Philadelphia High School Basketball
A Look at Gerald Hendricks' 29-Year Coaching
Career at Strawberry Mansion (1982-2010)
This page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown, recaps of wins in championship games and (at the
bottom) the names of all varsity players during Coach Hendricks' 29 seasons. . . . To provide
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DAILY NEWS ALL-CITY
By Ted Silary
something becomes a ritual done over time, that doesn't make it honored.
League / Overall
1982: 1-11 / 9-14
1983: 6-2 / 15-7
1984: 3-10 / 5-18
1985: 2-11 / 3-16
1986: 5-8 / 8-12
1987: 8-5 / 13-9
1988: 8-5 / 13-8
1989: 3-10 / 6-17
1990: 3-10 / 6-13
1991: 5-4 / 10-8
1992: 3-8 / 9-11
1993: 7-4 / 13-9
1994: 7-4 / 12-10
1995: 7-4 / 15-5
1996: 13-2 / 21-3
1997: 15-1 / 23-4
1998: 10-3 / 18-8
1999: 11-2 / 19-6
2000: 13-0 / 24-3
2001: 11-4 / 14-9
2002: 13-0 / 24-4
2003: 12-1 / 21-5
2004: 11-3 / 15-9
2005: 11-2 / 15-8
2006: 11-2 / 15-8
2007: 11-0 / 19-5
2008: 10-0 / 23-6
2009: 12-2 / 18-5
2010: 16-0 / 28-2
29 Seasons, 1982-2010
League - 248-118
Overall - 434-242
Appearances Ended in . . .
1993, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2003
1997, 1999, 2008
(Also advanced to Class AA
state finals in 2008 and 2010)
continued: "We knew Gratz would make a run. We just didn't know when. I told
my teammates not to get worried
because I knew we'd come back with our own little run. We kept answering back and playing 'D' and hoping 'Perc' [Coles]
would miss shots."
Thomas hit two free throws out of the timeout and Rice added two more after sophomore sub Micheal Blackshear (nine
points) missed in tight for Gratz.
With the lead only mildly comfortable at 45-38, Mansion lost inside worker Frank Griffin to fouls at 2:48. In came Nontesh
Savage, to that point only a spectator. Savage immediately snatched an offensive rebound after Thomas missed on a drive.
Savage missed his follow, but at least kept the ball alive. The next rebound went to Thomas. He didn't miss.
"You wanted that one," Savage said to Thomas. "You ripped it right out of my hands."
By 1:26, the score was 51-42 and the Knights, ever so slightly, were starting to smile.
"This feels so good," the crying Griffin said. "People were doubting us [after some December woes]. In the championship
game, we had to shut their mouths.
"We got a little shaky when that decent lead started shrinking down to a few, but we straightened things out and pulled
In December, Mansion lost to Ben Franklin in a non-league game and to Olney in a holiday tournament.
"We always knew we had the league's strongest team this year," said Cunningham, whose uncle, Darrell "Heat" Gates, was
the point guard for Murrell Dobbins Tech's '85 champs. "Those losses showed us, 'This ain't gonna be easy.' It made us
work harder, be more dedicated.
"When Darryl fouled out and then Frank fouled out, I'm sure people thought, 'No way.' But we love each other. Have faith
in each other."
He broke away and started jogging through the hallway.
Yelling back over his shoulder, he added: "We knew we were going to take this title! No doubt! "
Thomas also called the December losses a turning point.
"They made us look real bad," he said. "We didn't like looking bad when we were favored to win [the title]."
For Hendricks, Mansion's coach for 19 seasons (Drew Preston is the answer to the trivia question, "Who was Mansion's
coach in its first PL season?"), the smile could not have been larger.
It's been a long haul. Early, many good players left the neighborhood for other schools, Later, many promising seasons were
ruined by academic ineligibility. Also, 17 months ago, Hendricks' son, Kyle, a national-class breaststroker, was left quadriplegic
after a swim-practice accident.
