City Search: Philadelphia

<b> –</b> From the Liberty Bell to the cheesesteak, Philadelphia has left its imprint on American history. Now, a freshman by the name of Tyreke Evans and a strong Class of 2006 are looking to add to the city's basketball lore.

We've looked at Houston, Los Angeles and Milwaukee thus far. This week we take you to the "City of Brotherly Love" where there's a hotbed of outstanding prospects!

Area Overview

Philadelphia has long been considered a hotbed for high school basketball players. However, like any major city, the talent level fluctuates. This look at the metro area will reveal that the next few years should produce a handful of great ones along with a high number of Division I players in each class. If freshman Tyreke Evans is half as good as the early hype and results, then the city will have produced yet another hardwood star.

How Strong Is This Group? Matches up well against other cities

  • Vernon Goodridge, 6-9, C, Philadelphia Lutheran (Mississippi State)

  • Ryan Ayers, 6-6, SG, Germantown Academy (Notre Dame)

  • Maurice Thomas, 6-7, F, Philadelphia Lutheran (unsigned)

  • Marc Egerson, 6-4, SF, Philadelphia Lutheran (Georgetown)

  • Stephan Jackson, 6-4, SG, Philadelphia Lutheran (UTEP)

  • Ken Tribbett, 6-7, PF, Chester (unsigned)

  • Brian Grimes, 6-6, PF, Germantown Academy (unsigned)

  • Noel Wilmore, 6-3, SG, Chester (unsigned)

    How Strong Is This Group? Could be 30+ D-I's in the metro area

  • Wayne Ellington, 6-4, SG, Episcopal Academy

  • Gerald Henderson, 6-5, SG, Episcopal Academy

  • Derrick Rivera, 6-2, PG, Neumann-Goretti

  • Earl Pettis, 6-5, SF, Neumann-Goretti

  • Andrew Ott, 6-9, C/PF, Germantown Academy

  • Andrew Jones, 6-8, PF, Abington Friends

  • Reggie Redding, 6-4, SF, St. Joe's Prep

  • Malik Alvin, 5-11, PG, Simon Gratz

  • Jason Love, 6-8, C, Abington Friends

    How Strong Is This Group? Solid bunch but jury out on overall depth

  • Antonio Jardine, 6-2, PG, Neumann-Goretti

  • Rick Jackson, 6-7, PF, Neumann-Goretti

  • Jeff Jones, 6-3, SG, Monsignor Bonner

  • Bradley Wannamaker, 6-3, SF, Roman Catholic

  • Kyle Griffin, 6-2, SG/PG, Germantown Academy

  • Sam Zeglinski, 5-10, PG, Penn Charter

    How Strong Is This Group? Evans is special; others must develop

  • Tyreke Evans, 6-4, SG, American Christian

  • Devon White, 6-7, PF, Roman Catholic

  • Nasir Robinson, 6-4, PF American Christian

  • Charles White, 6-1, SG, Simon Gratz

    How Strong Is This Group? Who knows? Not much buzz yet …

    Special thanks to Amauro Austin for his insights on Philly!

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