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Big Apple Meets The Big Easy With Boys & Girls High

Boys & Girls High has a rich history of outstanding basketball. Prominent alumni include Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Lenny Wilkens and Connie Hawkins and former Syracuse star and NBA player Dwayne "Pearl" Washington.

The Big Easy will get a taste of the Big Apple when Boys & Girls High of Brooklyn, New York invades the New Orleans area to participate in the 2nd Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic Basketball Tournament January 19-21 at the Alario Center in Westwego.

Boys & Girls brings a host of talent to the tournament under 18th-year head coach Ruth Lovelace, the only female to lead a New York City Boys basketball team to a championship.The Kangaroos have won city titles in Division AA in consecutive seasons entering the 2011-2012 season. Lovelace recently had a documentary done on the program titled, "A Woman Amongst Boys."

Under Lovelace, the Kangaroos have reached the playoffs in all 17 years. Boys & Girls was ranked as high as No. 14 last season the USA Today Super 25 prep basketball poll. The Kangaroos are very good again this season.

6'6, 200-pound senior Leroy "Truck" Fludd is a terrific player and force, averaging 25 points and 14 rebounds per game. Fludd is considering Iowa, Kent State, Providence and a host of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schools.

6'6, 210-pound senior Joel Angus averages 12 points and 11 rebounds. He is considering Quinnipiac, Drexel, Rider and Siena.

6'2, 175-pound junior Wesley Myer averages 10 points and five assists. He is considering South Carolina, Miami and Oklahoma State.

5'10, 180-pound senior guard Tyliek Kimbrough averages 10 points and eight assists per contest.

At 9-1 on the season, Boys & Girls High plays aggressive, pressing full-court man-to-man defense, a style that will challenge the other seven teams in the Sugar Bowl event.

Boys & Girls has produced a bevy of college players over an extended period of time. With the talent on-hand this season, there is a chance that many more will make their mark in the future after first making their mark in the New Orleans area.

 

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