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Basketball 2015-16, March  

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 Observations, notes, etc., on games I've seen during
the 2015-16 season . . . Plus some Tedbits.

If your name is misspelled on a TEAM PAGE, please speak up. Send an email to tedtee307@yahoo.com.

  To all scorekeepers: PLEASE try to make sure that correct info on scoring is called into the Score Service (215-854-4570). 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.

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NOV. 19
Forward Derrick Jones, a product of Archbishop Carroll, tonight made his NBA debut for the Phoenix Suns in a game vs. the 76ers. It was played in Philly and Jones' two-minute stint produced no stats. He is one of 11 Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac guys to make debuts in the NBA/ABA within four years of his high school graduation. Like Roman's Eddie Griffin (RIP), Jones played just one year of college ball. Southern's Stan "Loady" Brown, a k a The Original Kobe Bryant, also made an incredibly early pro debut in the 1940s. More info on his situation will be posted later. Thanks for your patience . . . Here we go: In the 1945-46 school year, Brown was a junior at Southern and earned first team coaches' All-Public honors while averaging 24.1 points and pumping in a one-game high of 49. In the fall of 1946, his senior year, he was approached by pro teams and decided to sign with the Philadelphia Sphas of the American Basketball League (basically a minor league team). In his pro debut, on Oct. 26, 1946, he scored 11 points in a loss to the Paterson (NJ) Crescents. He played 32 games for the Sphas that season, averaging 13.5. In May of '47, he signed with the Philadelphia Warriors and made his NBA debut in the 1947-48 season. He played 19 games in that season and then 15 more in the 1951-52 season. He wound up scoring 104 points in 34 total games (3.1 average). In between, he played in the ABL and wound up playing six total pro seasons. His dreams of stardom were hampered by a knee injury. In 1996, shortly after Kobe announced his plans to enter the draft, I met with Stan in a South Philly diner and wound up doing a rather lengthy interview. He was a very pleasant guy and I felt honored to tell his story in the Daily News. Stan passed away in 2009 (RIP). 

"Our Guys" Who've Made Early NBA/ABA Debuts
Name School Grad. College Debut
After Grad.
First Team
Eddie Griffin Roman 2000 Seton Hall 2002 Second Houston
Derrick Jones Carroll 2015 UNLV 2017 Second Phoenix
Mike Sojourner Germantown 1972 Utah 1975 Third Atlanta
Rasheed Wallace Gratz 1993 North Carolina 1996 Third Washington
Kyle Lowry Dougherty 2004 Villanova 2007 Third Memphis
Erv "Stu" Staggs Edison 1966 Cheyney 1970 Fourth Miami
Joe Bryant Bartram 1972 La Salle 1976 Fourth Philadelphia 
Matt Walsh Gtn. Academy 2002 Florida 2006 Fourth Miami
Wayne Ellington Episcopal 2006 North Carolina 2010 Fourth Minnesota
Gerald Henderson Episcopal 2006 Duke 2010 Fourth Charlotte
Maalik Wayns Roman 2009 Villanova 2013 Fourth Philadelphia 

OCT. 27
  For the first time since the 2012-13 season, and just the fourth time in this century, one of "Our Guys" last night made his debut for the Philadelphia 76ers. Gerald Henderson, a 2006 Episcopal Academy grad, started at wing guard in the 103-97 loss to Oklahoma City and played for 24 minutes. He contributed nine points, shooting 3-for-6 (two treys) from the floor and 1-for-2 at the line. The Sixers played their first season here in 1963-64, having moved to Philly from Syracuse. "G" is the first Inter-Ac product to play for the Sixers. There have been six Catholic League guys and 13 Public League guys.  

Homegrown 76ers (Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac Products)







Cliff Anderson

Edison '63





Mike Bantom

Roman '69





Jerry Baskerville

Edison '70





Joe Bryant

Bartram '72





Larry Cannon

Lincoln '65





Fred Carter

Franklin '63





Wilt Chamberlain

Overbrook '55





Steve Courtin

St. James '60





Matt Guokas Jr.

