TaQuan Woodley Commits to Penn State
TaQuan Woodley was a monster in the middle for Camden last season. The 6-foot-7 forward shut opposing big men down, and helped lead The High to the South Jersey Group 2 championship before the coronavirus pandemic ended the season prematurely. Woodley announced his college decision on Monday night, committing to Penn State. Watch Woodley’s junior year highlights here:
Don Bosco’s Myles Ruth Commits to Monmouth
Don Bosco’s Myles Ruth had his home of New Jersey in mind when making the biggest decision of his life. Ruth, a Class of 2020 point guard, announced Saturday evening he was verbally committing to play at Monmouth University. The wait is over. I would like to announce I am 110% committed to @MonmouthBBall pic.twitter.com/qNC3j2Jbqj— Myles Ruth (@mylesruth21) May 9, 2020 Ruth was one of Bergen County’s best players in New Jersey’s 2019-2020 campaign. He averaged 13 points, 4.7 assists and 2.8 steals for the Ironmen during his senior season while leading Don Bosco to a 19-8 record. Ruth spoke with JSZ’s Jay Cook hours after the announcement and broke down his decision with us. Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ wants to thank its loyal sponsors for supporting New Jersey high school athletics so we can continue to tell meaningful stories during the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics for sponsoring our coverage in North Jersey!
Marianna Papazoglou Commits to Penn
Marianna Papazoglou averaged 17.5 points per game for Wildwood Catholic last season, and has scored over 1,500 points in her Crusaders career so far. The junior announced her commitment to the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday night, where she’ll play Ivy League hoops for the Quakers. beyond blessed❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/mNkkLKYgE5— Marianna (@marianna_2219) May 4, 2020 Watch Papazoglou’s 2020 JSZ All-Zone profile here:
Zarique Nutter Announces College Choice
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted New Jerseyans in nearly all aspects of their lives. Go ahead and add college recruiting to that list. The Patrick School’s Zarique Nutter, a 6’5 wing and JSZ All-Zone team member this season, announced Monday evening his verbal commitment to join St. Peter’s University. A huge senior season put him square on the national recruiting map. Nutter picked up offers from Nebraska, Maryland, TCU, George Mason and New Mexico this winter yet wasn’t able to visit any of those schools after the coronavirus pandemic closed all high school and college athletics. However, the Newark native earned the chance to play close to home in Jersey City next winter for Shaheen Holloway, the reigning MAAC Coach of the Year and former St. Pat’s All-American. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story: Watch Zarique Nutter’s JSZ Highlight Reel Here! Nutter was one of five players from The Patrick School selected to our 2020 JSZ All-Zone team, honoring the top 50 high school basketball players in New Jersey. Here’s his senior season highlight reel: Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ wants to thank its loyal sponsors for supporting New Jersey high school athletics so we can continue to tell meaningful stories during the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics for sponsoring our coverage in North Jersey!
Five-Star PG Olivia Miles Commits to Notre Dame
Blair Academy’s Olivia Miles has been hailed as a generational talent in women’s basketball. She’s a five-star recruit, the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2021 and a member of Team USA. Now she’s committed to play at Notre Dame. Miles’ decision to join the Fighting Irish comes two days after Hall of Fame coach Muffet McGraw announced her retirement from coaching. Niele Ivey, a national champion point guard for Notre Dame and a former assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies, kicked off his first recruiting cycle with a commitment from arguably the top player in America. Just hours after announcing her commitment, Miles talks to JSZ’s Jay Cook about her recruitment, why Notre Dame was the place for her and personal expectations for herself and her future teammates in South Bend. Watch the full feature story here: Watch Olivia Miles’ Junior Year JSZ Highlight Reel: Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ is able to continue covering New Jersey high school athletics thanks in part to loyal sponsors. Thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics for continuing to support high school sports in the Garden State.
