ESPN has been running a special tribute honoring NBA legend Michael Jordan over the last two weeks leading up to his 50th birthday on Sunday, Feb. 17. The multiplatform initiative includes 23 #MJ 50 vignettes in SportsCenter remembering Jordan’s legacy, a huge slate of Jordan’s greatest performances on ESPN Classic and SportsCenter’s Top 50 Jordan highlights with fan participation determining the Top 10.
Sports Illustrated has placed Jordan on its Feb. 18th cover for a record 50th time. In this week’s issue, senior writer Phil Taylor looks at Jordan’s lasting effect on basketball, and sports in general, and examines his recent stint as a basketball executive for the Charlotte Bobcats. The magazine also touches on his playing days and great moments.
Pendarvis Williams hits the 1,000 career point mark
Pendarvis Williams, former Bodine High basketball star, needed eight points to hit the 1,000-point plateau and scored 17 points to help Norfolk State defeat Maryland Eastern Shore, 85-63, on Monday. Williams helped NSU to an 11-0 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The 6-foot-6 junior has the Spartans one game ahead of North Carolina Central in the standings. The former Public League standout is one of the best players in the MEAC. He has Norfolk State in good shape heading into the MEAC tournament. The conference tournament will take place at the Norfolk Scope Arena from March 11-16.
Tyhiem Perrin named PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Week
Tyhiem Perrin, a former Imhotep Charter basketball star, has been playing extremely well for Shippensburg University. Perrin was named the PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Week after averaging 14.0 points a game in a 1-1 week for the Raiders.
It is the second time this season Perrin has been honored by the PSAC. He earned the inaugural weekly freshman award on Nov. 19 after averaging a double-double in games against Chestnut Hill and Salem International.
“Reds” Perrin started both games this week for the Raiders, his fifth and sixth starts of the season, and finished up scoring 28 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and tallying five steals. Against Kutztown, Perrin began the week by tying his career high of 12 points on a 5-of-6 night from the floor (including 2-of-3 from three-point range) to go along with six rebounds.
At Mansfield, Perrin made his first five shots from the floor, four of which were from three-point range, and finished with a career-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with six rebounds and a career-high three steals.
Montel Harris invited to NFL Combine
Montel Harris, Temple’s outstanding running back, has been invited to NFL Combine in Indianapolis to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium Feb. 20-26. The annual NFL Combine provides more than 300 college players the opportunity to showcase their skills and meet with each of the 32 NFL teams head coaches, coaching staffs, personnel directors, and scouts in preparation of the NFL draft. The NFL Combine will be televised on the NFL Network and NFL.com.
Harris led the nation with 27 career 100-yard rushing games, including five with Temple. He led the Owls and the Big East in rushing with 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns on 196 carries on the season. Harris rushed for career highs of 351 yards and seven touchdowns (both school records and Big East records) at Army.
Harvey to be inducted into Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame
Kevin Harvey, a former Temple football star, will be inducted into the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame on March 1 at Auletto’s Caterers in Almonesson, N.J. Harvey is regarded as one of South Jersey’s best quarterbacks. He set passing, scoring and rushing records at Paulsboro High School. At Temple, Harvey played quarterback and defensive back. After graduation, he had a stint in the Arena Football League and was also inducted into the South Jersey Hall of Fame.
Salvation Army Kroc Center to host first-ever competitive swim meet
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center opened up two years ago in North Philadelphia. The center will have more than 15 swim teams from the tri-state area for its first-ever competitive swim meet. Jim Ellis, senior aquatics director and founder of the PDR swim team and subject of the Hollywood movie “Pride” starring Terrence Howard, led the charge for this first competitive meet.
The meet will take place at the center’s state of the art Jimmy Moran Competition Pool on Friday, Feb. 15 (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) through Sunday, Feb. 17. The center is located at 4200 Wissahickon Ave.
More than 400 swimmers representing teams across New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland will compete. Approximately, 40 members of The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s swim team will participate.
The center’s goal is to offer a unique swim experience for visitors, including the capability to televise meets through a closed circuit within the building for those who wish to watch the competition from a separate viewing room. The swim meet is open to the public, with a $5 admissions fee per swim session. Tickets will be available at the door.