Year in and year out, New Jersey produces some of the top basketball talent in the country. Yesterday, I was able to catch Saint Patrick's pound a good Trenton Catholic team. The depth, talent, and coaching at Saint Pat's is about as good as it gets. Next year, two of Saint Patrick's players will be moving on to the college level, with Michael Gilchrist going to Kentucky and Derrick Gordon going to Western Kentucky. A bit further south in the state, Life Center Academy has two guards headed to major programs, with John Johnson headed to Pitt and LaQuinton Ross going to Ohio State. Saint Anthony senior guard Myles Mack is going to Rutgers. The list goes on and on. The talent isn't limited to the senior class either. Both the sophomore and junior classes in the Garden State are loaded as well.
Over the years, the Hawks have had success in the state of New Jersey, landing Dwayne Lee and Ahmad Nivins from Saint Anthony's. In the current sophomore class on Hawk Hill, both Carl Baptiste and Justin Crosgile are from New Jersey. Current freshman forward Ronald Roberts played his high school ball at Jersey City's Saint Peter's Prep.
It seems as if the Hawks are looking into their neighboring state in the current high school junior class as well. The Hawks have apparently already offered 6'1 Seton Hall Prep guard Dallas Anglin. Another North Jersey guard with interest from the Hawks is Newark Eastside's Tariq Carey. The newest name is that of 6'3 Teaneck junior Chris Jones. In the video interview linked below with Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop, Jones claims no offers, but mentions Saint Joseph's as one of the schools involved in his recruitment. Along with SJU, he mentions Penn, Penn State, Rider, and Marist.
Jones had 20 points last night to lead his Teaneck team past Sterling Gibbs, Dallas Anglin and Seton Hall Prep. Anglin had 9 points for Seton Hall Prep in their 60-45 loss.
The Recruit Scoop- Chris Jones Interview