Lab Museum United Girls Basketball’s Rianne John Headed to SUNY Purchase College


By Jerry Del Priore

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Rianne John and Purchase College Head Coach Eddie Varrell

When playing college basketball became a possibility for Lab Museum United’s Rianne John, she had her heart set on attending Division-3 SUNY Purchase. All she had to do was pick up her SAT score, and the rest would take care of itself.

Consider it accomplished as John, a Brooklyn native, is headed to Purchase College in the fall to study and play the game she loves, the John family recently announced.

“I’m really excited,” said John, who will graduate from LMU on June 28th. “It’s something new, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Her father, Richard John said the entire family was more than satisfied with the way things shook out for his daughter after having other schools in the mix, including Division-2 Niagara University and Buffalo State College as well as LaGuardia Community College. But they ultimately landed the school at the top of their list.

“That was our first choice,” Richard John said of Purchase. “We’re happy with the way things worked out.”

John’s former high school head coach Michael Lloyd is ecstatic for his former power forward, who, he said, will get the chance to suit up for a great coach in Eddie Varrell and improving program. 

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Rianne John and Lab Museum HS Head Coach Michael Lloyd.

 

“I’m excited about the opportunity Rianne has to play at the next level, especially at a fine institution like Purchase,” Lloyd said. “I believe in Coach Eddie, his system, beliefs, and value system. They are headed in the right direction and I’m happy Rianne will be a part of it.”

Although not a polished played when she first entered Lab Museum, Lloyd said John bought into the Lady Gators’ hoops system in every way possible.

“At Lab Museum, we put a premium on player development, college placement and community service,” he said. “Rianne is living proof of the player development program we’ve established. She’s improved each year mainly because she took full advantage of the program.

“Rianne joined the program as a sophomore having never been on a team,” the four-year coach continued. “She was able to bridge the gap by attending additional workout sessions and participating in the offseason. As a result, she was selected to represent Manhattan in the Wheelchair Charites All-Star Game.”

John averaged 9.3 points and 10.12 rebounds per game in 17 contests, helping the Lady Gators to an 18-0 record and first place finish in the PSAL’s A West Division. Plus, a trip to the Class A Championship game—a 59-40 defeat to James Madison at Baruch College.  

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The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum Release Limited Edition NCAA D-I Men’s Basketball National Championships Bobbleheads


By Jerry Del Priore and NBHOF

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Syracuse University Orange – 2003 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions Bobblehead.

MILWAUKEE, Wi., March 1, 2017: Today, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled bobbleheads commemorating NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championships for ten Division-I Schools. Each school’s bobblehead is individually numbered to only 216. The bobbleheads are only available on the National Bobblehead HOF and Museum’s website.

The following schools were produced in this series: Arizona Wildcats (1997), Arkansas Razorbacks (1994), California Golden Bears (1959), Georgetown Hoyas (1984), Marquette Golden Eagles (1977), Ohio State Buckeyes (1960), Oregon Ducks (1939), Syracuse Orange (2003), Utah Utes (1944) and Wisconsin Badgers (1941).

These are the first bobbleheads commemorating each school’s championships. Each bobblehead features the school’s current mascot with replica NCAA National Championship trophies as well as a backing that lists the year of each school’s championship. The NCAA has crowned a Men’s Basketball National Champion since 1939, with only 35 different schools winning at least one National Championship and only 15 schools winning multiple championships.

The first series, which features schools that have won multiple championships, include: Kentucky Wildcats (8 Championships), North Carolina Tar Heels (5), Connecticut Huskies (4), Louisville Cardinals (3), Kansas Jayhawks (3), Villanova Wildcats (2), North Carolina State Wolfpack (2), Michigan State Spartans (2), Oklahoma State Cowboys (2), San Francisco Dons (2), Cincinnati Bearcats (2) and Florida Gators (2). The Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville and Villanova Bobbleheads are sold out, while a limited number of the other schools remain.

“March Madness is officially here, and we thought this would be the perfect time to release the second series of College Basketball Championship Bobbleheads,” said Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. “These bobbleheads are the perfect way for fans to commemorate their favorite school’s championships, and what better time than March to celebrate those memories.”

“We designed these to be the ultimate memento for each of the school’s biggest fans,” said National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum Co-Founder and President, Brad Novak. “These will be cherished collectibles that bring back great memories of championship seasons.”

The Hall of Fame and Museum has plans to complete the series over the next year. Championship bobbleheads for the following schools have yet to be created: UCLA, Duke, Indiana, CCNY, Holy Cross, LaSalle, Loyola (Ill.), Maryland, Michigan, Stanford, UNLV, UTEP and Wyoming.

The bobbleheads, which are officially licensed by the schools and the NCAA, are in stock and ship now. The bobbleheads are $40 each, with flat rate shipping of $8, and can be purchased at https://store.bobbleheadhall.com/