Cherokee’s Alexa Therien Commits to Boston U
Alexa Therien was the most dominant player on one of South Jersey’s best teams last season. The junior averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game for Cherokee, leading the Chiefs to the South Jersey Group 4 championship. Cherokee’s season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Therien still has plenty of hoops ahead of her. She committed to Division I Boston University on Wednesday. SEE YA IN BOSTON📍 #Committed @TerrierWBB pic.twitter.com/zKSBZENX5M— Alexa Therien (@alexatherienn) April 22, 2020 Check out Therien’s JSZ All-Zone highlight reel:
TPS Star Noah Farrakhan Commits to ECU
After a four year high school career that made him into one of the country’s top guards, Noah Farrakhan has announced his commitment to play for Eastern Carolina University. Farrakhan averaged 7.1 points and 2.4 assists per game during his senior season at The Patrick School after transferring back home to the Garden State from IMG Academy. The highlight of his senior season was a team-high 17 point performance to lift the Celtics to the Union County Tournament championship over longtime rival Roselle Catholic. Watch Farrakhan’s JSZ Senior Year Highlight Reel HERE Farrakhan is the first player from The Patrick School’s lineup this season to announce his college plans. He had D-I offers from over 17 universities and chose ECU over Penn State, New Mexico, Florida, Maryland and Ohio State, among others. Adam Zagoria broke the news of Farrakhan’s commitment first. A native of Newark, Farrakhan came back to play alongside a star-studded lineup with players like Jonathan Kuminga, Adama Sanogo and Zarique Nutter. The Patrick School finished 20-7 and reached the Non-Public B North semifinals before falling to Roselle Catholic on March 7. Eastern Carolina went 11-20 this season playing in the American Athletic Conference and was seeded 11th in the 2020 Air Force Reserve American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship tournament.
Wildwood Catholic on a Crusade to Save the School
The coronavirus pandemic cost the Wildwood Catholic boys basketball team a chance to play for a state championship last month. Now the future of all Crusader athletics is in doubt, after the Diocese of Camden announced the school will be closing at the end of June. The Wildwood Catholic community is now fundraising, as the Crusaders fight to keep their school open. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story: South Jersey coverage is brought to you in part by NJM Insurance.
Blair’s Darius heads out west, commits to UCLA
JSZ All-Zone guard Dominique Darius has made some big recruiting news Thursday night with her commitment to the UCLA Bruins. Watch her JSZ highlight reel now! One of the high profile recruits in the class of 2021 is off the board. Blair Academy junior Dominique Darius has given a verbal commitment to the UCLA Bruins. Darius joined forces with Olivia Miles to form one of the best duos in the country. Darius is the #35 overall recruit in the class of 2021 and reached the 1000 point plateau in her junior season. Her coach Quint Clarke says she is always the first to practice and last to leave and she is dedicated to being the best player she can be. She made her announcement on social media: #GoBruins 🐻💙💛 @UCLAWBB pic.twitter.com/LPyVIqoqxm— Dominique x Darius🌹 (@dommdarius) April 17, 2020 Darius was named to JSZ’s All-Zone team over the last two years. Watch her junior highlights:
TRN’s Spence Commits to Robert Morris
A JSZ All-Zoner from the class of 2020 has found his college home. Watch the highlight reel of Toms River North guard Jakari Spence now! Toms River North guard Jakari Spence has given a verbal commitment to play Division I basketball at Robert Morris University. Spence averaged 21 points and six assists per game for a Mariners team that reached the Shore Conference championship game. The guard topped 30 points five times and delivered a triple-double against New Brunswick. Spence helped TRN to a 24-5 record and joins a Robert Morris team that won the Northeast Conference Tournament and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament before March Madness was canceled due to the coronavirus. Watch JSZ’s full highlight reel of Spence in action from his final high school season:
