Philadelphia High School Basketball

A Look at Ken Hamilton's 28-Year Coaching
Career at Ben Franklin (1972-99)

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Jerome "Pooh" Richardson was Franklin's far-and-away headliner during Ken
 Hamilton's 28 seasons as coach. He went on to play in the NBA for 10 seasons

Coach Hamilton's All-Stars  and 1,000-Point Scorers

Division 1972; Overall 1974-99
*Played in NBA

1974 Karrington Ward
1980 Phil Burton
1981 Vic Alexander
1981 Keith Walker
1982 Thomas "Reggie" Faison
1983 Rico Washington
1985 *Jerome "Pooh" Richardson
1985 Brian "Sugar" Smith
1985 *Jerome "Pooh" Richardson
1985 *Paul "Snoop" Graham
1987 Randy Woods
1988 *Randy Woods
1989 Phil "Sub" Crump
1998 Alex Wesby
1999 Calvin Johnson
1972 Leon Evans
1972 Jeff Garrett
1976 Angelo Adams
1977 Joe "Monster" Curry
1978 Bobby Hunter
1979 Vaughn Coats
1979 Kevin Taylor
1979 Tony "Ice" Ingram
1982 Keith "Rock" Smith
1983 Ed Robinson
1985 Will Bolds
1987 Bryant "Sad Eyes" Watson
1988 Brian Jones
1990 Dajuan Williams
1995 Artise McClay
1995 Rasheed "Pop" Moss
1997 Dhaamin Hill
1997 Alex Wesby
1999 Jason Dunham
1984 Will Bolds
1986 Bryant "Sad Eyes" Watson
1987 Eric "Rabb" London
1989 Derrick Whitfield
1991 Brandon Edwards
1994 Far'd Nasir
1995 Victor Duppins
1996 David Carter
1998 Calvin Johnson
1999 Gary Palmer

(Bulletin 1972-77, DN 1978-79)
*Played in NBA

1981 Vic Alexander
1983 Rico Washington
1984 *Jerome "Pooh" Richardson
1985 *Jerome "Pooh" Richardson
1988 *Randy Woods
1998 Alex Wesby
1999 Calvin Johnson
1974 Karrington Ward
1980 Phil Burton
1981 Keith Walker
1982 Thomas "Reggie" Faison
1985 *Paul "Snoop" Graham
1989 Phil "Sub" Crump
1985 Brian "Sugar" Smith
1979 Vaughn Coats
1999 Jason Dunham

(All or Part of Career)
1,240 --#Rico Washington
1,174 -- *Randy Woods
1,115 -- Alex Wesby
1,036 -- Calvin Johnson
1,024 -- *Jerome "Pooh" Richardson
At Frankford Through Jr. Year
*Played in NBA


      Ken Hamilton
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  Ken Hamilton
coached basketball at Ben Franklin for 28 seasons (1972-97), winning 456 games and four  Public League championships. His first crown was earned on a Friday night at Lincoln High in 1981, and it was Franklin's first since 1952. This story was written after that victory . . .

