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PSAL is back and indoors

June 4, 2021 Andy Furman
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Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) basketball is back – indoors – where it belongs.

Thanks to media pressure and the persistence of PSAL advocate Rich Kosik, the PSAL coaches and athletic directors announced last Friday the return to indoor sports because Covid-19 cases are decreasing and the number of New Yorkers getting vaccinated is increasing.

“Was it a coincidence that NYC/PSAL announced the day after reports – including Scholastic Roundup – that games could be played inside?” asked Kosik. “I don’t think so.”

Kosik is now asking PSAL coaches and athletic directors to e-mail the PSAL’s top guy – Seth Schoenfeld – [email protected] – and PSAL Basketball Coordinator Danny Harris [email protected] – to organize a Basketball Showcase for seniors some time in the July “open recruiting period” when NCAA coaches – all levels – are allowed to attend.

“Once we know the dates,” Kosik said, “we can advocate for two or three days to run the event. CCNY would be a good spot or Uncommon High School in Brooklyn with their four NBA-size courts on two floors in their building.”

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Great news from former St. Francis College basketball coach Bob Valvano. “While I continue to undergo chemo,” he posted on social media, “my doctor says if I feel well enough, I can do some work.”

Valvano is the host of the V-Show on WHAS Radio (840-AM) Louisville, and hosted this past Wednesday and Thursday (noon to 3 pm).

He was diagnosed with atypical CLL, a form of chronic leukemia, Stage 4.

Valvano coached the Terriers from 1984-88. At the time of his hiring, he was the youngest head coach in Division I men’s basketball at 27 years old. Under Valvano, the Terriers won their first post-season game in over 30 years, in 1988.

During the college basketball season, Valvano is the lead game analyst for ESPN Radio. When not doing those games, he is the color analyst for the University of Louisville men’s basketball games on WHAS and WKRD (790-AM) radio.

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Barnet Shulman isn’t the only basketball star in the family. The former Erasmus star, who played on the LIU NIT team in 1968 and is now a Manhattan dentist – he’s been practicing for over 43 years – had competition in his own home.

Younger brother Lee was a three-year member of the Fairleigh Dickinson University varsity basketball team, helping the program to a 44-26 record during that span. At the end of his playing career, Lee – also an Erasmus grad – was the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,156 points, an average of 16.5 points-per-game.

Shulman was a lifetime 80.7 percent free-throw shooter, also setting the all-time marks for free-throws made with 392 and free-throws attempted with 486. He led the team in scoring in the 1969-70 season at 14.9 points-per-game and again in 1971-72 at 20.8 points-per-game.

He still ranks among the top 15 at FDU in scoring and the top five for both free-throws made and attempted. He was a three-time Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I First Team Selection, a First Team New Jersey Basketball Sports Writers Association Division I pick and was FDU’s co-Athlete of the Year in 1972.

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This from Howard Kellman, who calls play-by-play for baseball’s Indianapolis (AAA) Indians: “I don’t mean to be sarcastic, but what’s the exit velocity and launch angle when a batter swings and misses?”

Kellman is a grad of Sheepshead Bay High School and he called St. John’s basketball games while a still a student at Brooklyn College.

Speaking of St. John’s. Did you know that Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett played basketball for the Johnnies, where as a sophomore he helped lead the Red Storm to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament? He transferred to Cal State-Northridge in 2013 to play for coach Reggie Theus.

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Stu Kerzner, who starred at Erasmus Hall and later at Providence College reminds that when he was a Friar, the school was all-male.

“This is the 50th anniversary of Providence College going co-ed,” he said. “We had a vote wen I was a student, and I voted against going co-ed.”

Arthur Solomon, former Brooklyn Eagle sportswriter, and later a senior VP/ senior counselor at Burson-Marsteller – he was responsible for restructuring, managing and playing key roles in some of the most significant national and international sports and non-sports programs. He also traveled internationally as a media advisor to high-ranking government officials.

He sends this along: “My source in the Mets front-office tells me that shortstop Francisco Lindor is asking the Mets to ban live fans at home games and fill the stadium with those cardboard cutouts.”

Andy Furman is a Fox Sports Radio national talk show host. Previously, he was a scholastic sports columnist for the Brooklyn Eagle. He may be reached at: [email protected]: Twitter: @AndyFurmanFSR.

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