June 9, 2016 |
At Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center, they lovingly call LeShadae Godfrey the " Lion King Lady. " For six months, Godfrey, who runs the crumbling North Philadelphia rec center's theater arts programming on a bare-bones budget, has been raising money to take a dozen kids to see the Broadway musical in New York City this month. Godfrey needed to raise $5,000. Cecil B. Moore, like all city rec centers, gets no money from the city for arts programming, besides budgeting for staffing and necessities.
February 13, 2015 |
DURING THE SUMMER months, when the campus is deserted and many of their classmates are celebrating life as a college kid at the beach, the Villanova basketball players drag themselves to the Pavilion for practice. This is the price of a scholarship. When they start to congregate at 6:30 in the morning, they often see former Wildcat Kyle Lowry just winding down his own workout. The presence of the 9-year NBA veteran, who signed a huge NBA contract in July, always opens the eyes of the current players under Jay Wright's charge.
October 2, 2014 |
Levan Alston was looking for his dad's old Temple jersey on Monday night, but the search through the family's West Philadelphia home was unsuccessful. Alston thought it would be the perfect complement when he announced Tuesday morning that he was following his dad's path to play basketball for the Owls. A few hours before the news conference, there it was. "I found it in a clutter of stuff in the basement," said Alston. "It was a nice find. " The 6-foot-4 guard unzipped his black sweatshirt to reveal his dad's cherry-colored jersey with the same No. 10 the younger Alston wears at Haverford School.
September 12, 2014 |
AT ONE POINT, it looked as if Jalen Brunson was destined to go to Temple. His father Rick played for John Chaney some 2 decades ago. His mother Sandra played volleyball on North Broad Street. The family lived in South Jersey when he was growing up. As it turns out, the player Scout.com rates as the top point guard in the recruiting class of 2015 is coming to Philadelphia. But he'll be playing for a different Big 5 program from his dad's. Wednesday at Stevenson (Ill.) High, Brunson announced he will bring his talents to Villanova.
August 1, 2014
TWO FORMER Villanova guards have signed to play for teams in Europe. For Roman Catholic High's Maalik Wayns, this will be the first time he's taking his game overseas. Allan Ray, who as a senior was part of the Wildcats' 2005-06 Final Eight run, is making his eighth stop in six seasons (he sat out in 2009-10 with a knee injury). Wayns, who left college a year early and spent part of the last two seasons in the NBA with the Sixers and Los Angeles Clippers, will be suiting up for EuroLeague power BC Zalgiris, which is based in Kaunas, Lithuania.
March 4, 2014 |
Jay Wright did not build his reputation at Villanova, has not maintained a consistent measure of excellence in his basketball program over the last decade, with players like Darrun Hilliard. Hilliard is a Villanova guard, and for a long time, the term "Villanova guard" has carried a certain connotation, has conjured memories of certain players who played a certain way and fit a certain physical and stylistic profile. When one thinks of a "Villanova guard" during Wright's tenure as head coach, the names are familiar: Randy Foye, Allan Ray, Kyle Lowry, Mike Nardi, Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, Maalik Wayns - none of them taller than 6-foot-4, all of them tougher than goatskin, each a key contributor to a nine-year stretch that saw the Wildcats reach the NCAA tournament eight times, the regional semifinals four times, the regional finals twice, and the Final Four once.
November 15, 2013 |
KIMBERLY GARNER wiped tears from her eyes inside Roman Catholic high school yesterday on national signing day, as her son, Shep, took the podium and thanked coaches, teammates, trainers, friends and family for shaping his life and basketball career. However, when he paused and muttered "who else?" Mom attempted an assist by pointing to the sky. But, only silence followed as the senior still fumbled for words. Then finally . . . "Oh, and I thank God, too," Garner said with a smile as laughter filled the room.
October 24, 2013 |
LAST YEAR at this time, for the first time in a while, the expectations for Villanova's basketball team were, well, lukewarm at best. The Wildcats were coming off a 19-loss season and had to replace their starting backcourt of Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek, who'd both left for the pros a year early. But somehow, they figured out a way to get back to the NCAA Tournament, mostly because they beat three Top 5 teams, all in South Philly, as well as No. 17 Marquette on the Main Line.
June 20, 2013 |
ON THE THEORY that it's never too early to look to the future . . . Villanova's basketball program hasn't landed anyone for the recruiting class of 2014 yet. But the Wildcats received their first oral commitment for the year after that. Coach Jay Wright has won the battle for Tim Delaney, a 6-8 junior-to-be power forward from South Jersey's Pitman High. His coach is Kevin Crawford, son of Jim, the longtime Camden Catholic head man and onetime La Salle Explorer. Delaney, whose mother Janine Reynolds played for Saint Joseph's from 1986-90, can't even sign his national letter of intent until next November.
March 22, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - For the first time in his life, Maalik Wayns is playing for a basketball team that isn't rooted in the Philadelphia area. The Roman Catholic and Villanova product signed his second 10-day contract on Tuesday with the Los Angeles Clippers after starting his NBA career this season as an undrafted free agent with the 76ers. Wayns played 21 games for the Sixers, including one start, and averaged 2.7 points. He scored a career-high 10 in a win over the Dallas Mavericks in November and dealt nine assists in a loss at Dallas in December.