Black Cager Philadelphia Basketball Coaches Clinic: September 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Bob Jordan, Girard College – 215-850-1045

Delgreco Wilson, Black Cager – 267-251-1355

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

South Carolina’s Sedee Keita Transferring

Columbia, South Carolina – May 26, 2017 – University of South Carolina freshman power forward, Sedee Keita (WeRone Hoops/22ft Academy), has announced his intention to transfer. After sitting out a year, as required by the NCAA, Keita will have 3 full seasons of eligibility left.

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A key reserve as a freshman, Keita played in 29 games during rookie campaign.  He posted averages 1.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in 9.6 minutes per game. In SEC play, he saw action in 14 games, posting 0.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

His offensive output was hampered by a wrist injury that caused him to miss the first four games of the season. Keita tallied a season high seven points in win over Lander (Dec. 27), and pulled down a season high seven rebounds in non-conference finale at Memphis (Dec. 30)

He played a season high 28 minutes at No. 13/12 Florida (Feb. 21), posting two points with six rebounds. He also collected two blocks in Elite Eight win over No. 20/17 Florida (March 26).

Keita immediately becomes one of the best available power forwards in the nation. South Carolina Head Coach signed Keita’s release without any restrictions.

Keita is an athletic power forward who has a strong frame and good mobility and agility for his size. This year he demonstrated an ability to be an excellent post defender. He was a four-star recruit according to ESPN.com and rated the 85th player in the ESPN100. Also a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com and the No. 82 prospect overall.

La Salle and Pittsburgh have expressed an interest in Keita. He will likely hear from programs in all the major conferences.

St. Frances Academy (MD) Adds 7 ft. Nigerian Osato Iduwe

Baltimore, Maryland – May 25, 2017 – Black Cager Scouting, Africa has announced that 7’0″, 205 lbs Osato Iduwe (Class of 2019) has enrolled at Saint Frances Academy, Baltimore, Maryland. A mobile and very active rim protector, Iduwe also considered Mater Dei Prep (NJ) and Saint Joseph’s Prep (PA). An excellent student, Iduwe will anchor the middle for Saint Frances during the 2017-18 season.

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Established in 1828, St Frances Academy (SFA) is an independent Catholic high school with African American and Hispanic roots. St. Frances Academy serves as an agent of positive change within its inner-city neighborhood.

St. Frances Head Coach Nick Myles says “Iduwe is just a fantastic kid. He’s very humble and hardworking. But, most importantly, he listens. We are pleased to have him join the St. Frances learning community.”

Iduwe is playing with the Maryland-based Crusader Nation AAU program this spring-summer.

Black Cager Scouting Service is committed to helping talented student-athletes leverage their athletic abilities for access to higher educational opportunities.

Teaneck’s Pierre Sow Commits to Hampton University!

Pierre Sow (pictured below) is an unassuming, quiet and highly intelligent young man. A strong student, Sow has very good grades and an outstanding SAT score. He also happens to stand about 7’0″ tall and is fast becoming a very good basketball player. A key member of the 2 time State Champion Teaneck (NJ) High School Highwaymen basketball program, Sow has worked his way to a Division 1 scholarship. On the morning of April 7, 2017 he committed to play for Coach Edward Joyner, Jr and the Hampton University Pirates. IMG_1876

Sow just began playing organized basketball a couple of years ago and has really progressed while playing for Teaneck’s fine coach Jerome Smart. However, Division 1 colleges in New Jersey paid little attention to Sow. They missed out on kid with a chance to be a good college player. Sow’s former HS Assistant Coach, Roland Whitley firmly believed in Sow’s ability to compete at the Division 1 level.

“The kid has all the tools… He’s long, he has good timing and he’s very agile. He lacked strength and experience. But, I knew he was a Division 1 player”, said Whitley. “More than anything else, I just needed more people to see him play. So I asked Black Cager Scouting Service to come and check him out two years ago. Delgreco Wilson (below left) came up and agreed that Pierre was a D1 prospect.”

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Wilson noted, “I saw a kid that was raw with a huge upside. The immediate goal was get him in the gym against other good big guys in the off season. I reached out to several Philadelphia area AAU/Grassroots programs. Only Philly Pride invited Pierre to come work out. He didn’t end up playing with them for the summer because the travel was too much, but he made it to several workouts and made some important contacts.”

