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Alvarado Nets 32 In Win

Christ The King took on Cardinal Hayes Friday night and senior Georgia Tech commit Jose Alvarado put on a shooting clinic for the Royals.

Alvarado put up 32 points on 16 shot attempts including five made three pointers. But a bulk of that effort came from a 20 point first half outing that had onlookers out of their seats.

Cardinals junior guards Tyrese Williams (18 points) and Terry Dawkins (16 points) would surge in the second half after being down 37-27 at halftime. But every time the Royals lead seemed to be chipping away it went back up quicker than it went down.

After a 10-2 run by the Royals to send them up 68-50 in the fourth their was secured from there. The Royals would go on to win 75-63 over the Cardinals.

 

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Jose Alvarado to Georgia Tech

The reigning New York City Catholic School League POY makes his college decision, Jose Alvarado chose Georgia Tech over Rutgers and Seton Hall.

First year Head Coach Josh Pastner has a vision for the of Georgia Tech basketball and Jose Alavarado will be apart of it. Pastner started recruiting Alvarado as soon as he took the job at Georgia Tech and made the talented point guard a priority.

A week ago, Alvarado announced his final three schools including Rutgers, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech. Seton Hall has been recruiting Alvarado the longest and have more success recruiting kids in New York as of late but Coach Pastner and the Yellow Jackets swooped in for the win.

Winning indeed is the direction Georgia Tech trying to head towards after being projected to finish at the bottom of the ACC this upcoming mens basketball season.

Jose Alvarado becomes the first Christ The King basketball player to play for the Yellow Jackets in school history. Alvarado becomes the first member of the Yellow Jackets 2017 recruiting class.


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Isaiah Washington to Minnesota

When you think of New York City point guards, Kemba Walker, Isiah Whitehead, Stephon Marbury come to mind. From the playgrounds of NYC, Division 1 college basketball to Madison Square Garden Draft night festivities.

Plug in Isiah Washington, 6-foot-1 St. Raymond’s point guard is arguably the best at his position in New York City regardless of class. The Minnesota Gophers think so also and have secured a commitment from Washington.

Washington took an official visit to the Minnesota campus over the weekend and came away impressed enough to give Head Coach Richard Pitino and staff a commitment.

Assistant coach Kimani Young, who is a former Program Director of New Heights traced back to his New York City roots and it paid off in the long run. Staying with the recruitment of Washington who has expressed the recruiting efforts of the Gophers coaching staff every time recruitment is brought up.

Isiah Washington becomes the first member to commit to the Minnesota Gophers 2017 recruiting class. Washington is most notable as of late for putting up a 36 point performance at the prestigious Under Armor Elite 24.


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Under Armour Elite 24 Recap

The annual Under Armour Elite 24 events took place this past weekend, with the highlight of the weekend being the Elite 24 game on Saturday night at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2. This game is fast paced, high level match up of some of the best rising juniors and seniors respectively. The teams this year were Team Drive and Team Clutch. The notables players are as follows.

 

Trevon Duval, 2017 PG, TBD- At this point it is a known fact that Trevon Duval will get the ball through the rim at will. Tonight was no different, he ended that game at the same pace he started with. He was getting to the rim at will, and had a number of good dunks in the start of the first half. He’s a high major player playing his best basketball and any school that lands him is getting a winner. Duval ended the game with 25 points & 9 assists.

 

Hamidou Diallo, 2017 SG, Putnam Science Academy- Diallo is a walking highlight real. He had the crowd hyped up during warm-ups and only carried that every into the game with his usual dunks. This is not to take away from his ball handling skills, and his all round game IQ. He can shoot the ball solidly from 3 point range, and guard an opponents best guards as well. He’s got an all around game that is irreplaceable. Diallo had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals & 2 assists.

 

Silvio De Souza, 2018 PF, IMG Academy- The big man was on fire tonight. His presence in the post was made known at all times, making second and third change put backs at will. It must be mentioned that De Souza is only a rising junior and it will be exciting to watch him grow as a player these next couple of years. De Souza had 16 points & 8 rebounds on the night.

 

Zion Williamson, 2018 SF, Spartanburg Day School- Williamson won the dunk contest not even 24 hours before playing the Elite 24 game. That did not stop him from showing that he had something to prove in this game. He’s absolutely dominant on both ends of the floor, getting putbacks, rebounding, passing, he’s a high level player who can do it all. Williamson had 23 points, 6 rebounds & 3 assists.

 

Nick Richards, 2017 C, The Patrick School- Richards was a man amongst boys in this game. Not only does he have the height, but his body is getting bigger, in a great way. He made his presence known on almost every possession. Richards had 10 points & 9 rebounds.

