When Saint Joseph’s hosts La Salle on March 9, this will be the final regular season home game for Langston Galloway on Hawk Hill. Galloway, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, is the Hawks’ leading scorer tallying 16.9 points a game. He is the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goals. He holds the Hawks’ record in single game three pointers with 10.
Galloway’s stellar all-around play has Saint Joseph’s (21-8 overall, 11-4 Atlantic 10) in a position to land a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” said Galloway, who has scored 1,827 career points. “The [NCAA] Tournament is right there.”
Galloway has been moving in the right direction his entire career. He is more than just a great basketball player. He is an outstanding young man. It all starts with his family. His father, Larry and mother, Jeralyn have raised him well and guided him in the right direction. They’re both great friends of mine.
Jeralyn is the sister of Saint Joseph’s assistant coach Geoff Arnold, who played for the Hawks from 1982 to 1986, and was a key member of Saint Joseph’s Atlantic 10 championship team. Growing up in Darby, I’ve known the Arnold family my entire life. Nothing but love and respect for them.
Galloway grew up in Baton Rouge, La. and starred for Christian Life Academy. He came up north to play for head coach Phil Martelli and his uncle Geoff Arnold and the rest of Hawks’ coaching staff.
In addition to his basketball talents, Galloway has completed the required coursework for his degree in sports marketing. A year ago, he was one of 20 college basketball student-athletes to be named to the inaugural Allstate NABC Good Works Team. The award recognizes a unique group of men’s and women’s college basketball student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement including building homes for the elderly, leading basketball clinics, reading to students and working with children with learning disabilities.
Galloway collected sneakers and shoes which have been given to the needy through programs run by the St. Vincent DePaul Society and Soles4Soul, Inc., which sends them to Haiti. While at Saint Joseph’s, he was an active participant in the Hawks community service efforts, like the Christmas Charity project.
The Hawks should be in good shape for a postseason berth to the big dance. After the regular season concludes, the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. March 12-15. Saint Joseph’s could enhance its postseason efforts with a couple of tournament wins or pick up an automatic bid with a conference championship.
Galloway deserves a chance to play at the next level. He has earned that with his play this season. He should get some NBA looks this spring. If not, he can certainly play professional basketball in Europe.
He definitely has plenty of options. He has put himself in a great position. More than anything, Galloway is an inspiration to a lot of young people today. He has carried himself the right way. He has done quite well on and off the court. Galloway has been a real bright spot for Saint Joseph’s over the last four years.
The month of March is a big time for college basketball. The fans are usually captivated with Championship Week and the NCAA tournament, which brings plenty of excitement known as “March Madness.” Well, ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series has a special documentary titled “Requiem For The Big East,” which premieres Sunday, March 16, at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
The sports film is a must-see for college basketball fans, and the timing couldn’t be better with the biggest month of college basketball here. The documentary profiles the rise of the Big East Conference and how in less than 10 years under the leadership of founder and commissioner Dave Gavitt, the conference became the best college sports league in country.
The film interviews a number of people who played a signficant part in the Big East’s ascenson in the 1980s such as coaches John Thompson, Rick Pitino, Jim Boeheim and Lou Carnesecca, and former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese. In addition, the documentary features interviews with some the league’s greatest players such as Villanova’s Ed Pinckney, Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing, St. John’s Chris Mullin and Syracuse’s Dwayne “Pearl” Washington.
The film talked about the rivalries between Georgetown and Syracuse. It showed the highlights from the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. It provided coverage of Georgetown’s dominance with three trips to the NCAA Finals. The film showed the loss to North Carolina in 1982. Then, it profiled Thompson winning the national championship in 1984. He became the first African-American head coach to win a Division 1 NCAA basketball title. Of course, the documentary chronicled Villanova’s 1985 upset of Georgetown for the national crown. The film interviewed former Wildcats head coach Rollie Massimino about this stunning victory.
The league was a groundbreaking athletic and business venture that captured an era and region while soaring with national popularity. It was developed from the toughness of the players and coaches coming from some of the cities in the Northeast such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and Boston, to the corporate executives who enjoyed the success. The Big East started in 1979. That was the same year ESPN began its coverage of sports. The league usued the cable television network and the media as a way of increasing the exposure among the fans. The documentary also showed the change the Big East underwent, with the superconference eventually starting a new beginning and a battle to stay on top.
Reggie Isaac was a big-time basketball player at John Bartram High School. Isaac scored 84 points in a Public League game, which is second to only Wilt Chamberlain in Pennsylvania high school sports. He could really put the ball in the basket.
