By: James Nelson Stewart-“Suburban Guru”

Events like this don’t happen often, so when you encounter these types of events the feeling sticks with you for a very long time. My father was a boxer during his youth, so the first sport I was introduced to was boxing. When I was 6 years old, I vividly remember being excited for a boxing match the was considered the BEST vs BEST. There was an excitement I had leading up to that event that forever made me a fan of the sport. Even in my early ages, I was an avid reader of newspapers (especially the Philadelphia Daily News) and magazines (Ring Magazine was my favorite). This event was so built up that it couldn’t deliver. It delivered and then some!!! That event was Leonard vs Hearns I!!! The generation before me had an event that was even bigger than that called “THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY” Frazier vs Ali I. These events shaped a generation and this game much like those mega-events of the past has a chance to shape the new generations of athletes that will come after them.

I know that people are going to say Boxing and Basketball are 2 different sports. I know of course but this matchup is different!!! In Black and Red corner, you have Imhotep Charter, who is coached by Andre Noble. Imhotep Charter, much like Joe Frazier, is the gritty Philadelphia Team who plays the game with the proverbial “Chip on their Shoulder”. Imhotep, who has dominated the Legendary Philadelphia Public League for over a decade, is always battling for National Recognition. A team that went to Montverde and beat them on their home court in previous years still doesn’t feel like they don’t get enough National “Respect”. In our region we count on Imhotep EVERY year to win the Pub and the State titles and Coach Noble has exceeded that expectation and more.

To say that he is a Hall of Fame Coach would be to shortchange what this man has accomplished. With a Title log over 20, when counting Pub, City and State Championship, he is STAMPED as one of the Philly Coaching GOATS. Respect due!!!

Then in the Purple and Gold corner, you have Camden High aka “THE HIGH”. In this matchup, I would consider Camden to be more like Muhammad Ali because of the National profile this team has. People flock to see “THE HIGH”, in large part due to their best player and his family lineage of greatness through 3 generations. Expectations have crushed many souls but when a person meet or exceeds such expectations, they become larger than life. “THE HIGH” has a deep basketball history as much as any program in our parts. The tradition of Camden High Basketball may only be matched in these parts by Chester High and is known throughout the nation for having that kind of basketball reputation. Players like Billy Thompson, Nate Johnson, Vic Carstarphen, Arthur Barclay and numerous others have graced the Camden courts and established excellence. But no name is synonymous with Camden Basketball as the last name Wagner. Milt Wagner, Dejuan Wagner and now D.J. Wagner are 3 generations of stars at “THE HIGH”.

Milt (Class of 1981) started this off by becoming one of the Nation’s best guards in earning a McDonald’s All-American birth, then Dejuan (Class of 2001) came in and became one of the best guards in New Jersey history by scoring over 3,000 points and 100 points in a game and also earning a McDonald’s All-American bid and now D.J.

So now I will give you 5 reasons that this may be the BIGGEST GAME EVER LOCALLY

Never has there been a game where the #1 player and #2 player in the country has matched up in a local game. Imhotep’s Justin Edwards (#1 ESPN 2023) and Camden’s duo of D.J. Wagner (#2 in 2023) plus Aaron Bradshaw (#4 in 2023) will matchup in this game. We have 3 Top 5 players nationally on the same court locally. Some people point out the Gene Banks/Lew Lloyd matchup, others have pointed to the Kobe Bryant/Rip Hamilton matchup or Kobe Bryant/Donnie Carr matchup and even more recently the Eddie Griffin/Dejuan Wagner matchup as reference points but neither of those matchups were 1 vs 2 in the same class and the same year. Edwards and Wagner have both held that #1 spot at some point this year. Both competitors want to show their supporters who is #1. Next year, all 3 will be teammates sporting that Kentucky Blue. Bragging rights anyone!!!

