Jahvon QuinerlyHudson CatholicThe WeekendWatch video on OvertimeStill, The Patrick School, Roselle Catholic and Ranney all figure to be in the mix for the TOC title as well. “It was a blessing to be ranked No. 4 in the country, but I think our mindset is just not to worry about that,” King told The Star-Ledger. “We just need to stay focused, be in the gym and get ready for the season.”
3. The state is loaded with D-1 commits and prospects As I’ve said and written many times, if you’re a college coach, you could fly into New York or New Jersey and hit half a dozen key schools and get your recruiting done for an entire year. This year is no exception as the state features an array of top commits and prospects. In addition to the Hudson Catholic trio of Quinerly/Muhammad/King… **Roselle Catholic has LSU-bound big man Naz Reid and Delaware-bound guard Ithiel Horton, plus a slew of younger prospects like Kahlil Whitney, Cliff Omoruyi and Josh Pierre-Louis.
Bryan Antoine catching LOBS ? @BryanAntoine_ pic.twitter.com/DY5yZk8IBi— Overtime (@overtime) November 7, 2017
Linden Fall LeagueRoselle Catholic LionsWatch video on Overtime**Ranney has Louis and Antoine, who are only being recruited by the likes of Duke, Kentucky, Florida and Harvard. **The Patrick School has a number of high-level prospects, including Class of 2019 guard Al-Amir Dawes and Class of 2018 forwards Valdir Manuel and Giorgi Bezhanishvili.
Patrick School CelticsThe WeekendWatch video on Overtime**Montclair Immaculate has Syracuse signee Jalen Carey. **Gill St. Bernard’s has juniors Paul Mulcahy and Khalif Battle, the younger brother of Syracuse sophomore Tyus Battle, who could be the next Jersey Boy taken in the NBA Draft. **Seton Hall Prep features sophomore forward Jabri Abdur-Rahim, who recently visited Kansas and is among the top players in his class nationally.
Linden Fall LeagueSeton Hall Prep PiratesWatch video on Overtime**Oh and don’t forget about St. Benedict’s Prep, which plays in the NJSIAA Prep bracket and has a loaded group that includes juniors Precious Achiuwa and Lester Quinones, two of the top players in the Class of 2019.
Precious AchiuwaMarshall County HoopfestSt. Benedict’s Prep Gray BeesWatch video on Overtime4. The St. Anthony’s kids hit the ‘dispersal draft’ With the closing of St. Anthony’s last spring, Hurley joked that his former players were involved in a “dispersal draft” around the state. Alexander Rice landed at Mater Dei, Savior Akuwovo joined forces with Antoine, Lewis and Alex Klatsky at Ranney and Horton ended up at Roselle Catholic. Read more about it in my New York Times story from the spring. A slew of other former St. Anthony’s kids are also sprinkled around the state and could link up during the state tournament. Meantime, Hurley is spending his days going around to watch his former players in high school and college, as I wrote in this Times piece. 5. There’s a new sheriff in town at Paterson Eastside In the wake of the human trafficking scandal at Paterson Eastside last year, the school cleaned house and hired Michael Baker as its new coach, as I first reported last month. Baker is the son of former Eastside coach Henry Baker Sr., and the brother of Rutgers cornerbacks coach Henry Baker Jr. It will be interesting to see how things go at Eastside since the Ghosts will continue to be under a microscope given what went down last year. 6. The schedule is stacked You can see all of these players and teams at a number of high-profile events throughout the year, including the Hoop Group Tip-Off event this weekend at Caldwell College.
We also recommend the Metro Holiday Classic and Metro Classic, the SFIC Basketball Festival, the Dan Finn Classic, the Jersey Shore Challenge and the Tom Richel Memorial Hoopfest for events in Jersey.
?: The tradition of NJ Tip-Off #HGShowcase26 players ranked in Top 10 of their class in NJ 15 of the top 20 teams in the state 4 2017 NJ Sectional Champions 25+ Tip-Off alumni playing in the NBA ?️pre-purchase tickets at: https://t.co/7hGXVqCjSL pic.twitter.com/5FlCKemveb — Hoop Group (@TheHoopGroup) December 12, 2017