By Ted Silary

  Ken Hamilton wore no net around his neck and the beads on his face were there as the result of perspiration, not a dunking.
  In fact, the only hint that the moment meant something special to Hamilton and his Ben Franklin team was the almost-new basketball tucked under his arm.
  Before a mob of 3,167 at Abraham Lincoln that exceeded expectations, Franklin last night bested Frankford, 84- 71, to win its first Public League
championship since 1952 and break an 11-year Division D stranglehold.
  Afterward, though, Hamilton was so laid back, he almost answered questions from the comfort of a lounge chair.
  "I'm not saying we knew we were going to win," said Hamilton, "but I consider getting to the championship game the hard part. To win one game is easy."
  Easy, that is, compared to going unbeaten through the regular season. Easy, that is, compared to living with the label, "The City's Best," for almost three months. Easy, that is, compared to making sure that every player keeps
his head screwed on straight.
  As Hamilton has learned, after Joe Goldenberg and Mark Levin before him, those two hours called "game-time" are simple. It's the other stuff that almost forces your wife to make a recording that says, "Honey, why can't you sleep tonight?"
  In a private moment, long after most people had departed, Hamilton admitted,
  "I've really been tired. You know what's possible and it makes you work so hard . . . just to make sure that nothing goes wrong."
  Believe us, nothing went wrong in this one.
  The Electrons, who have copped 21 in a row since a mid-December loss to Adlai Stevenson of New York and are 27-1 overall, received commonplace
dominance from 6-6 Vic Alexander (15 points, 18 rebounds) and 6-4 Keith Walker (20 points, 9 boards) while junior guard Reggie Faison played the game
of his life and the quarter of anybody's life.
  Franklin outscored the Pioneers, 27-18, in the third quarter and pushed its lead to 66-48 mainly because Faison contributed 12 of his 29 points, 3 of his
6 assists and 2 of his 5 steals.
  "Usually, the third quarter is when we let the other team back in the game," Faison said. "We were tired because of the tempo, but in the championship
game, you forget about that and put everything into it.
  "When we made Frankford go man-to-man, they were overplaying me bad and it was hard to run an offense. But when I went behind my back or spun, I could go
down the lane because they left it open.
  "I gave it to Vic for slams a few times, kept it myself a few times. It worked out pretty good. With only two or three dribbles, I was right under the basket. I figured I might as well toss it up."
  Meanwhile, at Thursday's practice, Hamilton tossed one out that helped break the tension.
  "We had a little rap session," Walker said. "Ham told us, 'The hardest part is getting to this stage. To win the title, all we have to do is beat Frankford. Doesn't that sound easy?'
  "He didn't mean that winning the game would be easy. He meant that winning one more game would be easy considering all the things we'd been through. We'd
been kinda lousy in practice. That put us in a good frame of mind."
  "Four days ago, I told my kids I didn't care what happened against Frankford," Hamilton said. "To me, they were already a championship team. In almost every instance when my players could have acted like kids, they acted like men.
  "I'm glad we won the game, the one for the championship. But my kids displayed championship qualities all season."
  In that same vein, let's not forget the climb to prominence made by Frankford.
  Ralph Lewis and Austin Wilder were total non-factors last year for a team that could look only to Kevin Compton and Anthony Chennault for points. This
year, Lewis and Austin, a junior, blossomed nicely, Chennault dropped loads like lovers toss three coins in a fountain and 6-5 Rico Washington, though
stricken by a case of nerves last night, assumed his perch as the best soph frontcourter to enter the league since Gene Banks.
  Chennault finished with 31 points and 1,026 for his career, hitting 1,000 on a foul shot with 1:42 remaining in the first period. 'Nault did it up right, too, using every shot known to man and hitting from every possible angle and distance.
  A basket by Chennault, with 5:26 left, pulled Frankford within five points for the second time in the third quarter, but Franklin answered with 11
consecutive points.  
    continued right below . . . 

Coach Ken Hamilton

League / Overall
1972: 9-5 / Unav.
1973: 2-0 / Unav.
1974: 8-5 / Unav.
1975: 2-11 / Unav.
1976: 8-6 / Unav.
1977: 8-7 / Unav.
1978: 9-6 / 15-11
1979: 12-3 / 21-5
1980: 12-3 / 18-5
1981: 16-0 / 27-2
1982: 9-4 / 18-9
1983: 7-1 / 19-2
1984: 13-0 / 27-1
1985: 12-1 / 21-3
1986: 8-5 / 17-8
1987: 13-0 / 22-3
1988: 12-1 / 22-2
1989: 10-3 / 18-8
1990: 8-5 / 9-9
1991: 6-3 / 11-11
Overall record after '91 season
was determined to be 336-129
1992: 1-10 / 3-15
1993: 8-0 / 13-4
1994: 8-3 / 13-6
1995: 9-2 / 18-7
1996: 13-2 / 16-6
1997: 13-3 / 17-9
1998: 11-2 / 17-6
1999: 12-1 / 23-2

28 Seasons, 1972-99
League - 259-93
Overall - 456-184

Appearances in Late Rounds . . .
Quarterfinals (9)
1874, 1976, 1985,
1986, 1988, 1989,
    1991, 1994, 1996     
Semifinals (4)
1978, 1983, 1987, 1995
Finals (7)
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982,
1984, 1998, 1999


