Evan Maschmeyer: Winning!!

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We’ve all seen the commercial numerous times. The message is very clear and easy to remember: “There are over 400,000 NCAA student-athletes, and most of them will go pro in something other than sports.” Clearly, the odds of making it to the NBA are stacked heavily against High School basketball players. Every year there are about 545,844 High School Basketball Players in the United States. Of those approximately 17,500 will become NCAA student basketball players. Each year about 48 NCAA basketball student-athletes are drafted into the NBA. Making it to the “league” is a real long-shot.

% High School to NCAA: 3.2%

% NCAA to Professional: 1.2%

% High School to NBA: 0.03%

Some young men focus so intently on achieving their NBA hoop dreams, they lose sight of all the benefits of a free education. Others are keenly aware of the opportunities afforded to them as student-athletes and take steps to ensure their vocational and financial future while still wearing the college uniform.

Evan Maschmeyer grew up a Hoosier. He was reared and educated in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Jeff, as the locals call it sits directly across the Ohio River to the north of basketball mad Louisville, Kentucky. A small town with a population of 45,000, Jefferson is about 60 miles southeast of French Lick, the hometown of American basketball icon Larry Bird. Entering Saint Joseph’s in the Fall of 2011, Evan brought some serious basketball credentials. He was part of the 2009-10 Red Devils team that was a win away from a Class 4A state championship. Among numerous other accolades, Maschmeyer was an Indiana Junior All-Star and News and Tribune All-Area team member. He was a highly regarded player in the basketball mad Hoosier state.

Upon arriving on Hawkhill he immediately found himself competing with Carl “Tay” Jones and Langston Galloway for playing time. These two are 4th and 2nd, respectively, on the all-time scoring list at Saint Joseph’s.  Although he has appeared in a majority of games over his 3-year career season, Evan has found it difficult to earn sustained minutes in such a talented backcourt.

However, unlike 400-500 other basketball student-athletes that transfer every year, Evan decided to focus his energies on helping his team when the opportunity presented itself and leveraging his free education to ensure a viable career as a financial “professional” once his playing days are over. After his sophomore year, he completed an internship with Haverford Trust, Co. in Radnor, PA. This summer, after his junior year, he will serve an internship with J.P. Morgan in Chicago.

Evan’s experience with Haverford Trust combined with an exceptional academic record while maintaining a double Finance/Economics major made him a competitive candidate for the prestigious internship. The fact that he achieved this success while fulfilling his obligations a member of the Atlantic 10 Championship St. Joe’s team is even more impressive.

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J.P. Morgan’s summer internships are in highly competitive for many compelling reasons. First, Evan will work with smart and energetic professionals on real, challenging projects at one of the world’s top financial services firm. Second, he will have the chance to discover first-hand what areas of their business best suit his talents and interests. Third, and this is the big one, J. P. Morgan hires a majority of their full-time Analysts from the Summer Intern Analyst class.  

This is the best “move” I have seen a college basketball player make this year. J.P. Morgan employs more than 70,000 people globally, and the firm has assets of $2.3 trillion. They have offices in more than 50 countries and clients in more than 100 countries around the world — and as a testament to their global platform and leadership, lead the industry in most markets in which we operate. Founded in 1799 in the United States, J.P. Morgan is truly a global organization. Their roots in Europe date back to 1838, and They’ve been in Asia since 1872.

Phil Martelli, Geoff Arnold, Mark Bass and Dave Duda unanimously agree that Evan is destined for success.  I am an Evan Maschmeyer fan. I look forward to having Evan interact with other young ballers. He is the epitome of what a collegiate student-athlete should be. Use the game, don’t let the game use you! As they say… the Hawk will NEVER die!

Wyatt Signs Highest Non-NBA Rookie Deal

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Khalif Wyatt, the former Temple Owl and Norristown, PA product, has signed a deal to play with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China, a league source has confirmed.  This past summer Wyatt impressed during a stint with the Sixers.  He averaged 13.8 points per game over 5 games including a 27 point and a 25 point performances against Brooklyn and Indiana. 

