Next Generation of Hoop Stars


Who's Next?:
New Jersey's Next Generation of Hoop Stars

Take a look at the Next Generation of
Hoop Stars

By Metro Hoops Staff

Tamir “Pop” Jackson
Jr. 6’2 G St. Benedict Prep

The 6’2 Benedict’s point man is probably the most underrated guard in the
nation. He’s the perfect compliment to the monstrous frontline at the Newark
Prep School. He’s a crafty scorer and creator with a knack for making big plays
and getting Ws.

Asmar Edwards Jr. 6’3 G Passaic Tech

You may not have heard of him yet, but Asmar will be a hot topic on various
blogs and forums by February. He’s a natural scorer that makes big plays and
isn’t afraid to take the big shot. Remember where you heard the name first.

Justin Crossgile Jr. 5’10 G DePaul Catholic

Crossgile was called on to score the ball more in his sophomore campaign. This
year should be no different. He’s an exciting playmaker and explosive scorer but
an underrated passer and defender as well.

Kenneth “Boobie” Ortiz Jr. 6’1 G Newark Science Park

Though loaded with talent and experience, the Newark school will only go as far
as Ortiz leads them this year. He’s a strong finisher and rebounder for his size
that creates problems for opponents once he’s in the lane.

Lance Brown Jr. 6’2 G Paterson Catholic

Lance first burst onto the scene at one of our showcases. He hasn’t disappointed
yet. He’s a fierce competitor with a deadly midrange game and rebounding prowess
seldom seen by players at his position.

Fuquan Edwin Soph. 6’5 G/F Paterson Catholic

Edwin is dubbed “The Finisher” for good reason. He finishes just about
everything near the rim. Match that with a scorer’s mentality and a strong will
to win and you have a future Garden State Great. Keep your eyes on this kid.

Jayon James Soph. 6’6 G/F Paterson Catholic

Jayon is an extremely intriguing player. He’s 6’6 and is as capable of playing
point guard as he is wing forward. Look for the tandem of James and Edwin to
make a push for that Non-Public B crown in coming years.

Isaiah Epps Soph. 6’1 G Plainfleld

The southpaw from Plainfield is as crafty as they come. He’s a slashing point
man who should carry on the great tradition of tough Plainfield guards.

Steve Rennard Soph. 6’1 G St. Joseph (Met)

Shooting ability and court savvy makes Rennard one to keep an eye on at St.
Joes. Starting for his second season at the Metuchen school, his experience
should pay off in his sophomore outing.

Dondre Whitmore Soph. 5’8 G Trenton Catholic

Whitmore is a dynamic little guard who’s as quick as they come on both sides of
the ball. He has a scorer’s mentality and is deceptively strong for his size.

Franz Massenat Soph. 6’1 G Trenton Catholic

This Lefty’s game is as smooth at butter. He seldom even looks rattled on the
court and is a great compliment to Whitmore. This tandem should give opposing
coaches many a sleepless night in the next few years.

Chris Thompson Soph. 6’2 G Life Center

Chris lit it up at our South Jersey Showcase emerging as the showcase’s leading
scorer. He’ll have much of the same on display at Life Center Academy this
season. This kid is skilled and athletic enough to make a major impact at the
varsity level and will show everyone why he’s on this list throughout the