After a great high school career, Isaac took his basketball prowess to Coppin State where he played for legendary head coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell. The former Public League standout played on Mitchell’s first NCAA tournament team. He also scored 1,938 points in his college career. Isaac was recognized for his efforts when he was inducted into the Coppin State Hall of Fame on Feb. 28. He was honored at halftime of the Coppin State-Maryland Eastern Shore game.
“It was quite an honor,” Isaac said. “It’s real special. I played with a lot of guys from Philly like Derrick Orr, Phil Booth, Larry Stewart and Larry Yarbray from Chester. We were the first team to play in the NCAA tournament. We played against Syracuse. We had a good season that year. We had a great home winning streak. It was one of the top winning streaks in the country. I had a great time playing at Coppin.”
Isaac entered his last season (1990-91) as Coppin State’s second leading scorer in Division I. He was the annual scoring leader in 1989 and 1990. He was a member of Coppin State’s 30-point club, having scored more than 30 points during a single game. During his three seasons, Isaac held such honors as first-team All-MEAC (twice) and MEAC tournament Most Valuable Player.
Saint Joseph’s Ronald Roberts, Jr. receives two honors
Ronald Roberts, Jr., Saint Joseph’s basketball standout, was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week and the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week for March 3. It is his second weekly honor of the year for both leagues, and the third of his career for both. Roberts averaged 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in two games. He shot 78.9 percent (15-19) from the field and 58.3 percent (7-for-12) from the foul line. He scored a game-high 22 points in the Hawks’ 79-53 win over Dayton, while hitting 8-for-11 from the field and 6-for-10 from the foul line. He then had 15 points in SJU’s 83-74 victory over St. Bonaventure, hitting 7-of-8 field goal attempts while grabbing six rebounds and blocking two shots.
Temple to take part in 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Temple has been known for scheduling some big time opponents. The Owls will participate in the 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The championship rounds, featuring Duke, Stanford, UNLV and Temple, will take place on Nov. 21 and 22 and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Temple currently has the fifth-toughest strength of schedule according to ESPN’s RPI rankings. The annual basketball event hosted by the Coaches vs. Cancer program, the classic is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The event will benefit the American Cancer Society to support their mission to save more lives and help finish the fight against cancer.
The semifinal matchups will be held on Nov. 21. The finals will take place the following day, beginning with the consolation game, followed by the championship game with all four games being broadcast exclusively on truTV.
Tickets for the championship round games at Barclays Center will be available on March 10 beginning at 10 a.m. and may be purchased through www.ticketmaster.com or calling (800) 745-3000. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
The Public League basketball coaches were able to select a great list of players for its all-league team this season. The coaches selected Central High senior Chris Bing as the Public League Player of the Year. Bing led the Lancers to the league playoffs. The 6-foot-7 senior averaged 18.8 points a game.
The coaches selected Most Valuable Players throughout the league. The MVPs include Ahmad Gilbert (Constitution) in Division A, Anthony Wright-Downing (Sankofa) in Division B, Bing (Central) in Division C, Anwar Epps (Palumbo) in Division D and Dominick Morales (School of the Future) in Division E. The coaches picked a first, second and third teams along with honorable mention.
First Team: Ahmad Gilbert, Constitution, 6-6, forward, Jr.; Sean Lloyd, Imhotep Charter, 6-2, guard, Sr.; Sammy Foreman, Martin Luther King, 5-10, guard, Jr.; Samir Doughty, Math, Civics & Sciences, 6-3, guard, Jr.; Kimar Williams, Constitution, 6-0, guard, Jr.
Second Team: James Suber, Philadelphia Electrical, 6-6, forward, Sr.; Mike Watkins, Philadelphia Electrical, 6-9, center, Sr.; Greg Bennett, Martin Luther King, 6-3, guard, Sr.; Larenz Thurman, Philadelphia Electrical, 6-0, guard, Sr.; Ladji Fofana, Frankford, 6-1, guard, Jr.
Third Team: Devante Truitt, Philadelphia Electrical, 6-3, guard, Jr.; Devin Liggeons, Imhotep Charter, 6-3, guard, Jr.; Floyd Preito, Constitution, 6-0, guard, Sr.; Jabri McCall, Martin Luther King, 6-0, guard, So.; Jahmir Taylor, Martin Luther king, 6-8, forward, Sr.
Honorable Mention: Jakwan Jones, Imhotep Charter, Sr.; Basil Thompson, Imhotep Charter, Sr.; Quadere Truesdale, Frankford, Jr.; Louis Myers, Math, Civics & Sciences, Sr.; Raheem Liggins, Constitution, Sr.
