Greer, Troiano to enter South Jersey hoops Hall of Fame

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Two of the biggest names in Cape May County high school basketball history are set to receive a major honor next month.

Former Middle Township High School star LaMarr Greer and longtime Wildwood High School girls basketball coach Dave Troiano will be among the honorees when the Al Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey Hall of Fame inducts the latest class into its Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will be held Sunday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill.

Greer, who recently finished a long professional career overseas and is currently a volunteer assistant coach at Middle, is considered one of the best high school players in South Jersey history. After beginning his high school career at Overbrook in Pine Hill, the 6-5 point guard transferred to Middle Township prior to his junior season and led the Panthers to state Group II championships in 1993 and 1994. He carried the 1993 Middle team to the Tournament of Champions final. Greer finished his high school career with 2,637 points and as a senior was named a McDonald’s All-American and the New Jersey Player of the Year.

Greer went on to enjoy a productive four-year career at Florida State, where he averaged 11.1 points per game as the team’s starting point guard as a senior. As a pro, he helped the Atlantic City Seagulls win the USBL title in 1999 and once played with a Philadelphia 76ers summer league team before embarking on a long overseas career that included stops in Germany, Israel, Italy, Greece and Finland, among other countries.

Troiano is the winningest high school girls basketball coach in South Jersey. Now in his 36th season, he entered this week with a record of 605-298 for his career. His teams have won four state Group I championships and eight South Jersey Group I titles, along with 11 Cape-Atlantic League division or conference titles and three Tri-County Classic Division championships.

Troiano was inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002.

Eight others are also scheduled for induction. Among them is longtime basketball official John Pierantozzi, the current president of the Cum-Cape Board of Officials, who officiated many games in Cape May County over the course of his distinguished career. Others inductees include former Pitman star and former NBA player Joe Crispin; former Gloucester Catholic star, St. Joseph’s University player and current Audubon coach Cheryl Kulesa Clark; former Shawnee and Villanova star and 10-year NBA player Malik Allen; former Sterling and UNLV and Maine standout Ernest Turner; and former Williamstown and Drexel player and former European pro Michelle Maslowski.

The Hall of Fame ceremony is open to the public. Tickets are $35 and should be reserved in advance. Contact Jack Mongulla at (856) 461-8800 for more information.


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