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Daily News Public League playoff preview

Expect plenty of intense competition in the upcoming Public League season.

DISTRAUGHT over the playoff-less plight of your professional sports teams? Don't fret, Philadelphia.

There are always playoffs in high school sports! And this season, Public League basketball should offer some intense competition.

Plenty of regular-season action remains, but defending Pub champ Martin Luther King is off to a strong start behind returning guards Sammy Foreman and Jabri McCall, with 6-8 Roxborough transfer Tyere Marshall patrolling the middle.

Constitution, Pub runner-up and defending Class AA state champ, returns with a talented group, most of whom have played together since freshman year.

Led by seniors Ahmad "J.R." Gilbert (George Mason, forward) and Kimar Williams (guard), the Generals (now Class A) look to avenge a 46-44 loss to King after a Gilbert three at the buzzer fell just short.

Also in the Pub's Division A mix will be Imhotep (Class AAA), Math, Civics and Sciences (A), Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charters (AAA) and Del-Val (AAA), all charter schools.

It appears we'll have an up-for-grabs situation in AA play.

Boys' Latin (AAA) is off and running in Division B, but also watch out for George Washington (AAAA). The Eagles are led by talented 6-6 wing Charles Brown, who will get help from Northeast transfer guard Elmange Watson among others.

There are 60 teams this season, and the new coaches are: Lou Williams (Murrell Dobbins), Leigh Pesko (Olney), Troy Holiday (Southern), Rendell Ivory (Overbrook), Shon Wright (Mariana Bracetti), Joe Gifford (Edison), Greg Green (Penn Treaty), Shawn Beckett (Parkway Northwest) and Sean Riley (Tacony Academy).


(Despite several attempts, coaches from Audenried, Maritime, Parkway Northwest and Penn Treaty could not be reached for this preview. Philadelphia Academy submitted incomplete information.)



Coach: Rob Moore, 6th year. Education: Bodine, Temple. Career: 114-37.

Last year: 20-7, 8-2.

Savvy seven: Ahmad Gilbert, 6-7, F; Chad Andrews-Fulton, 6-7, F; Kimar Williams, 5-10, G; Akeem King, 6-0, G; Haneef Vaughn, 6-0, G; Anthony Satchell, 6-0, G; Nasir Randolph, 5-10, G.

Moore's comment: "We're really looking forward to capitalizing on all the time and development we've had for 4 years and proud that our top seven all started and will finish at Constitution. The kids are focused and ready to accomplish all goals set."


Coach: Jason Harrigan, 5th year. Education: Burlington City (N.J.), Florida A&M. Career: 54-46.

Last year: 19-8, 11-2

Savvy seven: Dashon Giddings, 6-3, G; Karl Lewis, 6-4, F; Bysil Northern, 6-0, G; Dymir Logan, 6-7, F; Saadiq Harris, 6-5, F; Makhi Morris, 6-1, G; Jermaine Lucas, 6-0, G.

Harrigan's comment: "Not much to say. We'll let our play on the court speak for us."


Coach: Andre Noble, 9th year. Education: Boston Latin (Mass.), Lincoln. Career: 187-46.

Last year: 20-7, 8-2.

Savvy seven: Devin Liggeons, 6-3, G; Khalief Tinley, 6-1, G; Nysir Marshburn, 6-5, F; Jaekwon Carlyle, 6-0, G; DeAnte Robinson, 6-6; Daron Russell, 5-10, G; Cananchet Jordan, 5-11, G.

Noble's comment: "I like this team. With hard work and family-first attitude, we could be something!"


Coach: Sean Colson, 3rd year; Education: Franklin LC, UNC-Charlotte. Career: 48-11.

Last year: 24-6, 7-3.

Savvy seven: Tyheem Harmon, 5-10, G; Jabri McCall, 6-0, G; Sammy Foreman, 6-1, G; Nasir Bell, 6-2, F; Chase Rodgers, 6-6, F; Rasool Samir, 6-7, F; Tyere Marshall, 6-8, F.

Colson's comment: "Last year is over. Let's win the championship."


Coach: Dan Jackson, 9th year. Education: MC&S, Saint Joseph's. Career: 161-69.

