Inquirer columnist Mike Jensen spent all of 2017 chronicling the many angles of Philadelphia's basketball community, from local rec leagues to youth teams to high schools, colleges and the pros. Some people Jensen featured have come together to thank him for his work.
These men have been in the basketball business their whole lives, under the radar.
Former Philadelphia Inquirer writer Mel Greenberg invented the women's basketball college poll. At 70, the "Guru" continues to crisscross the country covering the sport he has helped so much.
Staley's South Carolina Gamecocks, defending NCAA champs, are at Temple on Thursday. First, they stopped by her old haunt, the Hank Gathers rec center.
Coaches who played or worked for Morris are all over the basketball world.
Treatman began putting games together so he could broadcast them. Then LeBron came along.
With roots that go back to Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game, the Sixers stats crew started by Harvey Pollack, run for decades now by his son Ron Pollack, has seen it all.
Ayesha Cosby-Roundtree has always been a driving force in her son's basketball life. Family has always been at the center of Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree's world.
The Neumann-Goretti graduate will have the ball in his hands immediately for Kentucky coach John Calipari. He's eager to learn.
Dennis Grove and his cat Izzy - an internet sensation - are ready for a new Sixers season.
Tasheed Carr and Charles Jones, molded by their Southwest Philly roots, are trying to build something that started with their own basketball dreams.
Now 73, he has been in the basketball business for his entire adult life.
Philadelphia Youth Basketball is working to get a $25 million facility up just off Roosevelt Boulevard.