Dear D1, D2, D3, NAIA and JUCO Coaches…

Summer’s winding down… Most of your guys are home getting ready to return to campus…

You have two things on your mind coach… One, winning the games on your recently released schedule… Although I wish you luck, I really can’t help you with that one Bro…

However, the other BIG thing on your mind is recruiting. I believe Black Cager Scouting Services can be of assistance with that one. As you try to determine which kids fit your needs for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes, we can help you sort a few things out.

After watching scores, perhaps even hundreds, of AAU/grassroots games over the past 4 months, you have to shift your analytical focus to the scholastic game. High School is hoops is a much different animal… Unlike AAU tournaments featuring some of the very best players in the nations, in many cases the kids you come to see will be playing against far weaker teams. Your target will frequently be the best kid on the court… BY FAR… Many times, when you walk into a HS gym there may be 1, 2 or maybe 3 D1 or D2 level prospects. The Black Cager Fall Classic give you an opportunity to observe and evaluate ELITE high school players competing against one another for their HS teams.

Coach… What if I told you we have arranged for 44 very good high school teams from the mid-Atlantic region to play in one gym over 2 days in the middle of October?

Coach… Not just good teams, but some really GREAT programs… Legendary programs like Imhotep, Archbishop Wood, Roman Catholic, Neumann-Goretti, Chester, Harrisburg and Camden will participate. The Washington, D.C. Public League Champion Woodrow Wilson, the Delaware State Champion Smyrna will be there. Teams with multiple ESPN Top 100 players like John Carroll (MD) and Immaculate Conception (NJ) will be playing.

Here is list of confirmed teams for the 2nd Annual Black Cager Fall Classic…

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Each of these programs will play two (2) highly competitive games.

Looking for a BIG? Naheem McCloud (7’1″ Junior, Center – Plymouth-Whitemarsh) will face Azubuike Nwankwo (7’2″ Junior, Center – Smyrna) and Wil McNair (6’10” Senior, Center – MLK Jr). These are the types of sturdy tests these guys need. These are match-ups that facilitate solid evaluation of these college prospects.

Looking for a point guard this year or next year? Well… We are gonna have highly ranked sophomores AJ Hoggard (Archbishop Carroll – UConn offer) and Lynn Greer (Roman Catholic – Penn State, Temple offers) go head-to-head with Immanuel Quickley, ESPN #13 (John Carroll – Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona and UConn offers)…

Over and over and over… Tough matchups ALL DAY for 2 days!

These guys will be playing within the structure of their scholastic teams.

D1 coaches, I know you wanna be there… I really wish you could be there… But the NCAA forbids it… For you, we are gonna film each game… The videos will be available to all subscribers of the NCAA-Approve Black Cager Scouting Service… We will also make available complete evaluation of each players. And coach… we have some really good players coming out!

Below is a partial listing of some of the HIGH MAJOR players that will compete in the Fall Classic.

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Small college coaches… PLEASE come out and enjoy this weekend of high level hoops with us! Division 2, Division 3, NAIA and JUCO coaches are cordially invited to come and watch these programs go at it up close. We will have designated seating areas for college coaches. We want you to be able to watch and evaluate the talent on display without interruption. While we have some high powered teams with high major talent, this event is intended, primarily, to give small colleges and small college prospects a jump on the recruiting process.

We all know the Top 100 prospects will be alright… We are trying to facilitate the recruitment of ALL the kids in these wonderful high school programs.

Below is a partial listing of some of the D1 and small college prospects that will be competing.

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Coach… We will make you and your staff comfortable. We will make available all the necessary contact information for the coaches and players in the Fall Classic.

We are gonna get it in ALL DAY for 2 day coach… If you D1, I’ll have to get you the reports and videos… If you D2, D3, NAIA or JUCO… Bring YO ASS!

See you there coach!

Delgreco K. Wilson





An Open Letter to College Basketball Coaches…

Coach… Coach… Relax Bro… I know it’s been hectic the past few weeks. Sit back and chill for a few… Let me holla at ya…

Airports, hotels, rental cars D2 gyms, D3 gyms and HOT ASS high school gyms one after another…

Couple days home, then…

Airports, hotels, rental cars D2 gyms, D3 gyms and HOT ASS high school gyms one after another…

The grind is real!

