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"Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball".
-Phil Jackson

Monday, February 27
Yonel Brown Player Of The Year 2011-2012 Season (Click on link)

Yonel Brown PG F.Y.I. Class of 2012 ( click on link for video)

                           Yonel Brown PG F.Y.I. Class of 2012 ( click on link for video)


Yonel Brown Player Of The Year 2010/2011 Georgia Region 8-AAAAA


Darrion Taylor Class of 2016 Georgia Stars 13u Black

Darrion Taylor PG Class of 2016 Georgia Stars Blk 13u

 Posted: July 3

Darrion Taylor 13u Ga Stars Blk Team Div 1 AAU NATIONAL TOURNAMENT 2011

Darrion Taylor plays much bigger than his stature. Here's a kid that has had a ball in his hands since he was a baby. That explains why he has the ball on a string and continues to give bigger guards fits when trying to guard him. Look for him in the future, he'll be there...




Yonel Brown  Class of 2012 Offered Full Scholarship To Kennesaw State University

Worldwide 17u vs Atlanta Celtics 17u Wallace Prather Memorial Classic 2011

Yonel Brown Worldwide #11

Tuesday, March 22
Yonel Brown Receiving Award At The Atlanta Tipoff Club Naismith Banquet

Yonel Brown Receiving Award At The Atlanta Tipoff Club Naismith Banquet

Thursday, March 17
Yonel Brown Offered Full Scholarship To Presbyterian College

Yonel Brown Visits Presbyterian College


 Yonel Brown Visits Presbyterian College (click on picture)

Yonel Brown offered full scholarship to Presbyterian College

Tuesday, March 8
Yonel Brown Player Of The Year 2010/2011 Region 8-AAAAA

Posted March 8, 2011

Yonel Brown Player Of The Year 2010/2011 Region 8-AAAAA

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ATL: Congratulations!!!  You have really had a great season. Berkmar won the Region 8-AAAAA Title, you were selected to the GACA AllStar Team and now your voted Player of the Year.

Whats next for YONEL BROWN ?

YONEL: I'm staying in the gym working on my game and looking forward to having some fun playing this summer... I also plan to spend some time trying to decide on a college by the early signing period.  Stay tuned..

ATL: We Wish You The Best....

Yonel Brown Selected To All County Team 2010-2011

Yonel Brown Selected To All County Team


                      Yonel Brown Selected To All County Team

Friday, March 4

Posted March 4, 2011

Yonel Brown Naismith Awards Atlanta Tip-Off Club 2011


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I am writing to let you know that Yonel Brown has been selected to the Boys
Honorable Mention All-Metro Team. Congratulations to both you Coach Phillips and Yonel.
Yonel will be recognized for this accomplishment at our Naismith Awards
Banquet presented by AT&T on Monday, March 21, 2011, at the
International Convention Center
. Yonel will be seated with all the other award winners. 


Monday, February 21
Yonel Brown looking to slow things down.... On The Way To State Tournament....


 Posted Feb 21, 2011

Yonel Brown looking to slow things down.... On The Way To State Tournament....


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Sunday, February 20

When Yonel Brown gets going early. It opens driving lanes for Brandon Thompson, Berkmar coach Greg Phillips said. “That's what we’ve done all year long."

POSTED FEB 20, 2011

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Thursday, February 17
Yonel Brown Berkmar VS Jordan Gaither Shiloh

Yonel Brown Berkmar VS Jordan Gaither Shiloh

Thursday, February 17
Yonel Brown Hit Big Shots Tonight !!!

Posted Feb 16, 2011

 Yonel Brown Hit Big Shots Tonight !!!

 Berkmar Defeats Shiloh 62-57

(click on link to watch game)

 Berkmar had a hand full tonight in the game against Shiloh. Both teams understood that a lost tonight means that the season is over. And in the last few minutes of the game, it was clear that neither team was going down without a fight. (more...)

Monday, February 14


Posted Feb. 14, 2011


Yonel Brown #4 before a high school game...

Yonel Brown selected to participate in the GACA All-Star Showcase along side some of the top players not just in Georgia, but in the Country.. The Games will be held March 26, 2011 at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga. 

Click on link for all-star roster

Saturday, February 5


 Class of 2011



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Berkmar’s Kenisha Watkins scores 27 points in Friday nights victory over Archer.

Berkmar 15-8 overall and 9-5 in the region.

ATL: Your season seems to be going pretty good. Whats your view on the season?

Kenisha: Its been good. I had to bounce back emotionally because we lost a few teammates to injuries and that hurt. Things still came together for everybody.

ATL: Whats your main role on the team?

Kenisha: To motivate the team, by being a leader on and off the court.

ATL: Who gives you advice on how to approach the game?

Kenisha: My high school coach Todd McCutcheon. He talks to me about the things to do that can be effective in the game.

ATL: Who do you watch play that influences your game?

Kenisha: KOBY BRYANT........

ATL: What are some of your best game stats?

Kenisha: Well tonight I scored 27 and thats my high so far on the season. I've had 12 assist in a game and in another game I had 6 steals. Its not over though Ha Ha..

ATL: Whats your plans after high school?

Kenisha: Playing college ball and getting my degree.

ATL: What can we expect from KENISHA WATKINS in the future?

Kenisha:To see my name in LIGHTS....

ATL: We wish you the best and good luck...

Yonel Brown January 2011 Player Of The Month

Yonel Brown January 2011 Player Of The Month


                      Yonel Brown January 2011 Player Of The Month

Saturday, January 29



Thursday, January 27


 CLASS OF 2015


ATL: So how are things going in school?


ATL: In regards to basketball who gives you advice on how to play the game?

JOSEPH: My older brother Kirby. He knows alot about the game. He made a name for himself when he played at Sweetwater.

ATL: This year at Sweetwater what would you like to accomplish?

JOSEPH: Graduate and win the Championship.

ATL: Name some players that influence your style of play?

JOSEPH: Chris Paul and Zach Marbury

ATL: Whats your goals as a player?


ATL: What can we expect in the future from JOSEPH GORDON?



Friday, January 21
Yonel Brown Street Talk 4Shot Sports

Yonel Brown Street Talk 4Shot Sports



Written by Larry Williams   
Friday, 21 January 2011 07:12



Berkmar High School has turned out some outstanding players over the years and with one more year after this one, this young point guard could have his name added to that list.

This kid has the ball on a string when it's in his hands and his court awareness is just what your looking for in a true point.

At 5-9 he is a real athletic basketball player and where he really kills you is when he drives and dishes or drives and scores, he can also knock down the jumper if you leave him alone.

Brown knows more than basketball

Brown knows more than basketball

By Robert Alphonso Jr.


SUWANEE – Darrel Brown knows a thing or two about basketball.Since his days in Brooklyn, NY, Brown has had a passion for the game. If he was not on
the asphalt honing his game or was pushing others to get better. While others just worry about
building their reputation on coaching basketball, Brown wants to work on building character
through the game. He is entering his eighth season as a Gwinnett Basketball League coach.

"A lot of people experiment with kids," said Brown, Berkmar's seventh-grade boys coach. "I'm not experimenting with anyone's kids."

The only thing Brown experiments with in helping players develop from shy individuals
to confident young men. He looks to lift their self-esteem, while teaching them to be aggressive
on the basketball court or knocking down a contested jumper.

This passion is not just something the 41-year music production coordinator came up
with after playing; Brown has always wanted the best for others while using basketball. Brown
has watched those in the legendary Brooklyn neighborhood using the game, like former NBA
star Stephon Marbury and current Minnesota Timberwolves guard Sebastian Telfair. Brown
also watched his younger brothers Norm Richardson, a Hofstra University graduate, and Derrick
Brown, a Providence College graduate, parlaying professional basketball careers in Europe. His
youngest brother Jamal Brown, named the best Deaf players in New York, was once heavily
recruited as well.

Brown's acumen is off the charts, which is why he is passing it on. He wants to bring that
New York City brand of basketball to the South. "The difference with New York City basketball players is the hunger," said Brown. "You
are held accountable for what you can and can't do. If you do not know how to play you will not
play. I appreciate that toughness."

This is the reason Brown sent his sons – Darrel Jr. (19) and Yonel (16) – back to the Big
Apple. The experience paid off as they both played for Berkmar High School and the youngest
Brown is considered one of the best high school players in the Class of 2012 in Georgia.
So, why is he still coaching the younger players if his boys have aged out of the GBL?

