Open Gym: Imhotep

It’s always the same… Dashiki-clad young people looking you in the eyes and greeting you, “How are you… Sir?” Each time, I make a mental note… “This school is a little different…”

This is truly a place that builds champions!

I make my way up the stairs and through the glass doors…  Now there are four doors and each and every time ONLY one is open… I swear it’s never the same door… No matter where I start, it’s always the 4th door I pull that allows me to enter…

Once in, a quick wave and “How you doing?” to the security staff to your immediate left… Then a leisurely stroll about 40 feet straight ahead to the “House that Bro. Andre Noble built.”

The small Imhotep Charter High School gym has become one of the most rigorous basketball training facilities in the nation. Year after year, Head Coach Andre Noble has produced Division 1 basketball players by the boatload!

As I tugged on the finicky gym door, I could see about 12-14 college coaches sitting in the one set of bleachers pulled out for their convenience… Their eyes were glued to the floor where, at least, 6 Division 1 players were competing in an intense series of scrimmages.

As usual, the kids were getting it in!

Last year’s team finished ranked in the Top 5 in the United States of America!

This year’s team might be better…

Overbrook in the mid 1950’s, West Philly in the mid 1970’s, Overbrook in the late 1970’s, Gratz in the early 1990’s… These may be the appropriate comparisons for this Philadelphia Public League juggernaut…

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Head Coach, Andre Noble addresses the Imhotep Varsity Basketball Team

 

Yeah… yeah… yeah… they lost David Beatty (South Carolina/SEC), Daron “Fatts” Russell (Rhode Island/A10) and Kobe Thomas (Robert Morris/NEC). For an ordinary program, those would be debilitating losses…

Not at Imhotep… Brother Andre’s bullpen is ALWAYS fully stocked… The next man up in the backcourt, junior Dhamir Bishop already has 10 scholarship offers before he has ever started a varsity basketball game. Penn State, St. Joseph’s, VCU, La Salle, Temple, Rutgers and several others really, really want Beatty and Fatt’s backup. For those old enough to remember, Bishop looks like La Salle great Steve Black reincarnated. He is wiry, yet strong, quick, explosive with excellent range.

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Junior Forward/Guard Donta Scott

 

Veteran leadership will be provided by, 3rd year starter, Donta Scott. A junior, Scott (UConn, St. Joseph’s, Temple, La Salle, Penn State) has been an integral component on the last two Imhotep squads. Capable of playing ALL five positions at the high school level, Scott will likely assume increased ball-handling and decision-making responsibilities with the departure of Russell and Beatty. A willing distributor, Scott is a true stat -sheet stuffer… Should average at least 15 ppg, 10 rpg, 5 apg, 3 bpg and 2 spg…

Running alongside, Scott and Bishop will be Chereef Knox, Jamil Riggins and Bernard Lightsey. Knox (Rider) is talented forward capable of playing with his back to the basket and facing up on the wing. Riggins (Central Connecticut State, Rider, Coppin State, Sacred Heart) is a powerfully built stretch 4 with a real nasty streak. He rebounds relentlessly and is very tough to move once he establishes position in the low post. Lightsey (low-major/high Division 2) is a combo guard with a very quick release and range that extends well beyond the collegiate 3 point line. He’s a capable ball handler and able to create space for his shot off the dribble using crossovers and in and out moves.

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Senior Combo-Guard, Bernard Lightsey

 

Once Noble goes to the bench, there will be very little if any fall off… Karam Cummings (St. Francis, PA) may be the most athletic player in the Imhotep program. He aggressively attacks the rim and finishes through contact… He will BANG on ya Head! He also exhibits excellent lateral quickness and a willingness to defend the most talented opposing wings. Fatayn Wesley is a quick, heady scoring point guard. He has a very good jump shot and makes good decisions in transition. A good athlete, Wesley is capable of emerging as an elite full court defender.

Sophomore Elijah Taylor is currently ranked #74 in the Class of 2020 by Future 150. Powerfully built and standing 6’7″ Taylor is an already elite scholastic Big. He will pound the boards and block shots at a high clip when called upon. Another sophomore, Sami Wylie, Jr is a rapidly improving sophomore point guard. He returns to school bigger, stronger, faster and more confident. He will compete for back court minutes off the bench. Senior, Amear Johnson returns as an experienced “glue guy” for this uber-talented group. He will provide a calming influence when called upon.

 

 

 

FiDonce has Retained Black Cager Sports Media for Strategic Communications

Black Cager Sports has been appointed as the retained PR agency for Basketball Player Development company, FiDonce.

Philadelphia, PA. – September 19, 2017 – Black Cager Sports Media today announced it has been retained by FiDonce Player Development to serve as its public relations agency of record. FiDonce, based in Philadelphia, PA is a Black-owned and operated basketball training facility. FiDonce’s 40,000-square-foot complex is home to 2 regulation hardwood courts and a modern turf fitness and conditioning area. Basketball programming includes a variety of basketball tournaments, leagues, camps, clinics, instruction and open play. Several professional and elite collegiate players train at FiDonce which fosters a vibrant, highly competitive basketball atmosphere that exudes energy and encourages great play.

