Top 10 Players

New Jersey's 2007-08 Top 10 Ballers : Regardless of Class
New Jersey is always loaded with some of the top ballers in the country. Here's a look at New Jersey's top 10 "Ballers", regardless of class!

1. Samardo Samuels Sr. St. Benedict’s Prep Newark Committed to LOUISVILLE
The 6’9 Samuels remains one of the most dominant forces to ever play in the Garden State. He’ll have a heavy load to carry on his shoulders this year with the killer schedule the Gray Bees plays with the likes of teams like St. Patrick and Oak Hill, but he’s definitely built for it.

2. Mike Rosario Sr. St. Anthony Jersey City Committed to RUTGERS
The Scarlet Knights got a steal of a recruit when the 6’2 shooter from Jersey City who scores in bunches agreed to make New Brunswick his place of residence for the next few years. He’ll be an immediate impact player in the Big East next year. However look for him to lead the Friars to a March Match-up with St. Patrick en-route to capturing that elusive Non-Public B State Title and Tournament of Champions appearance.

3. Marcus Morris Sr. Apex Academy Pennsauken Committed to KANSAS
The 6’7 Morris is an extremely versatile wing player who traveled across the water from Philadelphia with his twin brother Markeiff to shake up the prep basketball scene in NJ. He’s the classic match up problem, too quick and elusive for Bigs too guard and too big an strong for smaller players. He’ll definitely give opposing coaches headaches all season.

4. Dexter Strickland Jr. St. Patrick Elizabeth Undecided

We were the first to tell everyone about how special Dexter was and he’s made us look really good. Currently being courted by Memphis, Michigan State, Florida, North Carolina, Villanova and UConn , the 6’3 Strickland will be looked to take more of a leadership role this season. He’ll have to put up some lofty numbers if the Celtics plan on making a run at defending their back to back TOC titles.

5. Quintrell Thomas Sr. St. Patrick Elizabeth Committed to KANSAS
Thomas himself never imagined being much more than a mid-major prospect while at Newark Science-Park High School. This season the 6’8 Thomas, who’s a ferocious rebounder and shot blocker will be called on to team up with Strickland to make up the most dominant inside/outside combination in the state. Already an explosive finisher, he’ll have to create some of his own offense this season if he plans on winning his 3rd state title in 4 years.

6. Jordan Theodore Sr. Paterson Catholic Committed to SETON HALL
Jordan is a Garden State gem. He believes he’s the best point guard in the state and we agree with him. The six-footer is a tremendous shooter, passer, finisher and defender. His best attributes however may be his leadership qualities. This summer he quarterbacked the nation’s #1 AAU/Grassroots Team (NY Gauchos). This winter one of the most talented young squads in the NJ will have to follow his lead if they want to be in the mix with St. Anthony and St. Patrick in March.

7. Markieff Morris Sr. Apex Academy Pennsauken Committed to KANSAS
The 6’9 Morris twin is incredibly athletic and strong around the rim but is also a pretty good 3 point shooter. Both skills make for a deadly option in the pick and roll and pick and pop game. Look for the twins to make their mark in the Garden State this winter.

8. Ashton Gibbs Sr. Seton Hall Prep West Orange Committed to PITT

Playing for the Non-Public A Title is familiar territory to the 6’2 Combo guard, hailing from Scotch Plains. Gibbs will go for his 4th State Championship in his final year at the West Orange basketball power. We predict Gibbs will remain a consistent performer that puts up big numbers and makes big plays. Never afraid to take the big shot, Ashton will look to lead his squad to a TOC finals appearance in his final campaign.

9. Greg. Echenique Jr. St. Benedict Prep Newark Undecided
When the 6’9 Venezuela native isn’t snatching rebounds of the glass and firing pinpoint outlet passes, you can find him finishing around the rim or freeing up a teammate with a solid screen. He along with Samardo make up one of the most dominant frontlines to ever don Gray Bees uniforms. He’s been so impressive, Coach K and Duke are making a strong push for his services.

10. Dominic Cheek Jr. St. Anthony Jersey City Undecided
At first look it may be hard to realize exactly how special Cheek is. After all, playing on a team with 7 seniors who’ll all be playing Division 1 ball next year makes it a bit hard to stand tall. But watch closely and you’ll notice the lanky 6’7 wing making plays that will leave you awe struck. Whether it be a long range 3, a mid range 17 footer, or a seemingly unbelievable tip-dunk, Cheeks may be the best player in the state that won’t average double figures this year. Schools like North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgetown, and Syracuse are already vying for his services.