Philly Pride directors Nette Bennett and Amauro Austin are proud Hampton University alums. Austin reached out to Hampton and strongly encouraged them to offer Sow a scholarship. He had been considering prep school.

“Those guys at Black Cager Scouting really helped me through this thing,” said Whitley. “I played at North Carolina State under Jim Valvano but things are much different these days. I really leaned on them to help me guide the family. We are extremely happy with Hampton University.”

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According to Wilson, “academically, Pierre is the type of kid that usually ends up in the Ivy or Patriot League. Hampton is a perfect fit for him because he has the intellectual tools to really take advantage of Hampton’s academic programs. The University President, Dr. William R. Harvey (above right) made Sow’s mother (above center) feel welcome and assured them that he would take care of their son. There is no substitute for the intimacy and familiarity one finds on HBCU campuses. Jaekwon Carlye is a Philly Pride kid completing his freshman year at Hampton and he loves it there. I know Pierre made the right choice.”

 

 

Dawn From Raymond Rosen… National Champion!!

One evening last fall, I sat with Phil Martelli in the St. Joseph’s Basketball offices and discussed, what else… the city game. Over the past 30 years, we’ve had maybe a 100 or so of these conversations. The only thing that’s changed is the size of his office and the amenities surrounding us.

In the beginning, we would sit in his “office” adjacent to the old Field House. This space housed two Assistant coaches and two desks. After that, there was room for maybe one media guide… if it was less than 200 pages. Seriously, there wasn’t enough room to house the sneaker collection of a bench player on Team Final or We R1 “B” team. It was a glorified closet, tiny and cramped… I loved it there…

Let me tell you… we talked a lot of shit in that little space…  Who’s good? Who stinks? Who’s gonna win? Who should St. Joseph’s be recruiting?

Then, Phil got a bump… Head Coach of the Hawks… With that came a move a few feet down the hall and a private office about the size of my dorm at Lincoln University… An improvement for sure, but still lacking the “Je Ne Sais Quoi” one typically associates with Division 1 basketball offices.

But the long,  meandering and captivating conversations continued…

Eventually, St. Joseph’s committed to upgrading it’s basketball facilities… Wow!! These days, Phil works out of an office suite befitting an senior executive with a Fortune 500 Company… Just to help you understand how far things have come, the square footage of tabletop in the conference room connected to his office is literally greater than that of his first office… SJU has stepped up big time…

Although we sit in a much more refined space and lounge on nicer furniture… The the conversations are the same as they always were…

Two Delaware County Hoop Heads sitting around talking a lot of shit!

That particular evening, last fall the conversation turned to women’s college basketball… Phil’s dear friend Geno Auriemma (below) has emerged as the greatest coach in the history of women’s college basketball.

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Who knew?

In 1979, Auriemma joined Martelli’s staff at Bishop Kenrick in 1979. They coached together in the Philadelphia Catholic League for two year before Auriemma left to join the women’s staff at the University of Virginia. After four years at Virginia, Auriemma took the reins of the nondescript UConn women’s program. Prior to Auriemma’s arrival at Storrs in 1985, the Huskies Women’s Basketball team had exactly one winning season in its history.

They fuckin’ stunk!

Since Geno’s been there, they have won an astonishing 11 NCAA Women’s D1 Championships. 23 Big East Regular Season Championships and 22 Conference Tournament Championships. The Huskie’s record during Auriemma’s tenure is an incredible 991-135. He’s been named the Naismith Coach of the Year 8 times…

By any reasonable measure, Geno is the one of the greatest coaches in the history of collegiate athletics… He’s up there with the likes of John Wooden, Bear Bryant, Pat Summit, Coach K and Nick Saban… Rarefied air indeed…

So… I understood where Phil was coming from… I got it when he declared:

“Nobody else is gonna win one ‘til Geno hangs ‘em up… He’s got this thing wired…”

Yeah… I understood… But I disagreed…

Fuck that!

“Dawn is gonna get one Phil…”

Now… I didn’t have much more to go on than pure faith in “Saint” Dawn… After all, Geno was in the middle of what seemed like a 9,874 game winning streak… I simply believed my lil’ homie from North Philly and the Raymond Rosen Projects would get it done…

Dawn Staley = Winning!!

