The recruitment of Jerome Brewer ’21 (Camden High) and Aaron Lemon-Warren ’21 (Archbishop Ryan) illustrates perfectly the changing dynamics of the college basketball recruiting market. Having closely observed the local market for the past quarter century, it can be reasonably asserted that both of these young men would have well over 10 low to mid-major D1 scholarship offers on the table by now in any of the previous seasons. But 2020-21 is different… Really different…
The value of high school prospects has been severely deflated by a unique confluence of factors. Indeed, many college coaches openly acknowledge they are not even evaluating high school players. Under pressure to win and win right away, coaches are seeking older, stronger, experienced recruits.
Given the choice between a 21 year old with 2 years of college experience and 3 years of eligibility remaining and a talented, but unproven, 18 year high school prospect… College coaches are taking the former… every time.
Thus, you see magnificent and highly productive high school players like Lemon-Warren and Brewer languishing on the market. They have D1 offers and interest, but not at the level one would ordinarily expect to see for players of their caliber.
Regarding high school kids, college coaches indicate they will take high school kids they are not supposed to get. For example, CAA, MAAC, Patriot League teams will take HS kids that would ordinarily have ended up in the A10, American or Big East. Many kids that would ordinarily end up in the CAA, MAAC, Patriot League have very few, if any D1 offers.
The market has shifted. It has shifted decidedly. Much to the detriment of kids in the classes of 2021 and 2022.
High school prospects, outside of the top 150-200, have significantly less leverage than ever before.
Players, parents and other stakeholders have recognized the shift. Elite local players and their families have determined they need to play on the highest stage. Chance Westry ’22, Jalen Duren ’22, Justice Williams ’22 and AJ Hoggard ’20 left region for National Basketball Academies.
These are all top 50-100 kids.
Some decided to stay in local and join programs with national aspirations Diggins ’21, Stinson ’21, Woodley ’21, Miller ’21, Wooga ’21 and Wagner ’23.
These are all top 100-200 kids.
The kids ranked just below these kids are the one’s most impacted by the shift. Blaise Vespe ’21, Christian Tomasco ’21, Chris Evans ’21, Robert Smith ’20, Champ ’20… It’s tricky for these guys…
Throw the coronavirus pandemic in the mix and these kids are navigating a terrain unlike anything we’ve ever seen. It’s rough out here…
But all is not loss… Players and parents in or about to enter the D1 scholarship market needs to understand the shifts that have taken place. Now is not the time to “big time” coaches. Talk to everyone, including D2 coached. Also, make sure the “character” references are in order. College coaches are quickly eliminating high school kids with questionable character references. Make sure the AAU and high school coaches will speak positively about the prospect as a citizen and teammate.
Get high quality video of competitive performances. This is the only option available players/parents trying to gain the attention of Division 1 coaches. Coaches cannot evaluate prospects in person until mid-April at the earliest. Coaches are watching high quality video and live-streams of competitive performances. Play in events that are livestreamed and/or recorded in Full HD.
Identify allies… Coaches in local grassroots programs, area high schools and independent scouts have extensive contacts and relationships with college coaches. Ask them to assist you in identifying potential scholarship opportunities.
It’s more challenging than ever, but I still remain convinced of a basic truth:
 Villanova Senior Collin Gillespie, 2 years eligibility, (Archbishop Wood HS) Gillespie is a serious candidate for 1st-Team All-American honors. Last season, he was named second team All-BIG EAST. Gillespie is proven and highly productive high major point guard. To many, he is the best college player Philadelphia has to offer for the 2020-21 season. He averaged 15.1 points and 4.5 assists per outing in 31 regular season games. He was first team All-Philadelphia Big Five.
 Rhode Island Senior Fatts Russell, 2 years eligibility, (Imhotep HS) Russell has an opportunity to join Jameer Nelson among previous Cousy award winners. A magnificent combination of speed, explosiveness and skill, Russell ranks among the top point guards in the nation. Last season, Russell ranked second in the nation in steals, while also finished third in the conference in scoring at 18.8 points per game. He needs just 39 steals to become the all-time leader at Rhode Island. Fatts Russell is a pure Philly guard and one of the premier players in America.
 St. Joseph’s Senior Ryan Daly, 2 years eligibility, (Archbishop Carroll HS) Daly is one of the most productive college basketball players to come out of Philadelphia the past decade. He enters his senior season with 1,616 points, 617 rebounds and 261 assists. Daly combines a quick first step, strength, instincts, and aggressiveness to get to the rim, then uses his big frame and excellent body control to consistently finish through contact. In addition to his scoring ability, Daly doubles as an excellent passer and playmaker. St. Joe’s has added some talent. All that’s left for Daly to accomplish at the college level is a Conference Championship and NCAA appearance.
 Penn State Junior Sam Sessoms, 3 years eligibility, (Shipley HS) Sessoms absolutely excelled in the America East Conference. He led the conference in scoring with 19.4 ppg and ranked second in assists with 4.8 app. Sessoms ranks eighth in NCAA in career scoring average among current players (18.6 ppg.) He became just the seventh player in America East history to reach 1,000-point mark as a sophomore (1,151 pts.). Sessoms transferred to Penn State to play the Big 10 for Pat Chambers. Chambers abruptly resigned, Sessoms was granted a waiver to play immediately.
 Towson Senior Zane Martin, 2 years eligibility, (Neumann-Goretti HS) Martin returns to the campus where he exploded on the scene as a sophomore. That year Martin was All-CAA Second Team and NABC All- District 10 Second Team. He was MVP of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic. He averaged a team-best 19.8 points, good for third in the CAA. He scored double figures in 30 of the Tigers’ 32 games that season, while also averaging 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He had 18 20-point outings, three games of 30 or more points and a 21-game streak in which scored double figures. He is expected to pick up where he left off.
 Washington Senior Quade Green, 2 years eligibility, (Neumann-Goretti HS) The most heralded of all the Philly ballers coming out of high school, Green participated in the 2017 McDonalds All-American Game, the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic and was the MVP of the 2017 HoopHall Classic. Green has had a solid college career, he left Kentucky with 43 career games, 13 starts, 387 total points, 112 assists and 52 3-pointers. He averaged 8.0 ppg as a sophomore season while shooting 44.9 percent from the floor and 42.3 percent from 3-point range. As freshman, Green started 13 of the 34 games and averaged 9.3 points, 2.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game while leading the team in scoring three times, steals four times and assists on seven occasions. Prior being declared academically ineligible, in 15 games, Green was averaging 11.6 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 44.7% from 3-point range. He had scored in double figures in each of his past eight games, averaging 6.0 assists over that span.
 Bowling Green Senior Daeqwon Plowden, 2 years eligibility (Mastery CHS) Plowden has emerged as an NBA prospect. He is winding down a wonderful career at Bowling Green. Last season, he played in all 31 games, making 30 starts. Plowden was Second Team All-MAC and named MAC East Player of the Week two times. He averaged a career-high 12.7 points, which ranked third on the team and 24th in the MAC. Plowden led Bowling Green in total minutes (974), while ranking second in minutes per game (31.4). He also led the Falcons in rebounding for the first time in his career, averaging a career-high 8.5 rebounds per game (264 total). He is a gifted and explosive athlete and will have an opportunity to play at the professional level.