Well after the game ended, Hendricks talked to reporters in the northeast corner.
Right nearby was Kyle, sitting in his wheelchair. On his lap was the championship trophy.
This story was written in Dec. 2002
after Maureece "The Scorelord" Rice broke Wilt
Chamberlain's record for the most career points in city history . . .
By Ted Silary
ONCE THIS basketball season began, the only question was when, not whether, the record would Wilt.
It happened yesterday.
With 1 minute, 52 seconds remaining in the third-place game of the Olney High Holiday Tournament, with 125 spectators
watching, with eight photographers (three for newspapers, five for TV stations) recording the moment, and with nervous
anticipation nearly causing his heart to jump through his chest, Maureece Rice became the leading career scorer in Philadelphia
Out of a press offense, Rice took a pass from Tracey Worley, eyed the left-wing arc, stopped an inch behind it, raised up
and buried a three-pointer.
The basket gave Rice, a 6-foot, build-of-a-fullback senior guard for Strawberry Mansion, 44 points for the game, 287 for
the season and 2,209 for his career.
Wilt Chamberlain totaled 2,206 at Overbrook in a 3-year, 59-game varsity career that ended in 1955. He went on to
become the Greatest Player in World History (pre-Michael Jordan era, anyway; some still say Wilt never did relinquish that
Ninth grade was not part of the city's public high schools in Wilt's era. Rice, in his fourth year of varsity, has played in 87
games. His single-game best is 63 points, accomplished last season against William Bodine. Wilt had games of 90, 74 and 71
(all vs. Roxborough).
Ninety remains the city mark. In February 1986, outgoing John Bartram coach John Dougherty orchestrated an attempt to
break it against Bodine by ordering senior guard Reggie Isaac to take every shot. Isaac scored 84 points, shooting 33-for-69
and 18-for-22; the other Braves took eight shots combined; one was momentarily benched until he promised not to shoot again.
(Isaac, who starred at Coppin State, was a great outside shooter. The three-point rule did not go into effect for Public
League games until 1986-87. Chamberlain's career mark should have been smashed that season, but after scoring 1,869
points in three seasons, Simon Gratz's Brian Shorter transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Shorter likely would have
threatened 3,000. )
The instant Rice claimed the record, the buzzer sounded to stop the game - Mansion defeated Olney, 76-63 - and those
brandishing cameras rushed onto the court.
Rice, wearing a white T-shirt under his red No. 21 jersey because of a heavy cold, smiled for the first time all game, then
had joyous exchanges with his parents, Debra Rice and Curtis Toomer, teammates and other well-wishers.
Toomer wound up with the game ball and raised it high above his head as he walked back to the stands.
Later, Rice and Mansion coach Gerald Hendricks expressed relief that The Chase was over.
"I wanted it to go on and on," he said, laughing. "I liked the hype for him and everybody else, and how all his friends were
Toomer suggested to Maureece he not go for the record vs. Olney and wait instead for a Jan. 2 game at Edward Bok Tech.
"I said that so we could have the whole family there," Toomer said. "His last words were, 'If it comes, it comes. I'm not
going to change my game.' "
Said Rice: "I was going to go for whatever the game brought. I was having a good game, so I tinkered around. I didn't think
I was going to break it today, but with 21 at halftime I knew I had a chance, so . . . "
Unlike most of his teammates, who were in the gym an hour before the 12:30 start, Rice arrived 18 minutes before tipoff.
That was probably good. It gave him less time to fret.
Olney opened in a triangle-and-two on Rice and forward Delton Morgan-Hines, and Mansion (8-3) had trouble getting
Rice the ball in his favorite spots. Early, he mostly had the look of a power forward, getting three of his first four field goals
Later, against a 3-2 zone and man-to-man, and in transition, Rice poured in his usual assortment of short jumpers, bombs
and bull-through-all layups.
He shot 16-for-28 from the floor (6-for-12 on treys) and 6-for-7 at the line. He added six rebounds, three assists and two
steals. His scoring breakdown by quarter: 9, 12, 14 and 9.
