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In honor of their 106th Founder’s Day, our close friends over at The Shadow League are honoring the 12 greatest Nupes to ever do it up on the hardwood.

12. Kerry Kittles

Kittles is Villanova’s all-time career leader in points and steals and thrived in a vicious Big East Conference at the time that featured Allen Iverson at Georgetown and Ray Allen at UCONN.

If you don’t remember him getting busy in college, or in his prime as Jason Kidd’s backcourt mate when the Nets made back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, go back and check the videotape. Kerry Kittles got it in!

 

11. Sam Perkins

“The Big Smooth” was part of North Carolina’s delicious triumvirate with Michael Jordan and James Worthy when they won the national championship in 1982. One of the greatest players in ACC history, he was the first player in Mavericks history to score 30 points and grab 20 rebounds in a game.

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(Sam Perkins and Dean Smith, Photo Credit: goheels.com)

Dirk Nowitzki would be the second, accomplishing the feat 17 years later. The Brooklyn native played in the NBA Finals with the Lakers, Sonics and the Pacers in 1991, 1996 and 2000.

 

10. Walt Hazzard

The Philadelphia native helped John Wooden win his first national championship at UCLA in 1964, kicking off the greatest dynasty in the history of college basketball with his MVP performance in the NCAA Tournament.

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An Olympic Gold Medalist in 1964, he was also the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft that year by the Lakers. His best year as a pro came during the ’67-’68 season when he averaged 24 points, six rebounds and four assists for Seattle.

 

9. Allan Houston

Houston graduated from the University of Tennessee as the Volunteers’ all-time leading scorer in 1993. By his third year in the NBA, he was regularly dropping 20+ points per game with an offensive repertoire that remains criminally underappreciated.

He will forever be loved by Knicks fans for helping the 1999 squad make it to the NBA Finals. In the summer of 2000, he won an Olympic Gold Medal with Team USA in Sydney, Australia.

 

8. Rolando Blackman

The four-time All-Star was born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he lit it up at William E. Grady High School.  One of the greatest players in the history of Kansas State University’s hoops program, he was a starter on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team that boycotted the Moscow Games.

The first Panamanian-born player in the NBA, Blackman was a four-time All-Star who spent most of his pro career with the Dallas Mavericks. His final NBA seasons were spent with the Knicks, with whom he appeared in the 1994 Finals against the Houston Rockets.

 

7. Cazzie Russell

A Chicago native, Russell won three straight Big Ten Conference championships and led the University of Michigan to consecutive Final Four appearances in 1964 and 1965. Young folks might associate Crisler Arena with the Fab Five’s greatness in the early ’90s, but old timers refer to it as “The House That Cazzie Built.”

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The first overall pick in the 1966 NBA Draft, Russell was a member of the New York Knicks beloved 1970 championship team.

 

6. Penny Hardaway

If his career was not sabotaged by injuries, Penny could have gone down as being a better, more complete and athletic version of Magic Johnson. In his prime years, his talent was breathtaking. He averaged 37 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocked shots per game coming out of high school in Memphis and is considered by many to be one of the greatest prep players ever, along with guys like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James.

Penny was a key member of the only squad, the 1992 USA Basketball Developmental Team, to ever defeat Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan’s ’92 Dream Team. As a rookie, he led the Orlando Magic to a 50-win season and their first ever playoff berth. If he’d never been injured, Penny would be mentioned alongside Magic and Isiah Thomas as the best point guards ever. And he gets this high on this list, not only because of his potential, but because Lil’ Penny was the coolest dude ever in the history of advertising.

 

5. Alex English

English was the first player to score 2,000 points in eight consecutive NBA seasons. One of the greatest scorers ever, he averaged 22 points and six rebounds per game and was an eight-time All-Star during his 16-year NBA career. His first few years in the league with Milwaukee and Indiana were rather uneventful, but he began assaulting the NBA’s scoring records beginning in 1980 as a member of the Denver Nuggets.

For a full decade through 1990, he was the league’s highest scoring player and helped the franchise reach the Western Conference Finals in 1985. No player scored more in the 1980’s than the much-slept-on Alex English, one of the coldest offensive weapons ever.

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This Is How the Kappas Reveal New Initiates at Tennessee State University

The Kappas at Tennessee State University revealed a line that will go down in history!

