Decker, 32, takes over for Mike Kelly, who spent five years at the parochial powerhouse before being promoted to captain in the Jersey City Police Department.
“The idea was we want to build Oak Hill West,” Trousdale, a former college coach, said in a phone interview.
Trousdale went so far as to spend a week visiting Oak Hill, the Mouth of Wilson, Va., school that has produced 26 McDonald’s All-Americans and perennially challenges for the No. 1 national ranking under head coach Steve Smith.
“Our goal has been to develop and build the best basketball program in the country,” Trousdale said. “It’s Year 4 and we’re headed in the right direction.”
(Photo courtesy Richard Obert/ Arizona Republic)
Here are the players named to the Jordan Brand Classic April 16 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.
|Name||Pos||Hgt||Wgt||High School (School Location)||College|
|Khem Birch||C||6-9||210||Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA)||Pittsburgh|
|Michael Carter-Williams||SG||6-5||175||St. Andrew’s School (Providence, RI)||Syracuse|
|Rakeem Christmas||C||6-9||222||Academy of New Church (Bryn Athyn, PA)||Syracuse|
|Mike Gbinije||SF||6-6||194||Benedictine High School (Richmond, VA)||Duke|
|Michael Gilchrist||SF||6-7||210||St. Patrick High School (Elizabeth, NJ)||Kentucky To read more of this story, click here|
“This is an idea whose time has come,” said Rick Giles, president of The Gazelle Group. “The nation’s focus is on basketball during March and the first weekend of April and there is no better way to increase that focus than to bring the nation’s best high school basketball players to the city of the men’s collegiate basketball championship to compete in what will be one of the premier events of its kind in the country.”
ESPN traditionally runs its High School National Invitational this same weekend. To read more of this story, click here
Ticket information: Student Tickets: $5 per day (Must Enter Gym by 12 Noon each day) General Admission Tickets: $10 per day; Reserved Tickets: $20 per day; Season Pass: $25 for access for all three days.
They are only high school freshmen, but in just a small amount of time they have already made an impact on the basketball court.
While there is no clear-cut top prospect in the class of 2014, a number of players around the country appear destined to become stars
2014 features two top players who verbally committed to schools before they played a single game in high school.
Indiana head coach Tom Crean picked up commitments from Tre Lyles, a 6-foot-7 forward from Arsenal Technical (IN), and James Blackmon Jr., a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Bishop Luers (IN). To read more of this story, click here
St. John’s, Arizona and Texas fans can watch Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep against Yates (Texas) Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Findlay features Amir Garrett, who has signed with St. John’s, Arizona commit Nick Johnson and Texas commit Myck Kabongo.
The Pilots are 14-1 on the season and currently ranked No. 4 by ESPN Rise and No. 5 by USA Today. Yates is riding a 66-game win streak.
Also, Duke and Kentucky fans — and hoopsters in general — should circle Jan. 14 when Duke-bound Austin Rivers and Winter Park (Fla.) hosts Kentucky commit Michael Gilchrist and Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick. These two were scheduled to meet in August in Orlando, but Gilchrist went on vacation with his family.
Here’s the complete ESPN high school schedule for the coming season: To read more of this story, click here
Every year I try to compile a list of some of the most high-profile high schools hoops tourneys. These events feature some of the top recruits and coaches in the nation and are great stops to see future Big East and other college standouts.
Here is a preliminary list; click on the name of the event for schedule and details.
If I’ve missed anything, shoot me an email at zagoria@hotmail with the tourney info and link.
CITY OF PALMS CLASSIC, Dec. 17-22, Fort Meyers, Fla.
KREUL CLASSIC, Dec. 17-21, Coral Springs, Fla.
BIG APPLE BASKETBALL CHALLENGE, Dec. 18, Baruch College (Manhattan)
The Hudson Catholic Boys Basketball Program has announced it will host a Tip-off Basketball Beefsteak Dinner on Friday evening, November 19, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. This inaugural event will take place @ the Hudson Catholic Gymnasium, 790 Bergen Ave., Jersey City, NJ.
Dinner tickets are still available and proceeds from the evening dinner will benefit the Hudson Catholic boys basketball program. All friends and alumni are invited to attend.
The dinner will have an added excitement, as we will honor two all-time Hudson Catholic greats – Jim Spanarkel (’75) and Michael O’Koren (’76). To read more of this story, click here
Here are the game times and rosters:
Sophomore Game – 3 p.m.
Junior Game – 4:30 p.m.
Senior Game – 6 p.m.
New Jersey Seniors
LaQuinton Ross Life Center Academy (Ohio State)
Myles Mack St Anthony (Rutgers)
Sterling Gibbs Seton Hall Prep (Maryland) To read more of this story, click here