Partial List of Colleges and Universities actively recruiting our Sports U/Team IZOD players
UVA, Richmond, U of Mami, Providence, Seton Hall, Fordham, Hofstra, Penn State, St. Bonaventure, Siena, Robert Morris, Colgate, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Boston University, Oregon State University, Marist, St. Joe's, Princeton, American University, Catholic University, NJIT, Alabama A & M, Norfolk State, UNC-Central, Bloomfield, Dillard University, Oklahoma City University, Gannon, Savannah State, Morgan State, St. Francis, Florida Atlantic, Tampa, CW Post, Georgetown College, Stony Brook, Kennesaw State, Maryland Baltimore-County, Wagner, Delaware, Fordham, Marist, George Mason, Quinnipiac, UNC Wilmington, George Mason, Colgate & Lafayette University
The Huge Assist that May
Have Saved a Life
It was a routine flight home after another
weekend tournament. The plane ride took on an interesting twist however
and some of the Sports U/Team Izod basketball team responded and jumped
Team Izod had
played in Dallas in the Under Armour Invitational tournament which is
part of the Under Armour Association. They were on the Flight 610
which left Dallas Texas at 7:00 PM Sunday night bound for Newark. The
flight ended up diverted and landed unexpectedly in Baltimore,
Sports U 16 & Under Coach Serge Clement said, "There was a guy who
caught a seizure and got stuck in the bathroom." The passenger, Kenny
Gillman is diabetic and was suffering a seizure. Clement continues,
"Some of the kids went to the bathroom but were waiting for like 5
minutes. Tom Lacey (Seton Hall Prep Sr. and Naval Prep bound)
noticed the occupied/vacant sign was flickering back and forth. Tom
opened door a little and saw a guy on the floor. We got the door open
a little but couldn't get him out. He was stuck. We couldn't get him
out the cracked door. I tried to lift him up but realized we had to
break the door to get him out. We worked together to break the door
off and had to completely kick it off to get him out."
Lacey remembers, "A few of us were lined
up for the bathroom we were waiting for like 4-5 minutes. The
indicator switched to vacant but nobody came out. We knocked and
called in there but nobody answered. I started feeling something was
wrong. I managed to open the door a little but didn't see anything.
Than I noticed there was a man on the floor
wedged between the toilet, wall and door. He was able to talk but he said
he couldn't move. The Flight Attendant came over. I tried to put my
fingers in to open the door further. The attendant said not to, and that I
could hurt my fingers. But I went ahead anyway. I opened the door as much
as I could but he was still on the floor. I got my upper body in there but
couldn't pick him up. He was lodged in there. Coach Serge jumped in
also, but even the two of us couldn't get him up in the confined space. We
were both sweating pretty bad; it was hot in there. Davere Creighton
(So. forward from Brooklyn Collegiate in New York), Serge and myself
finally broke open the door. We kept pushing and pushing together on 1, 2,
3. At this point everyone on the plane knew what was going on and were
looking at us."
Lacey goes on, "His legs were contorted. He was in pretty bad shape. He
was hyperventilating. I said Kenny you have to breath in and out. They got
him oxygen. We got him to move his legs. They got him orange juice. He
said he was a diabetic. I talked basketball with him to relax him. I was
wearing a Final Four t-shirt so we started talking about the Final Fours.
He seemed to calm down.
He wanted to go back to his seat. Serge and I got him to his seat. When he
got to his seat he had a seizure. His eyes were rolling into his head. His
head went down and he had trouble breathing. I kept saying Kenny you have
to breathe. Breathe in and out. The Flight Attendant came over and they
put the Defibrillator on his chest. The plane made an emergency landing in
Baltimore and the EMT took over from there."
Clement sings Lacey's praises, "Tom Lacey he's something. He's calm and
collected for an 18 year old. He's something else. He talked to him the
whole time and stayed with him even after we got him out of the bathroom."
Gillman's traveling companion, David Whitebook said, "I was sitting behind
my friend and had dozed off when I heard a commotion that a person was
locked in bathroom; that someone had collapsed while in the bathroom. He
had locked the door. He was wedged in there and they couldn't open the
door. The stewardesses, frankly didn't know what to do. Fortunately the
guys from the team were there. They're big and strong. I didn't want to
get in the way. They worked hard as a team. One particular gentleman, Tom
Lacey was very good. And Ed Bright who was in charge of the group
should be commended. They somehow managed by the grace of god to get him
out. Ed's people were so helpful and concerned. The guys were great, they
helped a lot. Tom even wanted to make sure I called him to let him know
how Kenny was doing."
St. Anthony Jr. guard Tarin Smith was also very much involved in
the rescue and showed tremendous teamwork and determination in getting
Gillman out of the bathroom.
Whitebook said that as of Tuesday afternoon, Gillman, while still in the
hospital, had regained consciousness and seemed to be doing better.
Sports U has had many successful weekends traveling to tournaments,
but this may have been their most successful ever.