SJ Prep '62





Gerald Henderson Episcopal '06 2017 - - -
Marc Jackson Roman '93 2004 103 1,175


Ollie Johnson

Southern '66





Wali Jones

Overbrook '60





Lewis Lloyd

Overbrook '77





Aaron McKie

Gratz '90


536 4.143


Doug Overton

Dobbins '87





Steve Smith Northeast '01 2007 8 5


Jim Washington

W. Cath. '61





Maalik Wayns

Roman '09


21 56


Hubie White

W. Phila. '58





OCT. 6
  What a mess this trivia question caused. Millions of apologies for being such a dope and moron, as Howard Eskin would say. While researching the names of basketball coaches who have headed programs in Catholic AND Public schools, I spent so much time trying to not miss anyone, I overlooked two guys whose names should have hit me right away. Ugh squared. Marc Ross, a long-time website supporter, sent an email early this morning to note that Mark Heimerdinger (1983-2009 at Cardinal Dougherty, 2010-present at Samuel Fels) was definitely one of the answers. Indeed! And I'd been dumb enough not to include him. Later, an email rolled in from another long-time website supporter, Dan Solis-Cohen. He mentioned another guy, Bill Tomasco (1991-92 at St. Joseph's Prep, 1993-96 at Horace Furness), whose name also should have popped immediately into my head. Phew. Nitwit time. Dan also got the names of my two original guys. Bob DiFlorio coached at Neumann from 1986-93, at Conwell-Egan from 1994-2001 and at Northeast in the 2010 and '11 seasons. Now for the way-back, most-interesting guy. Mike Saxe, who was Jewish, starred for Penn and then coached at South Philly High for a few seasons up until the 1916-17 season. He resigned for what newspapers referred to as "financial reasons." By the 1919-20 season, the first for CL basketball, he was coaching at Villanova Prep. It's tough to tell the way some newspaper stories were written, but it appears he remained in that job through the 1992-23 season, VP's last in the CL. We do know this: He was the first head coach of Villanova's college team and held that position from the '21 through '26 seasons! So he might have been coaching two teams in the same sport in the same season on the same high school/college campus. Oh, he also was the head coach at La Salle High in football and basketball in the 1927-28 school year. Later, he became a lawyer and along the way Saxe must have been popular and/or respected. For a decent amount of time -- not sure why things changed -- the Big 5's annual Most Valuable Player Award was named for Saxe. So there you have it -- Saxe, Heimerdinger, DiFlorio, Tomasco and now Jason Harrigan (Del-Val Charter, O'Hara). Five guys with Catholic-Public basketball ties. If I was idiotic enough to miss someone else (or even 27 -- smile), please let me know (smile). Thanks to Marc and Dan.

SEPT. 29
  Julian McFadden
today was named to coach the basketball team at SCH Academy. He was a star guard at the school (then known as Chestnut Hill Academy) and earned first team All-Inter honors in the 2005-06 season while completing his career with 1,026 points. Julian is the 10th African-American to head a basketball program in the Inter-Ac/Catholic leagues and the third to do so at his alma mater, joining Henry "Doug" Fairfax (Haverford School) and Jasmine "Jazz" Williams (West Catholic). Hal Greer, who coached Germantown Academy in the '79 and '80 seasons, was a star guard in the NBA and played 10 seasons with the 76ers. Ron Haigler, who coached Penn Charter in the '76 and '77 seasons, was an all-time player for Penn and is a member of the Big 5 Hall of Fame. Guy Moore coached at two schools, North Catholic and West Catholic. Best of luck to Julian with the Blue Devils!
  UPDATE: Jason Harrigan, formerly of Del-Val Charter, was appointed O'Hara's coach on Oct. 5. He has been added to the list below.

African-American Coaches at Inter-Ac/Catholic Schools
School Alma Mater Years When
Chestnut Hill/SCH      
Rob Jackson Edison 1 1984
Julian McFadden Chestnut Hill -- 2017
Germantown Academy      
Hal Greer Douglass (Huntington, WV) 2 1979-80
Haverford School      
Henry "Doug" Fairfax Haverford School 4 2012-15
Penn Charter      
Ron Haigler Madison (Brooklyn, NY) 2 1976-77
Lynard Stewart Gratz 4 2012-15
School Alma Mater Years When
Marc Turner Lower Merion 1 2001
North Catholic      
Guy Moore Roman 1 2010
Jason Harrigan Burlington City (NJ) ? 2017
St. Joseph's Prep      
Fred Douglas Overbrook 3 1972-74
West Catholic      
Guy Moore Roman 3 2011-13
Jazz Williams West Catholic 3 2014-16

SEPT. 14
This comes from Malvern coach John Harmatuk . . . Thanks!

Coaches and Athletic Directors (please pass on to your coaches)
Malvern Prep Basketball Presents:
Philadelphia Area College Showcase Night 2016
Date: Wednesday October 12th, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Registration starts at 6:00 p.m.)
Location: O'Neil Center on campus at Malvern Prep
Cost: $50 per participant (cash/check); All coaches/parents/guests are free
  This is a great annual event we have put on for years to try and help area kids get exposure in front a targeted audience of Division II, Division III, JUCO, and NAIA coaches only. For a player to attend they must be nominated by high school or AAU coach. Just send an email to: jharmatuk@malvernprep.org to sign a player up.
Space is extremely limited and it will be capped at 50 players max. All players will receive a jersey they will keep & accredited referees will officiate the event.
  College coaches there is no charge to attend this event, however please RSVP via email to let us know you or your staff are going to attend. An event program with player info will be provided free of charge. If you have any questions please contact Coach Harmatuk.

