Jones Resigns from Girard College & Surfaces at Chichester HS

Chichester, Pennsylvania – May 25, 2017 – Chichester High School has named Clyde Jones Head Boys Basketball coach. Jones resigned as Head Coach of Girard College on May 8, 2017.

In his only year leading the Girard College program, Jones led the program to an appearance in the State Championship game. This was Jones’ third appearance in the State Finals. He led Penn Wood to two State Championship appearances, winning one.

One of the most respected scholastic coaches in the region, Jones returns to the Del Val league where he vied for supremacy with Larry Yarbray’s Chester program for many years.

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Black Cager Sports looks forward to covering Jones return to Delaware County basketball.

 

St. Frances Academy (MD) Adds 7 ft. Nigerian Osato Iduwe

Baltimore, Maryland – May 25, 2017 – Black Cager Scouting, Africa has announced that 7’0″, 205 lbs Osato Iduwe (Class of 2019) has enrolled at Saint Frances Academy, Baltimore, Maryland. A mobile and very active rim protector, Iduwe also considered Mater Dei Prep (NJ) and Saint Joseph’s Prep (PA). An excellent student, Iduwe will anchor the middle for Saint Frances during the 2017-18 season.

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Established in 1828, St Frances Academy (SFA) is an independent Catholic high school with African American and Hispanic roots. St. Frances Academy serves as an agent of positive change within its inner-city neighborhood.

St. Frances Head Coach Nick Myles says “Iduwe is just a fantastic kid. He’s very humble and hardworking. But, most importantly, he listens. We are pleased to have him join the St. Frances learning community.”

Iduwe is playing with the Maryland-based Crusader Nation AAU program this spring-summer.

Black Cager Scouting Service is committed to helping talented student-athletes leverage their athletic abilities for access to higher educational opportunities.

Girard College Names Donnie Carr Head Boys Basketball Coach

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – May 24, 2017 – Girard College has named Donnie Carr Head Coach of the Boys Basketball program. Carr is expected to begin working with Girard in June. He will likely coach the team in several area team camps.

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Carr notes, “Girard College is truly one of the hidden gems in Philadelphia. The combination of high quality academics, diverse student population and great facilities may be unmatched. I look forward to building upon the tremendous success that Clyde Jones had with the program last year. I really appreciate Clay Armbrister, Henry Fairfax and Bob Jordan entrusting me to lead this program. I’m ready to get to work.”

Most recently, Carr served as the Coordinator of Player Development for Hartford University. In his role, he assisted head coach John Gallagher in helping players improve their games through film and statistical analysis while away from the court.

Longtime St. Joseph’s Assistant Coach, Geoff Arnold said, “This is tremendous hire for Girard. Donnie understand Philadelphia basketball as well as anybody I know. I am confident that he will lead them to a lot of success. I expect Girard to eventually compete with Neumann-Goretti, Roman Catholic, Chester, Imhotep Archbishop Wood and the other top programs in the area.”

Carr joined the Hawks after a stint coaching in the high school and AAU ranks in the Philadelphia area. He coached for Philadelphia’s Team Final on the AAU circuit in the summer of 2015 for the Under-15 squad. He served as an assistant coach in the program for Team Final’s Under-18 team, which is annually one of the top AAU programs in the region. Additionally, he spent time as an assistant coach for the Haverford School, Roman Catholic High School and Holy Family University.

He also spent significant time as a mentor to young players in Philadelphia, particularly spending time with the youths of the Sonny Hill Community Involvement League. Some of the players he mentored include NBA players Rasual Butler and Dion Waiters and college players Traci Carter (Marquette), Scoop Jardine (Syracuse) and Ramone Moore (Temple).

His time as a coach followed an overseas playing career that was cut short by injuries. He spent time playing in both Turkey and France, logging three years as an international pro before being forced to wrapping up his playing career in 2004. He burst onto the Turkish League scene, leading the league in scoring as a rookie for his first three months before eventually finishing third in the league. He played for Turk Telecom, annually one of the top teams in Turkey, and in France for Becanson in 2001-02.

Attending high school at Roman Catholic, the Philadelphia native was one of the most highly-touted players in the nation, where he was noted for his 1-on-1 battles with Kobe Bryant in their high school days.

Carr went on to a tremendous college career at LaSalle, where he was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and he finished his career with 2,067 points, placing in the top five in both scoring and assists in Explorers history. He led the Atlantic 10 in scoring in his first season, earning Rookie of the Year honors, and finished in the league’s top four in scoring in each of his four years. His 19.7 career points per game average is third in A-10 history among players who played in the league for more than one year.

He is one of the most legendary players in Big 5 history as well, being named First Team All-Big 5 in each of his four seasons and going on to be inducted in the Big 5 Hall of Fame.

