to borrow -- smile -- from baseball specialist Randy Seidman) the Hometown Philly College Basketball Team. The top player nod goes to La Salle sr. PG Tyreek Duren. To be considered, a player needed to earn honors in his conference. Also, he must have remained in the Pub/Cath/Int through his four years of high school. 

HOMETOWN PHILLY COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM
FIRST TEAM            
Name College Year High School Conference Record Honors
Tyreek Duren La Salle Sr. Neumann-Goretti Atlantic 10 15-16 2nd team
  First in scoring (15.2) and assists (3.5); shot 40.8 on 3's and 80.3 on FTs; added 51 steals; totaled 1,729 career points
D.J. Newbill Penn State Jr. Strawberry Mansion Big 10 16-18 2nd team
  First in scoring (17.8); second in assists (58) and steals (27); shot 45.2 on FGs
Cameron Ayers Bucknell Sr. Gtn. Academy Patriot 16-14 *1st team
  First in scoring (15.4) and rebounds (4.5); shot 40.2 on 3's and 85.8 on FTs; totaled 1,526 career points
Maurice Watson Boston Univ. So. Boys' Latin Patriot 24-11 1st team
  First in scoring (13.3), assists (7.1) and steals (2.1); shot 49.5 on FGs
Danny Stewart Rider Sr. Neumann-Goretti Metro Atlantic 14-17 2nd team
  Second in scoring (15.2) and first in rebounds (6.3); shot 85.4 on FTs; finished career with 1,399 points/872 rebounds
 *Patriot Player of the Year
SECOND TEAM            
Name College Year High School Conference Record Honors
D.J. Irving Boston Univ. Sr. Carroll Patriot 24-11 2nd team
  Second in scoring (12.4); added 78 assists; shot 78.5 on FTs; totaled 1,456 career points
Pendarvis Williams Norfolk State Sr. Bodine Mid-Eastern 19-15 2nd team
  First in scoring (15.6); shot 49.1 on FGs and 83.3 on FTs; added 89 assists/51 steals; totaled 1,646 career points 
Fran Dougherty Penn Sr. Wood Ivy 8-20 2nd team
  Second in scoring (12.7) and rebounds (7.3); shot 55.2 on FGs; totaled 740 career points
Earl Brown St. Francis (Pa.) Sr. Imhotep Northeast 10-21 2nd team
  First in scoring (14.4) and rebounds (8.0); shot 53.1 on FGs; added 34 blocks
Sherman Blanford Eastern Illinois Sr. Comm Tech Ohio Valley 11-19 2nd team
  First in scoring (14.5) and rebounds (8.0); shot 51.8 on FGs; played first two college years at a junior college

MARCH 28
TEDBITS
 
Like myself and others going back to the early '70s, Aaron "Ace" Carter decided to list his All-City selections in what he saw as the proper order. With that in mind, I decided to go back four decades and figure out which guys had accumulated the most All-City "power points." In most years, the three teams have included 16 players. So, I gave the Player of the Year 16 points, the runnerup 15 and so on. Co-Players of the Year split 31 points (or 29, in years when only 15 players were honored). The top spot, and oldheads won't be surprised, was claimed by '77 West Philly grad Gene Banks with 46 points. N-G's Ja'Quan Newton checks in at No. 6 with 38 points.

Leading "Power Points" Guys on All-City Teams, 1974-2014
Name School Class Points Sr. Jr. So.
Gene Banks West Phila. 1977 46 16 16 14
Rasheed Wallace Gratz 1993 44 16 16 12
Maureece Rice Straw. Mansion 2003 41.5 15.5 15 11
Eggy Tillman West Phila. 1978 40.5 15.5 15 10
Tyrone Weeks Franklin LC 1993 39 14 14 11
Ja'Quan Newton Neumann-Goretti 2014 38 16 13 9
Lynn Greer Eng. & Science 1997 33 16 9 8
Eddie Griffin Roman 2000 32 16 16  
Meatball Hand Franklin LC 1992 32 15 13 4
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 2013 32 15 14 3
Maalik Wayns Roman 2009 31 16 15  
Wayne Ellington Episcopal 2006 30.5 15.5 15  
Rodney Blake Bonner 1984 30 16 14  
Gerald Henderson Episcopal 2006 29.5 15.5 14  
Reggie Jackson Roman 1978 29.5 15.5 14  
Charlie Floyd Malvern 1974 29 13 13 3
Sean Singletary Penn Charter 2004 28 16 12  
Jason Lawson Olney 1993 28 15 13  
Pooh Richardson Franklin   1985 28 16 12  
Rico Washington Frankford/Franklin 1983 28 15 13  
Tyrone Garland Bartram 2010 27 14 13  
Tony Chennault Neumann-Goretti 2010 27 16 11  
Kareem Townes Southern 1991 27 16 11  
Lonnie McFarlan Roman 1980 26.5 14.5 12  
Pappy Owens Dobbins 1979 26 16 10  
Rick Jackson Neumann-Goretti 2007 26 14 12  
Donnie Carr Roman 1996 26 16 10  
*Carlin Warley Frankford  1989 26 X 16