Andrew Jerry, who mostly covered Rice, stands 5-7. But he's quick, feisty and fearless.
"I thought I was doing a good job on him," Jerry said. "When I heard them say he had one point to go for the record, I
was, 'He does? How'd that happen? ' But that's how he is. It didn't seem like he was scoring that much, but he was doin'
"My mistake was letting him get into a rhythm."
He smiled. "I can live with it. I'm pretty sure he's done that to hundreds of people. His big advantage over me was using
his strength to create a lot of space."
In the fourth quarter, Rice began by hitting one of two free throws. He preceded the basket with a reverse layup and a
three a shade to the left of straight-on.
When Rice was asked why he chose to snap the mark with a trey, he said: "They told me I needed three points. That
was the easiest way to get it over with."
Even in the Information Age, messages sometimes get tangled.
"I only needed one? " Rice asked. "I thought I needed three."
The game ended a bittersweet week for Rice, who is receiving scattered Division I attention and earlier this month took
Sunday at the Palestra, before a full house and a TV audience, The Scorelord went scoreless for the first 23-plus minutes
against St. Vincent-St. Mary, of Akron, Ohio, and the country's top player, LeBron James. He finished with 13.
Rice shrugged off that disappointing outing by saying, "Sometimes you just can't score like you usually do."
But Hendricks suspects it bothers him deeply.
"The people who have seen him throughout his high school career know what kind of player he is," Hendricks said.
"They know he has ability and that he knows how to play the game.
"He has to get past [Sunday]. We've been encouraging him all week. There's more than one game in a season. Ups and
downs are part of it."
Hendricks looks forward to continuing pursuit of a third PL title in 4 years "without all the media hype."
Ditto for Rice.
"There was a lot of pressure," he said. "At the beginning of the season, I wasn't playing too hot, because my mind was
on the record. Not scoring like I usually do was getting me frustrated.
"It was good to have that much pressure on me, though. I never had it like that."
Now, only one guy in city history has a number as good as 2,209.
This story was written in 2002 after
Gerald guided Mansion to its second PL crown
in three years . . .
By Ted Silary
On courts of basketball, as in courts of law, the truth probably lies somewhere in between.
Tyreek Graves said the backup guards for Strawberry Mansion High this season got the better of the starting guards in
practice about 50 percent of the time.
Wayne Harrington said it happened "not too often."
While others debate, we'll tell you this much with certainty:
Mansion is the 2002 Public League champ largely because of those very same backup guards.
In part because the starting point guard, Maurice Stennis, was limited to spot duty due to severe foul trouble, Graves
played 19 minutes Saturday at Temple's Liacouras Center.
In part because a starting wing guard, the normally reliable Aaron Brown, was yanked after committing a few inexcusable
turnovers, Harrington played 13 minutes.
They had fun.
They had an impact.
The Knights (24-4), on the strength of a game-ending, 13-0 run, numbed Northeast, 73-62, to win their second title in
Northeast (20-7) hasn't won since 1929, when the school had a different location (8th and Lehigh) and nickname
Graves had an assist and three steals and, for the most part, was effective running the offense. Also, he allowed himself
the pleasure of scoring his only field goal just before the buzzer sounded.
"I was going to hold the ball out after I made that steal," he said. "But then I saw Northeast's guys walking off the court
and I figured, 'Why not lay the ball in? I earned this.' "
Harrington had two assists and three steals along with a gigantic basket and follow-up blocked shot.
Both young men - who also helped to limit explosive sophomore guard Kyle Lowry to two points (of his 20) in the fourth
quarter - said pretty much the same thing.
I didn't know how much coach [Gerald] Hendricks would use me. When I was out there, I just wanted to do what I
could to help us win the championship.
Harrington said it in a much different voice.
"Yeah, this is my regular voice," he said.
Extremely raspy. Low volume.
