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Another day, another honor.

Villanova-bound guard Maalik Wayns, star point guard for Roman Catholic High, has earned third-team honors on the Parade All-America High School Boys Basketball Team. The team – 40 players broken into four teams of 10 apiece – will be released in Sunday’s issue.

The entire Parade team, selected by coaches, scouts, recruiters and media, includes 40 athletes from 18 states. Texas boasts the most, with seven…Read Entire Article Here

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Ronald “Flip” Murray is lifted by Shaw fans after the North Carolina school won the 2002 CIAA tourney. Murray, a product of Strawberry Mansion, was the Division II national player of the year as a senior.

All over the neighborhood, the word was out. Flip was back. Ronald “Flip” Murray had been academically ineligible for his senior season at Strawberry Mansion High. His exile ended just before the Public League playoffs.

“I saw some people I knew – they were like, ‘Yeah, I got off work today, Flip is coming back.’ They were comparing it to when Jordan came back to the United Center, after he had retired,” said Littel Vaughn, who puts out Checkball magazine, about Philly hoops.

If memories haven’t faded, Murray’s first game back was a home game, against Olney High. At that time, Flip used to pack Strawberry Mansion’s gym for intramural games. To get in for this one, for Flip’s return, you had to know somebody at the door.

“He got three straight dunks,” said Kevin “Buzz” Forney, the other star on that Strawberry Mansion team, who went on to play at Duquesne. “One of our fans stopped the whole game and came out and gave him a hug.”

Flip sat down at the end of the bench, next to the security guard. Not because he’d be last to get in. He’d be first.

“I can see everything,” Murray said of his favored perch. “How they’re guarding our players, the stuff they’re running.”

The opponent that night wasn’t

Olney. It was the Boston Celtics, defending NBA champions. As soon as Murray got out there, first off the bench for the Atlanta Hawks, he belonged. During a time-out late in the game, the overhead scoreboard showed a highlight – a Flip highlight from a few minutes earlier, a simple shoulder fake and a shot. A Celtics defender sliding one way, Flip suddenly open, knocking down a jumper… Read Entire Article Here

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Memphis guard Tyreke Evans has been named the 2008-09 U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Freshman of the Year, the organization announced Wednesday. Evans, who was a unanimous choice for this year’s honor, is the first player in Tiger history to receive the USBWA National Freshman of Year award.
For Evans, it is his fourth National Freshman of the Year award, making him the consensus National Freshman of the Year. He also received the National Freshman of the Year accolade from The Sporting News, Memphis freshman Tyreke Evans was named the 2008-09 USBWA National Freshman of the Year.CBSSports.com and FoxSports.com. The Chester, Pa., native is the first freshman in Tiger basketball history to earn consensus National Freshman of Year distinction. The USBWA began presenting a National Freshman of the Year in the 1988-89 season, and this is the third Conference USA player in the 14-year history of the league to earn the honor. Larry Hughes of Saint Louis was named the 1998 USBWA Freshman of the Year, while DePaul’s Quentin Richardson won the 1999 honor.

 
Evans is also a finalist for the 2008-09 Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson Trophy – both are National Player of the Year honors. He is the only freshman to be listed among the finalists for both awards.
The awards keep piling up for the 6-foot-6 guard. Evans was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year and earned All-C-USA first team accolades. Evans was also selected to the USBWA All-District 4 Team and the NABC All-District 11 first team. The Sporting News, CBSSports.com and FoxSports.com selected him to its Freshman All-America first teams. Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com also named Evans an All-America third team.

Evans, the 2009 C-USA Tournament MVP, leads the Tigers in scoring (16.6 ppg) and steals (75). He is averaging 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists, while shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The nine-time Conference USA Rookie of the Week is ranked among the league leaders in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, assists and steals. He ranks first on the Memphis all-time freshmen steals list with 75 swipes. He is also second on the Tiger all-time freshman scoring chart with 599 points.

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Kyle Lowry starred at Cardinal Dougherty before moving on to Villanova and the NBA. His mother insisted he stay off the streets.
JERRY LODRIGUSS / File photograph
Kyle Lowry starred at Cardinal Dougherty before moving on to Villanova and the NBA. His mother insisted he stay off the streets.
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The suit, custom-made by Jay Wright’s tailor, hung flawlessly on Kyle Lowry’s sculpted frame, the faintest hint of a white pinstripe easing the harshness of what otherwise would have been a solid black ensemble.

When he emerged from the Memphis locker room for the Grizzlies’ game against the 76ers last month, the injured Lowry accentuated the suit with designer sunglasses and more closely resembled the dapper Jay-Z than the little kid who used to hoist jumpers at the Hank Gathers Rec Center at 25th and Diamond.

While so many other kids in North Philadelphia have failed, Lowry made it. To college. To the NBA. To the bank.

And he never would have gotten there, Lowry said before the Grizzlies traded him to Houston last month, without growing up at 20th and Lehigh.

“Everybody was rough and ragged,” Lowry, who turned 23 years old today, said of his old neighborhood. “It’s tough, but somehow, some way, you find a way.”

As a kid, Lowry saw everything, he said. Drugs. Violence. Homelessness. Abandoned houses. Robberies. But on the playgrounds and in the gyms, Lowry became the embodiment of the North Philly basketball player. Fearless. Stubborn. Tenacious. Resilient.

He said his mother, Marie Holloway, insisted he stay off the streets and on the basketball court, and inside the Gathers Center there is a picture of a 7-year-old Lowry standing stone-faced in a layup line… Read Entire Article Here

Roman Catholic guard Maalik Wayns was named the Gatorade Pennsylvania Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

He is a finalist for Gatorade’s National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced later this month.