Lance Ware wins 2020 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone
The Camden High standout and University of Kentucky commit earns JSZ’s boys basketball player of the year honor. Watch his feature and acceptance speech along with highlight reels of our five Mister Hoop Zone Finalists. Lance Ware was the leader of a Camden team that went 29-1, finished on top of New Jersey basketball polls and was recognized in national polls as well. The future Kentucky Wildcat won the balloting of statewide coaches and media over a stellar podium that featured Jonathan Kuminga (Patrick School), Taj Thweatt (Wildwood Catholic), Trey Patterson (Rutgers Prep) and Cliff Omoruyi (Roselle Catholic). JSZ’s Mike Frankel profiles Ware’s outstanding high school career, and Lance has an acceptance speech below: JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Balloting Thanks to the coaches and statewide media who casted their vote for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone. 3 points for a first-place vote, 2 points for a 2nd, and 1 point for 3rd: Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Lance WareCamden23139104 Taj ThweattWildwood Catholic11171077 Cliff OmoruyiRoselle Catholic119859 Jonathan KumingaPatrick School451335 Trey PattersonRutgers Prep37730 Coaches: Cameron Bell, Egg Harbor Twp., Grant Sporny, Williamstown, Gene Allen, Atlantic City, Paul Rodio, St. Augustine Prep, Mike Jones, Millville, John Bruno, Ocean City, Dan Williams, Mainland, Dan Russo, Vineland, Matt Bloom, Rutgers Prep, Billy Armstrong, Bergen Catholic, Anthony Tavares, Newark East Side, Ben Gamble, Marist, Justin Salton, Watchung Hills, Kevin Diverio, Don Bosco Prep, Dave Boff, Roselle Catholic, Todd Powers, Gloucester Catholic, John Rosser, Overbrook, Mike Puorro, Barnegat, Matt Wolf, Lenape, Kevin McQuade, Jackson Memorial, Phil Collichio, Elizabeth, Chris Chavannes, Patrick School, Paddy McNamara, Haddon Township, RJ Conley, Lindenwold, Richard Bolds, Timber Creek, Michael Doherty, St. Joe-Montvale, Chris Raba, Nottingham, Dom DeMeo, Hightstown, Mike Antenucci, Jackson Liberty, Mike Clemente, Central Regional, Anthony Drejaj, Linden, Mike Nausedas, Marlboro, Anthony Melesurgo, Bound Brook, Bloomfield, Hightstown, Roselle Park, Perth Amboy Media: Kevin Minnick, NJ.com, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Richard Greco, NJ.com, Mike Kinney, NJ.com, Dave’s Joint, Adam Zagoria, NY Times/Forbes/NJ.com, Jersey Sports Zone staff Watch Highlight Reels of JSZ’s Five Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists
Kylee Watson wins 2020 JSZ Miss Hoop Zone
The McDonald’s All-American and Oregon Duck wins JSZ’s girls basketball player of the year. Watch JSZ’s feature and see highlight reels from our five finalists! Mainland’s Kylee Watson has been named Jersey Sports Zone’s Miss Hoop Zone for 2020. The McDonald’s All-American won the award based on balloting from statewide coaches and media. The University of Oregon signee headlined a podium that features commits to Florida, North Carolina, West Virginia and one of the top sophomores in the country. JSZ’s Mike Frankel profiles Watson’s high school journey along with an acceptance speech by JSZ’s third Miss Hoop Zone winner: JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Balloting Thanks to the coaches and statewide media who casted their vote for JSZ’s Miss Hoop Zone. 3 points for a first place vote, 2 points for a 2nd, and 1 point for 3rd: Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Kylee WatsonMainland2351190 Destiny AdamsManchester Twp.919671 Madison St. RoseSaint John Vianney10101464 Brynn FarrellSaint Rose510944 Giana Hernandez-BouldenTrenton Catholic24822 Coaches: Mark Knapp – Gill St. Bernard’s, Dawn Karpell – Saint John Vianney, Bob Fusik – Trenton Catholic, Tammy Nicolini – Barnegat, Lisa Kukoda – Manasquan, Pete Vincent – Hudson Catholic, Audrey Taylor – Franklin, Steve Silver – Immaculate Heart Academy, Steve DiPatri – Wildwood Catholic, Scott Meile – Oakcrest, Teresa Cunniff – Wildwood, Rob Briles – Delsea, Paul Baruffi – Ocean City, Rachel Goodale – Jackson Memorial, Kristen Przybylski – Eastern, Liz McKeon – Westfield, James Turner – Bayonne, Meg McGeehan – Warren Hills, Sandy Gordon – Ramapo, Ron Powell – Cherokee, Alaina Hearon – Jackson Liberty, Dave Callahan – Rumson-Fair Haven, Matt Melesurgo – Somerville, Dave Beauchemin – Manchester Township, Mary Beth Chambers – Saint Rose, Glenn Jansen –Donovan Catholic, James Martinos – Notre Dame, Brian Dillon – Morris Hills, David Drew – Point Pleasant Boro, Bound Brook, Audubon, Winslow, Monroe, Bishop Eustace, Paterson Eastside, Spotswood, Paramus Catholic, Colonia, Tenafly, Media: Danny LoGuidice – Asbury Park Press, Brian Deakyne – NJ.com, GThing Basketball, Jersey Sports Zone staff Watch Highlight Reels of JSZ’s Five Miss Hoop Zone Finalists
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Boys Basketball Team
Jersey Sports Zone has highlights of the top boys basketball players in New Jersey as we present our 2020 JSZ All-Zone boys basketball team While the coronavirus has stopped us from our annual banquet honoring the top boys and girls basketball players in the state, that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the accomplishments of New Jersey’s top players. Saturday and Sunday we will share our highlight videos from the 2020 JSZ All-Zone boys basketball teams and coming up on Tuesday we will have highlight reels of our 2020 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists and announce our player of the year. NameSchoolName SchoolName School Quadry AdamsSt. Thomas AquinasZach MartiniGill St. Bernard's Gianmarco ArlettiHoly Cross Tahjay MooreNew Brunswick James AndersonMiddletown SouthZarique NutterPatrick School Denver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sDemetrius PaynterTimber Creek Mark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepJayden PierreElizabeth Adetokunbo BakareSt. Benedict's PrepMoses PierreIrvington Zion BetheaMontclair ImmaculateJordan PriceElizabeth Jaylen BlakesBlair AcademyAlex RatnerMarlboro Mikey BresslerWatchung HilsWill RichardsonBergen Catholic Jerome BrewerCamdenBen RoyManasquan Julian BrownBergen CatholicMyles RuthDon Bosco Prep Stephen ByardAtlantic CityAdama SanogoPatrick School Tazir Cantey LindenwoldDerek SimpsonLenape Justiin CarboneSouth BrunswickWill SoucieGill St. Bernard's Noah FarrakhanPatrick SchoolJakari SpenceToms River North Corey Floyd, Jr.Roselle CatholicDevin Strickland South Brunswick Nico GaletteRutgers PrepManny TohaMarist Alex GalvanManasquanDJ WagnerCamden Sean HansenRamseyDJ WatkinsElizabeth Noah HarrisRutgers PrepJamir WatkinsTrenton Catholic Zach HicksCamden CatholicJahlil WhiteWildwood Catholic Ryan Hillier West MorrisCJ WilcherRoselle Catholic Jacob HoppingWildwood CatholicNazir WilliamsSt. Joe-Montvale Micah Johnson, Jr.Newark East SideDJ WoodburyBurlington City Samson JohnsonPatrick SchoolTaQuan WoodleyCamden Niels LaneRoselle CatholicMatt ZonaBergen Catholic 2020 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone Finalists JSZ will post highlight videos of our five finalists on Tuesday as well as a feature story and acceptance speech from the winner.
Destiny Adams commits to North Carolina Tar Heels
One of Jersey Sports Zone’s Miss Hoop Zone finalists has made her college choice! Watch the highlight reel of the newest University of North Carolina Tar Heel One of New Jersey’s top girls in the class of 2021 is ACC bound. Destiny Adams committed to the University of North Carolina on Friday night. The 6-foot-3 Manchester Township forward averaged 18 points and 11.7 rebounds a game in her junior season. Adams won a Shore Conference title and a state championship in her sophomore season and helped the Hawks win a sectional championship this year before the season came to a halt due to the coronavirus. Adams made her announcement on social media: UNC WBB ‘25👣💙 @uncwbb pic.twitter.com/aqJgZMkMZj— Destiny Adams (@destinyyadamss) April 3, 2020 Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s highlight reel of Destiny from her junior season: Destiny is one of five finalists for JSZ’s Miss Hoop Zone, given to the top girls basketball player in New Jersey.