"They call me 'Whispers' at school," he said, pleasantly. "They say I sound like 'The Godfather. ' I don't know why my
voice is like this. Nothing 'happened' to make it this way. Just is."
Harrington's first big moment came shortly after junior forward Delton Morgan-Hines (13 points, 10 rebounds) broke a
62-62 tie by posting a three-point play off a follow.
At the other end, with one foot slightly on the arc, senior sub forward Paul Calloway tried a jumper. Senior forward
Dawud Morris (15 points, five blocks) came from nowhere for a rejection. Harrington sprinted downcourt and made a
layup while drawing a foul. Though he missed the free throw, Mansion led, 67-62.
Harrington blocked a trey to kill Northeast's next possession. It was good-Knight from there.
"Tyreek and Wayne played great the whole season," Stennis said. "Any time we were down, they lifted us up. There
couldn't be any slacking in practice. They were too competitive. "
Said Graves: "Maurice is excellent. I had no problem backing him up. Around the way I'm more of a scorer, but I've
never really had my shot at Mansion so I've concentrated more on defense. It feels great to help us like this."
Said Harrington: "When you come through in the clutch, that makes it better. Me and Tyreek tried to bring intensity.
That's what we did in practice - tried to make it as intense as the games would be."
"The guards always went at it in practice," Hendricks said. "That was the one rough thing about having so long [six days]
between the semis and final. They were going at it so hard, I had to worry about somebody getting hurt.
"Tyreek stepped up this year. He was on the varsity as a freshman, but then I thought he lost his desire a little and he
spent two years on JV. When I saw the effort return, he was back with us."
Six-foot junior Maureece Rice, already No. 3 in career city scoring (1,922 points), shot just 6-for-21 from the floor,
but went 8-for-10 at the line and finished with 21 points. He also had five rebounds, two assists and six steals. He finished
the season with 899 points in 28 games (32.1 average).
Aside from Lowry, Northeast's leaders were junior forward Troy Roundtree (22 points, eight rebounds) and 6-8 senior
center Chaz Crawford (nine rebounds, 12 blocked shots.)
Crawford, uncommonly, was able to stay out of foul trouble.
"I only went for shots I knew I could block," he said. "The times I was unsure, I didn't go for them.
"This was a game of runs. Unfortunately for us, they had the last one."
Recaps of victories in
Public League championship games . . .
At Temple's Liacouras Center
Straw. Mansion 60, Gratz 49
The Knights spurted to a 10-1 lead, got 22 points and 13 rebounds from Omar Thomas and held off a late-game challenge to win their first-ever title and spit out the bad taste of an 0-16 lifetime record against Gratz. Gregory "Fatty" Cunningham had nine points and nine assists while freshman Maureece Rice added 13 points, three assists and three steals to negate the rough times suffered by Darryl Jones -- limited to 16 minutes by foul trouble; departed with 7:44 left. For Gratz, only Percell Coles (18) reached double figures and it was his trey that sliced Mansion's lead to 41-38 with just under 4:00 left. The Knights stormed to 10 of the next 14 points. Mansion coach Gerald Hendricks dedicated the win to his 17-year-old son, Kyle, a national-class breaststroker who'd been left quadriplegic in a swim-practice accident 17 months earlier.
At Temple's Liacouras Center
Straw. Mansion 73, Northeast 62
Northeast, making its first final appearance since 1956, was outscored, 13-0, over the final 3:15 after Troy Roundtree converted a follow. Mansion went ahead for good, 65-62, as Delton Morgan-Hines (13 points, 10 rebounds) converted a three-point play off a follow at 1:02. At the other end, deep sub Paul Calloway tried a shot from the top of the key. Dawud Morris (15 points, five blocks) flashed from out of nowhere to block it and sub guard Wayne "Whispers" Harrington completed a fastbreak with a layup. Mansion eased home from there. Maureece Rice, the PL scoring champ for the second consecutive years, was off (6-for-21) from the floor, but he went 8-for-10 from the line, still finished with a respectable point total (21) and made six steals. For Northeast, Chaz Crawford posted 12 blocked shots along with nine rebounds and six points; soph Kyle Lowry zoomed and varoomed for 20 points (14 in the third quarter) and also made four steals; and Roundtree shot 10-for-17 and 2-for-2 for 22 points and grabbed eight boards.
