November 14, 2015 |
Last season's local small college basketball season was as eventful as any in decades. Philadelphia University's Herb Magee hit the 1,000-victory mountaintop, making Magee the only NCAA men's coach in history not named Krzyzewski to reach it. And a rival player in the same league, Garret Kerr at the University of Sciences, was named NCAA Division II national player of the year after leading his team to an NCAA berth and a victory at Division I...
November 14, 2015 |
Preseason Top 10 1. Maryland - The return of sharpshooter Melo Trimble and addition of 6-foot-11 freshman Diamond Stone will have the deep and talented Terrapins challenging for a national championship. 2. North Carolina - The Tar Heels will excel with mostly upperclassmen although star guard Marcus Paige, a senior, will miss the first 3-4 weeks with a broken bone in his hand. 3. Kentucky - The star-studded Wildcats have gone three years without a national championship, but the expectations remain the same with a nice mix of rookies and veterans.
November 13, 2015 |
AT SOME POINT in the infancy of one's sports career, an athlete runs into some kind of high hurdle that takes weeks, months or years to clear. It could be perfecting the use of his nondominant hand in basketball, or skating backward in hockey. Jahlil Okafor has been playing basketball since he can remember. His father and late mother played collegiately, so there isn't a time in his life where he can't remember playing. The game has always come easy for Okafor, who is averaging 20.6 points in his first eight games as a pro. Scary easy.
November 12, 2015 |
The right location. The right coach. The right conference. "Perfect," Sterling High School girls' basketball star Jordan Wallace said of Rutgers. The 6-foot-3 Wallace had 14 scholarship offers midway through last summer. The 15th one was the right one. "Rutgers was my last offer and I knew I wanted to go there," Wallace said. "It's got a great reputation and when I went to visit, it was the best school that I saw. "I was actually overwhelmed that they offered me. I was super-excited.
November 1, 2015 |
Penn's first basketball turnover in 2015-16 came off the court, with the school announcing Friday that last season's leading scorer, Tony Hicks, won't play this season. It sounds like Hicks intends to sit out and graduate and then try to use his final season of eligibility elsewhere. "Tony and I have had some discussions in recent days, and Tony has decided not to play this year," first-year Quakers coach Steve Donahue said in a statement. "Tony will stay at Penn and graduate in May, and then after that he will continue his basketball career.
October 29, 2015 |
ON DEC. 8, the young men of the Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School's basketball team are slated to play their first game of the season at their home gym. The problem is, they don't have a home gym. Or any gym. For the past five years, the charter school, on Broad Street near Buttonwood across from the School District of Philadelphia headquarters, has paid $1,200 a month to use the gym at the Berean Institute, a barber school at...
October 28, 2015 |
ORLANDO - It has been a long offseason for the Temple Owls basketball squad. The Owls have had seven months to absorb the NCAA tournament committee's snub last March. It didn't sit well. "It helps us for our motivation. That's our goal, to get back into the NCAA tournament, so during the offseason we pride ourselves in giving our best effort just to make sure we hear our names called this year," Temple forward Jaylen Bond said Tuesday at the American Athletic Conference media day at the Amway Center.
October 24, 2015 |
Before he became a coach at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in the 1960s and 1970s, LeRoy P. Ridgway Jr. spent more than a few days running up and down the field himself. In 2005, the College of New Jersey inducted his undefeated 1951 football team, on which he was a halfback, into its Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame as a Team of Distinction. "The college's 1951 gridiron team went 6-0," when the school was known as Trenton State Teachers College, the 2005 induction announcement stated.
October 3, 2015 |
A little more than sixth months after Temple's 60-57 loss to Miami in an NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden, the Owls are ready to begin another season, one that comes with cautious optimism. The Owls open the season on Nov. 13 against the University of North Carolina in a game at the U.S. Naval Academy. They begin their first day of practice on Friday. Replacing all-American Athletic Conference point guard Will Cummings and shooting guard Jesse Morgan will be pivotal for the Owls.
October 1, 2015 |
GALLOWAY TWP, N.J. - Nik Stauskas wants people to know that making three-pointers is one of his strengths, but not the only one. "I feel like a lot of people know I can do more than just shoot the basketball," the 76ers shooting guard said at the team's training camp. "People kind of figured that out in college [at Michigan]. Now it's just a matter of taking that next step of proving that in the NBA. "I'm confident I'll be able to do that. " The Sixers acquired Stauskas from the Sacramento Kings along with power forwards Carl Landry and Jason Thompson (who was later traded)