Wayns, who will play for Villanova next season, led Roman to an 18-9 record and a berth in the PIAA Class AAAA tournament, averaging 18.2 points, 5.3 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game.

Wayns, ranked as the No. 20 senior in the country by ESPN, will play in the McDonald’s All-American Game next week in Miami… Read Entire Article Here

CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
John Scarbrough can no longer play basketball like the players behind him on the grounds of Strawberry Mansion High, where he once starred.The 23-year-old is on parole for a drug offense committed before his December 2006 shooting, and he’s trying to figure out what to do with his life.
 
By Ashley Fox (Inquirer Staff Writer)

If only for a moment, John Scarbrough saw it coming. The gun. The shooter. The flash.

And then he heard the noise, so loud and so quick and so final. It was familiar, the cold sound of gunshots. He’d pulled a trigger. But never had that sound been followed by the piercing pain Scarbrough felt in his thighs as he reached for the piece that somehow was missing from its normal hiding place.

So this was it. Approaching midnight, sitting in a pickup truck on the corner of 22d and Ontario, this was how Scarbrough’s life was going to end. No more basketball. No more music. No more hearing his grandmother’s melodic voice or feeling his mother’s embrace. John Scarbrough was about to become another body in a bag in North Philadelphia, and all because of a lousy couple of hundred bucks.

Except after getting shot point blank seven times – five in his left leg, two in his right – Scarbrough didn’t die. Not exactly. Maybe it was God. Maybe it was luck. Or maybe his long, lanky body was just strong enough to withstand the trauma after all of those years playing basketball, on the playgrounds, at the rec centers, in high school and, for those few short months before he returned to the city streets, in college.

After 31 days in the winter of 2006, doctors at Temple Hospital did what they could. They couldn’t save Scarbrough’s left leg, but they saved his life. And now, incarcerated for a previous felony drug offense, with less than five months until his parole, the 23-year-old former star forward at Strawberry Mansion is trying to decide exactly what to do with that life, since no one has much use for a one-legged drug dealer, much less a one-legged basketball player.

“Anybody can shoot,” Scarbrough said. “Try getting shot.”… Read Entire Article Here

YOU KNOW A GUY is upper echelon when he can miss one-third of his team’s games and still earn major honors.

So it is with Roman Catholic High’s Maalik Wayns, bound for Villanova next year but first headed to Miami to play next Wednesday in the McDonald’s All-American Game.

With all due respect to the other first-team members, Wayns, a 6-1 point guard with abundant skills and savvy, along with a relentless approach, is our Player of the Year in connection with the 2008-09 Daily News All-City Team.

A torn meniscus in his right knee, requiring surgery, sidelined Wayns for nine games. If not for the injury, most agree the Cahillites would have made strong bids for Catholic League, District 12 and state titles… Read Entire Article Here

The Daily News Player of the Year Maalik Wayns, of Roman Catholic, holds the ball surrounded by other first-teamers (from left) Denzel Yard, of Franklin Learning Center; Jesse Morgan, of Olney; Sam Prescott, of Imhotep Charter; and Tyrone Garland, of John Bartram. (Steven M. Falk / Staff photographer)

The Daily News Player of the Year Maalik Wayns, of Roman Catholic, holds the ball surrounded by other first-teamers (from left) Denzel Yard, of Franklin Learning Center; Jesse Morgan, of Olney; Sam Prescott, of Imhotep Charter; and Tyrone Garland, of John Bartram. (Steven M. Falk / Staff photographer)

FIRST TEAM

NameSchoolHgt.Pos.Yr.

Maalik WaynsRoman Catholic6-1GSr.

Jesse “Booge” MorganOlney6-4GSr.

Denzel YardFranklin LC5-11GSr.

Tyrone GarlandJohn Bartram6-0GJr.

Sam PrescottImhotep Charter6-3GSr.

SECOND TEAM

Tony ChennaultNeumann-Goretti6-2GJr.

Shannon GivensSamuel Fels5-10GSr.

DJ IrvingArchbishop Carroll5-11GJr.

Cameron AyersGermantown Academy6-4GJr.

Ferg MyrickPrep Charter6-6FSr.

Parrish Grant Imhotep Charter6-2GSr.

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The two-day Cherry Hill East Basketball Classic, which was staged Feb. 21-22, turned out to be highly successful. Huge crowds watched many of the best boys’ basketball teams in South Jersey.

Besides offering top-flight competition on the court, the organizers of the Cherry Hill East Basketball Classic have donated $1,000 to the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which raises money for athletes who have suffered spinal injuries.

A total of $763 was donated from the sale of programs during the Classic, and Cherry Hill East athletic director Bernie O’Connor added another $237 from gate receipts because of his belief in the foundation’s cause… Read Entire Article Here

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – One player was carefree, feeling no pressure to perform, while the other admitted having pregame jitters.

This was just an all-star game, but two players with different approaches still came out with favorable results.

That goes to show that there is more than one way to approach an all-star game, although guards usually have one thing on their mind – scoring.

Atlantic City guard Umar Shannon was as loose as can be before leading the South to a 129-110 win over the North during yesterday’s New Jersey State Coaches Association All-Star Classic at Toms River North.

The South team in this state all-star clash consisted of players from South and Central Jersey.

Shannon not only led his team to victory but came away with some hardware as the MVP, scoring 21 points and hitting five three-pointers in what can be described as a trey fest.

Before the season Shannon had accepted a scholarship to St. Francis (Pa.), but that sure thing did not keep him from staying hungry. Shannon had a great year, averaging 18.4 points, and was named an Inquirer second-team all-South Jersey selection… Read Entire Article Here

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