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Lionel Simmons Southern 1986 26 16 10  
*-transferred out of city leagues after junior season

MARCH 27
TEDBITS
 
Below is a chart that shows the overall records, year by year in this century, for all Catholic League schools. The four lines at the bottom show wins, losses, winning percentage and ranking based on that winning percentage. N-G is No. 1 at .806, followed by Roman at .737 and St. Joseph's Prep at .728. N-G has averaged just short of 24 wins per season. Records highlighted in yellow are each school's best during this time frame (by percentage). 

  B-P Carr C-E Doc Jud K-K Lans La S McD NC N-G O'H RC Ryan SJP West Wood
'00 9-16 14-13 3-21 21-6 15-10 5-20   19-8 12-13 15-10 26-5 11-15 25-7 5-20 10-16 14-12 11-14
'01 9-16 16-9 6-19 13-13 21-5 8-17   14-11 9-16 5-19 23-8 18-8 23-7 17-10 17-11 13-12 7-17
'02 19-7 17-10 4-21 22-5 16-10 6-19   10-15 10-15 8-16 21-7 10-14 16-9 16-12 24-6 7-18 13-13
'03 11-14 14-12 7-18 24-4 15-11 0-24   14-13 9-16 5-19 18-8 9-14 19-8 15-12 30-2 9-16 16-10
'04 9-16 9-16 7-18 26-6 12-13 1-21   19-8 6-19 14-12 19-8 6-18 22-7 16-9 27-4 17-9 15-12
'05 11-14 12-13 10-15 17-10 17-10 3-21   4-21 8-16 11-15 27-3 14-11 21-9 16-10 26-5 14-12 20-7
'06 14-12 12-13 15-10 21-6 16-10 11-14   8-17 6-19 14-11 22-6 12-13 26-6 19-7 24-5 8-17 2-23
'07 17-10 10-16 10-16 25-3 14-13 0-26   16-12 7-19 22-6 26-10 8-16 28-3 16-11 22-8 9-17 13-13
'08 18-8 14-11 13-11 14-11 15-10 3-21   15-11 12-12 22-5 15-10 10-14 19-6 17-10 16-11 12-12 9-15
'09 10-13 27-3 11-12 7-15 7-15 7-15 8-14 11-13 6-16 17-9 26-3 2-19 18-9 10-13 14-9 16-11 16-7
'10 8-14 24-5 14-9 12-12 9-13 5-16 8-14 20-6 4-18 11-12 30-1 5-17 18-9 7-15 17-8 11-15 16-8
'11 9-13 21-6 10-13   16-6   4-18 21-6 10-12   27-4 6-15 17-9 11-13 14-9 7-17 14-10
'12 2-19 20-8 12-11   13-10   3-19 11-13 12-13   28-3 13-11 17-10 18-5 21-6 8-14 14-9
'13 5-17 23-7 8-16   10-12   12-12 15-8 14-10   23-6 8-14 19-7 14-9 24-6 2-20 14-10
'14 2-20 23-5 15-8   8-15   10-12 23-7 12-13   27-4 6-16 23-5 10-12 16-7 12-14 11-12
                                 
W 153 256 145 202 204 49 45 220 137 144 358 138 311 207 302 159 191
L 209 147 208 81 163 214 89 169 227 134 86 215 111 168 113 216 180
Pct. .423 .635 .411 .714 .556 .186 .336 .566 .376 .518 .806 .391 .737 .552 .728 .424 .515
No. 12 5 13 4 7 17 16 6 15 9 1 14 2 8 3 11 10

MARCH 26
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Below is a chart that compares the matching title streaks of Neumann-Goretti (2009-14) and Roman Catholic (1989-94). In all six categories, N-G posted the best winning percentage. Something to consider: five of the six Roman teams ended the season in Cumberland, Maryland, competing in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament. That event brought together eight, high-quality teams from Phillly, Baltimore and Washington (usually six total) along with the host school, Bishop Walsh, and maybe a team from Canada or somewhere out West. The competition was better than what N-G has faced in the AAA level of the PIAA tourney. Roman won the ACIT in '90 and '93 and placed second in '91. In five appearances during that stretch (none in '89), it went 12-3 for a winning percentage of .800. In six state playoff tournaments since '09, N-G has gone 24-2 for .923.

