It is a rare distinction to score more than 1,000 points during a high school basketball career. Within just a few weeks, two varsity basketball standouts, Alex Capitano '20 and Matt Dade '19, have each reached this impressive milestone.
Alex scored his 1,000th career point, 22 for the day, against Abraham Lincoln High School (73-58) on Thursday, December 20. "Cap is always one of the best shooters in the gym," shared Varsity Head Basketball Coach Craig Conlin. "He joins a very elite group of high school basketball players to score 1,000 points. This is a great feat for him and shows the hard work he has put into his scoring. It also is a credit to his team and speaks of their commitment to getting him the ball in the right spots. This is a great accomplishment for our program, and we are all very proud."
Matt Dade hit the 1,000 point mark on Tuesday, January 8 in a tough game against William Penn Charter (56-60). "Matt poured in 35 points to lift his total to 1,022," explained Varsity Head Coach Craig Conlin. "Matt also notched 14 field goals (two 3-pointers) and went 5-for-8 at the line. "This was only the 14th time, second for Matt, going back to EA's 1949-50 season, that an EA player scored at least 30-points in Inter-Ac play."
The Dade family is a familiar name associated with EA basketball. Matt's father Anthony Dade '83 was also a standout player during his EA playing career, which included two league championships in 1982 and 1983. Both years, the team went 10-0 in the Inter-Ac and notched a 24-1 overall record. Anthony Dade averaged 17.4 points during his EA career and scored 29 points in the 1983 championship against The Haverford School.
"My wife and I are both so happy that he accomplished this goal - a goal that he set for himself in 9th grade. It was truly rewarding to see his hard work pay off," said Mr. Dade. "I am glad that Matthew choose to play basketball at EA. I never imagined that my coach, Coach Doc, would get the chance to see him play for EA." Long-time EA basketball coach Dan Dougherty coached at EA for 29 years before retiring in 2010.
Matt credits his father for his years of coaching and mentorship. "I give Matthew honest feedback, and he does a great job of making the adjustments. He has taken my feedback and guidance to another level which shows in his development as a person and basketball player," explained Mr. Dade.
When asked about his favorite memories of playing EA hoops, Mr. Dade shared, "It has to be the Friday night home games. The support that we received from the students, parents, and faculty was amazing!"
With several more weeks of play ahead, Alex and Matt are expected to continue racking up the points as they join an elite list of EA basketball players to hit the 1,000 mark, including current NBA players Gerald Henderson '06 (2,059 career high school points) and Wayne Ellington '06 (1,756 career high school points). (The full list can be seen below.)
"It is with great honor that we have had two players reach the milestone of scoring 1,000 points in their careers," said Coach Conlin. "We are very blessed to have Matt and Cap play in our program together. Scoring 1,000 points is a testament to their hard work and dedication and also the commitment of their teammates to help them both achieve such an incredible achievement."