Kareem Townes, who scored nearly 2,000 career points at La Salle, served nearly 10 years in prison for selling crack at age 27. He has been free for eight years. His peers say he deserves a place in the Big Five Hall of Fame.
Fresh off winning the Charleston Classic title, the Owls will play the Explorers on Sunday at La Salle.
Lonnie Walker, the Hurricanes' star freshman, had his homecoming after bringing a state championship to Reading High School last season. He had a game-high 22 points.
Billy Hahn resigned from La Salle, was fired by Ohio, coached alongside Gary Williams and Bob Huggins, and called John Lucas a teammate at Maryland. He gives inspiring talks to college basketball players.
The Explorers weren't as crisp on defense as they were in their first two games and saw a 23-point lead cut to five before they prevailed .
One of the players signed is 6-foot-8 forward Ed Croswell, who plays for former Explorers coach Speedy Morris at St. Joseph's Prep.
La Salle beat Penn in two overtimes, but both squads looked at how this one went to 50 minutes.
The Explorers' starting guard scored eight of his 12 points in the second extra period at the Palestra.
The Explorers' success will come down to their defense.
"Outside of Rhode Island, it's as unpredictable as it's ever been,'' La Salle coach John Giannini said. "I really think there's nine or 10 teams that are so close you could just pick the names out of a hat right now in terms of trying to predict where they would finish.''
The past was a topic at Tuesday's Atlantic 10 media day at Capital One Arena (nee Verizon Center), site of the A-10 Tournament in March. The future was a bigger topic.
First in a series looking at some of Philadelphia's men's basketball players to watch.
The Explorers will play Northwestern on the first day at 2:30 p.m.