Over the last 41 seasons, only four "complete outsiders" could be found coaching Catholic League basketball teams. And by complete outsiders we mean guys who attended high school outside Greater Philadelphia (five-county Philly/South Jersey). This coming season, there will be at least two more. West Catholic has hired Jason Hasson, a product of Bishop Guilfoyle, in Altoona (about 35 miles southwest of Penn State), and Conwell-Egan has brought aboard Eric Kindler, a product of Trinity, in Camp Hill (about four miles southwest of Harrisburg). Hasson coached for the last five years at Pope John XXIII, in Sparta, NJ, and won a state championship in 2015. His dad, Paul, recently resigned after seven years as the coach at Altoona High. Kindler starred at Trinity and earned a scholarship to Canisius. He had only a brief stay before leaving the team and the school. Later, he attended Saint Joseph's and played as a walk-on for coach Phil Martelli and most recently he was an assistant at Boys' Latin, of the Pub. The longest CL stint among the guys below was posted by Carroll's Barry Kirsch. He also wound up coaching St. Joseph's University baseball's team along with Carroll's girls basketball team. Other talent? Doing a great job handling PA duties at Carroll games (smile). As you can imagine, the vast majority of CL coaches have been products of CL schools. The most prominent semi-outsider has been wildly successful Neumann-Goretti coach Carl Arrigale, the Inter-Ac MVP for Penn Charter in '84. While researching this posting, I found that Kevin Touhey passed away in March at age 64. His high school, Dover (N.J.), is about 25 miles northwest of Newark. Before coming to the Prep, Kevin was an assistant at Penn and prior to that he was the coach at Mount Mercy College, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. RIP, Kevin. 

Catholic League Coaches From Outside Greater Philadelphia, 1976-2016
Name School Stint Years Alma Mater
Barry Kirsch Carroll 12 seasons 1970-81 St. Francis (Clearfield, Pa.)
Bill Michuda La Salle 2 seasons 1980-81 Marquette (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
John Miller Ryan 9 seasons 1977-85 Reading (Pa.) Central Catholic
  & Bonner 1 season 1986  
Kevin Touhey SJ Prep 1 season 1990 Dover (N.J.) High

  Matt Griffin
is about to embark on a new career, but he won't be blazing a new trail. Look below to see how many other All-Catholic/All-Inter-Ac guys have coached at a school aside from their alma maters. That's what Matt will be doing. He was a star at SJ Prep and now he's the boss at Roman, succeeding Chris McNesby. The list provides details for any coach whose stint at The Other School included the 1976 season on up. Some also coached at alma maters. Episcopal coach Craig Conlin (La Salle '85) was the only one to thrice earn first team honors. Eddie Burke (RIP) also was the coach at two other schools aside from West Catholic and his alma mater, SJ Prep -- St. Thomas More (located at 47th and Wyalusing, it closed in June 1975) and McDevitt (in '76).

All-League at One Catholic/Inter-Ac School . . . Coach at Another
Name Attended High Honor   Coached at . . . Seasons #W-L
George Paull Dougherty 1st '63   Ryan 1968-76 52-92
Joe Corbett Haver. School 1st '99   Lansdale 2016- 2-11
Jim "Mo" Connolly Judge 1st '76   Wood 1988-89 9-23
*Sean Tait Judge 1st '95   Wood 2009 10-6
Tom Lynch Judge 1st '65-'66   SJ Prep 1975-77 21-25
*Bernie Fitzgerald La Salle 2nd '77   Lansdale 2009-11 10-35
Craig Conlin La Salle 1st '83-'85   Episcopal 2011- 33-27
*Joe Rapczynski North 1st '70   Egan 1976-81 10-86
Barry Brodzinski North 1st '72-'73   Roman 1982-86 46-10
Tom Ingelsby O'Hara 1st '69   Carroll 1992-97 69-15
Lou Becht O'Hara 3rd '98   Carroll 2005 5-9
Mike Doyle O'Hara 2nd '84   Neumann 1994 7-7
*Steve Cloran O'Hara 1st '90   Haver. School 2004-11 22-58
*Ed Enoch Penn Charter 1st '72   Lansdale 2012-14 9-30
Carl Arrigale Penn Charter 1st '84   Neumann/N-G 1999- 222-28
Jim Buckley Penn Charter 2nd '60   Germantown Ac. 1970-78 27-63
*Bernie Rogers Ryan 1st '92   Haver. School 2016- 4-6
Bill McFadden SJ Prep 1st '57   Wood 1974-77 34-30
Frank Sciolla SJ Prep 1st '89   Conwell-Egan 2014-16 21-18
*Eddie Burke SJ Prep 2nd '63   McDevitt 1976 7-9
*Eddie Burke SJ Prep 2nd '63   West 1977 8-6
Fran O'Hanlon ST More 1st '66   Bonner 1987-89 25-17
*-also coached at alma mater          
#-in league games (not including playoffs)          

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.