 Maryland Sophomore Donta Scott, 4 years eligibility (Imhotep HS) Scott turned in an outstanding freshman campaign and helped lead Maryland to a Big 10 Championship. Scott played all 31 games (21 starts) in season cut short (no postseason) due to coronavirus pandemic. He started final 20 games of season. On the year, he averaged 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 21.7 minutes of action. Scott was very efficient shooting 44% from the field and 85% from the free throw line. He was a very talented glue guy on a loaded Maryland team as a freshman. This year he will be called upon to score at a much higher clip and make plays for teammates. Look for Scott to emerge as an all-league level player this season.
 Miami Sophomore Isaiah Wong, 4 years eligibility (Bonner-Prendie HS) Wong had a strong freshman season for the Hurricanes. He was one of three Hurricanes to appear in all 31 games, he started the final 13 contests. For the season, Wong averaged 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 21.2 minutes per contest. He shot an impressive 82.9 percent from the free-throw line and 37.3 percent from 3-point range, both second-best on the team. Look for Wong to increase his scoring substantially this season.
 Penn State Soph Seth Lundy, 4 years eligibility (Roman Catholic HS) Lundy had a very solid freshman season for the Nittany Lions. He started the last 15 games, all Big Ten games, and played in all 31 contests as a true freshman. He contributed 6.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in league games with a 3-point field goal percentage of 40 percent. Lundy has a strong athletic frame and NBA 3 point range.
 Villanova Sophomore Eric Dixon, 4 years eligibility (Abington HS) Dixon practiced with the team but did not appear in any regular season games as he decided to redshirt the season. Over the course of the year, he transformed his body. Dixon is very lean and muscular. In open runs, he is a unique combination of brute strength and offensive skill. He has exceptional post footwork. He is adept on the interior or stroking a soft 3- point jumpshot. Look for Dixon to make an immediate contribution to the Wildcats.
 VCU sophomore Nah’shon “Bones” Hyland, 4 years eligibility (St. George’s HS) Hyland made the A10 All-Rookie Team. He played in all 31 games and made nine starts, including in the final seven contests of the season. He ranked third on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game, matching the highest by a VCU freshman since the 1998-99 season; Averaged 11.0 points per game in conference play. Nicknamed “Bones” he plays with a unique flair. Hyland set a VCU freshman record with 63 three-pointers. Ranked third in the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage at .434 (63- of-145), a mark that is also tied for sixth in school single-season history. Handed out 57 assists (second on the team) and grabbed 26 steals. Bones is a bad boy.
 Providence Junior Ed Croswell, 3 years eligibility (St. Joe’s Prep) Last season, Croswell played in 26 games for LaSalle, averaged 10.4 points and 7.6 rebounds, while shooting 60.2 percent from the field in the A10. Croswell is one of the better rebounders in the nation. He ranked third in the nation in offensive rebounding rate at 18.5 percent. He led La Salle in rebounding. He had career best game of 24 points and 18 rebounds versus St. Louis (1/29/20) and posted his seventh double- double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds at Duquesne (2/2/20). Croswell will provide immediate help on the boards for the Friars.
 La Salle Junior Jack Clark, 3 years eligibility (Cheltenham HS) A healthy Jack Clark is a difference make in the A10. Last season was a Medical redshirt season. In 2018-19, Clark Missed first seven games of season while recovering from injury suffered in high school. He immediately contributed on the offensive end when he was able to play. Clark averaged 10.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in nine games he played. But he suffered lower-body injury against George Washington in the middle of January and sat out remainder of season. Look for Clark to be among the A10 scoring leaders one he returns full-time to the court.
 Rhode Island Junior Allen Betrand, 3 years eligibility (Roman Catholic HS) Betrand was named to the All-CAA Third Team. He earned CAA Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career on Jan. 13 and was named to the All-CAA Honor Roll on Jan. 6 and 27. He led the CAA in free-throw percentage (88.6) and finished 11th in scoring (13.6) and 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (38.7). Betrand started all 32 games and averaged 28.9 minutes. He was second on the Tigers in scoring and 3-pointers made with 46.
 George Washington Sophomore Jameer Nelson, Jr, 4 years eligibility (Haverford School) One of the most explosive athletes in the nation, Nelson Played in all 31 games and made 28 starts in his first season. He finished fourth on the team in scoring and second among freshmen team with 10.4 points per game. Nelson led the team with 1.8 steals per game. Nelson dropped a season-high 22 points on 8-of-10 from the field with six rebounds against Saint Joseph’s (1/25). Look for him to emerge as an all-league level player this season.
 La Salle Senior David Beatty, 2 years eligibility (Archbishop Carroll) Beatty was All-Big 5 Second Team. A big part of the resurgence in the Explorer program, Beatty led the club in scoring with 10.7 points per game. He played in all 30 games, starting 19. Beatty will be called upon to lead a young group of Explorers this season.
 Hartford Grad Student Traci Carter, 1 year eligibility (Life Center) Carter has had an interesting career. He started 19 out of 33 games as a freshman at Marquette. He averaged 5.4 ppg, 4.6 apg and 1.4 spg. He transferred to La Salle 8 games into his sophomore season. After sitting a year, Carter started 30 out of 31 games for La Salle. He averaged 6.4 ppg, 3.3 apg and 1.8 spg. After graduating from La Salle, Carter enrolled in graduate school at the University of Hartford. Last season, Carter averaged 9.7 ppg, 4.9 apg and 2.5 spg. Granted an additional year by the NCAA, Carter will be one of the best guards in the America East Conference and the unquestioned leader of the Hawks.
[19t] Penn St. Junior Izaiah Brockington, 3 years eligibility (Archbishop Ryan HS) Brockington Provided Nittany Lions with athleticism and intense defense in sixth man role. He averaged 8.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game with 13 double-figure scoring games. IZB, as he is affectionately called, led team in scoring four times. He saved his best for the hometown crowd as he scored 15 of his career-best 23 points in the second half to lead Penn State to victory over No. 23 Iowa (1/4/20) at The Palestra.
[19t] Penn St. Senior John Harrar, 2 years eligibility (Strath Haven HS) Harrar played in all 31 games with starts in 14 of the last 15 contests. He had Nittany Lions’ best field goal percentage at 62.7 and 61.0 percent in Big Ten games. Averaged career high 17.0 minutes per game. As a sophomore, he played in all 32 games and possessed second-highest overall field goal percentage at 55.1.
 Villanova Sr Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, 2 years eligibility (Neumann-Goretti HS) When healthy, Cosby-Roundtree is an athletic forward capable of finishing through defenders at the rim. Last season, he was dealing with lingering lower body injuries. He appeared in 29 regular season games, averaging 2.2 rebounds and 7.7 minutes per outing. That production is a significant drop from his sophomore campaign when he averaged 20.5 minutes, 5.1 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Wildcats. He started 16 games that season. Cosby-Roundtree was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2018 AdvocCare Invitational. During that 2018-19 season, he connected on .648 of his field goal attempts and .741 of his free throw attempts. A healthy Cosby-Roundtree is a double-double threat every game.
 Arcadia Senior Da’kquan Davis, 2 years eligibility (Roman Catholic) A legitimate small college All-American candidate, Davis started 26 of 27 games played throughout his junior season. He ended the season with 1,571 career points to become the program’s all-time scoring leader. Davis was selected to the D3Hoops.com All-Region Second-team and named to the NABC All-District Second-team. He was awarded All-ECAC First-team and chosen to CoBL All-Area First-team. Received First-team All-MAC Commonwealth honors… Totaled 730 points, averaging a conference-best 27.0 points per game… Recorded 173 rebounds, 94 assists, 36 steals and five blocks… Averaged 46.5% from the field, 33.7% from behind the arc, and 80.2% from the charity stripe…
 Michigan State Freshman AJ Hoggard, 5 years eligibility (Huntington Prep) Hoggard is expected to contribute immediately. He has a BIG 10 body. Very strong for a point guard, he has height, girth and strength. Possessing excellent vision, Hoggard is an elite playmaker. He is very good at creating space to get his shot off the dribble. He’s an adequate 3-point shooter. Rebounds his position. Quality defender who gets steals. Should be an early starter at some point during his freshman year at Michigan State.
