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Staff

Josh Verlin - Editor-in-Chief

Josh co-founded CoBL in June 2012, just a few months after graduating from Temple University with a degree in broadcast journalism. The site became his full-time job in the spring of 2013 after he left Temple University’s Beasley School of Law to run the business full-time. A member of the U.S. Basketball Writers’ Association (USBWA), he also freelances for Reuters/The Sports Xchange, covering various collegiate and professional sports, primarily the Philadelphia Phillies. He has also served as an adjunct journalism professor at Saint Joseph's University, teaching a course in entrepreneurial journalism in 2016. Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, Josh was raised on the Big 5, and cemented his love of college and high school basketball during an undergraduate career at Pitt and Temple.

Follow Josh: @jmverlin

Josh Verlin (right) and Tom Reifsnyder (left)

Michael Bullock - Assistant Editor

One of the most well-respected high school sports writers around, Michael Bullock brought a wealth of experience and credibility to CoBL upon his beginning to write for the site in the fall of 2015. York County native, Michael spent most of his formative years in upper Dauphin County before graduating from Penn State with an accounting degree, working in that field for five years before heading off to Ohio State to obtain his master's degree in sports management; he worked in the sports information department there for three-plus years. Bullock then spent more than two decades at the Harrisburg Patriot-News and PennLive.com, covering a wide variety of sports — mostly high school action, but also logged plenty of time covering professional soccer, golf, bowling and boxing. Back in the mid-2000s, Bullock shifted his focus to high school basketball, spending the past eight years putting together state-wide rankings while handling an assortment of other things as well. He also coordinates the selection of the all-state basketball teams chosen by a panel of Pennsylvania sports writers.

Follow Michael: @thebullp_n

Ari Rosenfeld - Scouting Director

Ari is a graduate of the William Penn Charter School in East Falls, where he was the manager of the school’s basketball team. He is a native of Cherry Hill, N.J. His love for the game was instilled in him from a young age from his father, who was the Temple Owl mascot in the early 70's. Ari has covered high school and college games, as well as AAU and other summer events, since joining CoBL in June 2014. He graduated from Penn Charter this past June and will begin studying journalism at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications for the 2015-16 school year. In 2017, he became Scouting Director of CoBL and the Delaware Valley Hoops Report, an NCAA-certified Scouting Service.

Follow Ari: @ARosenfeldDVHR

Jason Ritter - Camp Director

As the head coach at Downingtown West High School from 2012-16, Ritter led the Whippets to the district playoffs in four of his five years, making Ches-Mont League championships in 2015 and 2016. His 2014-15 squad won the Ches-Mont and went on to a berth in the state tournament. During his time there, he helped develop a pair of Division I prospects in Josh Warren (Cornell) and Ryan Betley (Penn) as well as several D-II and D-III players. A graduate of West Chester with his Masters in Math Education (2005), he teaches math at Penncrest, where he was an assistant coach from 2005-2012 before taking over at D'Town West.

Owen McCue -- College Ass't Editor

Owen is a senior journalism major at Temple University. After spending the last three years writing for The Temple News, including the past two covering the Temple men's basketball team, Owen joined City of Basketball Love in the summer of 2017. Owen, a Methacton High School graduate, grew up in the Philadelphia area watching Big 5 and District 1 basketball. During his undergraduate years, Owen has also written for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baseball America.

Follow Owen: @Owen_McCue

Rich Flanagan - Staff Writer/Social Media

Rich is a graduate of Temple University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Rich joined the City of Basketball Love staff in August of 2015. Having played basketball at Archbishop Ryan (Pa.) in the Philadelphia Catholic League, Rich understands how deep and competitive the talent level of Philadelphia basketball has been. In addition to writing for CoBL, RIch also freelances for the Delaware County Daily Times sports section.

Follow Rich: @richflanagan33

Anthony Dabbundo - Staff Writer

Anthony, a 2017 Spring-Ford High School graduate, joined the City of Basketball Love staff in June of 2015, and has primarily covered District 1 high school basketball in the suburbs over the past two seasons. He will continue his academic and mediocre recreational basketball career this fall, studying broadcast journalism in Syracuse University's Newhouse School. Anthony has wanted to be a sportswriter/broadcaster since he was just 10 years old, and will join the staff of the Daily Orange, SU’s student run newspaper, for the upcoming school year.

Follow Anthony: @AnthonyDabbundo

ZACH DRAPKIN - STAFF WRITER

Zach, currently a senior at Lower Merion High School, began writing for CoBL in 2016. A Moneyball maniac from infancy, he began his sports journalism career in 2014 writing for a small NBA blog. By 2016, he was covering the NCAA Tournament as an editor of VAVEL USA, for whom he later served as editor-in-chief. Aspiring to be a GM, Zach intends to pursue sports analytics and business at the college level. Since moving to the Philly area in late 2014, he has been enthralled by Big 5 basketball and hopes to continue his involvement as a Penn student next fall.

Follow Zach on Twitter: @ZachDrapkin

Jeff Griffith - Staff Writer

Jeff, a junior sports journalism major at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication and 2016 graduate of Downingtown West High School, joined the City of Basketball Love staff in the winter of 2014 covering primarily District 1 hoops out in the western Philadelphia suburbs. He quickly expanded his coverage radius to several of the city's collegiate programs; Jeff has been an avid college hoops fan for as long as he can remember. He currently also writes for ASU's Rivals.com affiliate, Devils Digest, covering the Sun Devils' football, men's basketball and baseball teams. Jeff also covered the cross country, volleyball, women's basketball and softball teams at ASU in 2016-17.

Follow Jeff: @Jeff_Griffith21​

Josh Newman -- Recruiting/Features

Josh Newman covers Monmouth University basketball for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, a position he took over in Aug. 2013. A native of Commack, N.Y. on the north shore of Long Island, Josh also lends a hand on various professional and college beats, including Rutgers and Seton Hall. Having lived at the Jersey Shore for 13 years, he is still working to drop his New York accent. 

Follow Josh: @Joshua_Newman

Austin Petolillo - Staff Writer

Austin has been a Big 5 fanatic his whole life. A current Communications student at La Salle University, he comes from a Big 5 family: his father currently attends Temple to get his MBA, his grandfather graduated and taught at Villanova, his cousin graduated from St. Joe's and his two cousins graduated from La Salle, so it's safe to say he's been around a lot of Big 5 basketball rivalries in his family. Austin was introduced to Big 5 basketball when his grandfather took him to a Villanova game back when Randy Foye, Kyle Lowry and Allen Ray were at the forefront -- and he's been in love ever since.

Follow Austin: @AustinPSports

Tyler Sandora -- Staff Writer

Tyler joined the City of Basketball Love staff in February of 2017, covering primarily District 1 high school ball in the suburbs in addition to AAU and recruiting events in the summer. A senior at Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford, Tyler has had a love for basketball for as long as he can remember, and he hopes to pursue a career in the sportswriting business.

Follow Tyler: @Tyler_Sandora

Will Slover - Staff Writer

A current sophomore Finance/Accounting major and a member of both the four-year BS/MBA and Business Scholars co-op programs at La Salle University, Will has been with CoBL since January 2016. Coming from a family that hails graduates from Penn, St. Joe’s, Villanova, Drexel, and La Salle, Philadelphia basketball has been a love of his since birth. His cousin, Kate Jordan, is currently a women’s assistant coach at Penn.

Follow WIll: @WillSlover31