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I remember it like is was yesterday, my college roommate, Dexter “Big Herb” Matthews (above left), was also from Raymond Rosen. It was 1987 and he kept talking about his youngbuck… This lil’ girl that was frying everybody… Big Herb emphatically insisted his neighbor and childhood friend was the best player in the world… male or female…

“Y’all niggas just don’t know… my youngin’ is the best player in the nation…”

“Fuck you talkin’ bout Herb?”

“I’m telling you… watch… y’all gonna see.”

That’s how I was introduced, in 1987, to Dawn Staley… So… I start following her in the box scores… one story, in particular, stands out… 26 point, 15 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 steals… Wait… What the fuck?

No dotcoms back then, had to take that ass to the store and pay $.50 cent to get the scoop. From the moment Big Herb put me on, I never missed one…

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Now I’ve always been a hoop head but I was not a huge fan of female version of the city game. Before Staley’s emergence, the only women’s games I ever watched up to that point were the first (1982) Women’s NCAA Championship featuring Coach Vivian Stringer, the great Yolanda Laney and USC’s televised games. I had to watch Cheyney State play for the national D1 title… Imagine that? Cheyney playing for the D1 Championship on national TV…  And, EVERYBODY had to watch USC and Cheryl Miller. She was just the finest female player of her era. To this day, I still say Cheryl, in her prime, would BUST lil’ brother Reggie’s ass…

Big Herb introduced me and ALL of fellas at Lincoln University to Dawn Staley and women’s basketball. For that, we are forever grateful…

We watched Staley (below) change women’s college basketball while playing at the University of Virginia.

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Dawn was the quintessential PHILLY GUARD! Along the lines of Guy Rogers, Earl Monroe, Pooh Richardson and Kyle Lowry. Beyond tough, very little flash and willing to die on the court… It really wasn’t fair for her opponents. Dawn was used to killing dudes on the playgrounds of North Philly. She was wired differently from the women she faced… Most often the smallest player, she literally dominated the game from the backcourt… She willed the UVA program to win after win…

The NCAA tournament? That was a forgone conclusion… The only question was: Would she win a National Championship? She led UVA to 4 NCAA Tournaments, three Final Four appearances and one National Championship game.

Must see TV!! I watched every second of every game…

The world soon discovered what Big Herb had been saying for years… Dawn Staley wasn’t to be fucked with on the court… She was ABOVE varsity… She was on some other level shit…

She was the ACC female athlete of the year and the national player of the year in 1991 and 1992. A true point guard, she scored when necessary to win the game… Which was often… Staley finished her college career with 2,135 points. She relentlessly pressured opposing point guards making them extremely uncomfortable handling the ball around her… Time after time, she would strip ‘em and leave BUTT NAKED while she laid the ball off the backboard for an easy two points… Staley holds the NCAA record for career steals with 454.

A true point GOD, she finished her career at Virginia as the as the ACC’s all-time leader in assists at 729.

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Since then, she’s collected three Olympic Gold Medals as a player, two more as an assistant coach and been inducted to the Naismith Hall of Fame.

Given a chance to work just few blocks from Raymond Rosen, Staley put Temple women’s basketball on the map. She began coaching Temple in 2000 while still playing professionally. In eight years, she led the Owls to 6 NCAA appearances and one WNIT.

Always looking for a challenge, and in search of that National Championship that eluded her as a player, Dawn decided to invade the SEC and challenge mighty Tennessee for SEC supremacy. She started from the bottom… This was no rehab… It was new construction…  The Gamecocks had only won a total of 20 games in the five years before her arrival.

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Her record at at South Carolina is 221-80. The previously moribund Gamecocks have made six consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament, with three Sweet 16s and a Final Four in 2015… Dawn got ’em rolling… The Gamecocks have been stalking the Geno and the Huskies…

That night in the Ramsay Center, the shit talking continued…

“Fuck that Phil… I like Dawn to knock your boy off… Geno can’t keep winning every year…”

“I’m telling you Del… He’s got it figured out… He’s not gonna lose…”

Well… we didn’t get the matchup we wanted… Morgan Williams, the gifted 5 foot 5 point guard from Mississippi State ended Geno’s season with a beautiful pull up jumper in the semifinals…

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After making Williams literally disappear, Dawn and the Gamecocks got one! But, she didn’t knock off Geno… To be continued…

A guy from Darby Township and a coach from Landsdowne… Two Delco Hoop heads… with two friends vying for national supremacy year in, year out… Does it get any better than this?

I can’t wait to see Phil… I’m gonna talk a whole LOTTA shit!!