After emerging as the best college player in the Philadelphia region during his senior season at Temple, Wyatt entered the preseason as one of the favorites to make the team, but ultimately the new Sixers coaching staff decided to cut him from the final roster.

Wyatt’s new team is one of the best-performing teams in the Chinese Basketball Association, or CBA. The Tigers have won seven CBA titles (champions of the finals), behind only the Bavi Rockets’ eight titles. The Tigers are the only team to have qualified for the CBA playoffs in all the seasons since the league launched in 1995.

According to league sources familiar with the deal, Wyatt is the highest paid non-NBA rookie in professional basketball for the 2013-2014 season.  His agent, Stephen Pina, ASM Sports, notes that Wyatt left for China this morning.  “Khalif was truly impressed with the level of interest demonstrated by the Sixers and other NBA teams.  However, the offer from the Guangdong Southern Tigers was extremely attractive and he looks forward to helping the Tigers pursue another CBA title.”

After being released by the Sixers on Friday, Wyatt left for China on Tuesday.  His ability to sign such a lucrative contract in a matter of days illustrates ASM SPORTS’ ability to offer worldwide industry expertise that reflects the true global nature of basketball today. From Europe, to Asia, to Africa, and South America, ASM Sports works with teams in all corners of the globe.

 

Ranking Philly College Guards

With the college hoops season right around the corner, there are many local story lines worth following.  The Philadelphia region is, arguably, the finest place in America to watch amateur basketball.  Every year, Philadelphia produces a plethora of high school players that go on to make an impact at the collegiate level.  Also, there are always a few that come from other areas to make some serious noise at one of the area Division 1 programs.

More than any other position, the focus is always on “Philly Guards.”  They are known for toughness, tenacity and playing with a chip on their shoulder.  What follows is a ranking of college guards, either from Philly or playing at one of the Philadelphia area college programs.  I am sure there will be MAJOR disagreement over the place of some players.  Please feel free to let me know where you think I went wrong.

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1.  Tyreek Duren, Senior, LaSalle, 14.2 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.9 rpg last season.

At 6 ft, 180 lbs., Duren is the consumate floor general.  He plays within himself at all times.  Duren is never flustered and runs John Gianni’s offense with precision.  An exceptional ball-handler, he consistently finds his teammates good looks.  When needed, Duren delivers big shots.

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2.  DJ Newbill, Junior, Penn State, 16.3 ppg, 4.0 apg, 5.0 rpg last season

The prototypical Philly guard, Newbill does everything well.  Standing 6’4” and weighing a solid 205 lbs., he strong and athletic.  Forced to play point guard after a season ending injury to Tim Frazier, Newbill excelled.  One of the top returning scorers in the Big Ten, having finished fourth (16.3) in 2012-13, DJ enters his junior season with nearly 800 career points, 11 20-point games and 41 career double-digit scoring outings and a chance to join the list of Penn State’s 1,000-point scorers.

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3.  Devon Saddler, Senior, Delaware, 19.9 ppg, 2.8 apg, 4.5 rpg last season

An explosive scorer, Saddler has been the focal point of the Delaware offense for the past three season.  A sturdy 210 lbs, he is simply too strong for most opposing guards.  Saddler has solid ball handling skills.  While he is a decent shooter, he can be streaky at times.  His strongest asset is his ability to get off a shot, seemingly, at will.  He is fearless and competes every second of every game.  Saddler will surely past the 2,000 point plateau early in his senior season.

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4.  Langston Galloway, Senior, Saint Joseph’s, 13.8 ppg, 2.3 apg, 3.6 rpg last season

An excellent all-around player, Galloway doesn’t have a real weakness in his game.  While he is known primarily as a long-range shooter, he has very solid ball-handling and passing skills.  For the past three years, he has been assigned the task of defending the best wing player on the opposing team.  A fierce competitor, Galloway gives a full effort every time he sets foot on the court.  A sneaky athlete, Galloway possesses an under-appreciated level of athleticism.  He is capable of finishing with authority around the rim with relative ease.