2016 *Ben Bentil Haverford School Providence Boston 2


2015 *Rakeem Christmas North Catholic Syracuse Minnesota 2


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

Three recent Roman grads -- Lamar Stevens, Tony Carr and Nazeer Bostick -- will be playing together at Penn State. Down the line, what are the chances they'll be selected in the same NBA draft? Slim, yes, but not impossible. We take you back to 1967. The total number of players selected was 162 over 20 rounds -- very few of the 12 teams bothered to make picks in the late rounds -- and three Edison guys heard their names called. All had played together on the Inventors' 1961-62 varsity. Cliff Anderson (St. Joe's) played four years in the NBA/ABA, totaling 253 points and 107 rebounds. He played just three games in the ABA. Tom "Trooper" Washington (Cheyney) did not play in the NBA, but enjoyed a productive six-season career in the ABA (4,499 points, 4.721 rebounds). George Mack (North Carolina A&T) did not play in either league. The guys' Edison point totals, as provided by long-time helper Tom Taylor, are below. Pub schools had mid-year and end-of-the-year graduations back then.

Edison's Three Picks in the 1967 NBA Draft
Name Year G Pts High   Drafted By . . . Round No.
Cliff Anderson 1961 8 58 13   LA Lakers 4th 35
  1962 12 104 14        
  1963 6 96 25        
Tom "Trooper" Washington 1962 8 71 17   Cincinnati Royals 5th 50
George Mack 1961 12 178 27   Philadelphia 76ers 13th 139
  1962 12 203 25        

When Chris McNesby recently stepped down as Roman's basketball coach, he became a member of The Won-and-Done Club . . . as in, he departed after winning a Catholic League championship. In CL basketball-football history, he's the 25th coach to do so. The reasons for disconnects have been numerous - retirements, moving on to different schools, firings, the return of coaches who'd experienced health problems, etc. For whatever reason, Roman has lost almost 25 percent of the Won-and-Dones (six of 26). Basketball had not lost a title-winning coach in 30 years (Roman's Barry Brodzinski). When Barry left, he capped a five-in-six-years run for hoops. Ed Stefanski is a now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies' front office. Dave Duke is an assistant to Temple coach Fran Dunphy. On the football side, Jack Ferrante enjoyed a productive receiving career for the Eagles. After a stretch as an assistant, Jim Murphy is ready for his second season in stint No. 2 as Roman's coach.

The Catholic League's Won-and-Done Club in Basketball/Football
Name School Year   Name School Year
Chris McNesby Roman 2016   Chalie Szydlik N-G *2014
Barry Brodzinski Roman 1986   Jim Murphy Roman *2007
Dave Duke Neumann 1985   Art Barrett Wood *2003
Art Hunter Bonner 1984   Danny Algeo Roman *1999
Ed Stefanski Bonner 1983   Sparky Faries O'Hara 1980
Bill Michuda La Salle 1981   Gamp Pellegrini SJ Prep 1977
Rev. James Donahoe SJ Prep 1962   Joe McNichol Carroll 1976
Joe Langan West 1949   Dick Bedesem Egan 1970
Jocko McGarry South 1945   John McAneney West 1965
Jordan Olivar Roman 1943   Jack Ferrante Bonner 1961
Pat Conway West 1938   Jim Gallagher La Salle 1955
Butch Dougherty North 1929   John Oakes Salesianum 1931
        Gene Oberst Roman 1927
        Tom Tracey West 1925
        *-enrollment title    

