IT WAS the allure of playing in the Big 5 that got him. Amar Stukes, the 6-1 senior combo guard from La Salle High School, is staying close to home, deciding to attend La Salle University.
For Stukes, the chance to play at home in front of family and friends was simply the icing on the cake. Taking part in a tradition as rich as the Big 5 was the only selling point Stukes needed.
"I'm glad that I will be getting a chance to play so close to home in front of my family, but really, I am really excited to play for Coach G [La Salle head coach John Giannini] in the Big 5," Stukes said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "Some of the best basketball players, not just to come out of this city but to play in the NBA, played for a Big 5 school. To me, that was really what got me."