"I try to maximize what kids bring to the table," Brown said. "My style of coaching is
training kids to do the fundamentals. Every kid can get better in a matter of minutes. I want to
continue to see them get better. I want to continue learning to help them. I know that focus and
hard work is going to get you where you need to be."

Tuesday, October 5

WATCH RIVALS FUTURE 150 TOP 20 ALLSTAR GAME                          


Orange Jersey # 7

2010 National Future150 Camp

Friday, September 24
YONEL BROWN SEBA BASKETBALL CAMP ALLSTAR September 18th 2010 - Oglethorpe University Ga (Click on link)

 Yonel Brown & high school teammate Charles "CJ" Foster                                            

both agreed that it was a good Saturday at Oglethorpe University,


Sunday, September 26
"Choices" A movie Directed By Jeffrey "Slice" Morton Extended Trailer (Click On Link)

 Jeffrey "Slice" Morton has a great eye for talent and has helped to develop some very talented models, actors & actresses. Vision is everything and I believe he has what it takes to take it to the next level.

Coney Island is a place full of talent. In the past we've highlighted the ups and downs of the basketball phenoms and community mentors of Coney Island. As we look to the future we plan to focus on the inner community and the day to day things that our kids deal with. "Choices" are followed by decisions. We'll let you be the judge on whether the right decisions we're made in the movie..  

 This trailer will just give you a glimpse of the energy that this movie will contain..

Stay Tuned...











Sunday, September 19
Starbury: Is Stephon Marbury Crazy Like A Fox Or Just Plain Crazy? (Click on Link)

By:Jason Platzer

(Contributor) on September 18, 2010

NEW YORK - JANUARY 11:  Stephon Marbury #3 of the New York Knicks walks down the court against the Toronto Raptors on January 11, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

All reports seem to indicate that Allen Iverson is set to join Stephon Marbury in China.  Huh? What? Say that again?

AI, the 17th all-time leading scorer in league history (and pound for pound the toughest player ever IMHO) is going to China? Believe it or not, not one NBA team has contacted the 35-year-old Iverson for the upcoming season.

While he's had a few bad years (and some personal issues) you can't tell me he wouldn't be effective on a team like the Lakers or the Heat.

If true, it's a sad end to Iverson's career. I think you can make a strong case that Iverson is the greatest player in the NBA never to have won a ring.

And what of Stephon Marbury?

After his crazy live rant online about eating vaseline and god knows what else, he went to China.

Last season he played with Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 22.9 ppg, 9.5 apg, and 2.6 spg. He was MVP of the All-Star game there dropping 30 points and contributing 10 assists.

But Steph isn't really there to play basketball. He's there for business.

After creating his signature Starbury shoe with Steve & Barry's, he made an unprecedented move by selling the shoes for only $14.98. Steve and Barry's has since filed for bankruptcy but Shanxi has agreed to create a company to market his shoes in China.

He signed a three-year deal to remain with the club this past July. Considering how big the Chinese market is and how basketball crazy they are, I'm sure he's being compensated pretty well in China.

What then of Starbury's legacy?

After dominating at Lincoln High School and Georgia Tech he ended up playing for five NBA teams: Minnesota, New Jersey, Phoenix, New York, and ultimately Boston. We tend to forget that Larry Brown and Isaiah Thomas handcuffed him and effectively destroyed the last three years of his career.

Keep in mind that for his career he averaged 19.3 ppg, 7.6 apg, 3.0 rpb.

If we drop the last three years, he averaged over 20 ppg and 8 apg for his career. Oscar Robertson is the only player in NBA history to do that. And for everyone that says he was selfish, he averaged over eight apg for most of his career until he was destroyed by the soap opera in New York.

Clearly he had some issues and wasn't the easiest guy to play with sometimes. But there is no denying the talent or the production. People often like to compare him to Jason Kidd (whom he was traded for out of Phoenix). People love to say how Jason Kidd is a winner and Steph is not.

First, let's remember Jason Kidd never won anything. Neither has Steve Nash. Kidd has averaged 13.6 ppg and 9.2 apg for his career. Steve Nash has averaged 14.6 ppg and 8.3 apg for his career.

Steph's scoring numbers are far better, and his assists are right there, and none of them have won a thing. I'd suspect most people would consider both Jason Kidd and Steve Nash Hall of Famers.

With all emotion stripped away, if you put those guys in don't you have to at least consider Steph? I'll leave it to you to decide.

Yonel Brown AAU Super Showcase July 2010 ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS



YONEL BROWN Georgia Stars (4th Grade Throw Back) NATIONALS ORLANDO, FLA.






Yonel Brown Nike Peach Jam First Day ( Click On Link)

Monday, August 2



Lance Stephenson, former Lincoln high school star, signs multi-year deal with Indiana Pacers

Friday, July 23rd 2010, 12:49 PM

Lance Stephenson (l.) averages 12.3 points per game for Cincinnati last season.
Lance Stephenson (l.) averages 12.3 points per game for Cincinnati last season.

Former Lincoln guard Lance Stephenson, who spent just one year at the University of Cincinnati before jumping to the NBA, signed a multi-year deal with the Pacers, who drafted him in the second round last month.

Stephenson was the 2010 Big East Rookie of the Year at Cincinnati this past season. The six-foot-five guard was the Pacers' second-leading scorer in the Orlando Summer League at nearly 15 points per game, and led the league in field goal percentage at 73 percent.

The Pacers have said Stephenson could play both guard spots. Team president Larry Bird said he was surprised the talented guard was available at the 40th pick.

Tuesday, April 13
Yonel Brown Georgia Stars 16u Black Team summer 2010 Boo William Nike Inv. Hampton VA.

Coach William Steele has assembled a great group of kids.

The season has kicked off with a bang.  

 If these guys continue to work as a team

and buy into the defensive strategy

the coach is putting in,

 they'll have a wonderful summer. Great Job Coach Steele





            AAU DISNEY EASTER CLASSIC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS               (ESPN Wide World Of Sports)

                                April 2-4 2010  (Click on Photo)                               

 Yonel Brown Georgia Stars 16u Black




Saturday, December 19

Friday, January 1
Stephenson, Bearcats pull off huge win over No. 10 UConn
December 31, 10:16 AM

Lance Stephenson celebrates after free throw. (AP/Uhlman)

If there is one thing that even the casual Bearcats basketball fan doesn't want a UC game to be decided by, its free throws.  But that is exactly what tipped the scale for Cincinnati in its monumental victory over the No. 10 Connecticut Huskies on Wednesday night at the Shoemaker Center.

Super-frosh Lance Stephenson calmly sank two free throws with 0.7 seconds left of the clock to break a tie and secure a 71-69 victory for the Bearcats as a raucous home crowd of over 10,000 celebrated.

The victory is the third for UC over a ranked team already this season, but is hands-down the biggest victory of the season.  In fact, the win is probably the biggest of Mick Cronin's head coaching career.

Stephenson has steadily improved throughout the season, showing maturity and athleticism that most freshman simply don't possess.  He didn't look anything like a freshman Wednesday night.

After Connecticut's Kemba Walker scored a game-tying three-pointer with 9 seconds remaining, Rashad Bishop inbounded the ball to Stephenson.  With Deonta Vaughn having fouled out of the game, Lance was the obvious choice to take the game's last shot.  As Stephenson dribbled down the court, Cronin decided not to let UConn set up its defense and didn't call a time out.  Lance drove the lane and was draped with Huskies as his final shot was rejected.  A foul was called on the play with 0.7 seconds left on the clock, sending the freshman to the line.

"All I was thinking was let me go to the free-throw line because I knew I was going to knock them down," said Stephenson, who finished 7 of 7 from the line. 

"I was thinking, 'Lord, let him make this shot,'" senior guard Deonta Vaughn said. "It's a tough situation to be in as a freshman, but we shoot those types of shots in practice where it's a pressure shot."

Normally a 60% free throw shooter, Stephenson rolled both shots around the rim and in.

Cincinnati (9-3; 1-0) led Connecticut (9-3; 0-1) by twelve on two different occasions, but the Huskies' talented shooters quickly brought them back each time.  The Bearcats never got discouraged, clawing back each time with hustle, rebounding and tremendous defense.