Last year: 15-15, 4-6.

Savvy seven: Samir Doughty, 6-4, G; Donovan Barnes, 5-11, G; Nick Jones, 6-1, G; Keith Griffin, 6-1, G; Luis Reyes, 6-7, F; Isaiah Culpepper, 6-2, G; Nasir Groomes, 5-11, G.

Jackson's comment: "We might be down, but we're not out."


Coach: James "Flames" Lewis, 7th year. Education: Roman, Temple. Career: 97-63.

Last year: 19-12, 3-7.

Savvy seven: Jihad Barnes, 6-1, G; Blair Bowes, 5-10, G; Devonta Preterie, 6-3, G; Justin Davis, 6-3, G; Mike Cooper, 6-6, F; Jakwon McQueen, 6-6, F; Zakee Shakur, 5-9, G.

Lewis' comment: "We will go as far as our defense."



Coach: Andre Brown, 2nd year. Education: Shipley, West Virginia State. Career: 13-9.

Last year: 13-9, 10-3.

Savvy seven: Shawn Bailey, 5-9, G; Martin Fischer, 6-0, G; Lymiere Banks, 5-8, G; Maurice Waters, 6-5, G; Cameron Arrington, 6-6, F; Jameel Hester-Bey, 5-8, G; Sharif Goff, 6-3, G.

Brown's comment: "We have hopes to try and win it all. We want to take it slow and hopefully at the end make some noise in the playoffs."


Coach: R.J. McDaniel, 3rd season. Education: Leavenworth High (Kan.), University of Kansas. Career: 29-18.

Last year: 19-4, 11-2.

Savvy seven: Umar Saaba, 6-3, G; Leo Gardner, 6-3, F; Jelani Mague, 6-3, F; Gus Sephes, 6-0, G; Noah Abrams, 5-8, G; Jahmir Green, 6-0, G; Zafir Smith, 6-2, G.

McDaniel's comment: "An incredibly humble and team-oriented group of kids. They will play for each other and are willing to sacrifice personal accolades for team success."


Coach: Haviland Harper, 17th year (also Parkway, 1982-98). Education: Central, George Washington. Career: 335-368; 207-181 at Central.

Last year: 22-4, 12-0.

Savvy seven: Kahlil Williams, 6-3, F; Danny Holdsman, 6-2, G; Gbolahan Alliyu, 6-6, F; Curtis Becker, 6-0, G; Khyre Bilal, 5-10, G; Tyler Jefferson, 5-8, G; Kyle Spaulding, 6-0, G.

Harper's comment: "We are off to a good start. This year, we have gone up from C to B. I realize every game is going to be down to the wire. If we can play together and work hard, I think we'll be OK."


Coach: Lou Williams, 1st year (also Southern, University City). Education: Ben Franklin, Fisk University (Nashville, Tenn.). Career: 85-100.

Last year: 6-7, 9-13.

Savvy seven: Brandon Smith, 6-0, G; Omar Coaxum, 5-9, G; LaShawn Gonzales, 5-10, G; Jason Thomas, 5-6, G; Ryan Bowie, 6-2, F; Maquel Styles, 5-8, G; Tyzjay Faison, 6-4, F.

Williams' comment: "We are very young. This will be a learning year for us with the hopes of rebuilding Dobbins' winning basketball tradition."


Coach: C.M. Brown, 34th year. Education: Central, West Chester. Career: 410-298.

Last year: 12-1, 21-2.

Savvy seven: Johnathan Hall, 6-6, F; Quaadir Davis, 6-2, G; Shaquan Frazier, 6-1, G; Devon Owens, 6-0, G; Keinan Oxner, 6-1, G: D'Yon Pittman, 5-9, G; Ibrahim Sylla, 6-7, F.

Brown's comment: "We'll be all right if we can control the ball."


Coach: Dave Huzzard, 5th year. Education: Owen J. Roberts, Kutztown. Career: 46-47.

Last year: 8-16, 0-10.

Savvy six: Quadire Truesdale, 5-10, G; Demetrius White, 5-9, G; Babacar N'diaye, 6-4, F; Francisco Campo, 6-2, G; Tyshawn Twiggs, 6-3, G; Jameir Soloman, 6-0, G.

