Camden’s DJ Wagner and St. John Vianney’s Zoe Brooks dominated on the court in their senior seasons, and the two McDonald’s All-Americans have been voted the 2023 JSZ Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone. Watch our special video features on Wagner and Brooks, plus check out the voting breakdown below!

Jersey Sports Zone starts our All-Zone basketball week with the announcement of our 2023 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone.  Coming up this week, we’ll honor the top 100 players in the state with our All-Zone honors.

(Scroll Down Below Voting Breakdown for our FULL All-Zone Team Rollout)

Monday, March 20: JSZ All-Zone Public Girls Basketball Team

Tuesday, March 21: JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Girls Basketball Team

Wednesday, March 22: JSZ All-Zone Public Boys Basketball Team

Thursday, March 23: JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Boys Basketball Team 

Mr. Hoop Zone 2023 | DJ Wagner | Camden

The Kentucky commit captures his third straight Mr. Hoop Zone award, finishing one of the top high school careers in NJ history. JSZ’s Mike Frankel catches up with Wagner as he reflects on a special run at The High:

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JSZ Mister Hoop Zone Winners

2018: Naz Reid, Roselle Catholic (LSU/Minnesota Timberwolves)

2019: Bryan Antoine, Ranney (Villanova/Radford)

2020: Lance Ware, Camden (Kentucky)

2021: DJ Wagner, Camden (Kentucky)

2022: DJ Wagner, Camden (Kentucky)

2023: DJ Wagner, Camden (Kentucky)

Miss Hoop Zone 2023 | Zoe Brooks | St. John Vianney

It’s the second straight year an SJV Lady Lancer is Miss Hoop Zone as Zoe Brooks follows Princeton’s Madison Saint Rose as our New Jersey girls basketball player of the year. The McDonald’s All-American signed with North Carolina State and captivated the entire state with her incredible game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story on an all-time great New Jersey guard:

JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Winners

2018: Dara Mabrey, Manasquan (Virginia Tech/Notre Dame)

2019: Diamond Miller, Franklin (Maryland)

2020: Kylee Watson, Mainland (Oregon/Notre Dame)

2021: Destiny Adams, Manchester Twp. (North Carolina)

2022: Madison St. Rose, St. John Vianney (Princeton)

2023: Zoe Brooks, St. John Vianney (North Carolina State)

The Voting

JSZ once again polled dozens of coaches and media members to determine our award winners.

Mr. Hoop Zone Voting Breakdown

“This race was as tight as it could get. Equal representation from all regions across the state was VERY important to us. We polled 48 total coaches – 16 from South Jersey, 16 from North Jersey, and 16 from Central Jersey. 17 credentialed media members also submitted ballots, bringing our total number up to 65. DJ Wagner has now Mr. Hoop Zone in three consecutive seasons – he beat out Dylan Harper by a mere 5 points. Harper is the only one of our five finalists returning next season. Simeon Wilcher rounded out the top three with 81 total points – Wilcher never lost a playoff game in his high school career. His Roselle Catholic teammate Mackenzie Mgbako earned 51 points and Camden’s Aaron Bradshaw had 11.”

Miss Hoop Zone Voting Breakdown

“A total of 39 coaches and 13 media members made up our 52 ballots. Zoe Brooks accounted for exactly 75 percent of all first-place votes. This marks the second year in a row that a player from St. John Vianney wins our Player of the Year (Madison St. Rose, 2022). Hannah Hidalgo of Paul VI, a great player, and an All-American, was the most popular second-place choice by our field. Rutgers Prep junior Mikayla Blakes rounds out our top 3 with 29 total points. Morris Catholic’s Mia Pauldo and Ewing’s Ryan Stokes tied for fourth with 22 points each.” 

