Shakir headlines city quartet hooping it up for Worcester State

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Over his 21 years as head coach of the Worcester State University men’s basketball team, David Lindberg doesn’t recall ever having four players from Worcester on his team at the same time.

In fact, between the 2009-10 and 2013-14 seasons, Lindberg didn’t coach a single player from Worcester.

This season, the city is represented by four Worcester residents: juniors Bilal Shakir [Worcester Technical High School, class of 2012], Isaiah Tatum [Holy Name, ’13], and Jamal Mustapha [Doherty, ’13], as well as sophomore Jamal Smith [St. Peter-Marian, ’14].

Longtime Worcester State coach Dave Lindberg huddles up with his Lancers.

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Longtime Worcester State coach Dave Lindberg huddles up with his Lancers.

“They all knew each other before they got here. They’re all pretty good friends,” said Lindberg, a 1991 Worcester State grad. “Certainly that helps with their team chemistry. They all had a bond before coming here.”


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