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Tyreke Evans was the #1 ranked HS player in the country last season and last year was the winner of the Triple Crown (MVP of the the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game, the McDonald’s All American Game & the Jordan Brand Classic Game). Tyreke is considered to be a lottery pick in this year’s 2009 NBA DRAFT and will be contributing to Philly Hoops monthly.

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Dear Diary,

We lost last week in the sweet 16 round of the tourny. The game was played in Phoenix, Arizona on the same field where this year’s Super Bowl was played. I felt bad for Antonio, Robert and Chance because they are seniors and it meant that their college career is over. We thought we were going to win the whole thing. Coach Cal did a great job of preparing us but Missouri hit every shot they took and we didnt always execute. I scored 33 points which was a career high for me. My mom told me that I made the cover of Sports Illustrated again. Nothing gets by her. The semester doesn’t end until the first week of May, so now I get to focus more on school.I havent made up my mind about entering the draft.

I’ll get with my brothers and figure out what to do next about the draft. Reggie has been getting alot of feedback from personnel people so he’ll have a good idea about what happens next for me. Its going to be a tough decision but either way I cant go wrong. Next year’s recruiting class is ranked #1, so we are going to be even better. The next time I write you will know my decision so stayed tuned.

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win_it1The projections – some of them, at least – say he’ll be a lottery pick if he leaves school early, a 19-year-old millionaire the moment commissioner David Stern summons him to the stage during this summer’s NBA draft.
For Memphis freshman Tyreke Evans, the decision whether to remain in college or turn pro seems automatic – especially considering he’ll get no resistance from his head coach.
“Without question,” Memphis’ John Calipari says, “if Tyreke has the opportunity to leave, I’ll tell him, ‘You’ve got to go.’ ”
Calipari has done it before with freshmen such as Derrick Rose and DaJuan Wagner – and he’ll likely do it again next season with the one-and-done prospects from a 2009 recruiting class that some analysts are already hailing as the best in college basketball history.
More and more these days, Memphis is becoming the country’s most popular pit-stop to the NBA.
“There’s a proven track record here,” Calipari says. “When you’re ready to take that next step, we won’t hold you back.”

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Tyreke Evans was the #1 ranked HS player in the country last season and last year was the winner of the Triple Crown (MVP of the the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game, the McDonald’s All American Game & the Jordan Brand Classic Game). Tyreke is considered to be a lottery pick in this year’s 2009 NBA DRAFT and will be contributing to Philly Hoops monthly.

Tyreke

Dear Diary,

I cant believe the season is over. I remember my brother Reggie telling me to enjoy this time because its going to go by fast. It seems like yesterday we were doing individual drills, but that was really five months ago. Alot of things have happened this season. I moved to the point guard spot after we lost to Syracuse. Since then we are undefeated. With me at the pg we are 22-0. We have the longest winning streak in the country and we have 58 straight conference wins which is also the longest streak in the country. I gotta mention my teammates, Robert Dozier, Antonio Anderson and Chance McGrady. They have won 132 games in four years at Memphis. That is the college record for most wins by a basketball player over four years. Coach Cal should get some of that credit.

I’m surprised that people thought I would hit a wall or slump as the season went on. I feel like I’ve been preparing for this season my whole life. I feel stronger now and I’m excited about what I have accomplished. I led our team in scoring and steals. We are ranked #3 in the country. I didnt know that I’m the only freshman nominated for the Oscar Robertson Player Of The Year Award. I was recently told that I was the Conference USA Freshman Of The Year. And I cant believe that I’m on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.

I get asked all the time if I’m leaving after this year. Right now i don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m a school student first. I love it here at Memphis. I’ve got good teachers, the support system is great, college life is great, my teammates are great, we all get along and do everything together. The whole town treats us like stars. I promised my mom and my brothers that I would keep my grades up and continue to go to school even after the season is over. Its hard to stay focused especially when you see guys on tv playing in the league that you grew up with and played against. My situation might be different from other players, cuz its not about the money. Reggie tells me its about the best situation for me. I wont make my mind up until I sit down with my brothers and think about all the options.
phillyhoopsdiaries1 Aaron Brown (2011) is a 6’4, WG and attends PennWood High School. Aaron is rated the #12 sophomore in the area by Philly Hoops. aaron_brown

Dear Diary,

Last tuesday we played Conestoga at the Liacouras Center at Temple University. We won 62-52. I got off to a good start and scored our first six points. I finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds. It felt great because most people thought we would lose to Conestoga and by winning we made it to the championship game against Norristown.

On friday we played Norristown in the chip. It was a great game for the fans but we lost by 3 points, 52-49. Khalif Wyatt was on fire the whole night and had a bunch of deep 3’s.

We play our next game on saturday against Penn Manor. I think we can go all the way.