Alex Wesby 1998 21.9
Dhaamin Hill 1997 21.6
Randy Woods 1987 21.4
Karrington Ward 1974 20.8
Randy Woods 1988 20.4
Phil "Sub" Crump 1989 20.2
Derrick Whitfield 1989 19.4
Joe "Monster" Curry 1977 19.1
Tho. Reggie" Faison 1982 18.6
Brian "Sugar" Smith 1985 18.4
Leon Evans 1972 18.2
Rico Washington 1983 17.4
Phil Burton 1980 17.3
Alex Wesby 1997 17.0
Calvin Johnson 1999 16.9
Paul "Snoop" Graham 1985 16.9
Artise McClay 1995 16.9
Vic Alexander
Keith Walker
Thomas "Reggie" Faison
Keith "Rock" Smith
Anthony Abson
Jerome "Pooh" Richardson
Jimmy Richardson
Will Bolds
Brian "Sugar Bear" Smith
Isaac Young
Alex Wesby
Calvin Johnson
Kevin Isley
Gary Palmer
Hanif "Julio" Styles
Calvin Johnson
Jason "Smooth" Dunham
Gary Palmer
Hanif "Julio" Styles
Andre Frazier

  Faison, who earned nothing more than honorable mention in the coaches' voting for All-Public, scored eight and passed for
  "When I read those names on the two teams and I didn't see my name, it took me out," Reggie admitted.
  "Not braggin' or anything, but I had a decent year for a great team. Thing is, I've wanted a title since the first day of practice.
I've still got next year for personal glory."
  Minutes later, Hamilton was acting like the moment he'd been damn near dying to savor since becoming head coach in 1972
was not so glorious, after all.
  "Every year I've been in the league, the best team has won," Ken said. "Early on, it became obvious that we had the best
team. After that, it was a matter of keeping things together.
  "It wasn't like we tricked anybody, pulled an upset. We had talented kids and they worked hard to get what they wanted."
  Sounds simple, right? Believe us, it was much, much harder than it looked.
  TITLE TIDBITS: Anthony Abson knocked down two quick jumpers to establish the fact that Franklin had more than an
inside-only game . . . Frankford Coach Vince Miller: " Going in, we thought we matched up well. Their experience and poise
really showed. We talked about preventing outbursts. Then we cut the lead to five - and they had an outburst." . . . Refs
Tom DeFelice and Caesar Williams were excellent . . . Today, 3 p.m. at St. John's, Andrew Jackson of Queens plays
Alexander Hamilton of Brooklyn for New York's PSAL title. The winner plays Franklin next Saturday (2 p.m.) at the
Palestra in the Big City Classic.


This story was written in 1984 after Franklin won the championship . . .

