DeAndre Kane unquestionably had a sensational senior season of college basketball.
The question looming now is will Kane be taken in the NBA draft.
Kane, a Schenley graduate, was tremendous in his only season at Iowa State after transferring from Marshall. Kane averaged 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. Kane was named first-team all-Big 12 and the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, as well as an honorable mention selection on the Associated Press All-American team.
Those statistics and accolades would lead one to believe that Kane is projected to be taken highly in the NBA draft on June 26, but that's not the case. Kane has one major fact going against him -- age.
DeAndre Kane unquestionably had a sensational senior season of college basketball.
Obama Academy's D.J. Porter spent his senior season torching City League opponents.
Last Saturday, he did the same on a court filled with many of the top seniors from the WPIAL.
Porter displayed his talent at the Roundball Classic at Geneva College's Metheny Fieldhouse. Porter, a guard-forward, scored 18 points for the Class A/City League all-stars, who were defeated by the Class AAAA all-stars, 130-125.
Porter, the lone City League boys player in the event, produced the third-most points of anyone in the game. Lincoln Park's Elijah Minnie led the Class A/City League team with 27 points, while New Castle's Malik Hooker paced the Class AAAA team with 23 points.
Sierra Fordham played very well in last Saturday's Roundball Classic, so well that she was named one of the game's MVPs.
Fordham, an Allderdice senior, was selected as co-MVP after helping the Class AA/City League all-stars defeat the Class A/District 9-10 all-stars, 72-53, at Geneva College's Metheny Fieldhouse.
Fordham scored 13 points in the game, sharing MVP honors with Seton-LaSalle standout Yacine Diop, a Pitt recruit who scored a game-high 16 points.
The game was one of two girls' contests held at Geneva that day, with the Class AAAA all-stars defeating the Class AA all-stars in the other. Many of the top seniors in Western Pennsylvania took part in the event.
Two-time defending City League boys volleyball champion Obama Academy is off to a strong start.
Obama owns a perfect 4-0 record in City League play after wins against Carrick, Allderdice, Brashear and Westinghouse. The Eagles topped Carrick and Allderdice by 3-1 scores, and shut out Brashear and Westinghouse, 3-0.
Coached by Pete Vitti, Obama is 7-2 overall. The Eagles are scheduled to host non-league foe Farrell on Monday, followed by a home meeting against Perry the next day. Perry is the lone City League team the Eagles have yet to face.
When the Allderdice track team turned to a new page last month, the Dragons turned to a Paige to help them make a mark.
Senior Paige Phillips has been arguably Allderdice's top track performer thus far. Phillips has been solid in the sprint and hurdle events.
Allderdice has participated in two invitationals, and Phillips has been among the team's top finishers in each meet. At the Tri-State Track Coaches Association championships, Phillips placed 13th in the 300-meter hurdles and 20th in the 200. A week later at the Butler Invitational, Phillips finished 11th in the 100 hurdles.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, April 6 through Saturday, April 12.
*Sports Town City League Week in Review (Mar. 30-Apr. 5)
*Basketball: City standouts to play in Saturday's Roundball Classic
*Baseball: Allderdice trying to stay afloat in challenging section
*Baseball: Carrick competitive, but doesn't have the wins to show for it
*Softball: Allderdice, Carrick still in search of first wins
*Boys Volleyball: Obama once again a force in the City League
D.J. Porter and Sierra Fordham spent their high school careers showcasing their basketball talents in gyms around Pittsburgh.
Saturday, the two will do the same in Beaver County.
Porter and Fordham will represent the City League when they play in the prestigious Roundball Classic at Geneva College's Metheny Fieldhouse.
The four-game event features many of the top senior boys and girls from Western Pennsylvania.
The Allderdice baseball team has already exceeded its win total from last season, but gaining a berth to the postseason will be an uphill battle.
The Dragons were 4-2 overall heading into Friday's scheduled game at Penn Hills. That mark included a 1-2 record in Class AAAA Section 4 play.