 

Jalek Felton, 2017 PG, Mullins High School- The North Carolina commit was fresh off winning the 3-point shoot out the night before, but this did not slow him down in his scoring by any means. Felton had to be the quickest player in this game. He has many fast break points, but also blew by any defender in his path. This speed, along with some impressive ball handling skills made Felton an absolute dominant guard in this game. Felton had 16 points, 4 assists & 3 rebounds.

 

 

Austin Wiley, 2017 C, Spain Park High School (Auburn)- The Auburn commit had himself a game. Making his presence known in the post, and playing against some bigger guys in Nick Richards and Moses Brown. He has good on the glass, grabbing rebounds, getting second chance buckets, and even showed off some handles. Wiley had 22 points & 12 rebounds.

 

Isaiah Washington, 2017 PG, St. Raymond’s High School- Washington was originally not even selected to be in the Elite 24 game, and ended up going for a game high 36 points. He was definitely playing the role as ‘Hometown Hero’ in this game. The crowd loved him and he did not disappoint. His ball handling skills are one of a kind, and he will get to the basket at will, against any opponent. He’s expected to have a huge senior year, as one of the summers biggest stock risers.

 

photo cred: Under Armour


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One on One: Isaiah Washington and Saquan Singleton

Jelly Fam co founder and St. Raymonds (NY) 2017 Point Guard Isaiah Washington discuss the Jelly Fam movement and gives a little background of his life off the court. Washington is a highly recruited point guard out of New York making a national name for himself.

Saquan Singleton, a Monsignor Scanlan High School wing has all the tools to be special and starting to put it together going into the Summer AAU circuit.

Both Washington hold offers from high major D1 programs and play for New Heights on the AAU circuit

In the video both players discuss school options and what pushes tem to get better as a person and basketball player.


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Oak Hill Academy Crowned Number 1.

Oak Hill Academy (62) vs. La Lumiere (60):

Oak Hill came out hot in this absolute thriller of a Dicks Nationals High School Championship Game against La Lumiere. They definitely had seemed to have knocked some rust off. Many thought that with the losses of Harry Giles and Joe Hampton to ACL injuries that this Oak Hill squad would crumble. Their 45-1 record will tell you that they certainly knew how to fill those big holes in their roster. Oak Hill was in an incredible rhythm until they blew an 18-point lead, which lead to the overtime. Braxton Key took home MVP honors from this tournament. He was playing big, and was getting to the glass and basket at will. Key had just short of a double-double with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist. Khadim Sy is another big man who has having a strong game. He missed a couple important free throws, but made up for that with getting the game winning tip-in in overtime. Sy had 9 points, 9 rebounds. Matt Coleman started the game off strong, getting to the basket, making good passes, and shooting 3’s. Coleman finished with 8 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Lindell Wigginton was also having a great shooting day. He had 16 points, 5 rebounds. Oak Hill will graduate 4 seniors big men, Braxton Key (Alabama), Mario Kegler (Mississippi State), Khadim Sy (Virginia Tech), and Rodney Miller (Miami).

La Lumiere wasn’t looking as fast and aggressive as they have the past two days. They seemed out of synch for much of the first half. Within the first two minutes Jeremiah Timon dislocated his shoulder and was rushed to the hospital. This was a huge loss for La Lumiere, seeing as how Tilmon is usually their top rebounder. James Banks was also in foul trouble for the whole game, eventually fouling out during overtime. Banks finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Kevin Zhang got much more playing time than usual with both Tilmon and Banks not playing their usual minutes. Zhang finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Brian Bowen was not playing to his potential for the first half of the game. After halftime he came out a different player. He was shooting great and getting to the basket. He was the true reason for La Lumiere making a comeback in this game, and lead them into overtime. Bowen finished with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. Freshman point guard Tyger Campbell is one guy who always was cutting the rim, facilitating his team mates, and making good decisions for such a young player. Campbell had 12 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Isaiah Coleman-Lands had an exceptional game as well, hitting some important 3-point shots. He finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. Brandon Cyrus also added another 5 rebounds, 3 points. La Lumiere will graduate 2 seniors, James Banks (Texas) and Brandon Cyrus (DePaul).


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Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals Day 2 Recap

Montverde Academy (47) vs. La Lumiere (55):

La Lumiere once again came out fast paced, but very out of rhythm. Brian Bowen struggled for the first half of the game. He was playing a bit too fast then he’s used to and therefor turned the ball over multiple times. During the second half he slowed down and hit some very smooth mid-range jumpers. Jeremiah Timon found himself in some foul trouble as well, but still finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist. It was Freshman point guard, Tyger Campbell who really put the team on his back up halftime. He was playing a very quick and aggressive game, therefor making fast drives to the basket. He was made out to be a target by the Montverde defense and he handled that extra pressure very well. The halftime score was 35-34 Montverde. When the second half started it seemed everyone on La Lumiere came to play. Texas commit James Banks had a much better day today ended with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Brian Bowen had himself a near double-double with 16 point, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. Tyler Campbell finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. Other guys who had notable performances were Brandon Cyrus, who had 5 points, 7 rebounds. Junior forward Kevin Zhang also shows great potential, with good size and tons of upside.