First Team: Anthony Wright-Downing, Sankofa, 6-1, guard, Sr.; Malik Smith, Batram, 5-11, guard, Sr.; Malik Tyndale, Simon Gratz, 5-9, guard, Sr.; Eric Lewis, Engineering & Science, 6-0, guard, Sr.; Briheam, Anthony, Esperanza, 6-4, guard, Sr.
Second Team: Andre Cannedy, Dobbins, 6-0, guard, Sr.; Jamar Brisbon, Boys’Latin, 6-3, forward, Sr.; Clayton Wolfe, Delaware Valley, 6-0, guard, Sr.; DaShon Giddings, Delaware Valley, 6-3, guard, Sr.; Hyking Brisbon, Esperanza, 6-5, guard, Sr.
Third Team: Charles Brown, George Washington, 6-4, guard/forward, Jr.; Charles Presley, Boys’ Latin, 5-10, guard, Sr.; Karaon Snead, Franklin Learning Center, 5-5, guard, Sr.; James Cottrell, George Washington, 6-4, guard/forward, Sr.; Shahid Adams, Delaware Valley, 6-1, guard, Sr.
Honorable Mention: Thomas Spruill, Freire Charter, Sr.; Devante Laws, Dobbins, Sr.; Ja’Cory Livingston, Franklin Learning Center, Jr.; Mohammed Sherif, Esperanza, Sr.; Kameer Cryor, Bartram, Sr.
First Team: Chris Bing, Central, 6-7, forward, Sr.; Jihaad Fluellen, Paul Robeson, 6-3, guard/forward, Sr.; Elmange Watson, Northeast, 5-11, guard, Sr.; Tyheim Monroe, Olney, 6-5, forward, Sr.; Leron Epps, Paul Robeson, 5-8, guard, Sr.
Second Team: Blair Bowes, Lincoln, 5-10, guard, So.; Malachi Thompson, Audenried, 6-3, guard/forward, Sr.; Raekwon Dial, Strawberry Mansion, 5-9, guard, sr; Shakeem Stevens, Olney, 6-1, guard, Sr.; Demetrius White, Walter Palmer, 5-9, guard, Sr.; Will Taylor, Ben Franklin, 5-8, guard, Sr.
Third Team; Raymond Fred, Lincoln, 5-11, guard, Sr.; Antwan James, Sayre, 6-5, forward, Sr.; Kahlil Williams, Central, 6-3, guard, Jr.; Tyquaan Bardlavens, West Philadelphia, 6-3, forward, Sr.
Honorable Mention: Lavelle Harper, West Philadelphia, Jr.; Shawn Ruffin, Mastery North, Sr.; Devon Jacobs, Akquil Harrington, Lincoln, Sr.; Gregory Holdsman, Central, Jr.
First Team: Anwar Epps, Palumbo, 5-9, guard, Sr.; Devon Bullock, New Media, 5-10, guard, Sr.; Ryan Boyd, Franklin Towne Charter, 6-1, guard, Sr.; Montrell Gilliam, Edison, 6-0, guard, Jr.; JohnFieffe, New media, 6-2, guard, Sr.
Second Team: Tony Brown, Roxborough, 6-2, forward, Sr.; Troy Richardson, Bodine, 5-11, guard, Jr; Andre Bryant, Mastbaum, 5-11, guard, Sr.; Jerrell Richardson, Kensington, 5-9, guard, Jr.; Tyere Marshall, Roxborough, 6-7, center, Jr.
Third Team: Andrew Singleton, Kensington, 5-8, guard, Sr.; Mike Chau, Palumbo, 6-5, forward, Sr.; Nakwon Phillips, Swenson, 5-10, guard, Sr.; Gilberto Martinez, Edison, 6-0, forward, Sr.; Rhasheed Camp, Mastbaum, 5-9, guard, Sr.
Honorable Mention: Tariq Meredith, Randolph, So.; Robert Moore, World Communications, Sr.; Shafi Meachum, Palumbo, Jr.; Luis Graciani, Bracetti, So.
First Team: Dominick Morales, School of the Future, 6-2, guard, Jr.; Wayne Stewart, Elverson, 6-2, guard, Sr.; Muhammad Laws, Philadelphia Academy Chargers, 6-3, guard, Sr.; John Herndon, Parkway West, 5-10, guard, So.; Jeff Williford, GAMP, 6-0, guard, Sr.
