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Flynn/Harris Draft 2009

June 30, 2009

BASKETBALL: 3-on-3 tourney in Falls to honor Jonny Flynn

City officials have another honor in the works for Niagara Falls High School graduate and recent NBA draft pick Jonny Flynn.

Mayor Paul Dyster announced this week plans to move forward with an outdoor basketball competition, similar in style to the popular Gus Macker three-on-three tournament held in Buffalo each year. Dyster said the city’s tournament will be named after Flynn, the 20-year-old Falls native who was selected No. 6 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in last week’s NBA draft.

“We’re not going to call it the Gus Macker tournament, we are going to call it the Jonny Flynn tournament, “ said Dyster, who presented Flynn with a key to the city on Monday.

City officials are hoping to hold the first tournament event later this summer. Dyster said he intends to present the council with a request for program funds next month. He said the city does not yet have a location for the tournament this year, but is considering several potential sites at this time.

He added that the long-term plan is to hold tournament games on three basketball courts that are being built in cooperation with the Niagara Falls School District behind Harry F. Abate School, near the corner of 11th Street and Portage Road.

“We’re looking at instituting a basketball program that we can do here in the City of Niagara Falls,” Dyster said. “That’s something we can probably get going this season. That would give us programming then, hopefully, next season we could move on to a new basketball facility.”

Last weekend’s Gus Macker in Buffalo drew more than 3,800 players and 40,000 spectators, making it the largest Gus Macker event in the country. Organizers in Wilson have had success on smaller scale with the annual Harbor Hoops tournament at Clark’s Park. Started in 2002, the Harbor Hoops tournament will be held Aug. 15 this year.

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  • 090629 FLYNN1 BASKETBALL: 3-on-3 tourney in Falls to honor Jonny Flynn Mayor Paul Dyster announced this week plans to move forward with an outdoor basketball competition, similar in style to the popular Gus Macker three-on-three tournament held in Buffalo each year.

    June 30, 2009 1 Photo

  • 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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