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Introducing Josh James 2013

TEAM FRENJI would like to introduce you to the future of FRENJI SPORTS. His name…..6’0 JOSH JAMES, Class of 2013. Freshmen Point Guard for the Archbishop Stepinac High School JV Team (7-3). A native of Greenburgh, Josh is a lightning quick playmaking point guard who can score. He has very good size and can actually play both guard positions. He has steadily improved his jump shot this year and will be a definite fixture on the Varsity level for the next 3 years to come at Stepinac. He is a D1 talent all the way. Josh grew up in the TDYCC and participates in the FRENJI SPORTS Academy with Coach Benji Carter. Josh has attended many of the big AAU tourneys last spring and now as a high schooler he will jump into the big time summer camps and play on the National 16U circuit. At Stepinac he teams up with another young and dynamic guard, 6’0 Malik O’Mess, who will be featured later. Josh will be teamed up with many of our other young stars to produce the new wave of talent coming up the ranks at Team Frenji. Check back here for articles, schedules and updates on Josh’s season and recruitment. Josh will also start a Diary for us in January 2010 allow you to follow him as his freshmen season goes on this year.

Those of you who are interested in following Josh here is  the link to his season schedule at Stepinac, http://www.stepinacbasketball.vnsports.com/schedules.

Best of luck to Josh and the entire Stepinac program this season.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Stephenson Rookie of the Week

TEAM FRENJI alumni 6’6 LANCE STEPHENSON has been awarded BIG EAST ROOKIE of the WEEK for the 2nd time this year. Below is the press release from http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/m-baskbl

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati freshman guard Lance Stephenson picked up his second BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Week honor of the season, the league office announced, after leading the Bearcats in scoring vs. both Miami University (OH) and Xavier University the week of Dec. 6-13.

Stephenson opened the week vs. Miami (OH) with a team-high 17 points and eight rebounds on Thursday, Dec. 10. In UC’s 83-79 double-overtime loss at Xavier on Sunday night, Stephenson posted his first 20-plus point game of his career with a career-high 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting. He also added six rebounds and an assist.

Stephenson, the 2009-10 BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year, has won the Rookie of the Week award twice in the first four weeks of the season, equaling Yancy Gates’ two honors from last season.

Stephenson and the Bearcats look to rebound from Sunday’s loss at Xavier as they travel to UAB on Dec. 16 for a 7 p.m. ET tip at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. Cincinnati knocked off the Blazers in Cincinnati last season, 87-80, and are 15-9 all-time vs. UAB. 

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

A Memorable Handshake

TEAM FRENJI alumni 6’0 Tony Taylor is featured in the picture below. Creating an incredible moment in time for himself. Congrats to Tony and the entire GW basketball team. 


WASHINGTON, DC — With President Barack Obama and the first family in attendance, the George Washington men’s basketball team staged a furious last-minute rally before falling short, 64-57, to visiting Oregon State Saturday at GW’s Charles E. Smith Center. Oregon State coach Craig Robinson is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. Along with the President, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and Marian Robinson, the mother of Oregon State coach Craig Robinson and the president’s mother-in-law, were all present.

It marked GW’s first loss of the season after four straight wins, and the second GW basketball game where a sitting president was in attendance. Former President Bill Clinton also attended a GW Basketball game on Feb. 4, 1995 at Smith Center while in office.

Oregon State (2-3) used its pressure defense to force several GW turnovers early and enable the Beavers to race out to a 14-0 lead. The Colonials finally got on the scoreboard at the 14:30 mark on a dunk by senior Hermann Opoku but the Beavers pushed their lead to 18 (32-14) on a three-pointer by Seth Tarver before the Colonials staged a mini-rally to close out the first half by scoring 10 of the final 12 points for a 34-24 deficit at the break.

The Colonials cut the lead to six (36-30) less than five minutes into the second half but the Beavers responded with a 21-7 run to open a 16-point margin (53-37) at the 5:29 mark. GW again slowly cut the lead to nine on a layup byDamian Hollis with 47 seconds left to rally the home crowd. A lay-up by Bryan Bynes was followed by a steal and lay-in by Tony Taylor to make the score 59-54 and elicit chants of “Yes we can!” by the home fans as an ode to the Obama campaign slogan.

GW freshman Lasan Kromah got open and nailed a three-pointer to close within two at 59-57 with 33 seconds left. Kromah then fouled OSU’s Seth Tarver who converted both free throws for a four-point OSU cushion. A GW miss on the other end forced the Colonials to foul and the Beavers took advantage by converting three more from the stripe for the final margin.

