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Friday, January 26, 2007


Great profile in the New York Post on Jessie Sapp.


Back home in East Harlem, though, on the night before the Hoyas met Florida in the Sweet 16 in Minneapolis, Sapp's sister, Steveasia Perry, then 13, was shot in a playground, an innocent bystander to an unfathomable teen conflict near the Woodrow Wilson Houses. In the end, she was fortunate in an unfortunate situation. She suffered a fractured jaw and slowly began the recovery process, which, of course, included a call from a certain brother who eventually decided to stay with his teammates and play in the biggest game of his life.
"Once we knew everything was going to be OK," Sapp said, "I knew I had to go and be with my team."


There's a comfort level aside from basketball, as well. In a 74-58 win over Seton Hall Friday at the Meadowlands, several family members, including Steveasia, watched Sapp go for 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. "Everything," he said slowly, "is good now."
On and off the court.

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