Sports Notes: PSWA to honor former Villlanova star Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry has put together a spectacular basketball career playing at Cardinal Dougherty, Villanova and currently with the Toronto Raptors of the NBA.
Lowry, a three-time All-star, also won a 2016 Olympic gold medal. He will be recognized as the winner of the Native Son Award by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. The award will be presented at the PSWA’s annual banquet on Monday, Jan. 15.
The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.
“The Native Son Award really means the world to me,” said Lowry in a statement. “Being from Philadelphia is so much a part of who I am, and and the courts I grew up on helped to make me the player I am today. To be recognized by the place where I grew up and still call home, is really special.”
SJU’s Charlie Brown out for at least 3 more weeks
St. Joseph’s basketball standout Charlie Brown, Jr. will be sidelined at least three more weeks because of the fractured left wrist he suffered in October. The scaphoid bone, which Brown fractured, normally requires three months or more in a cast when broken.
In Brown’s case, he underwent surgical fixation in hopes of shortening the recovery time.
After new imaging studies and a follow-up examination last week, it was determined that the bone continues to be slow in healing and Brown will remain in a cast. He will undergo a CT scan in three weeks to determine if sufficient progress has been made toward receiving clearance to play.
“Charlie’s long-term well-being is our top priority,” St. Joseph’s head basketball coach Phil Martelli said in a statement. “All decisions about his playing status will be made with that in mind. Charlie, like Fresh Kimble, remains an active member of our team and is fulfilling all of his obligations as a Saint Joseph’s student and as a teammate. I applaud both of them on their approach to these unfortunate injuries.”
Brown, a sophomore guard, was an All-Rookie selection as a freshman. He averaged 12.8 points per game last season. He set the Hawks’ record for three-pointers as a freshman (71) and led the team shooting 81.9 percent from the foul line.
Induction set for 1967 Winston-Salem State team
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association has recently announced that the Winston-Salem State basketball team, which won the 1967 NCAA championship will be inducted into the John B. McLendon, Jr. Hall of Fame.
This team was coached by the late Clarence “Big House” Gaines and led by Hall of Famer Earl Monroe from John Bartram High School. Monroe guided the Rams to a 30-1 record that season defeating Southwestern Missouri State for the national title. WSSU became the first Black college to claim an NCAA championship.
Monroe averaged 41.5 points per game and was named NCAA Division II Player of the Year that season. He played for the NBA’s Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks during his professional basketball career.
The ceremony will be held at the 2018 John B. McLendon, Jr. Hall of Fame Breakfast on March 2 at 9 a.m at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. This ceremony will also take place during the CIAA basketball tournament.