Black Cager Sports Media will be working with FiDonce to lead media relations strategies for the organization.   Public relations efforts will also include executive positioning for Fidonce’s co-founders Bryant Watson and Eric Evans. Black Cager will focus on generating brand awareness and disseminating the company’s non-traditional and unique story. FiDonce is an ideal basketball home for everyone from novices to NBA veterans.

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Dion Waiters (Miami Heat), Eric Evans (FiDonce Co-Founder) and Miami Heat staffers

“I have known Eric and Bryant for years so it is exciting for us to be working with FiDonce as they continue to grow and diversify their client base,” said Delgreco K. Wilson, Founder and Executive Director of Black Cager Sports Media.  “FiDonce has a lot of interesting projects in the works, and we think our experience working with various youth, grassroots and scholastic basketball organizations clients will be an asset.  We look forward to telling the stories behind their many projects to the media and generating attention for their tremendous work.”

Fidonce’s core services include: 1) Individual Training, 2) Strength, Agility and Conditioning Training, 3) Group Training and, 4) Basketball/Volleyball Court Rental. FiDonce hosts AAU tournaments, Youth Leagues, Special Events, Basketball theme parties and meetings. Notable clients, include Dion Waiters (Miami Heat), Charles Brown (St. Joseph’s University) and many other elite Philadelphia area players.

Black Cager Sports Media is a Black-owned and operated firm specializing in strategic communications, brand positioning, media relations, social media, advertising and graphic design for a growing roster of regional and national sports-related brands and organizations. A PR firm headquartered in Camden, New Jersey, Black Cager serves clients seeking strategic interaction with sports media outlets, parents and organizations.

 

 

Open Gym: Archbishop Wood

Catholic League Champions ✓

State Champions ✓

Top 25 Nationally ✓

Archbishop Wood, under Head Coach, John Mosco had one of the great seasons in recent memory.  The 2016-17 season was the greatest in the history of the Wood program. That team featured 5 or 6 Division 1 basketball players.

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Wood Assistant Chris Roantree addresses the team at the end of workout

What’s up with this years version? While they return 4 bona fide D1 prospects in the senior class, there are some questions… They lost the “maestro”… As good as the other Wood players are, everyone that watched them realized that Collin Gillespie made each and every one of them better. Alas, he has moved on to bigger and better things… his “big games” are no longer in the Palestra… He now plays in the Wells Fargo Center and Madison Square Garden.

His probable replacement is a prodigy… Rahsool Diggins has a game well beyond his years. He has a tight and smooth handle. He is equally adept pushing the rock with either hand. His court vision is excellent. His willingness to attack belies his youthful appearance. In an era where 16 year old bearded freshman are commonplace, Diggins looks like a fresh-faced middle schooler. His much older teammates have a tremendous amount of confidence in him. It is readily apparent that they respect his game.

Still…

One wonders: How will he hold up against Kyle Thompson and Darius Kinnel (St. Joseph’s Prep)? Will Chris Ings and Noah Warren (Neumann-Goretti) be able to get in his head? Will Allen Betrand, Lynn Greer and Hakim Hart (Roman Catholic) be able to push him around? Will scoring guards like Patrick Robinson (Conwell-Egan) and Isaiah Wong (Bonner) force him in to mismatches? Will Antwuan “Booty” Butler be able to “youngbul” him?

The answers to these questions will very likely determine the fate of this years Wood team. Mosco and his assistants may have to take a page out of the hockey playbook. Prodigies like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby needed space to operate. The “tough guys” on the team made sure they were accorded the necessary space.

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Tyree Pickron (Quinnipiac Commit) & Andrew Funk (Bucknell Commit)

Junior forward Julius Phillips, along with senior guards Tyree Pickron (Quinnipiac commit) and Andrew Funk (Bucknell commit) are very tough and gritty basketball players. If they can combine with 6’11” senior center Seth Pinckney and 6’7″ senior power forward Karrington Wallace to give young Diggins some space on offense and support him on defense, Wood can reclaim their place at the top of the Catholic League.

It’s gonna take a team effort to replace the maestro… Diggins exhibits all requisite skills but he is just a kid and he has played ZERO (0) varsity Catholic League games. Watching him today, I realized he will be problem as sophomore, junior and senior. The boy is nice!

If the seniors take a page out of the hockey playbook and make sure the kid has the space and support he needs as he adjusts to one of the toughest high school leagues in the country, Wood will be right back at the Palestra in front of a standing room only crowd of 9,000+ this winter.

Yo Johnny Mos… The Flyers phone number is  215-218-7825!

 

 

The Significance of “Open Gyms” for Uncommitted Prospects

Across the country, an extremely important, but frequently overlooked, phase of the basketball recruiting process is underway… College basketball coaches are, once again, able to visit high schools, watch scholastic players and evaluate guys they have prioritized over the AAU/grassroots season. These “open gyms” are significant for a number of reasons: 1) a coach’s presence reveals that he continues to be very interested in a prospect; 2) players get to perform in a more relaxed setting with HS teammates; 3) players that have been previously overlooked or did not play on one of the major shoe company circuits get an opportunity to catch the eye of college coaches.