 VCU Freshman Ace Baldwin, 5 years eligibility (St. Frances Academy) After a legendary HS career in Baltimore, Baldwin arrives at VCU ready to compete for minutes right away. Baldwin possesses a lean angular frame with long reach and room for additional muscle without affecting his overall quickness. He plays with very good balance and body control, he is explosive with his initial step and he has the quickness to push the ball on the open floor. Has a great work ethic and attitude, bringing energy to the court and leadership to the locker room.
 South Alabama Freshman Jamal West, 5 years eligibility (St. Frances Academy) If you can get past the fact that he is at least 2-3 inches undersized, West has very good physical attributes. Unlike most players, though, he uses his to the fullest extent at all times. West has a D1 ready frame and a super-heros build, with very soft and strong hands, great upper and lower body strength, and a superb wingspan. He has a powerful first step and very solid ability to get off the ground and finish strong at the basket. West is essentially the prototype for what most coaches look for in a player. He is fundamentally sound, tough as nails, and incredibly hard-working; always giving everything he has out on the floor, showing superb confidence in himself, but usually playing strictly up to his strengths.
 Kentucky Freshman Lance Ware, 5 years eligibility (Camden, NJ) Ware combines power forward size and strength, with wing ball-handling and passing skills. He possesses the size, physical gifts and skill to defend four or five positions at the Division 1 level. Ware is ideal for the emphasis on “positionless basketball.” Highly unselfish, team oriented player. Will find his way into the rotation early at Kentucky.
 Notre Dame Freshman Elijah Taylor, 5 years eligibility (Imhotep, CHS) At the high school level, Taylor had the upper body strength to deny almost anyone vying for position on the block. He contested every shot he could reach. He was very good at positioning himself to guard drop steps and up and under moves in the paint. These are all attributes that should lead to early playing time for Taylor. He’s a very good help defender, possessing great timing and anticipation when blocking shots from the weak side. Look for Taylor to play significant minutes because he has good enough foot speed to hedge pick and rolls effectively and guard small players when forced to switch. He always boxes out. He grabs rebounds outside of his area with regularity. Never takes possessions off, which makes him a nightmare to have to score on. Look for him early and often for the fighting Irish.
 Maryland Sophomore Hakim Hart, 4 years eligibility (Roman Catholic HS) Stronger and more confident, Hart sill be a key factor for the Terrapins this season. He appeared in 18 games as a reserve guard in season cut short (no postseason) due to coronavirus pandemic. He helped lead Maryland to 2020 Big Ten Championship. Hart averaged 1.6 points in 6.3 mins of action during the season and matched season-high with 13 minutes of action against Rutgers (3/3). He scored 5 points against Michigan State (2/29) … posted season-highs with 7 points and 3 assists vs. Oakland (11/16) … made collegiate debut against Holy Cross (11/5) and knocked down a 3-pointer.
 La Salle Sophomore Christian Ray, 4 years eligibility (Haverford School) Ray was an impact freshman who saw action in all 30 games, making eight starts. He averaged 4.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and grabbed six or more rebounds 13 times, including three games with 10 or more. Scored career-best 15 points in win over FDU. Season-high three steals at Penn… Had six points and 10 rebounds, including four at the offensive end, in win over St. Bonaventure… Closed season on strong note with 13-point, 11-rebound outing at Saint Joseph’s.
 New Mexico State Sophomore Wil McNair, 4 years eligibility (Martin L. King HS) Saw time exclusively as a reserve during his first season of deployment…Took part in 28 of the team’s 31 games and averaged 1.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.1 assists in 8.2 minutes per game…Shot .583/.000/.636…Ranked second on the team in blocked shots (12)…Debuted in style by coming up with season-highs in points (11), rebounds (seven), field goals made (four), field goals attempted (five), free throws made (three) and free throw attempts (four) in a season-high 17 minutes during the team’s season-opening home victory over Western New Mexico (11/5)…Posted two blocked shots on three occasions, the first coming during a non-conference home win over longtime rival UTEP (12/3)…Helped the Aggies capture their third-consecutive WAC regular season title while ending the season in a 19-game winning streak that ranked as the second-longest in the nation.
 NJIT Junior Booty Butler, 3 years eligibility (Cardinal O’Hara HS) Played two seasons at Austin Peay, starting 37 games over his freshman and sophomore campaign…helped lead the Governors to 22 wins in 2018-19 and 21 victories in 2019-20…averaged more than 27 minutes per game as a sophomore, scoring 6.4 points per game and dishing out 3.3 assists per game…scored a career-high 14 points at West Virginia on December 12, 2019…tallied career-best nine assists vs. McKendree on December 19, 2019.
 Texas A&M, Corpus Christi Junior Cyrie Coates, 3 years eligibility (Overbrook HS) Averaged 11.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals in 31 games in 2019-20 for the Community College of Beaver County…played for coach Bryen Spriggs and helped the team to a No. 4 national ranking.
 Cal-Bakersfield Sophomore Ray Somerville, 4 years eligibility (Shipley HS) Physically imposing, good athlete, Somerville spent a redshirt year working on all aspects of his game. Expected to contribute immediately as a first year player.
 Coppin State Junior Justin Steers, 3 years eligibility (RockTop Academy) MEAC All-Rookie Team…Played in 28 games and made one start while averaging 13.5 minutes per game… Averaged 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds while finishing second on the team with 25 blocks to go with 12 assists and 17 steals… Made team-high 52.9% of his field goals (63-119) along with 5-of-20 3-pointers and 38-of-66 (57.6%) free throws… Scored in double figures six times, including a season-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 5-of-5 free throws in win over Bethune-Cookman (1/28)… Also scored 16 points at Rider (11/19) and 13 at Louisiana Monroe (12/21)… Had a huge MEAC Tournament where he averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks while making 9-of-11 shots.
 St. Joseph’s Freshman Jordan Hall, 5 years eligibility (Neumann-Goretti HS) Hall is a highly skilled and unselfish wing. He will help Ryan Daly and the Hawks with his passing and rebounding. Led Neumann Goretti to a 45-13 record as a junior and senior…Named First Team All-Catholic and First Team 3A All-State as a senior after leading his team to the Catholic League Championship…Competed for Cardinal O’Hara as a sophomore and Middle Township as a freshman.
 Bucknell Freshman Deuce Turner, 5 years eligibility (Neumann-Goretti HS) Turner enjoyed a stellar high school career at Malvern Prep, where he became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Inter-Ac League and one of the top scorers in Philadelphia high school annals with 2,452 points. In 2020, Turner was named Pennsylvania 5A State Player of the Year. He averaged 25.1 points per game as a senior, leading his team to a school-record 27 wins and 10-0 league mark.
 La Salle Freshman Jhamir Brickus, 5 years eligibility (Coatesville HS) One of the top scorers in the state of Pennsylvania, registered 2,531 career points for Coatesville Area High School… Two-time Pennsylvania State Writers Association Class 6A All-State First Team honoree… Averaged 23.1 points per game as a senior, bettering John Allen (Seton Hall) to became Coatesville Area’s all-time leading scorer… Team went 20-8 record, tying West Chester East for first place in the Ches-Mont League National Division during the regular season… In final high school game, scored 26 points in a 81-75 loss to Roman Catholic in the first round of the PIAA Class 6A tournament.