Huzzard's comment: "Young, intriguing, but predominantly puzzling."


Coach: John Brown, 7th year. Education: Overbrook, Strayer. Career: 53-59.

Last year: 7-6, 11-12.

Savvy seven: Jason Battle, 6-4, F; Elijah Elam, 6-0; Semaj Smith, 5-11, G; Joel Grant, 5-8, G; Davon Mandy, 5-10, G; Calil Moultrie, 5-10, G; Tymir Muller, 6-3, F.

Brown's comment: "A talented group of guys who work hard and are trending forward. We'll be a really fun team to watch in January."


Coach: Andre Griffin, 2nd year; Education: Abington Friends, Penn. Career: 22-12.

Last year: 14-8, 10-3.

Savvy seven: Tahir Wharton, 6-2, G; Joseph Burnett, 6-3, F; Christian Hauser-Dinkins, 4-10, G; Lamar Moore, 6-5, F; Jacory Livingston, 6-5, F; Tariq Meredith, 5-0, G; Nasir Campbell, 6-6, F.

Griffin's comment: "I think we have enough guys returning to make a real impact in the standings. If we do it the right way, hopefully, we'll be there in the end."


Coach: Ira Stern, 3rd year; Education: Northeast, Temple. Career: 23-13.

Last year: 10-9, 6-6.

Savvy seven: Tyriq Wilson, 5-10, G; Deshan Brown, 5-11, G; Darren Bagget, 5-11, G; Darius Thomas, 6-3, F; Drew Heller, 6-1, G; Jose Espinosa, 6-0, G; Josh Coleman, 5-11, G.

Stern's comment: "The success of this season will ultimately be determined by players paying attention to little details, because little things are what make big things happen."


Coach: Leigh Pesko, 1st year. Education: Haverford Township, West Chester. Career: 0-0.

Last year: 15-5, 9-3.

Savvy seven: Kadir Chisholm, 6-5, F; Justin Williams, 6-4, G; Shafee Cosby, 5-5, G; Isiah James, 6-1, G; Allen Parks, 6-0, G; Jamir Stewart, 6-0, G; Khalik Harmon, 5-6, G.

Pesko's comment: "This is one in which we are looking to rebuild after graduating 13 last year. We have a young, but very 'basketball smart,' team, that I foresee drastically progressing each game."


Coach: Isaiah Thomas, 5th year. Education: Frankford, Penn State. Career: 46-51.

Last year: 9-17, 4-9.

Savvy seven: Nasir Johnson, 5-10, G; Terron Bacon, 5-10, G; Naseem Brown, 6-1, G; Verland Wayns, 5-9, G: Justin Anson, 5-10, G; Stephon Brant, 6-1, G; Kijuan Matthews, 6-2, G.

Thomas' comment: "We must take pride in defense and play unselfishly."


Coach: Troy Holiday, 1st year; Education: Germantown Academy, Loyola College (Md.). Career: 0-0.

Last year: 9-11, 7-6.

Savvy seven: Kahssian Kay , 5-10, G; Barry Quartlebaum, 6-5, F; La'Trelle Wilson, 6-1, G; Ahmad Winbush, 6-2, G; Marvin Bell, 6-1, G; Benjamin Baker, 6-2, G; Juwan Moore, 5-7, G.

Holiday's comment: "We're not fundamentally where we need to be, but we are steadily improving and we look to be making noise by the end of the season."


Coach: John Creighton, 3rd year (also Rush, 2011-12); Education: Northeast, East Stroudsburg. Career: 29-16 at Washington; 3-26 at Rush.

Last year: 15-7, 9-4.

Savvy seven: Charles Brown, 6-6, F; Jheron Johnson, 5-9, G; Jerome Blume, 6-5, F; Asante Ali, 5-11, G; Elmange Watson, 6-0, G; Shaheed Fagan-Haynes, 6-3, F; Aaron Curry, 6-7, F.

Creighton's comment: "Our work ethic on the defensive end will make or break our season."



Coach: Kenyatta Bey, 2nd year; Education: Career: 8-10.

Last year: 8-10, 4-8.


