Showtime to air Ben Simmons documentary
Showtime Sports will broadcast the One & Done documentary on Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons who was the No. 1 pick overall in the 2016 NBA Draft on Friday, Nov. 4. The sports film will be televised at 9 p.m. The documentary takes a look at Simmons’ life beginning in Australia where he was raised, to high school, college and emerging as the top pick in the NBA draft.
The film also highlights his lifelong dream, which is shared by his family, including father David Simmons, a New York City native who played professional basketball in Australia for 13 years.
It took almost two full years to produce the documentary that profiles his career. A big part of the film is his college basketball season at LSU where he was a huge star.
Simmons, a 6-foot-10, 238-pound forward, is currently sidelined and nursing a right foot injury.
Nova drops banner outside the Wells Fargo Center
Comcast Spectacor will host the Villanova basketball at the Wells Fargo Center by dropping a giant 50-foot-50 foot banner on the side of the venue. Last April, the Wildcats celebrated the school’s second NCAA championship with a parade attended by over 70,000 people. On Saturday, Nov. 5, Villanova will mark the start of a new season during the team’s exhibition game Indiana University of Pennsylvania at the Wells Fargo Center. Admission to this contest, which tips off at noon is free.
In addition to its exhibition contest, Villanova will host four regular season games at the Wells Fargo Center, including Jan. 7 vs. Marquette, Jan. 21 vs. Providence, Jan. 29 vs. Virginia and Feb. 4 vs. St. John’s.
Saint Joseph’s at Princeton on ESPNU Dec. 14
Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball team will play at Princeton on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Due to the telecast, the start time has been changed to 5 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s will open the 2016-17 season on Saturday, Nov. 12 when the defending Atlantic 10 champion Hawks host Toledo at Hagan Arena at 7 p.m.
SBN Sports Network Black College Football Poll
North Carolina A&T is the No. 1 HBCU team according to this week’s SBN Sports Network Black College Football Poll. The Aggies have an overall 7-1 record. Here is the complete list of the top 10 Black college football teams.
1. North Carolina A&T
2. Grambling State
3. North Carolina Central
4. Tennessee State
7. Prairie View A&M
8. Winston-Salem State
9. Bowie State
10. South Carolina State
Owls’ Alex Starzyk vying for Ray Guy Award
Temple punter Alex Starzyk has been selected as a candidate for the Ray Guy Award. This award identifies the nation’s top collegiate punter. Starzyk is among the 66 candidates competing for this honor.
Starzyk has performing extremely well for Temple all season. He has a 39.8 yard average on 35 punts. Fewer than half of his punts have been returned — just 16 for a total of 76 yards (4.8 yard average). More than one-third have been downed inside the 20 and two have bounced off returners that have been recovered by Temple.
The following list will be reduced to 10 semifinalists on Friday, Nov. 11. The winner will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 8 on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards.
Temple’s Hasson Reddick a Burlsworth candidate
Temple defensive lineman Hasson Reddick is on the Burlsworth Trophy List, which is given each year to the most outstanding player that started their college career as a walk-on. Reddick, a redshirt senior, grew up in Camden, N.J., played football at Haddon Heights High School. He started as a cornerback and then moved to linebacker and eventually defensive end where he has become a great pass rusher.
Reddick has recorded 38 total tackles, 16.5 of which are tackles form loss. He also has 7.5 sacks.
The Burlsworth Trophy and the Springdale (AR) Rotary Club have nominated 52 players from Division I (FBS) schools throughout the nation for the award.
Tamara Greene earns women’s soccer honor
The Lincoln University senior Tamara Greene has been selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) as the Corvias Women’s Soccer Division II player of the week. Greene is just the second women’s soccer player in program history to earn ECAC Player of the Week honors, joining Tara O’Brien who received the award twice in 2012.
In the final two games of the season and her career, Greene had five goals and two assists guiding the Lions to a 1-0-1 record.