I feel your pain Bro… I understand… You gotta get that kid… You been stalking him, texting him, direct messaging him, calling Mom, calling Dad, listening to his Ol’ Head’s ‘assessment’ of how he fits in YOUR offense… I get it… You’re tired as shit…

This week you’re sitting down with your Head Coach and the other Assistants on staff and discuss what you’ve seen… You’re trying to come up with a plan for August. “How do we close?”

“We gotta get this shit done!”

“Who should we bring on campus this month? Which local kids do we invite for unofficials? Who do we bring in on official visits?”

Allow the Black Cager Scouting Service to help you sort through some of this clutter… We can help you evaluate and contact kids playing in the mid-Atlantic region (NJ, PA, DE & MD).

We know the pressure you work under… We appreciate your time, we don’t waste it… You’re looking for kids that can help you win games in your conference… You need to get to a post-season tournament…

The Black Cager Scouting Service helps college basketball coaches identify NCAA-eligible student-athletes.

Below you will find some recent observations… These are for coaches recruiting at the highest levels, like guys working for Power Conference Schools or ambitious programs in the A10, Mountain West, American and C-USA conferences, etc.

We all know… It’s levels to this shit! Black Cager keeps that in mind at all times…

Coach… Are you in the market for a high end, “One and Done” level talent?

If you are at or near the top of one of the Power Conferences and need a piece that can put you in position to make a Final Four appearance there are a couple of mid-Atlantic prospects that could help you get there. These are the guys at the very top of the food chain.


Cameron Reddish (Team Final/Westtown), ESPN, #4 2018, is definitely a target for guys in this predicament. A genuine, certified, verified, bonafied “one and done” prospect, Reddish is nearly 6’8” and approaching 210 lbs. He is a highly skilled WG/SF. Straight out of casting central, Cam looks the part. He has the handle… He has the shot… He can pass… He can rebound… He can defend… At times, he makes it look too easy. Although a few have questioned if he has a true killer instinct, none have questioned his elite basketball abilities. Cam is THE MAN in the mid-Atlantic region. Reddish a very good, not freakish, athlete.  But he is extremely smooth and explosive enough to translate his game to the collegiate level and beyond. Programs that routinely feature 1 or 2 year college players are heavily involved with Reddish. Kentucky, Duke, UConn, UCLA and Villanova round out his top 5.


The other sure fire prospect for those seeking a “one and done” talent in the mid-Atlantic region is Nazreon Reid (Sports U/Roselle Catholic). Reid, ESPN #8 2018, at first glance looks like an old school back to the basket low-post player until the game starts. After jump ball, he becomes a 6’10”, 250 pound highly skilled forward with solid ball-handling skills and exceptional vision. He makes very good decisions with the ball in transition. He keeps his head up and finds teammates with accurate no-look passes. A very good athlete, Reid possesses a mature frame. A solid year in an intensive collegiate strength and conditioning program will convert Reid into an NBA-ready physical specimen in short order. Make no mistake, Reid is a naturally strong, highly skilled and unselfish young players figuring out how to impose his will on games. He has quick release and a repeatable stroke from deep. He shoots over 42% from beyond the arc. He won’t be a college player for long. I’d be surprised if he earns more that 15-18 credits… UConn, Kansas, Louisville, LSU and Maryland are just few of his primary suitors.

Are you looking for a guard that can contribute to a HIGH MAJOR program early in their careers and is likely to stay in school beyond one season?

There are several to top prospects choose from in the mid-Atlantic region. I really don’t think you can go wrong with anyone of them…


Immanuel Quickley (Team BBC/John Carroll) is a 6’3” 180 pound point guard from Baltimore. Quickley, ESPN #15 2018, is a big point guard with room to add size and strength. He has an athletic frame with broad shoulders and long arms and legs. He plays a cerebral game. Quickley consistently makes smart plays and possesses a good instinctive feel for the game. An outstanding defender both on and off the ball, he applies great pressure to opposing point guards and is extremely disruptive in the the passing lanes exhibiting impressive quickness. Arizona, Cincinnati, UConn, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Maimi, Providence and UCLA are some of the schools pursuing Quickley.