Coach: Mark Heimerdinger, 6th year (also Dougherty, 1983-09). Education: Ryan, Slippery Rock. Career: 467-315; 51-55 at Fels.

Last year: 4-16, 2-11.

Savvy seven: Devon Adams, 5-10, G; James Sneed, 6-0, G; Allen Betrand, 6-3, F; Jaquann Hareell, 5-10, G; Aasim Campbell, 5-8, G; Wayna Johnson, 6-2, F; Samir Cole, 5-6, G.

Heimerdinger's comment: "With only one player returning from last year's team, we are looking to establish chemistry and style of play."


Coach: Larry Gainey, 15th year (also Parkway, 1999-2000); Education: Bartram, Delaware State. Career: 169-127; 172-134 at Franklin.

Last year: 8-13, 4-8.

Savvy seven: Hanif Alexander, 5-10, G; Ramir Hardrick, 6-2, G; Mike Kane, 6-5, F; Rafiq Marten, 6-2, G; Isaiah Wilmore, 6-3, G; Dashaun Johnson, 5-8, G; Omar Young-Jordan, 6-5, F.

Gainey's comment: "Looking forward to re-establishing Ben Franklin as a respectable opponent in the league."


Coach: Cedrick Powell, 2nd year (also FLC from 2000-08; Education: Bok, Lincoln University. Career: 166-88; 150-76 at FLC.

Last year: 7-17, 2-11.

Savvy seven: Tyler Johnson, 6-3, F; Chase Davis, 6-1, G; Aaron Turner, 6-4, F; Tahmir Wade, 5-8, G; Ta'Quan Johnson, 6-5, F; Tahaj Jones, 5-7, G; Zubair Cruse, 5-11, G.

Powell's comment: "Mercy, mercy, please, please, please come together right now! Go, Bobcats!"


Coach: Henry Hunt, 4th year. Education: Ryan, West Chester. Career: 33-17.

Last year: 21-4, 12-0.

Savvy seven: Dominick Morales, 6-2, F; Kameron Gilfillian, 5-11, G; Shawn Morrison, 5-9, G; Malik Morancie, 6-2, G; Jahmir Burton, 5-10, G; Nick Miles, 5-11, G; Chancy Scott, 6-3, F.

Hunt's comment: "This team lacks size, but makes up for it with athleticism and heart."


Coach: Al Brown, 5th year; Education: Northeast, Maryland Eastern Shore. Career: 33-42.

Last year: 12-8, 7-5.

Savvy seven: Ishmael Marshall, 5-11, G; Lamar Talley, 6-3, F; Marquise Horton, 6-0, G; Kyle Bailey, 5-11, G; Nassir Coleman, 6-2, Marion Sharpton, 5-9, G; Isaiah McLemore, 6-1, G.

Brown's comment: "Young group that will eventually build chemistry and compete every game."


Coach: Terrence "Nip" Cook, 3rd year; Education: Dobbins, Delaware State. Career: 0-2 at GAMP, 19-25 at MN.

Last year: 13-10, 6-6.

Savvy seven: Eli Alvin, 6-0, G; Koby Thomas, 6-5, F; Rodney Ross, 6-5, F; Andre Allen, 6-0, G; Fred Farris, 6-5, F; Matthew Reed, 6-5, F; Daequon Plowden, 6-5, F.

Cook's comment: "We will be a good team next season. We have a lot of talent, but just have to learn how to play together."


Coach: Rendell Ivory, 1st year. Education: Overbrook, Cheyney, Arcadia. Career: 0-0.

Last year: 2-14, 1-11.

Savvy seven: Daevon Ravenell, 5-8, G; Nasir Morris, 6-1, G; Gary Hawes, 6-1, G; Massi Allen, 6-1, G; Anthony Sheppard, 5-10, G; Jaquil Madison, 6-1, G; Zahfir Cade, 6-0, G.

Ivory's comment: "We have a lot of first-year varsity players. Right now, we are still learning the game. Trying to improve from last season and make the playoffs."


Coach: Rahim Washington, 5th year; Education: Overbrook, Neumann. Career: 13-51.

Last year: 4-18, 1-12.