The Black Cager will be visiting “Open Gyms” throughout the mid-Atlantic Region. Also, 48 HS teams, featuring some of the finest players in the nation, will participate in the Black Cager Fall Classic October 14-15 at Girard College. Black Cager Scouting Service will share player evaluations with college basketball programs.

Below please find a list of scholastic players that have exhibited potential to play at the collegiate level. Many are capable of playing at D1, D2 or NAIA schools that offer athletic scholarships. Still others, are sure to draw the interest of high level Division 3 programs.

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Antwaun Bulter, Point Guard – Class of 2018

Class of 2018 – Uncommitted Prospects

Pickney Seth 6’10 C Archbishop Wood 2018
McAvoy Stuart 6’8 C Downingtown West 2018
McNair Wil 6’10 C MLK, Jr 2018
Hernes Keionis 7’1 C Olympus Academy (NJ) 2018
Campbell Carl 6’10 C Phelps 2018
Nwanko Azuuike 7’1 C Smyrna (DE) 2018
Deng Abraham 6’10 C VFMA HS 2018
Ntwari Marius 6’10 C VFMA HS 2018
Kellman Keeshawn 6’7 PF Allentown CC 2018
Wallace Karrington 6’7 PF Archbishop Wood 2018
Middleton Tim 6’7 PF Atlantic City (NJ) 2018
Dodds Kevin 6’7 PF Bishop Shanahan 2018
Johnson Ajiri 6’8 PF Bonner 2018
Dunn Dominic 6’5 PF Camden Catholic (NJ) 2018
Danner Terry 6’6 PF Central Dauphin East 2018
Bennett Tymier 6’6 PF Cherokee (NJ) 2018
Blackston Khylir 6’4 PF Chester 2018
Schappell Charlie 6’4 PF Conestoga 2018
Leible Jim 6’6 PF Conwell Egan 2018
Okoro Onye 6’7 PF Eastern (NJ) 2018
Phillips Collin 6’5 PF Episcopal 2018
Reilly Drew 6’3 PF Father Judge 2018
Friday Josh 6’5 PF Friends Central 2018
McDowell Devin 6’6 PF Glasgow (DE) 2018
Samec Jeff 6’8 PF Hazelton 2018
Hines Nick 6’7 PF Hershey 2018
Alikakos Nick 6’6 PF Hill School 2018
Cannon Amadaus 6’5 PF Liberty 2018
Andrews Fulton Jerry 6’7 PF MLK, Jr 2018
Littles Marcus 6’9 PF Neumann-Goretti 2018
Moore Makia 6’4 PF Penn Wood 2018
Weldon Chaz 6’7 PF Pennsbury 2018
Garcia Juan 6’8 PF Phelps 2018
Selguk Yagi 6’9 PF Phelps 2018
Palacio Carlos 6’7 PF Phelps 2018
Glover Alan 6’5 PF Plymouth-Whitemarsh 2018
Lopez Ricky 6’5 PF Reading 2018
Simon Wesley 6’5 PF Scranton Prep 2018
Deveney Dylan 6’6 PF Shawnee (NJ) 2018
Blount Kendall 6’4 PF St. Joseph’s (NJ) 2018
Colleran Will 6’7 PF VFMA HS 2018
Forrester Jake 6’8 PF Westtown 2018
Capagolli Matt 6’5 PF Wildwood Catholic (NJ) 2018
Blayden Tyrel 6’9 PF/C Coatesville 2018
Harror Trejour 6’8 PF/C Harrisburg 2018
Maxwell Seth 6’11 PF/C Hill School 2018
Diop Ousmane 6’9 PF/C Perkiomen Prep 2018
Butler Keyon 6’4 PF/SF Archbishop Carroll 2018
Brown Paul 6’7 PF/SF Salesianum (DE) 2018
Vaughn Jay 6’0 PG Allentown CC 2018
Derry Nazim 6’2 PG Atlantic City (NJ) 2018
Atkins David 5’11 PG Atlantic City (NJ) 2018
Melson Will 6’0 PG Bethlehem Catholic 2018
Fish Pat 6’0 PG Bishop Eustace (NJ) 2018
Angelo David 5’8 PG Bishop Shanahan 2018
Garner Yohanty 6’0 PG Bonner 2018
Hinson Nasir 5’6 PG Camden (NJ) 2018
Hinson Nasim 5’6 PG Camden (NJ) 2018
Butler Antwuan 6’1 PG Cardinal O’Hara 2018
Bickley Ahmad 5’9 PG Cheltenham 2018
Williams Jahmir 5’11 PG Constitution 2018
Woods Amir 6’1 PG Conwell Egan 2018
Robinson Pat 6’1 PG Conwell Egan 2018
Slay Malik 6’2 PG Downingtown East 2018
Reardon David 5’11 PG Downingtown West 2018
Barbera Jesse 5’11 PG Eastern (NJ) 2018
Serrano Alex 6’2 PG Liberty 2018
Philps Rodney 6’0 PG Mastery Charter North 2018
Holley Dennell 6’1 PG MLK, Jr 2018
Colon Juane 6’0 PG Olympus Academy (NJ) 2018
Wilson Norman 6’0 PG Olympus Academy (NJ) 2018
Nash Chris 5’9 PG Penn Wood 2018
Windon Ray 5’7 PG Pennsbury 2018
Small Manasseh 6’1 PG Phelps 2018
Jamison Jalien 5’9 PG Phelps 2018
Williams Ahmin 6’0 PG Plymouth-Whitemarsh 2018
Bloodworth Greg 5’8 PG Smyrna (DE) 2018
