The marquee sports— football, basketball and baseball— have surely led the way. Four Prep football players have made it to the NFL, headlined by Tony Woods who had a distinguished nine-year career with the Seahawks and Rams. The others were Chet Parlavecchio (Packers and Cardinals), Jarrod Johnson (Steelers and Chargers), and Alex Busby (Redskins). Others who recently came close were Andre Callendar, who played in the Canadian Football League after a stellar career at Boston College, and Alex Wujciak, who starred at Maryland.
Four Prep graduates went on to the NBA, led by Brevin Knight, who led the league in steals and assists during a career that saw him play for nine different teams. The others were Brevin’s brother, Brandin Knight (Rockets), current assistant coach with Pitt; Ira Bowman (76’ers), current assistant coach with UPenn where he was once the Ivy League Player of the Year; and Pep Saul, a standout in the early days of the NBA. In addition, Prep alum Mike Malone is now the coach of the Denver Nuggets.
Baseball has produced three major leaguers, most notably Rick Porcello, the young star of the Boston Red Sox. He was joined in the bigs by Joe Martinez (Giants and Pirates) and Nick Christiani (Reds). Prep baseball has also had several others who narrowly missed making the jump from AAA to the majors, including Eric Duncan, a No. 1 draft choice of the Yankees, and Jeff Miller, who was named All-State in football, basketball and baseball before settling on baseball and reaching the highest rung of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor leagues.