Sports Briefs: Tahjere McCall signs with the Brooklyn Nets
Former Engineering and Science and Tennessee State basketball standout Tahjere McCall has signed with the Brooklyn Nets. McCall, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder, earned first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference as a junior and senior at Tennessee State after transferring from Niagara University. The former Public League star was a two-time OVC Defensive Player of the Year with the Tigers.
“When you start going against and competing with players you used to watch on TV like D’Angelo Russell, Isaiah Whitehead, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris Levert, and they become like your big brothers, and you learn what they know already, it just seems unreal,” McCall said in a statement. “I don’t think I’ve really had a chance to stop and realize the position I’m in right now and how blessed I truly am.”
As a senior, McCall averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.8 steals a game. Last summer, McCall worked for several NBA teams including the Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards. He eventually signed with the Nets for the NBA Summer League. McCall and Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington both played their college basketball at Tennessee State.
Bernard Hopkins to receive Briscoe Award
Philadelphia boxing great Bernard Hopkins will be presented with an honorary Briscoe Medal in recognition of his 2016 retirement. The ceremony will take place on Sunday 15 at Xfinity Live! in South Philadelphia. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m.
Hopkins, who concluded his outstanding boxing career in December, won three world championships in both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. As a middleweight champion, he had a record 20 title defenses with wins over Felix Trinidad, Oscar de la Hoya, Glen Johnson, John David Jackson, Keith Holmes, William Joppy and others.
In 2008, Hopkins was chosen as the Philly Fighter of the Year at the Briscoe Awards.
“Hopkins has been the top dog of Philly boxing for many years,” said John DiSanto of Philly Boxing History Inc. in a statement. “We could not let his retirement pass without special recognition of everything he’s accomplished, the memories he gave those of us who love boxing, and the history that he made. Bernard Hopkins is boxing history in the flesh.”
La Salle - Shippensburg in exhibition game
La Salle University’s basketball team announced it will hold an exhibition game with Shippensburg University at Tom Gola Arena at TruMark Financial Center on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are free for all fans.
The Explorers have three starters back from last year’s team including B.J. Johnson (Lower Merion) and Amar Stukes (La Salle High). Johnson was named first-team Philadelphia Big 5 last season. Stukes set career highs in several offensive categories.
Shippensburg had a great campaign last season, posting a 27-4 record and participated in the NCAA Division II tournament.
Wooden Award Legends honor for Nova’s Wright
Villanova head basketball coach Jay Wright will be presented with the John R. Wooden Award’s “Legends of Coaching” honor in 2018. Coach Wooden’s daughter, Nan Wooden, announced his selection at the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s annual Wooden Award Tip-Off Luncheon, which features the head coaches from the Division I men’s basketball programs in Southern California. The award recognizes coaches who exemplify former UCLA head coach John Wooden’s high standard of coaching success and personal integrity.