Kinnel Darius 6’1 PG St. Joseph’s 2018
Martin Ricky 5’11 PG Timber Creek (NJ) 2018
Barrouck Bryce 5’10 PG/SG Bayard Rustin 2018
Greer Corey 6’1 PG/SG Camden (NJ) 2018
Logan Craig 6’1 PG/SG Girard College 2018
Sumdter Kyaire 6’0 PG/SG Harrisburg 2018
Randolph Kharon 6’0 PG/SG Haverford School 2018
Carey Jalen 6’3 PG/SG Immaculate Conception (NJ) 2018
McMahon Matt 6’0 PG/SG La Salle 2018
Ransom Kwahzere 6’0 PG/SG MCS 2018
Montague Dynir 6’3 PG/SG Neumann-Goretti 2018
Loginov Anton 6’3 PG/SG Phelps 2018
Williams Ahmad 6’2 PG/SG Plymouth-Whitemarsh 2018
Matthews Caleb 6’2 PG/SG Smyrna (DE) 2018
Lewis Arion 6’2 PG/SG VFMA HS 2018
Fields Caleb 6’2 PG/SG Wildwood Catholic (NJ) 2018
Danzig Jackson 6’5 SF Abington Heights 2018
Ferrara Devon 6’5 SF Archbishop Carroll 2018
Woodard Anthony 6’3 SF Archbishop Ryan 2018
Morgan Nasir 6’4 SF Atlantic City (NJ) 2018
Jones Tony 6’5 SF Bangor 2018
Vostenak Peyton 6’4 SF Bishop Eustace (NJ) 2018
Rickards Randy 6’5 SF Cape Henlopen (DE) 2018
Robertson Ian 6’6 SF Cape Henlopen (DE) 2018
MscAdams Collin 6’5 SF Central Bucks West 2018
Johnson TIm 6’3 SF Chester 2018
Esposito Erick 6’5 SF Conwell Egan 2018
Mosley-Banks Poure 6’4 SF Friends Central 2018
Leconpte Isaac 6’4 SF Glasgow (DE) 2018
James Tony 6’3 SF Harrisburg 2018
Grula Joey 6’5 SF Hazelton 2018
Sims Andrew 6’6 SF Lenape (NJ) 2018
McFall Anthony 6’3 SF MCS 2018
Noel Ja’Zere 6’5 SF Olympus Academy (NJ) 2018
Loyal Ibn SF Olympus Academy (NJ) 2018
Peyton Zuri 6’5 SF Phelps 2018
Murray Maurice 6’6 SF Timber Creek (NJ) 2018
Sanders Isaiah 6’3 SF Timber Creek (NJ) 2018
Thompson Myles 6’5 SF/PF Camden (NJ) 2018
Barton Craig 6’6 SF/PF Downingtown West 2018
Quarry Tom 6’7 SF/PF Father Judge 2018
Steers Justin 6’6 SF/PF Friends Central 2018
Donzo Vatango 6’5 SF/PF Penn Wood 2018
Guadarrama Nick 6’6 SF/PF Perkiomen Prep 2018
Planutis Jeff 6’5 SF/SG Hazelton 2018
Wright Quincy 6’5 SF/SG Olympus Academy (NJ) 2018
Hargis Marlon 6’6 SF/SG St. Augustine (NJ) 2018
Lambert Dat 6’0 SG Allentown CC 2018
Anderson Justin 6’3 SG Archbishop Carroll 2018
Pickron Tyree 6’3 SG Archbishop Wood 2018
Bethea Ray 6’4 SG Atlantic City (NJ) 2018
Parker O’Koye 6’3 SG Caravel Academy (DE) 2018
Ripp Garrett 6’0 SG Cardinal O’Hara 2018
McCuster Shane 6’3 SG Central Bucks West 2018
Hawthorne Jaylin 6’2 SG Central Dauphin East 2018
Clark Jack 6’7 SG Cheltenham 2018
Randolph Brian 6’3 SG Chester 2018
Granberry Da’Quan SG Chichester 2018
Young Haasan 6’2 SG Coatesville 2018
Cotton Matthue 6’3 SG Eastern (NJ) 2018
Edwards Troy 6’1 SG Eastern (NJ) 2018
Copeland DaQuan 6’4 SG Girard College 2018
Glenn Naresce 6’2 SG Harrisburg 2018
Wallace Chase 6’0 SG Hershey 2018
Wilson Jake 6’2 SG Hershey 2018
Collier Sean 6’3 SG Hershey 2018
Audige Chase 6’4 SG Hill School 2018
Morris Daquan 5’11 SG Hill School 2018
Lightsey Bernard 6’0 SG Imhotep 2018
Simon Shawn 6’2 SG La Salle 2018
Dailey Harold 6’1 SG Mastery Charter North 2018
Moore Rahmir 6’4 SG Mastery Charter North 2018
Warren Noah 6’0 SG Neumann-Goretti 2018
London Dominic 6’1 SG Octorara 2018
Bartholomew Jake 6’2 SG Parkland 2018
Holloway Julian 6’3 SG Penn Wood 2018
Rhoades KJ 6’4 SG Perkiomen Prep 2018
Brooks Chandler 6’2 SG Perkiomen Prep 2018
Horn Ish 6’2 SG Plymouth-Whitemarsh 2018
Dixon RJ 6’1 SG Reading 2018
Starks Xavier 6’1 SG Reading 2018
Caulk Rasheen 6’1 SG Salesianum (DE) 2018
Noll Dean 6’1 SG Shawnee (NJ) 2018
Stoll Travis 6’2 SG St. Augustine (NJ) 2018
Epps Elijah SG St. Frances (MD) 2018
Thompson Kyle 5’11 SG St. Joseph’s 2018
Elliot Dylan 6’1 SG Timber Creek (NJ) 2018
Robinson Michael 6’2 SG West Catholic 2018
Fields Charles 6’2 SG Wildwood Catholic (NJ) 2018
Heath Rob 6’2 SG/PG Abington 2018
Hudson Hakim 6’0 SG/PG Constitution 2018
Waters Ray 6’0 SG/PG Constitution 2018

