Norfolk State lands 4-star hooper Nate Tabor, but is it a sign of things to come for HBCUs?

It isn’t often a high school basketball player is offered the opportunity to play his college ball for a so-called major conference program, and declines.

With a monopoly on prime television slots on major cable networks, these conferences are homes to the schools young hoopers grow up watching, get to know, root for or against and ultimately hope to play for.

So when the opportunity is presented to play at a Duke, North Carolina or Kentucky, even if it’s just one offer in a pool of mid-major and small conference offers, players take it, hoping to play in front of thousands of people in the stands, millions more on TV, and scouts who aren’t going out of their way to view one particular player.

But what happens when these players think outside of themselves, and start thinking about the entire sports landscape? The power they collectively hold to change the

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The King of Staten Island Is a Love Letter To Pete Davidson’s Hometown Roots

Before Kevin Thompson got to work on the production design of The King of Staten Island, a semi-autobiographical comedy influenced by the life of Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, he headed straight to the source. Thompson, along with director Judd Apatow and producer Barry Mendel, joined Davidson in his hometown of Staten Island—New York City’s smallest borough by population—to get a personal tour of the comedian’s roots.

The group saw all of Davidson’s haunts—from Denino’s Restaurant, an old-school pizzeria, to the modest homes where he grew up. They instantaneously decided to film almost entirely on location. “We were like, ‘Why don’t we just do the real thing?’” Thompson says. “That way, Pete could smell the authenticity and be familiar and comfortable.”

<h1 class="title">THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND</h1> <div class="caption"> Thompson toured 40 houses throughout Staten Island to create an authentic design for Davidson’s fictional home. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Mary Cybulski / Universal Pictures</cite>

Thompson toured 40 houses throughout Staten Island to create an authentic design for Davidson’s fictional home.

Photo: Mary Cybulski / Universal Pictures

After all, the film, streaming on

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