"We kept allowing them to get space from us and force us to make desperate comebacks, which we did," said  Hall of Fame UConn head coach Jim Calhoun. "But we go home with the loss. Stephenson stepped up and made the free throws. He's a talented kid. I give Cincinnati the credit."

Players of the Game:

  • Lance Stephenson: (32 minutes), 21 pts, 4 reb., 3 ast, 7-7 free throws.
  • Deonta Vaughn: (29 minutes), 17 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast.
  • Ibrahima Thomas (29 minutes), 6 pts, 9 reb.


Wednesday's victory marks the first ever win by Cincinnati over Connecticut.  The Huskies were 5-0 over the Bearcats including an 11 point victory over UC last season;


The Bearcats play a flurry of games in short order in the next week. Cincinnati plays at Rutgers on Saturday, January 2, then comes home to play PIttsburgh in a "Big Monday" game on January 4, and then faces Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday, January 6.


Cincinnati versus No. 10 UConn
The Cincinnati Bearcats secured a win in their first Big East Conference game of the season, downing Connecticut 71-69 on Wednesday, December 30, 2009.

Friday, January 1

  UConn-Cincinnati: Never Nervous Lance Stephenson Ices Bearcats 71-69 Win

by Jux Berg
Just in case the Big East conference didn’t know Lance Stephenson is the real deal, it knows now. The soon-to-be NBA lottery pick lit up the 10th ranked UConn Huskies for 21 points while draining all seven of his free throws, including two in ice cold fashion to clinch the victory with :00.7 left on the clock.


Cincinnati (9-3, 1-0 Big East) was able to hold off a late UConn run to improve to 3-0 vs ranked teams on the young season. The re-emergence of senior guard Deonta Vaughn was a big reason why, as the Indianapolis native netted three three-pointers on his way to a solid 17 point-five rebound-five assist effort. 

A key play in the game was a silky 15-foot jumper by Steve “Charles Oakley” Toyloy to begin the second half, igniting an 11-2 run for the Bearcats in front of over 10,000 fans at 5th Third Arena. 

As expected, Jerome Dyson (24 pts) and Stanley Robinson (22 pts) came up large for Connecticut (9-3, 0-1 Big East). But the Bearcats put the clamps on the rest of the Huskies, as Jim Calhoun suffered through a 37.5 percent shooting effort from his team. 

On the game’s final play in which Stephenson drew a foul from UConn’s Gavin Edwards with the game tied at 69, some controversy ensued. The foul call itself was construed as questionable by some involved. 

But, if you remember back two seasons ago, same teams same building, a horsesh*t foul call on UC’s Rashad Bishop enabled UConn’s A.J. Price to hit two late free throws-- the Huskies won 85-84. So, two years later, justice is served. 

In the game last night, both Bearcat dunks were huge.  First, junior guard Larry Davis rammed home a one-hander off one foot on a fast break, courtesy of a perfect outlet pass from Stephenson. Then, with under a minute to play, Dion Dixon found 6’11” Ibrahima Thomas who quickly threw down a two-hander to give UC a three point lead. 

You can go ahead and add Calhoun to the growing list of Hall of Fame coaches Mick Cronin has knocked off in his three-plus seasons at UC. Cronin has previously beaten Rick Pitino, Jim Boeheim, and Bob Huggins (will be in Hall eventually).

Cincinnati won’t have much time to savor its first ever conquest of Connecticut, with a tough road game at Rutgers awaiting Darnell Wilks and the ‘Cats on Saturday (5:00 PST, Big East Network). 

Enjoy the journey.  Go ‘Cats. 


Thursday, November 26
2009 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (LANCE STEPHENSON)

Gonzaga 61, Cincinnati 59
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -Thanks to several big plays by 7-footer Robert Sacre, Gonzaga left Maui with a championship at last.

Sacre scored 14 points and the Bulldogs won the Maui Invitational for the first time in three tries, beating Cincinnati 61-59 in overtime Wednesday night at the Lahaina Civic Center.

"Obviously, this is the pinnacle and the creme de la creme of all the preseason tournaments. This is the kingpin and any other analogy you'd like to use. That's why it's so special," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "When you look up and you see all those teams that have won this thing, and what they've accomplished maybe after they won this thing, it makes you feel great for your guys."

With the Bearcats clinging to a 55-53 lead with 43 seconds left, co-tournament MVP Steven Gray - who shared the honor with senior Matt Bouldin - held the ball as long as the shot clock would allow before feeding Sacre in the paint for a one-handed floater with 16 seconds left.

Sacre then came up even bigger - and higher - on the defensive end, hustling back down the court to defend Cincinnati's final play, run without a timeout.

After playing a little too far up with Lance Stephenson draining the final seconds at the top of the arc, Sacre eventually dropped back to cover Yancy Gates, who charged along the right baseline and caught Stephenson's alley-oop pass with just seconds remaining, attempting to flush it home for the championship.

Sacre, though, timed his jump perfectly and swatted the ball out of Gates' hands, sending the game to overtime.

"That was a big-time play," Few said. "We were telling our guys we needed to bluff help, bluff help, but the message was trying to be sent to the perimeter players and not the post players. So he got a little excited and got up the lane and he made an incredible athletic play to turn and go make that block."

It was Gonzaga's first championship on Maui after losing to Connecticut 65-63 in the 2005 title game and finishing fourth in 2002.

Few was most impressed with how his team won the three-day tournament.

"We had to dig ourselves out of a hole against Colorado, we played a very efficient game yesterday against a Wisconsin team then we got in a backyard brawl tonight and won it that way," Few said. "So we won it in a lot of different fashions, so I think that's a good sign right there."

The Bulldogs, who also got 12 points from Demetri Goodson, overcame a 10-point second-half deficit. Gray and Elias Harris added 13 points apiece for Gonzaga (5-1).

"They showed a lot of heart tonight," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. "They know how to win. Their tradition is established right now. They have guys that understand how to step it up. They were never going to go away, they were going to keep fighting."

Stephenson led Cincinnati (4-1) with 15 points.

The Bearcats looked weary in overtime, missing several free throws in the first 1:45. Cincinnati's Steve Toyloy made one of two from the foul line before Gray found Sacre for an emphatic baseline dunk with 2:41 left that put Gonzaga in front by two.

Harris made it a three-point game with a free throw but Gates grabbed an air ball by Cashmere Wright and slammed it through with 12.6 seconds remaining to trim it to 60-59.

The Bearcats, who led by four at halftime and 10 with 13:20 left in the second half, had a final chance to force a second overtime with 9.8 seconds to go after Sacre hit the front end of a pair of free throws. Driving to his right with time winding down, Wright put up a floater that caromed off the backboard, hit the rim and fell into the arms of Harris as time expired.

"At the end of the day, this has been a great trip for us," Cronin said. "Everyone can see that Cincinnati basketball is back on the map. We're not going anywhere."

Saturday, July 11

University of Cincinnati-bound basketball star Lance Stephenson cops plea deal in groping case

Saturday, July 11th 2009, 4:00 AM

Goldfield for News

Stephenson will not serve jail time, only community service after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct.

A week after Stephenson finally ended his dragged-out recruitment by commiting to the University of Cincinnati, his sexual assault case is now history as well. As was expected, Stephenson will not do any jail time - just community service.

Friday, the former Lincoln HS star and top scorer in New York State basketball history pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after being accused of groping a 17-year-old girl during an incident that occurred on Oct. 3 outside the Coney Island school.

The deal was struck just four days before his scheduled court date in Brooklyn Criminal Court. The case had previously been adjourned twice.

Sources told the Daily News that Stephenson, 18, had agreed to perform three days of community service and seek counseling. Although his family never anticipated prison time, Stephenson was facing up to six months in jail on the misdemeanor sexual assault charge.

There was no immediate word on any resolution involving Stephenson's Lincoln teammate Darwin Ellis, who is facing the same charges.

Stephenson's father, Lance Stephenson Sr., was pleased that his son's legal problems were behind him and that he now can concentrate on playing for the Bearcats.

"We just want to move on and think about college," Lance Stephenson Sr. said. "We're happy to be able to move on."

Although the NCAA may decide to investigate Stephenson's "Born Ready" Internet reality series for possible compliance violations, his overall situation has certainly improved over the past two weeks.

Stephenson's college choice of Cincinnati will give him the opportunity to play in major-market cities throughout the Big East and potentially star for the Bearcats during his freshman campaign.