By Ted Silary
  Will Bolds did time in an institute Saturday, but it wasn't because Ben Franklin's 6-7 junior had committed a crime.
  Yesterday, a crowd of 3,000 at Temple's McGonigle Hall saw Bolds help Franklin claim its third Public League
basketball championship, as well as its second in four years, with a 53-49 win over Murrell Dobbins Tech.
  Saturday, a crowd of 150 at the Franklin Institute, comprised mostly of boy and girl scouts, had its innards tickled by
Bolds and three other Electrons (subs Sherman Williams, George Reid, Ben Mitchell) during a ''basketballology"
demonstration designed to show the relationship between hoops and physics.
  Lord only knows if the viewers were prepared to see the likes of the ''pivot boogie. " Once they did, Will Bolds knows
some of them could not get enough.
  "We were telling the people we were going to play for the championship," Bolds said. "Some of them said they'd try
to make it. I saw a few of them here today. More than a few."
  It wasn't until the fourth quarter that Bolds gave Franklin's fans from the Franklin Institute a chance to poke their
friends in the ribs and holler, ''Look! There it is! He's doing the 'pivot boogie! ' "
  Bolds scored only four points through three quarters, but he was factor because he mixed eight rebounds with three
  Then, in a timeout, coach Ken Hamilton came close to mixing a left jab with a right cross.
  "'Ham' grabbed Will on the shoulder, shook him good," said junior lead guard Jerome "Pooh" Richardson. "Will gave
him one of those don't-do-that looks. He was mad. When he went back out, you saw it - he played better. You gotta
do that to Big Will sometimes. He was sleepwalking."
  Bolds collected seven points and three rebounds in the final eight minutes. Included were three field goals in the
first 2:50 that hiked the Electrons' edge from 38-37 to 44-40.
  Uh, Will, what in the world is the "pivot boogie? "
  "It's like this," Bolds said, beginning a minidemonstration. "You put the ball above your head, and you keep your
pivot foot, and you move your other foot around in a circle - just do your thing. It's like dancing. In practice we do
it to music.
  "We did another drill where you have to jump and touch the backboard 25 times. The first time I tried that, I
couldn't come close to doing it. "
  Bolds did not play competitive basketball until the eighth grade at Fitz-Simons Jr. High.
  "I was the tallest thing in the gym," Bolds said. "I was awkward, uncoordinated. Everybody laughed at me, except
for Jimmy Richardson. He tried to make me better and that's why I followed him to Franklin. I promised I'd get him
a championship to go out with, too. "
  Franklin got its championship, all right, but it wasn't controversy-free.
  The game featured a technical foul that was called, then erased.
  With 1:56 left in the third quarter, referee Caesar Williams called a foul on Bolds for hacking Dobbins's Greg Kimble
on a follow. Hamilton stomped to the middle of Franklin's bench and picked up a folding chair, which he smashed
to the floor.
  Referee Tom DeFelice unquestionably signaled a technical. At the end of the timeout that followed, an
announcement was made that the technical had been nullified and Kimble made two free throws to draw the Mustangs
within 34-33. If the technical had stood, they could have scored - admittedly, this might be a little far-fetched - as
many as five more points if they nailed the two T's and tacked on a three-point play.
  Hey Ham, how did you talk your way out of that one?
  "Actually, I didn't have to," he said. "I was going over to explain what happened, but Caesar beat me to it. He knew
what happened. Tommy thought I was making an expression about Caesar's call; I was trying to fire up my kids.
They were a step too slow. "
  "The refs said (Hamilton) didn't do it toward them, that he did it toward his team," said Dobbins coach Rich
Yankowitz. "I asked them, 'How can you say you know whether he intended it to be a slap in your face, or if he
was mad at his team? Of course, he's going to give you that story.' . . . Anyway, a thrown chair is a thrown chair. "
  A thrown-in towel is a thrown-in towel, too, but Dobbins never gave that gesture a thought.
  Kimble, a 6-3 junior, was simply sensational, shooting 9-for-16 and 8-for-9 for 26 points and snatching 20 rebounds.
Eric Gathers, a 6-5 junior, shot only 1-for-6 en route to seven points, but did grab 12 rebounds.
  Kimble capped a hectic sequence with a three-point play at 0:18, advancing the Mustangs (24-3) within 50-49. Pooh
Richardson made the front end of a one- and-one at 0:13, but he missed the second shot and the Mustangs galloped
downcourt with visions of overtime, at a minimum, dancing in their heads.
A 17-footer by Gathers fell short, however, and Franklin's Rodney Miller rebounded in a scramble. His one-and-one
conversion iced it at 0:02.
  Hamilton wouldn't say he expected Dobbins to miss, but he did say, "What I was looking for was for a tough rebound."
"That wasn't the shot I would have wanted 'Hank' (Gathers) to take," Yankowitz said. "A couple guys were open
underneath, including his brother, Derrick. There was a lot of congestion. Guess he couldn't see them."
  Meanwhile, if Hamilton sees anything in his '84 champs (26-1) that would make them the favorite in a game with
his '81 champs (27-2), or vice versa, he's not saying.
  "The '81 team had to deal with a lot of situations and problems, and they always responded," Hamilton said. "So did
these guys. I'm very pleased with them both."
  Hamilton also had to be pleased with the pivotal erasure of a technical, which contributed at least in part to
Franklin's win.
  And how did the Electrons' fans celebrate? By boogeying both on the court and in the stands, of course.
  TITLE TIDBITS: Ken Hamilton, on his non-stop theatrics: "I'm thoroughly exhausted. I know it looked like I was
out of control, but it's the only way I can fire these guys up. This is hard." . . . Dobbins, which started four juniors
and was making its first title-game appearance, has accepted an invitation to the prestigious Johnstown Tournament
next December . . . Franklin is 129-25 for the past six seasons. This group was 40-2, counting summer-league play.
"Dobbins and (Monsignor) Bonner were the two best teams we played," Hamilton said. "We beat them nine times
total. We also beat the three other semifinalists (Dobbins, Gratz, Mastbaum) on their courts, along with Chester at
Chester. That, I think, is quite an accomplishment."
This story was written in 1999 after Ken bowed out with his second consecutive
championship, and fourth in all . . .

