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Flynn/Harris Draft 2009

June 29, 2009

BASKETBALL: Jonny Flynn given key to Niagara Falls

In the coming weeks, you may have to pardon the dust at the Flynn residence. There could be a bit of remodeling happening on Garden Avenue.

“I’ve been building shelves for him for years and it looks like I’m going to have to build some more,” Rev. William Flynn said with a chuckle as he carried an armload of proclamations and gifts his son Jonny Flynn was presented with Monday evening at the City of Niagara Falls’ Council Meeting.

Flynn, the former Niagara Falls High School and Syracuse University standout, was drafted sixth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in Thursday’s NBA Draft and less than a week later returned to a hero’s welcome in his hometown. Included in the hoopla was the presentation of a key to the city.

“This is easily one of my proudest moments as mayor of Niagara Falls,” Mayor Paul Dyster told the standing-room-only crowd estimated at more than 300.

Niagara County legislator Renae Kimble proclaimed Monday as Jonny Flynn Day in the county before bestowing large expectations on the two-time Niagara Gazette Player of Year.

“We’re expecting you to be a starting point guard … and lead the Timberwolves to the NBA championship,” she said as the crowd roared in excitement.

Flynn also received a proclamation from state assemblywoman Francine DelMonte and a commemorative copy of last Friday’s Niagara Gazette from publisher Peter Mio.

“I want to thank everyone in Niagara Falls for always having my back,” Flynn said. “I have a whole city behind me — all the way from the basketball gurus to the people that couldn’t pick out LeBron James in a crowd. I love you Niagara Falls.”

The crowd showed their love with a handful of standing ovations. Among several former NFHS coaches and teammates in attendance was 2006 graduate Anthony Marshall.

“I wanted to come and show my love and support for Jonny,” he said, while reminiscing about an alley-oop he threw Flynn from halfcourt during a win over Kenmore West. “I always knew he was going to be really good, but to get this far is special. I’m proud of him and his family. And I know he’s only going to get better.”

Contact reporter Nate Beutel at 282-2311, ext. 2262.

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  • 090629 FLYNN2 BASKETBALL: Jonny Flynn given key to Niagara Falls Niagara County legislator Renae Kimble proclaimed Monday as Jonny Flynn Day in the county before bestowing large expectations on the two-time Niagara Gazette Player of Year.

    June 29, 2009 1 Photo

  • BASKETBALL: Harris to join Flynn on T-Wolves summer squad Paul Harris said Monday that he will accept an offer to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the upcoming NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where Jonny Flynn will also make his professional debut after Minnesota made him the sixth overall pick in last week’s NBA draft.

    June 29, 2009

  • 090623 harris in falls2 BASKETBALL: Harris keeps his head in the game Paul Harris returned to the Niagara Falls High School Wolverena to workout Friday, determined to pursue an NBA career despite going undrafted the night before. Harris said the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Chicago Bulls have extended summer league invitations so far.

    June 26, 2009 1 Photo

  • New Timberwolves Basketball BASKETBALL: Timberwolves say Flynn, Rubio will make dynamic backcourt Timberwolves president David Kahn told jittery supporters he believes Ricky Rubio, the fifth overall pick, and Niagara Falls' Jonny Flynn, the sixth pick, will play off of each other extremely well and “together, we will have one of the most dynamic defensive backcourts in the NBA over time.”

    June 26, 2009 1 Photo

  • BASKETBALL: Flynn selection is Falls' finest hour A team that first dominated the Niagara Frontier League, then a power-packed independent schedule got its ultimate validation on Thursday at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater when former Niagara Falls High School point guard Jonny Flynn was among the first names called off by National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern at the 2009 Draft.

    June 26, 2009

  • SCHMITT: Destiny plays trick on Flynn Jonny Flynn has talent. Always has. Tim Winn talked about it years ago, saying he’d be the best of the Niagara Falls bunch. He was right, as Thursday’s events can attest.

    June 25, 2009

  • 090624 harris in falls BASKETBALL: With assist from Flynn, Harris looking to NBA Draft Of all the times Jonny Flynn set up Paul Harris on the court over the years, Harris holds the most gratitude for the latest assist off the floor.

    June 24, 2009 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_348233734 JONNY FLYNN, part 3: What does the future have in store? Where does the Niagara Falls senior see himself after his time as a Wolverine is done?

    June 24, 2009 1 Photo

  • NCAA Syracuse Basketball BASKETBALL: NBA sizes up Jonny Flynn Reports out of Chicago, where the NBA just concluded its pre-draft scouting combine, indicated the Niagara Falls native measured out as one of the shortest players in attendance, but his performance in competitive drills solidified his status as a potential top 10 pick.

    May 30, 2009 1 Photo

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