"Lance has a lot of basketball ahead of him," Lincoln HS coach Dwayne Morton said. "I always knew he had schools wanting him, but I think time was needed for everything to clear up. Things are looking a lot better now."

Wednesday, July 8
Ultimate Exposure Camp: Tuesday: YONEL SELECTED TO TOP 20 ALLSTAR TEAM (Click on link)

Ultimate Exposure Camp: Tuesday

LILBURN, GA – The Ultimate Showcase came to a close on Tuesday afternoon at Berkmar High School with a pair of games that came right down to the final seconds, capping off two days of intense basketball.


TOP 20 GAME: Big men shine


More times than not, individual camps are dominated by guard play and the big men are usually left to pick up the scraps. Not so much in the top 20 all-star game at the Ultimate Showcase.

The big men had plenty of opportunities to shine and prove themselves against the best of the best. Jerome Hill (Cook County) was great on the glass, collecting nine rebounds. The 6-foot-5 big man from the class of 2012 scored a modest five points en route to the MVP award. Hill could have easily shared the award with 19 other players in the game.

South Carolina native Devaris McGowan was equally impressive on the glass. He corralled six offensive rebounds and promptly scored thereafter. The bull tough forward scored all six of his points on putbacks and bullied the opposition.

Class of 2015 prospect (yes, you read that right) Kijuan Johnson already has a portfolio of accolades and positive press clippings. And after watching his play and aggressive attack to the basket it is hard not to mention him as one of the top players from the camp. The 6-foot-5 forward grabbed six rebounds and scored a loud five points in the game.

Capping off a strong two days of work, Alex Upshaw (Sandy Creek) was quiet on the offensive end of the floor in the all-star game. That didn’t matter though. The 6-foot-5 forward was one of the favorite big men amongst the staff. He defended, rebounded and hustled – three ingredients that earn respect in a camp setting.

Chris Davenport (Southwest Atlanta Christian) played big and never went away from his strengths. The long-armed 6-foot-7 center scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots. The rising freshman will be fun to watch develop in time.

No one took advantage of the big stage better than 6-foot-4 wing Rhodis Eason (Hillgrove). The rising 10th grader had his perimeter game dialed in, sinking a pair of good-looking three-pointers off the dribble. On the defensive side of the ball, he was aggressive as a shot-blocker and rebounder. There were few players more versatile than him in the entire camp.

Equally impressive on the offensive side of the ball was Jaron Blossomgame (Chattahoochee). The 6-foot-5 rising sophomore was tough to defend because of his inside-outside ability. He scored eight points in the all-star game.

The big men weren’t the only ones that shined on Tuesday afternoon. The battle between Ray Ray Strong (Mays) and Tedric Jackson (Tift County) never materialized but both had their strong moments. Strong scored nine points and handed out a game-high four assists. He was one of the top overall players at the camp from start to finish.

While Jackson entered camp as one of the most discussed in Georgia’s 2013 class, he was quiet by his standards and struggled to finish. He did, however, have his moments. Jackson is just too strong, athletic and quick to defend at the younger level.

Tahj Deen (Columbia) scored seven points and was quick on the defensive end of the floor for steals that led to transition points while Marqueeye Biggs (Morrow) pumped in a team high nine points.

Class of 2010 guard Stephen Wilson (Mt. Zion-Jonesboro) was one of the nice surprises of the camp. The 6-foot-1 combo guard was one of the top shooters of the camp and logged plenty of positive minutes at the point guard position.

Scoring: Rhodis Eason 10, Marqueeye Biggs 9, Ray Ray Strong 9, Jaron Blossomgame 8, Quentin Edwards 8, Tahj Deen 7, Kijuan Johnson 7, Yonel Brown 6, Chris Davenport 6, Derrick Frye 6, Devaris McGowan 6, Stephen Wilson 6, Jerome Hill 5, Tadrick Jackson 5, Eloka Elise 2, Julito Hutchinson 2, Desmond Morris 2, Jordan Nelson 2, Alex Upshaw 2


TOP 40 GAME: Williams scores game winner


Class of 2013 prospect Clarence Williams, an intriguing 6-foot-5 combo forward from Marietta, Ga., scored on a lay-up as time expired to help his team claim the 50-48 victory in the top 40 game.

Williams finished with a modest six points. The scoring was spread around nicely across the board for both teams and a number of players were able to prove their worth on the camp’s biggest stage.

Mackeile Satchell (Northview) led all scorers with 14 points and had his way in the low post. The 6-foot-6 forward was one of the better low-post scorers in the camp.

South Carolina guard Quavious Copeland scored 11 points while class of 2013 guard Solomon Ajose (Creekview) pumped in 10 points. Copeland made quick work on Tuesday, scoring on the wing and at the basket. Ajose is a jack of all trades player that was rewarded for his hustle.

Tuesday, July 7

Ultimate Exposure Camp: Monday

LILBURN, GA -- The inaugural Ultimate Exposure Camp tipped off on Monday at Berkmar High School and a handful of young players separated themselves from the rest of the pack with their play.


DeMarcus Daniels, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Turner County (Ga.) High School, was the top rebounder on opening day. The long-armed big man from the class of 2012 was equally effective on both side of the floor and established himself as a premiere collector of rebounds. He’s been taught well at the South Georgia powerhouse and has been thrown to the wolves before in practice and in summer league games back home. It’s easy to see why he had little trouble fighting off the opposition for boards on Monday afternoon.


As the day grew longer, the play of Quentin Edwards, a 6-foot-5 combo forward from Ware County (Ga.) High School, became more and more impressive. The rising sophomore has ideal size for a wing prospect. He was most effective when he attacked the basket from the right wing and scored in traffic. Edwards ran the floor well and shined in the open floor. He was one of the more athletic players in camp and used his natural gifts to his advantage.

There is a fine line between showing off your talent selfishly at an individual camp and proving your value with impressive play. Yonel Brown, a 5-foot-8 point guard from the class of 2012, was able to show off his worth with his crafty and effective ball-handling, ability to get into the lane and score over taller defenders and with his speed to the basket. On the flip side, he was able to sew his teammates together nicely and scrapped for loose balls on the defensive end of the floor. With the potential for turning the ball over, Brown didn’t. The Berkmar (Ga.) High School product made the right plays and found his voice with the ball in his hands.


Chris Davenport, a 6-foot-6 big man from the class of 2013, will be one to watch in the winter. The incoming freshman will likely play at Mays High School in Atlanta and should be one of the more promising rookies in the Peach State next high school season. He played well above his shoulders and did what big guys are supposed to do: score inside, rebounded in his area and ran the floor. Davenport kept it simple and was effective because of it.

One of the better offensive post players on day one was Herb Harrison, a 6-foot-7 forward from Johns Creek (Ga.). The class of 2011 prospect showed off an array of moves in the low post and was comfortable with his back to the basket. Harrison scored over defenders with size time and time again on Monday.


Class of 2013 guard Tadric Jackson of Turner County (Ga.) High School and class of 2012 guard Aryay Strong entered the Ultimate Showcase with plenty of fanfare and certainly justified, too. Both were two of the top guards on day one and the pair matched up in the final game of the day. Despite only playing five minutes against each other, both players showed why they are thought highly of despite their young age.

Jackson, an athletic 6-1 combo guard, is emerging as one of the top players in the country in the class of 2013 thanks to his scoring prowess, strength with the ball and slippery ball-handling. He showed off an array of moves in camp on the first day but also had a hard time converting at the rim. Nevertheless, he’s playing like a player that knows the bulls-eye is on him.

Strong, a charismatic point guard from Mays High School in Atlanta, showed off great vision and patience in the backcourt and made sure he found the right guys at the right times. He has a great burst to the basket and scored with a floater, reverse lay-up and pull up jumper in the paint.



There was a lot of chatter amongst the coaches and evaluators about the play of Clarence Williams, a 6-foot-6 combo forward from Marietta (Ga.). The class of 2013 prospect ran the floor very well, saw the floor and made the right passes while on the wing and rebounded with a purpose while manning the low blocks. His shot is still very much a work in progress but the raw prospect that he is will certainly raise some eyebrows over time.

Because of his constant hustle and focus, class of 2012 forward Tony Evans kept us looking at our roster sheet to see who he was. The same can be said for fellow 2012 prospect Charles Wilson-Fisher of Wheeler High School (Ga.).

One of the better shooters of the day was 2011 SG Adam Smith of Fayette County (Ga.) High School.