By Ted Silary
  For his last act as Benjamin Franklin High's highly successful basketball coach, Ken Hamilton should do something
  Today at school, at a prearranged time, he should make the students stand in the corridor outside the gym and
bend over at the waist as the team's newest hero strolls past.
  Call the ceremony: Deck the halls with bows for Holly.
  Denelle Holly is a 6-6, 220-pound substitute forward. He's also the primary reason that Hamilton, the winningest
coach in Public League history (456-184 in 28 seasons), will head into retirement with four titles total and two in
succession to finish.
  Yesterday, in front of 3,000 frenzied fans at St. Joseph's University, Holly earned MVP honors by shooting
8-for-11 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the line for 18 points, inhaling 13 rebounds and making three steals as the
Electrons downed Simon Gratz, 69-63.
  Five of Holly's field goals came on follows. Three of those came in the first 1 minute, 47 seconds of the fourth
quarter as Franklin ballooned its lead from 43-40 to 49-40 en route to 54-40 - on an almost-jump-through-the-basket
thunder dunk by Jason ``Smooth'' Dunham - with 4:38 remaining.
  "Backbreakers. Put-backs are backbreakers,'' Holly said.
  He continued, "Gratz was working so hard on defense to make us miss. But then, when I got rebounds and put
the ball back in, man, that was a killer. You could see it in their eyes.
  "In the beginning of the game, they came out hyped. By the beginning of the fourth quarter, we were wearing
'em down, wearing 'em down, wearing 'em down. Put-back, put-back, put-back. Know what that does to you?''
  Sucks out the life. Holly could relate to being demoralized. He'd experienced that feeling throughout his high
school years - and it was his own darn fault.
  After swishing a last-second, falling-back, 7-foot shot to lift the Electrons past Frankford in a quarterfinal, Holly
sheepishly noted that Franklin was his fifth high school following Dobbins, King, Philadelphia Christian and
Germantown. He later acknowledged there was even another - a pit stop at Shallcross, for students with behavior
  Last summer, like every summer, Hamilton received calls from players and/or their "representatives'' about
possibly transferring to Franklin. (The league's top programs get those calls all the time.)
  "I heard from Denelle Holly and I told him no,'' Hamilton said. ``I knew his reputation [for being immature].''
  In Chapter II, Hamilton was visited by old friend Carlos Bradley, a former San Diego Chargers linebacker who
works with youth and was familiar with Holly.
  "Carlos came into my office one day and said, `Ham, take this kid. Do it for me,' '' Hamilton said. ``He figured
I'd be good for Denelle, that I'd be strong and give him guidance.''
  Hamilton flashed his ever-wide smile.
  "So, I took Mr. Holly,'' he said. "And we've been fightin' every day since. We'll be fightin' tomorrow. A couple
times, I thought I was too old [at 56] to handle Mr. Holly. But I carried around a big bat . . . Nah, Denelle's
been fine. He's a good kid. He just needed somebody to sit on him.''
  By the time Hamilton discussed Holly, he was upstairs in a locker room finally catching his breath.
  The 15 minutes right after the game had been nonstop euphoria. Hamilton was greeted by seemingly everybody
wearing blue and gold, and at least 15 former prominent players fought their way through the crowd to make
him know how much he is loved.
  "Some were from my first team [in '72]. Some were from my first championship team [in '81],'' he said.
"Seeing all these guys was great. That meant more than winning the title.''
  Gratz coach Bill Ellerbee was among the well-wishers.
  "`I wanted to send him out with a kick in the pants, not a pat on the back,'' Ellerbee said. ``He's been a great