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Girls Basketball Team
Jersey Sports Zone has highlights of the top girls basketball players in New Jersey as we present our 2020 JSZ All-Zone girls basketball team While the coronavirus has stopped us from our annual banquet honoring the top boys and girls basketball players in the state, that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the accomplishments of New Jersey’s top players. Thursday and Friday we will share our highlight videos from the 2020 JSZ All-Zone girls basketball teams and coming up on Monday we will have highlight reels of our 2020 JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Finalists and announce our player of the year. NameSchoolName SchoolNameSchool Lauren AchterRamapoRachel KuhlOld Bridge Makayla AndrewsSaint RoseAlly LandauGolda Och A'Nyah BarkerIHAOlivia MilesBlair Academy Emma BosletSt. Thomas AquinasAnna MorrisIHA Macy BrackettNeptunePaige MortonOak Knoll Zoe Brooks Trenton CatholicOlivia MullinsRutgers Prep Saniyah CaldwellSaddle River DayMariana PapazoglouWildwood Catholic Nyasia ClarkWoodburyJustine PissottRed Bank Catholic Taylor CrystianRed Bank RegionalErika PorterNotre Dame Maniya CustisTrenton CatholicKelsey RansomSt. Thomas Aquinas Christina DalceRutgers PrepKemari ReynoldsManchester Twp. Dominique DariusBlair AcademyKayla RichardsonMiddletown South Abbey FentonOcean CityBella RunyanMoorestown Friends Makoye DiawaraBayonneSophia SabinoRed Bank Catholic Anyssa FieldsLong BranchKeona SchenckFranklin Camryn FoltzColts NeckMadison SchillerRamapo Abigeal GaborePaul VIKira SidesMiddle Township Katie HerilhyMiddle TownshipPaige SlavenRumson-Fair Haven Katie HillSaint John VianneyBella SteidleClearview Brooke HollawellManasquanAlexa TherienCherokee Ciani Redd-HowardAtlantic CityChloe TeterRed Bank Regional Jordan JanowskiSaddle River DayCaileigh WalshGill St. Bernard's Emily JohnsWashington TownshipEmma WaxMontville Zanai JonesHudson CatholicKennedy WilburnCherokee Kristina DonzaJackson Memorial 2020 JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Finalists JSZ will post highlight videos of our five finalists on Monday as well as a feature story and acceptance speech from the winner.
Vote now for JSZ Basketball Clutch Play of the Year!
We wrap up our winter sports salute with buzzer-beaters, half-court shots and some creative plays on the hardwood. The voting is open so check out our nominees and cast your vote! We want to thank our loyal audience for spending this quarantine watching all the great plays captured by our cameras during the winter sports season. We wrap up our winter Plays of the Year with the JSZ Basketball Clutch Play. We’ve got buzzer-beaters, half-court shots and some non-dunks that caught our eye. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. Watch our clutch plays and cast your vote now! Take Our Poll JSZ’s Clutch Play of the Year is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care
RC’s Cliff Omoruyi Staying Home, Commits to Rutgers
Rutgers basketball had a resurgence in 2020 and put together one of the best years in program history. The Scarlet Knight took that momentum onto the recruiting trail and landed one of the biggest prospects to ever walk into the RAC — literally. Roselle Catholic center Cliff Omoruyi, who was recently named New Jersey’s Gatorade Player of the Year, took to social media Sunday afternoon to announce his commitment to play for head coach Steve Pikiell at Rutgers University. 120% committed pic.twitter.com/UB4EpiZ3fX— Bigcliff77 (@wizcliff77) March 29, 2020 Watch Cliff Omoruyi’s JSZ Highlight Reel HERE Omoruyi is a 6-11, 230-pound nightmare in the paint. Anyone who saw the Lions play over the last two seasons caught a glimpse of what college coaches fell in love with. Omoruyi was a threat to jam home a vicious dunk on any possession and was the most dominant defensive player in the Garden State. He averaged 14.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 5.6 blocks during a senior season that cemented him as a Top 50 nationally ranked player in the country. Known around the state as “Big Cliff,” he received major Power 5 interest leading into his senior season. Omoruyi chose Rutgers over programs like Auburn, Arizona State, Kentucky, Memphis, NC State, UConn and Miami. Omoruyi is a finalist for Jersey Sports Zone’s Mr. Hoop Zone Player of the Year and it the latest New Jersey talent to stay home and play at Rutgers. Former Gill St. Bernard’s star Paul Mulcahy and Ron Harper Jr., a product from Don Bosco Prep, both saw major minutes this season at the RAC. Roselle Catholic head coach Dave Boff has produced numerous high recruits like Isaiah Briscoe, Naz Reid and Kahlil Whitney in recent years, yet Omoruyi is the first player in school to win the state Gatorade Player of the Year. ** Stay tuned with JerseySportsZone.com in the coming months for the latest recruiting news on top athletes from the Garden State. **
Vote for the JSZ Dunk of the Year Champion
We started with 32 dunks and now it’s down to the final two! Rumson-Fair Haven’s Jack Carroll takes on Wildwood Catholic’s Taj Thweatt for the JSZ Dunk of the Year Four rounds of votings have us in the final round of JSZ’s Dunk of the Year Contest. It’s Rumson-Fair Haven’s Jack Carroll taking on Taj Thweatt of Wildwood Catholic. The poll is open now through Monday night at 6:00 pm. Thanks again to everyone who voted as we enjoyed sharing the top dunks captured by JSZ cameras. Dunk of the Year Final: Jack Carroll vs. Taj Thweatt Take Our Poll In case you missed it here are the 32 dunks that made up our JSZ Dunk of the Year Tournament: JSZ”s Dunk of the Year Contest is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
It’s the Final Four of the JSZ Dunk of the Year – Vote Now!
