Sam Sessoms Commits to Pat Chambers and the Nittany Lions!

The Philly to State College basketball pipeline was established in 2011. Pat Chambers decided to leave Boston University and take on the tremendous challenge of breathing life into the basketball program at Penn State University. Along with Alabama, Texas and USC, Penn State is one of the premier “football” schools in American.

90561888_229358338119045_5467648746839867392_n

Basketball in State College was thought of as something to occupy the space between the Bowl Game in January and the start of Spring football. How would Chambers eek out some space for his program in the mind of the Happy Valley faithful? How would he establish an identity for his program?

Born into the Philadelphia basketball culture, Chambers decided to bet heavily on what he knows. A Philly guard himself, Chambers placed his fate and that of the Penn State program in capable hands of Philly guards. He had an affinity for the guys that endured trials and tribulations. His first recruit, Devonte “DJay” Newbill, was unceremoniously dumped by that scalawag Buzz Williams after committing to Marquette. After enduring a year playing in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Newbill agreed to join Chambers at Penn State.

NCP Posters - New Bill-1

Newbill would go on to have a wonderful career. He finished with 2105 points, 681 rebounds and 340 assists. Moreover, and more importantly, he paved the way for future Nittany Lions from the 215. John Johnson transferred from Pitt, Shep Garner was a 4-year starter out of Roman Catholic. Big Mike Watkins from MCS joined the squad. Nazeer Bostic, Lamar Stevens and Tony Carr joined the program all at once. John Harrar put down the football pads and decided play a little power forward in the Big 10. Izaiah Brockington left St. Bonaventure and became a key member of the Nittany Lion club that was ranked as high as #9 this past season.

Well… here we go again… another Philly guard that has been through some real ups and downs has decided to join Chambers and the Nittany Lions. Twenty-four months ago, Sam Sessoms had exactly one (1) scholarship offer from Binghamton. In two All-League seasons, Sessoms put up 1151 points, 254 rebounds and 253 assists.

91578521_211436210079175_4737665483757584384_n

Desirous of an opportunity to compete at the highest level, Sessoms has decided to join a Nittany Lion club that was ranked in the top 25 most of the last season. He will redshirt a year have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

When asked why he chose Penn State over Rutgers, Wichita State, Marquette, Clemson and 50 other suitors, Sessoms said “It’s a great school, degree from Penn State will be huge for a boy from the Bottom section of West Philly. And, the Penn State alumni family is huge, I look forward to becoming a part of the network. As far as basketball is concerned, I think it’s a nice fit. I can see myself growing as a player and person under Coach Chambers and the coaching staff. Most importantly after basketball, a degree from Penn state would be good for me for the rest of my life.”

One of the most entertaining and competitive players in college basketball, Sessoms will provide Chambers with yet another Philly guard with a chip on his shoulder. Expectations will be high and Sessoms will exceed them.

Welcome home to the City 7 Sam Sessoms!

 

Get in Front of College Coaches. Get Your NCP Scouting Report Today!

We are currently experiencing a health crisis unlike anything we have ever seen before. Virtually all colleges and high schools across the nation have shut down and eliminated all direct instruction and shifted to online delivery of educational services.  As a result, athletic competition at both the collegiate and scholastic levels has come to a screeching halt. No NCAA tournaments or state HS championships for winter sports like basketball. Moreover, and perhaps more importantly, the recruiting process has been drastically altered.  Many rising high school seniors, unsigned seniors and 5th year prep prospects find themselves in the worst imaginable situation.

Thousands of boys and girls across the nation were expecting to play in AAU/grassroots Live Period events in front of college coaches in April. They were prepared to take unofficial visits to campuses far and wide in hopes of landing coveted athletic scholarships. They expected to see scores of college coaches coming through “open gyms” to evaluate them and their teammates. None of this is happening. For the first time ever, the college recruitment process has been drastically altered midstream by external and unforeseen forces.

Alliya Butts Poster-1 2

It has to be tough for kids to see their peers accepting scholarships and committing to play in college. Well-known and established Division 1 prospects that have been on the radar screen for a while continue to receive offers, calls and texts. College coaches are even conducting virtual unofficial and in-home visits for the top prospects on their lists.

Trayvon Reed Poster-1

But, what about the late bloomers? What about the kids that were depending on the April “Live Periods” and “High School Live Periods” to demonstrate what they could do?

For years, Black Cager Sports Media has facilitated communication between elite basketball prospects and Division 1 college coaches. We have entered into an agreement with National College Preps (NCP) to distribute NCP 2K Men’s Basketball Scouting Reports to Men’s and Women’s College Coaching staff across the country.

