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August 21, 2014, 6:05 am

Three MC&S standouts going Division 1

It’s not every day a school holds a press conference to announce that three of its players are signing letters of intent to play Division I basketball. Math, Civics & Sciences is one of those special schools with three great players in Jeremiah Worthem, Britton Lee and Quadir Welton. All three will play major college basketball.

Worthem and Lee will head to Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Welton will attend St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. This was a watershed moment for the school. Family members, coaches and staff from MC&S attended a special ceremony to honor these players.

“This is a great accomplishment for the players,” said Danny Jackson, MC&S head coach. “It means a lot to them and their families. This is great for our school and basketball program. It’s an inspiration to a lot of players. It’s just a great feeling.”

Worthem is one of most talented big men in the city. The 6-foot-6 senior forward can take the ball to the basket. He’s a great inside player. He can defend and rebound extremely well.

Lee, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, recently transferred to MC&S from Roman Catholic. He’s a terrific ballhandler. He can penetrate and hit the open man. He should be a big addition to the Mighty Elephants basketball team.

Welton is a solid all-around player. The 6-foot-7 senior forward can run the floor, play good defense and rebound. He has a nice shot from the baseline.

Lee is looking forward to playing with Worthem at Robert Morris. Both will get a chance to play for the Colonials, who are members of the Northeast Conference.

“It’s a great feeling,” Lee said. “I was happy when I heard he committed. I was really excited. There are a few people I know up there with him. It makes it seem like home. This is my first signing. It’s a great feeling, too.”

Robert Morris has a distinct Philly flavor. The Colonials have a number of local players like Lijah Thompson (Communications Tech), Russell Johnson (Chester), Velton Jones (North Catholic) and David Appolon (Imhotep Charter). Andrew Toole, Robert Morris head coach, is a former basketball star at Penn.

Worthem is excited about playing his college basketball with Lee. He knows what kinds of skills he can bring to the team.

“Playing with Britton will be good,” he said. “He’s an outstanding worker. He works hard and is a good leader. He does a lot of good things on the court. I look forward to continuing to play this year and from now on with him.”

Welton will travel to New Jersey to play for the Peacocks. St. Peter’s plays in the Metro Atlantic Conference.

“St. Peter’s is a good fit,” he said. “They fit my style of play. They have some good incoming freshmen. I think we can bring another championship to St. Peter’s. They have a good team right now. They play in the MAC. I’ll get a chance to play against some good potential players and players I’ve seen in high school.”

 

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