Here is a list of the products of Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac schools whose teams are competing in the NCAA Basketball Tournament:
Cameron Ayers, Bucknell
6-4, G, Freshman
This all-rookie honoree has made no starts in 33 games for the Patriot kingpins, but he’s averaging 23 minutes of action and 7.6 points. Also second on the team in steals (26), and he’s deadly at the line (48-for-55, 87 percent). Second-team All-City pick in 2010.
Sean Evans, St. John’s
6-8, F, Senior
Averaging 11.9 minutes, 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds as a key frontcourt sub. His floor percentage (.507) is tied for best on the squad. Second-team All-City in 2007 (after garnering first-team football laurels that fall as a defensive lineman).
Matt Griffin, Boston U.
5-10, G, Junior
St. Joseph’s Prep
Now an important cog for coach Patrick Chambers (Episcopal) after sitting out 2009-10 as a transfer from Rider. Sniping R Us, witness his .461 percent from behind the arc. His dad, John, was the coach at Saint Joseph’s University before Phil Martelli. Third-team All-City in 2007.
DJ Irving, Boston U.
6-foot, G, Freshman
Has established himself as the floor leader in a true-freshman season. An .845 showing at the line is helping him to average 7.9 points. Sniffing a two-to-one assists/turnover ratio (121-67). Second-team All-City honoree in 2010.
Rick Jackson, Syracuse
6-9, F, Senior
This second-team All-Big East honoree, a lefty, is averaging 13 points and 10.6 rebounds while shooting a whopping 59 percent from the floor. Tops the Orange in minutes played and blocks (83) and has yet to foul out. First-team All-City in 2006 and 2007.
Antonio Jardine, Syracuse
6-2, G, Junior
Not still a classmate of Rick Jackson’s because he sat out the 2008-09 season, “Scoop” has become a vital cog. Averaging 12.8 points while leading the Orange in treys and steals (52 apiece). Also, his 190 dishes are more than double his 94 coughups. Second-team All-City in 2007.
Ramone Moore, Temple
6-4, G, Junior
Leads the Owls in scoring with a 14.9 average. Also tied for first in steals with 40 and second in assists with 103. Has started all 32 games, and he averages a team-high 33.3 minutes. First-team All-City in 2007.
Marcus & Markieff Morris, Kansas
6-9/6-10 Fs, Juniors
Though Marcus was named the Big<TH>12’s Player of the Year, Markieff, a second-teamer, boasts better shooting percentages overall (.601 to .587) and from behind the arc (.407 to .362). Oh, and his rebound average is also higher (8.2 to 7.2). Good fodder for their yo-<FI2>I’m<FI>-the-better-twin debates. Marcus does lead in scoring norm, 17.3 to 13.6. Each earned first-team All-City honors in 2007, then spent a prep-school year at APEX, in South Jersey.
Andrew “Scootie” Randall, Temple
6-6, F, Junior
Third in scoring with an 11.6 norm. With one less miss, he would be shooting 50 percent from the floor. And with one less turnover, he also would be boasting a two-to-one, assist-turnover ratio. Also grabbing 5.1 rebounds per game. First-team All-City in 2008, plus the Player of the Year.
Koron Reed, Hampton
6-7, F, Sophomore
Averaging 9 minutes per game in 30 appearances, all as a sub, for the MEAC champs. Shooting a nifty 60 percent from the floor (21-for-35) and ranks third on the team in blocks (14). Played one season at Roman (2009) and was a third-team <FI2>Daily News<FI> All-Catholic selection.
Bradley Wanamaker, Pitt
6-4, G, Senior
Earned second-team all-league honors in the Big East and was the conference’s sportsmanhip winner, as well. Second on the team in points (12.0) and rebounds (5.3). His assist-turnover ratio is better than two-to-one (164-72) and he boasts twice as many steals (48) as any other Panther. First-team All-City in 2007, as well as Player of the Year.
Maalik Wayns, Villanova
6-2, G, Sophomore
Has dealt 145 assists while averaging 14 points. Plays almost exactly three quarters of every game. Hitting 82 percent of his free throws. First-team All-City in 2009, as well as Player of the Year.
Boston University’s roster includes four other players with Catholic/Inter-Ac ties. Freshmen Travis Robinson (Penn Charter, then Friends’ Central; he’s a 6-5 forward) and Mike Terry (North Catholic; he’s a 6-foot guard) are both averaging just under 9 minutes per game, along with one point/rebound apiece. Penn Charter alum Chris Kurz (6-8 junior forward) is in his second year as a walk-on after transferring from Arizona State. He has seen 25 minutes of action. HJ Gaskins, like Robinson, went from Penn Charter to Freinds’ Central. He’s a 5-8 freshman guard and has made two appearances.
Douglas Davis, a 5-11 junior guard, hit the game-winning shot vs. Harvard, thus sending Princeton into the tourney. He was a starter for Prep Charter’s 2006 AA state champs before finishing his high school career at Hun School (N.J.). Dutch Gaitley, a 6-9 grad-student forward from Archbishop Carroll, has grabbed five rebounds in 24 minutes spread over 11 games for Temple. D.J. Johnston, a 6-4 junior forward from Germantown Academy, has posted four points and eight rebounds over 19 minutes at North Carolina. Drew Melchionni, a 6-4 sophomore guard from Germantown Academy, can thank a trey for his three points over five games (8 minutes) at Texas. Penn Charter product Tom Noonan, a 6-9 freshman forward, owns two points over four games for Princeton.