2010-11 Penn Quakers Welcome New Recruits

August 22nd, 2010
Quakers look to get back to the top of the Ivy

The 2009-10 season was a tough one for the Penn Quakers and their fans, as the 25-time Ivy League champions lost their first ten games (and 14 of their first 15) on the way to a disappointing record of 6-22 (5-9 Ivy). But a season with few highlights included Zack Rosen, Jack Eggleston and company handing eventual league champion (and Sweet 16 member) Cornell their first conference loss of the season, and with Jerome Allen beginning his first full season as head coach hope springs eternal.

Jon Teitel's Interview Series: Pittsburgh Legend Charles Smith

May 10th, 2010
University of Pittsburgh Great Charles SmithCHN writer Jon Teitel spent time recently interviewing University of Pittsburgh legend Charles Smith, a two-time All American who also won a Big East Player of the Year award before graduating. Smith, who enjoyed a lengthy career in the NBA, can now be seen during the season on SNY during the network's studio show during Big East basketball telecasts in addition to other interests.

Jon Teitel: In 1984 you were named a McDonald's All-American. Which of your fellow high school seniors impressed you the most (Danny Manning, Chris Washburn, other)?

Jon Teitel's Interview Series: ETSU Legend Keith "Mister" Jennings

May 10th, 2010
East Tennessee StateRecently, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with East Tennessee State legend Keith "Mister" Jennings, one of the greatest players in school history. Jennings still ranks in the top four in six major statistical categories and nearly led the Bucs to an improbable upset of top seed Oklahoma in the first round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament. In the first of three straight trips to the Big Dance, the Bucs fell 72-71, one of only a handful of one-point losses for sixteen seeds.

Jon Teitel: How did you get the nickname "Mister", and do you like it?

Q&A With Montana Guard Anthony Johnson

March 16th, 2010
Montana guard Anthony Johnson

What goes through the mind of a player who's in "the zone"? CHN writer Jon Teitel had the opportunity to find out, talking to Montana star guard Anthony Johnson about his performance against Weber State among a variety of topics in advance of the Grizzlies' first round matchup with New Mexico. 

Q&A With Notre Dame Forward Tim Abromaitis

March 16th, 2010
Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis

CHN writer Jon Teitel recently spent some time talking with one of the most improved players in the Big East, Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis. Abromaitis and the rest of the Fighting Irish will take on Old Dominion on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Jon Teitel: Your older brother Jason played at Yale. What did he teach you about the sport, and who is the better player?
Tim Abromaitis: Since he is older, he was always beating me in 1-on-1. He taught me how to be competitive and have a good work ethic.

Q&A With Lehigh Point Guard Marquis Hall

March 16th, 2010
Lehigh point guard Marquis Hall

Next up in Jon Teitel's interview series is Lehigh point guard Marquis Hall, the man whose responsibility is to get the ball to stars C.J. McCollum and Zahir Carrington. First up for the Patriot League champion Mountain Hawks: none other than top-ranked Kansas. 

Q&A With Lehigh Head Coach Brett Reed

March 15th, 2010
Lehigh head coach Brett Reed

In the latest installment of his interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Lehigh head coach Brett Reed, whose Patriot League champion squad will take on top overall seed Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Jon Teitel: You began your collegiate coaching career at Oakland CC where you were an assistant for your father Lynn (who won the National Junior College championship in 1987). What role has your father had on your coaching life, and what role has he had on your non-coaching life?

Q&A with Minnesota Great Mychal Thompson

March 2nd, 2010
Minnesota great Mychal Thompson

In the latest installement of his interview series CHN's Jon Teitel interviewed Mychal Thompson, who is widely regarded as one of the best players in the history of the University of Minnesota program. Thompson also won a pair of NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Jon Teitel: You were born in the Bahamas, moved to Miami during high school, and decided to attend college at Minnesota. How did you first get into the sport of basketball while everyone around you was playing soccer, and how did you survive the move north for college?

Q&A with Colorado Basketball Legend Cliff Meely

February 27th, 2010
Colorado legend Cliff Meely

In the latest installment in his interview "series", CHN writer spent some time with University of Colorado great Cliff Meely, who was a two-time All-America and is currently the school's third all-time leading scorer. 

Jon Teitel: You were heavily recruited out of high school until you suffered a knee injury in a playoff game and ended up in a cast for several months: how did you cope with the injury, and what effect did it have on your recruiting process?