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Roughly one hour after his high school career came to an abrupt end, four-star Class of 2016 recruit Bruno Fernando instantly shifted his focus toward the next level.

Fernando, Montverde (Fla.) Academy's 6-foot-10, 225-pound center, whom one Divison I coach recently compared to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, commited to SMU on Friday night in a nationally-televised announcement on ESPN2.

He chose the Mustangs over Florida State, Alabama and Marquette.   

Tags: Mike McCurry, Montverde Academy, SMU
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TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- Jagan Mosely didn't want his lasting legacy at St. Anthony's to be the leader of the first senior class under Bob Hurley never to win a state title.

So the Georgetown-bound guard, who sports "0" on his jersey as a constant self-reminder that he has no rings, took matters into his own hands on Saturday at the Pine Belt Arena.

Facing the same Roselle Catholic program that had deprived St. Anthony's of a Non-Public B championship each of the last three seasons, Mosely dropped a game-high 16 points, 9 of which came in the fourth quarter, leading the Friars to a 53-37 win for their 28th state title all-time-and their first since 2012.

Tags: Mike McCurry, Roselle Catholic, St. Anthony's
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- When St. Anthony's takes the floor on Saturday night in search of its first Non-Public B title in four years, it will be doing so against a very familiar opponent, particularly for senior point guard Asante Gist.

Behind Gist's 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting (including 4-of-5 from behind the arc), St. Anthony's cruised to a 64-29 victory over Dwight-Englewood Thursday night at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The win ensured the Friars (29-0, ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 4 by USA Today) another North Non-Public B crown and a shot at redemption against Roselle Catholic in Toms River.

Ranked No. 2 in New Jersey, Roselle Catholic is responsible for singlehandedly ending St. Anthony's season each of the last three years. It also happens to be where Gist spent his first two seasons and part of his junior campaign, playing a role in the Lions' Tournament of Champions title in 2013. (RC also won in 2015 after he transferred out to Marist High School.)

Tags: Mike McCurry, Roselle Catholic, St. Anthony's
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NEWARK -- In the biggest win of the Kevin Willard Era, a 90-81 statement victory over No. 5 Xavier that all but solidified an NCAA Tournament bid for Seton Hall, the Pirates once again road the coattails of a star sophomore from Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln High School.

Only this time, it may not have been the player many would assume.

While Isaiah Whitehead continued on his First Team All-Big East pace, finishing with 22 points -- his fifth 20-plus point performance over his last seven games -- it was high school teammate Desi Rodriguez who stole the show in front of a sold-out crowd at the Prudential Center on Sunday.

Tags: Mike McCurry, Seton Hall
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UNION, N.J. -- Many high-majors have already reached out to Roselle Catholic's Nate Pierre-Louis, with his list of suitors only growing larger as the Class of 2017, 6-foot-3 point guard continues to play like he did Wednesday night in the Union County Tournament semifinals.

Pierre-Louis, who said postgame that Kansas is the latest to express interest, scored 10 of his team-high 13 points after halftime in Roselle Catholic's 56-46 win over Linden, advancing the Lions to the Union County final against The Patrick School on Saturday night back at Kean University.

It will be the third meeting this season between the two Non-Public B powerhouses, who have already split a pair of games and could meet a fourth time in the South Non-Public B semifinals in March. The Patrick School is ranked No. 2 in New Jersey by NJ.com, while Roselle Catholic is No. 4.

Tags: Mike McCurry, Nate Pierre-Louis, Naz Reid, Nick Richards, Roselle Catholic, St. Patrick's
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Feb 19, 2016; West Long Branch, NJ, USA; Iona Gaels guard A.J. English (5) shoots over Monmouth Hawks guard Collin Stewart (30) during the first half at Multipurpose Activity Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Feb 19, 2016; West Long Branch, NJ, USA; Iona Gaels guard A.J. English (5) shoots over Monmouth Hawks guard Collin Stewart (30) during the first half at Multipurpose Activity Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- A.J. English and Iona weren't quite ready to hand over the regular season MAAC title to Monmouth just yet - or even a ticket to the Big Dance, for that matter.

The Gaels, who have been the league's top seed in the MAAC Tournament three of the last four seasons, including each of the last two, now find themselves just one game back of Monmouth (22-6, 14-3 MAAC) in the conference standings after a resounding 83-67 win on Friday night.

Iona (16-10, 13-4 MAAC) controlled the 10 p.m., nationally televised affair from start to finish, using a 19-0 run midway through the first half to silence the crowd of 4,522, a single-game attendance record at the Multipurpose Activities Center.

Tags: A.J. English, Iona, Mike McCurry, Monmouth
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ROSELLE, N.J. -- While Montverde (FL) Academy's Bruno Fernando remains one of the top uncommitted frontcourt players in the Class of 2016, the 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward hinted on Sunday that a decision will be made in the very near future.

"It's coming up," said Fernando, who one Division-1 coach recently compared to Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder due to his knack for rebounding and game-changing presence on the defensive end of the floor. "I'm really looking forward to making my commitment soon."

Where Fernando will land is a mystery, though the frontrunners appear to be SMU, Alabama, LSU, Marquette, N.C. State, and Florida State. He has a trip planned to Alabama in the coming weeks.

Tags: Bruno Fernando, Mike McCurry, Montverde Academy, Naz Reid, Roselle Catholic
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Blair Academy's talented Class of 2017 trio of point guard Matt Turner, wing Kodye Pugh, and big man Deng Gak checked in to provide a recruiting update Wednesday night fresh off of a hard-fought 54-41 loss to undefeated St. Anthony's, the No. 4 team in the nation according to USA Today.

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy was in the house, along with assistants from Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Monmouth, Wagner and FDU.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Turner, a transfer from Trumbull (CT) High School, said Maryland, Providence, Georgetown, and Virginia have all expressed interest lately.

Tags: Blair Academy, Deng Gak, Kodye Pugh, Matt Turner, Mike McCurry, Recruiting, St. Anthony's
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