Rasheed Brokenborough is a business professional and former world-class shooting guard. He grew up in West Philadelphia, and he attended University City High School. He was earned Parade All-American honors during his senior year, after averaging 28.5 points per game. With 1,774 points, he stands alone as the all-time leading scorer in school history.
He was a high touted recruit and he committed to play for Coach John Chaney and the Temple Owls. Brokenborough started 95 of 96 games during his collegiate career, and he poured in 1,255 points in 3 seasons on North Broad Street.
He graduated with a degree social administration, and began playing in Europe after a stint in the Continental Basketball Association. He would win several team and individual awards over the years.
He ended his career in Austria, playing two final seasons for WBC Wels: in the 2009-10 campaign where he averaged 14 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2 assists per game. The following year he recorded 19.5 points per game (3rd best in the league), to go along with 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 34-games.
The James L. Wright Recreation Center officially opened in 1978 as the Mantua Recreation Center. James Lee Wright, was a former educator and he served as the recreation director from the outset.
Wright, was a student-athlete for the Overbrook Panthers, as a forward for the boys basketball team. He started a basketball program to provide the community with a constructive outlet.
For 25-years he dedicated his life to producing some of the most talented basketball players to hail from Philadelphia, including Rasheed Brokenborough, and Hakim Warrick. Wright passed in 2004, and the site was renamed in his honor to commemorate his dedication and contributions to Mantua and beyond.