Savvy seven: Rahim Washington, 5-7, G; Brandon Brown, 5-8, G; Zamir Lett, 5-7,G; Thomas Adams, 5-11, G; Raymond Glass, 5-6, G; Marcell Curry, 5-7, G; Qaadir Holloman, 5-7, G.

Washington's comment: "Finish the game."


Coach: Rob Powlen, 9th year; Education: Crefield, Philadelphia Textile. Career: 96-87.

Last year: 13-11, 8-4.

Savvy seven: Jahir Lee, 5-10, G; Willie Grant, 6-3, F; DJ French, 5-7, G; Thomir Jackson, 5-6, G; Musa Harrison, 6-0, F; Fred Leach, 5-6, G; Raymond Clocuh, 5-11, F.

Powlen's comment: "Our players are young and we consistently advocate them to play varsity basketball in the league as a privilege."


Coach: Eric Hooks, 7th year (also Sayre, 2008-09; resigned after nine games of '09 season). Education: Central, Temple, Cheyney. Career: 55-65.

Last year: 11-12, 9-3

Savvy seven: Antwan James, 6-4, F; Qudir Croston, 6-6, F; Brandon White, 5-10, G; Tymair Johnson, 5-10, G; Bilal Haines, 6-0, G; Donte Lewin, 6-4, F; Nasir Blanden, 6-0, G.

Hooks' comment: "Going in, we think we have a chance to fight for the division title."


Coach: Stan Laws, 1st year, also at Palmer (Matt Johnson staying on as a volunteer). Education: Ben Franklin, Jamison Christian. Career: 0-5

Last year: 6-13, 4-8.

Savvy seven: Antwaun Butler, 5-9, G; John Eden, 5-10, G; Chris Russell, 6-0, G; Saleem Barbee, 6-3, F; Quadir Norman, 6-3, F; Reggie Jackson, 5-9, G; Marques Biddle-Johnson, 5-9, G.

Johnson's comment: "Coming into the season, we went with a tough nonleague schedule to get this young team some experience, so when they get minutes, they can get prepared for league play and possibly in the AA states."


Coach: Jermaine Snell, 4th year (also Olney, 2011); Education: Mastbaum, Temple. Career: 17-24; 25-39 at West.

Last year: 10-10, 6-6.

Savvy seven: Stanley Coleman, 5-11, G; Lavelle Harper, 5-11, G; Dominique Owens, 6-2, G; Anthony King Jr., 6-3, F; Jabbar Shy, 5-9, G; Hanif Herring, 6-0, G; John Hayes, 5-10, G.

Snell's comment: "Senior-heavy team, but inexperienced. However, we have the potential to do some good things on the basketball court."



Coach: Lynn Greer Sr., 4th year; Education: Edison, Virginia State. Career: 30-65.

Last year: 1-15, 1-11.

Savvy seven: Troy Richardson, 5-11, G; Nasir Cheeks, 5-9, G; Derrick McLean, 6-0, G; Tyron Price, 5-4, G; Raekwon Hatch, 5-5, G; Niam Feaster, 5-8, G; Terrell Brent, 5-4, G.

Greer's comment: "Last year, we only won one game, but hope to improve on that this season. Rebounding continues to be a problem."


Coach: Shon Wright, 1st year; Education: Perry Central High, United States Military Academy, Gulf Coast College. Career: 0-0.

Last year: 1-16, 1-11.

Savvy seven: Antonio Smith, 5-8, G; Miguel Cintron, 6-0, G; William Russell, 5-10, G; Bryan Reyes, 6-4, F; Azeem Fletcher, 6-1, G; Isiah Outen, 6-5, F; Joshua Marrero, 5-9, G.

Wright's comment: "Although we have no wins on the court [one by forfeit], I am pleased with our effort and enthusiasm."


Coach: Joe Gifford, 1st year (also Douglas, 2009-12 and Edison, 2013); Education: West Catholic, Temple. Career: 10-71 (combined).

Last year: 11-11, 6-6.

Savvy seven: Montrell Gilliams, 5-10, G; Nahjair Corey, 6-1, G; Robert Sample, 6-5, F; Wesley Guzman, 6-0, G; Andre Brown, 6-0, G; Jahliel Hall, 6-1, G; Nathan Rodriguez, 5-9, G.