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Naheem McLeod, Center – Class of 2019

Class of 2019 – Uncommitted Prospects

Raudonius Julian 6’11 C Archbishop Ryan 2019
Ingraham Tariq 6’9 C Bonner 2019
Sabol Zach 6’7 C Emmaus 2019
McLeod Naheem 7’1 C Plymouth-Whitemarsh 2019
Somerville Ray 6’9 C Shipley 2019
O’Connell Jacob 6’11 C St. Joseph’s 2019
Sanusi Ayotunze 6’10 C West Catholic 2019
Marable Josiah C Woodrow Wilson (DC) 2019
Dixon Erick 6’7 PF Abington 2019
Lofton Shermek 6’4 PF Academy Park 2019
Teague Zion 6’8 PF Atlantic City (NJ) 2019
Nelson Jake 6’6 PF Bayard Rustin 2019
Young Kyle 6’7 PF Bethlehem Catholic 2019
Morini Mattia 6’7 PF Bishop Eustace (NJ) 2019
Okafer Uchee 6’7 PF Camden Catholic (NJ) 2019
Healey Kyin 6’6 PF Cheltenham 2019
Sparks Rahnel 6’3 PF Chester 2019
Leeron Levi 6’4 PF Constitution 2019
Ems Ryan 6’7 PF Eastern (NJ) 2019
Purcell Jack 6’5 PF Episcopal 2019
Mayo Xavier 6’7 PF Hill School 2019
Riggins Jamil 6’7 PF Imhotep 2019
Crisler Zach 6’8 PF La Salle 2019
Campbell Taj 6’6 PF Mastery Charter North 2019
Syer Noah 6’7 PF Neumann-Goretti 2019
Dashkewich Ian 6’8 PF Parkland 2019
Post Jon 6’5 PF Pennridge 2019
Corrao Sam 6’6 PF Perkiomen Prep 2019
McKeon Ryan 6’6 PF Sanford (DE) 2019
O’Boyle Leo 6’7 PF Scranton Prep 2019
Bol-Ajak John 6’10 PF/C Church Farm 2019
Cramer K’Vonn 6’6 PF/SF Mt. Pleasant (DE) 2019
Solomon Charley 6’4 PF/SF St. Augustine (NJ) 2019
Monroe Lucas 6’5 PG Abington 2019
Holland Ben 5’9 PG Bangor 2019
Armstrong Jack 5’11 PG Bonner 2019
Alderman Trevon 5’10 PG Caravel Academy (DE) 2019
Mulhearn Jack 5’11 PG Central Bucks West 2019
Smith Michael 5’10 PG Chester 2019
Evans Jalmhy 5’9 PG Chester 2019
Lezanic Zach 5’11 PG Conestoga 2019
Scott Share 5’10 PG Consetoga 2019
Riggins Abdul 5’8 PG Constitution 2019
Chie Alphonso 5’9 PG Father Judge 2019
Tolliver Kasim 5’10 PG Girard College 2019
Bradshaw Mark 6’0 PG Glasgow (DE) 2019
Burke Gavin 5’10 PG Haverford School 2019
Nelson Jameer 5’10 PG Haverford School 2019
Wolk Ryan 6’0 PG Hazelton 2019
Wesley Fatayn 5’9 PG Imhotep 2019
Powell Allen 6’0 PG La Salle 2019
Payne Stephen 6’1 PG Lower Merion 2019
Ali Fahmir 5’10 PG Mt. Pleasant (DE) 2019
Ings Chris 6’1 PG Neumann-Goretti 2019
Butler Wesley 6’0 PG Reading 2019
Boland Ryan 6’1 PG Scranton Prep 2019
Kernan Patrick 6’4 PG Shawnee (NJ) 2019
Kendrick Jordan 5’7 PG St. Augustine (NJ) 2019
Miller Sean 6’1 PG Timber Creek (NJ) 2019
Harris Imere 5’11 PG West Catholic 2019
Harley Nasiem 6’1 PG/SG Academy Park 2019
Bryant Amin 6’2 PG/SG Archbishop Ryan 2019
Paz Justin 6’0 PG/SG Bethlehem Catholic 2019
O’Malley Joe 6’1 PG/SG Bishop Shanahan 2019
Chenard Phil 5’10 PG/SG Bishop Shanahan 2019
Wong Isaiah 6’3 PG/SG Bonner 2019
McGraw Jordan 5’11 PG/SG Central Dauphin East 2019
Dicaro Anthony 6’1 PG/SG Cherokee (NJ) 2019