In compiling the list below -- points scored in NBA/ABA playoffs by products of Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac schools -- one nugget came as a complete surprise . . . Overbrook's Wilt Chamberlain is NOT the king when it comes to average. He was beaten out by a guy, Paul Arizin, who never played a minute of varsity hoops while attending La Salle. Yes, Wilt played in many more games, 160-49, but the numbers don't lie -- 24.2 for Paul, 22.5 for Wilt. Pretty amazing, right? They were teammates for three seasons (1960-62) with the ol' Philadelphia Warriors. Those were the first three seasons of Wilt's pro career and the last three of Paul's. They played together in 24 playoff games. Those numbers: 24-830-34.6 for Wilt and 24-582-24.3 for Paul. His playoff norm in the pre-Wilt days was almost exactly the same -- 25-604-24.1. All guys with at least 250 playoff points are below. This list was prepared a while back, but the Eastern Conference finals were about to start so I held off in part to see how much of a climb Dougherty product Kyle Lowry, star guard for the Toronto Raptors, could make. In six games vs. Cleveland, he notched 121 points (with co-highs of 35) to go from 527 to 648 and 13.9 to 14.7. He's now in a tie with 'Brook product Lewis Lloyd, though Kyle is a sliver ahead if you expand the numbers -- 14.72 to 14.68. The No. 4 spot in terms of average is held by Franklin's Fred Carter, the father of DN/Inky sports writer Aaron "Ace" Carter. When informed of this, Ace could not resist the chance to bust Dad's chops. "He never met a shot he didn't like." Ha, ha. . . Please speak up if I missed someone. These numbers were compiled via research on http://www.basketball-reference.com/
  UPDATE: I sent Michael Arizin, Paul's son, an email about this Tedbit and he offered another very cool nugget: Of ALL the players who have ever played in the NBA (70 yrs---including Wilt, Kobe, Jordan, Baylor, Bird, etc), Dad has the 2nd highest average in his final year of play (21.9 ppg). Only Bob Pettit averaged more in his final year (22.5). Not bad for someone who never played on an organized team until he was almost 20 years old . . . Michael didn't mention this, but I will. Pettit played in just 50 games in his final season. Paul played in 78.

"Our Guys" With at Least 250 NBA/ABA Playoff Points
Name School G Points Avg. Rank
Wilt Chamberlain Overbrook 160 3,607 22.5 2nd
Rasheed Wallace Gratz 177 2,384 13.5  
Earl Monroe Bartram 82 1,471 17.9 3rd
Paul Arizin La Salle 49 1,186 24.2 1st
Larry Foust SE Catholic 73 902 12.4  
Wali Jones Overbrook 70 833 11.9  
Aaron McKie Gratz 75 710 9.5  
Walt Hazzard Overbrook 58 685 11.8  
Ray Scott West Phila. *48 660 13.8  
Kyle Lowry Dougherty 44 648 14.7 5th-T
Tom Washington Edison *66 585 8.9  
Mike Gale Overbrook *66 512 7.8  
Guy Rodgers Northeast 46 508 11.0  
Malik Rose Overbrook 82 506 6.2  
Fred Carter Franklin 28 446 15.9 4th
Tom Gola La Salle 39 432 11.1  
Jim Washington W. Catholic 42 369 8.8  
Lewis Lloyd Overbrook 25 367 14.7 5th-T
Cuttino Mobley Dougherty 26 333 12.8  
Ronald Murray S. Mansion 45 319 7.1  
Gene Banks West Phila. 27 292 10.8  
John Baum West Phila. *35 262 7.5  
Matt Guokas SJ Prep 60 254 4.2  
*-includes ABA          

MAY 20
This morning, in an 8:30 meeting at school, Roman coach Chris McNesby told his players he was stepping down. In a text last evening (he asked us to withhold the news until 9 a.m.), Chris noted, "Everything was great at Roman! It's just that when I first started, I had no kids. Now three. Plus, I have bigger job responsibilities at work. Something had to give, eventually. I don't want to miss my kids' stuff in the next few years." Chris also said he went to visit legendary Roman assistant Thomas "Hockey Puck" McKenna yesterday morning to give him the news in person. "I called him and told him I was pulling up to his house and wanted to talk to him," Chris noted, also via text. "He said, 'C'mon, man. I'm layin' in bed. What the hell you want?' LOL! I asked him to keep it private until I tell the team." Guess what? Looks like The Puckster did! Puck didn't call me until 10:03 this morning. Ha, ha. . . . Anyway, best wishes going forward to Chris and his family. He has always been a class act. Below you'll find a list of the Top 15 hoops coaches in Catholic League history in terms of regular season league winning percentage (minimum of five seasons). Chris checks in at No. 3. Four guys with Roman ties are on the list. La Salle is next with three.