Stephen Biggs must have listened closely in the station work earlier in the day because the 6-foot-5 rising junior ran the pick and pop about as good as any big man on day one. He converted the open jumpers and stretched the defense with his play.

Our notes on class of 2012 prospect Shane Smith of Wesleyan High School were: “Smart player, makes the right play, never forces it, high percentage shooter.” In a camp setting, those are great compliments.


The top 20 and top 40 all-star game will be played tomorrow at Berkmar High School. The top 40 game will tip off at 2 p.m. The top 20 game will tip off at 3 p.m. The Ultimate Exposure Camp is NCAA sanctioned and open for college recruiters.


The Reebok Headliner Tryout Camp was a great experience for freshman Yonel Brown (Atlanta, Ga Berkmar HS).  Yonel is one of  the 4 players selected to represent Atlanta at the Reebok Breakout Camp in Dallas,Texas.

Yonel: ("As a player you always want to learn and compete against the best. I think Reebok has provided a platform for that and I'm going to make the best of it. At the Reebok Breakout Camp I plan to meet some people and have fun doing what I do, PLAY BASKETBALL!")


The Reebok Breakout Underclass Camp is one of the premier instructional and skill development camps in the country. This camp was intentionally designed for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors to give them the opportunity to hone their skills and “Break Out” on the national scene. While many camps simply run a series of games, games are of minimal importance at the Breakout and are only used at the end of camp to give players a chance to implement what they have learned in a real game setting. 42ae3375.jpg The Breakout camp “stations” have become legendary over the past few years, as many players have never experienced skill development like this before. The Breakout lead clinicians have years of experience in player development and instruction. They also hand select a staff of high school coaches that share the same passion for teaching the skills of the game as opposed to the X’s and O’s.In 2004, the high school graduating class of 2008 was the first group of players to participate in the Reebok Breakout Underclass Camp. Of that original group, seven have now gone on to be named McDonald’s All Americans this year. Those players include: Williams Buford (Toledo, OH Ohio State), Tyreke Evans (Chester, PA undecided), Sylvan Landesberg (Flushing, NY Virginia) Michael Rosario (Jersey City, NJ Rutgers), Demar DeRozan (Compton, CA USC), Brandon Jennings (Temecula, CA Arizona), and Malcolm Lee (Moreno Valley, CA UCLA).


Other notable players that have used the Reebok Breakout Camp as a stepping stone to national 42ae3619.jpg prominence include: Kenny Boynton, Renardo Sidney, Terrell Vinson, Henry Sims, Travon Woodall, Darius Miller, Chris Braswell, Darryl Bryant, Lance Stephenson, Dequan Jones, Reeves Nelson, Drew Gordon, Darius Norris, Mfon Udofia, Richard Howell, and Tyshawn Taylor. Several of these players followed up their Breakout appearances with invitations to the Reebok All American Camp where many of them turned in outstanding performances that led to increased rankings and scholarship opportunities.

In 2007, five players used the Reebok Breakout Underclass Camp, to earn an immediate to the Reebok All American Camp that very same year. Those players were Joe Jackson of Memphis, TN, Pe’Shon Howard of Cleveland, OH, Tristan Thompson of Toronto, ON, John Wall of Greensboro, NC and LeBryan Nash of Dallas, TX.

42ae3258.jpg Do you want to give yourself a chance to “Break Out” like the players above? The only guaranteed way to earn an invitation is through the Reebok Headliner Try Out Camp. (CLICK ON LINK)

The 2009 Reebok Breakout Underclass Camp is scheduled to take place June 19-21 at Southern Methodist University (SMU); SMU is a private university of 11000 students near the vibrant heart of 42ae3201.jpg Dallas.. Participants must provide their own transportation but all other expenses are covered including housing, food, equipment, apparel, shoes, and transportation to and from the airport.

Monday, June 22





Sunday, August 24

August 23, 2008

The third annual Boost Mobile Elite All-Star game shined at Harlem's famed Rucker's Park this Friday.

Lance Stephenson was the high scorer with 29pts.
It would be an exciting evening of hoops in the Mecca of New York City basketball. It would also be an evening where players from the NY/NJ/PA area rose to the occasion.

The event once again featured the nation's top 24 high school players from across the country regardless of sneaker affiliation. Before the game, the ESPN Rise All- American slam-dunk contested feature four players Dominic Cheek, Jordan Hamilton, Jeremy Tyler and Dexter Strickland. Strickland represented New Jersey well by easily winning the inaugural title with a one handed dunk with an assist pass from Cheek.

NJ's Dexter Strickland won the slam dunk competition
The game once again reached NBA numbers with Skip to My Lou team, coached by Chauncey Billups of the Detroit Pistons defeating the Goat team, coached by former NBA star, Kenny Anderson. The final score would be 135-121.

The co-MVP game title would go to Cheek of New Jersey and John Wall while Philadelphia's Maalik Wayns and Brooklyn, NY's Lance Stephenson were co-MVP for the Goat team. Stephenson, who said he wanted to break Brandon Jennings 23 assists record, was the games high scorer with 29 points, four rebounds, but only three assists.

For Skip to my Lou, Brooklyn's Doron Lamb was the second high scorer of the game with 25 points followed by Cheek with 23 points and 7 rebounds. New Yorker Durand Scott added 17 points and five rebounds for his Goat team while Derrick Favors scoring 16 points and 7 rebound for Skip to my Lou.

Monday, March 31

Lance Stephenson leads Lincoln to Class AA state title

Monday, March 31st 2008, 12:04 AM

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - Sylven Landsberg rose off the Holy Cross bench and gingerly walked to halfcourt to accept his award as the state's Mr. Basketball, but the moment was bittersweet.

Lincoln had just dismantled Holy Cross, 86-67, for its second straight New York State Federation Class AA championship Sunday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The matchup generated a lot of pregame buzz, as Landesberg promised he would go at Lincoln's Lance Stephenson. Early on, he did just that, defending Stephenson and refusing to back down from the Railsplitters' junior star.

But the game wound up being about Lincoln's frontcourt strength - in fact, the Railsplitters played their best with Stephenson on the bench.

When Stephenson dunked the ball after a play was whistled dead, he was hit with a technical foul and his second personal, sending him to the sideline with 1:07 remaining in the first quarter. He missed the entire second quarter, but it didn't matter.

Lincoln made a 26-13 run with Stephenson on the bench. Power forward Justin Greene took over, scoring eight of his 19 points in the quarter. He also finished with 10 rebounds. Darwin Ellis led Lincoln with 20 points and Khalif Staten added 14 on 6-of-6 shooting.

Stephenson thanked his teammates by finishing strong with 16 points and 12 rebounds to take home Federation MVP honors. He then kept the kudos coming for his teammates, especially Greene.

"Justin came a long way," Stephenson said. "I remember him my freshman year, he couldn't make a layup or make a free throw or do pushups. Now he's ready for war."

Greene and Stephenson ignited Lincoln's crashing of the boards, as the Railsplitters clobbered the Knights, 41-27, on the glass.

"Justin Greene and James Padgett are a handful," said Landesberg, who finished with a game-high 31 points. "It's hard stopping guys with that talent. That just shows their team is good without Lance. Even if Lance didn't play they would still be able to be in this position right now."

Lincoln's supporting cast has been strong all season long, including when the Railsplitters played the Knights in late January. Stephenson missed the entire second quarter then as well, but Lincoln still won in a rout. "When I came out (yesterday) I wasn't scared," Stephenson said. "I knew my teammates were going to come out and get this victory."

Lance Stephenson & Derrick Brown
Lance Stephenson Class of 2009 Lincoln High (Click on link)

March 19, 2008

Lance Stephenson Powers Lincoln HS to 3rd City Championship



There is little doubt that is what everyone at the Garden thought Sunday every time the 6-5 Stephenson touched the ball. Just as he had as a freshman and sophomore, Stephenson raised his game under the lights of the Garden. This time he led Lincoln to its third straight PSAL title and sixth in seven years. Lincoln beat Boys and Girls, 88-57, in front of a small and strictly monitored crowd.

"It gave me chills," Morton said. "It was like watching the second coming of Sebastian (Telfair). It's too bad he can't go straight from high school." The coach was referring to an NBA age minimum of 19 that was instituted in 2005.

