In a recent announcement, Cheyney University president Michelle Howard-Vital stated “Cheyney University has self-imposed two years of probation on its athletic department after self-reporting NCAA violations that occurred when multiple student athletes were not registered with the NCAA’s eligibility center. As such, Cheyney athletics will voluntarily not participate in the PSAC/NCAA 2012–2013 tournaments and will vacate victories of affected programs.”
Her statement continued, “All student-athletes that participated while ineligible that are still members of institutional teams have gone through reinstatement process. All student-athletes were certified for competition during the 2011–2012 academic year. In addition to incorporating safeguards regarding certification of eligibility of student athletes, the institution will increase compliance staff and increase NCAA rules education for students, staff and university personnel.”
Developmental Basketball League finishes 39th season
The Developmental Basketball League, Inc. just completed its 39th summer league season providing opportunities for many high school women basketball players in the city. The DBL was started in 1973 by Ina Newman and Lurline Jones. Newman and Jones are two former Public League basketball coaches. Newman coached for many years at Simon Gratz and Jones was a long time coach at University City High School.
The league has produced some great players such as Yolanda Laney, Marilyn Stephens, Dawn Staley, Andrea Gardner, Shawnetta Stewart and others. The DBL put the finishing touches on its summer league with an all-star game and championship game earlier this week. The league gave the fans a chance to see some of the up and coming players in the Public League such as Tiffany Then (Paul Robeson) and Bryce Garrett (Communications Tech). In addition, the league honored Stanley Jones for 25 years of service to the program.
Temple picked eighth in preseason Big East poll
Temple was picked eighth in the preseason annual media poll in the Owls’ return to Big East play. The Owls bring just 10 starters back from last year’s team that went 9-4. Head coach Steve Addazio will turn to a solid running back tandem of Montel Harris — the active career rushing leader among FBS players, and Matt Brown. Louisville was chosen as the favorite to win the Big East championship.
Sixers sign rookie free agent Wayns
The Philadelphia 76ers have signed rookie free agent guard Maalik Wayns, former Roman Catholic and Villanova standout. Wayns, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, was an early entry candidate for the NBA draft following his junior year at Villanova.
He was named second team All Big East in 2011–12 after averaging team-highs of 17.6 points and 4.6 assists to go along with 3.8 rebounds a game. Wayns ranked seventh in the nation in free throw shooting (89.2 percent) this past season.
As a member of the Orlando Magic in the Orlando Pro Summer League, Wayns appeared in three games, averaging 11.7 points, 5.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals in 26.7 minutes. He was ranked second in the league in both assists and steals per game.
Wayns joins a Sixers team that has fellow Big 5 member and former Temple standout Lavoy Allen, who just completed his rookie year.
Summer Youth Basketball League scheduled this month
Boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 16 can sign up for the summer youth basketball league. The Philadelphia Future League will play its games at Fisher Park, Fifth and Spencer streets during the month of August. This community effort was organized by Honorable State Representative Mark Cohen and Honorable City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco. Ducky Birts is an adviser. For more information, contact Sonja Thomas at (215) 200-6144.