A pair of former St. Joe’s hoopsters has been grabbing the headlines this past week, for very different reasons.
Former standout Jameer Nelson, ’04, was honored by The Sporting News as part of their All-Decade Team. Nelson, an All-Star last season with the Orlando Magic, was named to the first team along with guard Jason Williams of Duke, forwards Kevin Durant of Texas, Joakim Noah of Florida, and center Tyler Hansborough of North Carolina.
Nelson is coming off a career year, averaging 16.7 points and 5.4 assists per game while bettering his career averages across the board in route to his first career All-Star game.
The news is not as good for DJ Rivera, ’10. The former St. Joe’s and Neumann-Goretti guard was dismissed along with four other players, including fellow Philly native Malik Alvin of Simon Gratz, from Binghamton this week for undisclosed reasons.
Rivera led the Bearcats and America East in scoring last year at 20.2 points per game en route to the NCAA Tournament. He left St. Joe’s after two largely unproductive years, which included a semester on the bench for academic reasons.
The other three players dismissed were Corey Chandler, Paul Crosby, and David Fine. They follow Tiki Mayben, who was arrested late last week on drug charges. Mayben, Rivera, and Alvin were all starters on last year’s team, which has experienced so many legal problems they have garnered the nickname “UNLV East” by New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick.
“If any of the young men in our program don’t respect the decisions that have been made or the rules we have in place, then they need to move on with their lives,” said head coach Kevin Broadus in a statement.
-Matthew De George ’10