Philly gives Pennsylvania hoops its clout

Updated: February 24, 2009, 4:23 PM ET
By Chris Lawlor | ESPNRISE.com

To truly understand the glorious past of Pennsylvania scholastic basketball, you must realize its epicenter is Philadelphia.

Historically, the state's largest city (more than 1.4 million residents) has been defined by its distinctive neighborhoods, incorporated townships, districts and boroughs. It is in those areas that gymnasiums, recreation centers and playgrounds provide budding players a chance to hone their skills.

Philadelphia players are known for their gritty style ...

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