Williams Jayquan 6’0 PG/SG Frankford 2019
Spriggs Bryce 6’0 PG/SG Friends Central 2019
Reed Jamir 6’3 PG/SG Mastery Charter North 2019
Yoder Sean 6’2 PG/SG Pennridge 2019
James Reggie 6’3 PG/SG Perkiomen Prep 2019
Kinsley Samir 5’11 PG/SG West Catholic 2019
Gafeney Jalen 6’3 PG/SG Westtown 2019
Hikim Ayinde PG/SG Woodrow Wilson (DC) 2019
Tinsley George 6’5 SF Abington Heights 2019
Stone Ja’Quill 6’3 SF Archbishop Ryan 2019
Kempter Matt 6’3 SF Bishop Eustace (NJ) 2019
Ajike Babatude 6’6 SF Camden Catholic (NJ) 2019
Dejanette Rahmad 6’3 SF Chester 2019
Scott Sintere 6’4 SF Coatesville 2019
Merritt Jabari 6’4 SF Constitution 2019
Saunders Jihad 6’3 SF Constitution 2019
Dade Matt 6’4 SF Episcopal 2019
Robinson Myles 6’2 SF Friends Central 2019
Carrasco Diego 6’6 SF Germantown Academy 2019
Basil Bryan 6’5 SF Germantown Academy 2019
Smith Brandon 6’6 SF Girard College 2019
Ray Christian 6’5 SF Haverford School 2019
Faison Da’Mir 6’5 SF Hazelton 2019
Dorsey Caleb 6’7 SF Hill School 2019
Knox Chereef 6’5 SF Imhotep 2019
Scott Donta 6’7 SF Imhotep 2019
Winston Justin 6’7 SF Immaculate Conception (NJ) 2019
Rothenberg Jack 6’3 SF La Salle 2019
Kiszla Konrad 6’7 SF La Salle 2019
Matlack Steven 6’3 SF Lenape (NJ) 2019
Forrest Jack 6’4 SF Lower Merion 2019
Jackson Zahir 6’4 SF MCS 2019
Francis Gary 6’4 SF Pennsbury 2019
Lundy Seth 6’5 SF Roman Catholic 2019
Brown Jack 6’6 SF Salesianum (DE) 2019
Owens Chaz 6’5 SF Shipley 2019
Garnett Jaymeor 6’4 SF Smyrna (DE) 2019
Diop Bass SF St. Frances (MD) 2019
Schultice Tim 6’3 SF Timber Creek (NJ) 2019
Ahronson Rye 6’4 SF VFMA HS 2019
Phillips Julius 6’4 SF/PF Archbishop Wood 2019
Ware Lance 6’9 SF/PF Camden (NJ) 2019
McGlashan Owen 6’6 SF/PF Cherokee (NJ) 2019
Ashley-Diarrah Kahlil 6’6 SF/PF Germantown Academy 2019
Colter Daniel 6’4 SF/PF Reading 2019
Sabb Glenn 6’3 SF/SG ANC 2019
House Luke 6’4 SF/SG Archbishop Carroll 2019
Lindo Ricardo SF/SG Woodrow Wilson (DC) 2019
Kohler Trey 6’2 SG Abington Heights 2019
Reed Colin 6’3 SG Archbishop Ryan 2019
Jones Isaiah 6’4 SG Bangor 2019
Perratta Mike 6’2 SG Bonner 2019
Haynes Chris 6’2 SG Bonner 2019
Tart Ethan 6’0 SG Camden (NJ) 2019
Robinson Milt 6’0 SG Conestoga 2019
Jones Terrance 6’2 SG Conwell Egan 2019
Carson Rodney 6’3 SG Girard College 2019
Bishop Dhamir 6’4 SG Imhotep 2019
Beard Titus 6’2 SG La Salle 2019
Duda David 6’2 SG Methacton 2019
Montiro Rick 5’11 SG MLK, Jr 2019
Watson Jihad 6’1 SG MLK, Jr 2019
Rinbock Logan 6’2 SG Parkland 2019
Kyen Shad 6’2 SG Penn Wood 2019
Hart Hakim 6’4 SG Roman Catholic 2019
Schmerhorne Grayson 6’1 SG Scranton Prep 2019
Vanderslice Carl 6’2 SG St. Augustine (NJ) 2019
Arizen Gabe 6’2 SG St. Joseph’s 2019
Ross Marcellus 6’2 SG St. Joseph’s (NJ) 2019
Estrada Aaron 6’3 SG Woodbury (NJ) 2019
Jones Rajear SG St. Frances (MD) 2019
Blackwell Corey 6’3 SG/PG St. Joseph’s (NJ) 2019