Stephenson scored 27 points and had eight rebounds in 25 minutes. He scored inside on offensive rebounds and outside, finishing 3-of-7 on three-pointers.

"The thing with Lance is the bigger the stage, the better he plays," High School Basketball Index recruiting analyst Tom Konchalski said. "He likes the lights."

Stephenson admits he responds to the big-time feel of the championship game.

"I was so hyped before the game, I just wanted to get out there and destroy them, and get the game over with so my other teammates can see how the court feels," Stephenson said.

Lance has a chance at leading Lincoln High to a 4th straight City Championship next year, which is something Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair weren't able to do.  I know Rivals ranks Lance as the 4th best player in the 2009 rankings, but to me, he is the clear #1.  I'd take him over Renardo Sidney (current #1) any day of the week.  It's still a long-shot for Lance to come to SC, but until he starts cutting teams off of his list, I'll keep the possibility alive. 

2008 All County Team Selection Yonel Bro
Yonel Brown Selected To 2008 All County Team (Gwinnett)

Yonel Brown
Wednesday, February 13

Yonel Brown Visits UGA Campus For Team Practice (Sundiata Gaines UGA PG #2)




Stephon Marbury weeps at dad's funeral

Although he chose not to speak at his dad's funeral, Marbury's face told volumes about the grief he felt for the man whose love and nurturing taught him as much about life as basketball.

More than 700 mourners filled the Coney Island Gospel Assembly Church to say goodbye to Don Marbury, 68, who had a heart attack Sunday night while cheering on his son at Madison Square Garden.

"He was always there to make sure his son was okay," said George Merson of Coney Island, who first met Don Marbury 18 years ago at the Bedford YMCA gym. "He was very protective, always showing concern and love for Stephon."

Flowers, including a bouquet from movie director Spike Lee, filled the front of the church from wall to wall, a testament to the many lives Don Marbury touched as a neighbor, a friend, a U.S. Air Force veteran, a father of seven and a grandfather of 13.

Among the standing-room-only crowd were Stephon Marbury's teammates, team coach Isiah Thomas, Garden President Steve Mills and former Knicks stars John Starks and Allan Houston.

Also filling the church were countless young men and women who considered Don Marbury a mentor and a father figure in the Surfside Gardens housing project, which had many fatherless homes.

"Playing as a youngster, I remember him giving a lot of advice, telling me things to do and not to do on and off the court," said Derrick Brown, who went on to play for Providence College.

Just blocks from the church is the basketball court the senior Marbury called "The Garden," the outdoor classroom where he taught Stephon and his brothers to shoot for the stars.

All five of the Marbury boys played at local powerhouse Lincoln High School and went on to play college ball. Stephon, 30, made it all the way to the pros.

"If one of his sons was playing, then he was at one of those games," said Ron Naclerio, coach of the Cardozo High School basketball team. "The biggest problem he had was what happened when two or three of those sons were playing at the same time."

Don Marbury's daughter Stephanie brought mourners to their feet by belting out the gospel hymn "I Won't Complain."

A tearful Stephon Marbury and his brothers Don, Eric and Norman rushed up to the pulpit to hug their sister as she continued to sing.

Knicks players Malik Rose, David Lee and Jamal Crawford were among the pallbearers who carried Don Marbury's coffin to his final resting place at the Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, N.J.

"We're grieving with you," Rose, flanked by his teammates, told the Marbury children as they comforted their mother, Mabel, in the front row of the sanctuary.

"Words can't explain the pain that you're going through," Rose said. "We are going to continue to pray for you. Open up your hearts and continue to trust in God."



 Faces in the crowd: Nate Bucher, Ronald Wamer, Chris Bolden, Yonel Brown,

Tony Parker, Zach Weiner, Ryan Kiewit, Michael Bryant, Troy Taylor, Tariq Abdul.

Just to name a few....

NBA: Marbury's father dies after leaving game

 Steph buries his dad

Marbury and his son, Stephon Jr., with NYPD Community Affairs Officer John Navandro. Stephon's father will be remembered as a parent to the whole neighborhood.


Stephon Marbury's strange year became a sad one on Sunday, as his father, Don, died under unusual circumstances.

The elder Marbury was at Madison Square Garden as his son's Knicks hosted the Phoenix Suns. He was taken from the arena to nearby St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center at halftime, after he complained of chest pains. According to this Associated Press story, the point guard finished the game without knowing that his father had left the arena. He was informed of his father's death after the game by a family friend. No official cause of death has been determined.

On Monday, New York coach Isiah Thomas would not say how long Marbury would be away from the team.

RIP, Mr. Lou

A Coney Island mentor is remembered by pro baller Jamel Thomas.

Some of you saw the story that slamonline linked to yesterday about Robert “Mr. Lou,” Williams the Coney Island basketball coach/mentor who passed away while Stephon Marbury was in town after leaving the Knicks for 36 or so hours. Few CI products knew Mr. Lou better than Jamel Thomas, the former Providence star who had a brief NBA career and is now a star in Europe. Jamel also has a burgeoning writing career, and may be doing more with SLAM in the future. While no one wanted his debut to be an obituary of sorts, when he called me from Italy and asked if we would run a piece he’d written about Mr. Lou (whose funeral is today), I said of course. Read and learn.—Ben Osborne

By Jamel Thomas

I would like the opportunity to inform the world about a great man, who has touched my life and so many others in my community during his time here on earth. His name is Mr. Lou, and he is the one who is responsible for almost all the good and talented individuals that come from Coney Island. It’s because of real caring people like Mr. Lou that kids who grow up in harsh environments like the inner cities can have a chance to be somebody special in their lives. From the very first day I met him as a teenager, and all throughout my years of growing up into a man, Mr. Lou always found the time to make sure that I was doing good. I love this man like he was my father and I often thank God for blessing me with his presence in my life experiences. So there’s absolutely no way I could allow Mr. Lou to move on into his after-life, without letting people know who I strive to be like every morning I open my eyes and start my day.

The Gardener…

Since there were so many great basketball players that came out of Coney Island, I thought it was only right to represent my court— nicknamed ”The Garden” after the world’s famous arena Madison Square Garden—in the right way. First of all, there’s no way this basketball court would’ve became one of the most popular places in NYC if it wasn’t for a great man my family & friends call Mr. Lou. He was one of the wisest men out there teaching basketball and life skills to the kids throughout Coney Island for decades! In my opinion, although he didn’t plant the seeds there in The Garden…he definitely was the one who watched over us and made sure we grew into the most beautiful flowers we could be in life.

Mr. Lou has influenced a lot of talented guys and great basketball players like myself, Derrick (D Flight) Brown, my cousins Corey/Louis & Willie Johnson, Spice, Silk plus a lot of my friends like Daryl Flicking, Maurice Brown, Big James, Shawn Pratt, Reuben, Merk, Clay, 2-Sweet, Wayne, Arva, Perry, Paul, Billy, 2-Cent, Ed, Hardin a.k.a Bob, Wiz, Tim a.k.a KJ, Squeak, Moses, P-Free, Don Juan, Maine, House, Snoop, Mikey, Juice (r.i.p), John Quintana Sr. & Jr., Fufuss, Buck, Disco, Smooth, Dream(r.i.p), Strawberry, Vanilla & Chocolate(r.i.p), Bassy, Fludd, Slice and Tiny, Lil Vee, Sharaya, Norm Rich, Idris, Lunch Box, Breeze, Doyin, Tac, Mellow, Justice a.k.a Coney Island’s new ref, Ethan, Killy, Bumper, Slop, Speedy, Shake(from 2940), Lil Guy(r.i.p), Donald(Ed), Nick, June-bug, Dale, Jock, Scar, Smitty, Jim-Ski, Flash, Supa-Sed, Stephon, Juju & Don Marbury, Ezzo, Haron, Cee Cee, CB, Brodie, Dray(r.i.p), Tyrik, Pop and even more good dudes who came through to play some ball right there on our basketball court in Mermaid Housing Projects.

I want people to know that Mr. Lou gave us all the protection, guidance and motivation we needed to expand our minds, so we could grow up into decent young men and women. This is a man who didn’t have to give any of us his time or positive energy and yet he continued to bless us with his wisdom as often as possible. So this is why I think it is only right that The Garden be officially dedicated to Mr. Lou…Coney Island’s very own faithful Gardener.