CL Coaches With Top Winning Percentages in League Play
(Minimum Five Seasons; Regular Season Only)
Name School Seasons Total W-L Pct.
Carl Arrigale Neum./N-G 1999-16 18 222-28 .888
Dennis Seddon Roman 1987-08 22 263-45 .854
Chris McNesby Roman 2009-16 8 90-16 .849
Barry Brodzinski Roman 1982-86 5 46-10 .821
Tom Ingelsby Carroll 1992-97 6 65-15 .821
Speedy Morris Roman/SJP 1968-81, 02-16 29 323-91 .780
Charley Greenberg Judge 1964-74 11 111-37 .750
Les Burke La Salle 1982-86 5 60-20 .750
Bob Dougherty West 1941-45 5 57-21 .731
Bill Fox Judge 1975-85, 87-89, 01-05 29 321-121 .726
John Lavin SJ Prep 1920-27 8 55-23 .705
Marty Jackson La Salle 1987-91, 94-01, 03-04 15 153-69 .689
Paul Romanczuk Carroll 2003-04, 06-16 13 124-56 .689
Tony Costantino North 1971-79 9 99-45 .688
Mike Osborne La Salle 1971-77 7 75-37 .670

MAY 16
Cardinal Dougherty product Kyle Lowry ('04), who left Villanova after two seasons, is now in his 10th NBA campaign and he's about to experience a conference final for the first time. Yesterday, he poured in 35 points as the Toronto Raptors performed a 116-89 crush job on the Miami Heat, thus taking Game 7 in the eastern semis. Now for the big question . . . Will Kyle barge his way onto the list below? What does it include? All performances of at least 20 points by "Our Guys" in conference finals in this century. The No. 1 performance will no doubt come as a surprise. In 2003, playing for San Antonio in Game 2 vs. Dallas, Overbrook product Malik Rose was the seventh man. In 27 minutes, he scored 25 points while shooting 5-for-11 from the floor (no threes) and 15-for-18 at the line in a 119-106 victory. That would be 44 points in 48 minutes! Malik, who also played baseball (slugging first baseman) at 'Brook, is beloved by all who know him, and he had an entertaining stint during four seasons as an analyst for Sixers telecasts. This season was his first as the Atlanta Hawks' manager of basketball operations. The other eight outputs of at least 20 points were scored by Gratz guys -- five for Rasheed Wallace and three for Aaron McKie. (By the way, they also participated in other sports in high schools.) Other appearances by "Our Guys" in conference finals in this century: Roman's Rasual Butler in '05 for Miami and '14 for Indiana), Strawberry Mansion's Ronald "Flip" Murray in '07 for Detroit, and Wallace in '07-'08 for Detroit and '10 for Boston. Each of Toronto's first two series this year lasted seven games. In 14 games, Kyle scored 261 points (18.6) while shooting 86-for-235 (floor), 26-for-92 (threes) and 63-for-83 (line). He had outbursts of 25, 33, 35 and 36 vs. Miami. Malik's record might be not sittin' pretty (smile).
  I posted this back in November . . . Kyle grew up on the east side of the 2700 block of North 20th Street, right across the street from what had been right field at the ol' Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium. Click here for a pic from the 1914 World Series. (And here for a larger version). What became Kyle's home is second from the right.
  UPDATED on May 22 with Kyle Lowry's 20-point effort in Game 3.
  UPDATED on May 25 with Kyle Lowry's 35-point effort in Game 4.
UPDATED on May 27 with Kyle Lowry's 35-point effort in Game 6.

Outbursts of at Least 20 points by "Our Guys" in NBA Conference Finals, 2000-16
Name School Year Team Opponent Game Pts FG 3's FTs
Kyle Lowry Dougherty 2016 Toronto Cleveland Game 6 35 11-22 6-12 7-7
Kyle Lowry Dougherty 2016 Toronto Cleveland Game 4 35 14-20 4-7 3-4
Malik Rose Overbrook 2003 San Antonio Dallas Game 2 25 5-11 0 15-18
Aaron McKie Gratz 2001 Sixers Milwaukee Game 1 23 8-14 2-3 5-6
Aaron McKie Gratz 2001 Sixers Milwaukee Game 3 22 6-18 1-4 9-9
Rasheed Wallace Gratz 2004 Detroit Indiana Game 6 22 8-17 2-4 4-4 
Aaron McKie Gratz 2001 Sixers Milwaukee Game 2 21 9-20 2-5 1-1
Rasheed Wallace Gratz 2004 Detroit Indiana Game 3 20 8-15 0-1 4-6
Rasheed Wallace Gratz 2005 Detroit Miami Game 1 20 7-10 4-5 2-2
Rasheed Wallace Gratz 2005 Detroit Miami Game 4 20 9-13 1-1 1-1
Rasheed Wallace Gratz 2005 Detroit Miami Game 7 20 8-13 2-2 2-2
Kyle Lowry Dougherty 2016 Toronto Cleveland Game 3 20 7-13 4-8 2-2

