Wanamaker displays the best

Posted: March 28, 2007

WHILE THE department store chain no longer exists, the name "Wanamaker" lives on proudly.

Bradley Wanamaker can't sell you a suit or dress shoes. If what you want, however, is basketball excellence, you've come to the right place.

Wanamaker, a 6-4, 200-pound senior wing guard for Roman Catholic High, and bound for the University of Pittsburgh, is our choice for Player of the Year in connection with the 2006-07 Daily News All-City Basketball Team, comprised of players from Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac schools.

Roman entered the season with no one taller than 6-4, and no one remotely resembling a power forward or center. It did have Wanamaker, and his impressive combination of skill and desire and leadership, and everything fell into place.

Wanamaker willed the Cahillites to a 28-3 overall record, a surprising Catholic League title (Ss. Neumann-Goretti was everyone's favorite) and a season-closing winning streak that reached 16 games with success (over N-G) in the championship game of the prestigious Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, at Frostburg (Md.) State.

He averaged 17.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals. His 552 points enabled him to finish his career with 1,306.

The other first-teamers:

* Ramone Moore, Southern: In 29 games for a state playoff participant (21-8), the 6-4 forward scored 727 points (25.1). Averaged 31 points in five postseason appearances while drawing consistent double-teams. Smooth and slinky with a soft touch. Temple signee.

* Rick Jackson, Neumann-Goretti: In 32 games for the CL runner-up (26-6), the 6-9 post player scored 593 points (18.5). Also posted averages of 13.5 rebounds, four blocks and 1.5 steals. Averaged 22.7 points, 14 boards and six rejections in three playoff games. Syracuse signee.

* Jeff Jones, Monsignor Bonner: Scored 614 points in 27 games (22.7) while leading the Friars to a spot in the CL playoffs and becoming the league's all-time leading career scorer (1,923). Had 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in the game in which he surpassed the record. Equally skilled at driving/jump-shooting. Virginia signee.

* Marcus and Markieff Morris, Prep Charter: The first twins to earn first-team All-City honors. The 6-9 Marcus, mostly a wing player, scored 605 points in 31 games (19.5) while the 6-10 Markieff, mostly an inside player, went 31-529-17.1. Both were overall forces as the Huskies finished 27-4 and won two championships (Public League, PIAA Class AA). Marcus finished with 1,178 career points. Markieff was not far behind (1,147). Memphis signees.

Our Co-Coaches of the Year are Dan Brinkley, of Prep Charter, and Dennis Seddon, of Roman.

Yes, Brinkley had the twins. But his rotation also featured five sophomores and he brought the team along to the point where it not only repeated as a PIAA champ, but first captured the PL title with a win over Simon Gratz. Also, the Huskies went 8-1 in games decided by four or fewer points.

Seddon molded the Cahillites into a spirited, savvy bunch that again and again found ways to overcome its deficiencies in height and bulk and, after close to a 2-week layoff, that followed its CL crown with another in the Alhambra tourney, involving top Catholic teams from Philly, Baltimore, Washington and Virginia. *

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