coach and has done some great things.
  "When they dropped down to Division E [for the '93 season], I wasn't sure he could bring them back. Probably
nobody else could have done that. Not only did he bring them back, he went out with two straight titles.'' 
  Holly contributed just four points to Franklin's 62-38 pasting of Olney in a round-of-16 playoff, but he was a
terror in the last three games with 53 points (22-for-29 shooting) and 45 rebounds. Holly scored the vast majority
of his field goals on follows or extra-short jumpers.
``To get rebounds, you have to be tough,'' he said. ``You have to be willing to bang and do whatever it takes to
get the ball. ''
  How does Holly so often wind up in the right spot?
  "I don't know,'' he said, appearing truly puzzled. ``Wherever I am, the ball just seems to come to me. I do
do this, though: When I see the shot going up, I try to make sure I get to the opposite side.''
  Center Calvin Johnson (13 points, five rebounds), wing guard Gary Palmer (10 points, seven boards, three
assists) and junior point guard Hanif ``Julio'' Styles (seven points, four assists) were returning starters for
Franklin. In effect, Dunham (20 points, six boards) was also a returning starter; he was a key contributor for
half of the '98 season before his behavior problems got in the way.
  "With us being veterans and Denelle being new, it took a while for him to blend in,'' Johnson said. ``Plus, he
was used to starting [at Philadelphia Christian] and he struggled with subbing early in the season.
  "I knew what he could do, though. Hey, I was one of the guys that talked him into coming over here. He's a
big-time offensive rebounder. That wide body helps. Makes it easy, almost.''
  Just after the game, Johnson was whoopin' it up. But as the celebration dragged on, he mostly stood off to the
side, looking around and smiling.
  "It's not a new feeling because we did it last year,'' he said. ``But it still feels good. It hasn't completely kicked
in. Maybe in a week or two."
  With 1:28 left, after Palmer hit a free throw to provide a 60-49 pad, it appeared that Franklin would frolic.
But two three-pointers by Percell Coles (14 points) and one by Jermaine Robinson (16) fueled a comeback that
left Gratz within 65-60 at 0:27.
  At 19.5, Palmer was called for walking and the Bulldogs - believe this?! - still had a chance. Six-nine center
Tahric Gosley followed with a tight miss and the ball rolled over the baseline, possession to Gratz, at 16.0. The
death knell sounded when Coles missed a left-corner three and Palmer, the rebounder, converted a double
bonus at 10.5 to make it 67-60.
  Despite all of his bouncing, Holly said he expects to graduate on time this June and relishes the chance to play
college ball.
  "I wanted to do something in school ball so people would know about it,'' he said. ``I didn't want to be one of
those what-if, playground-legend guys.''
  With that, Al Hill, Franklin's football coach, walked over to Holly, shook his hand with gusto and said,
"Denelle, I just want to tell you one thing: The best things come to those who wait. I'm really proud of you.'' 
  TITLE TIDBITS: Gratz was in the title game for the 10th time in 11 years. The Bulldogs are 4-6. They
entered their last five title-game losses unbeaten in league play. (The '94 loss to Franklin Learning Center was
reversed; FLC used ineligible players) . . . Gratz, in '90 and '91, had been the last ``Pub'' team to win
consecutive titles . . . Franklin finished 23-2. Gratz was 23-5 . . . Jason ``Smooth'' Dunham, on shading
Jermaine Robinson (4-for-14) in Franklin's zone: ``I tried to use my size and long arms to run at him and
confuse him. If you don't step to him, he will score'' . . . Dunham on Denelle Holly: ``Rebounding is heart.
He's got it. It's getting in there even though you know you're going to get banged up.''


