Coach: Eric Woriniecki, first season.
Last season: 22-7.
Letterwinners: 1 returning, 8 lost.
Roster: Aaron Lewis (Jr., G, 5-9); Michael Vick (Fr., G, 5-10); Tavian Chuikuwani (Sr., G, 5-10); Jahmal Pryce (Sr., G 5-10); Sky Harris (Jr, G/F, 6-4); Jaquante Madden (Sr., F/C, 6-9); Nick Krimin (Fr., F, 6-5); Sean McRae (Sr., G/F, 6-0); Mark Garcia (Jr., G, 5-9); Steven Scott (Jr., G, 5-10).
Outlook: After the departure of longtime coach Joe Lewis and basically the entire roster, Kevin Boyle disciple Eric Woriniecki takes over an entirely new roster. There is some talent here though. Sky Harris, a transfer from J.P. Stevens, averaged 12 ppg in the Red Division last season. Jaquante Madden, a transfer from St. Pat’s, has a tremendous skill set and could emerge as one of the best big men in the conference. Nick Krimin is an interesting talent, stands 6-5 as only a freshman. Woriniecki likes his teams to get up and down the floor, and that includes the big man Madden. In a wide open division, its not impossible for the Eagles to be contending come late February.
Coach: Nick Puleio, third season
Last season: 15-2.
Letterwinners: 6 returning, 10 lost.
Roster: Ryan Stolte (Sr., G, 6-2); Nick Isola (Sr., C, 6-4); Chuka Onukwugha (Sr., F, 6-4); Andrew Ha (Sr., F, 5-9); Matt Siemons (Sr, G/F, 6-3); Zach Gorham (Sr. G/F, 6-2); Gerel Robinson (Sr., G, 6-2); Chris Germano (Jr, PG, 5-10); Nick Marinelli (Jr, F, 6-1); Jair Davis (Jr, G, 6-1); Juan Cariaso (Jr., PG, 5-8); Azem Perovic (Jr., G- 6-0); Tyler Utheim (Jr., C, 6-5); Mario Danza (Jr., F, 6-0); Matt Cocorikis (So., G/F, 6-2); Tyler Salzer (So., G/F, 6-1).
Outlook: Monroe expects to be competitive this year with Stolte and Isola as three-year varsity starters returning. A couple of new pieces have been added, including Gerel Robinson from Piscataway Tech and Jair Davis from St. Joseph. The Falcons has good size up front, which should make them a tough draw on the boards, but a distinct starting five has yet to be put in place. Regardless, in a wide open White Division, expect the Falcons to content for a division title.
Coach: Rory Levine, first season.
Last season: 15-11.
Letterwinners: 3 returning, 4 lost.
Roster: Paul McKenzie (Sr., G, 6-0); Ahmad Sannoh (Sr., G, 6-0); Tre’Jon Wilson (Jr., F, 6-1); Joe Dukes (Sr., G, 5-11); Zyaire Gathers (Sr., F, 6-2); Nadir Whitten (So., G, 6-0); Willie Hamilton (Sr., F/C, 6-5); Yameer Shamary (Jr., F, 6-0); James Sullen (Sr., G, 6-1); Chad Brown (So., G, 5-10); Marcel Williams (Sr., F, 6-0); Samuel Pierce (So., F, 6-2).
Outlook: After six years under Antoine Allen, Levine moves up the bench to take over at the helm. Returners McKenzie, Sannoh and Wilson give stability to an otherwise shaky roster. The roster is made up of six transfers, including Willie Hamilton from East Orange and James Sullen from East Brunswick Tech. The Zerbras will rely on their defense and throw the kitchen sink at you — anything from half court man to full court zone gimmicks. With so much turnover, this could be a transitional year for New Brunswick.
Coach: Ed Breheny, 23rd season.
Last season: 22-4.
Letterwinners: 5 returning, 7 lost.
Roster: Virgil Boykin (Sr., C, 6-3); Isreal Colon (Sr., G, 5-11); Iverson Fleming (Sr., G, 6-1); Dennis Ford (Sr., F, 6-3); Jordan Gonzalez (SR., G, 6-1); Ricardo Hinds (Sr., F, 6-2); Jaylen Hobdy (Sr., G, 6-2); Tim Parson (Sr., F, 6-2); Nick Sidotti (Sr., G, 5-10); Sterling Smith (Sr., G, 5-10); Joe Manley (Jr., C, 6-3); Soloman Gayle (So., C, 6-3); Kishan Patel (So., G, 6-4); Pranay Bhandare (Fr., G, 5-9).
Outlook: With the graduation of leading scorer Dion Rogers, look for Iverson Fleming, who will commit to Hofstra later this month, to pick up the slack in the scoring and the leadership department. Dennis Ford, a superb defender, will look to score the ball more frequently this season. Rebounding will be an are of concern this year as the Raiders are a bit undersized, so it will take a team commitment in that department. The two-time defensing division champs aren’t garnering as much preseason attention as in the past, which is fine for the Raiders who’ll use it as fuel to the fire.
Coach: John Wojcik, third season
Last season: 9-17.