 St. Joseph’s Sophomore Dahmir Bishop, 4 years eligibility (Imhotep CHS) Appeared in 10 games, averaging 1.6 points and 2.5 rebounds over 12 minutes per contest…Had four points, seven rebounds and three assists in his collegiate debut against Jacksonville…Finished with four points and seven rebounds in a season-best 23 minutes versus Siena. High School/Personal: Named a Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class AAAA First Team All-State selection as a junior and senior…Averaging 12 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a senior captain, led Imhotep to its third PIAA Class 4A state championship and the Philadelphia Public League title…Played on three consecutive league and state title teams.
 Marist Freshman Hakim Byrd, 5 years eligibility (Neumann-Goretti HS) A classic Philly guard, Byrd is quick, tough and smart. Byrd shined scholastically at Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia. In his high school career, his team won four district championships, two state titles, and one Philadelphia Catholic League crown. In his senior season, Byrd earned First Team All-Catholic League and Class 3A Second Team All-State honors as he averaged 14.6 points, 3.1 assists, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game for a team which went 24-4. Byrd built off a junior season in which he averaged 12.5 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range. He was a Second Team All-Catholic selection who boasted a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
 St. Frances (PA) Freshman Zahree Harrison, 5 years eligibility (Cheltenham HS) Coming off a knee surgery that robbed him of his senior season in high school, Harrison is anxious to return to competition. He was a three-year letterwinner as the point guard at Cheltenham after earning a letter at Archbishop Wood his freshman year and a two-time captain at Cheltenham. He was the only sophomore to be selected as All-League in 2017-18 when he was selected to the third team and was the only junior to be selected to the All-League First Team in 2018-19.
 Quinnipiac Sophomore Seth Pinkney, 4 years eligibility Pinkney played in all 30 games, making one start as a freshman. He recorded 3.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game over 11.2 minutes. He finished the season third in MAAC in total blocked shots (43). Registered season-high eight points in collegiate debut at Brown (11/13), adding four rebounds in 21 minutes. He added six points and season-best eight rebounds vs. Niagara (1/10)
 Drexel Junior Tim Perry, Jr., 3 years eligibility. Perry appeared in 22 games last season for Drexel, playing 165 minutes which came to 7.5 minutes per contest. He scored 16 points and contributed 39 rebounds. As a freshman, he played in 27 games with the Dragons and had one starting assignment…averaged more than 11 minutes per game off the bench…shot .698 from the floor (30-for-43)…averaged 2.3 points and 3.1 rebounds.
 Lincoln University Junior Bernard Lightsey, 3 years eligibility. Lightsey played in 17 games with 16 starts last season. He led the team with 17.4 points per game, while shooting 40.9 percent (92-of-225) from the floor … despite missing 12 games, still connected on team-high 59 three-pointers (59-of-137; 43.1 percent) and added 51 assists. He reached double figures in 15 of 17 games and dropped season-high 32 points in his return to the court (12/19/19; vs Fayetteville State) … dished out season-high 10 assists (1/20/20; Elizabeth City State) … pulled down season-high five rebounds (2/22/20; at Bowie State).
 Central Connecticut State University Junior Karrington Wallace, 3 years eligibility (Archbishop Wood HS) Last season, Wallace played in 21 games and made 18 starts, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds. In conference play, he ranked 15th with 0.8 blocked shots. He ranked second on the team with 19 blocked shots. Shot team-best .464 from the field…Shot .737 at the foul line…Scored a career-high 13 points against Wagner (1/25) and posted four blocked shots…Grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds at St. John’s (11/9)…Had a season-high two assists against Fairleigh Dickinson (2/18)…Had two steals in opener against Hartford (11/5).
 Quinnipiac Junior Tyree Pickron, 3 years eligibility Last season, Pickron Played in 14 games, scoring 4.1 points to go along with 1.6 rebounds per game off the bench. He made his season debut vs. Fairfield (1/24), recording three points, three assists and two rebounds. He recorded 10 points and three rebounds at Saint Peter’s (2/14), then chipped in with eight points and three rebounds at Rider (2/16). Closed season with nine points at Fairfield (2/28), five points vs. Marist (3/1) and eight points vs. Iona (3/4) As a freshman, he played in 28 total games and averaged 2.1 points and 10.0 minutes per game.
 Bucknell Junior Andrew Funk, 3 years eligibility. Selected to 2020 Academic All-Patriot League Team … played in 33 games with 32 starts in the backcourt … missed one game due to illness … 4th on the team in scoring at 10.8 ppg … also averaged 3.9 rpg, 1.7 apg … shot 39.1 FG%, 30.2 3FG%, 70.6 FT% … led the team with 169 3FGA … scored in double figures 21 times … ranked 22nd in the Patriot League in scoring and 8th in minutes played (32.6 mpg) …
 Georgia Highlands Langston Wilson Sophomore Langston Wilson, 3 years eligibility Committed to Alabama, Wilson is a phenomenal athlete who certainly looks the part of a NBA wing. He measures in at 6’9 with a 7’+ wingspan and possesses elite-level quickness, leaping ability and explosiveness. In order to compete against SEC players on a nightly basis, he will quickly need to fill out his lanky frame. He uses his incredible athletic gifts to make an impact in the open court. He was a force on the break by using his quickness to leak out or fill lanes to get to the rim for a dunk. He isn’t yet comfortable handling the ball in transition but instead prefers to give the ball up to a guard and look for a lob pass back. His physical tools are on full display in transition, as he can beat the defense down the floor and sky for highlight reel caliber alley-oops, including corralling passes that look like sure-fire turnovers.
 Rider Sophomore Chris Ings, 4 years eligibility. Ings was one of six players on the team to play in all 30 games, including 18 starts. He averaged 4.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, posting a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio. He posted double-figures scoring in six games. Posted season-highs of 15 points and six rebounds at Canisius (Jan. 19), hitting 5-of-8 attempts from the floor, including 2-of-3 from long range. Contributed 14 points in a season-high 36 minutes against Iona (Jan. 10)
 Rider Sophomore Allen Powell, 4 years eligibility. Powell played in 25 games off the bench, averaging 8.8 minutes per game. He established season highs in points (nine) and minutes (25) at UMass (Nov. 20), hitting 3-of-6 three-point field goals. Dished out a season-high three assists at Delaware State (Nov. 8) Added six points against Canisius (Feb. 7)
 Abilene Christian Senior Makhi Morris, 2 years eligibility. Morris appeared in 17 games, making one start. Unfortunately, he suffered season-ending injury prior to game at SHSU. Had two double-digit scoring efforts and averaged 3.8 ppg and 1.6 rpg.
 Lincoln University Senior Markus Stevenson, 2 years eligibility. Stevenson played in 28 games with four starts for the Lions. He averaged 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds. He scored season-high 11 points (12/7; at Livingstone) and grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds (12/3; Millersville)
The basketball scholarship market is defined as the sum total of all the buyers (college D1, D2, JUCO and NAIA coaches) and sellers (Basketball student-athletes seeking scholarships) in the United States and the rest of the world.
Massive NCAA rule changes and the coronavirus pandemic have severely impacted the basketball scholarship market.
#1. The NCAA has made the decision to approve an extra year of eligibility for all student-athletes. This is a ‘free year’ for college students at every level. This rule change results in a decrease the number of available scholarships. Even if the NCAA allows more than 13 D1 scholarships, there may not be an appetite to absorb the financial hit resulting from extra scholarships in many cash strapped athletic departments. For every senior that stays an additional year, that is one fewer scholarship that hits the market.