Now imagine what I’m actually saying to you about this great man, because I want you to be very clear on why I have so much love and respect for him. He didn’t get paid by anybody to work with us at The Garden, but he was there everyday after his real job as if he was going to be compensated for his valuable time. He even extended himself to the guys who were out there hustling and dealing drugs since some of them had skills on the court too. I bet he did that to try and talk them into changing their ways, so they wouldn’t ruin their lives or even lose them more importantly. I guess those types of guys were like weeds trying to grow in The Garden and like the hard-working Gardener he was…he was busy trying to pull them up.

Now are you getting a better understanding of what I am saying about Mr. Lou? He wasn’t playing no games out there being a father-figure to a lot of the kids growing up in Coney Island. He could already see their was a lack of good parenting and attention that kids like myself really needed while we was trying to live in a tough environment like my hood. I wonder sometimes how he may have felt to see a young girl or boy get beat-up, shot or killed around The Garden when he was trying so hard everyday to help them grow. Still I guess he was able to deal with that, because it didn’t discourage or make him give up on his preciousl little flowers. Can you imagine what kind of heart Mr. Lou has that allowed him to try and raise generations of children in Coney Island through basketball? Well that’s why I consider him to be one of the Good Guys, because they say those are the ones who always finish last…well not this time…he’s coming in first place every time in my book!

We definitely owe this man a lot of recognition, respect, honor and love in return for his positive energy that almost never seemed to burn out. I know a lot of parents who left their kids outside to play and didn’t even know their children were being watched by one of God’s angels, until it was time to go upstairs and get ready for bed. The last time I checked that was called baby-sitting and nobody ever asked him to do that. So you have to give it up to Mr. Lou for using the quality time he could’ve been spending with his own wife and kids, on us just because he figured we needed it. If I had to think about what his name means it would go something like this…Mr. LOU: Loving OTHERS Unconditionally. There’s no doubt in my mind that I want to be just like him as I become more of a mature man in my life. I can see a lot of my ways comes from this man, because deep down inside I really just love helping OTHER people and no I don’t look for anything in return…well just some recognition to be honest. It’s just a great feeling when you know the help you offer to people is appreciated, so to Mr. Lou…all this love is just for you!

· Thank you for all the time you gave
· Thank you for teaching us how to behave…
· Thank you for watching over us
· Thank you for offering your support and trust…
· Thank you for being the man you are
· Thank you for encouraging us to go real far…
· Thank you for giving your precious time
· Thank you for preventing violence and crime…
· Thank you for all those important lessons
· Thank you for dealing with the Smith & Wessons…
· Thank you for opening up your heart
· Thank you for being there right from the start…
· Thank you for great advice on the court
· Thank you for showing us you can’t be bought…
· Thank you for spreading so much love
· Thank you for being like the one above…
· Thank you for all your countless hours
· Thank you for watering all your beautiful flowers…

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you so much for Loving Others Unconditionally!


Through the Fire: This sports doc follows Sebastian Telfair, a Coney Island high-school basketball prodigy, as he skips college to head straight to the NBA. 

 He Got Game is a 1998 drama-sports film directed by Spike Lee starring Denzel Washington and Ray Allen as a father and son trying to reconcile on the eve of the son's graduation from a Coney Island high school, and under pressure to decide which college basketball scholarship offer he will accept.









Derrick Brown, Norm Richardson,Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair,Jamel Thomas,Chris Taft,Quincy Douby, Lance Stephenson, Dwayne "TINY" Morton just to name a few... These are all products of this enviroment.
This celebrations is held every year in memory of STEVEN "BRO" RODRIGUEZ. This memorial is in its 11th year and it continues to bring the best out in basketball. Coney Island is known for producing some very tough players and they look forward to competing against who ever decides to show up on this special day... Carey Gardens 23rd and Surf has had some of the top players in the country grace these courts for this event. This section of Brooklyn is set all to itself on the water and the people here are very close and protecting. This is a community that really gets behind their product... Over the past couple of years Coney Island has produce some all star prep players along with some NBA draft picks. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!!!!





Chris Taft
Chris Taft (Click on link for video)

'''Chris Taft''' another Coney Island neighborhood kid (born March 10 1985 in Brooklyn, New York) is an NBA player. Chris Taft is 6'10", and weighs 261 pounds according to the Golden State Warriors

NCAA career

Chris Taft played his short college career at the University of Pittsburgh after graduating from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn. Taft had a very strong freshmen season in which he won the Big East Conference Rookie of the Year Award, many believed he would have a very strong career at Pittsburgh. He set the all-time Pittsburgh season record for field goals made as a freshmen (162). As a freshman, Taft earned Third Team All Big East Honors.

After returning to the team for the 2004-2005 season, scouts projected Chris Taft to have another spectacular season. In 2004-2005, Taft averaged 26.5 minutes per game, 13.3 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, 1.7 blocks per game, and shot 58.5% from the field. Taft had a great statistical season, but did have some struggles. Many scouts criticized Taft for "not trying" and not playing to his full potential. Taft also had trouble shooting free throws, which hurt Pitt down the stretch, especially in close games, like the loss to the Bucknell Bison in the non-conference season. After Pitt gained another berth into the NCAA Tournament as a 9 seed where Pitt suffered a loss to the University of the Pacific in the first round, Taft announced his entry into the 2005 NBA Draft. Shortly after announcing his departure from Pitt, Taft hired an agent and indefinetely lost his NCAA eligibility. Taft went to the Chicago Annual Predraft Camp which began his post-college career.

NBA career

Chris Taft entered the NBA draft as a projected first rounder, but he fell into the second round; picked by the Golden State Warriors 42nd overall.

Taft recently finished his rookie season for Golden State. Taft played in only 17 games last season as a result of back spasms -- suffered in a summer league game while landing after dunking -- that ended his season in early January. In the limited playing time, Chris averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 8.5 minutes a game.

Norm Richardson
Position: G
Height: 6' 5'' Weight: 200
Born: In Coney Island Brooklyn, NY, USA
High School: William E. Grady, in Brooklyn, NY
College: Hofstra University
Professional: NBA,Italy & France


Named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press as a senior.
Named America East Conference Player of the Year as a senior in a vote of conference coaches.
Also a First Team All-America East and First Team NABC All-District II selection.
Finished career as Hofstra's sixth all-time leading scorer with 1,677 points.
Made most three-pointers in school history (192).
Helped team to NCAA Tournament each of last two seasons.
At Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, averaged 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals in 25 minutes.

As a senior, led Hofstra in scoring (16.7 ppg).
Also averaged 6.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Scored a game-high 20 points in the America East Championship win over Delaware.
Scored 12 points vs. UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Scored a career-high 34 points in an 89-83 OT win over Maine.
Followed up that performance with 17 points and career-high 16 rebounds in win over New Hampshire.
Tallied 22 points in Hofstra's first win over local rival St. John's.
Made 16 of 18 free throws in a win over Maine.

As a junior, finished second on the team in scoring (16.2 ppg) to Speedy Claxton (Philadelphia 76ers).
Also averaged 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
Named Second Team All-America East and All-Metropolitan Second Team.
Led Hofstra with 65 three-pointers.
Scored in double figures in 29 games.
Led the team in scoring on 10 occasions.
Scored 27 points in a win over conference rival Delaware.
Scored a game-high 26 points, including 20 in the second half, in the America East championship win over Delaware.
Scored 20 points in first round NCAA Tournament loss to Oklahoma State.
Scored 23 points vs. Rutgers and 20 vs. Fordham, earning MVP of the ECAC Holiday Festival.

As a sophomore, named Second Team All-America East.
Led the team in scoring with 13.9 ppg.
Also averaged 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
Led the team with 59 three-pointers.
Led team in scoring 14 times.
Scored a season-high 25 points vs. Northeastern and 25 points vs. Vermont in the America East Tournament.
Scored a team-high 23 points in win over Georgia Tech.
Scored 20 points at Maryland.
Led team with 16 points vs. Hartford, St. John's and Penn.

As a freshman, played in all 31 games, with 14 starts.
Averaged 8.7 ppg and 3.8 rpg.
Scored a season-high 23 points vs. Colgate.
Averaged 10.0 ppg and 4.2 rpg in conference play.