Letterwinners: 9 returning, 2 lost.
Roster: Brian Gay (Jr., G, 5-10); Anthony Manning, (Jr., G, 5-10); Malik Pressley (Jr., G, 6-0); Jason Saldiveri (Jr., G, 6-2); Corey Taite (Jr., G, 5-7); Jon Bracero (Sr., G, 5-11); Chris Henderson, Sr., G, 5-10); Donald Johnson (Sr., F, 6-3); Justin Luna, Sr., F, 6-0; Mohammad Najjar, Sr., F, 6-6); Darnell Ragland )Sr., F, 6-3); Brian Rubio (Sr., G/F, 6-2); Tom Scavone, Sr., G, 6-0).
Outlook: While they lack size, speed, athleticism, and toughness will be key for the Bombers this season. The Bombers will play an aggressive defense and look to run in transition when available. Saldiveri, a transfer from New Brunswick, should provide a big boost at both ends of the floor. Taite (10.3 ppg) has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor. Look for this team to show vast improvement upon its nine wins from last season.
Coach: Matt Gigliello, first season.
Last season: 11-13.
Letterwinners: 4 returning, 5 lost.
Roster: Daquan Bailey (Sr., G., 5-8); Eddie Harris (Sr., G, 6-2); Jaheen Harris (Sr., G, 6-3); Zahneer Schuler (So., G, 6-1); Jared Pearson (Sr., F, 6-6); Mika Graham (Sr., F, 6-6); Zaire Robinson (So., G, 6-0); Khalil Jordan (Sr., F, 6-6); Andrew Hughes (Jr., F, 6-5); Tyler Smith (So., G, 5-11); Vin Porcelli (Jr., F, 6-4); Mike Cordero (Jr., F, 6-4); Kyle Small (Jr., G, 6-2); Josh Oloweekere (Jr., G, 6-0); Stephon Holt (Jr., G, 6-2).
Outlook: The Barrons were hit hard by graduation, losing four starters and two 1,000-point scorers in Kyle Pearson (FDU Teaneck) and Keith Hughes. Although inexperienced at spots they do have a solid group of kids both returning and new that have been very committed to each other. They’re counting on seniors Daquan Bailey and Jared Pearson to step in and make plays on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. The team’s success will be based on how well our young role players pick up the system and how they defend in both the full-court and half court situations.
Coach: Dennis O’ Keefe, 21st season.
Last season: 14-6.
Letterwinners: 2 returning. 10 lost.
Roster: Anthony Abano (So., G, 5-8); Pat Astarita (So., G, 5-10); Christian Bader (Sr., F, 6-0); Casey Damour (Sr., G, 5-5); Tom Duffy (Sr., G, 5-5); Eddie Hayes (So., G, 5-9); Michael Jensen Sr., G/F, 6-1); Chris Kreiger (So., F, 6-1); Kevin Krolick (So., F, 6-0); Ryan Martinelli (Sr., F, 6-1); Owen McLeod (Jr., F, 6-2); Robert Pacitti (Jr., F, 6-0); Greg Patuto (Sr., F, 5-11); Chris Sadowsky (Sr., C, 6-2); Michael Viggiano (Jr., G/F, 6-0); Tom Weller (So., F, 6-2).
Outlook: The Trojans were decimated by graduation more than any other team in the entire GMC. With virtually an entirely brand new cast of characters on board this season, their goal is to become a better team over the course of the season. They don’t lack in the department of defensive effort, but rebounding and shooting, which were strengths a year ago, are now weaknesses.
Coach: Chris Banos, sixth season.
Last season: 8-13.
Letterwinners: 6 returning, 5 lost.
Roster: Andrew Allen (So., G, 5-5); Kyle Alvarez (Jr, G, 5-9); Zach Buchholz (Sr., G, 5-9); Alex Cruz (So., G, 5-9); Joe Duffy (So., F, 6-1); Chris Frost (Jr., G, 6-1); Stepp Ozeigbe (So., G, 5-10); Darren Perez (Sr., G, 5-8); Omar Reyes (Jr., C, 6-5); Anthony Roberts (Jr., G, 6-1); Mike Weinstein (Jr., C, 6-5) Nick Wolferman (Sr., G, 5-10).
Outlook: All five starters saw significant time last season so expect this team to be competitive from the get-go. They do last depth, as they’ve inexperienced off the bench. If the Mustangs are able to to take care of the ball and play under control, play hard and finish plays, there’s no reason why .500 is out of the question.
Coach: John Korellis, second season.
Last season: 7-16
Letterwinners: 5 returning, 5 lost.
Roster: Hunter Clarke (Jr., F, 6-5); Brian Eustace (Jr, G/F, 6-2); Frank McGuire (Jr., G/F, 6-1); Artie Flaherty Jr. (So., G, 6-1); Thomas Chalker (So., PG, 5-8); Evan Collier (Fr., G, 6-1); Conor McCadden (Sr., PG, 5-8); Jacob Holdowsky (Sr., F, 6-3); Mathew Smiling (Sr., F, 6-2); Daniel Briggs (So., F, 6-1); Harry Hallas (Jr., F, 6-1).