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5.  Franz Massenat, Senior, Drexel, 14.7 ppg, 4.2 apg, 2.4 rpg last season

A big point guard at 6’4” 180 lbs, Massenat is an excellent floor general.  Thrust into a leadership role immediately upon his arrival three years ago, he has evolved into one of the premier guards in the CAA.  A solid shooter, Franz excels at penetrating opposing defenses and finding his teammates on the wing or finishing at the rim.

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6.  Tyrone Garland, Senior, LaSalle, 13.1 ppg, 2.1 apg, 2.0 rpg last season

Thrust into the national limelight when his “Southwest Philly Floater” sent La Salle to the Sweet 16 with a thrilling 76-74 win over Mississippi, Garland is a well known commodity among Philly hoops aficionados.  An aggressive offensive player, he has excellent lift on his jump shot enabling him to get it off against taller defenders and in traffic.  Garland brings a high level of toughness to the LaSalle backcourt.  Look for his offensive production to increase significantly with the graduation of Ramon Galloway.

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7. Deshon “Biggie” Minnis, Sophomore, Rhode Island, Redshirt last season

A big, strong, pass-first point guard at 6’3” 205 lbs., Minnis is set to have a impact on the Atlantic 10 Conference after sitting out last year following a transfer from Texas Tech.  He spent last season being tutored by Bobby Hurley, arguably, the greatest college point guard over the last 25 years.  Blessed with exceptional court vision and a tight handle, Minnis will look to push the ball for Danny Hurley’s Rams this season.

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8.  Jordan Reed, Sophomore, Binghamton, 16.6 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.4 apg last season

Exploding on the college basketball scene as freshman, Reed nearly averaged a double-double.  A next-level athlete, Reed finishes around the rim with authority.  Known for dunking over much taller opponents, Reed is already one of the top players in the America East Conference.  As he develops his outside shooting and refines his ball-handling skills, Reed has chance to become one of the players in the country.

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9.  Pendarvis Williams, Senior, Norfolk State, 14.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.7 apg

The MEAC Player of the Year, Williams has exceptional size for a guard at 6’6.”  Capable of playing on and off the ball, he is a good shooter and solid ball-handler.  A very good athlete, He has been mentioned as potential NBA draft pick.

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10.  Ryan Arcidiacono, Sophomore, Villanova, 11.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.5 apg

Thrust into a leadership role following the early departure of Maalik Wayns to the NBA, Arcidiacono led Villanova in minutes played (34.0 mpg) and assists (3.5 apg).  He was a unanimous choice to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team and was named Rookie of the Week four times.  An exceptional ball-handler, he benefitted immensely from playing heavy minutes as a freshman.

11.  Damion Lee, Junior, Drexel, 17.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.8 apg

12.  Chris Fouch, Graduate Student, Drexel, Redshirt last season

13.  Rysheed Jordan, Freshman, Saint John’s, High School last season

14.  Brandon Austin, Freshman, Providence, High School last season

15.  Rondae Jefferson, Freshman, Arizona, High School last season

16.  Steve Vasturia, Freshman, Notre Dame, High School last season

17.  Sam Mills, Senior, LaSalle,  8.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.2 apg

18.  DJ Irving, Senior, Boston University, 14.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.6 apg

19.  Maurice Watson, Boston University, 11.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.4 apg

20.  Miles Cartwright, Penn, 13.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 apg

Others to watch:

Jabril Trawick, Georgetown

DaQuan Walker, UCF

Will Cummings, Temple

Josh Brown, Temple

Quenton Decosey, Temple

Ky Howard, NJIT

Chris Wilson, Saint Joseph’s

Kyle Molock, Saint Joseph’s

Lamin Fulton, Wisconsin-Green Bay

Hakim Baxter, UMES

Devin Coleman, Clemson

Jarrod Denard, Claflin (Division II)

Mike Terry, UDC (Division II)

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