#2. NCAA is set to implement legislation that will grant first-time transfers Immediate Eligibility. Athletes can soon transfer schools and play immediately. … An athlete’s previous school would not have any ability to object to the transfer. This rule change will alter the behavior of the college coaches in the recruitment process. A 20 year old with 2 years of college experience and 3 seasons of NCAA eligibility is more desirable than the typical high school recruit. Many college programs are not actively recruiting high school players.
#3. Students who initially enroll full time during the 2021-22 academic year and intend to play NCAA Division I or II athletics will not be required to take a standardized test to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements. As a result, students that would have been ineligible because of low test scores are now eligible if the have at least a 2.3 gpa.
Considered individually, each of the rule changes put pressure on the basketball scholarship market. Emerging simultaneously, they have flooded the basketball scholarship market.
High School seniors are competing against the current crop of NCAA seniors, current NCAA players that could immediately play upon transferring and players that would not have met the minimum test score requirement.
This market is flooded…
On top of all that, college coaches have not been able to evaluate high school players live since March.
Good players, even really good players need to be connected to college coaches… Recent video performance in highly competitive settings is the very best a student-athlete could do right now…
Coaches are evaluating prospects via video…
Below is a brief clip with Aaron Lemon-Warren and Christian Tomasco highlights. There is also a link for the complete game against #6 St. Frances Academy (MD).
Lemon-Warren are Division 1 basketball prospects with solid academic profiles. America East, NEC, CAA, MAAC, MEAC, Patriot League and perhaps even A10 programs should evaluate these guys closely.
Camden, New Jersey is in the midst of a scholastic sports renaissance. High major college football and basketball coaches make their way to the small city nestled against the Delaware River on a regular basis. Woodrow Wilson HS and Camden HS continuously pump out D1 level athletes every year… Temple, Texas A&M, Rutgers, Michigan, etc. come to looking for left tackles, defensive backs and Quarterbacks. Clemson came and got a shooting guard for their women’s team a few years ago. Last year, Kentucky Coach John Calipari flew the private jet up on multiple occasions while courting power forward Lance Ware.
Camden is producing elite student-athletes by the bushel… There is no end in sight…
The challenge for the Camden City Board of Education, the Principal and the Athletic Director at Camden High School is to NOT fumble.
Camden High’s basketball team is once again nationally ranked by virtually every major publication covering High School basketball. Last year, Camden’s season abruptly came to a halt… It took the coronavirus to accomplish what no NJ High School opponent could do… With the pandemic looming over the state of New Jersey, scholastic sports came to halt while the Camden High squad was literally a few miles away from an important playoff game.
Under the leadership of Head Coach Rick Brunson, Camden finished the year 29-1 and with a 25 game winning streak intact.
“You want da High? You got da High!”
This year’s squad is led by the best available high school big on the east coast. Taquan Woodley comes in at 6’8″ 240 lbs. He is an old-school traditional power forward… A relentless rebounder and a superb low-post defender, he has greatly improved his offensive repertoire and passing over the past year. Since decomitting from Penn State, SEC, Big East and A10 programs have been clamoring for his services.
The biggest name in the program belongs to a 3rd generation heir to the Camden Basketball throne. DJ Wagner is a 6’3″ 175 lb combo guard that has established himself as the number 1 player in the class of 2023. Wagner’s approach to the game belies his youth. He is a cerebral player, a thoughtful player, a patient player right now. Each day, his athletic gifts unfurl themselves more and more leaving fans wondering if there is a ceiling.
Yet another headliner for the Camden High program is Jerome Brewer. Standing 6’8″ and coming in at 220, Brewer has a smooth and accurate stroke that extends well beyond the 3 point line. An excellent rebounder, especially on the offensive end of the floor, Brewer may be Camden’s most consistent contributor.
Cornelius Robinson and Cian Medley are two sophomores with D1 offers and tons of interest. Senior Devin Benson is yet a nother scholarship level player in the program.
With all of that talent and one of the strongest Basketball traditions in America, Camden High will have it’s 4th Boys Basketball Coach in 4 years this season.
It’s time to hire THE Camden High Basketball Coach. It’s time to hire a guy that will see the freshmen graduate from Da High. This is a 4, 5, 6 year hire. The new school (and gym) opens next year. Think this through and make sure you’ve got the right guy.
It’s really not a complicated call…
Rick Brunson leaves the program 1st and goal at the 2 yard line. Whatever happens from here is on the Camden City Board of Education, the Principal and the Athletic Director at Camden High School.
Keep it simple…
No fumbles… No interceptions…
That’s why we feel like it’s gotta be AB…
First and foremost, Aaron Burt is a long-time member, in good standing, of the Camden Basketball community. Burt was a three year starter. He also played on a State Championship team. His Camden roots are extremely deep. Camden basketball is unique. The Camden basketball community is unlike any other in the area. The fans, boosters, families, alums and supporters embrace this program with a fervor unmatched in other communities.
That’s a gift and a curse. Those well-versed in the culture can successfully harness the energy and passion of the community and ride it in conquest of New Jersey scholastic basketball. An uninitiated coach may crumble under the weight of lofty expectations carried by a city of 75,000 hungry for it’s first state championship in twenty years.
Aaron Burt played at Camden High. He understands Camden basketball.
Aaron Burt has coached elite nationally ranked players. As Coach of the Team Final 17U squad on the Nike EYBL circuit, Burt coached NBA players such as Cam Reddish, Donta Divencenzo and Mikail Bridges.
Aaron Burt is very familiar with the South Jersey Scholastic basketball scene. He’s been the Head Coach at Cherry Hill West for several years.
Aaron Burt is an educator. Burt has spent his professional career carving out an impressive resume as a high school administrator. He would bring a full set of skills to bear on the multitude of issues that face the Camden high school basketball coach.
It’s gotta be AB!
Or, you could be like Pete Carroll…
In Super Bowl XLIX, Carroll and the Seahawks had second-and-goal at the 1 with 26 seconds remaining. Seattle was 1 yard away from securing a second consecutive championship — but instead of handing the rock to Marshawn Lynch, the strongest running back in football, Carroll called a pass play…
What the fuck?
And when Russell Wilson’s goal-line slant was picked off by Malcolm Butler, Carroll looked like a complete dickhead…
Don’t be Pete Carroll…
Darkhorse candidate… Jason Harrigan… Not sure Harrigan would place his hat in the ring. Harrigan has been with the Camden program as an assistant for a couple years. He was the Philadelphia Daily News HS Coach of the Year at Delaware Valley Charter High School. He was recently hired as the Head Coach at St. Joseph’s Prep.
If the Camden City Board of Education, the Principal and the Athletic Director at Camden High School chooses to stay within the program Harrigan makes sense. They must understand that Wagner and his parents as well as the other parents have options.
Doesn’t make sense to start over. Nationally ranked 2 consecutive years. Twenty-five game winning streak. No fewer than 5 legitimate Division 1 basketball prospects on the roster. The Camden basketball program is a community asset. Every effort should be undertaken to maintain the highly competitive program left by Vic Carstarphen and Rick Brunson.
