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Saturday / November 17.
  • Precious Achiuwa, Lester Quinones transfer to Florida powerhouses from St. Benedict’s Prep

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Precious Achiuwa and Lester Quinones, two elite Class of 2019 players, are both transferring out of St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) to national powerhouses in Florida.

    The 6-foot-9 Achiuwa, ranked No. 12 by ESPN.com in the Class of 2019, will transfer to Montverde (FL) Academy where he will play for legendary coach Kevin Boyle. Boyle, whose team went 35-0 en route to the GEICO High School National Championship last season, has now won four high school national championships since leaving New Jersey power St. Patrick.

    The Montverde roster now includes Achiuwa, Cade Cunningham, Ryan Nembhard, Harlond Beverly, Dariq Whitehead, Justin Powell, Brandon Newman, Moses Moody, Caleb Houston, Balsa Koprivica and Omar Payne.

    The 6-5 Quinones will transfer to play for the postgrad team at IMG Academy coached by John Mahoney, the same program that produced current Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons.

    Achiuwa and Quinones join former New York City prep stars Cole Anthony and Kofi Cockburn in leaving the New York/New Jersey area this summer. Both the 6-2 Anthony and the 6-11 Cockburn transferred to Oak Hill Academy (VA).

    Oak Hill and Montverde will likely compete in the GEICO High School Nationals at Christ the King High School in April.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.