Below are the players who helped
Gerald Hendricks claim 434 wins and two Public League titles in
29 seasons as the coach at Strawberry Mansion. The year indicates the player's final season. Most
were seniors. Some transferred and some were underclassmen who did not play in the following
|Charlie Jones||1982||Antoine Carter||1991||Aaron Brown||2002|
|Clarence Byrd||1982||Brad Clemonts||1991||Dawud Morris||2002|
|Clarence Dean||1982||Darnell Page||1991||Eric Lawton||2002|
|Derrick Matthews||1982||Derrick Jones||1991||Jamall Chestnut||2002|
|Ed Smith||1982||Derrick Ross||1991||Maurice Stennis||2002|
|Gary Grasty||1982||Gary Forbes||1991||Rodney Smith||2002|
|Morris Hobson||1982||Stacey Williams||1991||Sharif Jackson||2002|
|Phil Williams||1982||Demetrious Flippens||1992||Tony Slocum||2002|
|Angelo Jackson||1983||Dwayne Simon||1992||Trevor Mickie||2002|
|Carl Tarkenton||1983||James Caraway||1992||Tyreek Graves||2002|
|Damon Lewis||1983||Jermaine Simmons||1992||Wa. "Whispers" Harrington||2002|
|Dave Carruth||1983||Perkins||1992||Amir Ackridge||2003|
|John Hilton||1983||Rashid Underwood||1992||Anthony Slocum||2003|
|Kenneth Faison||1983||Richard Oglesby||1992||Brian Draper||2003|
|Louis Edwards||1983||Ron Dove||1992||David McFarland||2003|
|Marc Starling||1983||Dion Bynum||1993||Delton Morgan-Hines||2003|
|Owalabi Folami||1983||Dwain Barnes||1993||Devon Meade||2003|
|Ronald Hamilton||1983||Ernest Clark||1993||Joseph Caraway||2003|
|Troy Faison||1983||Fred Walker||1993||Martin Bonaparte||2003|
|Amos Clay||1984||Henry Brunson||1993||Maureece Rice||2003|
|Angelo Russell||1984||Joe Jackson||1993||Tyrell Mathis||2003|
|Damon Benson||1984||Keith Bolden||1993||Donte Scott||2004|
|Doug Williams||1984||Malik Muhammad||1993||John Scarbrough||2004|
|Greg Blocker||1984||Richard McQueen||1993||Michael Mitchell||2004|
|James Wright||1984||Wayne Meredith||1993||Raheem Thomas||2004|
|John Stratford||1984||Jamal Sanders||1994||Tracey Worley||2004|
|Leon Johnson||1984||Karim Williams||1994||William Mace||2004|
|Rob Williams||1984||Karim Wright||1994||Derek Starling||2005|
|Wayne Brown||1984||Niquan Outlaw||1994||Dominique Nixon||2005|
|Brian Griffin||1985||Ricky Howard||1994||Edward Black||2005|
|Brian Thompson||1985||Steve Reid||1994||Leon Rollins||2005|
|Byron Dukes||1985||Damian Wright||1995||Tyree Saunders||2005|
|Dorian Green||1985||Jeremi Wesley||1995||Aaron Hammond||2006|
|Howard Johnson||1985||Karim Johnson||1995||Chaz Philpot||2006|
|Marv McCollum||1985||Leroy Moore||1995||Doug Mathis||2006|
|Reggie Washington||1985||Prentice Miller||1995||Eugene Moss||2006|
|Sean Hipps||1985||Raheem Williams||1995||Frank Kinsler||2006|
|Chris Fletcher||1986||Taji Cunningham||1995||John Brooks||2006|
|Chuck Jones||1986||Edward Beatty||1996||Marcus Gilliland||2006|
