Sunday, August 15, 2010
Hoop it up: an All-AFC East pickup game
By Tim Graham
You've probably heard Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall has hoop dreams.
In the event of a lockout next year, Marshall intends to play shooting guard for the Denver Nuggets. If not the Nuggets, he'll join Dwyane Wade and LeBron James with the Miami Heat.
The first thought that entered my mind was that Marshall has as much of a shot as Uncle Rico did of playing for the Dallas Cowboys.
Then I realized Marshall might not be the best basketball player on the Dolphins' roster.
With that in mind, I came up with a list of AFC East players with better basketball pedigrees than Marshall's.
But before you read the rundown, check out TrueHoop writer Kevin Arnovitz's scouting report from Marshall's glory days at Lake Howell High, including an attempt to swipe a can of Pepsi off the rim and take a swing before his feet touched down in a dunk contest.
Erik Ainge, 6-foot-5 Jets quarterback: Street & Smith's honorable mention All-American in high school. ... Father played basketball at Brigham Young. ... Uncle Danny played for the Boston Celtics and now runs the team.
Ikaika Alama-Francis, 6-foot-5 Dolphins outside linebacker: Was recruited by Division I programs, but stayed home to play basketball as a walk-on at the University of Hawaii.
Demetrius Bell, 6-foot-5 Bills tackle: Attended Northwestern State on a basketball scholarship and played three seasons. ... Son of NBA legend Karl Malone and half-brother of former WNBA star Cheryl Ford.
James Hardy, 6-foot-5 Bills receiver: Played in 23 games and started three as a freshman at Indiana University in 2004-05. ... Rated 78th best prep player in the country for Fort Wayne Elmhurst.
Joey Haynos, 6-foot-8 Dolphins tight end: Turned down scholarship offers from Coastal Carolina and Campbell to walk on the Maryland football team.
Quentin Moses, 6-foot-5 Dolphins outside linebacker: All-state hoopster in Georgia. Briefly played on the University of Georgia basketball team before focusing solely on football.
Randy Moss, 6-foot-4 Patriots receiver: A two-time West Virginia high school player of the year. He played briefly in the NBA's summer league in 2000 and the United States Basketball League in 2001.
Darrelle Revis, 5-foot-11 Jets cornerback: First-team all-state point guard for Aliquippa High in Pennsylvania. ... Recruited to play basketball for Pittsburgh, Western Kentucky, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne and others.
Jason Taylor, 6-foot-6 Jets outside linebacker: Played basketball as a sophomore at University of Akron. Started or was first man off the bench as a power forward, averaging eight points and 5.4 rebounds.