Recaps of victories in Public League championship games . . .

At Lincoln
Franklin 84, Frankford 71
Reggie Faison (29) and Keith Walker (20) led the scoring and Vic Alexander mixed 15 points and 18 rebounds as Franklin won its first championship since 1952 and became the first North Philly winner since Edison in 1969. For Frankford, Anthony Chennault scored 31 points and had 10 rebounds.
At Temple's McGonigle Hall
Franklin 53, Dobbins 49
Jerome "Pooh" Richardson had 17 points and Will Bolds collected 11 points and 11 rebounds. With 0:18 left, Greg "Bo" Kimble (26 points, 20 rebounds) converted a three-point play to pull Dobbins within 50-49. Richardson made a free throw at 0:13, then Dobbins's Eric "Hank" Gathers missed a 17-footer at 0:04. Rodney Miller's two free throws completed the scoring.
At the Palestra
Franklin 61, Franklin LC 56
Alex Wesby scored 17 points, snatched 22 rebounds and notched five blocks as the Electrons won their first title since 1984 and denied their block-away neighbor. Calvin Johnson (15) and Kevin Isley (10) also scored in double figures and Gary Palmer had five assists. For FLC, Charles "Tuna" Pringle scored 17 points and sub Cameron Milton added 12 points, five steals.
At St. Joseph's University
Franklin 69, Gratz 63
Forward Denelle Holly, in 30 minutes off the bench, shot 8-for-11 and 2-for-3 for 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Electrons sent coach Ken Hamilton (456-184 in 28 seasons; most wins in PL history) into retirement with his second consecutive title and fourth overall. In the final three rounds of the playoffs, Holly shot 22-for-29 en route to 53 points and collected 45 rebounds. Jason "Smooth" Dunham (20 points), Calvin Johnson (13), Gary Palmer (10 points, seven rebounds) and Hanif "Julio" Styles (four assists) lent assistance. For Gratz, Jermaine Robinson (16) and Percell Coles (14) led the way.


Below are the players who helped Ken Hamilton claim 456 wins and four Public League championships in
28 seasons as the coach at Ben Franklin High. The year indicates the player's final season. Most were
seniors. Some transferred and some were underclassmen who did not play in the following season.

