Sunday, February 19, 2012

(2016) Algevon Eichelberger Jr. Sparks Recruitment Interest

  Colleges recruiting a middle school basketball player is not always the norm, but it is starting to become more prevalent among elite players.  Algevon Eichelberger Jr, a 6'5 PF out of Saginaw, Mi, is one of those elite players schools are now paying attention to.  He received a recruiting letter from Iowa of the Big Ten conference and we found out that it's not his first.  He has also received interest from the University of Detroit of the Horizon Conference.  Algevon currently attends Reuben Daniels Middle School and will be attending Saginaw High School in the Fall.  I watched Algevon at the Jr. All American Camp and at AAU Nationals last year.  I was very impressed with his foot work, his ability to score at will in the paint, and how he pushed the ball on the break.  If he keeps improving, he should have letters by the garbage bag full coming to his door.  So, congratulations to Algevon and all the other elite players out there being recruited as middle schoolers.  Keep working hard!

Friday, February 10, 2012

In honor of Black History month we bring you: EARL LLOYD


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  Earl Lloyd, now 81 years old, lives in Detroit with his wife, Charlita. He remains proud of his role in history, and he should be. On that historic night in 1950, Lloyd opened a door that thousands of others have walked through.
"I don't think my situation was anything like Jackie Robinson's -- a guy who played in a very hostile environment, where even some of his own teammates didn't want him around," said Lloyd. "In basketball, folks were used to seeing integrated teams at the college level. There was a different mentality. But of course, the team did stay and eat in some places where I wasn't welcome.
"I remember in Fort Wayne, Indiana, we stayed at a hotel where they let me sleep, but they wouldn't let me eat. They didn't want anyone to see me. Heck, I figured if they let me sleep there, I was at least halfway home. You have to remember, I grew up in segregated Virginia, so I had seen this stuff before. Did it make me bitter? No. If you let yourself become bitter, it will eat away at you inside. If adversity doesn't kill you, it makes you a better person."
Earl Lloyd is not a household name like Jackie Robinson, who broke major league baseball's color barrier in 1947. There are several reasons for that. With Lloyd, Clifton, and Cooper all joining the NBA during the same season, none of them had to carry the burden alone the way Robinson did. In fact, Cooper made his debut with the Boston Celtics just one day after Lloyd played his first game with Washington. And with Robinson already playing baseball, the debut of African-Americans in the NBA was not met with the same level of tension.
But Lloyd had many uncomfortable moments. After a game in Fort Wayne, Lloyd and one of his teammates, John "Red" Kerr, were walking off the floor together after a victory.
"We were celebrating the win, I had my arm around Earl, and some fans just spit on us," said Kerr, a former great player who now broadcasts Chicago Bulls games. "It wasn't because we had won the game. They were spitting at Earl."
On another occasion, a diner refused service to Lloyd, so he returned to his hotel room to eat. Horace "Bones" McKinney was Washington's coach at the time. In a show of support, McKinney went to Lloyd's room and joined him for dinner. Gestures like that helped Lloyd keep going.
"Bones was from Wake Forest, N.C., the Deep South, and he had been raised in the South during the '30s and '40s," said Lloyd. "You know he didn't have to do that. Things like that you don't forget."
Nicknamed "Big Cat," Lloyd was drafted in the ninth round by the Capitols after a successful career at West Virginia State College. A 6-6 forward known for his defense, he often guarded the other team's best offensive player. The Washington franchise folded during Lloyd's first year, but he joined the Syracuse Nationals the next season. During the 1954-55 season, Lloyd average 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds, helping the Nationals win the NBA title. Lloyd retired in 1960 at the age of 32, ending his career with the Detroit Pistons, and finishing with career averages of 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds.
After spending the next 10 years as a scout and assistant coach, Lloyd became the first African-American coach of the Pistons during the 1971-72 season, after Butch van Breda Kolff resigned. But the Pistons were just 20-52 the rest of the season, and Lloyd was fired just seven games into the next season.
"Coaching is only fun if you win," said Lloyd, laughing. "I didn't win. It wasn't fun."
But Lloyd found success elsewhere. He spent more than 10 years, working for the Detroit Board of Education, and he currently works in the community relations department of Dave Bing, Inc.
Lloyd is so modest that many of his friends don't know about his place in history.
"When you're 70 years old, if you start telling people that you were the first black man to play in the NBA, people look at you like you're crazy," said Lloyd. "Besides, I've never been one to blow my own horn."
However, Lloyd was the answer to a trivia question on the television show, Jeopardy!, a few years ago, and his telephone started ringing. Friends were shocked and surprised. Lloyd just sat back and laughed.
Still in good health, Lloyd was enshrined in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. [In 2003, Earl F. Lloyd was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor.] He follows the NBA by watching games from his home, knowing that he played a role in helping make the league what it is today.
"Earl was a great teammate," said Kerr. "He's also a great guy and a hero."

