August 29, 2016 |
Jermaine Samuels, a 6-foot-6 swingman from the Rivers School in Weston, Mass., announced Saturday on Twitter that he had made an oral commitment to play college basketball at Villanova. Samuels, who is rated four stars by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, said he chose the Wildcats over Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, and Kansas. He made an official visit to Villanova earlier in the week. "I want to thank God, my family, and Coach Todd of X for helping me get to where I'm at now. I'm officially a Wildcat," Samuels said on Twitter.
May 15, 2016 |
The St. Joseph's basketball program has received its third oral commitment in about as many weeks, and this time it's the first one for the recruiting class of 2017. Junior Taylor Funk, a 6-foot-8 swingman, is headed to Hawk Hill. Funk has three-point shooting range and averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds as a third-team Class 3A all-state player last season for Manheim Central (Pa.). In the last month, coach Phil Martelli also landed two seniors from Illinois, small forward Nick Robinson and center Lorenzo Edwards.
February 13, 2016 |
There's no secret to Tyrique King's success on the basketball court. "Hustle," said King, Paulsboro's relentless senior swingman. "Hustle leads to points, points lead to victories. " In a fast-paced, rough-edged clash between Paulsboro and archrival Woodbury on Thursday night, King was right in his element. The 6-foot-3 athlete led both teams in points, rebounds, and floor burns in Paulsboro's 66-55 victory in a Colonial Conference Patriot Division battle of Top 25 teams. "His motor is always go," Paulsboro coach Sean Collins said.
December 19, 2015 |
Here is a primer on South Jersey boys' basketball, by groups: South Jersey Group 4 Defending champion: Cherry Hill East. Favorite: Atlantic City. The Vikings have a pair of seasoned seniors in swingman Leon Daniels and guard Lamar Thomas. They also have a sophomore to watch in 6-foot-4 Raymond Bethea. Another contender: Washington Township. The Minutemen have nine seniors who can play, led by guards Spencer Cook and Justin Ortiz, and a small army of 6-3 guys who cover the floor.
March 19, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The 76ers might not win another game this season. Having nine players from the NBA Developmental League, they just aren't talented enough to compete with most opponents. As a result, the Sixers are focusing heavily on identifying players they want to invest time in. "It's always about who continues on with the program," Brown said after Monday morning's shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "Who do we move forward with? . . . It's really always been that. But it's magnified now when the time is running out. "So it is designed and focused on that.
November 29, 2013 |
DREXEL JUNIOR swingman Damion Lee, one of the best players in the Colonial Athletic Association, went down with a scary-looking right knee injury midway through the second half of Wednesday's NIT Season Tip-Off game against Arizona at Madison Square Garden. There is no official diagnosis yet, but Lee was declared out for today's 3:30 p.m. consolation game against Alabama. Lee was driving through the lane, jumped to shoot and came down awkwardly. He clearly was in serious pain before being helped off the court.
October 30, 2013 |
TEMPLE HAS probably undergone as much change from last season as any major men's basketball program. A team that came within a few plays of beating top seed Indiana in the third round of the NCAA Tournament said goodbye to five seniors, including Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Khalif Wyatt - who gave the Owls a chance against almost anyone - and a trio of fifth-year guys. Now they have been picked to finish in the middle of the new 10-team American Athletic Conference, which has Louisville (until it moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference next year)
May 1, 2013 |
LA SALLE COACH John Giannini came into work yesterday expecting nothing out of the ordinary. Then, sophomore swingman D.J. Peterson, who has played in all 68 games in his college career and started 18 for this season's Sweet 16 team told the coach he wanted to transfer to a school closer to his Minnesota home. "Everyone's shocked," Giannini said. "He likes the school. He played a lot. The team is good, and he likes the guys on the team. He just wants to go closer to home. " Peterson played 872 minutes this season and 610 minutes as a freshman.
March 24, 2013 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - First, a baby girl. Then, a third state championship. Life could not get much better for Lower Merion coach Gregg Downer. Two days after he and wife Colleen welcomed a bundle of joy, Downer's Aces stunned Chester, 63-47, Saturday night to earn the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball title in front of 7,507 at the Giant Center. "It's been amazing, arguably the best 72 hours of my life," the 23-year coach said after emerging from the locker room. The Aces reversed three straight losses to the Clippers, including a 59-33 drubbing in last year's state final and a 60-46 defeat in the District 1 final earlier this month at Villanova's Pavilion.
February 28, 2013 |
By late in the third quarter, the early eight-point deficit seemed like eons ago. Chester, turning up the defensive heat, gained firm command of Tuesday night's PIAA District 1 Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinal against Abington with a crushing 20-1 run. "It all begins with our defense," senior guard Darius Robinson said after the Clippers blasted the turnover-plagued Ghosts, 76-43, at Temple's Liacouras Center. "When we get that going, everything else falls into place. " Abington had jumped out to an 11-3 lead.