MAY 10
Last week, O'Hara grad Ed Dougherty ('88) was inducted into the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame for his exploits as Lycoming's four-year starter at quarterback. He paced the Warriors to a 39-7 record while passing for 8,850 yards and 84 TDs. In its long history, the MAC has included many schools at many levels. It's now for Division III schools, but back in the day it featured Division I schools. This is year No. 5 for MAC HOF inductions and as near as I can determine, "Doc" is the first football inductee with Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac roots. There have been six basketball inductees and the breakdown is below. In all, those guys combined to score 11,444 college points! Lou Stevens is the father of Roman senior star Lamar Stevens, who's bound for Penn State with classmates Tony Carr and Nazeer Bostick. My biggest memory of Lou's career at Dougherty: He received the Daily News ink after Dougherty claimed a win in its fourth consecutive overtime win. One other thing. One of this year's MAC HOF inductees is Steve Klingman, who had a wildly successful run (324 wins in 22 seasons) as the soccer coach at the University of Scranton. He's a graduate of Haverford High (and his father, John, was the football coach at Bartram from 1948 through '57). In the 1970-71 school year, Steve and I were roommates at Ithaca College. He was a great soccer player there and was inducted into that school's HOF in 1993. Congrats on this latest of many honors, Steve! Click here for links to pages detailing the MAC's HOF inductees. Please speak up if I missed any football/basketball honorees with "Our Guys" ties. Thanks!

MAC Hall of Fame Basketball Inductees, 2012-16
Name School Sr. Yr. College Sr. Yr. Points HOF
John Baum West Phila. 1963 Temple 1969 1,544 2016
Corey Dickerson Masterman 1997 King's 2001 2,059 2014
Tom Gola La Salle 1951 La Salle 1955 2,462 2012
Hal Lear Overbrook 1952 Temple 1956 1,472 2013
Guy Rodgers Northeast 1953 Temple 1958 1,767 2012
Lou Stevens Dougherty 1984 Widener 1988 2,140 2015
  Total         11,444  
  Note: La Salle High ('49)/Villanova grad ('53) C. Alan Rowe was inducted in 2013 for his
 great coaching career at Widener.

At Penn Charter
  If Bianca Bryant ever runs for office, here's hoping she receives your vote. Bianca is a ninth grader at Penn Charter and today, with primary help from classmate Duncan Glew, she held a basketball tournament to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The 4-on-4 tourney, which ran from a shade past 4 p.m. to roughly 6:15, featured nine teams -- eight with students and one with teachers. Bianca said just under $450 was raised from participation fees, admission charges and snack sales. The eight student teams played seven crosscourt games -- quarters, semis and a final. The student champs -- seniors Jake McCain and Iggy Quinn, juniors Luke Stansfield and Adam Holland, and soph Terence Thompson -- then fell to the teachers -- Bryan Skelly, Wilson Felter, Joe Acquaviva, Allen Vandegrift and Ben Dziedzic -- in a fullcourt contest. Right beforehand, as the student title was being decided, the teachers got a chance to warm up while playing a team that included players from losing squads in the quarters and semis. Congrats to all participants, referees Chris Burnett (teacher) and Hannah Fox (star senior athlete), and those who handled the scoreboard/clock/etc., administrator Ed Foley and handyman Paul Hart. Many players were involved in spring sports activities earlier in the day, so those kids deserve extra praise for making the commitment and sticking with it. And when it comes to Bryants . . . Bianca>Kobe! (smile)

The Donofrio Classic, held each spring in Conshohocken, honors two MVPs -- one apiece from the teams that advance to the championship game. Below are "Our Guys" (Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac) who've won MVP honors going back to 1982. Roman's Tony Carr this year became the third player to twice win MVP honors. The others were Roman's Donnie Carr (1995-96) and Vaux' Rysheed Jordan (2012-2013). They did so exclusively in losing efforts. Tony went 1-1.

