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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 pursue a sportswriting career. A member of the U.S. Basketball Writers’ Association (USBWA), he also freelances for Reuters/The Sports Xchange, covering various collegiate and professional sports. He has also served as an adjunct journalism professor at Saint Joseph's University, teaching a course in entrepreneurial journalism. 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

Justin Allen - Staff Writer

Justin, a native of Pottstown, has a sports business background. Raised in a family of Big 5 graduates, he has been a fan of Philadelphia hoops since birth. He works for The Reading Eagle as a sports correspondent for the paper's Tri-County section. Prior to joining the Eagle, Justin was a senior writer for BIC Sports, as well as an occasional contributor on the now defunct WPAZ 1370 in Pottstown. Justin joined the CoBL staff in January 2015.

Follow Justin: @jallen_town

Max Buchdahl - Staff Writer

Max, a sophomore journalism major at Temple University, joined the staff of CoBL in September 2015. Originally from Baltimore, Max did an internship with WNST Radio, where he assisted in covering the Orioles, Ravens, and Terps. Max also did an internship with WYPR, Baltimore's NPR member station. During his senior year of high school, Max published a book, "Return of the Exiled," which tells the story of his ancestors' escape from Nazi Germany. Aside from writing, Max is the student board president of Hillel at Temple University.

Follow Max: @max_buchdahl

Rich Flanagan - Staff Writer

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

Jeff Griffith - Staff Writer

Jeff, a freshman 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 works for ASU's student publication, The State Press, covering the Sun Devils' cross country and wrestling teams, and has also done some freelance work for The Sports Xchange.

Follow Jeff: @Jeff_Griffith21​

Aron Minkoff - Staff Writer

Aron is a journalism major at Temple University with aspirations of moving onto law school. He is originally from Pittsburgh but has quickly learned how much basketball means to Philadelphia and how much different the landscape is on this side of the state. In addition to writing, Aron serves as the president of his fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau, and covers University of Pittsburgh hoops over at Cardiac Hill for SB Nation.

Follow Aron: @AronMinkoff​

Mitchell Northam - Staff Writer

Mitch lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and works full-time for DelmarvaNow.com as a General Assignment Reporter. He is a 2015 graduate of Salisbury University and started contributing to CoBL in January 2015, covering games in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. He also contributes to SB Nation and has written for DMVelite, Dime Magazine, Hardwood Paroxysm and more.

Follow him on Twitter: @primetimeMitch

Maddy Pryor - Social Media/Photographer

Maddy is a 2013 Penn State alum, originally from Neptune, N.J., with a B.A. in Public Relations. She has been shooting amateur sports photography since high school. She wrote for OnwardState.com for over a year, covering PSU Men’s and Women’s Basketball as well as other sports and student events. She currently resides in State College, Pa and works for the American Cancer Society. She joined CoBL in November 2013.

Follow Maddy: @maddyyypryor

Tom Reifsnyder - Staff Writer

Tom is a senior journalism student minoring in political science at Temple University. In addition to his work with CoBL, he serves as a sports intern/staff writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, the Temple women's soccer beat writer for The Temple News and volunteers as a co-anchor for HomeTowne TV, a local station based in Summit, N.J. He has freelanced for The Sports Xchange and the Spartanburg Herald-Journal (S.C.), covering Major League Baseball, Division I basketball and Division II lacrosse. Tom joined CoBL in September 2014 and became Assistant Editor in July 2015.

Follow Tom: @tom_reifsnyder

Ari Rosenfeld - Staff Writer

Ari is a graduate at 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.

Follow Ari: @realA_rosenfeld

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


FORMER STAFF

Andrew Albert

A graduate of La Salle University with a degree in communications, Andrew, a Syracuse, N.Y. native, wrote for La Salle’s weekly newspaper The Collegian and also served the host of Sports Talk Philadelphia on La Salle TV. He served as the La Salle beat writer for CoBL for three seasons, covering the team's run to the Sweet 16 in 2013 by following the Explorers to Dayton, Kansas and Los Angeles; he also covered numerous other big-time high school and college games for the site. In November 2014, he was hired as a Sports Producer at Philly.com; he currently works as the Sports Editor for FlockU.com.

Andy Edwards

Andy is a Notre Dame graduate with a degree in Spanish and Psychology. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he’s currently the assistant Sports Information Director at Ursinus College. Before that, he worked for two years as a staff writer at the Daily Local News in West Chester, where he covered boys basketball and lacrosse, and served for one year as an SID at Muhlenberg College during the 2013-14 school year before working in the same capacity at Chestnut Hill College during the 2014-15 season.

Andrew Koob

Andrew Koob is a Temple University alum with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. A native of Doylestown, Pa., Andrew was one of CoBL's top contributors from its founding and through its first two seasons, covering high school and college games all over the region; he also worked with the Philadelphia Daily News and the Hoop Group and has been published by Yahoo! Sports, the Chicago Tribune and ESPNRecruiting. Andrew was with CoBL from its founding in June 2012 until he left for a full-time sportswriting position with the New Castle (Pa.) News in September 2014.

Jeff McDevitt

Jeff McDevitt is a graduate of Temple University where he majored in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media. Jeff’s the offspring of a St. Joe's grad and a Temple grad, and attended Big 5 games with his dad throughout his youth. He's been passionate about Philadelphia basketball ever since. Other interests include Buffalo wings and professional wrestling. He joined CoBL in December 2012, and worked for the site until 2015, when he was hired in Drexel athletics' video production department.

Garrett Miley

Garrett is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a degree in English. A West Chester, Pa. native, he’s been attending Big 5 basketball games with his father since he was a child. He is also currently the Editor in Chief for The Hawk, SJU’s student newspaper and is an ultimate frisbee fanatic. Garrett started writing for CoBL in November 2012 and continued until fall of 2015, when he left for Washington, D.C.

Follow Garrett: @GWMiley

Jeff Neiburg

Jeff is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in journalism. A native of Kennett Square, Pa., Jeff served as the Flyers' beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and currently freelances in the Philadelphia area. In the past, Jeff has written for The Temple News, covering baseball, men's soccer and football and has freelanced for The Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa, as well as Reuters/The Sports Xchange and other media outlets. He joined CoBL in September of 2013 and became Assistant Editor in January of 2015, and left the staff in July 2015 to join the Philadelphia Daily News as its Flyers' beat writer.

Dan Newhart

Dan is a senior journalism major at Temple University. Dan is from West Pittston, Pa, and he transferred to Temple from the University of Scranton in August of 2013. He previously wrote for the Temple News, covering the women's volleyball team in the fall of 2014. Dan has covered high school and college games for the site, and joined CoBL in January of 2015.

Follow Dan: @danny_newhart​

Stephen Pianovich

A 2014 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in journalism, Pianovich spent his undergrad years in State College covering the Nittany Lions’ football and basketball programs for multiple outlets including the Philadelphia Daily News, the Centre Daily Times and the school’s student paper, the Daily Collegian. He has also worked for MLB.com, the Harrisburg Patriot-News and the Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. For his coverage of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal and the ensuing fallout, Pianovich won numerous Hearst Journalism and Student Keystone Press Awards, including first place in the Hearst’s “Breaking News” category for his story “NCAA levies sanctions upon Penn State” and first place in the Keystone’s “General News” category for his story “Joe Paterno’s statue removed from Beaver Stadium.”

Follow Stephen: @SPianovich