Category Archives: Features

2014 AAU Preview: Team PA

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – There’s something very confident about the new name for the program formerly known as PA Pump N’ Run. To declare themselves “Team Pennsylvania,” for a group consisting of kids from the Harrisburg area in a state … Continue reading

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Spring Jam Fest: 2015 Standouts

Ian Simon (@CoachSimon200) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – This is a big summer for the graduating class of 2015. Their final summers on the AAU circuit, their chance to show off the skills they’ve been polishing over the last few … Continue reading

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Spring Jam Fest: 2016/2017 Breakout Candidates

Ian Simon (@CoachSimon200) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – One of the best parts about the beginning of a new AAU season is the sense of hope in the air, especially for a lot of young ballplayers who are hoping to … Continue reading

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Spring Jam Fest: Day Three Notebook

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The first big area AAU tournament of the 2014 season wrapped up on Sunday afternoon, with the conclusion of the Hoop Group’s Spring Jam Fest at the massive Spooky Nook Sports complex in Manheim, Pa. Most … Continue reading

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Maurice Watson chooses Creighton as transfer destination

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – It took Maurice Watson Jr. just 11 days to find his new home. The 5-foot-10 former star at Boys’ Latin announced on April 2 that he’d be leaving Boston University in search of a bigger stage. That bigger … Continue reading

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Ewing’s Lowe riding strong playoffs into key summer

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Three things continued to rise for Trey Lowe during his junior season at Ewing (N.J.) High School. His height, his recruiting stock and his scoring output. The shooting guard was already an established scorer through his … Continue reading

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In dark time, future still plenty bright for Villanova

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Momentum is a fickle thing. It comes and goes without much of a hint of its intentions, sometimes sticking around for a while and sometimes fleeing before it was ever really there. As a team, Villanova’s … Continue reading

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For Villanova’s Jenkins, hard work paying off

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – BUFFALO, N.Y.– Since stepping onto the Villanova University campus last year, freshman Kris Jenkins has had to fight. He’s had to lose weight and shake a comfortable lifestyle to prepare himself for the rigors of a … Continue reading

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Former Big East lives again when Villanova faces UConn

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – BUFFALO, N.Y.–Conference realignment will un-align, if only for two hours or so. At the First Niagara Center on Saturday evening, the clock will be rewound just long enough to remember what was for many years the … Continue reading

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Saint Joseph’s seniors leave a changed program

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – There’s only one word for Saint Joseph’s senior class: special. In four years, St. Joe’s went from a team that won just 11 games to one that won 24. They went from a program so bad … Continue reading

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Cooney ready to lead on the nation’s biggest stage

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – When Trevor Cooney goes, the Syracuse Orange follow. He was a big reason why the Orange were able to jump out to 25 straight victories. He was a big reason why they lost six of the … Continue reading

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Dayton’s win over OSU proof A-10 earned six bids

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – BUFFALO, N.Y.–Mike Krzyzewski might not admit he was wrong about the Atlantic 10 deserving all six of its NCAA Tournament bids this year. Dayton, the last of those six teams in the eyes of the NCAA’s … Continue reading

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NCAA Tournament: Buffalo Media Day Quoteables

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – BUFFALO, N.Y.–Plenty of great quotes from the 16 press conferences at First Niagara Center on Wednesday, as eight sets of players and coaches took the podium one after another to discuss their … Continue reading

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Villanova hoping regular-season success spills over into March Madness

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – BUFFALO, N.Y.– This season was the most successful regular season in Villanova men’s basketball history–and for now, it’s still mostly meaningless. Twenty-eight times over the last four months and change, Jay Wright’s squad walked off the court … Continue reading

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Neumann-Goretti seniors to go out on the biggest of stages

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Carl Arrigale’s favorite memory about his current group of seniors hasn’t happened yet. The 15th-year Neumann-Goretti coach has seen his share of talented players come through East Passyunk over the years, but none seem to carry … Continue reading

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PIAA Class AAAA Semifinal Preview

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – New Castle High School sits an hour northwest of Pittsburgh up Interstate-79. The 22,851-person city is a mere 20 minutes from the Pennsylvania-Ohio border. Amongst the four remaining schools in the PIAA Class AAAA state playoffs, … Continue reading

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Tough draw for Delaware in Big Ten champs MSU

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – As the champions of a one-bid conference without a stellar resumé, Monte Ross and the Delaware Blue Hens knew they’d likely draw a lower seed in the NCAA Tournament and have to face a top-25 team … Continue reading

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Hill School’s Carroll talks Hartford decision

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – It wasn’t Hartford coach John Gallagher’s Philly roots that helped form a connection with Hill School senior John Carroll. Carroll–a native of Dublin, Ireland–had more in common with Gallagher’s family and where they came from. “It’s … Continue reading

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Penecale’s early-season decision key to Abington’s title hopes

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Matt Penecale couldn’t have known how big of an impact his decision would have. A few weeks before the start of his junior season at Abington, the 6-foot-3 combo guard hurt his ankle in a fall … Continue reading

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Jordan Gathers lives his uncle’s legacy

Andrew Albert (@AndrewJAlbert01) – Jordan Gathers got the ball near the top of the key with almost no time left on the clock. He knew as soon as he let it go that it was going in. When it scorched the … Continue reading

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Fran Rafferty Player Blog: March 14

Fran Rafferty (@21Franchise) – (Ed. Note: Cabrini forward Fran Rafferty has been writing for CoBL about his senior season, which ended in the NCAA Tournament last weekend. This is his final blog entry of his collegiate career.) Hey everybody how’s it … Continue reading

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Sophomore Spiders learning the ropes

Andrew Albert (@AndrewJAlbert01) – This year was not what was scripted for Chris Mooney and the Richmond Spiders. They had all three of their returning scorers back from a team that went 19-15 and a modest 8-8 in the deep Atlantic … Continue reading

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Blue Hens, built on ‘trust’, one game from NCAAs

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Early in the second half of Delaware’s Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinal game with Hofstra on Saturday, the Blue Hens were at the free throw line. After a tight first half that saw the ‘Hens trailing at … Continue reading

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Baptiste’s blocks set the tone in Delaware’s win

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Carl Baptiste set the tone early. On the first Northeastern possession in a CAA Tournament semifinal on Sunday afternoon, the Delaware starting big man found himself posted up by the Huskies’ star, Scott Eatherton. Baptiste didn’t … Continue reading

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Saint Joseph’s senior day sorrows

Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – It all seemed to build up perfectly for Saint Joseph’s. A Big 5 game at home, on Senior Day, with NCAA Tournament dreams on the line for a group of seniors that have never been dancing. … Continue reading

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