Jahvon Quinerly (Sports U/Hudson Catholic) plays the game at a very even pace. At 6’1” 175 pounds, Quinerly, ESPN #16 2018, is never in a hurry and plays with a very calm demeanor. Usually paired with very talented teammates in both AAU and high school settings, Quinerly has an advanced feel for the game. An exceptional ball-handler, Quinerly is equally adept going right or left. While he is able to create space for himself off the dribble with in and out moves and crossovers, he is at his best utilizing screens and in the pick and roll. Quinerly plays the game with a very high degree of confidence. He is a HIGH MAJOR point guard prospect for sure. Arizona, Kansas, Maryland, Villanova, UCLA, Syracuse and Virginia are among the offers he has received.


Louis King (Team Final/Hudson Catholic) is a very talented small forward/big wing oozing with potential. He has very solid ball-handling skills as a result of growing four inches in the last two years. When he is on, he can be dominant offensively. King at 6’8”, 205 lbs, ESPN #17 2018 can put up big numbers even when his man is playing outstanding defense. He’s effective in pick and roll situations where he can simply dribble off and pull up. He is crafty enough to create space for his shot in isolation situations. He has decent range and nice form on his jump shot, but his shot-selection at times hurts his percentages. King gets nice elevation and can shoot off balance with little trouble, particularly from mid-range range. Operates as a bit of a point forward. Great one-on-one skills. Excellent hesitation moves and use of ball fakes. Plays the game at many different speeds. Effective crossover. Hard to stop off the dribble. Outstanding ball-handler at his size. Kansas, Kansas St, Louisville, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Syracuse and VCU are pursuing King.


Jalen Carey (NJ Playaz/Immaculate Conception) is a very athletic combo guard. He’s very smooth and capable of explosively attacking the rim in transition. Carey, ESPN #56, 2018, has great size and explosive scoring ability. In both AAU and High School settings he has proven himself to be a very natural scorer with an effortless shooting ability and excellent instincts off the dribble. He’s very quick in half-court situations with an excellent first step. He penetrates the defense and gets into the paint with ease. Carey is fast and goes from end to end in a blur. He consistently makes good decisions in fast-break opportunities. Great size for a point guard, standing 6’3” and weighing 175 pounds. Very capable of creating shots for himself off the dribble with a lot of hesitations, crossovers and fakes to get himself open. Shoots the ball often and with confidence. UConn, Notre Dame, Villanova, Syracuse, Penn State, South Carolina, Pitt, Rutgers, St. Joseph’s, Temple, VCU are some of the schools recruiting Carey.


Noah Locke (Team Melo/McDonogh) is an athletic shooting guard, with great scoring potential. Locke is a very good shooter, with quick release. At 6’2” 195, he shoots it well coming of screens and he more than capable of creating his own shot off-the-dribble. He is a deadly pull up jump shooter. Locke, ESPN #82 2018, is a “old school” shooting guard who possesses a very solid mid-range game. His strongest asset is his ability to put the ball in the basket. He has a compact and repeatable shooting stroke with a high release. He was one of the best three-point shooters on the EYBL cuircuit this year. He also has potential as a defender even though he’s not very big or exceptionally strong. He has quick feet, and should be able to defend college shooting guards on the perimeter. His recruiting has really picked up this Spring/Summer with Florida, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Pitt, Providence and Virginia Tech in hot pursuit.


Eric Ayala (WeRone/Putnam Science) is a big highly skilled point guard. Ayala, 6’4” 190 pounds, is relatively tall and strong for his position. He possesses adequate quickness and speed, but his size and physicality are his most useful assets. Ayala, ESPN #88 2018, is able to slide over to shooting guard on occasion without much difficulty. Has a great feel for the game, highly refined ball handling skills, and is as clutch as they come. He’s been a big part of consecutive (2016, 2017) Under Armour 17U national championship teams. He’s never afraid to take the big shot. One of the most reliable and efficient offensive point guards in the nation. Ayala is very effective in pick and roll situations. He’s difficult to guard on the high pick and roll due to his shooting ability. Capable of stopping and popping from just about anywhere. Needs to become more consistent from three point range. He is great at initiating contact and finishing. Goes to the line at a high rate. Great killer instinct. Doesn’t turn the ball over at all for how much he dribbles. Not a fancy ball handler, but a good one. Not a fancy passer either. However, he is well above average in that aspect of the game. Arizona, UConn, Oregon, Indiana, Maryland, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina, Syracuse, St. John’s, Temple, Saint Joseph’s, VCU and USC are some of programs pursuing Ayala.