The brothers of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at Tennessee State University introduced their Spring 17 initiates to campus and these brothers put on a show!

Check out their video below and show these brothers some love if you think they HELD IT DOWN!


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Kaepernick Just Donated $25,000 to Help Immigrant Youth Affected By Trump’s Repeal of DACA

San Fransisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick has decided to use his own money and the money he has made from his jersey sales to help the people of the Chicago area by supportingthe largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation to deal with Trump’s removal of DACA.

The 28-year -old member of Kappa Alpha Psi, who refused to stand during the national anthem during NFL games last year said he would donate the first $1 million he made from last season to organizations assisting communities affected by racial injustice and police brutality.

“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and be able to make the kind of money I do,” Kaepernick said. “I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in the position to succeed or given those opportunities to succeed,” he said last year.

“I will donate one million dollars plus all the proceeds of my jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities, 100k a month for 10 months,” he said on his website.

One of these communities just so happens to be immigrant children who are currently being threatened by the repeal of DACA.

For his recent pledge, which was announced yesterday,  Colin donated $25,000 to United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.

“We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status,” the about section on United We Dream‘s website states.

According to Kaepernick’s website, the $25,000 will go toward the following:

  • Addressing the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth. Over 100,000  members. Current focus: Organize and work for immigrant children to keep DACA in force.
  • 10k for upcoming travel. Air, hotel, lodging, and ground transportation.  United We Dream recently held event in Washington DC and sent 300 dreamers to lobby to keep DACA. This budget will pay for 75-100 attendees for a similar rally upcoming.
  • 10k for series of upcoming local gatherings in NY, CT, TX, FL, NM. Facilities rent and security, transportation, food, technology
  • 5k for text service for the network of over 100,000 members.

Along with this $25,000 donation, Kaepernick has donated to DREAM (Formerly RBI Harlem) a baseball program in Harlem, Coalition For The Homeless, and War on Children.

 

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The Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi in Houston Just Published This List of Things You Can Do to Help Hurricane Survivors

The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. just released the following “Disaster Response Update” regarding Hurricane Harvey and the work that the members of the fraternity are doing to help survivors in the city. The message, which was penned by the alumni chapter’s Polemarch Ronald J. Lockett, II, covers FEMA, volunteer opportunities and ways that people can donate.

Read the full letter below

The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is working with the other area alumni chapters, the Kappa Disaster Response & Recovery Team, FEMA, the Red Cross, and the City of Houston.  We have offered the Houston Alumni Kappa House as a POD (Point of Distribution) related to the flood recovery effort.  There are truckloads of resources that are already moving into position to service the area.  This will allow us to play a vital role in the response and the ongoing long-term recovery efforts.  At this time, the Kappa House (3349 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004) has not been activated as an official FEMA Point of Distribution, but we will begin accepting supplies from those able to donate starting Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:00am – 4:00pm and continuing daily (*Suggested supply list attached)

There are many immediate volunteer opportunities at shelters in Houston and the surrounding communities where our assistance is greatly needed.  If you are safely able to leave your home to serve our fellow neighbors at a shelter, please do.  We encourage you to wear Kappa Alpha Psi paraphernalia. (Thank you to those who were able to volunteer over the past few days)

Monetary donations can be made directly to the Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi to purchase supplies, water, clothing, food for displaced members & their families along with the citizens of Houston communities: www.houkappa.com/donate 

We have recently spoken to the Polemarchs of the Beaumont & Port (TX) Arthur Alumni Chapters and they are dealing with the storm as well. They have several brothers who are currently waiting to be evacuated from their flooded homes while the rain is still pouring down. Please keep them and their families in your prayers as well as those in the Lake Charles, LA area.

We encourage affected individuals to immediately register with FEMA. Registering online at: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance.  Those who do not have access to the internet may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Those interested in becoming a part of FEMA’s standing disaster workforce should visit: https://careers.fema.gov/reservists-program

Please stay safe and heed the guidance and warnings of local authorities.  Keep the Faith and remember your life is more important than any material possessions.

Yours in the Bond,
Ronald J. Lockett, II
Polemarch, Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
info@houkappa.org
“Brotherhood, Achievement, Service & Social”

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