Hall of Fame Philly Coach vs Rookie Coach from Philly. This adds to the allure of this matchup. I have already talked about the accolades of Coach Noble but what a feather in the cap Coach Maalik “Smack” Wayns, the Head Coach of Camden. Wayns, has been a Philly staple for years with his McDonald All-American career at Roman and his collegiate career in the Big 5 at Villanova plus his NBA stints including the Sixers. Camden’s staff also has another Philly playing legend Ramone Moore from Southern and Temple fame.

The social media angle. New age, new trends. This game will be followed by basketball fans all over the world. Nike, who has an NIL deal with D.J. Wagner, sponsors both teams. Drake has done advertising with Wagner and others adds to the popularity of this game. Everyone is picking sides of the Bridge on this game.

The Matchups are flat out impressive on both sides. We have Ra Barno (FGC Commit City of Palms MVP) and Nationally Ranked 2024 Ahmad Nowell from Imhotep Charter going against Cian Medley (St. Louis Commit) and Wagner. Then you have the frontcourts Edwards, 2024 6-8 Makye Taylor, 2023 6-4 Yahmir Satterfield and 2024 6-6 Jeremiah White from Imhotep going up against Camden’s front line of the 7-footer Bradshaw, 2023 6-5 Cornelius “Boog” Robinson (Albany Commit), Nationally Ranked 2024 6-6 Billy Richmond, 6-8 Dasear Haskins. Star Fr 2026 Guard R.J Davis (Imhotep) and Star multi-sport athlete Jaylen Hornsby (Camden) will add to the star power on the court.

The AAU Battle. Imhotep which has players that are on the established Nike sponsored Team Final are battling the other local Nike Sponsored team New Jersey Scholars. These teams usually start battling for players before they even hit high school. This game will give each respective program the bragging rights at least for a year. The balance of power will be on the line in this contest.

January 28th 2PM @St Joseph’s Hagen Arena is where this game is going down. As the great Amauro Austin wrote in his article. WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO BE??? Game is SOLD OUT and not streamed. Players like Edwards and Wagner rarely now play for their hoods anymore. The High School game is big business now and the public schools are the biggest victims to the business. 2 Nationally Ranked Public-School teams in 1 area are like a dinosaur. This game is the Tyrannosaurus Rex!!! I’ll be there and can’t wait!!! Events like this never fail to live up to their hype!!! Thank you to both communities Imhotep and Camden for making this event happen!!! Good Luck to both teams!!! Events like these never have LOSERS!!!

Pastor Dan Jackson Protests Bigotry and Racial Intolerance in Fishtown

Black reactions to white oppression has taken many forms over the past 400 years. Sustained systematic and violent oppression has led to countless individual acts of resistance. But the most common reactions have come in the form of protests. Black creative artists have produced protest poems and Black protest plays. Black writer have given us Black protest novels. Musicians have created spirituals, work chants, prison songs and the blues. The Black press has often produced biting social satire and raised the consciousness of Black readers.

The tradition of Black protest continues today. Early in the morning on Sunday, January 8, 2023, Pastor Daniel Jackson led a small protest against bigotry and racial intolerance on the corner of East Cumberland and Cedar Street in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Jackson, Pastor at New Kingdom Baptist Church, was riding his bike through that intersection earlier in the week when a white male threw a can of beer a him and shouted, “stay out my neighborhood.”

A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Jackson had encountered restrictive, oppressive actions before. As Pastor of a growing congregation he felt compelled to use tried and true nonviolent methods to amplify his voice, challenge racial dynamics and press for change in that part of the city.

Pastor Daniel Jackson, New Kingdom Baptist Church

Surrounded by members of his congregation, Jackson recounted the episode in great detail. He explained the wide range of emotions he was forced to deal with as he rode his bike through that intersection. The protest drew in several members of the Fishtown community. Several young women emerged from their homes to listen and watch.

These neighbors indicated that they would review their surveillance cameras to see if they captured the incident. They also apologized for the manner in which Pastor Jackson was treated in their neighborhood.