The South Philadelphia native is a disciple of Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Famer Claude Gross. Carr has two sons, Dymere and Kisaan Carr, and a daughter, Siana Brown-Carr.

 

Pissing While Black

Sooooo… Let me get this shit straight…

A kid plays for one of the best Philly High School teams of all-time. Playing alongside legendary ballers like Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble, they dominate Philadelphia scholastic basketball in the mid to late 80s. Wide eyed, with a bright smile he is embraced by the city.

Then he seemlessly transitions to LaSalle. Again, playing alongside a legendary baller, Lionel Simmons, they dominate the MAAC Conference and consistently rank among the best teams in the country.

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This guy, Doug Overton, is very high profile. Everybody knows him. In fact he has a Big 5 Hall of Fame career at 20th and Olney. He’s widely recognized as one the “good guys.” He’s always accessible to younger players, fans and the media.

After college, he embarked on a 14 year professional career, 10 of which were spent in the NBA.

Overton’s pro career took him all over the world…

1991–1992 Rockford Lightning
1992 Illawarra Hawks
19921995 Washington Bullets
1995–1996 Denver Nuggets
19961998 Philadelphia 76ers
1999 Orlando Magic
1999 New Jersey Nets
1999 Philadelphia 76ers
19992000 Boston Celtics
2000–2001 Kansas City Knights
2001 Charlotte Hornets
2001 New Jersey Nets
2001–2002 Kansas City Knights
2002 FC Barcelona
2002 New Jersey Nets
2003 Sioux Falls Skyforce
2003–2004 Los Angeles Clippers
2005 Michigan Mayhem

All of those cities… All those state… Different continents…

Never, not one time was there ever a question about Doug Overton’s character.

Never…

In May 2006, Overton returned to Philly and joined the staff of Philly Coaching legend Phil Martelli at St. Joseph’s as an assistant men’s basketball coach. While on campus for two years there was never even a whiff of inappropriate behavior.

Never…

In 2008, he became an NBA assistant coach with the New Jersey (now Brookyln) Nets. Five years later he was named head coach of the D-League’s Springfield Armor. While he coached at the professional level his conduct was always exemplary. There was never an instance where his judgement was called into question.

Never…

In 2016, my alma mater, Lincoln University needed a basketball coach. I spoke to Overton for countless hours about that job. I encouraged him to apply. I supported his application. Once he was named Lincoln’s coach, Black Cager Sports Media was at the press conference.

When the Lions invaded Cheyney’s Cope Hall and took down the Wolves in front of a packed house, Black Cager Sports Media was there.

We caught up with Overton after the game…

Always… At all times Doug Overton conducts himself in a dignified manner. He has a lovely wife and son completing a Bachleor’s degree at Drexel. He’s an outstanding role model for young men in Philadelphia.

But…

While walking his dog on April 30, according to police…

“[Overton] was exposing himself on the Cynwyd Trail. One of the callers told police the man appeared to be touching himself around his genitals. Another witness told police the man’s penis was outside of his pants and that he was continuously looking at a female in the area. The witnesses then told police he was seen walking on the trail with his penis exposed.”

Well… he was taking a piss…

I’ve been pissing for 52 years… For the last 51 of those years I’ve touched myself around my genitals when doing so…

Since I’ve been out of diapers, pissed with my penis outside my pants… Gotta shake it at the end or your draws get wet…

The part where he was continuously looking at a female and walking with his penis exposed?

Fuck Outta Here!

I play golf… I piss outside…

I take long trips on interstates… I piss outside…

Sometimes I drink 1 or 4 beers… I piss outside…

The Lower Merion police, the witnesses and the local media need to stop with the bullshit!

You want us to believe there was something sexual about this man taking a leak in a park?

I’ll be in court for this hearing… I gotta see these people so afraid of Black penis.

Youngbucks take notes… Look at the writers putting this out there… Look at the media outlets smearing this man after 30+ years of impeccable behavior…

Pay attention.

Maybe he shouldn’t have pissed outside… Give him a ticket… He’ll pay the fine…

The concerted effort to damage his reputation is straight bullshit…

Fuck Outta Here!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaneck’s Pierre Sow Commits to Hampton University!

Pierre Sow (pictured below) is an unassuming, quiet and highly intelligent young man. A strong student, Sow has very good grades and an outstanding SAT score. He also happens to stand about 7’0″ tall and is fast becoming a very good basketball player. A key member of the 2 time State Champion Teaneck (NJ) High School Highwaymen basketball program, Sow has worked his way to a Division 1 scholarship. On the morning of April 7, 2017 he committed to play for Coach Edward Joyner, Jr and the Hampton University Pirates. IMG_1876

Sow just began playing organized basketball a couple of years ago and has really progressed while playing for Teaneck’s fine coach Jerome Smart. However, Division 1 colleges in New Jersey paid little attention to Sow. They missed out on kid with a chance to be a good college player. Sow’s former HS Assistant Coach, Roland Whitley firmly believed in Sow’s ability to compete at the Division 1 level.

