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Hoops Stars Unite


High hope for championship victories are shared by many teams

(Photo Left) Area high school boy's basketball standout stars. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

The 13th Annual Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics Photo and Video shoot featured dozens of Division I boys and girls prospects at Chestnut Hill College on Oct. 29. Among top boys teams represented were: Neumann-Goretti, Abington, Plymouth Whitemarsh, Archbishop Carroll, Roman Catholic, Shipley, Malvern, and nationally-ranked Imhotep Charter. Top girls teams included: Archbishop Wood, Sanford (Del.), Archbishop Carroll, Central Bucks West, Neumann-Goretti, Shipley, and Archbishop Prendergast. The pictures and videos will be used for the company’s annual program book, television commercials, website, and YouTube channels.

One of the more familiar names among the 160 boys and girls walking around the college gym was Chris Arcidiacono. He is now a senior star at Neshaminy and the younger brother of the Chicago Bulls’ Ryan Arcidiacono. The latest “Arch” to emerge on the boys’ scene is excited for Neshaminy’s season. “I think we can do well and make the states,” he said. “Our goals have not changed. We want to go as far as we can as a team. We are looking forward to it.” Arcidiacono was excited to be showcased both in the spring and summer with AAU program Philly Pride and now with his high school team in the fall and winter. “It’s a thrill and definitely very exciting to play in the Play-by-Play Classic this year. We have Lower Merion in the Kobe Bryant Gym. The whole team is looking forward to it. I think being around all these great players today is a good thing for us; we love the tough competition and see how we measure up against the top competition in this area. I also look forward to playing against all these great players I see here taking pictures and being in the videos.”

Chris is proud of older brother Ryan, who made it to the NBA this year, after playing with San Antonio’s developmental team last season. “It’s very exciting to see him in the NBA and to watch the journey he took and all the hard work it took to make it as far as he has. I am very proud. My family is excited to see how successful he has been everywhere he has gone. It certainly has inspired me.”

His cousin Bridget is a star player for Archbishop Wood’s girls’ basketball team. She was also at the photo shoot. In fact, many generations of his family have played Division I sports over the last 40 years. “It’s pretty cool to be part of this athletic family,” he said. “I have watched many of my family members play different sports and it’s always a source of pride. I have so many [immediate] family members [and] cousins close by over the years to watch, play and grow close with. It’s a special thing to be part of.”

Jyare Davis, a sophomore at Sanford (Del.) is one of the most unsung stars in the area, and was one of the most talented players at Chestnut Hill College as well. He, along with Roman Catholic’s Lynn Greer, are arguably the two best sophomores in the area. “I love coming here for the photo shoot and seeing all of Philly’s best players,” he said. “We think we’re going to have a good year, we always want to win state titles at Sanford and hopefully we can do it. That’s the plan.” As for his high ranking, some pundits rate him in the top 25 of the sophomore class. “I can’t let that get to me,” he said. “I try not to think about it. I am just trying to be the best player and teammate I can be. I’m only a sophomore so there’s so much basketball ahead of me and so much to accomplish and work on.” Sanford plays Chester in the Rondae Jefferson Play-by-Play Classic Dec. 22 at Chester.

Abington and Plymouth Whitemarsh players were confidant and well represented. “We are the best team in the state,” said PW’s Ahmad Williams. Not surprisingly, Abington’s Eric Dixon, a highly touted junior big man, feels the same way. “We’re hoping to win everything we can, including the states. We have a great team back this year.”

 

Hoops Stars Unite
Jeremy Treatman - Contributor

Jeremy Treatman is the founder and co-director of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics and Sports Broadcasting Camps. Over 50 NBA players, including Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Rajon Rondo played in his events when they were in high school. Jeremy wrote high school sports for the INQUIRER for 10 years, and was the first TV reporter for the HIgh School Sports Show on Channel 29 from 1994-2001. He currently is Comcast's announcer for all high school games.

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