Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 at 5:16 pm  |  7 responses

Video: Tony Chennault Interview

One-on-One with PA’s finest high school baller.

by Anthony Gilbert / @axgilbert

The Roots

“I was on Cecil B…Broad Street, Master…North Philly, South Philly…23rd … Tasker…”

Jay Electronica—”Exhibit C”

I was born in West Philadelphia, and while I lived in NYC for a spell, Philly is my home. In my youth I grew up with Kobe Bean, and I emulated Aaron McKie, and Eddie Jones…so naturally after high school, I enrolled at Temple University.

My first published work was a SLAM/PUNKS article on Maureece Rice in ’03…and I’ve been covering athletes since. My maturation as a journalist has led me toward the NBA…writing features, and short stories, however I reside in a preverbal hoops hotbed, so when the opportunity arises to cover an up and coming talent, I do so without hesitation.

Enter Tony Chennault…a senior at St. John Neumann-Goretti and recent recipient of the Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year honors. He’s ACC bound, so before he graduates and begins to make a name for himself at Wake Forest, I wanted to get an interview, and talk about how it all began at his home court, Fisher Park. Enjoy.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Good stuff. Thanks, AG.

  • Wesley Muhammad

    I can’t wait to see that cat balling down at Wake

  • http://www.gametimeag.blogspot.com Anthony Gilbert

    Thanks again Ben…I really appreciate this. Tony is a good person and I’m glad SLAM could give him some shine!

  • KP

    Great interview. I love how you always connect music with your pieces. I always look forward to your work AG.

  • Yung Money

    It’s about time young bol…Philly stand up. Can’t believe you did the interview at Fisher Park! I played there so many times.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    2-1-5. Great player, great interview.

  • http://Thestartingfive.net Michael Tillery

    AXG!! Go. Tony Chennault. Go. Philly.