After the protest, Pastor Jackson and the congregation headed to New Kingdom and had CHURCH!

Today was a good day in Philadelphia. Young Pastor Jackson is the latest in a long line of highly effective clergymen that have adopted non-violent protest as a means to address the scourge of racial intolerance.

God Bless Pastor Jackson and New Kingdom Baptist Church.

SUREATHLETE Signs Temple’s Hysier Miller, Michigan State’s AJ Hoggard and Rutger’s Derek Simpson to NIL Partnerships

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, January 4, 2023 — SUREATHLETE announced NIL partnerships with that men’s college basketball players Hysier Miller (Temple), AJ Hoggard (Michigan State) and Derek Simpson (Rutgers). All three players will be championing SURATHLETE’s Prism® Portrait. The Prism® Portrait reveals comprehensive insights into nearly every aspect of an athlete or coach’s Emotional, Relational and Team Intelligence (ERT-i™). This highly relevant and transformative data provides coaches, athletic directors and other administrators with critical information that impacts personal and professional performance, productivity and success.

“The Prism® Portrait describes how athletes present themselves and how others might perceive them. It gives coaches insight into how athletes present themselves under stress, how they process information and how the manage conflict. Prism® Portraits help coaches and players use people analytics to navigate the highly competitive collegiate sports landscape,” according to Sean Flynn, CEO of SUREATHLETE. “As a proud supporter of scholastic and collegiate sports, I am pleased to associate with these proven, dedicated and professional young men.”

“The relationship I am building with SUREATHLETE is very similar to how they do business on campuses across the country,” said Miller. “It’s very personal, impactful, and important. I couldn’t ask for a better company to represent than SUREAHLETE.”
The student-athletes will also participate in projects as researchers refine and enhance SURATHLETE’s products and services that drive better outcomes throughout the entire talent lifecycle – from recruiting, roster management and player development to gam coaching. “These highly intelligent young men have provided us with valuable insight and will continue to help us understand the value of a relationship with college athletic programs,” said Neal.

According to Hoggard, “I’m happy to have partnered with such an innovative company. As a point guard, understanding what motivates my teammates and how they perform under stress is crucial. SUREATHLETE helps me be a better team leader.”

About Hysier Miller
Hysier Miller took over as the starting point guard midway through his freshman season. He is now entrenched as the floor general for Aaron McKie’s Owl. In high school, he was named 2021 PA AAAA State Player of the Year, averaging 18.4 points, 10 rebounds, 6.4 assists & 2.9 steals. Miller recorded two triple-doubles in 2020-21, including a 30-point, 12-rebound and 10-assist outing in an overtime loss to league champion, Archbishop Wood

About AJ Hoggard
AJ Hoggard, a junior, is the starting point guard for Michigan State. As a sophomore, he appeared in all 36 games, starting eight times. Hoggard started eight of the final 13 games of the season and finished the season averaging 7.0 points, 2.3 rebounds. He led the team with 4.8 assists per game while playing 20.3 minutes and ranked fourth in the Big Ten in assists per game. Hoggard played at Archbishop Carroll in Philadelphia for two years before transferring to Huntington Prep for his junior and senior years. He was ranked No. 71 nationally by and No. 13 among all point guards.

About Derek Simpson
Derek Simpson is a freshman point guard for Rutgers. He has made several starts in his rookie campaign. In high school, Simpson averaged a team-high 20.6 points-per-game and 4.9 assists-per-game for Lenape High School also making the most three-pointers on his team. Simpson was recognized with several accolades in his home state of New Jersey and Burlington County after his stellar performance last season. He was a member of the All-State Third Team, the 2021 Burlington County All-County Team and was named the 2021 Burlington County Player of the Year.

