High school notebook: Lincoln Park basketball star picks Robert Morris

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One of the top basketball players in the WPIAL has decided to play at Robert Morris.

Elijah Minnie, a 6-foot-8 senior forward who helped Lincoln Park win WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships this season, decided Sunday he will attend Robert Morris.

Minnie was a first-team all-state selection and was a versatile performer for the Leopards. He averaged 15.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 5.0 blocks and 3.0 steals. He also had 21 3-pointers, shot 80 percent (83 of 104) from the field and scored more than 1,000 points for his career. He attended Monessen as a freshman, Summit Academy as a sophomore and Lincoln Park the past two years.

Some other Division I colleges showed interest in Minnie. He still must qualify academically to be eligible as a freshman at Robert Morris.

One of Minnie's Lincoln Park teammates will join him at Robert Morris. Ryan Skovranko, a 6-7 senior forward, will join the Colonials in the fall as a "preferred" walk-on. Skovranko averaged 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He made 35 3-pointers.

Change in Aloi ruling

The WPIAL altered its ruling on the eligibility case of Nick Aloi, which allows him to play basketball late next season for Lincoln Park. Aloi, a sophomore, transferred Jan. 21 from Ellwood City to Lincoln Park. On April 24, the WPIAL had a hearing with Aloi and declared him ineligible for allegedly transferring for athletic intent. The WPIAL ruled the ineligibility was for one year from the date of the hearing.

But on the PIAA's advice, the WPIAL changed its ruling recently to make Aloi ineligible for one year from the date of his transfer. That is a drastic change because it means Aloi can play the final few weeks of the 2014-15 regular season and the playoffs.

Aloi plans to still appeal his case to the PIAA.

East beats West

C.J. Curry of Berwick threw four touchdown passes to lead the East to a 35-25 victory against the West in the annual East-West All-Star football game Sunday at Franklin Regional. The game included top seniors in the state.

Franklin Regional quarterback Charan Singh, a Massachusetts recruit, threw two touchdown passes for the West to Gateway's Delvon Randall and Obama's Marcus Johnson. West Mifflin running back Jimmy Wheeler also ran for a touchdown for the West.

Mike White: mwhite@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1975 and Twitter @mwhiteburgh.


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