 

Montverde found themselves really battling more than they’re used to. Freshman guard RJ Barrett was off today, going 0-10 from the field. Bruno Fernando also seemed to be out of rhythm, he finished with 2 points, 5 rebounds. The team had a lot of great passing going on which led to Ohio State commit Micah Potter’s 11 points, 4 rebounds. But Montverde went 8-26 from the free throw line. Simi Shittu was having himself a good game, being active on the glass he pulled down 10 rebounds, adding in 6 points, 2 assist, 2 steals. Silvio De Sousa was definitely the shining start for Montverde today, he was excellent on the glass, grabbing rebounds, dunking the ball. He had 15 points, 5 rebounds. Montverde is no stranger to this tournament and therefor may have been thought to be a shoe-in for the championship game, but there 18-70 shooting was not going to get them the win on this day.

 

Oak Hill Academy (47) vs. Miller Grove (46):

It almost seemed as though Oak Hill had met their match. They came out strong to start the game. But during the second half Miller Grove crawled their way back into this game, but Oak Hill would not allow them to complete the second upset of the day. Right from the start Junior guards Matt Coleman and Lindell Wigginton were cutting to the basket full throttle. Their passing was what really stood out, they were unselfishly facilitating the team. Coleman had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, while Wigginton had 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists. Braxton also had a tremendous game with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assist, and not the mention the game winning block. Khadim Sy was also active on the glass, battle through to the rim he had 10 point, 7 rebounds. We’ll see if Oak Hill can finally knock all the rust off for the championship game against La Lumiere.

 

Miller Grove started this game very slow and didn’t seem to find their rhyme until the end of the second quarter. They overall are a smaller team and knew how to use that to their advantage. Guys like AUB football commit Raylon Richardson, Colin Young, and UConn commit Alterique Gilbert all had great games. Gilbert had 19 points, 2 rebounds, Richardson had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and Young added in 6 points, 3 rebounds. Not many have even heard of Miller Grove until this tournament and they definitely have made a national statement that they belong here. They won a state championship in Georgia this year, and now have shown the nation that they are in fact one of the top basketball programs in the country.


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Dick’s Sporting Goods HS Nationals Day 1 Recap

The 2016 Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals is closing out the 2015-16 high school basketball season with a bang. Eight of the top ranked high school boys teams across the nation venture to New York with a chance to be crowned as the best of the best.

La Lumiere (60) vs. St. Benedict’s(59):

La Lumiere came out very strong to start the day, and the first game of the Dicks High School Nationals Tournament. They were playing with sense of urgency.  They were dominant on the inside, blocking shots, finishing at the rim. They struggled with the ball in the second quartering, turning it over multiple times. Brian Bowen really came to play right from the start. He would drive hard to rim, shoot the 2 or 3. He finished with 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. The Texas commit James Banks was active defense, having the game winning block, and was active on the glass pulling down 8 rebounds, and adding 4 points. The DePaul commit Brandon Cyrus had 6 points, 4 rebounds. Other notable players were Junior Jeremiah Tilmon who was just short of a double-double having 10 rebounds, and 9 rebounds, and Freshman Tyger Campbell, a small, shifty point guard who had 9 points.

 

St. Benedict’s started the game off looking a little blown away by the speed and aggressiveness of La Lumiere. They were turning the ball over numerous times during the first quarter, allowing La Lumiere, and Brian Bowen especially to get the easy baskets. St. Benedict’s made an incredible effort to always try to crawl their way into the lead, but La Lumiere would always have an answer for them. Junior David Beatty who is said to be their best player went 1 for 12 from the floor today, and 1 for 7 from 3-point range. James Scott, who’s headed to Kennesaw State had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists. Bourama Sidibe added a double-double with 12 rebounds, 13 points, 2 assists, and George Washington commit Arnaldo Toro had 10 points, 8 rebounds.