High-Major, Mid-Major and  Low-Major College coaches  SUBSCRIBE to Black Cager Scouting Service (*NCAA Approved*) for detailed scouting/evaluation reports on mid-Atlantic AAU/Grassroots team and individual players such as:

WeRone Hoops (Under Armour)
Philly Pride (Under Armour)
Team Final (EYBL)
K-Low Elite (Adidas Gauntlet)
Team Melo (EYBL)
Team BBC (Adidas Gauntlet)
Team Takeover (EYBL)
NJ Playaz (EYBL)
Team Rio (Under Armour)
Team PYO (Independent)
Philly Hurricanes (Independent)
Elite U (Independent)
Phenom-Hoopdreamz (Independent)

Philly Class of 2018

Matthue Cotton (K-Low Elite/Eastern HS)
Jack Clark (Philly Pride/Cheltenham HS)
Allen Betrand (Philly Pride/Roman Catholic HS)
Tyree Pickron (K-Low Elite/Archbishop Wood HS)
Antwuan Butler (WeRone Hoops/O’Hara HS)
Sam Sessoms (Team Final/Shipley HS)
Damon Wall (K-Low Elite/Doane Academy)
Andrew Funk (Jersey Shore Warriors/Archbishop Wood HS)
Ajiri Johnson (WeRone Hoops/Bonner HS)
Seth Pinkney (K-Low Elite/Archbishop Wood)
Donelle Holly (Philly Pride/MLK HS)
Elijah Kiah-El (Philly Pride/MLK HS)
Justin Steers (Philly Pride/Friends Central HS)
Justin Anderson (Team Final/Archbishop Carroll HS)
Marcus Littles (WeRone Hoops/Neumann-Goretti HS)
Izaiah Brockington (WeRone Hoops/Ryan HS)
Bernard Lightsey (Postive Image/Imhotep HS)
Karrington Wallace (K-Low Elite/Archbishop Wood HS)
John Bol Ajak (Team Final/Church Farm)
Ahmin Williams (PYO/Plymouth-Whitemarsh)
Ahmad Williams (PYO/Plymouth-Whitemarsh)
Dhamir Montague (Phenom-Hoopdreamz/Neumann-Goretti)
Noah Warren (Team Final Black/Neumann-Goretti)

Philly Class of 2019

Eric Dixon (WeRone Hoops/Abington HS)
Donta Scott (Philly Pride/Imhotep)
Seth Lundy (Philly Pride/Roman Catholic)
Naheem McCleod (PYO/Plymouth-Whitemarsh)
Chris Ings (NJ Playaz/Neumann-Goretti)
Isaiah Wong (WeRone Hoops/Notre Dame)
Nahshon “Bones” Hyland (WeRone Hoops/Bonner)
Christian Ray (K-Low Elite/Haverford School)
Karam Cummings (K-Low Elite/Imhotep)
Zion Teague (K-Low Elite/Vineland HS)
Dahmir Bishop (K-Low Elite/Imhotep HS)
Khalif Battle (Team Final/Gill St. Bernard HS)
Lucas Monroe (Team Final/Abington HS)
Julius Phillips (Team Final/Archbishop Wood)
K’vonn Cramer (Team Final/Mt. Pleasant HS)

Black Cager Scouting Service can help you sort out the mid-Atlantic region coach! We understand how much information you are trying to process… We know you need find NCAA-eligible players that can make a difference! Hit us up coach!!

Delgreco K. Wilson
Black Cager Scouting Service
1100 East State Street
Camden, NJ 08105

Information you need!





Living for the “Weekend!”