Thanks to everyone for voting in our JSZ Dunk of the Year Tournament. 32 dunks are now narrowed down to four and what a Final Four we have? Check out the dunks and see who will punch their ticket into the finals! We’ve had a lot of fun celebrating the high school basketball season in a unique way. We started earlier this week with 32 dunks from around the state captured by JSZ cameras. After three intensive days of voting, we are down to the Final Four! In case you missed it, here are the videos of all 32 dunks in our bracket: ON TO THE FINAL FOUR The polls are open NOW through Sunday at 7:00 pm when we’ll be down to our final two. We’ve got an All-Shore Conference showdown in one semifinal with Wildwood Catholic’s Jahlil White and Taj Thweatt going head to head in the other semi. Watch each dunk and then cast your vote! Jack Carroll vs. Connor Walsh Take Our Poll Jahlil White vs. Taj Thweatt Take Our Poll JSZ”s Dunk of the Year Contest is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Vote on the Elite 8 of the JSZ Dunk of the Year
With everyone at home, JSZ turns things up a notch with our Plays of the Year. We’ve got an NCAA Tournament-style bracket for the 2020 JSZ Dunk of the Year! Watch 32 dunks captured by our cameras and cast your vote every day! If you’re like us, we’re missing brackets during March Madness so our Plays of the Year are going to bring a chance for us to look at matchups and have some fun! We took the top 32 dunks and voters pared us down now to the Sweet 16. Keep voting for your favorite until we get to the final two! The polls are open NOW until 6:00 pm on Friday. Round 4 (The Final 4) begins on Saturday night at 7:00 pm. Vote Now for the Elite 8 Matchups! Click on each player’s name to watch their specific dunk. Ryan Bradley vs. Jack Carroll Take Our Poll Connor Walsh vs. Trey Patterson Take Our Poll Mark Armstrong vs. Taj Thweatt Take Our Poll Zarique Nutter vs. Jahlil White Take Our Poll JSZ’s 2020 Dunk of the Year is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
SJV’s Katie Hill commits to the Richmond Spiders
While there are no high school sports going on at the moment, we still have some news to share. One of the key players on the number one ranked girls basketball team in New Jersey makes a Division I commitment. Watch JSZ’s interview with Katie Hill and watch her mixtape now! St. John Vianney’s Katie Hill was hoping to make headlines this week helping the Lancers to a Tournament of Champions title. With the Coronavirus putting a halt to the basketball season, Hill is still giving us something to talk about committing to play Division I basketball at the University of Richmond. JSZ caught up with the junior to talk recruiting and much more. St. John Vianney was 29-1 with a Shore Conference Title and the Non-Public “A” South trophy as well. Their season came to a halt before the state finals due to the Coronavirus. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Katie Hill and see why the Spiders are getting a complete basketball player: Thanks to Reach Your Potential Training for allowing us to spotlight SJV girls basketball!
JSZ Dunk of the Year Sweet 16 Opens!
With everyone at home, JSZ turns things up a notch with our Plays of the Year. We’ve got an NCAA Tournament-style bracket for the 2020 JSZ Dunk of the Year! Watch 32 dunks captured by our cameras and cast your vote every day! If you’re like us, we’re missing brackets during March Madness so our Plays of the Year are going to bring a chance for us to look at matchups and have some fun! We took the top 32 dunks and voters pared us down now to the Sweet 16. Keep voting for your favorite until we get to the final two! The polls are open NOW until 6:00 pm on Friday. Round 3 (The Elite 8) begins on Friday night at 7:00 pm. Vote Now for the Sweet 16 Matchups! Click on each player’s name to watch their specific dunk. Ryan Bradley vs. Elijah Jones Take Our Poll Jack Carroll vs. DJ Woodbury Take Our Poll Connor Walsh vs. Keon Sabb Take Our Poll Trey Patterson vs. Elijah Perkins Take Our Poll Taj Thweatt vs. Otega Oweh Take Our Poll Mark Armstrong vs. Corey Floyd, Jr. Take Our Poll Lance Ware vs. Zarique Nutter Take Our Poll Zubair Lee vs. Jahlil White Take Our Poll JSZ’s 2020 Dunk of the Year is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Vote now for the JSZ Dunk of the Year!
