Black Girl Magic: Dawn Staley Breaks Down Another Barrier for Women of Color

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Last night as I watched the Women’s National Championship game I was intrigued by the multitude of match ups prevalent in the game. The giant killer Mississippi State (who knocked off UConn) and the juggernaut South Carolina Lady Gamecocks were going to square off for the third time of the season. Several factors made this game unique:

  1. Both teams were from the same conference. It happens sometimes but very rarely do you get teams who are from the same conference in a National Championship game.
  2. Mississippi State has never won a national championship of any kind in any sport.
  3. South Carolina had never won a women’s national championship.
  4. Both coaches were competing to win their first ever national championship.
  5. Dawn Staley was trying to become the second African-American female to ever win a national championship in women’s hoops.

I was excited for both teams but the fact that Dawn Staley was coaching the Gamecocks Continue reading

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The Making of an HBCU Division I National Champion: Can It Be Done

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Yesterday my homie Kenny Masenda and I came up with this theory of how an HBCU could actually win the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. In theory it sounds so ridiculous but in reality it’s all about selling the dream.  All it will take is 3 5 star players committing to come to the right program and balling with a coach who can lead them. Look at it like Jalen Rose, Chris Weber, and Juwan Howard coming to any HBCU as a group and pairing with the one or two legit ballers that were able to sneak throug the cracks. I used the three members of the fab 5 as examples because that was their initial plan but for some reason they decided on Michigan instead of an HBCU last minute. The question is…. What is it going to take to get those 5 star kids who are already going to the NBA regardless to consider an HBCU and make this a reality?

As we made our way through the information there were a few things that were stated as constants. Continue reading

The Best White Basketball Players in the NBA 2016-2017

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The other day we were watching NBA games and realized that there just weren’t many white players on the court. Even looking at the teams benches, it became apparent that there just aren’t that many white players in the NBA. Most of the white players in the NBA who contribute at a high level are not of American decent.

Looking closer, I got more interested in who were the top white players in the NBA. Here is the Top 10 list that I came up with. Continue reading

CIAA Sold Its Soul With Nothing To Show For It

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A few times in our lives we get a chance to stand for something great. Whether it be something political, moral, or something that provides self gratification. Sometimes we have to let go of something we love in order for the stance to take on the meaning in which we intended.

The CIAA Tournament is a tournament of pageantry, tradition and celebration. While attending the CIAA Tournament you are guaranteed to find yourself in a good time. Fun ranges from step shows, concert entertainment, to day parties and fish fries within minutes of the basketball action. Continue reading

Who’s The Next King of the NBA

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Every few seasons the king of the NBA or dueling kings of the NBA have to pass the torch to the next in line to control the way the NBA is viewed. Every era has had its king or dueling kings. Go back to the 70’s and it was Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.

The 80’s brought us Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and if Julius Erivng hadn’t been late to the party, there’s a very good chance he might have been able to have a say so in that argument as well. The 90’s brought us Michael Jordan. Jordan stood alone on the throne but there were several who would have been able to claim it, had his airness not been so dominant during that era.

The turn of the Century brought us Kobe and Tim Duncan. Continue reading

Recognizing Greatness

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There are only so many chances in life to witness greatness. You aren’t really sure at first if you’re watching it until you can’t stop finding a reason to look. I’ve seen greatness in spells in my lifetime. I saw Muhammad Ali defy the odds, I saw Mike Tyson for 3 years be as unstoppable as a man can be. I remember watching Kareem with the sky hook make the greatest defenders of all time look like mere mortals.

As I’ve gotten older, I can appreciate the great athletes and what they bring to the table. Barry Sanders comes to mind when I think of a person who has done the most with less. Michael Jordan comes to mind when I think of one man who when surrounded by a great cast can put on an epic show that is undeniable. However the latest additions to legendary status in my opinion are Lebron James and Tom Brady. Continue reading

Getting The Exposure You Deserve As a Prospective Student Athlete Pt. 1

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Many student athletes aspire to play college athletics but aren’t really sure where they fit. Many don’t know how to get the attention of the schools they wish to attend or the attention of any school at all for that matter. So many families waste countless time and money on recruiting methods that simply don’t work.

Getting recruited by a college or university is a very distinct process. There are thousands of college programs that offer financial assistance to prospective student athletes. The process is beginning at younger ages now but it isn’t really a process that can be finalized until an official letter of intent has been drawn up and signed by the individual being recruited. Too many times we see prospective student athletes narrowing their focus to one or two schools and often times, their skills aren’t on the level that would offer them financial assistance to the institutions they desire to attend.  Continue reading