This time of year is angst filled for many… College coaches grab a bag and veer from city to city in search of that missing piece. Some need that stretch 4 to balance the floor. Some need that tough, hard-nosed point guard to control the flow of the game. Some need a rim protector, they are tired of watching teams lay the rock in the basket unchallenged. Whatever the case, these coaches are out here shopping…

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For many, they have to make a tough decision when developing their recruiting strategy. Do they shop at the “Poppi Corner Store” or do the go to Coscos?

High School basketball is like the Dominican/Korean store found on every corner in mid-Atlantic cities. You go there, you know what they have. You know the people running the place. You are able to get in, get what you came for and get out. There are days when that’s what you need.

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The HUGE AAU events with scores of teams playing on 8, 10 or even 20 courts is like Coscos. You walk up and down the isle in amazement at the selection. Sometimes, however, it’s a bit crowded and uncomfortable… The service can be a lil’ slow because of the sheer size of the operation. But when you want to see the widest range of prospects… Coscos it is!


More than most basketball guys, Jimmy Salmon, is uniquely positioned to understand the position college coaches find themselves in. A former college coach, Salmon is one of the top AAU guys in America. Indeed, his NJ Playaz program won the prestigious Nike Peach Jam a few years ago with Isaiah Briscoe at the helm. He is also the Head Coach of one of the best High School programs in the insanely competitive Northern New Jersey/New York City region. In just two years, Salmon has led Immaculate Conception to the brink of prominence.

In an effort to facilitate evaluation for college coaches and increase exposure for high school players, Salmon came up with the “Weekend” concept. In this NCAA approved live period event, elite High School teams will compete in front of college coaches.

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Players play different roles on AAU/Grassroots teams than they do on their high school teams. College coaches will have an opportunity to see younger 15, 16 year old kids compete with some of the best high school programs in the nation. The lineup is incredible: Archbishop Wood (PA), Pope John Sparta (NJ), Iona Prep (NY), St. Raymond’s (NY), Rutger’s Prep (NJ), Our Savior New American (NY), Hudson Catholic (NJ), Roselle Catholic (NJ), West Catholic (PA), The Patrick School (NJ), Seton Hall Prep (NJ), Bergen Catholic (NJ) and Immaculate Conception (NJ) are some of the best high school programs around.

The “Weekend” will feature high level, intense high school competition in a modern, collegiate facility on the campus of Montclair State University!

It’s like the best of both worlds, a combination of a Poppi Store and Coscos!

Black Cager Sports Media will provide live game action, interviews and highlights via Facebook Live (Delgreco Wilson’s Account) and



Black Cager Philadelphia Basketball Coaches Clinic: September 23, 2017

July 13 – Philadelphia, PABlack Cager Sports Media will conduct a Coaches Clinic for Philadelphia area basketball coaches. College, JUCO, High School, Junior High School, Middle School and AAU coaches and basketball trainers are invited to attend. The Black Cager Philadelphia Philadelphia Basketball Coaches Clinic will be held on the historic campus of Girard College located in at 2101 S. College Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121.

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Scheduled to present at the Black Cager Clinic are Pat Chambers, Head Coach – Penn State University; Doug Overton, Head Coach – Lincoln University; Martin Ingelsby, Head Coach – University of Delaware; Kevin Stallings, Head Coach – University of Pittsburgh; Zach Spiker, Head Coach, Drexel University and; Ashley Howard, Assistant Coach – Villanova University.

This is an excellent group of college basketball minds and they are eager to share with Philadelphia area coaches.

The Black Cager is excited to bring coaches from the Big 10, ACC, CIAA, Big East and CAA conferences to Philadelphia for this event.  Philadelphia has hundreds of basketball coaches working at every level from college down to elementary school. This clinic is designed to help these coaches pick up valuable information they can take back and apply while working with their players.

Moreover, the Black Cager feels that relationships play a larger role in basketball than perhaps any other sport. We want to give local coaches a chance to spend a few hours with these college guys. We want them to forge relationships that they can build upon and use to further the careers of the players in their programs.

The Black Cager Philadelphia Basketball Coaches Clinic will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Proceeds will benefit Coaches vs Cancer and the Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame.

Please download the FREE Spornado App in the Google Play or IPhone App store.  Registrations will be confirmed via Spornado.