|Joe Harville||1986||Kareem Odricks||1996||Matthew "Moo" Johnson||2006|
|Larry Rainey||1986||Mike Coker||1996||Sean Griffin||2006|
|Mark Waddell||1986||Ross Carter||1996||Shareff Hammond||2006|
|Terry Little||1986||Shawn Hollis||1996||Stanley Williams||2006|
|Tyrone Jones||1986||Shawn Wims||1996||Antwan Miller||2007|
|Vic Moody||1986||Sherrod Rice||1996||Brent Coleman||2007|
|Wendell Heard||1986||Theo Hasben||1996||Kyle Williams||2007|
|William Johnson||1986||Bernard Scott||1997||Reggie Mays||2007|
|Anthony Mosley||1987||Clement Bethea||1997||Devon White||2008|
|Derrick Pickwell||1987||Fahreed Cheatham||1997||Dwayne Davis||2008|
|Derrick Tidwell||1987||James Pickron||1997||Eddie Frazier||2008|
|Eric Stuart||1987||Jermaine Simmons||1997||Gerald Davis||2008|
|George Ballantine||1987||Michael Scott||1997||Isaac Bradford||2008|
|Jamal Smith||1987||Rasheed Wright||1997||Rashaad Lewis||2008|
|Kevin Trawick||1987||Ronald "Flip" Murray||1997||Sam Randolph||2008|
|Terrell Berthau||1987||Ryan Smith||1997||Tyrek Cooper||2008|
|Wendell McBride||1987||Terrence Lewis||1997||Bilal Kelley||2009|
|Craig Langston||1988||Tyree "Skyree" Jones||1997||Darren Lawrence||2009|
|David Fields||1988||Albert Marshall||1998||Devin Williams||2009|
|Donald Thomas||1988||Anthony Saunders||1998||James Johnson||2009|
|Donell Thomas||1988||Anton "Bonton" James||1998||Kiari Saulbury||2009|
|Gary Stevens||1988||Jim Greeno||1998||Lawrence Elliott||2009|
|Kwame Murray||1988||Kevin "Buzzy" Forney||1998||Marcus "Worm" Johnson||2009|
|Marvin Moore||1988||Shawn Triplett||1998||Marcus Grimes||2009|
|Paul Williams||1988||Kenyatta Dabney||1999||Tarique Wilson||2009|
|Saul Smith||1988||Lanier Bradshaw||1999||Alfred Thomas||2010|
|Alvin Swindele||1989||Sulah Moh||1999||Cedrick Powell||2010|
|Charles Williams||1989||Tyree Groves||1999||Deron Stinson||2010|
|Eric Young||1989||Tyree McAlister||1999||Devonte' "Djay" Newbill||2010|
|Marc Ginyard||1989||Brandon Wilchombe||2000||Eric Jefferson||2010|
|Mardell Brown||1989||Darryl Jones||2000||Freddie Amaro||2010|
|Michael Pauley||1989||Frank Griffin||2000||Isaiah Crawford||2010|
|Steve Brown||1989||Gary Hodges||2000||Jamal Jones||2010|
|William James||1989||Greg "Fatty" Cunningham||2000||Khalil Meadows||2010|
|Aaron Stratford||1990||Johnny Mack||2000||Khalil Whitehead||2010|
|Anthony Jackson||1990||Levi Lamar||2000||Khyree Wooten||2010|
|David Ginyard||1990||Nontesh Savage||2000||Marque Griffin||2010|
|Derrick Savage||1990||Omar Thomas||2000||Rasheed Harris||2010|
|Ramond Davis||1990||Sheriff Jackson||2000||Saadiq Berry||2010|
|Ronald Dawkins||1990||Demetrius Taylor||2001||Shareef Green||2010|
|Steve Ferguson||1990||DeSean White||2001|
|Terrence Armstrong||1990||Gregory Lyles||2001|
|William Bishop||1990||Haywood Tindle||2001|