"Our Guys" MVPs in the Donofrio Classic, 1982-2016
Year --- Winning Team in Final --- --- Losing Team in Final --
2016 Josh Sharkey Carroll Old School Cavs Tony Carr Roman Team Hardnett
2015 Tony Carr Roman Team Hardnett      
2014 Lamar Stevens Haver. School Old School Cavs      
2013 Ja'Quan Newton Neumann-Goretti I-3 Rysheed Jordan Vaux Team Philly
2012       Rysheed Jordan Vaux Team Philly
2008 Novar Gadson Bartram Waterview Phoenix *Maalik Wayns Roman Team Philly
2007 Kashief Edwards Imhotep Positive Image      
2006       *Wayne Ellington Episcopal Playaz
2005 *Gerald Henderson Episcopal Playaz Ameer Ali Gratz Sonny Hill Srs.
2004 Mark Tyndale Gratz Sonny Hill Srs. *Rob Kurz Penn Charter Playaz
2003 Wayne Marshall King Positive Image      
2002       Micheal Blackshear Gratz Waterview
2001       *Steve Smith Northeast Waterview
2000 #special situation     Mike Slattery Gtn. Academy Conshy Express
1999 Jermaine Robinson Gratz Hunting Park Khalid Bray Central Waterview
1998       Kevin "Buzzy' Forney Straw. Mansion D-V Blazers
1997       Chris Krug Gtn. Academy Conshy Express
1996 Petrick Sanders Frankford Sonny Hill Srs. Donnie Carr Roman PI Point Breeze
1995       Donnie Carr Roman PI Point Breeze
1994 Fred Warrick Bok Sonny Hill Srs.      
1993       Tyrone Weeks Franklin LC Sonny Hill Srs.
1992 Rondell Turner Univ. City Sonny Hill Jrs. *Adonal Foyle O'Hara R/Way Gasket
1991       Paul Burke Chestnut Hill Sonny Hill Srs.
1990 *Aaron McKie Gratz Sonny Hill Srs.      
1989 Carlin Warley Frankford Sonny Hill Srs.      
1988 *Randy Woods Franklin Sonny Hill Srs.      
1987 Clayton "Stink" Adams Roman Austin's SG      
1986 *Lionel Simmons Southern Sonny Hill Srs. @Brian Shorter Gratz HBA Crusaders
1985 *Greg "Bo" Kimble Dobbins Sonny Hill Srs. *Paul "Snoop" Graham Franklin HBA Crusaders
1984 Howard Evans West Phila. Sonny Hill Srs. Jody Johnson Southern Canaan Baptist
1983 Rico Washington Franklin Sonny Hill Srs.      
1982 Darren Keith Mastbaum Moore Funeral Home      
*-advanced to NBA      
#-Sonny Hill Srs. won title; all players on team named MVP to honor the memory of long-time coach/mentor Tony Samartino, who'd
passed away in October of 1999.
@-named a tri-MVP; team did NOT advance to the championship game.

Just a note for those interested: attached is a listing of the attendance for the 2016 NCAA Division I Menís Basketball Championship games as well as the Philadelphia Catholic League attendance for the Boys & Girls doubleheader on Feb. 22 at The Palestra.
  -- Steve Haug, Executive Director of Athletics (for the Archdiocese).

League Att.
ACC 20,719
Big East 19,812
SEC 19,613
Big 12 19,046
Big 10 16,429
PAC-12 12,916
Summit 10,188
Missouri Valley 9,765
A-10 8,413
Mountain West 8,132
AAC 7,990
West Coast 7,418
Mid-American 6,719
MEAC 6,446
Big West 5,610
Conference USA 5,519
Atlantic Sun 4,670
Patriot 4,587
Southland 4,399
Horizon 4,312
America East 4,109
MAAC 3,115
Southern 3,058
SWAC 3,041
Colonial 3,031
Big South 2,538
Big Sky 2,516
Northeast 2,358
Ohio Valley 2,068
WAC 1,729
Ivy League No game
Sun Belt Not reported

  Here are the top scoring performances by Pub/Cath/Int guys in Donofrio Classic championship games over the last 17 years. Thanks to the three overtimes in this year's final, seven guys were able to barge their way onto the list. Plus, efforts Nos. 3, 4 and 5 were posted. Gotta love it! 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
Josh Sharkey Old School Carroll 38 2016
Ryan Daly Old School Carroll 36 2016
Tony Carr Team Hardnett Roman 35 2016
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
Nazeer Bostick Team Hardnett Roman 29 2016
Brandon Austin Team Philly Imhotep 28 2013
Ameer Ali Sonny Hill Srs. Gratz 28 2005
Micheal Blackshear Waterview Gratz 27 2002
Tony Carr Team Hardnett Roman 27 2015
DeAndre Hunter Team Hardnett Friends' Central 27 2016
Shaun McKie Sonny Hill Srs. Gratz 26 2000
Ahmad "JR" Gilbert Team Hardnett Constitution 26 2015
Zane Martin Team Hardnett Neumann-Goretti 26 2016
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
Lamar Stevens Old School Roman 21 2016
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  

This is the Public League version of the teams presented yesterday -- by geography over 41 seasons (1976-2016).

Rasheed Wallace Gratz 1993   Jason Lawson Olney 1993
Pooh Richardson Franklin 1985   Carlin Warley Frankford 1989
Maureece Rice Straw. Mansion 2003   Jeffery Clark Frankford 1977
Lynn Greer Eng. & Science 1997   Anthony Chennault Frankford 1981
Rico Washington Franklin 1983   Dionte Christmas Fels 2004