Twenty year Division 1 coach and former NBA player leverage Black Cager TV’s mass reach to bring insightful and timely conversations to college basketball fans nationwide
November 3, 2020, 3:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time CAMDEN, NJ — BlackCagerTV.com, the premier original college and high school basketball content producer in the mid-Atlantic region, today announced the official launch of “Bass & Wayns on College Basketball,” a Black Cager TV Original Podcast hosted by Mark Bass and Maalik Wayns. Bass is former longtime assistant coach at St. Joseph’s University and Wayns is a former McDonald’s All-American and NBA player. The show will join the Black Cager TV Network and will explore some of the most important issues and transformative trends through insightful and engaging conversations that span recruiting, player evaluations, NCAA rule changes and other pressing topics. The premiere episode will be available mid-November on BlackCagerTV.com and YouTube.com.
Known as one of the best recruiters and teachers in the business, Bass will help parents and prospective student-athletes know which tough questions to ask and how not to take “nonsensical responses” or “no comment” for an answer. Wayns just completed a wonderful playing career that took him to the NBA and across the globe. “Bass & Wayns on College Basketball” is yet another example of Black Cager TV’s commitment to providing practical, useful and entertaining original basketball related content to viewers across the country.
”I’m finally done playing… I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish at the grassroots, scholastic, collegiate and professional levels. Now that I am no longer focused on my own playing career, I am able to devote my energies to helping young people navigate the basketball landscape. I am insatiably curious about the basketball world and at this moment in time, things are changing at breakneck speed. In the face of seismic NCAA rule changes and the coronavirus pandemic, I will try to connect the dots for kids and their families and I’m excited to take listeners along for the ride,” Wayns said. “With the help of an incredible line-up of guests and the unmatched reach of Black Cager TV, I’m excited to have listeners across the nation examine these fascinating and urgent topics so they can come to a better understanding of what’s happening and where we’re going.”
Bass notes, “I have coached several NBA players such as Delonte West, Jameer Nelson, Dwayne Jones, Deandre Bembry, Langston Galloway and Charlie Brown. Each journey to that league was unique. There are no shortcuts. What each of them did possess was an incredible work ethic. More than anything else, that allowed them to shape their skill set into a package that added value to an NBA team. Along with Maalik, who I coached against, I want help kids and their families gain a better understanding of what to expect at the collegiate level. Black Cager TV is highly regarded among college coaches and parents and it’s the perfect platform for us to share our thoughts and ideas.”
In addition to digital availability, full episodes and vignettes of “Bass & Wayns on College Basketball” will air on BlackCagerTV.com and YouTube.com, bringing their important voice to the more 100,000 Black Cager monthly viewers.
“Black Cager TV is committed to growing its vast original content library with culturally relevant content every day,” said Delgreco Wilson, Founder of the Black Cager TV Network. “With the addition of ‘Bass & Wayns on Callege Basketball,’ we aim to give viewers nuanced and expert perspectives on basketball topics affecting players and their families from two of Philadelphia Big 5’s best players. At this point in history, and amidst the nonstop daily news cycle, we need experienced and incisive perspectives on the issues that matter – and that’s Bass & Wayns.”
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About Mark Bass Mark Bass, one of the most prolific shooters in Saint Joseph’s history, coached 20 seasons at his alma mater and was the longest tenured assistant coach in SJU men’s basketball history. Bass joined the Hawks’ staff in 1999-2000 and during his tenure, he helped coach teams that have made six consecutive post-season appearances, won five Atlantic 10 regular-season titles and captured the 2016 and 2014 A-10 titles. Nine years after he led the Hawks to the NIT Final as a player in 1996, Bass again helped SJU reach New York City and the NIT Final as a coach in 2005.
A fiery leader on the court, and two-year team captain, Bass led the Hawks to the NIT Finals in his senior season, 1995-96, and ranked second on the team with his average of 14.3 points per game. He connected for school records of 91 3-pointers and 268 attempts, season marks which were later eclipsed by Pat Carroll in 2005. A Second Team All-Big 5 selection in 1996, Bass made 225 three-pointers during his career from 1992-96, a total that now ranks sixth on the Hawks’ all-time list. As a freshman, the guard led the Atlantic 10 Conference in free throw percentage with a school-record 86.9 percent, a mark which was broken by Langston Galloway in 2011-12 (88.7). Bass also led the A-10 in three-point percentage as a junior (.423), making him just the second Saint Joseph’s player to lead the league in two different categories. In 2001, Bass became the first member of the 1996 NIT Finalist team to be inducted into the Saint Joseph’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
About Maalik Wayns Wayns played high school basketball for Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia. As a Junior, he averaged 22.4 points, 5.1 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.1 steals. Wayns was also a two-time MVP in the Philadelphia Catholic League and also first team all-city and all-state in Pennsylvania. As a Senior, Wayns averaged 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists. He was named a Parade All-American and McDonald’s All-American and at the end of the year.
Wayns chose to attend Villanova. He was named Big East All-Rookie Team and won the Big East Rookie of the Week three times. Wayns finished with 6.8 points and 1.3 assists. As a junior in 2011–12, Wayns earned second-team All-Big East honors after averaging 17.6 points per game. He played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Clippers. He also professionally in Italy, Russia, Israel, Spain and Belarus.
I wish things would return to normal. This is really my favorite time of year. If we had actually been able to “limit the cases to 15 and they soon reached zero” back in the Spring, I would be traveling up and down 95 visiting high school and college gyms.
I would be trying to get a feel for this years version of high school programs like DeMatha (MD), Woodrow Wilson (DC), Paul VI (VA), St. Frances (MD), Sanford (DE), Chester (PA), Trenton Catholic (NJ), Atlantic City (NJ) and Immaculate Conception (NJ). I would be visiting college programs like VCU, Georgetown, George Washington, Maryland, Howard, Morgan State, Delaware, Delaware State, Seton Hall, Penn State, Rutgers, Monmouth and Rider.
Who’s up next? Who’s gonna break out? Which programs are gonna win state championships? Which programs are gonna make the NCAA tournament?
Unfortunately, he lied… Coronavirus didn’t just miraculously disappear when summer rolled around. Moreover, he continues to BULL SHIT all of us…
“We are turning the corner…”
Get the fuck outta here!
The situation is worse than ever… Hospitals all across the nation are close to capacity and talking about rationing medical care.
So… No trips up and down 95… No sneak peeks at the top programs…
Times are hard for hoopheads.
Imagine my surprise when I heard there was a good game scheduled tonight. We all know the schools are NOT currently playing. We ALL know that the PIAA and the NJSIAA are trying to figure out a way forward.
So… this was NOT a HS basketball game…
But, somehow, someway… mystically, magically and fortuitously the players from two of the top high school programs just happened to meet up at 3640 G Street at 7:00 pm.
Who know how these things happen? Who gives a fuck?
For degenerate hoopheads like myself, the only thing that matters is there was actual competitive basketball to be witnessed.
No cheerleaders… No matching uniforms… No Public Address announcer…
Just 20 or so super-talented and highly motivated players, a couple of referees, a scorekeeper and someone at the door pointing a thermometer at every skull that entered the door.
Just so happened that this particular “club” matchup featured players from Archbishop Ryan playing against players from Camden High School.
On August 4, Black Cager released a “Way too soon Top 5 High School Programs” in the Greater Philadelphia Region. On that list, Camden was number 1 and Archbishop Ryan was number 5. That made this game a battle between 2 of the top contenders for mythical Black Cager Pound for Pound title.
This setting, while not ideal, certainly serves a purpose. Kids that have been effectively banned from getting together in their school gymnasiums are able to convene and actually play structured basketball. Prospects seeking to leverage their basketball abilities for access to higher education get to put a performance on film for college coaches that have been chained to their desks since March. The importance of the video cannot be overstated.