1997-98 31 107 261 .410 30 59 .508 118 47 270 8.7
1998-99 29 143 348 .411 58 93 .624 152 51 403 13.9
1999-00 30 174 424 .410 74 93 .796 143 66 487 16.2
2000-01 31 161 393 .410 153 208 .736 185 86 517 16.7
TOTALS 121 585 1426 .410 315 453 .695 598 250 1677 13.9
Three-point field goals: 1997-98, 26-for-93 (.280); 1998-99, 59-for-151 (.391); 1999-00, 65-for-184 (.353), 2000-01, 42-for-129 (.326). Totals: 192-for-557 (.345).




Selected by Sacramento as an undergraduate out of Rutgers with the 19th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft … Signed a multi-year contract with the Kings (7/3/06) … Is the sixth player in franchise history to don number 8 … Only Rutgers player ever drafted by the Kings … First Rutgers player selected in the first round of the NBA Draft since 1983 (Roy Hinson) … One of nine early entry candidates selected by Sacramento in the first round over the past 11 NBA Drafts (others - Corliss Williamson in 1995, Peja Stojakovic in 1996, Tariq Abdul-Wahad [formerly Olivier Saint-Jean] in 1997, Jason Williams in 1998, Hedo Turkoglu in 2000, Gerald Wallace in 2001, Kevin Martin in 2004, and Francisco Garcia in 2005) … 2006 Toshiba Vegas Summer League (TVSL): Averaged 13.3 ppg (.436 FG%, .400 3pt%, .765 FT%), 2.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, and 1.00 spg in four games … Ranked 15th in the LVSL in assists … Scored 10-plus points in three contests and 20 or more points once … Led the team in assists on two occasions … Tallied 20 points (6-10 FG, 2-3 3pt, 6-6 FT), two rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 30 minutes vs. Toronto (7/9) … Scored 14 points (4-10 FG, 1-4 3pt, 5-5 FT) to accompany three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 24 minutes vs. New Orleans (7/7).

Averaged 25.4 ppg (.462 FG%, .401 3pt%, .847 FT%), 4.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, and 1.76 spg in starting all 33 games he played as a junior for the Scarlet Knights … Led the Big East Conference and finished sixth nationally in scoring, earning First-Team All-Big East honors, the Haggerty Award as the All-Met Division I College Player of the Year, and All American accolades from Associated Press (Honorable Mention) … Also named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association District II Player of the Year … Scored a career-high and Carrier Dome record 41 points (15-32 FG, 9-17 3pt, 2-2 FT) at Syracuse (2/1/06) … Named Big East and National Player of the Week after posting 36 points (12-20 FG, 4-8 3pt, 8-10 FT), 11 rebounds, and three steals in a win at St. Mary’s (12/3/05) … Named to the Big-East honor roll on 10 occasions, more than any player in the conference … Scored in double-digits in every game, including 20 or more points in 24 of Rutgers’ final 29 contests.

Averaged 17.8 ppg (.432 FG%, .393 3pt%, .820 FT%), 2.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, and 1.27 spg in 95 games (started 64) … Finished career ranked sixth in Rutgers history in scoring and holds the school record for points scored in a single season (839 in 2005-06) … Ranks second in Knights’ annals in career three pointers made (251) and attempted (646), eighth in field goals made (581), seventh in field goals attempted (1,344), fifth in three-point percentage, sixth in free throw percentage, and 11th in steals (119) … Led the team and finished 11th in the conference in scoring and assists after averaging 15.1 ppg and 3.6 apg as a sophomore (2004-05) … Reached double-figures in scoring in 25 of 29 games, including three straight 20-plus point performances against Charlotte, St. Mary’s, and Penn State to open his sophomore campaign … Tied a Rutgers single-game record with eight three-point field goals vs. Arkansas- Monticello … Played in 33 games (started 5) as a freshman (2003-04), averaging 12.5 ppg (.425 FG%, .426 3pt%, .826 FT%), 1.9 rpg, and 1.7 apg … Earned Big East Rookie of the Week honors on three occasions … Posted double-digits in scoring 20 times and tallied 20 or more points in five games … Set the school record for points by a freshman with 35 vs. Iowa State in a 2004 NIT Semifinal victory … His .426 shooting from three-point range ranks sixth on the Rutgers all-time single season list.

Dubbed “the best long-range shooter in the class of 2003” and rated the No. 6 shooting guard in the nation by as a fifth-year senior at Thomas More Prep in Brooklyn (2002-03), where he averaged 20.6 ppg … Played one season at Grady High School in Brooklyn (2001-02) where he led the New York City Public School Athletic League in scoring at 35.6 ppg … Named First-Team All PSAL by the NY Daily News and NY Post after eclipsing the 60-point mark on two occasions during the 2001-02 season, including one game in which he shot 18-of-21 from three-point range.


DERRICK BROWN (Providence College) AND BROTHER NORMAN RICHARDSON (Hofstra University ) IN THEIR COLLEGE YEARS..(Click on link)

Brown dominates as PC topples Duke
By Joe Macenka, Associated Press writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Duke Blue Devils had a hard time putting into words how dominant Derrick Brown was against them Sunday. Providence coach Pete Gillen didn't.
"He's a warrior," Gillen said after Brown had a career-high 33 points to send the Friars to a 98-87 victory over Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament's Southeast Regional. "He gets that tunnel vision in his eyes and it doesn't matter if the Russian Army is in front of him. He's going to shoot. He wouldn't be denied today."
Brown, who made 12 of 16 field-goal attempts and had 10 rebounds, helped the Friars overcome foul trouble by first-team all-Big East forward Austin Croshere.

"I can't think of an adjective to describe Brown," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Today he was a great player. We lost him at times. Brown was just everywhere."
Tenth-seeded Providence (23-11) advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since the 1987 Friars made it to the Final Four.
"I just think our kids were possessed. This was our chance," Gillen said. "We're in Camelot, and we want to stay around another week."
Second-seeded Duke (24-9) was looking for a chance at its eighth Final Four berth in 17 years under Krzyzewski. Instead, the Blue Devils failed to make the round of 16 for the fourth time in five years.
Jeff Capel closed his Duke career with 26 points, including 19 in the second half.
"It hurts to even think that I'll never be able to play with these guys again, to think that I'll never be able to wear the Duke uniform again," said Capel, one of several Duke players in tears after the game. "I don't want to take it off right now."
Croshere, coming off a career-high 39 points in an opening-round victory over Marquette, found the going much tougher Sunday, when he spent four-plus minutes on the bench in each half because of foul problems. Croshere wound up with 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including a pair of airballs on 3-point attempts and a baseline jumper that banged off the side of the backboard.
But his troubles were eased by the performance of Brown, a 6-foot-6 senior who joined Providence as a junior-college transfer and needed just two seasons to score 1,000 points for the Friars.
"He's always pursuing the ball," Capel said. "He's a garbage man, and I mean that as a huge compliment. He does it as good as anybody we've played all year. Croshere may get the accolades, but Derrick Brown was their best player today."
Rebounding continued to be a problem for the Blue Devils, who came in having won nine of 12 since switching to a smaller lineup in late January. Providence had a 43-24 edge on the boards. The Friars had 15 offensive rebounds, including six by Brown.
"I never thought about going to a bigger lineup," Krzyzewski said. "If that's why we lost, it's my responsibility. It's my responsibility anyway, but if that's the reason, then I take full responsibility."
Croshere picked up his second personal foul less than seven minutes into the contest. He was assessed his fourth on a charging call with 16:14 remaining in the game and went to the bench.
Croshere came back in with 11:57 left and the Friars leading by a point. Providence responded with an 11-5 run, getting a layup and two rebounds by Brown in the surge, to go up 72-65, the Friars' biggest lead to that stage.
But Capel hit a 3-pointer to start a 9-2 run for the Blue Devils. Capel added two more baskets in the surge, which tied it at 74 with 5:34 remaining.
Croshere put the Friars ahead to stay when he banked in a 14-footer from the right wing at the 5:13 mark. The basket started an 11-1 run that decided it.
Brown followed with a layup on a difficult pass across the lane by Jamel Thomas, and Brown capped the run with a fast-break layup that made it 85-75 with 2:50 left.
The Blue Devils got no closer than six the rest of the way.
Thomas added 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and the Friars also got 12 points and nine assists from God Shammgod.
Trajan Langdon and Roshown McLeod contributed 15 apiece for Duke and Chris Carrawell had 12.

Photos by The Associated Press
Top: Derrick Brown, slamming one home near the end of the game, was the big man in Providence's stunning victory over second-seeded Duke. Brown led all scorers with 33 points...


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