December 21, 2000 |
St. Joseph's will be without its leading scorer for tonight's game at Western Kentucky. There is a chance, however, that last season's second-leading scorer will be able to play his first game of this season. Marvin O'Connor made the trip to Bowling Green, Ky., yesterday, but will not play. Na'im Crenshaw did not make the trip, but could make it this afternoon. O'Connor, who took a blow to the head with 41/2 minutes left in Sunday's game at De Paul and could not continue, will have a neurological MRI done tomorrow.
January 26, 2013 |
Marvin O'Connor made three all-Big Five teams, won the 2001 Geasey Award as its player of the year, and earned three all-Atlantic Ten Conference nods. But perhaps an equally amazing part of his college career was that O'Connor saw both sides of the Big Five's most intense rivalry. The Simon Gratz graduate began at Villanova but left after one season and transferred to St. Joseph's. "Maybe coming out of high school, [Villanova] was a bit much for me," O'Connor said Friday at the Palestra, where he was part of the newest class of inductees into the Big Five Hall of Fame.
December 22, 2000 |
St. Joseph's basketball coach Phil Martelli asked Bill Phillips to step up last night at E.A. Diddle Arena, and he did. Phillips scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Hawks beat Western Kentucky, 74-68. The Hawks played without their leading scorer, Marvin O'Connor, who missed the game with a concussion, which he had suffered in Sunday's loss to DePaul. "In the shootaround I told Bill Phillips that I needed him to be more assertive and for Jameer [Nelson]
January 23, 2013
IT ONLY seemed like Phil Jasner covered the 76ers forever. In fact, he once wrote about the Big 5. And he did it with the same passion he brought to the NBA. Friday, Jasner will be inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame at a Palestra luncheon. "It's an incredible honor, well-deserved," said Andy Jasner, Phil's son. "I don't like to use the term overdue, but it probably is, even though people remember him for his Sixers coverage and rightfully so because that's what he did for the last 30 years of his life.
March 8, 2001 |
Marvin O'Connor was not even allowed inside the Palestra for a game late last season against La Salle. Instead, he sat in his apartment, suffering from pangs of guilt and staring helplessly at the television while his St. Joseph's teammates went down against a heated city rival by three points. Two days earlier, against Fordham, O'Connor had been ejected for throwing a flagrant elbow at an opponent. The ejection carried an automatic one-game suspension, so O'Connor was left alone with his thoughts while the Hawks struggled without him. For a competitor as intense as O'Connor, it was pure torture.
November 21, 1996 |
The students, teachers and friends were mostly long gone and the library at Simon Gratz High was nearly empty. After making public his decision to continue his education and basketball career at Villanova, Marvin O'Connor had to perform one more duty early yesterday afternoon. So, as O'Connor headed into the hallway, he held the hand of - and led the way for - a frail man who, though in good spirits and beaming with obvious pride, used a walker and moved along only in very short, very deliberate steps.
July 23, 2002 |
Marvin O'Connor, who spent his final three years at St. Joseph's after starting his college basketball career at Villanova, says that he considered leaving college a year early and declaring for the NBA draft. O'Connor, the Philadelphia-area player of the year in 1997 as a senior at Simon Gratz High, eventually decided to stay at St. Joe's for one more year. Staying the extra year didn't improve O'Connor's draft status. He wasn't selected in the two-round NBA draft last month.
November 17, 2000 |
It's not true that coach Phil Martelli handed Jameer Nelson a basketball and the reins to his team the September day when the freshman point guard was on his way to his first class at St. Joseph's quaint Jesuit campus on City Avenue. Martelli didn't wait so long. He did that on the giddy day last year when Nelson informed Martelli he was taking his talents from Chester High to Hawk Hill. At last, or for the first time since the Rashid Bey era ended three seasons ago, the Hawks have someone who can give them symmetry where there often has been chaos.
January 28, 2000 |
There's something different about the kids who come from inner-city projects such as the Passyunk homes in South Philly, Bill Williams was saying. Something that separates them from those he calls the "neighborhood kids," so many of them distant, hardened, distrustful, damaged by the constricting environment that invites trouble. "It's really tough for those kids in the projects, really tough," Williams said. "But Marvin, he was different. Just a really good kid. So when we picked the players to travel to play basketball, we tried to choose the ones we didn't think would get in trouble, the smartest ones.