Second Team: Liam Shanahan, Masterman, 5-9, guard, Fr.; Ahanri Briggs, Parkway Northwest, 5-9, guard, Jr.; Keith Blassingale, New Foundation, 6-0, guard, So.; Kahlif Askew-Hughes, Parkway Northwest, 5-7, guard, Sr.; Isaiah Riddick, Rush, 5-11, guard, Jr
Third Team: Roger Bracy, Science Leadership, 6-1, forward, Sr.; Devon Adams, Maritime, 5-10, guard, Jr.; Jesse Turkson, Masterman, 6-2, forward, Fr.; Akeem Roberts, Maritime, 5-8, guard, Sr.; Bryant Turner, CAPA, 5-11, guard/forward, Sr.
Honorable Mention: Kendall Watson, Penn Treaty, So.; Ibn-Haneef Nelson, Science Leadership, Jr.; Djuan Baucom, Parkway Northwest, Sr.; Kameron Gilfillian, School of the Future, Jr.; Harniak Sembhi, GAMP, Sr.
This should be a big year for the Christian Street YMCA. The YMCA located at 1724 Christian St. started its centennial celebration with a special tribute to some of the greatest basketball players to ever play at this legendary facility.
The event, which took place on Friday morning on the final day of Black History Month, honored Hall of Famers and Philadelphia basketball greats Charles “Tarzan” Cooper, Wilt Chamberlain, Earl Monroe and John Chaney. These basketball legends all have roots at the Christian Street Y. They were all recognized as part of the YMCA’s Wall of Fame.
Cooper was a tremendous basketball player at Central High School. He played with the Philadelphia Panthers and Philadelphia Saints from 1924 to 1929. Cooper gained national prominence for his stellar play with the New York Renaissance. He led the Rens, an all-Black basketball team, to 1,301 wins in an incredible 1,506 games. The 6-foot-5 center led the Rens to 88 consecutive victories (1932-33) and to a World Professional Tournament championship in 1939.
Chamberlain was an All-American at Overbrook High School. In 1953, he guided the Christian Street YMCA to a national championship as a sophomore in High Point, N.C. Chamberlain, a 7-foot-1, 275-pound center, played college basketball for the University of Kansas. He played for Harlem Globetrotters, Philadelphia Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers. He holds numerous NBA records. On March 2, 1962, he scored 100 points to lead the Warriors over the New York Knicks in Hershey. Chamberlain also won two NBA championships in his pro career. He carried the 1966-67 76ers to a league title. In 1971-72, he helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a league crown.
Monroe was a terrific player at John Bartram High School. He played his college basketball for Hall of Fame head coach Clarence “Big House” Gaines at Winston-Salem State. He averaged 41.5 points a game his senior year with the Rams. He carried Winston-Salem State to an NCAA College Division championship. In 1967, he was a No. 1 draft pick of the Baltimore Bullets. In 1968, he was named Rookie of the Year. He spent the first four years of his NBA career with the Bullets. In 1971, Monroe was traded to the New York Knicks. In 1973, he led the Knicks to an NBA title.
Chaney was a sensational basketball player at Ben Franklin High School. In 1951, he was named Public League Player of the Year. Chaney played his college basketball at Bethune-Cookman, where he was an NAIA All-American in 1953.
Chaney has also done extremely well as a head basketball coach. He spent 10 years as the head coach of Cheyney State. He posted an impressive 225-59 record in 10 seasons with the Wolves. In 1978, he won a national championship.
In 1982, he came to Temple University. He spent 24 seasons on North Broad Street. Chaney posted a 516-253 mark during that time. He was twice named National Coach of the Year, and his 1987-88 team is the only Temple squad to end the season ranked No. 1 in the Associated press national poll.
City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, state Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, Susan Slawson, Parks and Recreation Commissioner and Sixers Ambassador World B. Free paid tribute to these basketball legends at the ceremony. Ollie Johnson, a former Temple and NBA star, was the keynote speaker. Johnson grew up in South Philadelphia and played basketball at the Christian Street Y, which is the fourth African-American YMCA in the country. It’s also the first African-American YMCA in Philadelphia.
“Well being a guy who came here in the fourth grade, I’ve always been a Y member,” Johnson said. “The impact of the men at the YMCA has had a great influence on my life. I always remember the guys. I always came back. I would talk to Mr. Morton and would always bring back 30 pairs of sneakers after the season. I just have so many great memories here. I’m just so honored to see Wilt, Earl and Coach Chaney on the wall. It’s a beautiful thing.”