Seth Tarver led the Beavers with a team-high a game-high 18 points of 4-8 field goals and 9-10 from the line. Oregon State shot 52.8 (19-36) from the field but turned it over 23 times. The Colonials shot 36.8 percent (21-57) from the field including just 23.8 percent (5-21) from three-point range.

“Oregon State took control from the outset,” GW coach Karl Hobbs said after the game. “I thought that we had to play catch-up through the entire game. We had a tough time shooting the basketball and we couldn’t make shots from the outside consistently. We played like we never felt we were out of the game.”

“Given how we started out, this is a really big win,” said OSU Craig Robinson. “Coach Hobbs prepared his tream very well. This game was extremely important for us. We hadn’t played well yet. We really needed to have a good start. We got a chance to take our team to the White House but it was really important to win the game to make this trip a treat.”

After the game, Hobbs publicly thanked Obama and his family for attending the game and told the students in attendance, “This is why you come to GW.”

Other dignitaries in attendance Saturday included GW President Steven Knapp who greeted the first family upon arrival at Smith Center prior to the game. Knapp presented Obama with a GW basketball game jersey, shorts and signed basketball from the Colonials.

It marked GW’s first non-conference home loss since the 2002 season (Old Dominion).

GW (4-1) hosts George Mason (3-3) Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Smith Center. The game will be televised live on MASN throughout the mid-Atlantic region and broadcast live on 1500 AM, 820 AM and at FederalNewsRadio.com as well as live video streamed via the Internet at http://www.GWsports.com.

For more news about GW Athletics, visit http://www.GWsports.com. 


 
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Posted by on December 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Mr. Jones and the Mountaineers

TEAM FRENJI alumni Kevin Jones featured.

http://www.msnsportsnet.com/page.cfm?story=15680&cat=mbball

Keeping Up With Jones

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Although the score wasn’t eye-popping, West Virginia did what it needed to do to beat one of its long-standing opponents in Duquesne. What tonight showed was the consistency of even-keeled forward Kevin Jones, who has been ultra-reliable for West Virginia this season.

The sophomore from Mount Vernon, N.Y., continues to be one of West Virginia’s hardest workers inside. He cleaned up the glass tonight with a team-high nine rebounds and also led the Mountaineers with 16 points, adding to his already-impressive all-tournament team performance at the 76 Classic.

“I had a good time shooting the ball today,” Jones said. “My teammates were looking for me in my open spots. I was able to get on the glass early and I took advantage.”

 
  Forward Kevin Jones has been nothing but consistent thus far for West Virginia. 

No one has been more consistent than Jones in the early portion of this season. He entered tonight’s contest leading the team with nearly a 56.5 field goal percentage. Although he is considered a big man who does some of the dirty work inside, part of his game is shooting from mid-range and outside the arc, and so far he has been able to knock down those jumpers repeatedly.

“I feel more confident this year with the shots that I wouldn’t have taken last year,” Jones said. “My teammates and coaches have confidence in me to just go out there and play. Don’t think, just play the game.”

The efficient forward kicked a little bit of energy back into his team tonight when his 3-pointer from the right wing with 14:35 left made it 49-24. Nearly a minute and a half later, Jones took a nice feed from Truck Bryant on the fastbreak for a powerful dunk, helping ignite an offense that was mistake-prone at times tonight.

“As long as our offense is moving and we’re making hard cuts, it doesn’t matter how slow we are,” Jones added. “I know my shots will come and if they don’t then I’ll be getting to the glass and that’s good enough for me.”

Jones was happy with the effort that he led in the first half tonight. His first three baskets were all off offensive put-backs, which was indicative of the way he and his team worked inside against the Dukes for most of the game.

Playing against a team that is notoriously fast-paced and quick at all five spots, Jones thought it was important to build an early lead that swelled to a 22-point advantage by halftime.

“I’m not surprised,” Jones said of his team’s fast start. “We knew they were a good team and we had to get on them early, and we had been practicing for the last two days. That’s what we came out and did. We all came in with a lot of intensity and finished with a lot of intensity.”

Although West Virginia didn’t execute its offensive game plan to perfection, it does say something about your team when many consider it an “off night” and you still get a 29-point victory against an Atlantic-10 school.

“No, this isn’t anywhere near our best basketball,” Jones admitted. “Our best basketball is coming up soon.