NCP-1

NCP 2K Scouting Report
The NCP 2K Scouting report puts student-athletes and parents in the driver’s seat. They have full access to the information that is in their recruiting profile. Additionally, The NCP 2K Scouting Report allows them the freedom to share their report with the schools of their choosing with the NCP branding that captures the attention of college coaches.

Over the past seven years, Black Cager Sports Media has established solid relationships with college basketball coaches across the country. Black Cager Sports Media will contact and forward your NCP 2K Scouting Report to five (5) colleges recommended by NCP proprietary software program.

 

Contact:

Delgreco Wilson

http://www.nationalcollgepreps.com

800.424.6753, ext. 702

 

 

 

Top Unsigned Seniors (2020) in Southeastern PA

by Amauro Austin

The Best

*Lynn Greer III, Kai Champion & Jackson Piotrowski have all noted that they plan to attend prep school in the fall..

Screen Shot 2020-03-23 at 1.52.03 PM

Gediminas Mokseckas

Tyreese Watson 6-4 175 PG Bonner-Prendie — most improved player in the state, checks all the point guard boxes, size, IQ, athleticism, ect.. Elite defender.. (Mid Major)

Robert Smith 6-1 180 2G/PG Bishop McDevitt — True definition of tricky lefty, Plays downhill, hardnosed, sturdy frame, dogged defender.. (Low to Mid)

Erik Timko 6-4 180 2G Methacton — Classic late bloomer, Premier 3-point shooter in the area, 73 made 3-point baskets, underrated off the bounce.. Still improving.. (Low to Mid)

Gediminas Mokseckas 6-4 185 2G/SF Archbishop Ryan — Eastern Euro import is an athletic 3-point shooter, led team to CL Semis & State Quarters without team’s top scorer, great grades.. (Low Major)

Andrew King 6-7 225 Str4 Downingtown East — Big, Mobile forward, 4-year starter, Drains 3s and puts it on the floor, best days ahead.. (High D2 to Low 1)

Trevor Wall 6-1 170 1G St Joseph’s Prep — Crafty lead guard, heady veteran.. (High D2 to Low 1)

Isaac “Zeke” Marshall 6-3 175 2G/SF ANC — unorthodox, plays for keeps, loves defense, sticks open jumpers, Winner/Warrior.. (High D2)

Yasir Stover 5-11 165 2G Simon Gratz — Pub Player of the Year, Sugar sweet jump shooter, plays within himself, efficient, great without the ball, High IQ, defends.. (High D2)

David Robinson 6-8 220 C Springside-Chestnut Hill — Rim Runner, Loves to rebound, beats other bigs up and down the floor, protects the paint.. (High D2 to Low 1)

Manir Waller 6-3 175 2G Abington — SLEEPER! Many skills, confident, scores from.all 3 levels, Could be the next Abington college star.. (High D2)

Jeremiah Alexander 6-4 190 SF Bensalem — Best athlete I’ve seen all season and plays with his pants on fire, best basketball is ahead.. Humble & Hungry.. D1/D2 qualified.. (High D2)

DSC_7621

Amauro Austin

Other Scholarship Level Talent

Shaquil Bender 6-2 2G Lincoln
Ross Carter 6-5 SF Simon Gratz
Sean Emfinger 6-4 2G-SF Cheltenham
Champ Hammonds 6-1 2G Constitution
Ahmir Harris 6-0 PG Bishop McDevitt
D’Maio Massey 6-5 SF John Bartram
Siddiq McNair 6-0 1G Olney Charter
Semaj Oliver 6-6 SF M.L. King
Caelen Peters 6-2 2G/PG Plymouth Whitemarsh
Tym Richardson 6-4 2G West Chester East
Donovan Rodriguez 6-1 2G Bonner-Prendie
Kam Roundtree 6-6 Str4 Imhotep
Duane Satchel 6-9 C Simon Gratz
Akeem Taylor 6-4 SF Chester
Naadir Woods 6-8 C MCS Charter