With everyone at home, JSZ turns things up a notch with our Plays of the Year. We’ve got an NCAA Tournament style bracket for the 2020 JSZ Dunk of the Year! Watch 32 dunks captured by our cameras and cast your vote every day! If you’re like us, we’re missing brackets during March Madness so our Plays of the Year are going to bring a chance for us to look at matchups and have some fun! We took the top 32 dunks from our archives and put them in head-to-head matchups. We’re asking for your vote every day as we narrow the field from the round of 32 down to the final two! The polls are open NOW until 6:00 pm on Thursday. Round Two (The Sweet 16) begins on Thursday night at 7:00 pm. Vote now on 16 first-round matchups! Click on each player’s name to watch the dunk and cast your vote: Jonathan Kuminga (Patrick School) vs. Ryan Bradley (Holmdel) Take Our Poll Derrick Grant (St. Thomas Aquinas) vs. Elijah Jones (Pleasantville) Take Our Poll Niels Lane (Roselle Catholic) vs. Jack Carroll (Rumson-Fair Haven) Take Our Poll Quadry Adams (St. Thomas Aquinas) vs. DJ Woodbury (Burlington City) Take Our Poll Jamir Watkins (Trenton Catholic) vs. Connor Walsh (Manasquan) Take Our Poll Noah Farrakhan (Patrick School) vs. Trey Patterson (Rutgers Prep) Take Our Poll Keon Sabb (Williamstown) vs. Justin Harcourt (University) Take Our Poll Elijah Perkins (Ranney) vs. Ben Cerrato (Haddonfield) Take Our Poll Taj Thweatt (Wildwood Catholic) vs. Alex Galvan (Manasquan) Take Our Poll Otega Oweh (Rutgers Prep) vs. Cliff Omoruyi (Roselle Catholic) Take Our Poll Mark Armstrong (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. CJ Wilcher (Roselle Catholic) Take Our Poll Stephen Bayard (Atlantic City) vs. Corey Floyd, Jr. (Roselle Catholic) Take Our Poll Lance Ware (Camden) vs. Kevin Bauman (Red Bank Catholic) Take Our Poll Elmarko Jackson (St. Augustine Prep) vs. Zarique Nutter (Patrick School) Take Our Poll Zubair Lee (Eastern) vs. Matt Zona (Bergen Catholic) Take Our Poll Jahlil White (Wildwood Catholic) vs. Phil Brown, Jr. (Hudson Catholic) Take Our Poll JSZ’s Dunk of the Year is presented by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Jersey Sports Zone presents “One Shining Moment”
The 2019-20 high school basketball season came to an end abruptly. Rather than focus on what was not played, Jersey Sports Zone looks back on an incredible year with a special video to honor the athletes we covered all winter long. Watch JSZ’s “One Shining Moment” NOW! Jersey Sports Zone was supposed to be beginning its coverage of the Tournament of Champions and prepare for the 3rd annual JSZ Basketball Banquet but all that changed when the Coronavirus halted sports across the world. We wanted to come up with a special way to celebrate the 2019-20 season and focus on the amazing moments instead of what didn’t get to happen. The NCAA Basketball Tournament ends every year with “One Shining Moment”, the anthem to salute March Madness. Thanks to the generosity of songwriter David Barrett, JSZ has been given permission to produce a New Jersey high school basketball version of “One Shining Moment”. Thank you to every athlete who gives us the incredible content and makes this video truly special: THE SHOW GOES ON! Jersey Sports Zone will continue to produce original content as we wait for New Jersey high school sports to return. Coming up in the next two weeks: JSZ Plays of the Year (NCAA Tournament Style!) JSZ All-Zone Hockey Team (Highlight videos) JSZ All-Zone Basketball Team (Boys and Girls)! Thanks to our partners for allowing us to keep going strong here at Jersey Sports Zone!