I’m doing fine in school. I had a history test on friday and I’m sure i did good because we prepared all week for it.

phillyhoopsdiaries1 SAVON GOODMAN(2012) ATTENDS ACADEMY NEW CHURCH(PA) AND IS RATED THE #1 FRESHMAN IN THE AREA BY PHILLY HOOPS. LAST YEAR AS AN 8TH GRADER SAVON WAS RANKED #14 NATIONALLY BY GENERATION NEXT. SCHOOLS RECRUITING SAVON INCLUDE XAVIER AND VILLANOVA. savon_goodman1

Dear Diary,

We lost to Germantown Academy 47-43, in the 2nd round of the private school state tournament. I had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Our last game of the season was against St. Anthony’s in Newark, N.J. We got blown out. I had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Afterwards my coach told me that I averaged a double-double for the season. This weekend I found out that I was the only freshman to make first team All Friends League.

Philly Hoops Diaries MAALIK WAYNS(2009) ATTENDS ROMAN CATHOLIC(PA) AND IS RANKED #22 NATIONALLY BY ESPN.COM. THIS SUMMER MAALIK PLAYED FOR TEAM USA 18 & UNDER SQUAD AND WAS MVP OF THE ELITE 24 GAME.MAALIK IS A MCDONALDS ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE AND HAS SIGNED TO ATTEND VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY NEXT YEAR. maalik_wayns

Dear Diary,

I’ve been rehabbing since surgery. I got cleared to run and jump on the day of the Catholic League Championship. To rehab my knee I’ve been doing pool workouts, riding the stationary bike and weight resistant lifting. To stay in shape I’ve been doing cardio work and lifting twice a week for my upper body.
I was really excited to find out that I made the McDonald’s Game. First they called my coach and then they mailed paperwork for me to fill out to my school. This is the greatest honor a high school senior can get. I’m going to go to Miami and work hard and bring back the MVP Award like my man Tyreke did last year. Thats my goal!

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1. NEUMANN GORETTI (24-2)
2. IMHOTEP (27-2)
3. NORRISTOWN (22-5)
4. PENN WOOD (23-4)
5. FRIENDS CENTRAL (27-2)
6. CHESTER (23-4)
7. CONESTOGA (26-3)
8. PENNSBURY (22-5)
9. ROMAN CATHOLIC (18-8)
10. ARCHBISHOP CARROLL (22-3)
11. PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH (22-5)
12. GERMANTOWN ACADEMY (24-6)
13. FRANKLIN LEARNING CENTER (19-6)
14. LOWER MERION (23-6)
15. NORTH CATHOLIC (17-8)

Philly Hoops Diaries TYREEK DUREN(2010) ATTENDS NEUMANN-GORETTI AND IS RANKED #6 IN THE AREA BY PHILLY HOOPS.TYREEK LED TEAM FINAL 16 & UNDER TEAM TO A TOP 10 NATIONAL RANKING. TYREEK IS BEING RECRUITED BY COLLEGES INCLUDING UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI(FLA) AND DELAWARE. tyreek_duren

Dear Diary,

We just finished up our catholic league season 19 and 0. We beat north catholic
by 20 and I had 17 points and 6 assists. After that we played monday for the
championship against roman catholic who has been our rival for years. We ended
up winning the game by 33 and I had 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists and
steals. It felt real good winning the championship and winning by that much
since everybody thought that we were under rated since the beginning of the
season. I think that game showed that we are good and the top team in the city.
It was a big game for me because almost half of the city was there and they all
got to see how good I really am. Although we won the catholic league our season
isn’t done yet. We have a game coming up this saturday at temple for the city
championship and after that we have states. If we win both of these than it’ll
be a good way to close out the season only losing 2 games the whole season.

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1.PENNSBURY 20-3
2.NEUMANN GORETTI 21-2
3.CHESTER 19-3
4.IMHOTEP 22-1
5.LOWER MERION 21-4
6.PENN WOOD 19-3
7.CONESTOGA 23-2
8.CARROLL 21-2
9.FRIENDS CENTRAL 23-2
10.CAMDEN CATHOLIC 17-4
11.PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH 20-3
12.GERMANTOWN ACADEMY 21-5
13.NORRISTOWN 17-5
14.ACADEMY NEW CHURCH 14-9
15.HOLY SPIRIT 19-1

phillyhoopsdiaries1 SAVON GOODMAN(2012) ATTENDS ACADEMY NEW CHURCH(PA) AND IS RATED THE #1 FRESHMAN IN THE AREA BY PHILLY HOOPS. LAST YEAR AS AN 8TH GRADER SAVON WAS RANKED #14 NATIONALLY BY GENERATION NEXT. SCHOOLS RECRUITING SAVON INCLUDE XAVIER AND VILLANOVA. savon_goodman1

Dear Diary,

The past week has been our best this season. Coach Givens keeps telling us that we are getting better and better as the season goes on. First we beat Westtown, 58-51. I had 13 points and 15 rebounds. By beating Westtown, we got to play Friends Central in the Friends League Championship last friday night at Haverford. We beat Friends Central, 57-52. It was an exciting game and went into overtime. Everyone on our team played well. It seemed like Warren Gillis made every shot he took, he was on fire. Malcolm Gilbert had a double double and dunked on one of FC’s players. I had 6 points and 13 rebounds. The place was packed and to beat FC in the chip was a great feeling. We are the 2009 Friends League Champs!

Last night we beat Episcopal Academy, 65-50. It was the first round of our state tournament. I had 25 points and 15 rebounds. We play Germantown Academy today. Hopefully we’ll win and then make it to the elite eight round.

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