82428407_3111851742210911_9045766639424897024_n

Lynn Greer, III

Small College Stalwarts

Izayiah Adams 6-5 SF-PF Frankford
Kasiem Andrews 6-5 PF Dobbins Tech
Jarik Baker 6-5 SF Frankford
Nymier Brooks 6-7 C Sankofa
Zahmir Carroll 6-5 PF Chester
Jalen Cassidy 6-1 2G Academy Park
Aaron Dixon 6-5 SF Southern
Conner Eagan 6-2 2G Bonner-Prendie
Darius Ellis 6-7 C Dock Mennonite
Kyyon Gordon 6-4 SF Simon Gratz
Eddie Harris 5-8 PG Simon Gratz
Delonce Hines 5-10 PG Springside-Chestnut Hill
Tyler Howard 6-9 C Chester Charter
Tajmir Hunt 5-7 1G M.L. King
Oluwdara Idowu 6-9 C Lincoln
Christian Isopi 6-6 C Archbishop Ryan
Tvon Jones 6-4 SF/PF MCS Charter
Markus Lowry 6-1 2G Harriton
Drew McKeon 6-2 2G Pope John Paul II
Shamir Mosley 6-2 2G Bishop McDevitt
David Pope 6-6 SF Cheltenham
Johnathan Proctor 6-4 SF Coatesville
Yasir Rowel 5-7 1G Simon Gratz
Brandon Scott 6-2 2G/SF Cheltenham
James Simples 6-4 G/F Lower Merion
Kyier Smith 6-0 1G George Washington
Acquil Stewart 5-6 PG Girard College
Jake Timby 5-11 2G La Salle College High
Shymar Wiggins 6-6 PF Southern
Sam Wylie 5-11 2G/PG Imhotep

Jamir Watkins: Basketball Spotlight NJ Player of the Year

After heavy thinking and evaluating. Basketball Spotlight has determined that the Mike Melton 2020 NJ State Player of the Year is Jamir Watkins from Trenton Catholic Academy and here’s why.

90371119_10219216187267761_1883120087284580352_o

In a year which we have no McDonalds All American, TOC winner or State Champions factor in. I had to look at what I saw on the floor. When I saw Watkins face the Top 3 teams (Camden, Roselle Catholic and Patrick School) in the state he was undeniably “THE BEST PLAYER” on the floor even in defeat. Secondly, if you switched him with any other player in consideration their team would become better while TCA would actually lose more games. Finally, no other player dominated in the way he did. He handle the rock, scored from all three levels and played about the rim better than anyone else. Some might not agree but hes my pick! Jamir Watkins was the best player in the State of NJ!

Interview With Delgreco K. Wilson, Newly Appointed National Director of Basketball Scouting

Delgreco K. Wilson recently joined National College Preps (NCP) as the National Director of Basketball Scouting. We sat down with Mr. Wilson to discuss his thoughts as he begins his work with NCP.

Mens_Basketball

NCP: You’ve had a scouting service and recruiting platform for over 5 years and it’s been very well received, why did you decide to join the NCP team?

DKW: I think it was primarily because I’ve had some success that I’ve decided to join NCP. Over the years, I’ve worked with young men like Jameer Nelson (Chester HS/St. Joseph’s/NBA), Dionte Christmas (Lutheran Prep/Temple/NBA), Samme Givens (ANC/Drexel/FIBA), Delonte West (Elanor Roosevelt/St. Joseph’s/NBA), Markeiff Morris (Prep Charter/Kansas/NBA), Marcus Morris (Prep Charter/Kansas/NBA), Dion Waiters (Life Center Academy/Syracuse/NBA), Derick Jones (Archbishop Carroll/UNLV/NBA), Savon Goodman (Constitution HS/Arizon St/FIBA), Austin Tilghman (Archbishop Carroll/Monmouth/FIBA), Langston Galloway (Christian Life Academy/St. Joseph’s/NBA) and Charlie Brown (George Washington HS/St. Joseph’s/NBA) as they transitioned from high school to college. In addition to those Philadelphia area kids, I’ve built strong relationships with Omhar Carter (Mississippi Basketball Association) in Mississippi, Ron Bailey in Washington, DC (HoyaReport), Tony Chiles in New York City (Bishop Loughlin), Jimmy Salmon and Marcus Toney-El in North Jersey (Immaculate Conception/NJ Playaz) as well as Rod Harrison (Mt. Zion Prep), Julian Brown (Team Melo) and Nick Myles (St. Frances Academy) in Baltimore, Maryland.

The simple truth is Black Cager Scouting Service was a small boutique firm and it really only focused on a select group of male elite mid to high major Men’s Basketball prospects. I want to serve far more student-athletes than was possible through Black Cager Scouting Service.

26952129_1788981694454332_3890298521790598538_o

Delgreco K. Wilson and Traci Carter, Hartford University Senior PG

NCP: What was it about NCP that led you to join forces with them?

