Local Basketball Legends Form Semi-Professional Team in the Wyoming Valley


Two Wilkes-Barre basketball legends and an all-time great city college coach are reuniting thanks to their love of the game. 

Dave Jannuzzi, the all-time leading scorer at Wilkes University, and Chris Shovlin, the all-time leading scorer at G.A.R. high school, founded the Wyoming Valley Clutch.  It’s a new semi-professional team to compete in the American Basketball Association.

“The great part about this is our area has never been known to have an abundance of great basketball players,” Jannuzzi said. “This is an opportunity to show there is.”

“It provides a lot of excitement and I’m just very grateful that we’re able to share this with our area,” Shovlin added.

They even enlisted the help of their former coach, long time Wilkes University head coach Jerry Rickrode. 

“We talked several times and then after we met, I felt it could be a good thing for the community, and they’re very community-visioned,” Rickrode said.

Community involvement is key to their plan, the Catholic Youth Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre will be home for the Clutch, and kids will get to see games for free.

“I mean that’s what it’s all about in the end is what we’re trying to do for this area, how this team will be community based and hopefully reach a lot of children in this area,” Shovlin said.

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