With our City 6 schools being snubbed from the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 45 seasons we still need something to root for.. And that’s where I come in at as I’ll list who’s who and where they came from in this years NCAA Tournament.. Our area is very well represented in this year’s field with many names you may know and some you may not.. God-forbid I forget anyone.. If so charge it to my absent mind not my full heart… Let’s get it!
Hakim Hart 6-8 sr wing Maryland (Roman Catholic/Philly Pride) — the ultimate glue guy for the Terps made Honorable mention all Big 10 this season.
Donta Scott 6-8 sr F Maryland (Imhotep/Philly Pride) — 4-year starter and front court staple for the Terps..
A.J. Hoggard 6-4 Jr PG Michigan State (Archbishop Carroll) — the Coatesville native has been in lock-step with fiery veteran coach Tom Izzo running his offense to perfection.. 12.5pts & 6assts..
Chase Audige 6-4 R-Sr G Northwestern (Hill School) — The 5th year senior has had a rock solid career for the Wildcats after spending his freshman year at William & Mary.
Blake Smith 6-6 Freshman SF Northwestern (Germantown Academy/K-Low Elite) — Smith is enjoying the ride as a freshman walk-on after good Senior season at GA..
Caleb Dorsey 6-7 Jr F Penn State (Hill School) — Dorsey has been a key front court reserve for the Nittany Lions.
Andrew Funk 6-5 Grad wing Penn State (Archbishop Wood) — the grad student from Bucknell has been a key addition in State college.. Was one of the premier shooters in the Big 10 this year.
Seth Lundy 6-6 Sr wing Penn State (Roman Catholic/Team Final/Philly Pride) — great 4-year run in Happy Valley with nearly 1300 points.. Saved his best for last with avgs of 14.5pts, over 6rebs, over 40% from 3 & 81% from the FT line..
Cam Wynter 6-2 Grad G Penn State — After a stellar 4 years at Drexel (1657 points), Wynter took his talents to the Big 10 for a grad school year and it’s ending with a NCAA Tournament run, his 2nd in his career..
Jameel Brown 6-4 Freshman G Penn State (Haverford SchoolWesttown/Team Final & Demetrius Lilley 6-10 Freshman C Penn State (Lower Merion/Philly Pride) — both local freshman are deep subs during this run with expanded roles likely coming after the Nittany Lions graduate their top 4 players.
Dereck Lively II 7-1 Freshman C Duke (Westtown/Team Final) — The high school All-American Center has had some freshman growing pains in Durham. His 73 blocked shots ranked 2nd in the ACC though..
Jaylen Blakes 6-2 Sophomore G Duke — Blakes, a North Jersey product, is a key reserve for Duke but his father Monroe Blakes is a Catholic League legend averaging 27ppg in his senior year at West Catholic in 1988..
Wooga Poplar 6-5 Sophomore G Miami FL (MCS Charter/K-Low Elite) — the high flyer from Norf Philly has taken a huge leap from freshman to sophomore year. He could eventually be a star in Coral Gables if this progression continues..
Isaiah Wong 6-4 Jr G Miami FL (Bonner-Prendie/WeR1) — Wong was once the Catholic League, City and State POY. He was this years ACC Player of the Year after leading the Canes to a share of the regular season title..
Jack Clark 6-9 Grad SF NC State (Cheltenham/Philly Pride) — The La Salle grad has had a productive year down in Raleigh despite some nagging injuries. JC has been a key piece to the Wolfpack’s Tournament run..
Will McNair 6-11 R-Sr C Mississippi State (MLK hs/Philly Pride/WeR1) — big Will is a key front court piece for the Bulldogs from the SEC. True product of the Philadelphia Public League..
Jared Bynum 5-10 Grad PG & Noah Locke 6-3 Grad G Providence — both of these Maryland boys have strong Philly ties with Bynum doing his freshman season on Hawk Hill while Locke’s dad, Kyle was a 1992 Roman Catholic standout.
Ed Croswell 6-8 R-Sr F/C Providence (St Joseph’s Prep/Philly Pride) — one of the country’s most improved players with averages of 13.2pts & 7.6rebs.. Quite possibly the most physical big guy in a Man’s league, the Big East..
Clifton Moore 6-11 Grad F/C Providence (Hatboro Horsham) — key front court sub for the Friars after spending 2 seasons at both Indiana & La Salle..
Jalen Gaffney 6-3 Jr G Florida Atlantic (Westtown) — the U.Conn transfer has helped FAU get to the tournament after a strong year In Conference USA.. Next season they’ll replace Central Florida (headed to the Big 12) in the AAC..
Simeon Fryer 6-5 R-Sr wing Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Upper Dublin/Rocktop) — it’s good to see Fryer still at it after watching him on TV tonight.. His journey has been long yet satisfying.. Guys like Sam Rines and Bryen Spriggs (his coach at Beaver CC in Western Pa now an assistant at UTEP) deserve a salute for helping him get here..
Philip Byriel 6-9 Soph F (Perkiomen School/WeR1), Konrad Kiszka 6-7 Sr wing (La Salle College) & Jacob O’Connell 6-11 Sr C (St Joseph’s Prep) Princeton — All 3 local products are deep subs at Princeton and there’s nothing wrong with being a Princeton Tiger in any capacity..
Alex Capitano 6-4 Jr G Colgate (Episcopal Academy) — the EA product is a sub on a very strong Colgate team that has been to the Tournament every season of his career.
Jeff Woodward 6-11 Jr C Colgate (Methacton) — Big Jeff is a key front court player for Coach Matt Langel’s club who’ll do whatever’s needed to boost his team (7pts & 4.5rebs in 17 mins)..
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