//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js As he heads into his 43rd season at St. Anthony’s, Hurley is still having plenty of good days coaching basketball. He appears revitalized this year by the addition of three big African players — 6-foot-10 Daniel Mading (who holds offers from Florida, UConn and Arizona State, among others), 6-11 Oscar Okeke and 6-9 Akuwovo “Savior” Ogeneyole. Mading and Okeke are members of the Class of 2017, while Ogeneyole is 2018. They join the Georgetown-bound Mosely, 5-foot-11 transfer Asante Gist, 6-7 wing Kaleb Bishop and 6-foot guard Shyquan Gibbs to give the Friars a nucleus of strong talent. The Friars are also expecting Marial Mading, Daniel’s younger brother and a talented point guard, to arrive soon from Australia. “They’ve become a refreshing change here late in coaching,” Hurley said. “The African kids that are here — Oscar, Savior and Daniel — you can’t get them out of the gym. They’ve been amazingly capable of taking any classes. They’re immigrants. This is an opportunity for them. So they’re making some of the other guys look bad and it’s making some of these guys really pay attention to how they’re approaching things. Is everybody on the same page? Absolutely not but I think it’s going to be fun with this group. “I wouldn’t acknowledge myself as a chef of any kind but there’ s pretty good ingredients here. The phrase that Dwyane Wade talks about all the time is when you get a group of people tighter, you’re trying to develop championship habits. So getting the group together where they can function a little bit as a group and we can work on saying, the potential that’s in the room, we should be trying to develop championship habits because we would have a puncher’s chance against anybody to play right now.” Mosely is especially excited about playing with the new bigs. “We’ve been lacking a lot of big men play my past three years so I think it will bring a lot of energy to the big man spot and just a lot of versatility to the team,” he said. St. Anthony isn’t alone in adding transfers, of course. St. Joe’s-Metuchen picked up Syracuse-bound guard Tyus Battle. Roselle Catholic, the reigning TOC champion and the team that ousted St. Anthony’s from the Non-Public B state championship game last year, added Nate Pierre-Louis, Andre Rafus and Leondre Washington to help offset the loss of Kentucky freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe and South Carolina freshman forward Chris Silva. In New Jersey, St. Patrick’s, St. Benedict’s, Blair Academy and Pope John XXIII have all added (and lost) players, too. Hurley said 18 students transferred out of St. Anthony’s last season and 14 transferred in, including several of the basketball players. “But that wouldn’t be surprising because if there’s 150 boys in school, 50 play basketball,” he said. Armed with a new team and an expanding knowledge of the Internet, Bob Hurley is ready for yet another year at St. Anthony’s. And it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere anytime soon.
A bad day coaching basketball is better than a good day doing almost anything else – Bob Hurley— Coach Mac (@BballCoachMac) September 17, 2015