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RE: MBB: WKU Game - Thursday
(01-14-2018 01:07 PM)ODUgrad8182 Wrote:  There was a thread about Valentine in March 2016. Had some really good info there. This is something I posted back then:

In the 1973-74 basketball season, Booker T Washington came to Norfolk Catholic to play. Catholic had a really good team led by senior John Newsome who was recruited by Lefty and played at Maryland for a couple years.

BTW had a skinny, 6-7 sophomore named Ronnie Valentine, who I'd never heard of before that night. One of the best high school games I ever saw. Newsome scored 35 in the win, but Valentine had 34 and game went back and forth until very end. It was an amazing display. Guy could shoot. Made contested shots from everywhere. He was really good from the baseline. His game left quite an impression.

As I recall some time not too much later Ronnie transferred to Catholic and ultimately was part of our graduating class. He was a nice guy. I had two years watching him in practices and every game. I was already an ODU fan then so it was awesome when he choose the Monarchs. It was fun seeing him continue getting better and having the career he had at ODU.

One of the best shooters/scorers ever.
I attended middle school with Newsome, knew him a bit, remember seeing him play for MD on TV, don't think he played much
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RE: MBB: WKU Game - Thursday
(01-14-2018 01:59 PM)NC ODUFan Wrote:  
(01-14-2018 01:07 PM)ODUgrad8182 Wrote:  There was a thread about Valentine in March 2016. Had some really good info there. This is something I posted back then:

In the 1973-74 basketball season, Booker T Washington came to Norfolk Catholic to play. Catholic had a really good team led by senior John Newsome who was recruited by Lefty and played at Maryland for a couple years.

BTW had a skinny, 6-7 sophomore named Ronnie Valentine, who I'd never heard of before that night. One of the best high school games I ever saw. Newsome scored 35 in the win, but Valentine had 34 and game went back and forth until very end. It was an amazing display. Guy could shoot. Made contested shots from everywhere. He was really good from the baseline. His game left quite an impression.

As I recall some time not too much later Ronnie transferred to Catholic and ultimately was part of our graduating class. He was a nice guy. I had two years watching him in practices and every game. I was already an ODU fan then so it was awesome when he choose the Monarchs. It was fun seeing him continue getting better and having the career he had at ODU.

One of the best shooters/scorers ever.
I attended middle school with Newsome, knew him a bit, remember seeing him play for MD on TV, don't think he played much

Was in BJ's in Norfolk a couple weeks ago. My daughter said wow that guy is tall. Looked over and it was John Newsome. I went over and talked to him for a minute. As I recall at Maryland he played a few minutes a game as a freshman then played a little more as a sophomore, but didn't make it in school and was gone before that year ended.
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