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.
Now that the series is over, some of the people Jensen featured have come together to thank him for his work.
Josh Verlin, a regular contributor to the Inquirer and Daily News on local basketball recruiting, has compiled a huge collection of tributes on his website, City of Basketball Love.
Click here to read the feature, which includes quotes from these 17 people whom Mike featured in his series:
Rosemont College head coach Barney Hughes
Philly Pride AAU director Kamal Yard
Basketball scout Norm Eavenson
New Orleans Pelicans guard and Chester High and St. Joe’s product Jameer Nelson
High school referee Dominic Frassinelli
Cat-raising 76ers superfan Dennis Grove
St. Joe’s Prep head coach William “Speedy” Morris
Philadelphia court process-server and free basketball distributor Mike Gibson
Shipley School senior guard and Binghamton commit Sam Sessoms
University of the Sciences head coach Dave Pauley
Philadelphia Youth Basketball Co-Founder, President and CEO Kenny Holdsman
All-City Classic co-director Charles “Shoob” Monroe
Girard College head coach and Right Turn Youth Academy director Chelse Hall
Former Del-Val Charter coach James “Flames” Lewis
St. Joe’s assistant coach Geoff Arnold
Danny Rumph Classic founder Mike Morak
Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics director Jeremy Treatman
(Verlin got his own feature in Jensen’s series, too, by the way, in July.)
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