The following is an excerpt from a story by James L. Edwards III at TheAthletic.com about the relationship between Jameer Nelson and Langston Galloway, both legendary Atlantic 10 players for Saint Joseph's and Phil Martelli. Both players are now members of the Detroit Pistons. A link to the full story (subscription required) follows the excerpt.
In the summer of 2009, Langston Galloway visited Philadelphia to see his uncle, Saint Joseph's assistant basketball coach Geoff Arnold.
Galloway had made the trek many times before from his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. But on this trip, Galloway was on the St. Joe's campus for the dedication of Hagan Arena, a newly renovated incarnation of the beloved 60-year-old Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Hawks coach Phil Martelli and his staff were recruiting the Louisiana native, and having him present for the re-opening event could only help their case.
NBA veteran Jameer Nelson was also there. Five years earlier, he and Delonte West famously lifted Saint Joseph's to a 27-0 regular season. The Hawks earned a No. 1 seed in the 2004 NCAA tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight. Nelson was the consensus national player of the year.
It was there, near a track outside the Fieldhouse, that the past and future of St. Joe's basketball met face to face for the first time.