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Deuce Turner, Shooting Guard – Class of 2020

Class of 2020 – Uncommitted Prospects

Woodward Jeff 6’8 C Methacton 2020
Ukoa Arinze 6’11 C St. Joseph’s (NJ) 2020
Cameron Roundtree 6’6 PF Academy Park 2020
Popejoy Vincent 6’5 PF Bishop Eustace (NJ) 2020
Maska Kyle 6’6 PF Cardinal O’Hara 2020
Bridges Kory 6’7 PF Constitution 2020
King Andrew 6’8 PF Downingtown East 2020
Dennis Tommy 6’5 PF Episcopal 2020
Taylor Elijah 6’8 PF Imhotep 2020
Harris Devin 6’7 PF Sanford (DE) 2020
Newton Jaylen 6’5 PF St. Joseph’s (NJ) 2020
Paynter Demetrius 6’5 PF Timber Creek (NJ) 2020
Satchell Dwane 6’8 PF West Catholic 2020
Wood Nadir 6’8 PF West Catholic 2020
Taweat Taj 6’7 PF Wildwood Catholic (NJ) 2020
Bryant Devin 5’11 PG ANC 2020
Hoggard AJ 6’3 PG Archbishop Carroll 2020
Smith Glen 6’0 PG Archbishop Ryan 2020
Cross David 5’9 PG Bishop Eustace (NJ) 2020
Watson Tyease 6’1 PG Bonner 2020
Earl DJ 5’10 PG Caravel Academy (DE) 2020
Smith Elijah 6’0 PG Cardinal O’Hara 2020
Harrison Zahree 5’9 PG Cheltenham 2020
Brickus Jhamir 5’9 PG Coatesville 2020
Chambers Collin 5’11 PG Episcopal 2020
Fitzpatrick Jack 5’9 PG Episcopal 2020
Kotari DK 5’10 PG Friends Central 2020
Jones Tavine 5’11 PG MCS 2020
Christian Jaleel 5’9 PG MCS 2020
Greer Lynn 6’1 PG Roman Catholic 2020
Nasir Lett 5’10 PG Roman Catholic 2020
Perkins Corey 5’10 PG Sanford (DE) 2020
Baldwin Adrian PG St. Frances (MD) 2020
Wall Trevor 6’2 PG St. Joseph’s 2020
Munari Mika 6’0 PG/SG Central Bucks West 2020
Cowen Tyree 5’11 PG/SG Central Dauphin East 2020
Nichols Omar 6’0 PG/SG Friends Central 2020
Fair Ahmad 6’0 PG/SG Neumann-Goretti 2020
Perkins Hassan 5’10 PG/SG Sanford (DE) 2020
Bergen Jaylen 5’10 PG/SG Timber Creek (NJ) 2020
Berger TJ 6’1 PG/SG Westtown 2020
Heath Jay, Jr PG/SG Woodrow Wilson (DC) 2020
Waller Manier 6’3 SF Abington 2020
Gibson Gavin 6’3 SF Cherokee (NJ) 2020
Howard Will 6’4 SF Downingtown West 2020
Young Cameron 6’5 SF Neumann-Goretti 2020
Davis J’yare 6’7 SF Sanford (DE) 2020
Gomez Joel 6’6 SF West Catholic 2020
White Jahlil 6’5 SF Wildwood Catholic (NJ) 2020
Harper Will 6’4 SF/PF Liberty 2020
Merritt Rhys 6’5 SF/PF Scranton Prep 2020
Collier Noah 6’7 SF/PF Westtown 2020
Reid Kobie 6’3 SF/SG VFMA HS 2020
Marshall Isaac 6’1 SG ANC 2020
Thomas Julian 6’2 SG Bethlehem Catholic 2020
Rodriguez Donovan 6’1 SG Bonner 2020
Barnes Cory 6’2 SG Cape Henlopen (DE) 2020
Chandler Sh’kai 6’3 SG Cape Henlopen (DE) 2020
Dinkins John 6’1 SG Cardinal O’Hara 2020
Jackson Amir 5’11 SG Central Dauphin East 2020
McGlone Jaelen 6’2 SG Cheltenham 2020
Hammonds Keshaun 6’0 SG Constitution 2020
Capitano Alex 6’4 SG Episcopal 2020
Anderson Zach 6’1 SG Germantown Academy 2020
Turner Deuce 6’1 SG Malvern 2020
Slaughter Jabbar 6’2 SG MCS 2020
Marshall Senaj 6’4 SG MLK, Jr 2020
Pina Xavier 6’2 SG Roman Catholic 2020
Toles Jordan SG St. Frances (MD) 2020
Bladen Justin 6’1 SG Timber Creek (NJ) 2020
Kpaan Seyon 6’1 SG Westtown 2020
Champion Khai 5’10 SG/PG Shipley 2020

