I kind of wish that they ranked the Top 60 players so that we could have some fun arguing who should be above who and breakdown if one player had more professional, collegiate, or street credibility success compared to the others, but it is still pretty fun to run down the list and remember a bunch of the guys throughout the years to come out of New York City.
None of which, may have been more influential than Providence College’s own, God Shammgod.
SLAM Online and SLAM Magazine have been longtime supporters of Shammgod’s and have sung his praises over the years in multiple articles and mentions.
Here’s one by Alan Paul. And another one here.
And here’s a video they did with him as well.
Here’s what they had to say about God in the article:
“He invented a mythical move, a dribble combo that’s universally regarded as the game’s most disrespectful crossover. God Shammgod was at the park every day, perfecting his move, taking it on the road with him to Providence College and later the Washington Wizards.”
PC Friars great Lenny Wilkens was also named in the Top-60 List.
“Lenny Wilkens is in the Naismith Hall of Fame as a player and a coach. That’s elite. His roots are in Bed-Stuy, where he came up through Boys High and then Providence College. Wilkens played in the League for 15 years and then coached for another 36 years.”
Some other notable guys and Big East Alums that were included on the list included St. John’s Ron Artest (back when he was Ron Artest), St. John’s Felipe Lopez, St. John’s former player and current coach Chris Mullin, current St. John’s scoring phenom Shamorie Ponds, the late Malik Sealy (St. John’s), Seton Hall’s Andre Barrett, Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead,
If we’re stretching it to the Old Big East, then UConn’s Kemba Walker & Cincinnati’s Lance Stephenson make the Big Apple alums to make the list as well.
And as always, since I love the video, here’s some of the best Shammgod crossovers of all-time.