The Rumph Classic is a five-day charity summer Pro-Am basketball tournament played at Arcadia University. For the last four of its eight-year run, Team F.O.E., comprised of Maalik Wayns, Marcus and Markieff Morris and Arinze Onuaku -- long time friends who grew up together -- have competed and tried to take down the best of Philadelphia. After falling short in their first three attempts the former Division I players and current professionals finally took the gold.
Wayns, who played in the NBA with the Sixers and most-recently the Clippers, was named the tournament MVP, leading F.O.E. to a 122-102 victory over JT Ballas with a 35-point, six-rebound, and four-assist effort.
"We've known each other forever, since high school. We remained close through AAU, high school and college," former LaSalle star Rodney Green told City of Basketball Love.
The F.O.E. players may not all be in the NBA (Green played in Northern Italy last season), but they have all established themselves as some of the Philadelphia-area's best. When taking on JT Ballas, they were the clear crowd favorites, hailing from Philadelphia-proper, compared to their opponents' New Jersey heritage.