One day after SNY.tv reported that New York City point guard Shane Rector is leaving St. Raymond’s for South Kent (Conn.), former Christ the King floor general Isaiah Lewis said he is heading to Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick.
That makes two former CHSAA point guards gone in as many days.
“I will be going to St. Patrick’s for my senior year,” the 6-foot-3, 170-pound Lewis told SNY.tv. “I just wanted more competition this year.”
St. Patrick coach Chris Chavannes confirmed that Lewis was registered at the school, which is changing locations within Elizabeth and will be known as The Patrick School.
“Isaiah brings experience and poise to our program,” Chavannes said. To read more of this story, click here
By ALEX SCHIFFER
Special to ZAGSBLOG
St. Joe’s-Metuchen couldn’t really re-load anymore than they already have but the Falcons have added another piece to what is shaping up to be a heck of a season in Metuchen.
After bringing in Wade Baldwin to go along with big man Karl Towns, the Falcons have added another star in former Cardinal McCarrick guard Marques Townes. The 6-foot-3 rising junior who averaged 19 points per game this past season recently announced he will be heading to Metuchen where he will join an already star studded line-up. To read more of this story, click here
By ALEX SCHIFFER
Special to ZAGSBLOG
After flip-flopping between St. Joe’s-Metuchen and Gill St. Bernard’s the past few months, Tyus Battle, one of the top incoming freshmen in the country, has decided to take his talents to Gill St. Bernard’s.
Battle, the son of Gary Battle, a 1,000 point scorer at Colonia high school in the 80’s and All-American at the University of New Haven, originally committed to Gill earlier in the year before switching to St. Joe’s Metuchen and then back again.
“St. Joseph is a great school, but I feel very comfortable at Gill St. Bernard’s, so that’s where I will be going,” Battle told John Haley of the Star Ledger. To read more of this story, click here
By ADAM ZAGORIA & ALEX SCHIFFER
St. Joseph-Metuchen High School just got a whole lot more dangerous on the basketball court.
Wade Baldwin, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard in the Class of 2014, decided to transfer to the school from Immaculata after averaging 17.6 points per game last season.
St. Joe’s-Metuchen is the reigning New Jersey Non-Public A state champ.
“Basically, I chose them for a better academic school that’s going to prepare me for college,” Baldwin told SNY.tv by phone. “My main focus is on going to an academic school that will set me up for after college basketball. St. Joe’s provides that very well along with the great team that they have. To read more of this story, click here
Jerron Love, who has his own Website and has been hyped as a future NBA star from a young age by his father, is coming to St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark.
The 2015 guard from The Bronx will join a loaded team that finished 35-3 a year ago and already features 2013 point guard Tyler Ennis and 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe in the backcourt.
Assuming they both stay at the Newark school for the next three years, Briscoe and Love — two of the most highly touted guards in their class — would be teammates through 2015. To read more of this story, click here
Some of the biggest names in the Class of 2013 are on the move.
Troy Williams of Phoebus (Va.) High will spend his senior season at vaunted powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, while fellow 2013 star Allerik Freeman with play for Findlay Prep.
“He’s a combo forward, he can play the three/four,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said of Williams in confirming the news. “His deficiency, if he has one, is his outside shot. He thinks he needs to make a few changes on his shot.
“He plays extremely hard, defends, offensive rebounds like crazy. Scores inside, scores mid-range. He just needs to work on his outside shot to become a little more consistent. I like the fact that he plays so hard.” To read more of this story, click here
Cardozo High coach Ron Naclerio told SNY.tv he feels like a “failure” after 6-foot-9 junior forward Jermaine Lawrence suddenly left Cardozo High in Queens and landed at Pope John XXIII in Sparta, N.J.
“I’m dumb-founded,” Naclerio told SNY.tv, confirming earlier reports by the New York papers. To read more of this story, click here
Ethan Telfair, the younger brother of Minnesota Timberwolves guard Sebastian Telfair, plans to transfer schools and reclassify.
After spending last season at Lincoln High School, the 5-foot-9 guard said he will likely land at either Trinity (Conn.) Catholic or Northwest (Conn.) Catholic, where he would play with Long Island Lightning teammate Kuran Iverson.
“I’m definitely transferring out of Lincoln,” Telfair told SNY.tv by phone. “I’m looking at some schools in Connecticut and New Jersey. I’m leaning toward Trinity Catholic and Northwest Catholic.” To read more of this story, click here
Chris Thomas will enroll at Phoenix (Az.) Westwind Prep Academy Wednesday, according to head coach Gary Trousdale.
Thomas, a Denver native, is a 6-foot-5 point guard ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2013 by ESPN.com and No. 4 by Rivals.
“We’re extremely excited to have Chris join our basketball family and look forward to him taking Westwind Prep to even bigger and better things in the future,” Trousdale said by phone. To read more of this story, click here
By ALEX KLINE & ADAM ZAGORIA
Five months after enrolling at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., Andre Horne has decided to take his talents elsewhere.
“Andre is no longer with the team,” Life Center assistant David Boudwin said by phone on Wednesday morning. “Life Center was not the best setup or situation for Andre’s future as a player and student. We appreciated his hard work on the court while he was here and will do all we can to help him find a better fit.” To read more of this story, click here