The Public League playoffs are here. The postseason has some interesting matchups in each classification. In addition, the playoffs have some of the city’s best high school basketball players. The league has a full slate of playoff games on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
In Class AAAA, Southern (13-8) will visit Martin Luther King (21-2). Frankford (10-11) will host Bartram (12-12).
MLK has one of the best teams in the city. The Cougars are led by Fa’Teem Glenn and Raquan Brown-Johnson. Glenn is the team’s leading scorer. He averages 14.8 points a game. He’s also an outstanding point guard. Brown-Johnson is MLK’s second leading scorer, tallying 14.1 points a game. Ralik Wise is Southern’s top player. Wise averages 13.8 points a game.
Frankford’s key player is Joe Ricketts. The 6-foot guard is the Pioneers’ leading scorer, averaging 11.2 points a game. Bartram will rely on its backcourt standouts in 6-foot Malik Noel and 6-foot-1 Khayri Washington.
In Class AAA, Boys’ Latin (10-13) will travel to Imhotep Charter (19-4). Dobbins (12-10) will face Philadelphia Electrical Charter (13-10) on the road. Boys’ Latin has an exciting guard in Yahmir Greenlee, who leads the team in scoring. Greenlee, a 5-foot-8 senior, averages 14.6 points a game. Eddie Powell, a 6-foot-3 standout, averages 12.5 points a game for the Warriors.
Imhotep Charter has been one of the league’s best teams over the last five years. Brandon Austin, a 6-foot-4 senior, averages 16.4 points a game. Austin will play his college basketball at Providence College next season. Basil Thompson, a 6-foot-6 forward, gives the Panthers steady play around the basket.
Philadelphia Electrical Charter is loaded with talented players. The Chargers have two outstanding players in 6-foot-9 Jai Williams and 6-foot-2 guard Hakeem Baxter. Williams is averaging 11.7 points a game. He has already given Saint Joseph’s a verbal commitment. Baxter is the second leading scorer in the Public League. He averages 22.6 points a game.
Dequan Jackson, a 6-foot-4 guard/forward, has been a consistent player for Dobbins. Jackson averages 13.8 points a game.
In Class AA, Communications Tech (16-6) will entertain Sayre (16-8). Delaware Valley Charter (9-13) will travel to Constitution (15-8). Antwan James, a 6-foot-4 guard, is Sayre’s leading scorer. James averages 16.8 points a game. In the backcourt, Sayre has a steady player in 6-foot-2 Richard Burton who averages 13.2 points a game.
Communications Tech has two high-scoring guards with 5-foot-11 David Johnson (16.3 ppg) and 6-foot-3 Samir Doughty (16.3 ppg). Johnson and Doughty are exciting players in the open court.
Delaware Valley Charter has a great inside-outside combination with 6-foot-6 Hassan Young and 6-foot Clayton Wolfe. Constitution will depend on 5-foot-10 point guard Kimar Williams (13.5 ppg) and 6-foot-4 forward Ahmad Gilbert (13.2 ppg) to advance in the postseason.
In Class A, Math, Civics & Sciences (22-1) will host Strawberry Mansion (9-14). Sankofa (13-10) will visit Vaux (16-7). MC&S has one of the best teams in the Philadelphia area. The Elephants have three Division I players with 6-foot-7 Jeremiah Worthem (Robert Morris), 6-foot-8 Quadir Welton (Saint Peter’s) and 5-foot-11 Britton Lee (Robert Morris). Worthem has been a dominant player inside, averaging 17.4 points a game. Malik Starkes, a 6-foot-4 guard, has played well, averaging 10.2 points a game.
Strawberry Mansion has a brilliant player in 5-foot-9 Donovan Barnes, who leads the team in scoring. Barnes averages 18.3 points a game. The Knights’ other top scorers are 6-foot Brandon Jiles (13.1 ppg) and 5-foot-9 Raekwon Dial (12.8 ppg).
Sankofa will keep the ball in the hands of its best players 6-foot-2 Anthony Wright-Downing (15.6 ppg) and 5-foot-8 Dache Talbert (15.5 ppg). This team will have the challenge of containing 6-foot-4 guard Rysheed Jordan, who is regarded as one of the best players in the country. Jordan leads the league in scoring with a 25.9 average. His final three choices are UCLA, Temple and St. John’s.
NOTES: The Boys’ Latin –Imhotep Charter matchup will be played at 5:30 p.m. Delaware Valley Charter will face Constitution at 6 p.m. All other games will be played at 3:15 p.m.