NYC Point Guards Lewis, Rector Leaving Big Apple

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

Marques Townes to St. Joe's-Metuchen

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

Tyus Battle to Gill St. Bernard's

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

Wade Baldwin Transfers to St. Joseph-Metuchen

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 to St. Benedict's Prep

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

Troy Williams to Oak Hill; Al Freeman to Findlay Prep

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

Jermaine Lawrence Leaves Cardozo

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