Outlook: The Bulldogs return four players who started a period during last season. Their defense will keep them in games. They have no key focal point on the offensive end, but everyone is buying into the fact that they need to run their offense and give our team the best opportunity to score, no matter who that might be. Clarke, will provide length at both ends of the floor, and Flaherty Jr. are two guys to keep and eye on.
Coach: Steve Mate, 18th season
Last season: 18-7
Letterwinners: 6 returning, 3 lost.
Roster: Corey Brown (Sr., G); Eric Dadika (Fr., G); Jake Dadika (Jr., G); Kevin Fox (Jr., G); Dalonte Grant (Sr., G); Marlon Hart (Fr., G); Jamal Lewis (Sr., F); Nyron Lewis (Jr., F); Nick Reed (Jr., F); Chris Schuman (So. G); Brian Thruing (Jr., G); Cory Weeks (Sr., G).
Outlook: In Jake Dadika, Grant and Lewis, The Chargers return perhaps the most polished group of experienced players in the division. Dadika, who transferred from St. Joseph two years ago, is a superb point guard that can score the ball as well as dish. Corey Brown, who led the GMC in receiving this past fall, shouls be a nice addition athletically. The Chargers’ main weakness is their size, which they can hopefully make up for by running teams out of the gym.
EAST BRUNSWICK TECH
Coach: Jeff Staples, fourth season.
Last season: 7-16.
Letterwinners: 5 returning, 6 lost.
Roster: Mark Alstone (Sr., G, 6-1); Eugene Campbell (Sr., G, 6-0); Colin Klimuszko (Sr. G, 5-8); Matt Iocono (Sr., G, 5-9); Rob Steffan (Sr. G, 5-9); Joe Tiegaro (Sr., G, 5-10); Brett Carmen (Sr., C, 6-2); John Evora (Sr., C, 6-2); Evvan DeJusus (Sr., F, 6-0); Luis Ramos (Sr., G/F, 5-10); Joe Williams (Sr., C, 6-2).
Outlook: The Tigers are just two years removed from a 14-11 season, but there has been a lot a turnover since then. Alstone will lead the way offensively for a team that will be starved for scoring. A player to watch is Tiegaro, a senior who is out for basketball for the first time. The roster doesn’t have much size, so everyone will be relied on to crash the boards.
PETH AMBOY TECH
Coach: John Meyer, third season.
Last season: 15-11.
Letterwinners: 1 returning, 4 lost.
Roster: Kelvin Perez (Sr., G, 6-3); Jonathan Sosa (Sr., G, 6-0); Agnel Etienne (Sr., F, 6-0); Jordan Little (So., C, 6-5); Noel Garay (So., G, 5-9); Eliel Belliard (Jr., F, 6-1); Xavier Lluberes (So., G, 5-6); Anthony Arochco (Jr., F, 6-0); Joe Russo (Sr., F, 5-9); Justin Valentin (Sr., G, 5-8).
Outlook: The Patriots have a huge scoring hole to fill with the departures of 1,000-point scorers Malcolm Batts and Rashad Adams. This year’s crews is athletic, quick and solid shooting the ball. Perez is their player to watch as he has the height and handling skills of a guard who can play at the next level. They had three players transfer in — Belliard (Perth Amboy), Valentin (Perth Amboy) and Lluberes (St. Joseph).
Coach: Len Reyes, third season.
Last season: 8-15.
Letterwinners: 4 returning.
Roster: Steve Herdman (Jr., G, 5-7); Nick Kales (Jr., G, 5-9); Joe Fruncilo (Jr., C, 6-4); Dan Murphy (Jr., F, 6-0); Matt Lavan (Sr., F., 6-0); Tim Kales (So., G., 5-8); Mike Rand (Sr., F, 6-0); Kyle Kryzanowski (Sr., F, 6-2).
Outlook: With Herdman (12 ppg) and Fruncilo (9 ppg) back, the Governors’ goal is to finish in the top half of the Gold Division. The look the continue to make defense their strength as a lack of scoring might be their weakness. Look for this team to make a run at the division title.
Coach: Rod Harris, fourth season.
Last season: 10-16.
Letterwinners: 11 returning, 3 lost.
Roster: Tyler Harris (Sr., G/F, 6-3); Tom Darrar (Sr., G, 6-1); Wyatt Boyler (Sr., G, 5-11); Bobby Applegate (Sr., F, 6-3); Tom Drum (Sr., G, 5-9); Patrick Berry (Sr., F, 6-0); Eric Sigur (Sr., G, 5-8); Layne Smith (Sr., F, 5-10); Will Simmons (Jr., F, 6-4); Connor Devich (Jr., F, 6-0); Matt Martinez (Jr., G, 5-6); Sean Darrar (So., G, 5-9).
Outlook: With 11 guys back from last year’s squad, this is an experienced team that has some talent. Harris (17 ppg) is a legit threat from both the inside and outside and is a preseason All-Area selection. With three guys standing 6-3 or taller, height is certainly a strength of this team. “Our goal is to play to the best of our ability every night,” Harris said.