Malachi Richardson, Trenton Catholic. A Syracuse-bound guard who may be the best shooter in the state, Richardson averaged 19.2 points per game last year after leading Roselle Catholic to the Tournament of Champions title as a sophomore. Has the size to be an impact rebounder and defender as well. Tyus Battle, Gill St. Bernard’s. If Battle isn’t the best player in New Jersey, he isn’t far off. A junior shooting guard who does it all for Gill St. Bernard’s, he averaged 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and two steals per game last season and has offers from the likes of Duke and Kentucky.
Roselle Catholic and Pope John squared off in a scrimmage that showcased two of the best teams in the state on Saturday, and NJ Advance Media was there with video coverage. Check out the full highlights above, featuring some stellar play from Roselle Catholic’s Isaiah Briscoe and Pope John’s Moustapha Diagne among others.
Kareem Walker, the top running back in the country, has visited Rutgers on two consecutive weekends. The 6-1, 212-pound DePaul (Wayne, N.J.) junior holds offers from just about every top school you can think of, but has has devoted lots of time to his in-state program. “I was just chilling with Kiy (Hester) today,” said Walker, a first team all-state selection and the No. 4 player in the NJ.com Top 50. “He was just telling me what everybody is saying, like if my class stays, it’ll be different. If we stay, we are definitely changing that whole program around.That’s basically what it is.”
When the Albany City Rocks began to travel in the 2013 spring, big man Tyler Lydon opened eyes. The skinny forward immediately drew offers from Boston College, Iowa and Providence, among others, with more to follow. Lydon’s multi-faceted talents became increasingly evident during that summer, and he accumulated additional offers from Creighton, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Penn State, Florida, Syracuse, Virginia and Seton Hall. But by the fall, he already knew he wanted to spend his college career with Jim Boeheim’s Orange.