Coach Jeremy Askin's Dragons earned their first section win against Woodland Hills, 11-4, on Wednesday. The triumph actually doubled the team's win total from last season, when they finished 2-14.
But playing in the same section as teams such as Pine-Richland, Shaler and Moon, the odds of making the playoffs aren't in Allderdice's favor. The Dragons fell to Shaler, 8-2, last Saturday, and to Pine-Richland, 15-1, on Thursday.
In two games this week, Carrick played a pair of quality section opponents tight, only to come out on the losing end both times.
The Raiders hope they'll finally begin to come out on the positive end of some of these narrow decisions in the very near future.
The transition to playing WPIAL competition has not been easy for Carrick. Last season, their first in the WPIAL, the Raiders went 1-12 overall, 1-11 in Class AAA Section 4.
This season, the Raiders are 1-6, 1-3. The section win came against Elizabeth Forward, 5-4. That is looking like an impressive win for the Raiders, as Elizabeth Forward is 5-3.
For the Allderdice and Carrick softball teams, the 2014 season has been anything but sweet thus far.
Heading into Friday, both the Dragons and Raiders were still in search of their first win. The Dragons were 0-4 overall, 0-4 in Class AAAA Section 2. The Raiders were 0-4 overall, 0-4 in Class AAA Section 2.
This is the second year these teams, along with fellow City League team Brashear, are competing in the WPIAL. A season ago, Allderdice went 3-15, Carrick 1-16 and Brashear 7-10.
Allderdice has been much more competitive than Carrick this season. The Dragons lost to Oakland Catholic, 2-1, on Thursday, and one of their other losses was to Penn Hills, 7-0. Carrick, on the other hand, has dropped all of its games by at least 16 runs.
Obama Academy won the City League boys volleyball championship in 2012 and 2013.
A 'three-peat' in 2014 seems like a good possibility.
The Eagles are off to a 3-0 start this season to put them on top of the City League standings. They are followed by Allderdice (2-1), Carrick (2-1), Brashear (1-2), Perry (1-2) and Westinghouse (0-3).
According to MaxPreps.com, Obama's roster consists of Najuantay Gilmore, Nate Boyer, Ben Eddings, Michael Wimer, Rohun Joseph, Connor Claussen, Francis Eddy, Denzel Fields, Tobias Junker, Marcus Motley, Ray Cascio, DeVaughn Hester, Jason Andrews, Levi Brown, Scott Gormley and Jonathan Powell.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, March 30 through Saturday, April 5.
Obama Academy's D.J. Porter was the top player in the City League this season.
Friday, he was picked as one of the best in the state.
Porter, a senior guard/forward, was selected to the Associated Press Class AAAA all-state third-team. Sports writers from throughout the state picked the squad. Porter was the only City League player recognized.
The honor was another impressive accolade bestowed upon Porter, whose excellent season saw him average 22.4 points per game. Obama lost only one game, that coming in the City League championship.
Players and coaches in the City League have known about Sierra Fordham for quite some time now.
The rest of the state has apparently taken notice, as well.
Fordham, a senior guard at Allderdice, was named to the Associated Press Class AAAA all-state third-team today. The team is voted on by sports writers from around the state.
Fordham led the City League in scoring this season, pouring in 22.9 points per game. It marked the second season in a row Fordham was the City League scoring champion. She also led Allderdice to the City League championship game.
DeAndre Kane's dream season at Iowa State and outstanding college basketball career has come to an end.
Kane and his teammates fell to Connecticut, 81-76, in an NCAA tournament Sweet 16 game last Friday at Madison Square Garden.
The loss capped a memorable season for Kane, his first and only at Iowa State after transferring from Marshall. When it comes to "impact transfers," it typically doesn't get much better than what Kane provided to an Iowa State team that had one of its best seasons in school history. The Cyclones finished 28-8.
Allderdice has gotten off to a strong start this spring.
In fact, the Dragons have been perfect.
A week into the season, Allderdice finds itself with a 3-0 record. The most significant thing about that mark might be that the Dragons have already surpassed last year's win total for the entire season. A season ago, the Dragons finished 2-14.
