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By Katherine Dunn | February 1, 2012
As part of its educational mission, the Basketball Academy awards a scholarship to one player on each participating team as chosen by the head coach. Following is the list of this year's winners: Girls Aberdeen: Bri Jones Digital Harbor girls: Jaida Scarborough Dunbar: Damisha Hazelton Poly: Teira Pendleton Randallstown: Khadijah McIntyre Woodlawn: Kiaron Bailey Boys City: Alajuwan Fisher Digital Harbor: Gabe Shongo Dunbar: Evan Singletary Edgewood: Sean Hensley Edmondson: Tony Jones Lake Clifton: Rodney Hawkins Largo: Jeffrey Garvin Milford Mill: Jawuan Wilson New Town: Shawn Magginson Owings Mills: Ahamad Wilson Patterson: Kwynten Brooks Patterson Mill: J.J. Butler Randallstown: Christopher Manning St. Frances: Cory Jones (No winner was given for Friendly.)
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Maryland's lack of any inside presence at both ends of the court was a large part of its disappointing 17-15 season. Trying to rectify that, the Terps have added Slovakian 7-footer Michal Cekovsky, who spent last season playing at a basketball academy in the Canary Islands. According to a source familiar with Maryland's recruiting, Cekovsky will be eligible to play in the 2014-15 season. "He can really, really play," the source said. Cekovsky will join a recruiting class that already includes 7-foot-1 Trayvon Reed, who moved from his home outside Atlanta to play his senior year at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J. That class, led by McDonald's All-American Melo Trimble, is currently ranked 14th in the country by ESPN.com.
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By Katherine Dunn | January 24, 2012
This week's 16 th Annual Basketball Academy has been moved from Coppin State to Morgan State, but all 20 games will be played as scheduled and tickets already sold will be honored. The Academy had been scheduled for Coppin Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but new NCAA regulations caused some confusion that resulted in the change of venue. Bob Wade, coordinator of athletics for the Baltimore City Public Schools, and Ned Sparks, executive director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletics Association, declined to comment on the specifics behind the move, which happened Tuesday.
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By Katherine Dunn | February 23, 2014
Poly, Milford Mill, Catonsville, Patterson Mill, Howard and New Town were among the girls basketball teams seeded No. 1 in their sections after yesterday's draw for seedings for the state tournament held at Long Reach High School. The brackets also solidify the timing for some anticipated rematches, including a possible third showdown between Poly and City, which are seeded first and second in Class 3A East Section I. There could also be a rematch of last year's state Class 1A championship game early in the tournament although it would be in Class 2A since last year's 1A champion Western Tech and Dunbar have both moved into Class 2A North.
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January 24, 2012
Game schedule Thursday No. 6 Poly girls vs. Randallstown , 3 p.m. No. 7 Dunbar girls vs. Woodlawn, 4:15 p.m. No. 10 City boys vs. Randallstown, 5:30 p.m. Digital Harbor boys vs. Patterson Mill, 6:45 p.m. No. 1 Dunbar boys vs. No. 2 Milford Mill, 8 p.m. Friday Edgewood boys vs. Randallstown, 3 p.m. No. 1 Aberdeen girls vs. No. 2 Digital Harbor, 4:15 p.m. ...
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
With so many public school jurisdictions canceling afternoon activities because of the impending snowfall, Basketball Academy officials have been forced to shuffle the schedule for today's games after all. School officials in Kent and Prince George's, as well as Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties closed schools early and postponed all games scheduled for this afternoon and tonight, so boys teams from Kent County, Largo,...
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By Katherine Dunn | February 10, 2012
As part of the academic aspect of the annual Basketball Academy two major scholarships are awarded to girls and boys participating in the event held last month, the $1,000 James Thomas Hubbard Memorial Scholarship and the $500 Downtown Locker Room Scholarship. Digital Harbor's Kirsten Gaither-McDonald and Lake Clifton's Aaron Parks received the Hubbard scholarships while Aberdeen's Nia Alleyne and St. Frances's Miles Code received the Downtown Locker Room awards. The Hubbard scholarships were created by his family to honor the a senior girl and boy “making the greatest contribution to his or her team in terms of overall excellence in participation, performance and leadership while maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA.” The Downtownn Locker Room scholarship honors the players with the highest cumulative GPAs one each team in the tournament.
