Jerome Parkins, Jamill Powell and Corey Baldwin were tops in the city not too long ago. But they all went the route of JuCo because none had the grades for a four-year school.
In Sunday’s Connecticut Post, I track the paths of the former high school stars, each one facing the typical Bridgeport obstacles of school and the streets.
Some key points from the story:
*Mike Brown, a former college coach who started a foundation to help place Bridgeport players in college, said “I’ve had college coaches tell me that they haven’t been to Bridgeport in years because the kids don’t have the grades.”
*In 2012, the average math/reading SAT score at Harding was 715. At Bassick, it was 668.
*Since 2005-06, 20 Bridgeport players have gone JuCo. One has gone Division I, an “absolutely absurd” statistic, according to Brown.