 

Oak Hill Academy (81) vs. Wasatch Academy (64):

 

Oak Hill was down 0-10 to start this game. They hadn’t had a practice for 17 days, and hadn’t had a game for almost a month. To say the least, they looked rusty. They didn’t find their rhythm until the end of the second quarter. They ultimately come out on top once they started getting good looks from 3-point range and the guards were getting much more aggressive, driving to the basket. Junior guards Matt Coleman, Lindell Wigginton, Devontae Schuler, and Creighton commit Ty-Shon Alexander put on a show. Coleman had 7 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, Wigginton had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, Schuler had 13 points, 3 assists, and Alexander had 11 points, 1 assist. This is not to say that the forwards presence wasn’t felt. Virginia Tech commit Khadim Sy was ruthless on the glass, adding a double-double of 10 rebounds, 13 points. Alabama commit Braxton Key was doing it all adding in 12 points, 7 rebound, 4 steals, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

 

Wasatch Academy came out hot, getting good 3’s and 2’s to hit. They couldn’t withhold the combination of the big forwards, and the shifty guards from Oak Hill however. They put up a tremendous fight, their passing was unreal. Josip Vrankic had the game high 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists. Jeff Baradziej was looking good from the 3, having 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists. Utah State commit Koby McEwan had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists. Watch out for Wasatch Academy in the future as they may make a name for themselves as one of the best basketball teams from the West.

 

Montverde Academy (70) vs. Providence Day (54):

 

Montverde came out colder than ever. They were down 12-15 after the first quarter. Once they started to have a strong full court press however, they started causing turnovers and their big were having a field day. With the huge group of forwards that include Bruno Fernando, Silvio De Sousa, Simi Shittu, and Micah Potter. Fernando had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, De Sousa had 10 points, Shittu had 8 points, 5 rebounds, and Potter added 3 points, 2 rebounds. The guards were also impressive, although Montverde may not be known for them just yet. Freshman point guard RJ Barrett had a game high 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, clearly making a statement and a name for himself. He is definitely a guy to keep track of in the years to come. Devonta Jordan also had a good game, he was quick to the basket, and is a good transition player, therefor he added 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.

 

Providence Day saw glimpses of a chance to make a run against Montverde but could not capitalize. They were hot from beyond the arc however. Tennessee commit Grant Buchmiller only played 1 minute of the game, which could play a factor in this loss. Sophomore starting point guard Devon Dotson is a name you’ll hear a lot in the future, he recently received another from UNC, and he had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists. Other notable players were Grant Williams who had 12 points, 8 rebounds, and Isaac Johnson who added 8 points, 6 rebounds.

 

Miller Grove (67) vs. Findlay Prep (65):

 

Miller Grove just won a state championship in Georgia, defeating High Point Christian who’s known for Kentucky commit Bam Adibayo and Boston College commit Ty Graves. There may be only one guy from Miller Grove who anyone has heard of, Alterique Gilbert, the McDonald’s All-American and UConn commit. He has at the McDonald’s game just last night, getting on a plane in Chicago at 5:30 AM, and arriving in New York at 11 AM. For most people this would mean it would be a sluggish day. For Alterique Gilbert it meant he would have 2o points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals. This by no means is to say that this game was a blow-out. The game remained neck and neck until the very last second. Miller Grove does have a rather small roster, having their tallest player stand at 6’7”. They are incredible shooters however. Raylon Richardson who fouled out had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, Colin Young had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assist, and Nauqante Hardy added another 8 points.

 

Findlay Prep is a much bigger name with a much more highlight reel roster, consisting of Juniors P.J. Washington, Markus Howard, and  Skylar Mays. All of which had incredible games. Mays was aggressive, driving to the basket at will, having himself 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Howard, who’s a strong point guard, was shooting the ball well, and passing the ball well. He had 13 points, 3 rebounds. Washington was looking strong, finishing at the rim. He added a double-double of 15 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 assists. Their game plan was to keep Miller Grove out of the paint, and stop them from driving to the rim. This worked until Miller Grove started to force their way to the rim or would settle for 3’s that hit their mark.


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Jose Alavarado Next Up For New York City

The Big Apple, big city, bright lights and big dreams. All describe New York and if you can make it there then you can make it anywhere. The saying meant the same for Rawle Alkins who has transferred from Christ the King (NY) to a prep school in North Carolina for his senior year. But Alkins passed the torch to 2017 point guard Jose Alvarado a friend and former teammate.

Alvarado has some big shoes to fill and knows the winning history of Christ the King’s basketball program.

“Rawle left a big hole in the team but we’re looking forward and hoping the best him,” said Alvarado. “This season we just want to continue what Christ the King been doing for years and just win,” said Alvarado about the Royals winning ways.

The Royals have been to the New York state title game the past three years and has walked away winning two out of the three appearances.

“It’s going to be a different year for me. Getting much stronger, making smarter decisions and I just want to be great, making sure everybody knows my name,” said Alvarado.

Alvarado has a list of suitors pursuing him and has already taken an unofficial visit to St. John’s. Newly hired Head Coach Chris Mullin and the Red Storm staff have been making New York City a priority on their recruiting trail.

“I just want to feel comfortable and fit in with any program that will prepare me for the next level,” said Alvarado on what he’s looking for from a college programs that are recruiting him.

Although being recruited by over a dozen schools, Alvarado list VCU, St. John’s, Indiana and Iona as the schools showing the most interest at this point.