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By Katherine Dunn | January 26, 2013
Digital Harbor's A'Lexus Harrison breathed a sigh of relief Saturday afternoon when doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital told her that she had only slightly sprained her right knee during a game at the 17th annual Basketball Academy. Harrison, a 6-foot All-Metro forward-guard who has signed with Maryland, said Saturday night that nothing was broken and no ligaments were torn when she got tangled up with an opposing player while battling for a rebound. With her knee bent in an awkward position, Harrison had feared she might join a growing list of elite Baltimore-area girls basketball players sidelined this winter with knee injuries.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
The Basketball Academy moves back to a college campus, Morgan State, for the 17th annual event that combines academic and service learning with three days of top-notch high school girls and boys basketball action from Jan. 24 to 26. Last year, the Basketball Academy was moved to Lake Clifton after an NCAA rule change banned "nonscholastic" high school basketball events from Division I college campuses. Even then Academy officials were certain that the scholastic component of their event -- which mandates all student participants take classes in SAT preparation, financial literacy, gang awareness and/or bullying prevention -- would allow it back on a college campus.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2013
The Digital Harbor boys basketball team has been known to round into form late in the season to make a strong playoff push, winning consecutive state titles in 2009 and 2010 in that manner. Coach Johnnie Grimes is hoping the 17th annual Basketball Academy can provide a springboard for a similar run. So far, so good. The Rams got 18 points from sophomore guard William Robinson, played stingy zone defense and hit 19-of-22 free throws to come away with a 55-45 win over Woodlawn in the event's opening night Thursday at Morgan State.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Playing from behind against the New Town boys basketball team is a difficult chore. The No. 11 Titans always play stingy team defense, have a point guard in Danny Shand that can control the game and have shooters who have emerged. Dulaney on Wednesday was the latest team to find out just how difficult the chore is. Playing on their home court, New Town used a 12-0 run at the end of the first half to push ahead, and when the No. 13 Lions tried to get close in the third quarter, the Titans turned them away with a resounding, 57-40 win. It's the eighth straight win for the Titans, who are 11-4.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Su | January 25, 2014
Poly's Aneah Young wasn't happy about sitting much of the second quarter with two fouls in Saturday's girls basketball showdown with Milford Mill, so she quickly made up for it. Young scored the No. 2 Engineers' first eight points of the second half and sparked them to a 66-56 comeback victory over the No. 4 Millers at the 18th Annual Basketball Academy at Morgan State. "I had to come out explosive, because I let my team down when I got two fouls and had to come out" of the game, said Young, a 6-1 forward-guard who scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
City senior guard Omari George said the Knights' No. 1 priority going into the season was improving on their ability to close out games, citing last year's playoff loss to Milford Mill as the biggest reason why. In the highly-anticipated rematch against the Millers in Saturday's finale of the 18th Annual Basketball Academy at Morgan State, the Knights didn't have to concern themselves with a strong finish. In a showdown between the No. 1 and 2 teams in the area, it was top-ranked City that started fast and maintained a safe lead throughout to come away with a 65-53 win over the No. 2 Milford Mill.
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From Sun staff reports | January 24, 2014
In a physical game that featured 58 fouls, the No. 14 New Town boys basketball team got to the line more than Aberdeen did, and made more free throws. And the Titans beat the Eagles, 50-35, in the opening round of the Basketball Academy tournament at Morgan State on Thursday night. New Town (9-4) went 22-for-34 from the line and Aberdeen (6-3) was 16-for-24. Daniel Shand led the Titans with 19 points, and Jaleel Gibson had 18 points for the Eagles. Aberdeeen had a player foul out and three who had four fouls.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
No. 2 Poly jumped out to a 20-2 lead and No. 14 New Town never got closer than 14 points. A 6-0 run brought the Titans within 45-31 with 5:34 to go, but the Engineers closed it out with a 22-9 run. Aneah Young led the Engineers (13-1) with 22 points and Teira Pendleton added 19. Sydney Hines led the Titans (10-2) with 10 points. katherine.dunn@baltsun.com twitter.com/kdunnsun No. 2 Poly 67, No. 14 New Town 40 NT - Taylor-Betts 9, Taylor 3, Hines 10, Wilson 8, Thompson 4, Driver 4, Molock 2. Totals: 13 13-25 40. P - Smith 5, Stokes 11, Young 22, Pearson 4, Newton 6, Pendleton 19. Totals 28 8-19 67. Half: P, 37-13.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
When City's No. 11 girls basketball team needs points late in a close game, the Knights want the ball in Dyzhanay Burton's hands, and she is happy to oblige. The All-Metro senior point guard scored nine of the Knights' last 12 points, including two 3-pointers, as they rallied to beat No. 7 Aberdeen, 56-49, Thursday at the 18th Annual Basketball Academy at Morgan State. “That's just my role,” Burton said. “I have to be the dominant one in offense, just as much as I am supposed to be in defense.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,katherine.dunn@baltsun.com | January 15, 2009
One of the key draws for teams in the annual Basketball Academy is the chance to meet opponents they might not otherwise be able to schedule. "The competition is one of the main attractions," Lake Clifton boys coach Herman Harried said. "City teams, we compete against each other all year long and as good as those matchups are - and they are good - it's great for the fans to see us match up against teams from other areas. Other than the academic piece, that's the main attraction." The Lakers will play in this year's marquee game - a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown with top-ranked St. Frances on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. - but that's just one of 20 girls and boys games that make up the competitive side of the 13th annual Basketball Academy, which begins today and runs through Saturday at Morgan State.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Patterson senior guard Rysheed Corbin wasn't happy when he saw one of his younger teammates messing around at practice the other day. When the same sophomore again was more playful than focused during a later drill, the Forest Park transfer had seen enough. "Pick it up or go - we're trying to win here," Corbin yelled across the gym.  One thing Corbin's new teammates and coaches quickly learned is he doesn't hold back.  When asked why he decided to move on to Patterson for his senior year, Corbin, a 'B' student who played three varsity seasons at Forest Park, was just as direct.             "Transferring was a big deal for me because this was the one team I felt like I could win a state championship with," he said. "Forest Park was good, but there wasn't enough there for me to win. " Corbin - 5 feet, 11 inches of explosive energy - takes the same approach on the court.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
Competition between the best public and private school girls basketball teams has heated up over the past few years, and McDonogh coach Brad Rees keeps it going with a Saturday mixer that includes four of The Baltimore Sun's Top 5 teams. Rees' No. 1 Eagles will face No. 3 Aberdeen at 7 p.m. Saturday after No. 2 Roland Park plays No. 5 Poly. Last year, McDonogh lost to Aberdeen, 57-51, but the Reds have never played Poly. "Last year, we had done the Public-Private Challenge [at John Carroll]
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