DKW: First and foremost, it was the leadership team. Greg Hood and Christian Lockhart have done an excellent job establishing NCP as the pre-eminent Black-owned college recruiting platform in America. These brothers are Clemson alums. Greg was running back for the Tigers. They have worked hard to position NCP as one of the top football recruiting platforms in the country. NCP’s reputation is outstanding among SEC, Big 10, ACC and other D1 football programs. Moreover and more importantly, they have developed and refined an outstanding computer-based scouting system. Their state of the art software will allow me to quickly share more information on more student-athletes than I ever could have through the Black Cager Scouting Service. Whereas, I have had to limit the number of prospects I could scout in the past, that is no longer the case.

In fact, I really look forward to working with low Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 and NAIA programs to match them up with qualified prospects. Additionally, we are really excited to give the girls as much attention as we give the boys.

26221120_1775516515800850_6826331932191211931_o

Delgreco K. Wilson and JaQuan Newton, University of Miami alum

NCP: You’ve never worked with the girls?

DKW: Yes, I have… But it’s always been limited. Again, as a boutique firm, I kinda focused on elite players. For example, a few of my favorite girls were Ashley Rosario (nee Louge), Alliya Butts, Nelli Perry, Aja Ellison and Tamyra “Mookie” Laws. Ashley Rosario was named Most Valuable Player for the Saint Joseph’s University Women’s Basketball team in 2010. She was one of the top post players in the Atlantic 10 and Philadelphia Big 5 during her career. Alliya Butts finished her career at Temple with 1,936 points, 420 assists, 292 threes, and 280 steals. She ranks second all-time at Temple in points. Alliya owns the all-time career records for threes and steals. She finished her career ranked fourth in assists. Alliya is the only player in Temple women’s basketball to be named All-Conference four times and is just the second player in Temple history to be named to four All-Big 5 teams. Nelly Perry scored over 1,000 points over a career that started at Clemson and ended at South Carolina. Nelly finished high school career with 2,091 points to become her school’s all-time leading scorer and the 24th player in South Jersey to score 2,000 points.

Aja Ellison played 3 seasons at Maryland and finished her collegiate career at Texas A&M where she set season career-highs for minutes played, points, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage. Tamyra is one my favorites. She a gritty tough girl from “Norf” Philly. A 5’8” guard her toughness was on full display when while playing for Frederick (Md.) Community College, pulled down 42 rebounds in a game against Howard CC. That season she averaged 21.9 points and 18.8 rebounds per game. She would finish her college career at Immaculata.

So yes… I’ve worked with girls, but not enough of them. There are so many girls that need the push that a good scouting service can provide.

72760307_2761008160585009_1597680396198215680_o

Delgreco K. Wilson and Tazir Cantey, ’21 D1 Prospect from Lindewold HS (NJ)

NCP: Can you name a few girls that college coaches should be paying attention to right now?

DKW: Because (South Carolina Women’s Head Coach) Dawn Staley is a good friend of mine, I always make mental notes when I see girls that can play at the highest level. I make sure to pass the names off to Dawn whenever we talk. A few of the high level girls I have noticed recently are Hannah Hidalgo a freshman guard from Paul VI HS (NJ), Cire Worley a freshman guard from Abington HS (PA), Ava Sciolla a sophomore guard from Pennsbury HS (PA) and Destiney McPhaul a junior guard from West Catholic Prep HS (PA). These girls are all destined to play Division 1 basketball. If we can work with the families to give them the exposure and push that gets them where they want to be, my objectives will be more than satisfied.

12654677_1118380021514506_7283384272969063517_n

Delgreco K. Wilson and Malik Hines, McNeese State (LA) Alum

NCP: When can we expect to see you out and about representing NCP?

DKW: I told Greg and Christian, I’m gonna start right away. While we deal with this horrific coronavirus situation, I can’t go watch live basketball. But, I am developing the NCP basketball prospect database. I am taking calls from college coaches, high school players and parents. We are reviewing films. We are making referrals and establishing connections.

More than ever before, I’ve been in touch with my friends that coach at the small college level. These guys are always looking for good players and they work at some strong programs. I stay in touch with guys like Gerald Holmes, Bloomfield College, Dan Burke, Wilmington University, Tim McDonald, Cabrini University, Damien Blair, West Chester University, Alfred Johnson, Elizabeth City University, Brian Gorman, Becker College (MA) and Jim Rullo, Neumann University. More than ever before, I’ll be able to help them identify good small college players.

NCP: We are excited to have come aboard our team and we look forward to helping a lot of kids transition from high school to college.

DKW: We will be the number 1 and the dominant Basketball Recruiting Service in the mid-Atlantic region by this time next year.

26220411_1776633955689106_7590264118138499949_o

Delgreco K. Wilson and Dimencio Vaughn, Rider University, Junior Forward