Gifford's comment: "We look forward to competing in the balance of our league schedule after the break, and we expect to make the playoffs in our division for the first time in a very long time."


Coach: Chris Lauber, 3rd year; Education: Ridley, Chestnut Hill. Career: 20-16.

Last year: 9-10, 7-5.

Savvy seven: Stephen Callahan, 5-11, G; Will Welch, 6-0, G; Ishmael Lanzo, 6-1, G; James McGrath, 6-0, G; Cordelle Swinson, 5-11, G; Marcel Bosket, 5-11, G; Sean Pera, 5-10, G.

Lauber's comment: "Young team this year. I hope that the seniors can help the freshmen grow, so the next few years can be really good."


Coach: Jason Skovronski, 4th year. Education: Hanover (Pa.), Misericordia. Career: 33-18.

Last year: 11-5, 10-2.

Savvy seven: Kendale Brisbon, 6-3, G; John McCree, 6-2, G; Jerrell Richardson, 5-11, G; Vernell Nelson, 6-6, F; Charles Smith, 5-8, G; Keith Smith, 5-7, G; Kywayne Hill, 5-8, G.

Skovronski's comment: "Our team is centered around defense and getting out in transition. Our team goal is to win the division and get in the state tournament."


Coach: Hugh Dixon, 2nd year. Education: Penn Wood, Tuskegee. Career: 14-8.

Last year (not in the league): 14-8.

Savvy seven: Jimir Coleman, 6-5, F; Jhmaris Sexton, 6-2, G; Elijah Smith, 6-0, G; Jordan Ross, 6-2, F; Jahid Randle, 6-4, F; Kyree Ruffin, 6-3, F; Samir Johnson, 6-0, G.

Dixon's comment: "We're retooling after transfers . . . so I'm looking to build for the future."


Coach: Steve Lesh, 2nd year; Education: Souderton, Temple. Career: 6-10.

Last year: 6-10, 6-6.

Savvy seven: Anthony Harris, 6-1, G-F; Terrell Smith, 6-2, F; Rasheed Camp, 5-7, G; Aquill Harrington, 5-10, G; Jon McCrea, 6-foot, G; Andre Bryant, 5-9, G; Ernesto Almovador, 5-5, G.

Lesh's comment: "Young and inexperienced, but growing as a team on the court."


Coach: Antoine Joseph, 3rd year; Education: SJ Prep, Johns Hopkins. Career: 12-17.

Last year: 5-14, 3-9.

Savvy seven: Larry Joseph, 5-9, G; Michael Ferebee, 5-8, G; Za'von Richardson, 6-6, F; Justen Monts, 6-2, G; Yasaan Betterson, 5-10, G; Elijah Kiah-El, 6-5, F; Dionte Falligan, 6-2, G.

Joseph's comment: "We have the talent to be competitive; with effort and focus, we'll be able to win plenty of games."


Coach: Michael Greene, 2nd year. Education: Milton Hershey, Grand Canyon University. Career: 14-6.

Last year: 14-6, 11-1.

Savvy seven: Jivreese Thomas, 6-3, F; Donte Govan, 6-4, F; Lateef Govan, 6-2, G; Edens Dorstal, 6-0, G; Rodney Phillips, 6-0, G; DaQuan Hardy, 5-10, G; Keron Cumberbatch, 6-3.

Greene's comment: "We're pleasantly surprised with where we are right now. I think our kids are playing hard and getting better every day. I think our experience will catch up by the end of the year. Don't count New Media out."


Coach: Frank Schneider, 2nd year. Education: Education: Father Judge, Villanova. Career: 17-7.

Last year: 17-7, 10-2.

Savvy seven: Shafi Meachum, 5-11, G; Samad Dawson, 6-1, F; Jason Kinning, 5-7, G; Laquan Preston, 6-3, F; Rahee Ellis, 5-10, G; Saadiq Jones, 5-11, G; Muhammad Bey, 6-1, G.

Schneider's comment: "We have a young team who will get better as the year progresses . . . I am excited to help them grow together."