“It says a lot about our defense. They’re still a pretty good team, but we were able to take them out early and that really hurt them in the first half.”

When West Virginia finds its offensive rhythm, it will be a difficult team to face because of its reliability on the defensive end. Coach Bob Huggins’ man-to-man attack swarmed the Dukes repeatedly, contesting almost every shot taken inside.

And if there’s one player who Huggins won’t have to worry about bringing his A-game every time, it is Jones. Perhaps no one has developed more than the 6-foot-8 forward over the last year, and it seems that his best is yet to come.

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Boykin named Player of the Week

Team Frenji alumni 6’3 DAVID BOYKIN has been named East Coast Conference Player of the Week. Boykin, a guard, averaged 20.0 points per game in a pair of UB wins last week, and he was red-hot from behind the three-point arc connecting on 9-of-16 from downtown (56.3 %).  For the week, Dave shot 52.9 percent from the floor in wins over C.W. Post and Dowling, scoring 20 points in both contests. He also added seven assists, two steals and grabbed 2.5 rebounds per game last week. Congrats to David!!!

Boykin Earn East Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week Honors. http://www.purpleknights.bridgeport.edu/pages/

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Kilpatrick to redshirt 2009-10

TEAM FRENJI alumni 6’5 SEAN KILPATRICK will redshirt the 2009-2010 college season  at the U of Cincinnati.  While it was a difficult decision to mak, it was the right one for SK at this time. Listed below is a posting for ZAGSBLOG.NET.

Cincinnati freshman guard Sean Kilpatrick of White Plains, N.Y. will redshirt this season and have four years of eligibility left.

Kilpatrick is a shooting guard who would have backed up seniorDeonta Vaughn this season and would have only seen limited action.

When Vaughn graduates, it will open up playing time for Kilpatrick beginning next season.

“Obviously, he wants to play but if Coach [Mick] Cronin is telling ‘SK’ that he wants him ready for next year because of seniors ahead of him then he has to do what his coach thinks is best for him,” said Tom Sampogna of Frenji Sports, an advisor to Kilpatrick. “We support Sean and the entire Cincy program completely.”

The 6-4, 215-pound Kilpatrick averaged 25.6  points as a senior at White PLains High. He spent last season at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., where the team went 28-5.

Other related articles: 

White Plains star makes decision — 12/6/2009

This season, Cincinnati Bearcats freshman Sean Kilpatrick has gained a new perspective from the sidelines. Just last week, the Bearcats returned home after a loss (4-1) in the championship finals[details]. http://www.cincinnati.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1024120
http://www.varsityinsider.lohudblogs.com/2009/12/17/kilpatrick-update/

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/…/bigeast/cincinnati.htm

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Calhoun on #4 ranked team

Team Frenji  alumni 5’8 Melvin Calhoun is the starting point guard for the #4 ranked NAIA team, Northwood University. The Seahawks are 7-1 going into christmas break. Calhoun is averaging 7ppg 6apg and 3spg thus far. The team is coach by Hall of Famer Rollie Massimino. http://www.gonorthwood.com for more info.

News:

There will be some exciting basketball games coming to Palm Beach County this Holiday season. The Northwood Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams will have a busy holiday break hosting three different tournaments within one week at home.

The Lady Seahawks (5-3) will be hosting the Holiday Classic on December 29-30th including schools from all over the country. The tournament will have games at Noon and 2:00pm each day followed by the men’s tournament. The Lady Seahawks will be playing in the Noon game on the 29th.

The #4 Northwood Men’s Basketball team (6-1) will host a pair of tournaments including a “Battle at the Beach” and a “Chuck Daly Memorial Classic”. The Battle at the Beach will be held December 29-30th at 5:00/7:00pm. The Northwood Men will be playing the 7:00pm game on the Tuesday the 29th. The Battle at the Beach tournament has three teams ranked in the top 10 of the NAIA, #3 Bethel College from Indiana, #8 Cedarville University from Ohio and the #4 Northwood Seahawks.

The Chuck Daly Memorial Classic will begin New Years Day, Jan. 1-2 with games running at 5/7:00pm. The Seahawks will be playing in the 7:00pm game on Jan 1. All friends and fans of Legendary Coach Chuck Daly are asked to support the classic and be a part of the games. For those interested, tickets can be purchased at the game, $5 adults, $3 senior citizens.

Calhoun, Melvin

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2009 in Uncategorized