17U Wins Pitt Hoop Group
By Andrew Koob of HoopGroup
Sunday wrapped up what was a fantastic
showing at the Pitt Jam Fest, with Sports U IZod taking the 17U
Platinum crown after besting DC Assault 48-45. Take a look at some of
the observations from the last day in Pittsburgh:
In a matter of ten seconds, Sports U
IZod’s Hakim Suntil completely shifted the momentum of the
With less than 30 seconds left in the game and Sports U trailing
DC Assault by three points, Suntil hit a three-pointer to tie the
“We had a pick-and-roll situation, that’s a play we run all the
time,” Suntil said. “I knew I could get a shot off. I came off the
pick and [the defender] came under, so I had the space. I just set my
feet up and knocked it down.”
Then, with DC Assault guard and Maryland commit Romelo Trimble
bringing the ball up court, Suntil struck again, stealing the ball and
taking a two-point lead with 18.7 seconds left in the game.
“I wasn’t worried about the fouls,” Suntil
said of the game-changing steal. “I saw him spin one time, I knew I
could get it so I waited until I knew he would show the ball and took
it right there.”
Suntil Steps Up
After the game, Suntil was more than happy to give credit to the rest
of the Sports U IZod squad.
“It feels good, but I wouldn’t be here without my teammates. I didn’t
score every point, so I’ve got to give it to my teammates.”
You’d have a tough time finding someone
who topped Nickens’ performance over the past few days.
The 2014 guard always seemed to find a way to find the bottom of
the bucket every single game, including a last second
three-pointer against Team Loaded (VA) that broke a 51-51 tie.
With offers already in hand from Oregon State, Temple,
Providence, St. Joseph’s and Penn State, his play in front of
the massive amount of scouts on hand will almost assuredly earn
him some more college options.
Jared Nickens Puts Stamp on Pitt Jam Fest
Sports U 16 U Wins 2013 Rumble in the
ARDSLEY, NY - You can't always dictate how
a championship game is going to go just based on how the teams
performed leading into the game. Sunday's Rumble in the Bronx title
tilt was a prime example of that.
U was dominating teams leading into the game. They had won their
quarterfinal by 40 and won in the semis over New Heights by 15.
In contrast, Team Scan's 15's, who were playing up in the 16's
this weekend, took their quarter by just 7, and needed OT to win
in the semis, but this championship game between two top level
teams turned out to be a great one.
So great, that neither team had a lead bigger than 6 the entire
game. It was a back and forth, drag it out affair. It was going
to be the team that came up with the big stop late to win, and a
late strip by Jahlil Tripp (Brooklyn Collegiate '15) of
Sports U helped ensure the win for his team, with the Jersey
power ending up holding the trophy at the end, taking down
Scan's 15's, 55-54.
Scan was younger, and a bit less experienced heading into this
game, and in a big game like this, you need someone to step up
if you want to have a chance. That someone in the title game was
Christian Vital (Vermont Academy, VT '16). The 6'2" guard was on
fire from beyond the arc. Much like his teammate Tremont Waters
(South Kent, CT '17) was in their semifinal, Vital lit it up
from deep in the 1st half hitting on 5 threes, as Sports U had a
lot of trouble closing out on the perimeter. Omari Spellman
(North Royalton, OH '16) was a beast on the glass, controlling
the paint, and putting his stamp of physicality on the game
early. Scan looked poised to go up 6 at the half, but a nice
left runner late by Karl Charles (Rutgers Prep, NJ '15)
helped cut the Scan lead to 33-29 at the break.
MVP Jahlil Tripp
Sports U started to get it rolling behind two Brooklyn kids in the 2nd
half in Tripp and Davere Creighton (Brooklyn Collegiate '15)
who each were able to slash to the rim, and get into the paint to
finish strong inside. Sports U took their first lead of the 2nd half
when Otis Livingston (The Patrick School, NJ '15) connected on
a corner 3 with 9:35 to go, but after that is was truly back a forth.
A monster Spellman throw down, was followed by a beautiful drive to
the rim by Tripp. Waters would then follow with a pretty up and under
finish, but Creighton came right back with a slash down the left side
in traffic. It was back and forth on the final minutes with the game
hanging in the balance.
Vital would key up a 7-0 run to help Scan retake the lead at 51-49,
and from there it seemed like both teams knew what was on the line and
the game started to go at a very deliberate pace. Neither team scored
for almost 2 minutes until J.R. Lynch (Hudson Catholic, NJ '14)
hit a pair of FT's to tie it, and then soon after, Tripp got a steal
at mid court and was fouled going in for the layup. With 45 seconds
left, he calmly hit both FT's to put Sports U back up 53-51. Scan
dumped the ball inside to Spellman, but he was stripped going up by
Tripp. Creighton would get the ball and he found his H.S. teammate
Tripp wide open on the other end for the easy layup with 10 seconds to
go, and a seemingly insurmountable 55-51 lead.
Vital though would not let his team go away quietly. He buried a wing
three with 2.7 seconds left, and Scan used their last timeout. They
fouled Creighton immediately on the inbounds, and with 1.9 seconds to
go, he missed the front end of a 1 and 1, but with no timeouts left,
Scan could get nothing more than a three quarters court heave that
fell well short, giving Sports U the 16u Rumble championship, 55-54.
Tripp was named MVP with a team high 16 points in the win, while
Charles added 15. Creighton, who had 16 in a big semifinal performance
added 10 in the title game, but showed he is a real future NYC star
all weekend long.