Coach: Michael Moore, 7th year. Education: Dobbins, Temple. Career: 33-54.

Last year: 3-10, 2-10.

Savvy seven: Zahir Gillis, 5-8, G; Daquan Sanders, 6-1, G; Jazz Walker, 6-0, G; Amir Tarkenton, 6-3, F; Tyric Childs, 5-8, G; Davonne Glover, 6-0, G; Michael Allen, 5-10, G.

Moore's comment: "Randolph's moving forward and on the move!"


Coach: Jeff McKenna, 3rd year (also Olney, 2005 & 2007-10); Education: North Penn, Kutztown. Career: 47-55.

Last year: 12-11. 9-3.

Savvy seven: Austin Daniels, 5-11, G; Jovan Hammond, 5-9, G; Dashon Hneley, 6-3, F; Keyonne Parker, 5-9, G; Walter Smith, 5-9, G; Terrell Williams, 5-10, G; Jerome Wright, 5-9, G.

McKenna's comment: "We are small, but tough. If we play hard and smart, we should compete for a playoff spot."


Coach: Kevin Lockett, 3rd year; Education: Tennent, East Stroudsburg. Career: 13-15.

Last year: 7-6, 6-6.

Savvy seven: Alex Rodriguez, 5-9, G; Somah Slewion, 5-10, G; Clarence Brunot, 6-1, G; Jihad Warner, 6-3, F; Jalen Marks-Allen, 6-2, G; Coley Eleazer, 6-2, F; Ryan Bradley, 6-2, G.

Lockett's comment: "The six seniors come into the season with a great deal of experience and fantastic leadership. As a team, we expect to compete as one of the top teams in our division."


Coach: Kenyatta Burton, 2nd year. Education: Dobbins. Career: 4-13.

Last year: 4-13, 4-10.

Savvy seven: Nehemiah Hodges, 6-0, G; Quadir McNeil, 6-2, G; Kevin Salman, 5-9, G; Shakur "Pop" Myers, 6-1, G; Julian Montgomery, 6-3, F; Adrian Adside, 5-11, G; Savarr Fogle, 5-6, G.

Burton's comment: "Basically a new group of players, but, with a little cohesiveness, we might surprise a few in the AA."



Coach: Mychal Bligen, 2nd year. Education: McDevitt, University of Pittsburgh. Career: 1-11.

Last year: 1-11

Savvy seven: Marcus Bryant, 6-3, G; Michael Adkins, 5-9, G; Ahiji Pray, 5-8, G; Omar Hill-Walker, 5-6, G; Sulffian Yansaneh, 6-2, F; Kenneth Riggs, 5-10, G; Chris Sessions, 5-10, G.

Bligen's comment: "If we play as one, all things are possible."


Coach: Howard Waxman, 4th year; Education: Plymouth Whitemarsh, East Stroudsburg. Career: 23-23.

Last year: 7-7, 7-5.

Savvy seven: Shafi Muhammad, 6-2, G; Robert Redmond, 6-5, F; Jermiah Steiniger, 6-4, F; Isaiah Browne, 5-10, G; Samre Jones, 5-10, G; Chris Sullivan, 6-1, G; Terrence Lowry, 5-11, G.

Waxman's comment: "We've managed to grow the program without a gym or place to practice by steadfast commitment to defense and hard work!"


Coach: Art Kratchman, 28th year (23nd in PL; missed first two games of '10 on medical leave). Education: Central, Temple. Career: 132-428; 140-419 in PL.

Last year: 7-5, 11-11.

Savvy seven: Deverris Stuckey, 5-10, G; Matt Ventus, 5-10, G; Cesar Quezada, 5-8, G; John Capizzi, 5-10, F; Sharif Williams, 6-1, G; Alex Grey, 6-1, G; Chris Bingham, 6-0, G.

Kratchman's comment: "Very young with no seniors. Big upside down the road."


Coach: James Washington, 3rd year; Education: Roxborough, Springfield College. Career: 12-10; as PL member.

Last year: 9-6, 9-3.


Coach: Tim Roache, 2nd year. Education Holy Ghost Prep, Bucknell: Career: 6-10.