“The kid has all the tools… He’s long, he has good timing and he’s very agile. He lacked strength and experience. But, I knew he was a Division 1 player”, said Whitley. “More than anything else, I just needed more people to see him play. So I asked Black Cager Scouting Service to come and check him out two years ago. Delgreco Wilson (below left) came up and agreed that Pierre was a D1 prospect.”

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Wilson noted, “I saw a kid that was raw with a huge upside. The immediate goal was get him in the gym against other good big guys in the off season. I reached out to several Philadelphia area AAU/Grassroots programs. Only Philly Pride invited Pierre to come work out. He didn’t end up playing with them for the summer because the travel was too much, but he made it to several workouts and made some important contacts.”

Philly Pride directors Nette Bennett and Amauro Austin are proud Hampton University alums. Austin reached out to Hampton and strongly encouraged them to offer Sow a scholarship. He had been considering prep school.

“Those guys at Black Cager Scouting really helped me through this thing,” said Whitley. “I played at North Carolina State under Jim Valvano but things are much different these days. I really leaned on them to help me guide the family. We are extremely happy with Hampton University.”

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According to Wilson, “academically, Pierre is the type of kid that usually ends up in the Ivy or Patriot League. Hampton is a perfect fit for him because he has the intellectual tools to really take advantage of Hampton’s academic programs. The University President, Dr. William R. Harvey (above right) made Sow’s mother (above center) feel welcome and assured them that he would take care of their son. There is no substitute for the intimacy and familiarity one finds on HBCU campuses. Jaekwon Carlye is a Philly Pride kid completing his freshman year at Hampton and he loves it there. I know Pierre made the right choice.”

 

 

Dawn From Raymond Rosen… National Champion!!

One evening last fall, I sat with Phil Martelli in the St. Joseph’s Basketball offices and discussed, what else… the city game. Over the past 30 years, we’ve had maybe a 100 or so of these conversations. The only thing that’s changed is the size of his office and the amenities surrounding us.

In the beginning, we would sit in his “office” adjacent to the old Field House. This space housed two Assistant coaches and two desks. After that, there was room for maybe one media guide… if it was less than 200 pages. Seriously, there wasn’t enough room to house the sneaker collection of a bench player on Team Final or We R1 “B” team. It was a glorified closet, tiny and cramped… I loved it there…

Let me tell you… we talked a lot of shit in that little space…  Who’s good? Who stinks? Who’s gonna win? Who should St. Joseph’s be recruiting?

Then, Phil got a bump… Head Coach of the Hawks… With that came a move a few feet down the hall and a private office about the size of my dorm at Lincoln University… An improvement for sure, but still lacking the “Je Ne Sais Quoi” one typically associates with Division 1 basketball offices.

But the long,  meandering and captivating conversations continued…

Eventually, St. Joseph’s committed to upgrading it’s basketball facilities… Wow!! These days, Phil works out of an office suite befitting an senior executive with a Fortune 500 Company… Just to help you understand how far things have come, the square footage of tabletop in the conference room connected to his office is literally greater than that of his first office… SJU has stepped up big time…

Although we sit in a much more refined space and lounge on nicer furniture… The the conversations are the same as they always were…

Two Delaware County Hoop Heads sitting around talking a lot of shit!

That particular evening, last fall the conversation turned to women’s college basketball… Phil’s dear friend Geno Auriemma (below) has emerged as the greatest coach in the history of women’s college basketball.

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Who knew?

In 1979, Auriemma joined Martelli’s staff at Bishop Kenrick in 1979. They coached together in the Philadelphia Catholic League for two year before Auriemma left to join the women’s staff at the University of Virginia. After four years at Virginia, Auriemma took the reins of the nondescript UConn women’s program. Prior to Auriemma’s arrival at Storrs in 1985, the Huskies Women’s Basketball team had exactly one winning season in its history.

They fuckin’ stunk!

Since Geno’s been there, they have won an astonishing 11 NCAA Women’s D1 Championships. 23 Big East Regular Season Championships and 22 Conference Tournament Championships. The Huskie’s record during Auriemma’s tenure is an incredible 991-135. He’s been named the Naismith Coach of the Year 8 times…

By any reasonable measure, Geno is the one of the greatest coaches in the history of collegiate athletics… He’s up there with the likes of John Wooden, Bear Bryant, Pat Summit, Coach K and Nick Saban… Rarefied air indeed…

So… I understood where Phil was coming from… I got it when he declared:

“Nobody else is gonna win one ‘til Geno hangs ‘em up… He’s got this thing wired…”

Yeah… I understood… But I disagreed…

Fuck that!