All indications are that Division 1 basketball coach will not be allowed to evaluate prospects in person until April 2021 at the earliest. That means that current HS kids will go a full year of playing without college coaches in the stands.
Good video right now could result in anywhere from $200,000 to $320,000 being made available to a family for educational related expenses.
This shit matters…
It should be noted that I am blessed and favored… I have tremendous relationships with many of the kids and parents navigating the recruitment process right now. Prior to this game, I called Ryan combo guard Jalen Snead ’22 and reminded him that he was going to be matched up against DJ Wagner, the Number 1 player in the Class of 2023. In a very direct and forceful manner, I let him know that I expect him to demonstrate that he is severely underrated by meeting that challenge.
I also called, Rodney Warren, the father of Aaron Lemon-Warren and let him know I would give him call after the game. He works out of town and could not be in attendance.
I speak with Taquan Woodley every day. We never really discuss his performance. Mostly because there’s really very little variation from game to game… Double-Double with about 4-6 blocks… Book it…
I come in the gym and I see, Bill and Beth Tomasco, parents of Ryan PF Christian Tomasco ‘21. Christian was one of the biggest free agent pick ups of the past off season. While he has a D1 offer and plenty of D1 interest, he wants to demonstrate that he ranks among the best players still on the board. After warmly greeting the Tomascos, I see Christian seated about four feet away from his folk…
“Muthafucka… This is what you wanted!”
I sit next to Christian and remind him that there will be video from this game. I also note that Woodley is, perhaps, the premier BIG still on the table in the class of ’21. A strong performance against Woodley would certainly help Tomasco increase his stature.
A few minutes later, the game gets underway…
As one would expect from a group of kids unable to access their gyms and practice on a consistent basis, the play is a little uneven and ragged at times. But the effort and talent are there for all to see.
Ryan jumps out to a double digit lead early. As usual, sharpshooter Luke Boyd is dialed in… Boyd would finish with a game high 19 points with 5 3-pointers and 3 rebounders. Ivy and Patriot League programs would be wise to reach out to Boyd. A few weeks ago he dropped 22 against Nationally Ranked St. Frances (MD). A pattern is emerging… Big shots from deep in big games…
Snead was relishing his opportunity to play against the best player in the Class of 2023 and one of the premier guards in the country regardless of class.
Last year… Snead was named 1st team All-Muthafucka by Black Cager Sports Media… The Baller TV viewers and those in attendance got to see for themselves how he earned that designation. Exceedingly quick, with long arms he is an excellent defender. He harassed Wagner from start to finish. He was able to consistently stay in front of him, he blocked his shot, he disrupted his dribble… Basically… Snead was a muthafucka defensively…
His stat line for the game was typical Snead… 4 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 block.
Of course, the uber-talented Wagner would have his moments on his way to solid 13 points, 2 steals and 1 assist. What remains the most impressive aspect of Wagner’s game is his mental toughness. Even when the shots are not falling, he continues to ferociously defend and make plays for his teammates. As a sophomore, Wagner is one of the most mature players I’ve seen in recent years.
Snead, in the opinion of this observer demonstrated clearly that he is a bona fide Division 1 prospect.
Tomasco did what he was supposed to do.
He ran the floor very well. He showed some range from the beyond the 3 point line. Against one the most formidable front courts in the nation, he finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists.
Looking ahead and assuming there will be a high school basketball season, Tomasco adds a dimension to this Ryan club that makes them a real contender to return to the Catholic League Final Four for the 4th time in 6 years and maybe take the title back to the far Northeast this year.
Still working himself into form, Lemon-Warren was solid with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. He is just a complete basketball player. With practice and increased reps, he will be one of the contenders for Catholic League MVP.
As the game wore on, the difference was the relentless pressure on the boards applied by Taquan Woodley (14 points) and Jerome Brewer (17 points). After deploying a full court press to disrupt the early offensive flow of Ryan, Camden’s big duo dominated the boards in the second half.
Now a senior, Woodley has evolved from a high energy super athletic defensive force into a cerebral leader of this version of the Camden Panthers. He is playing the game at his own pace, making sure his teammates are in the correct positions on both ends of the floor, protecting the rim and scoring big buckets when needed.
Earlier today, Woodley formally decommitted from Penn State. Thus far, he has been contacted by La Salle, St. Joseph’s, Temple, St. John’s, Mississippi State, Seton Hall, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Auburn, SMU, VCU and Akron.
He is clearly the “bad bitch” at the bar… Right now, everyone wants to buy him a drink and take him home.
But the best part of my day came when I got home. Earlier, I had gave my friend Gerald Holmes a heads up… Holmes is the highly successful Had Coach of the Division 2 Bloomfield College basketball program in New Jersey. Told him he could catch this game on Baller TV. Always working, Holmes watched intently.
Then at exactly 8:24 pm… A potential 6 figure conversation began…
A great game… indeed!
Thank you Difference Makers, The Miller Report and FiDonce Basketball Player Development…
September 14, 2020 (Camden, NJ) – Black Cager Sports is proud to announce the dates, location and some of the participating teams for the 2020 Awesome Fall Classic. More than 60 teams representing grassroots clubs, AAU programs and high schools from across the mid-Atlantic region will hit the hardwood at Millersville University for the two-day event from Saturday, October 10 to Sunday, October 11.
“We feel this year may be the best since the Fall Classic started in 2016. The quality and the depth of the talent is exceptional and will lead to exciting games as some of the best high school players in the country have the chance to showcase their abilities. Seeing Temple, UConn, Villanova and LaSalle as destinations for some of the players, says a lot about the quality of competition,” said Delgreco Wilson, Founder of the Black Cager Fall Classic Series. The Fall Classic has hosted many future college superstars over the years. The most recent wave of talent has included Collin Gillespie (All-Big East/Villanova), Eric Dixon (Redshirt Freshman/Villanova), Donta Scott (Sophomore Starter/Maryland), Seth Lundy (Sophomore Starter/Penn State), Isaiah Wong (Sophomore Starter/Miami), Ace Baldwin (Freshman/VCU) and Jhamir Brickus (Freshman/La Salle).
The full schedule, with start times for all 72 games, will be listed in early October.
Team Registration is underway. Send text to 856-366-0992 or email to email@example.com requesting registration forms.
This year’s event will feature nationally ranked teams and plenty of top 100 high major prospects from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Some of the top players as rated in the latest ESPN rankings include:• Nanna Njoku (#93 c/o 2021, Sanford, Villanova) • Julian Reese (#73 c/o 2021, St. Frances, Maryland) • Rahsool Diggins (#69 c/o 2021, Archbishop Wood, UConn. Other Mid-High Major confirmed participants include Hysier Miller ‘21 (Neumann-Goretti, Temple commit), Alassane Amadou ’22 (McDevitt. SJU, Drexel, La Salle offers). Additionally, the Fall Classic looks to welcome several new teams to the event.
Back to participate in his fourth Fall Classic is a certified Philly legend in the making. Rahsool Diggins, returns for his senior season after establishing himself as a consensus top 100 player over the past couple years. The nation’s 69th ranked player, according to ESPN, has committed to UConn. Maryland, has a commitment from Julian Reese in the Class of 2021. Reese makes it a total of three Fall Classic players commiting to Mark Turgeon the last three years. Locally, this season’s event welcomes several of the top teams in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Archbishop Ryan, MCS, Constitution, Lincoln, West Catholic, Neumann-Goretti and Camden.
