Morris earned team MVP honors this season. The agile 240-pounder has soft hands, can bang inside and can shoot from the outside. Morris, who’s averaging 12 points and eight rebounds per game, is being recruited by Siena, Providence and Penn State.
Coleman averages a team-high 13.3 points per game to go with 4.2 rebounds. He scored 18 in an upset win over nationally ranked Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.) to earn MVP honors of December’s Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic.
In his first year with Friends’ Central after transferring from Penn Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.), Robinson is the team’s version of Shawn Marion. Robinson is a stat-filler who averages 12.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
Coming off an overtime loss in the Friends Schools League championship, the Phoenix needed four wins in five days to take home the Pennsylvania Independent Schools title. Coach Jason Polykoff says during that run his team was the most focused and intense it had been all season. In the final game of the tournament, Friends’ Central rallied to beat Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.) in overtime, 60-58.
Notable alumni include Memphis Grizzlies forward Hakim Warrick (Class of 2001) and former University of Arizona guard Mustafa Shakur (Class of 2003).
Central's motto is "Family," which is printed on the back of the team T-shirts. Coach Jason Polykoff describes his players as a "bunch of jokesters" off the court and says senior Peter Chawaga is hilarious at standup routines.
The end of Friends' Central's come-from-behind overtime win in the PIS tournament title game can be watched on YouTube by typing in "Friends Central" in the search box.