Charles Henderson 1972 Anthony Abson 1981 Brandon Edwards 1991
Ike Cahoe 1972 Darryl Deas 1981 Corey Hunter 1991
Jeff Garrett 1972 Greg Imes 1981 Damon Hudgins 1991
John Gravely 1972 Keith Walker 1981 George Boyd 1991
LaVern Carter 1972 Steve Lewis 1981 Keith Green 1991
Lenwood Gillette 1972 Tony Stutts 1981 Noel Coward 1991
Leon Evans 1972 Vic Alexander 1981 Semile Robinson 1991
Mike Dorsey 1972 William Hoggard 1981 Charles Hightower 1992
Mike Harkness 1972 William Walker 1981 Darrick Hall 1992
Nathaniel Hart 1972 Bruce Herndon 1982 Eric Williams 1992
Ray Cole 1972 Gregory High 1982 Kahhar Wali 1992
Rich Page 1972 James Ellis 1982 Kevin Imes 1992
Roger Merrell 1972 Keith "Rock" Smith 1982 Lou Clement 1992
Will Burris 1972 Leon Washington 1982 Michael Robinson 1992
Brandt Moses 1973 Mike Williams 1982 Rodney Moore 1992
Fran Watts 1973 Percy Warfield 1982 Terron Shands 1992
Lonnie Carlyle 1973 Thomas "Reggie" Faison 1982 Brian Gilbert 1993
Roderick Cephas 1973 Dave McKeithan 1983 Christian Smith 1993
Wayne King 1973 Ed Robinson 1983 Damian Bryant 1993
Clifford Woolfork 1974 Eric Gilchrist 1983 Dana Stewart 1993
Gregory Rivers 1974 Ernie Williams 1983 Eric Elrod 1993
James Lewis 1974 Isaac Young 1983 Jerry Fulton 1993
John Burton 1974 Marvin McIlwain 1983 Kevin Duckett 1993
Karrington Ward 1974 Mike McCants 1983 Steven Hicks 1993
Renard Odrick 1974 Rico Washington 1983 Terrell Wright 1993
Sam Washington 1974 Ben Mitchell 1984 Aaron Felder 1994
Willie Oliver 1974 Brian "Sugar Bear" Smith 1984 Anthony D'Andrea 1994
Willis Rodgers 1974 David Shier 1984 Artarrie Epps 1994
Coleman Evans 1975 Floyd Brown 1984 Aundrey Epps 1994
James Haslam 1975 Jimmy Richardson 1984 Eric Harris 1994
James Jones 1975 Maurice Gendraw 1984 Far'd Nasir 1994
Joe Wilson 1975 Rodney Miller 1984 Jermaine Osborne 1994
John Thompson 1975 Sherman Williams 1984 Sheldon Smith 1994
John Young 1975 Ernie Roberts 1985 Artise McClay 1995
Riley Grant 1975 Everick Shackelford 1985 Geoffrey Nazulme 1995
Wayne Johnson 1975 George Reid 1985 James Brown 1995
Angelo Adams 1976 Jerome "Pooh" Richardson 1985 Khaleeb Jones 1995
Boyze Andrews 1976 Paul "Snoop" Graham 1985 Melvin Pitts 1995
Bruce Wilkens 1976 Ray Robinson 1985 Naeem Harris 1995
Frank Hayes 1976 Richard Bolds 1985 Rasheed "Pop" Moss 1995
Harry Tate 1976 Tim Schofield 1985 Robert Robinson 1995
John Hampton 1976 Will Bolds 1985 Ronnie Harris 1995
Keith Patterson 1976 Anthony Ginyard 1986 Victor Duppins 1995
Ken Crosby 1976 Booker Holland 1986 Anthony Epps 1996
Michael Hobbs 1976 Carl Burch 1986 Brahim Miller 1996
Roger Dorfield 1976 John Sanders 1986 David Carter 1996
Velton Hill 1976 Mike Edwards 1986 James Pickron 1996
Bobby Evans 1977 Sanford Jenkins 1986 Lamar Quattlebaum 1996
Brian Cornelius 1977 Steve Hall 1986 Raheem Franklin 1996
David Smith 1977 Thomas Collins 1986 Romaine Cromwell 1996
George Clark 1977 Bryant "Sad Eyes" Watson 1987 Tremaine Browning 1996
Joe Curry 1977 Eric London 1987 Andre Wright 1997
John Smith 1977 Shawn Frazier 1987 Antonio Bustion 1997
Ken Brown 1977 Anthony Johnson 1988 Charles Williams 1997
Matthew Harrell 1977 Askia Hamilton 1988 Dhaamin Hill 1997
Bobby Hunter 1978 Ben Wilson 1988 Dontise McClay 1997
Greg Barnes 1978 Brian Jones 1988 Emmanuel Caine 1997
Henry Poindexter 1978 Darren Woods 1988 Miles Johnson 1997
Larry Rivers 1978 Ernest Brown 1988 Miles Jones 1997
Mark Thomas 1978 James Nathaniel 1988 Yuwsha Alwan 1997
Martin Torrence 1978 Karl Lancaster 1988 Alex Wesby 1998
Randy Cunningham 1978 Randy Woods 1988 Greg Bowens 1998
Sherman Roye 1978 Shedrick Felton 1988 Kevin Isley 1998
James Lindsay 1979 Wendell Copes 1988 Ron Sample 1998
Kevin Taylor 1979 William Humbert 1988 Terrence Freeman 1998
Laurence Smith 1979 Bruce Johnson 1989 Terrence Johnson 1998
Lawrence Brown 1979 Derrick Whitfield 1989 William Chaney 1998
Lonnie Jackson 1979 Fred Darby 1989 Andre Frazier 1999
Mark Hughes 1979 Kermuth Stubbs 1989 Calvin Johnson 1999
Tony "Ice" Ingram 1979 Kirk Wise 1989 Denelle Holly 1999
Vaughn Coats 1979 Maurice Graham 1989 Elvis Vest 1999
Vaughn Taylor 1979 Michael Nathaniel 1989 Gary Palmer 1999
Brent Colbert 1980 Phil "Subway" Crump 1989 Hanif "Julio" Styles 1999
Earl Hightower 1980 Reynard East 1989 Jamal Nichols 1999
George Dennis 1980 Roosevelt Richardson 1989 Jason "Smooth" Durham 1999
Kevin Brown 1980 Baron Williams 1990 Omar Williams 1999
Marshall Kelly 1980 Dajuan Williams 1990 Rodney Hicks 1999
Phil Burton 1980 Eric Baker 1990 Rodney Warren 1999
    James Ramsey 1990 Stanley Powell 1999
    Juan Gamble 1990 Terrance Adams 1999
    Kahlil Mayes 1990    
    Louis Wongus 1990    
    Marsalis Moore 1990    
    Michael Byard 1990    
    Stan Laws 1990    
    Ty "Smack" West 1990