The Awesome Fall Classic will run two sessions – 9 am to 8pm Saturday and 9 am to 5 pm Sunday. “Every year, we get very excited to have our basketball program to participate in an event with such strong competition,” said St. Frances Academy Head Coach, Nick Myles. “The Fall Classic gives us an opportunity to play against some of the top programs in the country. This will prepare us for the long season ahead.”
Black Cager Sports and the Awesome Camp have brought aboard The Miller Report, a regional sports marketing company, to assist with management of all event operations. The Miller Report has worked with many of the mid-Atlantic region’s leading youth basketball brands, including current working relationships with Julian Dunkley and Difference Makers.
For more information on the Awesome Fall Classic, text 856-366-0992 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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A coon is generally understood to be a Black person who is overly accepting of white discrimination, excessively concerned with pleasing white authority figures and unknowingly suffering from a significant degree of self-hatred. We have witnessed what can best be described as an explosion of “coonish” behavior among Black males expressing support for President Donald Trump and disdain for Senator Kamala Harris following her selection as Joe Biden’s running mate.
Many observers, Black and white alike, are befuddled by what seems like such a rapid coon infestation… The mis-education of American youth is to blame for the confusion…
“History is Written by Victors…” This quote, often attributed to Winston Churchill, implies that history is not grounded in facts, rather it’s the winners’ interpretation of them that prevails. The victors force their preffered narrative down on the people. From the moment the United States of America declared independence in 1776, most American history books have described the American political culture as the finest example of government by popular consent with respect for the equal rights of all.
Clearly, American male white supremacists were the “victors.” When writing the history of the United States they consistently failed to give due weight to the deleterious role of white supremacist male ideology and the Slaveholding, Apartheid-like conditions that have shaped the participants and substance of American politics as much as, if not more than, the notion of equality for all.
President Trump fits squarely into the exclusionary, white supremacist male tradition of American politics. In this way, Trump is a true American original. He represents a contemporary manifestation of the inegalitarian ideologies at the core of the founding fathers vision of the great American experiment. They never actually intended to establish “liberty and justice for all.” For over 80% of American history, the overwhelming majority of adults living in United States were legally barred from full American citizenship solely because they were Black, Native American, Latino, Asian or women.
The American story as it has been commonly portrayed in the history books is intentionally deceptive because it is far too narrowly circumscribed. White male victors have focused their analytical lenses on the dynamics of relationships among a distinct minority of the American population. Yes, a relatively small group of wealthy Protestant propertied white male slaveholders treated each other with respect and political egalitarianism prevailed in their relationships with one another.
Fuck everybody else… is the unwritten, yet equally important, part…
The rapid tanning of America, inevitably requires a truer picture… Projected to form a majority of the population in a decade or so, Black and brown young people need a history that more accurately captures America’s political culture and it’s characteristic conflicts. Otherwise, they will continue to struggle in their attempts to understand the rapid ascendancy of a modern American racist/white supremacist and the proliferation of his strange bedfellow the Black male coon.
Insight into these recent dynamics, requires acceptance of the fact that the United States has been shaped to a large extent by the ideology of white male supremacy and the social practices that defined the relationships of white supremacist male elites with subordinate groups.
In a very real sense, it can be asserted that white supremacist males created the Black male coon.
Sixty-six years prior to the Declaration of Independence, the Meritorious Manumission Act of 1710 was enacted in Colonial Virginia. This law provided for the freeing a slave for “good deeds,” as defined by the national public policy, and could be granted to a slave who saved the life of a White master or his property, invented something from which a slave master could make a profit, or “snitched” on a fellow slave who was planning a slave rebellion or to run away.
Recognizing the inherent barbarism and inhumane nature of their prevailing social arrangements, racist/white supremacist males formally incentivized “coonish” behaviors. Black males could literally obtain freedom from a lifetime of bondage and forced servitude on a prison labor camp by “saving his master’s life” or condemning other enslaved Blacks to certain death by snitching on rebels.
Throughout history the emergence of coons has resulted from the behavior of individual actors, each of whom is making their individual decisions. These individuals have preferred complicity with their oppressors and financial rewards and improved social status over remaining among the larger oppressed Black community.
In this way, Racist/white males literally manufactured Black sellouts.
The slave rebellions of Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner were thwarted by Black male coons. Every Black social movement since has been infiltrated and negatively impacted by coons. Emmett J. Scott was one of them. An agent at the Bureau of Investigation, Scott posed as a reporter who attended Marcus Garvey’s UNIA meetings and conventions who interviewed Garvey. Walter H. Loving was a retired Army officer and a member of the Military Intelligence Division who sent Black informants to UNIA meetings.
Herbert Simeon Boulin was Jamaican businessman in Harlem who befriended Garvey but was really a Bureau informant. He began giving them gave harmful information such as accusations that Garvey’s movement was anti-white. James Wormley Jones was Black police officer and first Black FBI special agent who went undercover to take Garvey down. His information was the nail in the coffin J. Edgar Hoover needed to arrest Garvey.
Martin L. King friend and photographer, Ernest Withers, who was on hand to capture King riding newly desegregated Montgomery, Alabama buses in the mid 1950’s and the shock of his closest confidants immediately after his murder in 1968 was also an FBI informer.
Eventually, the FBI established the the Ghetto Informant Program (GIP), intelligence-gathering operation run by the FBI from 1967–1973. Its official purpose was to collect information pertaining to riots and civil unrest. Through GIP, the FBI used more than 7000 people to infiltrate poor black communities in the United States. Black male Informants monitored Black activists including Martin L. King, Jr. Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown and Huey Newton among many others.
William O’Neal became infamous in 1973 when his role in the 1969 raid in which Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were murdered was revealed. O’Neal was a Panther insider to the point where he was in charge of security for Hampton and possessed keys to Panther headquarters and safe houses. Simultaneously, he was serving as an informant for the FBI. Among the information the teenaged O’Neal fed his FBI contact was the floor plan of Hampton’s west-side apartment that was used to plan the fatal raid.
Working closely with racist/white supremacists, coons are extremely dangerous…
With O’Neal’s floorpan in hand, at 4:00 a.m., a heavily armed police team arrived at the site, divided into two teams, eight for the front of the building and six for the rear. At 4:45 a.m., they stormed into the apartment. Mark Clark, sitting in the front room of the apartment with a shotgun in his lap, was on security duty. The police shot him in the chest, killing him instantly. Clark’s gun discharged once into the ceiling. This single round was fired when he suffered a reflexive death-convulsion after being shot. This was the only shot fired by the Panthers.
Hampton, drugged by barbiturates, was sleeping on a mattress in the bedroom with his fiancée, Deborah Johnson, who was nine months pregnant with their child. She was forcibly removed from the room by the police officers while Hampton still lay unconscious in bed. Then, the raiding team fired at the head of the south bedroom. Hampton was wounded in the shoulder by the shooting.
Fellow Black Panther Harold Bell said that he heard the following exchange: “That’s Fred Hampton.” “Is he dead?… Bring him out.” “He’s barely alive.” “He’ll make it.”
The injured Panthers said they heard two shots. According to Hampton’s supporters, the shots were fired point blank at Hampton’s head. According to Deborah Johnson, an officer then said: “He’s good and dead now.”
As the world watches President Trump scramble for any and every advantage, both legal and extra-legal, that will sway the outcome of the upcoming election, it’s really not surprising to see so many Black coons lining up to do his bidding. There’s a long tradition of cooning that stretches back 310 years in America.
What’s different and frightening is the extent to which everyday, ordinary Black males are cooning for Facebook and twitter likes. What the fuck is that about?
Take note and isolate Black male Trump supporters. Keep them away from young Black and Brown children. They mean Black people no good.