Basketball from Brooklyn to Toms River
How many of you knew that arguably the greatest high school basketball player in recent Ocean County history is now an assistant coach with the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets?
Chris Fleming graduated from Lacey Township High School in 1988 after a career which saw him score over 2200 points and average 32 points a game in his senior season playing for coach John Macintosh. Fleming spent a short time at Connecticut before transferring to the University of Richmond and upon graduation spent six years playing professionally in Germany.
He began his coaching career there and in 14 seasons won numerous championships and in 2011 was named German Coach of the Year. The 46-year old Forked River native returned to the United States to become an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets in 2015 before joining Kenny Atkinson’s staff in Brooklyn before this season. Fleming and Atkinson were college teammates at Richmond.
Speaking of high school basketball the 33rd annual WOBM Christmas Classic begins the weekend of December 17-18 at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River and the seeds and pairings for the tournament will be announced next Monday. Returning once again will be the $10,000 half court shot during the boy’s championship game on December 30th. Sponsored by the Pine Belt Family of Dealerships with locations in Toms River, Lakewood & Keyport rules and registration are available at wobm.com.
Manchester Township High School will host a Shore Conference College Night for high school football players on Wednesday, December 21 from 5:30-8:30. This free event is geared to senior and junior football players interested in playing at the next level and they will have the chance to meet college coaches from not only New Jersey but surrounding states as well.