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Jaylen Stinson, Point Guard – Class of 2021

Class of 2021 – Uncommitted Prospects

Shaw Ramir 6’6 C Father Judge 2021
Njoku Nnanna 6’8 C Sanford (DE) 2021
Montgomery Maurice 6’5 PF Constitution 2021
Vespe Blaise 6’5 PF St. Augustine (NJ) 2021
Delany Matt 6’5 PF St. Augustine (NJ) 2021
Williamson Zhakir 6’5 PF West Catholic 2021
Diggins Rahsool 6’0 PG Archbishop Wood 2021
Longino Jordan 6’3 PG Germantown Academy 2021
Stinson Jaylen 6’0 PG Haverford School 2021
Dayda Andrew 5’10 PG Hazelton 2021
Hicks Rahdir 5’11 PG Malvern 2021
Johnson Naseer 5’9 PG/SG Father Judge 2021
Wilkins Titus 6’4 PG/SG Perkiomen Prep 2021
Benson Devin 5’10 PG/SG St. Joseph’s (NJ) 2021
Brewer Jerome 6’5 SF West Catholic 2021
Camden John 6’5 SF Westtown 2021
Stevens Dimingues SF/SG Woodrow Wilson (DC) 2021
Snowden Lacy 5’10 SG Germantown Academy 2021                                                            Caulk Rasheen, Jr. 6’1 SG Salesianum
Mulbah Kyle 6’3 SG Germantown Academy 2021
Walsh Jayden 6’2 SG Perkiomen Prep 2021
Brito Isaac 6’4 SG West Catholic 2021
Reddish Aaron 6’1 SG Westtown 2021
Warley Jalen 6’0 SG Westtown 2021

Black Cager Sports Media Announces Partnership with Phil Martelli and St. Joseph’s Basketball

St. Joseph’s to Host 32 team Middle School Jamboree

Philadelphia, PA – September 5, 2017Black Cager Sports Media is excited to announce that it has partnered with Phil Martelli to provide a 32 team Middle School Tournament that will take place in June 2018. Martelli, the winningest coach in Saint Joseph’s illustrious history, will host the “Middle School Jamboree’s” regional field as well as families and fans during the two-day event, June 9-10, 2018 at Saint Joseph’s University.

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Located on a bucolic campus straddling City Avenue, Saint Joseph’s University is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic Jesuit university located in the Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion Township. As Philadelphia’s Jesuit Catholic University, Saint Joseph’s provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. Saint Joseph’s prepares students for personal excellence, professional success, and engaged citizenship.

“Partnering with Coach Martelli and Saint Joseph’s allows us to offer middle school teams a unique mix of academics, skill development and competition” said Delgreco Wilson, Executive Director of Black Cager Sports Media. “I’ve known Phil for over 30 years and he has always emphasized academics and preparing student-athletes for the next phase in their life as much as winning… People tend to focus on his ability to put guys like Jameer Nelson (Denver Nuggets), Langston Galloway (Detroit Pistons) and DeAndre Bembry (Atlanta Hawks) in the NBA. But, Phil is the same way with his walk-ons and managers.”

According to Wilson, “Phil may take more pride in the fact that he has guys like Mark Bass (St. Joseph’s), Mike Farrelly (Hofstra), Dwayne Lee (St. Bonaventure), Bill Phillips (Delaware) and Bobby Hughes (Rosemont) coaching at the collegiate level. Most recently, Daryus Quarles ’14 was named Head Coach at his alma mater Paulsboro High School. These guys were able to seamlessly move into coaching because Phil prepared them for the next phase while they played for him. Phil and I want to help Middle School players make better, more informed decisions during the high school selection process.”

The kids will compete. Phil Martelli’s Middle School Jamboree will provide middle school teams an opportunity to compete in five (5) guaranteed games.

The kids will get better. There will also be skill development sessions led by Coach Martelli.

But perhaps, most importantly, Martelli insisted that every participant be afforded an opportunity to participate in an “Academic” session. Participation in the Jamboree will be limited to rising 8th graders and younger. “I want to provide the kids and their parents with information they can use, and arm them with questions they can ask, as they navigate the high school selection process,” said Martelli. “We will welcome admissions staff and coaches from area Catholic, Independent, Public and Charter schools. There will be ample time for parents to engage High School representatives. We really want parents to come out and take advantage of this opportunity.”

The tournament’s full schedule is expected to be announced in Spring 2018.

Black Cager Sports Media, a regional sports marketing company, is partnering with the Saint Joseph’s Men’s Basketball program to manage all event operations and recruit regional teams to complete the 2018 field. Black Cager Sports Media has worked with many of the mid-Atlantic region’s leading high school and grassroots basketball programs, including current clients Team Melo (Nike), WeRone Hoops (Under Armour), Team Final (Nike), K-Low Elite (Adidas), Philly Hurricanes (Independent), Team Hines (Independent) and the Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame.

For further information, please contact:

Phil Martelli, Jr., Saint Joseph’s Men’s Basketball – pmartell@sju.edu (email)

Delgreco Wilson, Black Cager Sports Media – blackcager@gmail.com