Off The Boards By Jack Scheuer – December 7, 2016 Edition

Off The Boards 

By Jack Scheuer

December 7, 2016 Edition

In the spirit of the season I thought it would be appropriate to recognize Shawn and Toya Holiday, of North Hollywood, CA, the main force behind what is developing into the first family of basketball.  Their oldest son, Jrue, a former Sixer (who would fill a role with the current team) is averaging 16 points and 6 assists with the New Orleans Pelicans; second son Justin is scoring 6 points per game with the New York Knicks, while the youngest, Aaron, a sophomore at second ranked UCLA puts up 13 points per game for the Bruins.  In addition, he has a very bright future.  Should Aaron eventually become the third brother to make it into the NBA, it would be a first for the league.  And if that happens, the entire family will be very ‘HAPPY HOLIDAYS.’

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La Salle gave its fellow Atlantic 10 members something to be concerned about after its impressive battle against the number one team in the nation.  And, as usual, a different Wildcat (Jalen Brunson) stepped up when needed.

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Trivia Time:  Who is the last Temple player to record a triple double?  Answer at the end of the column.

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It is almost understandable while Jahlil Okafor often looks like he is not a very happy basketball player.  In his final year at Chicago’s Whitney Young High School, the team went 35 – 4, and won the city championship.  In his only season at Duke the record was 31 – 4 and included an NCAA title.  Then he became involved with the The Process which has produced a mark of 14 – 90 since his arrival.  Ouch!

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This and That:  Listening to Bill Walton makes you wonder if the big red head has been touring with the Dead, again….There can’t be too many freshmen in the country who are better than Lonzo Ball.  The 6-6 UCLA guard can score, has great court vision, and is an outstanding passer….Time Flies Department; Jameer Nelson (the Denver Nuggets) is in his 13th NBA season….Drexel seems to have a real keeper in freshman Kurk Lee, Jr. a talented player to build around….Don’t know if you’ve seen South Carolina play yet, but the coach, happy and friendly Frank Martin, has not changed even a little bit.  Scary….Lot’s of hoop action this weekend; on Saturday Villanova plays Notre Dame in Newark; La Salle battles Georgetown, and Temple has DePaul, both games being played in Miami.  Also on Saturday, Penn hosts George Mason at the Palestra.  Saint Joseph’s travels to Drexel on Sunday at 6 PM.

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Answer to Trivia: On January 17, 1998 against La Salle Pepe Sanchez had 10 points, 10 assists, and 10 steals.


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