Lots of big names made it to Thomas Jefferson Dec. 23 for the big triple-header, which also included a big Neumann-Goretti win over Abington. Villanova coach Jay Wright was there. Temple coach Fran Dunphy and St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli were present as well. Former NBAers Lynn Greer and Marc Jackson were roaming the area. So was 2018 Heisman Trophy candidate De’Andre Swift, the star of the Georgia Bulldogs football team that will be playing on New Years Day in the Rose Bowl, with a chance to play for a national championship.

“I loved everything about Georgia the second I got there for my visit,” said Swift, a 2017 graduate of St, Joseph’s Prep. “I like the camaraderie of the team and coaches and the culture there. I can be a regular student and do my thing in the classroom and concentrate on one day at a time, one game at a time. I like the atmosphere down there. It’s a lot of excitement and pressure but I feel comfortable.”

Swift said he is happy to see so many Philadelphia area kids reaching their potential in academics and athletics. “I think events like this and watching my football team win another state championship at Prep is great,” he said. “The kids in Philly should have a lot of opportunities and I am glad to see so many good things happening here in my hometown. I think St. Joseph’s Prep helped me in so many ways to become a man and to learn life skills. I see a lot of that going on with so many others in the area, too. That is something I am happy to see.”


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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