Bob Jordan, Girard College – 215-850-1045

Delgreco Wilson, Black Cager – 267-251-1355

Black Cager Coaches Clinic – Tickets & Registration













Body Armor, Black Cager, Spornado & Kwalifī Sponsor the Battle for the Bell

July 1, 2017 – Philadelphia, PABODYARMOR is a better-for-you hydration option to traditional sports drinks. It has more electrolytes, higher in vitamins and potassium, lower in sodium, contains coconut water, naturally sweetened with pure cane sugar, natural flavors and no colors from artificial sources. Other sports drinks are high in sodium, low in potassium, have artificial flavors and colors with little to no nutrients. BODYARMOR is an official sponsor of the Battle for the Bell featuring the 15U, 16U and 17U squads from Team Final (Nike EYBL) and K-Low Elite (Adidas Gauntlet).


Black Cager Scouting Service is an NCAA approved basketball scouting service. Programs in the SEC, Big 10, ACC, Big East, Atlantic 10, PAC 12 and other major conferences subscribe to Black Cager Scouting. Black Cager will evaluate every player in both programs.Logo

Every participating player from K-Low Elite and Team Final will also receive a Black Cager recruiting profile on the Spornado platform. Spornado is a FREE smartphone app for users who are seeking to get recruited, scouted, drafted, and/or play collegiate  or professional sports of any kind. Black Cager Scouting Service will forward the recruiting profiles to college coaches across the country.


Combined, Lonnie Lowry (Director, K-Low Elite) and Rob Brown (Director, Team Final) have sent over 150 young men to college on basketball scholarships between them. Their commitment to academics is unquestioned. Every participating player and their parents will receive a FREE download of the Kwalifī smartphone app. Kwalifī is a simple and powerful app for tracking progress toward meeting NCAA Division I, Division II and NAIA scholarship eligibility requirements. It allows parents, students and coaches to take ownership of the eligibility process.

Core course grades, sliding scales, core course GPA calculations are made easy to understand. No more depending to counselors. Simple, easy to understand and very useful! Specific steps are outlined to help student-athletes meet NCAA and NAIA requirements.


Sponsorship registration remains open for the Battle for the Bell, to be held July 8, 2017 at Imhotep Charter High School, 6201 N 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19138.

More Sponsorship Information:

Lonnie Lowry –

Rob Brown

Media Contact:

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Philly Native, David Butts Joins NC A&T Coaching Staff

Greensboro, North Carolina – June 6, 2017 – North Carolina A&T University has named Philadelphia David Butts, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach. This past year, Butts worked as Assistant Coach under Head Coach Robert Hughes at Rosemont College. Rosemont went 16-11 and 13-5 in the CSAC. They reached the CSAC semifinal where they fell on road to nationally ranked Neumann University.

Butts (pictured below left, with Kentucky Coach John Calipari) was an integral part of Coach Hughes success at Rosemont this season. Butts states, “I can’t say enough about the opportunity that Coach Hughes gave me to be an assistant in a highly competitive program. I was able to learn a great deal about the importance of attention to detail and preparation from him.”


He will join the staff of Aggie Head Coach Jay Jones at North Carolina A&T. “Coach Joyner has given me an opportunity to work at the Division 1 level in the historic MEAC Conference. I have a deep appreciation for the history of the A&T basketball. One of the all-time great Aggies is from Philadelphia. Joe Howell played in the 50s and still ranks as one of the top 5 scorers in the history of the program. I want to give some of the young players in Philly an opportunity to come to Greensboro and write some new chapters in the history of Aggie basketball.”

He has worked at the prep school, JUCO and collegiate level. As a result he brings a wealth of experience in dealing with prospects at all levels. According to Butts, “When kids come to A&T they will go against Morgan St. Norfolk St, Howard, South Carolina State, Florida A&M and Delaware State. The MEAC has some of the toughest rivalries in all of collegiate sports. But most importantly, the HBCU experience will greatly benefit a lot of kids. The nurturing environment on the A&T campus is much different from the large impersonal setting found at a lot of Division 1 colleges.”

