The emergence of Philadelphia charter school Math, Civics & Science (MC&S) as a power in Pennsylvania high school basketball has come alongside the emergence of Mighty Elephants’ junior guard Nasine Poplar as one of the state’s best players.

MC&S won the state Class AA championship in 2019, and was still playing, in the quarterfinals, when the coronavirus pandemic ended this season. Perhaps more impressively, the Mighty Elephants won this year’s Philadelphia Public League title, knocking off Class 6A power Simon Gratz in the championship game.

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