Thank you to the following coaches and media members for casting votes:

Boys: Mike Puorro – Barnegat, Tom Sheridan – Williamstown, Donny Lang – Overbrook, Cameron Bell – Egg Harbor Twp., John Bruno – Ocean City, Rich Bolds – Timber Creek, Daryus Quarles – Paulsboro, Chris Raba – Nottingham, James Cranwell – Middletown South, Andrew Bilodeau – Manasquan, Don Connor – Jackson Liberty, Darnell Tyler – Long Branch, Mike Clemente – Central Regional, Nick Vier – Ramapo, Dave Boff – Roselle Catholic, Alex Mirabel – St. Peter’s Prep, Billy Armstrong – Bergen Catholic, Kevin Diverio – Don Bosco, Jim Reagan Jr. – Union Catholic, James McKeon – Westfield, Matt Talbot – Roselle Park, Matt Wolf – Lenape, Matt Bloom – Rutgers Prep, Marquis Webb – Paterson Eastside, Ryan Derry – Rancocas Valley, Kris Grundy – Montgomery, Ben Gamble – Bayonne, Anthony Tavares – Newark East Side, Rory Caswell – Toms River North, Tahj Holden – Ranney, Darryl Young – Trenton, Eric Cassidy – Cherokee, Dan Williams – Mainland, Justin Salton – Watchung Hills, Christian Mortellite – Hammonton, Kyle Dhyne – Holy Spirit, Connor Hayes – Robbinsville, Matt Kiser – Washington Twp., Phil Recco – Keyport, Brandon Walsh – South River, Anthony Drejaj – Linden, Michael LaTorre – Millville, Tim Stevens – Notre Dame, Bob Turco – St. Thomas Aquinas, Matt O’Brien – Matawan, Michael Doherty – St. Joe’s Montvale, Byron Nelson – ACIT, Matt Crawford – Camden Catholic, Mike McGarry – Press of Atlantic City, Kevin Minnick – NJ Advance Media, Tom Williams – Prime Events, Dave’s Joint, Brandon Gould – NJ Advance Media, Jay Gomes – NJ Hoops, Mike Kinney – NJ Advance Media, Sean Miller – NJ Advance Media, Antonio Morales – NJ Athletics, Jon Jones – NJ Advance Media, Greg Machos – GMC Hoops, Matt Manley – Shore Sports Network, Adam Zagoria – NJ Advance Media, Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Mike Frankel – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ

Girls: Scott Betson – Mainland, Steve DiPatri – Wildwood Catholic, Dawn Karpell – St. John Vianney, Joe Montano – Red Bank Catholic, Mary Beth Chambers – St. Rose, Lisa Kukoda – Manasquan, Orlando Hidalgo – Paul VI, Ron Powell – Cherokee, Brian Dillon – Morris Hills, Justin McGhee – Middletown North, Brandon Pilgrim – Paterson Eastside, Chris Hernandez – Hudson Catholic, Liz McKeon – Westfield, Kristen Przybylski – Eastern, Mary Klinger – Rutgers Prep, Brady Allen – Teaneck, Sean Pekarsky – Paramus Catholic, Sean McAneney – Lenape, JW Senft – Highland, Sandy Gordon – Ramapo, Derek Lynn – Montville, Tammy Nicolini – Barnegat, Vincent Vizzi – Spotswood, Clint Pazdera – New Providence, Steve Silver – IHA, James Martinos – Notre Dame, Billy Lovett – Morris Catholic, Jame Turner – Bayonne, Casey Heitman – Clearview, Jeff Jasper – Pascack Valley, Chrissy McGovern – Shawnee, Jimmy Krie – Montclair Immaculate, Dana Wells – Allentown, Justin Schmid – Robbinsville, Xavier Brooks – Bridgewater-Raritan, William Wishart – Shore Regional, Jamie Land – Williamstown, Dan Montferrat – Ewing, Travis Retzlaff – East Brunswick, NYG Hoops, G Thing, Luis Torres – NJ Advance Media, Sean Miller – NJ Advance Media, Antonio Morales – NJ Athletics, Jon Jones – NJ Advance Media, Lauren Knego – NJ Advance Media, Greg Machos – GMC Hoops, Allyson Scerbo – Drew University, Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ, Mike Frankel – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ

JSZ’s All-Zone Girls Basketball Team

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Name SchoolName SchoolMiss HZ Finalists
Kasey BretonesMainlandIsabella AsencioIsabella AsencioIHAZoe Brooks, St. John Vianney
Eli ClarkOcean TownshipJulianna AlmeidaSaddle River DayMikayla Blakes, Rutgers Prep
Katie CollinsManasquanEva AndrewsPaul VIHannah Hidalgo, Paul VI
Julia CorsentinoRumson-Fair HavenJanie BachmannSt. John VianneyMia Pauldo, Morris Cathlic
Alexis DavisWoodburyTyonna BaileyMontclair ImmaculateRhian Stokes, Ewing
Te'Yala DelfosseEwingAaryn BattleCamden Catholic
Taylor DerkackColoniaTessa CarmanRed Bank Catholic
Rylee DrahosShore RegionalNina EmnaceTrinity Hall
Jada ElstonMiddle TownshipNila GiroudMontclair Immaculate
Kyla Glasser-HymanHightstownJulia KarpellSt. John Vianney
Sydney JenischRandolphKatie LeddenRutgers Prep
Destiny Bynum-JohnsonUniversityJada LynchSaint Rose
Joi JohnsonEwingDaniella MatusMorris Catholic
Grace KinumNew ProvidenceKaci MikulskiWildwood Catholic
Meghan Lamanna New ProvidenceAddy NyemchekRed Bank Catholic
Zoie MaffeiJackson MemorialMya PauldoMorris Catholic
Hope MasoniusManasquanJulia SchutzIHA
Janaya MeyersBayonneRosie ScognamiglioSaint Rose
Quanirah Cherry-MontagueAtlantic CityAshley SofilkanichSt. John Vianney
Devyn QuigleyManchester TownshipKassidy ThompsonCamden Catholic
Gabby RecintoCherokee
Nia ScottShawnee
Megan SiasToms River North
Ally SweeneySparta
Rylie TheuerkaufTenafly

JSZ’s All-Zone Boys Basketball Team

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Name SchoolName SchoolMr. HZ Finalists
Darius AdamsManasquanNoah BarnettDon Bosco PrepAaron Bradshaw, Camden
Preston BrownPaterson EastsideBrandon BenjaminBergen CatholicDylan Harper, Don Bosco Prep
Cohen CookMainlandRich BriscoRoselle CatholicMackenzie Mgbako, Roselle Catholic
Jermaine Holmes-CotterFreehold TownshipElijah BrownSt. AugustineDJ Wagner, Camden
JP DickersonNottinghamJadin CollinsRutgers PrepSimeon Wilcher, Roselle Catholic
Tye DorsetLenapeTerry CopelandBergen Catholic
Sutan FitzpatrickNewark EastsideJustin HarperWildwood Catholic
Ryan FrauenheimManasquanIsaac HesterRanney
DJ GermannEgg Harbor Twp.Matt HodgeSaint Rose
Liam GormanGloucesterJosh IngramSt. Joe-Metuchen
Ian GrossCherry Hill EastMichael "Deuce" JonesSt. Thomas Aquinas
Dasear HaskinsCamdenEthan MaynardSeton Hall Prep
Davontay HutsonTrentonTobe NwobuCamden Catholic
Wyatt Eglinton-MannerRamapoChimezeri OkeomaUnion Catholic
Bubba McNeilMiddle TownshipSebastian RobinsonRoselle Catholic
Cian MedleyCamdenTJ RobinsonMontclair Immaculate
Jay Nelly ReyesEgg Harbor Twp.Arnaldo RodriguezSt. Joseph Academy
Billy RichmondCamdenEmmanuel Joe-SamuelPaul VI
Nas RobinsonLindenJackson TindallSt. Peter's Prep
Peyton SealsRamapoAkil WatsonRoselle Catholic
Jabron SolomonWoodbury
Bryce StokesPaterson Eastside
Jordan SummersBound Brook
Tyler TejadaTeaneck
Ray ZamlootCaldwell