Final Rosters Unveiled for the 2012 McDonald's All American® Games




                   EAST TEAM                                                  

Kyle AndersonSt. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)SFUCLA
DaJuan ColemanJamesville-Dewitt (DeWitt, N.Y.)CSyracuse
Kris DunnNew London (New London, Conn.)PGProvidence
Perry EllisWichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.)PFKansas
Shaq GoodwinSouthwest DeKalb (Decatur, Ga.)PFMemphis
Gary HarrisHamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)SGMichigan State
Amile JeffersonFriends' Central (Wynnewood, Pa.)PFUndecided
Tyler LewisOak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)PGN.C. State
Tony ParkerMiller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)PFUndecided
Alex PoythressNortheast (Clarksville, Tenn.)SFKentucky
Rodney PurvisUpper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.)SGN.C. State
T.J. WarrenBrewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.)SF
N.C. State

                            WEST TEAM

Brandon AshleyFindlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)PFArizona
Isaiah AustinGrace Prep (Arlington, Texas)CBaylor
Anthony BennettFindlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)PFUndecided
Yogi FerrellPark Tudor (Indianapolis)PGIndiana
Archie GoodwinSylvan Hills (Sherwood, Ark.)SGKentucky
Grant JerrettLa Verne Lutheran (La Verne, Calif.)PFArizona
Shabazz MuhammadBishop Gorman (Las Vegas)SFUndecided
Marcus PaigeLinn-Mar (Marion, Iowa)PGNorth Carolina
Devonta PollardKemper County (De Kalb, Miss.)PFUndecided
Cameron RidleyBush (Fort Bend, Texas)CTexas
Marcus SmartMarcus (Flower Mound, Texas)SGOklahoma State
Rasheed SulaimonStrake Jesuit (Houston)SGDuke

Thursday, February 2, 2012

2012 Jordan Brand Classic Team Announced

  The Jordan Brand Classic is being held at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, April 14, 2012. This year’s game will once again be televised LIVE on ESPN. Below are the rosters for the east and west teams. 

East Team

Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
Kyle AndersonPF6-7210St. Anthony H.S. (Jersey City, NJ)UCLA
Kris DunnPG6-3180New London H.S. (New London, CT)Providence
Jerami GrantWF6-7200DeMatha Catholic H.S. (Hyattsville, MD)Syracuse
Gary HarrisWG6-4195Hamilton Southeastern H.S. (Fishers, IN)Michigan State
Brice JohnsonPF6-9210Edisto H.S. (Cordova, SC)North Carolina
Ricardo LedoWG6-6180South Kent School (South Kent, CT)Providence
Tony ParkerC6-9270Miller Grove H.S. (Lithonia, GA)Undecided
Rodney PurvisPG6-4190Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, NC)N.C. State
Kaleb TarczweskiC7-0240St. Mark’s School (Southborough, MA)Arizona
J.P. TokotoWF6-6195Menomonee Falls H.S. (Milwaukee, WI)North Carolina

West Team

Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
Brandon AshleyPF6-8215Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV)Arizona
Isaiah AustinC7-0210Grace Prep (Arlington, TX)Baylor
Anthony BennettPF6-8230Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV)Undecided
Archie GoodwinWG6-5181Sylvan Hills H.S. (Little Rock, AR)Kentucky
Danuel HouseWF6-6185Hightower H.S. (Houston, TX)Houston
Grant JerrettWF6-10220La Verne Lutheran H.S. (La Verne, CA)Arizona
Shabazz MuhammadWF6-6215Bishop Gorman H.S. (Las Vegas, NV)Undecided
Marcus PaigePG6-1160Linn-Mar H.S. (Marion, IA)North Carolina
Alex PoythressWF6-7215Northeast H.S. (Clarksville, TN)Kentucky
Rasheed SulaimonWG6-3275Strake Jesuit College Prep (Houston, TXDuke