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Philly Hoops Diaries RAKEEM CHRISTMAS(2011) ATTENDS NORTH CATHOLIC AND IS RANKED #10 NATIONALLY BY SCOUT.COM. RAKEEM IS RANKED #1 BY PHILLY HOOPS. RAKEEM IS BEING RECRUITED BY EVERY MAJOR CONFERENCE IN THE COUNTRY WITH THE LEADERS BEING GEORGETOWN, FLORIDA, VILLANOVA AND MEMPHIS. rakeem_christmas1

Dear Diary,

I was sick for the past two days last week. Wednesday was a snow day so we didn’t have school but I spent the day in bed sleeping. Overall I’ve been chillin. I haven’t had much time to play video games lately, since I’ve been doing my school work. Got my report card a week ago I got a B average. Season was over yesterday against Judge. I played pretty good, had a few dunks, blocks, you know the shindig. (lol) This season was okay we made the playoffs. I made first team all catholic in the process. This weekend I’m thinking about going shopping to buy some stuff for my dog and me (I guess).

Catch you on the flip side,

-Rakeem ‘Roc’ Christmas

Philly Hoops Diaries RAKEEM CHRISTMAS(2011) ATTENDS NORTH CATHOLIC AND IS RANKED #10 NATIONALLY BY SCOUT.COM. RAKEEM IS RANKED #1 BY PHILLY HOOPS. RAKEEM IS BEING RECRUITED BY EVERY MAJOR CONFERENCE IN THE COUNTRY WITH THE LEADERS BEING GEORGETOWN, FLORIDA, VILLANOVA AND MEMPHIS. rakeem_christmas1

Dear Diary,

It’s been some weeks since I took the time to write, a lot has happened since I made some notes. 2008 ended on a good note for me, I was featured in some articles that everyone is saying was a good look. So I wanted to give a quick thanks to Brendan Quinn and Ron Bailey for taking the time out to find out about me and my family, I appreciate that. New Years came and went, nothing spectacular except our preparation to go to Wheeling, West Virginia for a tournament. The bus ride was long but I had a good time with my teammates. We had a terrible loss, but we learned from it and won the next three games on our schedule. Our overall record is 7-5 and our league record is 5-1. I tried coming back real hard after our West Virginia trip but it might have been too hard since I got two technical fouls during our game against Ryan. The first one they called me on hanging on the rim; when all I was doing trying to not fall on some guys that lowbridged me. The second they called because I was being too physical so that caused me to have to sit on the sidelines for the game against St. Joe Prep. I’m happy my team came together and pulled through with that win.

Until next time,
-Rakeem ‘Roc’ Christmas

By TED SILARY
Philadelphia Daily News
silaryt@phillynews.com

YEARS FROM now, 10,000 people will claim they were there.
As for the star of the show . . . good luck getting him to admit he was even on the premises.

Some athletes can talk about themselves for hours, days, weeks, forever. In response to each question tossed his way last night, Rakeem Christmas barely broke the 5-second mark.

Hey, the kid has been through a lot in just under 3 years.

Not bad things. Merely head-spinning developments.

As a seventh-grader, Christmas was living on the Caribbean Island of St. Croix and mostly staying in the house, he said, “because it was just too hot.”

Now, if you search for his name on the good, ol’ Internet, you’ll find him mentioned on lists of the nation’s very best sophomore basketball prospects.

“Yes, it’s exciting. Kinda,” he said, smiling.

In his first Catholic League start for the defending champion, North Catholic, and with the holiday 6 days away, the 6-9, 225-pound Christmas gave the spectators in the Falcons’ impressively refurbished Pit an impressive present.

Not only did he record a triple-double, he achieved that accomplishment with 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Scott Slade, a sophomore forward for Monsignor Bonner, attempted a right-baseline jumper. Christmas sent it back to Thanksgiving. It was his 10th block and by that juncture, he also owned 10 rebounds and 14 points.

As the Falcons stormed to victory, 67-52, in the Red Division opener, Christmas finished with 16 points, 13 boards and the 10 rejections. He shot 8-for-10 from the floor. Read the rest of this entry »

Rakeem Christmas opened the Catholic League Blue Division basketball season with a bang for North Catholic last night.
Christmas recorded a triple-double and led the Falcons past visiting Monsignor Bonner, 67-52, on the brand new floor at North’s Pit.

Christmas contributed 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 blocked shots for the Falcons, who pulled away in the third quarter with an 18-6 scoring run.

In another league game, Anthony Keiter struck for 23 points and propelled Archbishop Ryan to a 56-43 win over visiting Cardinal O’Hara.

