DeAndre Bembry, a 6-foot-6 Class of 2013 small forward out of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG during his senior season. Here’s his third entry:
I would like to thank every school that was interested in me.
My last two choices were in Philly between St. Joe’s and Temple.
They both are two great schools but I felt that St. Joe’s was the best choice for my career in college. My family also agreed that St. Joe’s was the best decision as well. To read more of this story, click here
By DAN KELLY
Special to ZAGSBLOG
BROOKLYN – Ronald Roberts Jr. can dunk.
The 6-foot-8 junior from St. Joe’s played way up above the rim in both match-ups this weekend at the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center.
After putting up 21 points and 16 rebounds in St. Joe’s upset of No. 20 Notre Dame Friday night, the former St. Peter’s Prep standout added 15 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday’s 73-66 loss to Florida State in the title game. To read more of this story, click here
BROOKLYN — The dominant theme at A-10 Media Day wasn’t Chris Mack’s Xavier team being installed as the preseason No. 1, or Xavier’s Tu Holloway and St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson leading the Preseason First Team.
No, the dominant topic was Temple’s potential move to the Big East and the ensuing dominoes that would fall.
A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade essentially said Temple had to do what it had to do on the football side, but that she hoped the school would remain in her league for other sports.
St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli said he couldn’t imagine the City of Brotherly Love, famously unsupportive of college football, supporting two Big East gridiron teams. To read more of this story, click here
David Bruce, the former Linden (N.J.) High School standout and onetime St. Joseph’s commit, is now a redshirt freshman at Harcum (Pa.) College and getting some looks.
The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 12.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 59 percent from the floor. Harcum is 11-3.
“Dave will graduate this summer and have three years of eligibility to play at the next level,” Harcum coach Drew Kelly said by email. To read more of this story, click here
A year ago at this time, Elijah Carter was being recruited by low- and mid-level Division 1 programs, just hoping to get a scholarship to play ball.
A year later, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Carter is one of the hottest prospects available, as evidenced by the fact that Cincinnati, Rutgers, Oregon, Texas A&M and Charlotte wanted him to attend college this fall even though he has already said he’ll spend a prep year at Brewster (N.H. ) Academy.
“He plays like Kyrie Irving,” one Big East assistant coach said, referring to the McDonald’s All-American from Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick headed to Duke. “He’s best friends with Kyrie Irving. His game is similar to his. He’s not really a point guard. He’s more of a scoring guard but he can play the point.”
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NEW YORK — Malcolm Gilbert didn’t score a single point during Sunday’s 17-and-under Gold championship game at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham University.
But at 6 feet, 11 inches tall, Gilbert was a major factor in helping East Coast Elite down Andre Drummond and the Connecticut Basketball Club, 63-58, for the title.
Gilbert had five blocks on Drummond, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2012, in the first half and six total blocks in the game. He also finished with 9 rebounds — 6 offensive, 3 defensive — before fouling out with 54 seconds remaining.
“He’s intriguing because of his upside,” East Coach Elite coach Terrell Myers said before the final. “What people don’t understand is, they see 6-11, they look at him as an offensive player. He’s not an offensive player, he’s a defensive player. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK – If you’re holding on to your high school basketball rosters from last season, they won’t be much use once all the dust clears for next year.
After a couple of days at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham University, this much is clear: there is a lot of movement on the prep scene.
**Vaughn Gray, a 6-foot-5 off guard, is transferring to Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s Prep from Don Bosco Prep and will play for first-year coach Roshown McLeod.
“Yes, he’s going to St. Benedict’s,” said June Gray, his mother. “It was pretty much Vaughn’s decision. We wanted him to have more development and play more on a national level.” To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK – At 6-foot-9, 225 pounds Derrick Randall is an imposing figure on the AAU circuit.
The 2011 big man from Paterson Catholic will prep next year at South Kent (Conn.) alongside Kadeem Jack, Maurice Harkless and Ricardo Ledo.
“I’m looking forward to playing with all of them because it’s better competition,” Randall, 18, said Friday night at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham. “It gets you better. [It will] improve my game a lot and get [me] used to the college level, how they play.” To read more of this story, click here
Ryan Arcidiacono drove to the hoop for a reverse layup last Friday night at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in North Carolina when an opposing player undercut him and sent him flying to the floor.
“The kid shoved me and took my legs out and my face hit the ground pretty hard,” recalled Arcidiacono, a 16-year-old rising junior at Neshaminy (Pa.) High School. “It just hurt. It felt like I had a golf ball in my face. I had blood on my hands. It was just gushing blood.”
It was after midnight when Gene Rice, Arcidiacono’s AAU coach with the PA Playaz, took his 6-foot-4, 190-pound point guard to the Wake Forest University Medical Center where he took eight stitches in the forehead.
“The doctor said if it was his kid he wouldn’t let me play [the next day],” Arcidiacono said. To read more of this story, click here
Villanova has become Guard U under head coach Jay Wright, producing a string of talented players in Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, Dominic Cheek and Maalik Wayns.
Three of those players – Fisher, Stokes and Cheek — played at New Jersey high schools.
Now, as Wright plans for the future, he has his gaze focused on yet another talented Garden State guard.
Myles Davis, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep, is the No. 9 shooting guard in the Class of 2011. To read more of this story, click here