Last year: 6-10, 6-6.

Savvy seven: Liam Shanahan, 5-10, G; Maurice Scott, 5-10, G; Vasili Mantsos, 5-5, G; Seamus Gleason, 5-11, G; Jesse Turkson, 6-2, F; Korey Stewart, 6-2, F; Andrew Seibert, 6-2, F.

Roache's comment: "We're a young and relentless team, and we love to share the basketball."


Coach: Miles Mayer, 6th year. Education: Overbrook, West Chester. Career: Not available.

Last year: Not in the league

Savvy seven: Nazir Gossette, 6-4, G; Rasjay Bettis, 5-11, G; Jamal Richardson, 6-1, G; Isaiah Lewis, 6-2, G; Dequan Harvey, 5-9, G; Byquill Mosley, 5-9, G; Shad Lino, 6-2, G.

Mayer's comment: "I have a defensive-minded basketball team. Our defense is our offense."


Coach: Terrance Puckett, 1st year (assistant at Gratz and FLC). Education: Simon Gratz, U.S. Navy. Career: 0-0.

Last year: Not in the league.

Savvy seven: Tyron Davis, 6-6, F; Maqi Watson, 6-7, F; Tyrell Tillman, 6-2, G; Cole Ruley, 6-1, G; Jemal Sheppard, 5-7, G; Kareem Robinson, 6-6, F; Hyzeem Banks, 5-10, G.

Puckett's comment: "New beginning. We're just looking to make our presence felt in our first year in the Pub."


Coach: Shawn Beckett, 1st year; Education:. Career:.

Last year: 7-6, 7-5.


Coach: Pete Canale, 7th year. Education: Radnor, West Chester. Career: 45-53.

Last year: 9-7, 9-3.

Savvy seven: John Beccels, 6-5, F; Nasir Cassel, 6-2, G; Anthony Tucker, 6-2, G; Khalief Hester, 5-10, G; Darryl Harris, 6-0, G; Manny Wortham, 6-0, G; Noah Walker, 5-11, G.

Canale's comment: "If we can be giving on offense and cooperative on defense, our team will be like a well-functiong and fair society."


Coach: Greg Green


Coach: David Brown, 5th year (also PAC, 2009-10). Education: Gov. Mifflin (Pa.), East Stroudsburg. Career: 40-47.

Last year: 3-10, 3-9.

Savvy seven: James Smith; Wyatt Broomhead; Tim Zink; Jeff Days; Chris Cherry; Allen Ramsey; Tyler Michels.

Brown's comment: "Young, hardworking team built around defense and rebounding."


Coach: Cliff Breese, 3rd year; Education: South Brunswick (N.J.), UMass- Amherst. Career: 5-21.

Last year: 1-11, 2-11.

Savvy seven: Isaiah Riddick, 6-0, G; Deion Hammond, 6-5, F; Maleek Hughes, 5-10, G; Muchar Cassell, 5-10, G; David De Jesus, 6-2, G; Dat Phan, 6-1, G; Dave Sistrunk, 6-2, G.

Breese's comment: "A team that prioritizes commitment, hard work and defense."


Coach: Matt Kay, 7th year. Education: Saul, West Chester. Career: 25-82.

Last year: 5-11, 4-8.

Savvy seven: Haneef Nelson, 6-1, G; Raekwon Smith, 6-3, F; True Black, 6-1, G; Tim Ingram, 5-9, G; Jeremiah Cunningham, 5-10, G; Jaaziniah Hayes, 6-0, G; Ben Simon, 6-0, G.

Kay's comment: "SLA has a talented group of seniors who are ready to work hard toward reaching the school's first playoff berth."


Coach: Sean Riley, 1st season. Education: Roxborough, Central Penn. Career: 0-0.

Last season: Not in league

Savvy seven: Jeremiah Alston, 5-5, G; Joe Purnell, 5-5, G; Justin Johnson, 5-10, G; Tyler Talifero, 6-3, F; Ervin Merrone, 6-2, F; Edrise Hightower, 5-10, G; Justin Steers, 6-5, F.

Riley's comment: "We might not have the most talented team, but we have the hardest working team that will give me everything."