Allderdice's wins have been impressive, too. The Dragons shut out Serra Catholic, 6-0, in the season opener, followed by a 10-6 triumph against Seton-LaSalle. Both Serra and Seton-LaSalle were playoff teams last season. Tuesday, the Dragons won at Valley, 3-0.
Coached by Jeremy Askin, the Dragons have four seniors, eight juniors and three sophomores on their roster.
Things haven't been easy for the Allderdice boys lacrosse team in recent years.
This season has been no different.
Allderdice, the only City League school with a lacrosse team, is off to an 0-5 start. That includes lopsided defeats to Moon, Aquinas Academy, Vincentian, Seton-LaSalle and Fairview. The Dragons have been outscored, 75-8.
Allderdice, which competes in WPIAL Division 2 Section 1, is ranked No. 39 among the 40 Western Pennsylvania teams by Laxpower.com.
Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Allderdice baseball team.
"Growing pains may be an understatement to describe Allderdice's WPIAL debut last season in baseball.
Coming over from the City League, the Dragons were thrown into the WPIAL fire that is Class AAAA Section 4. Allderdice finished 2-14 overall and went winless against WPIAL competition, including 0-10 in section play.
"It was very, very tough," said Jeremy Askin who took over as head coach four games into last season. "Facing the Pine-Richlands and Shalers, seeing those teams made these kids better, that is for sure."
Already this year there are tangible results to prove that. After not winning a single game against WPIAL competition last season, Allderdice began this season by knocking off two WPIAL teams, Serra Catholic and Seton-LaSalle. Allderdice opened the season by shutting out Serra Catholic, 6-0. It was the first time in 23 games Serra had been shut out and it was the first season-opening loss for the Eagles, a perennial Class A power, in eight years."
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, March 23 through Saturday, March 29.
*Sports Town City League Week in Review (Mar. 16-22)
*Boys Basketball: Obama's Porter to play in Roundball Classic
*Girls Basketball: Allderdice's Fordham picked for Roundball Classic
*Baseball: 2014 City League Preview
*Baseball: Experienced Brashear off to strong start
*Softball: 2014 City League Preview
Just like they were last year, the city teams are split between the City League and WPIAL this season.
The three-team City League consists of Perry, Obama and Westinghouse, while Allderdice, Brashear and Carrick all compete in the WPIAL.
Obama will look to stand atop the City League once again. Last season, the Eagles went 5-1 in league play and 5-4 overall. Perry (4-6, 4-2) was the runner-up and Westinghouse (0-6, 0-6) finished third.
City softball teams are off and running.
The number of teams competing has steadily declined in recent years -- it now stands at six -- and only three of the existing teams compete in the City League. The other three are in the WPIAL.
Obama, Perry and Westinghouse form the three-team City League.
City League teams will begin league play Apr. 8 when Obama hosts Perry. Two days later, Westinghouse will play its opener at Perry.
- Baseball: Experienced Brashear off to strong start
- Boys Basketball: Obama's Porter to play in Roundball Classic
- Girls Basketball: Allderdice's Fordham picked for Roundball Classic
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Mar. 16-22)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Mar. 9-15)
- Boys Basketball: Memorable season closes for 'Dice
- Alumni Update - DeAndre Kane (Iowa State)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Mar. 2-8)
- Boys Basketball: Allderdice loses to Hampton in PIAA playoffs
- Boys Basketball: Allderdice sets its sights on Hampton
- Girls Basketball: Obama's season comes to an end
- Wrestling: Allderdice's Jacobson falls in PIAA tournament
- Girls Basketball: Obama opens PIAA playoffs against WPIAL runner-up
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Feb. 23-Mar. 1)
- Boys Basketball: City League champ Allderdice awaiting WPIAL power
- Girls Basketball: Obama awaits WPIAL runner-up
- Wrestling: City League wrestlers in action this weekend
- Boys Basketball: Carrick's turnaround season concludes
- Hockey: Season comes to an end for Carrick
- Boys Basketball: For Allderdice, City crown was simply a natural