Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Philadelphia Media -- the Reading List

Philadelphia coverage for the Wildcats has been spotty over the years. In the last NCAA most of the ink reporters hopped on planes West to cover the Temple Owls and St. Joseph's in their 1st round games, necessitating the editor of one of the city's papers to order their baseball beat writer to move down 75 from the Phillies spring training to cover the 1st weekend at Tampa.

What a difference a year makes. Looking through the city papers today, I find myself knee deep in articles...

Joe Jerardi over at the Philadelphia Daily News (PDN) looks at Episcopal Academy graduate and Duke wing Gerald Henderson, and relives his recruitment while at Episcopal, his decision to go to Duke ("G" was also recruited by Coach Wright) and thoughts on the game.

The PDN's Mike Kern who has had the Villanova beat off and on since Dana O'Neil moved on to ESPN (be sure to catch DPO's article on Saturday's game, Villanova roughs up UCLA), filed a retrospective that focused on how much progress sophomore guard Corey Fisher has made in the past season and what he has added as a spark plug off the bench.

Joe Juliano, the Inky's Nova beat writer interviews Coach Wright about his match up with Duke's HOF coach Mike Krzyzewski. In between complements to the Blue Devil coach's abilty to build and sustain an elite program and his contributions to the community, I learned that Coaches Wright and Krzyzewski worked together in USA Basketball. A good read, but the picture of Coach Wright sharing a laugh did him no favors. Juliano also penned a background piece on Taylor King, a 6-6 Duke forward who transferred to the Main Line in the off season. King, barred by NCAA rules from traveling with the team to away games, will make his way to Boston on his own to follow the team's progress.

If Taylor King has fans thinking about next season's edition of the Wildcats, Ted Silary, a frequent contributor on HS sports, filed an article that checked in with Roman Catholic's star guard and McDonad's All American Maalik Wayns, to see how the next in a growing line of Philly guards followed the first rounds of the tournament. Wayns has been watching the tournament with friends and family, and is very excited that his time is coming.

Sam Donnellon ponders the road ahead and wonders If Villanova beats Duke...can wider recognition and elite status be far off?

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