Comparing the Matching CL Title Streaks
of N-G (2009-14) and Roman (1989-94)
Neumann-Goretti   Roman Catholic
W-L Year Pct.   W-L Year Pct.
Best Season 30-1 2010 .968   28-3 1991 .903
Best Two Consecutive Seasons 56-4 2009-10 .933   55-6 1990-91 .902
Best Three Consecutive Seasons 85-8 2009-11 .914   80-9 1989-91 .899
Best Four Consecutive Seasons 111-11 2009-12 .910   105-14 1989-92 .882
Best Five Consecutive Seasons 134-17 2009-13 .887   132-18 1989-93 .862
All Six Seasons 161-21 2009-14 .885   156-25 1989-94 .862

MARCH 25
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Below are lists that show the Top 10 Pub/Cath champs, by overall winning percentage, over the last 40 seasons. Interesting to note: An overall Top 10 list would feature only one Cath team (N-G's 30-1 squad in '10).

Pub Champs With Best Overall
Winning Percentages, 1975-2014
Team Year W-L Pct.
Overbrook 1980 34-0 1.000
Gratz 1993 31-0 1.000
West Phila. 1977 30-0 1.000
West Phila. 1975 25-0 1.000
Overbrook 1979 34-1 .971
West Phila. 1978 33-1 .971
Imhotep 2009 32-1 .970
Mastbaum 1982 27-1 .964
Franklin 1984 27-1 .964
Gratz 1991 27-1 .964
Cath Champs With Best Overall
Winning Percentages, 1975-2014
Team Year W-L Pct.
Neumann-Goretti 2010 30-1 .968
SJ Prep 2003 30-2 .938
Roman 1980 31-3 .912
Roman 1991 28-3 .903
Roman 2007 28-3 .903
Neumann-Goretti 2012 28-3 .903
Roman 1990 27-3 .900
Roman 1996 27-3 .900
Neumann-Goretti 2005 27-3 .900
Neumann-Goretti 2009 26-3 .897

MARCH 24
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Just want to make sure everyone realizes how special the accomplishments of Neumann-Goretti and Imhotep in recent PIAA state tournaments have been. The PIAA began holding hoops tourneys in the 1919-20 school year. In all that time, just six teams have won as many as three consecutive state crowns. And not counting Kennedy Christian and Carlisle, which stormed to four in a row, just two, N-G and 'Tep, have seized four in a five-year period. The PIAA went from all-one-class to two in '45, to three in '51 and to four in '84. In all, 260 state champs have been crowned -- 124 in the four era, 99 in the three era, 12 in the two era, and 25 in the one era. Note: Allentown won three in a row from '45 to '47, but had to vacate the last two for cheating. 

Accomplishment School Class(es) Seasons
Four in a row Kennedy Christian A 1998-2001
Carlisle AAAA 1985-88
Three in a row Imhotep 2 AA/ 1 AAA 2011-13
Neumann-Goretti AAA  2010-12
West Reading A 1959-61
Lower Merion AAA 1941-43
Four in five years Neumann-Goretti AAA 2010-12, '14
Imhotep 3 AA / 1 AAA 2009, 2011-13

MARCH 22
PIAA CLASS AAAA PLAYOFF, FINAL
New Castle 52, La Salle 39
(At Hershey's Giant Center)

  Monday won't be easy at 8605 Cheltenham Avenue. Still basking in the glow of having recently claimed a state title in swimming, the La Salle folks were hoping to claim two more today in ice hockey (dropped a 2-1 decision, at Penn State, to Peters Township in a game that started at 5 o'clock) and basketball (this one started a shade after 8). Hopefully, the hoops pain won't last too long because this group deserves nothing but praise for what it accomplished. Think about it. Though they returned NO starters and added NOBODY via the transfer winds, which blew hard elsewhere around the Cath/Pub and kept some schools rollin' along, the Explorers advanced all the way to a state final. Plus, they did so with a group that included just o