Mike White | 1:40 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23
The WPIAL has set the game times for the basketball championship games Friday and Saturday at Duquesne University's Palumbo Center.
The boys' championships Friday are Class A (7 p.m.) and AAA (9 p.m.). The boys' finals Saturday are Class AA (1 p.m.) and AAAA (9 p.m.).
The girls' championship Friday is Class A (5 p.m.). The girls' championships Saturday are Class AA (11 a.m.), AAA (3 p.m.) and AAAA (7 p.m.).
All of the WPIAL championship games are being televised by Comcast, but not live. They can be seen "On Demand" the following week.
The City League boys' championship is Thursday at Palumbo Center at 6 p.m. The City League girls' championship is the second game of the doubleheader at 8 p.m.
About Herb Pope
Remember Herb Pope? Really, who can forget him. He is the former Aliquippa basketball star who was shot in the spring of his senior year two years ago. Pope played at New Mexico State as a freshman before transferring to Seton Hall. He is sitting out this year, under NCAA transfer rules, but apparently has been impressive in practices.
Brad Everett of the Post-Gazette recently attended the Prime Time Shootout in Trenton, N.J. The event attracts some of the top teams and players in the country. Anyway, while there Brad caught up with Seton Hall assistant coach Scott Adubato, and Brad passes along these comments from Adubato:
On getting a player like Pope: Herb Pope has a chance to be a first-team all-Big East player. There's no doubt.
What makes Pope good: His size and his ability to score inside and step outside. And not only do it offensively, but he is also good on the glass. He's a great rebounder. He's a great passer. He has a great feel for the game. He's going to take our team to another level.
On Pope's attitude: Herb has gotten a bad rap in the past, but he's a very good kid with a tremendous work ethic. I've been really pleased and happy to be able to work with him and help him get where we're trying to go. He's been tremendous for us. Every day, he's been working hard at practice. He makes guys better and he's going to make our team better. I can't wait to get him on the floor next year.
On Pope's future: If he continues to do what he's doing now, I think the sky is the limit for Herb. Because of his versatility, there are a lot of different things he brings to the table. ... I wish we had him in now. If we had him right now, I'm sure we'd have a couple more wins.