“Dawn is gonna get one Phil…”

Now… I didn’t have much more to go on than pure faith in “Saint” Dawn… After all, Geno was in the middle of what seemed like a 9,874 game winning streak… I simply believed my lil’ homie from North Philly and the Raymond Rosen Projects would get it done…

Dawn Staley = Winning!!

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I remember it like is was yesterday, my college roommate, Dexter “Big Herb” Matthews (above left), was also from Raymond Rosen. It was 1987 and he kept talking about his youngbuck… This lil’ girl that was frying everybody… Big Herb emphatically insisted his neighbor and childhood friend was the best player in the world… male or female…

“Y’all niggas just don’t know… my youngin’ is the best player in the nation…”

“Fuck you talkin’ bout Herb?”

“I’m telling you… watch… y’all gonna see.”

That’s how I was introduced, in 1987, to Dawn Staley… So… I start following her in the box scores… one story, in particular, stands out… 26 point, 15 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 steals… Wait… What the fuck?

No dotcoms back then, had to take that ass to the store and pay $.50 cent to get the scoop. From the moment Big Herb put me on, I never missed one…

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Now I’ve always been a hoop head but I was not a huge fan of female version of the city game. Before Staley’s emergence, the only women’s games I ever watched up to that point were the first (1982) Women’s NCAA Championship featuring Coach Vivian Stringer, the great Yolanda Laney and USC’s televised games. I had to watch Cheyney State play for the national D1 title… Imagine that? Cheyney playing for the D1 Championship on national TV…  And, EVERYBODY had to watch USC and Cheryl Miller. She was just the finest female player of her era. To this day, I still say Cheryl, in her prime, would BUST lil’ brother Reggie’s ass…

Big Herb introduced me and ALL of fellas at Lincoln University to Dawn Staley and women’s basketball. For that, we are forever grateful…

We watched Staley (below) change women’s college basketball while playing at the University of Virginia.

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Dawn was the quintessential PHILLY GUARD! Along the lines of Guy Rogers, Earl Monroe, Pooh Richardson and Kyle Lowry. Beyond tough, very little flash and willing to die on the court… It really wasn’t fair for her opponents. Dawn was used to killing dudes on the playgrounds of North Philly. She was wired differently from the women she faced… Most often the smallest player, she literally dominated the game from the backcourt… She willed the UVA program to win after win…

The NCAA tournament? That was a forgone conclusion… The only question was: Would she win a National Championship? She led UVA to 4 NCAA Tournaments, three Final Four appearances and one National Championship game.

Must see TV!! I watched every second of every game…

The world soon discovered what Big Herb had been saying for years… Dawn Staley wasn’t to be fucked with on the court… She was ABOVE varsity… She was on some other level shit…

She was the ACC female athlete of the year and the national player of the year in 1991 and 1992. A true point guard, she scored when necessary to win the game… Which was often… Staley finished her college career with 2,135 points. She relentlessly pressured opposing point guards making them extremely uncomfortable handling the ball around her… Time after time, she would strip ‘em and leave BUTT NAKED while she laid the ball off the backboard for an easy two points… Staley holds the NCAA record for career steals with 454.

A true point GOD, she finished her career at Virginia as the as the ACC’s all-time leader in assists at 729.

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Since then, she’s collected three Olympic Gold Medals as a player, two more as an assistant coach and been inducted to the Naismith Hall of Fame.

Given a chance to work just few blocks from Raymond Rosen, Staley put Temple women’s basketball on the map. She began coaching Temple in 2000 while still playing professionally. In eight years, she led the Owls to 6 NCAA appearances and one WNIT.

Always looking for a challenge, and in search of that National Championship that eluded her as a player, Dawn decided to invade the SEC and challenge mighty Tennessee for SEC supremacy. She started from the bottom… This was no rehab… It was new construction…  The Gamecocks had only won a total of 20 games in the five years before her arrival.

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Her record at at South Carolina is 221-80. The previously moribund Gamecocks have made six consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament, with three Sweet 16s and a Final Four in 2015… Dawn got ’em rolling… The Gamecocks have been stalking the Geno and the Huskies…

That night in the Ramsay Center, the shit talking continued…

“Fuck that Phil… I like Dawn to knock your boy off… Geno can’t keep winning every year…”

“I’m telling you Del… He’s got it figured out… He’s not gonna lose…”

Well… we didn’t get the matchup we wanted… Morgan Williams, the gifted 5 foot 5 point guard from Mississippi State ended Geno’s season with a beautiful pull up jumper in the semifinals…

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After making Williams literally disappear, Dawn and the Gamecocks got one! But, she didn’t knock off Geno… To be continued…

A guy from Darby Township and a coach from Landsdowne… Two Delco Hoop heads… with two friends vying for national supremacy year in, year out… Does it get any better than this?

I can’t wait to see Phil… I’m gonna talk a whole LOTTA shit!!