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2014 All-Star Classic summary




Here is snapshot of the 21st Annual Inner City All-Star Classic played at Schoenecker Arena on the University of St. Thomas Campus a couple of weeks ago. The game features some of the metro area’s top graduating girls’ and boys’ basketball players.  

Boys’ game

Team Wisdom — Coach: Larry McKenzie (North ) —Jeff Jones (Minneapolis Washburn), John Sabaski (Prior Lake), Andre Wallace (Eden Prairie), Wheeler Baker (Osseo), Kamali Chambers (Hopkins), Rayeon Williams (St. Paul Central), Markus Taylor Knighten (St. Continue Reading →

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Elite Youth Basketball draws notables

The Howard Pulley Panthers 17U boys’ basketball team, led by SACAR ANIM (DeLaSalle), BROCK BERTRAM (Apple Valley), BJORN BROMAN (Lakeview Christian), AMIR COFFEY (Hopkins), JOSH COLLINS (DeLaSalle), ALEX ILLIKAINEN (Grand Rapids), JARVIS JOHNSON (DeLaSalle), SAM NEUMANN (Cretin-Derham Hall), BRADY REINKE (Prairie Seed Academy), JOE ROSGA (Cretin-Derham Hall) and DANIEL PRILLO (Sioux City, IA-North), recently qualified for the Peach Jam tournament in July by posting a 4-1 record at the fourth and final session of the 2014 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) held at the High Performance Academy in Eagan last weekend. The Panthers, who are coached by ANTWAN HARRIS and DEDRICK JENKINS, defeated the New York Lightning (60-58), Baltimore Elite (77-55), Northwest Express (70-64), and the New York Express (70-64) while losing to King James Shooting (74-70).  


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Here are some people worth a mention who were spotted during the final session. RENE PULLEY — The executive director and CEO of Howard Pulley since 1985 has developed one of the country’s premier AAU programs.

GEORGE RAVELING — The former Washington State, Iowa, USC and Olympic coach, now Nike’s director of international basketball, was the first African American head coach in the PAC 8 Conference. ANFERNEE HARDAWAY — The former Memphis State and NBA All-Star was in Eagan coaching Memphis, Tennessee-based Team Penny. Continue Reading →

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2014 All-Star Classic lineup

According to DEREK REUBEN, director of the Inner City All-Star Classic, the rosters are set for the annual boys’ and girls’ basketball contests featuring the metro area’s top seniors. Reuben, who was named the state’s Mr. Basketball after an outstanding career at Minneapolis North, started the boys’ game in 1994 with then-teammate and friend RALPH CROWDER. At the urging and persistence of the late community and sports activist KWAME MCDONALD, a girls’ game was added in 2001.  

This year’s Inner City All-Star Classic will be held Sunday, June 8, at the University of St. Thomas. Continue Reading →

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A little African American history for you prep sports fans!








Since 1975, 42 individuals in 40 years have been recognized as the state’s best players by being named Mr. Basketball (the honor was shared in 1979 and 1998). Of the 42 winners, 15 (36 percent) are African Americans. Here they are with a brief synopsis of their high school accomplishments. GREG DOWNING (Duluth Central, 1979): The 6’-3” guard led the Trojans to the Class AA state crown his senior year. He shared the award with Randy Bruer of Lake City. Continue Reading →

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A new era of North-Central rivalry?

At the conclusion of St. Paul Central’s 52-51 nonconference boys’ basketball victory over Minneapolis North, DEREK REUBEN and JURIAD HUGHES expressed excitement. “The rivalry is back,” said Reuben. “You know I had to come see this game,” said Hughes, smiling. For both, and for the capacity crowd that witnessed the contest, it was a chance to flash back to a time when the mere mention of Minneapolis North playing St. Continue Reading →

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Hoops superstar Tayler Hill gives back to South High

Former Minneapolis South girls’ basketball superstar TAYLER HILL, who recently finished her first season as a guard for the WNBA Washington Mystics, gave a free basketball clinic for girls ages 6-14 at her alma mater a couple of weeks ago. Hill, a 5’-10” guard, is among the most decorated high school players (boy or girl) in Minnesota history. After culminating a five-year varsity career with a Class 4A state championship, Metro Player of the Year,

Gatorade Player of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year, and Miss Basketball, Hill accepted a scholarship offer from Ohio State University. After a stellar four-year career in which she earned First Team All-Big Ten honors, she was the fourth overall pick in the WNBA draft last spring. Hill comes from quite the basketball family. Continue Reading →

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Top prep hoopsters vie for All-Star Classic honors


The 20th Annual Inner City All-Star Classic (ICASC), a basketball event held at the University of St. Thomas last Sunday, was certainly one to remember. The event featured the top girls and boys prep basketball players from the Class of 2013.  

Girls’ game

SADE CHATMAN (St. Paul Central) led the way with 19 points, (DeLaSalle) added 16, and TAYLOR CUNNIGHAM (St. Continue Reading →

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Inner City All-Star Classic started as single game, now an annual event



The 20th Annual Inner City All-Star Classic is set for Sunday, June 16 on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. The game features some of the top senior girls’ and boys’ basketball players of color in the metro area. The idea started as a one-game protest. Minneapolis Washburn, with AARON BOONE, BYRON SUTTLES, AKEEM CARPENTER, ERIC MINEA and ANDRAE PATTERSON, had just captured the 1994 Class AA title. Continue Reading →

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Top preps of yesteryear — where are they now?

ROYCE WHITE (DeLaSalle/Hopkins): The first-round NBA draft choice from Iowa State is in Las Vegas playing for the Houston Rockets. KAMMRON TAYLOR (Minneapolis North): The 6-2 guard, who led Minneapolis North to the 2003 Class 4A state boys’ basketball title before going on to star at the University of Wisconsin, is playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. JORDAN TAYLOR (Benilde-St. Margaret’s): The 6-1 guard from the University of Wisconsin is playing for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA summer league. LAMONT MACK (St. Continue Reading →

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First Annual All Star Classic a success






BRIAN SANDIFER wanted to reunite the young African American boys’ basketball players who made the mark in the metro area over the past decade. The former football/basketball standout and Saint Agnes graduate (1986) did just that by holding the First Annual All Star Classic at Concordia University last Sunday afternoon. Sandifer, CEO of GRASSROOTS Youth Foundation, coordinated the successful event by inviting a who’s who of past outstanding prep players to participate. There were a few players who stood out. ROOSEVELT SCOTT (St. Continue Reading →

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