South Carolina Assistant Coach Perry Clark  and St. Joseph’s Assistant Geoffrey Arnold spoke very highly of Butts. Clark says, “David is very passionate about coaching and eager to learn. Those are the traits one looks for in a young coach.” According to Arnold, “Dave is really an effective communicator. He relates very well to the kids playing high school and AAU basketball. I think he will do very well at A&T.”

Black Cager Sports Media will follow Coach Butts and the North Carolina A&T Aggies very closely.



Sign the Damn Transfer Papers!

Stink-Stink is 15 years old… All his life, he has done just enough to get by… He NEVER does homework… He NEVER truly studies…

As a result, he has a 1.5 Grade Point Average at the end of his sophomore year at SouthWest Philly High. SW Philly HS is a traditional neighborhood school. Most of the kids live in the community immediately surrounding the school. The 4-year graduation rate at SW Philly HS is 47%… The 4-year graduation rate for Black males is 26%…

Stink-Stink is a Black male…

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While he never really took basketball seriously, he was always gifted. He could flat out score. Whether it was playing late night money games with the Ol’ Heads from the projects or unlimited summer league games ’round the way… Stink-Stink got buckets!

As a 9th grader, he averaged 17 ppg and he didn’t even really understand the plays. His relationship with his coach was strained because Stink-Stink was frequently absent from or late getting to school. It was a constant struggle to get him to submit class assignments on time. Never disrespectful to teachers or administrators, Stink-Stink just didn’t take school seriously…

That summer, a scout from Philly Funk, the Converse sponsored AAU program, approached Stink-Stink and got him to play with their 16U team. Flying for the first time in his life, Stink-Stink played in Chicago, Memphis, Houston and Las Vegas over the summer… He was truly grateful… Stink-Stink had never stayed in a hotel before those trips…

Highly motivated… He showed his ass!

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Going against the top rated guards in the country, he repeatedly scored 25 or more in big games… More than the point totals, it was the way he did it… NASTY!! No screens… No back doors… Off the dribble, crossovers, in and outs, floaters, step-backs, to the left, to the right…

Stink-Stink BUSSED dey ass!!

His self-esteem and confidence was through the roof…

When he returned to SW Philly HS, he was unstoppable… He took basketball very seriously now… He got to school early and put up 200 jumpers… He lifted weights… He watched film… He was learning his craft…

He tore the Pub up… As a sophomore he averaged 24 ppg… He had three games of 40 or more…

One of his Philly Funk coaches, Big Earl, got an assistant coaching job at Uptown Charter School…

Uptown Charter has won 6 State Championships over the past 8 years… They have sent 24 kids to D1 programs over that span…

Big Earl explained to Stink-Stink’s Grandmom that SW Philly HS hasn’t had any kids go D1 in basketball in 15 years… Big Earl explained that the avg. SAT score at SW Philly HS is 680… He told Grandmom that Stink-Stink would have to score at least 900 IF he was able to raise his GPA from 1.5 to 2.3 in order to accept a scholarship… The average score at Uptown Charter is 860…

Big Earl showed his Grandmom that St. Joseph’s is $55,000 per year and $220,000 over 4-years… Drexel is $70,000 per year and $280,000 over 4-years…

Big Earl suggested that Grandmom transfer Stink-Stink from SW Philly to Uptown…

Grandmom told Big Earl to go to Graterford and talk to Stink-Stink’s Dad about it… Big Earl made the trip… Done deal…


When Grandmom submitted the transfer papers, the SW Philly coach refused to sign off… Fuck is wrong this dude?

The Guidance Counselor grilled Grandmom… “Are you doing this for athletic reasons?”

Grandmom said, “I’m doing what’s best for my grandson…”

“But is it for athletic reasons? I’m worried about SW Philly’s program… I’m tired of the big Charters taking their best players.”

Grandmom replied, “With all due respect sweetheart, I don’t give a FUCK about the SW Philly program… I’m worried about my grandson… His Mom is strung out doing who knows what, who knows where and his Dad is locked up… I’m trying to put him in position to get a scholarship… His GPA is 1.5 here… He needs a fresh start at Uptown Charter!”

The Guidance Counselor signed the papers…

As she should!

Stink-Stink gonna go D1…