Recruiting analysts, coaches and fans for the time being, mostly word of mouth and social media buzz, start flocking to see the pair of undefeated St. Rose and its Belgian imports.
After a monstrous 18-point, 13-rebound performance from junior Matt Hodge, who went 6-9 in the championship game at the Albert E. Martin Buck Classic on Friday night, Roads coach Brian Lynch said many I said what people are wondering.
“With his versatile skills, physique and strength, I think in a few months he will be considered one of the best players in America’s class of 2024. He is as smart as they are. Good,” Lynch said.
When it comes to ratings, there aren’t too many reports about Matt Hodge. Or his brother, Jaden, a 6-4 freshman averaging 17.2 points, and the two plan to play AAU basketball for the PSA Cardinals. York City program after high school season.
So what’s the benchmark here?
Website 247 Sports lists two five-star contenders in New Jersey’s 2024 class. Don Bosco combo guard Dylan Harper is the brother of former Rutgers standout Ron Harper Jr. and Hudson Catholic Point his guard Tahard Pettiford. There are also two of his four-star recruits, Anthony Gilks of Patrick School and Jalil Betea, guard of Lanny School.
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The top 150 competitors in the 2024 class include Harper at No. 10, Pettiford at No. 21 and Roselle Catholic’s Tariq Watson at No. 102, all listed as four-star contenders.
Recruitment is expected to increase rapidly as more people start to see him and opinions form, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up.
St. Rose will play the Roselle Catholic on January 21 and the Hudson Catholic on February 5, as well as two divisional matches against Lanny.
Manasquan vs. Roselle Catholic
Speaking of star power, the glare will set in the gymnasium of Manasquan High School on Monday afternoon (1pm) when Big Blue will host powerhouse Roselle Catholic in a game postponed due to weather on December 23. prize.
Led by sophomore guard Darius Adams, a prospect for the 2025 4-Star class, Manasquan delivered a dominant performance in the WOBM Christmas Classic, winning the Jim Ranke bracket, averaging a 42-point margin of victory over three games. won. Toms on Friday he won 84-28 in the final against the River He East.
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A great recovering young Manasquan team with a starting lineup of 2 sophomores and 2 sophomores after a fall on the road to St. Rose in the Shore Conference Class C North game and overtime with Linden in neutral was. The incident at Elizabeth’s Dun Center.
“We owe these kids the best spotlight we can,” said Manasquan coach Andrew Bilodeau. That’s about it.
Now Manasquan is looking to pull off a shocker against the Roselle Catholic team, who beat Patrick School of Rutgers 54-46 at last week’s Battle in New Jersey showcase event. Doing showcases in the Bahamas, Duncanville (Texas), Sunrise He Christian (Kansas) and Gonzaga (Washington, DD).
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The Roselle Catholics are joined by Mackenzie Mugbako of Duke Commit, a 6-8 forward transferred from the Gil St. Berners, and Simeon Wilcher, a 6-4 guard from North Carolina. is led. Roselle Catholic 2020.
Check back later Monday afternoon for more details on the Manasquan-Roselle Catholic game.
big game of the week
The Manasquan-Roselle Catholic game will have a big week with the Shore Conference game. Let’s look at some of the most important ones.
Tuesday, January 3
Pointboro, Manasquan, 6:30pm – Manasquan won’t let his guard down when he hosts the undefeated Point Boro (6-0) and beats Lanny in the key C North clash on Tuesday at 6:30pm. Shane Young scored 22 points in a final loss to Jackson Liberty.
Jackson Memorial at Ocean, 5:30 PM – Two holiday tournament champions get off to a quick start in this non-conference game on Tuesday. WOBM Christmas Classic Steve Gupp Bracket winner Jackson Memorial (6-1) will take on John Molinelli Tournament winner Ocean (5-1) in Hopewell Valley. Jackson Memorial was impressive in his WOBM, led by his MVP Samir Padilla, who scored 24 points in the finals, averaging 20 points in the tournament, and Keith Adame, who averaged 20.7 points.
Thursday, January 5th
Freehold Township at CBA, 5:30pm – Heading into a big impact match for A North, Freehold Township finished 2nd in the Gepp bracket at WOBM and CBA finished 3rd in the Buc Classic. rice field. Senior Joe White scored his 19 points in the last game against Notre Dame to lead the way to the CBA.
Saturday, January 7th
The Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase at Brookdale Community College in Middletown will feature nine Shore teams in six games, including Manasquan taking on Don Bosco Prep at 4pm.
Other matches at Brookdale include: 12:40pm, Lanny vs. Holmdel. 2:20 p.m. CBA vs. Gilcent his Bernard. 5:40 p.m. St. John Bianny vs. St. Rose.7:00 PM Red Bank vs. Red Bank Catholic