SUREATHLETE, a division of the SUREPEOPLE Corporation, headquartered in Rosemont, IL, synthesizes three critical data sets – who people are, how people think/feel and how people behave/perform – to derive predictive insights and deliver prescriptive actions for every leader, team and mission-critical player and coach in your program. SUREATHLETE utilizes Prism Psychometrics to understand how each player and coach in your program is uniquely wired by measuring 54 key traits and attributes across Personality & Personality Under Pressure; Processing; Decision Making; Motivation; Conflict Management; and, Fundamental Needs. Prism provides talent with the richest, most nuanced psychometric portrait for increasing self-awareness, understanding strengths & blind spots and guiding personal & professional growth.

Sean Flynn –

Elite Mid-Atlantic Student-Athletes Leverage NIL Opportunities With Philadelphia-Based Agency HYPE U

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — University of Maryland star senior forward Donta Scott spent much of last summer talking to youth across the Mid-Atlantic region and promoting his book, “Wired Diffrently: MySchool Journey.” While growing up in Philadelphia, Scott’s athletic career was nearly sidetracked. Throughout elementary and middle school, Scott was consumed with frustration while trying to keeping up with his peers. “It was hard for me to just deal with school,” said the 4 year Big 10 starter. “Those emotions—I just locked them up.” With the help of HYPE U CEO, Delgreco Wilson, Scott took advantage of recent NIL legislation to share the lessons he learned throughout his educational journey in a children’s book.

More recently, Hysier Miller (Temple), AJ Hoggard (Michigan State), Eric Dixon (Villanova) and Derek Simpson (Rutgers) have each inked four figure NIL deals with the assistance of HYPE U. With Pennsylvania and Maryland just becoming the 23rd and 24th states to allow NIL at the high school level, HYPE U has helped Ahmad Nowell (Imhotep CHS) identify an opportunity and is working closely with St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland to identify opportunities for boys and girls basketball players as well as football athletes.

Unlike in the south, student-athletes in the Mid-Atlantic region have been slow to leverage NIL opportunities and get paid for their name, image and likeness. For the past decade, Wilson’s firm Black Cager Sports Media has worked to increase the visibility and marketability of elite basketball student-athletes. The aforementioned players whose on the court exploits were covered by Black Cager Sports Media are now taking advantage of the NIL era and they’re doing it by building their own brand with assistance from HYPE U Philadelphia-Camden based company.

“When NIL legislation became inevitable, we positioned ourselves to take this on but really take it on in a different manner really focusing on high character individuals,” said Wilson. “Young men like Hysier, Eric, AJ and Hoggard are outstanding citizens making significant contributions to their respective learning communities. We are able to strongly recommend them to companies and organizations without even the slightest hesitation. We know their families, we’ve been in their homes.”

With advent of Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) legislation and policy changes, student-athletes are in position to earn levels of compensation their predecessors could only dream about. Black Cager Sports recognized the need to help high school participants better understand the NIL marketplace. Black Cager Sports wanted to help high school athletes navigate “the new normal.” Toward that end, Black Cager Sports sponsored an NIL Cyber-Symposium in October 2022.

In addition to identifying local opportunities for college and high school student-athletes, HYPE U provides a secure one-stop-shop for fans to buy and sell authenticated NFTs, autographed trading cards and sports memorabilia among a global fan-investor community.

HYPE U is an opportunity marketplace that connects high character student-athletes to brand partnerships and capital resources during and after their high school and collegiate playing career. The mission is to create branding, charitable, and non-playing opportunities for student-athletes that will maximize the value of their name, image, and likeness for current and future career benefits. 

“We are witnessing the unleashing of competitive market forces that will allow student-athletes and businesses to create mutually profitable partnerships,” said Wilson. “HYPE U is a platform designed help high character mid-Atlantic based student-athletes take full advantage of their name, image, and likeness with hopes to bring athlete diversity, and compensation balance to the NIL space.”

About HYPE U

HYPE U is a full service management and consulting company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Specializing in Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) & brand identity for high character athletes at the collegiate and high school levels.

Media Contact

Delgreco Wilson