THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
I just got my August edition of Eastern Basketball in the mail, better late then never. There was an article about Phil Sellers and the 1976 team with full photos of the old team as well as the team at the recent reunion at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The story focused on Phil and his relationship with his son Phil Junior. Phil Junior plays at Division II Saint Rose, which is part of the NE-10. Junior led the Golden Knights to the ECAC DII championship and was named the MVP of the Tournament. If you can get your hands on a copy of the August edition, it is a must read for anyone that was there in 1976.
More recently 7'3" New York Rice High School senior, Shagari Alleyne, was on the Rutgers campus for an unofficial visit this past week. He is a work in progress and still learning the fine points of the game but from all indication he will be worth the wait. His presence on the inside requires double-teaming and opens up the perimeter game for your jump shooters and the paint for cutters. His offensive breakout game was 30 points in the first round of the CHSAA against Xaverian High School and star, Chris Taft, where Shagari burnt them for 30 big ones. He has developed several inside moves over the past two years and is starting to show some touch in the paint. He is presently a defensive intimidator and rebounder to go along with his burgeoning offensive skills. Rutgers is allegedly one of the finalists for this rising star.
Meanwhile the Georgetown Hoyas are trying to finalize their roster for the upcoming season. The Hoyas recently picked up a 6'8" walk-on by the name of Amadou Kilkenny-Diaw from St. Albans, Washington, D.C. His mother is the Special Assistant to the President of Georgetown University. The Hoyas took a major hit when All American Harvey Thomas left for Daytona Junior College. Thomas who had an outstanding first year was penciled in at the power forward position. The Hoyas, however, did pick up Ashanti Cook, a 6'3" guard that is waiting on his eligibility due to an NCAA regulation problem.
In other news WVU has allegedly offered two New York State ball players. The first is Jeff Parmer of Niagara Falls. The big 6'8" lefty is allegedly down to WVU and Providence. The other player is Dante Milligan of Trinity Pawling, Pawling, New York. He is a mobile 6'8" 200 pounder that needs to hit the weight room. Some of the other teams showing interest include Providence, Rutgers, Marquette, DePaul, Florida State and Georgia Tech.
Finally, former New Jersey high school star, Shelton Colwell, came up short and will not be admitted to the University of New Mexico. Some of his grades from Des Moines Area Community College were not acceptable. He will return to a junior college to improve his grades this semester. He was a Junior College Division II First Team All American last year.
Sunday August 25, 2002Mike and the Big Dog's LLC