Public. Tyrone Garland broke loose for 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and rallied Bartram to a 66-61 win over host Central.

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Philly Hoops Diaries RAKEEM CHRISTMAS(2011) ATTENDS NORTH CATHOLIC AND IS RANKED #10 NATIONALLY BY SCOUT.COM. RAKEEM IS RANKED #1 BY PHILLY HOOPS. RAKEEM IS BEING RECRUITED BY EVERY MAJOR CONFERENCE IN THE COUNTRY WITH THE LEADERS BEING GEORGETOWN, FLORIDA, VILLANOVA AND MEMPHIS. rakeem_christmas1

Dear Diary,

Our last game ended in a loss to Imhotep. I disappointed myself a bit but that gave me the drive I need to improve my game. Every day, every practice and every game is different and I try to take something away from it. I’m happy that my personal workout schedule is back on, allowing me to learn new drills and moves. My days have been starting earlier. I get up at 5:30 to feed and walk Roc (my pitbull), he’s getting really big. I got interviewed by Brendan Quinn for the The Bulletin, everyone is talking about the article. I promised my aunt that I will continue getting good grades so between studying and working out, I’m pretty busy.

Until next time,
-Rakeem ‘Roc’ Christmas

Though Relatively New To The Sport, Sophomore Already One Of The Best Prospects In Philly
By Brendan F. Quinn, The Bulletin
Published: Friday, December 12, 2008
Philadelphia — The journey has been nothing like he ever dreamt.

In the beginning, he was timid, hesitant to explore his own skills and athleticism. But time has given birth to some confidence.

He’s almost there.

Rakeem Christmas is ready to blossom.

Having traveled a challenging road that led him from New Jersey to the Virgin Islands to Philadelphia, the North Catholic sophomore is about to take the city by storm. Those in basketball circles have uttered his name often since he arrived in town three years ago. “This kid has everything,” they’d say. And indeed he does.

Standing a hair over 6-foot-8 and checking in at 227 pounds, Christmas’ wingspan stretches more than 7 feet. Basketball coaches love to say that you can’t teach size and athleticism. Well, Christmas has both.

“He’s just starting to come into his own,” said North Catholic coach Mike McCarron. “When he does, I really believe that he will be one of the best players to come out of the Catholic League in a long, long time.”

Before we look to Christmas’ future, let’s go back to his past. Originally born in Irvington, N.J., he and his mother moved to St. Croix when he was 3 years old. While in the Virgin Islands, his mother, Landra “Jenny” Hamid, passed away due to renal failure at the age of 28. He remained in St. Croix and was raised there by his grandmother.

Through grade school, Christmas excelled in baseball. But as he became a better pitcher, he also grew taller and taller. That’s when the hardwood came calling. He picked up a basketball for the first time in seventh grade and never looked back. He was already 6-4.

At 13 years old, Christmas was too old to play as an eighth grader at his school in St. Croix. His adolescence was dotted with occasional trips back to the states to visit family. But it was clear that the time had come for a permanent visit. Christmas packed his bags and moved to Philadelphia.

Here, Amira Hamid was waiting. His aunt would take on the role of his legal guardian. Hamid’s first order of business was to enroll her nephew in the eighth grade at George W. Pepper Middle School. Soon after, high school basketball coaches got word of the kid from the Virgin Islands. Christmas could do two things — jump and run. He was void of any legitimate talent. But that meant nothing to area coaches.

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Philly Hoops Diaries RAKEEM CHRISTMAS(2011) ATTENDS NORTH CATHOLIC AND IS RANKED #10 NATIONALLY BY SCOUT.COM. RAKEEM IS RANKED #1 BY PHILLY HOOPS. RAKEEM IS BEING RECRUITED BY EVERY MAJOR CONFERENCE IN THE COUNTRY WITH THE LEADERS BEING GEORGETOWN, FLORIDA, VILLANOVA AND MEMPHIS. rakeemchristmas

Dear Diary,

This week had a lot going on…
I got a surprise pitbull puppy for my birthday. I wasn’t expecting it at all so I was really shocked by it. He’s 2 months old and after a couple name choices I’ve decided to call him ‘Roc’. Don’t ask why? lol School is going well. Staying on top of my work, doing chores, practicing and now being responsible for my own dog can sometimes be tiring but I’m sure I’ll be okay.
We drove to Maryland for the DTLR Hoops Festival. It was our season opener against Wallbrook. It was pretty fun playing against Roscoe Smith. I did well in the game, had a couple dunks and rebounds. This week I’m back to practicing to make sure I continue getting better.
Till next time,
-Rakeem ‘Roc’ Christmas
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