NO. 21 ROSELLE CATHOLIC
Location: Roselle, N.J.
Preseason Rank: 21
2017-18 record: 29-4
Final 2017-18 Super 25 ranking: 10
The defending New Jersey Tournament of Champions winners have to deal with a slew of talent graduating, none more crucial than forwards Naz Reid (LSU) and Alanzo Frink (South Carolina). But that’s just fine for Chosen 25 forward Kahlil Whitney, the top-ranked prospect in a Garden State class that’s exceptionally brimming with 2019 talent even by its own high standards. A versatile athlete with a relentless motor and a well-documented rep for posterizing opponents, the Kentucky-bound Whitney is more than capable of handling the load after a 17-18 campaign in which he averaged 15 points and six boards.
The Lions’ only other returning starter, UNLV-bound point guard Josh Pierre-Louis, is up for running the offense again after averaging six assists a year ago. He’ll be joined in the backcourt by 6-5 senior Colby Rogers, who’s ready for a breakout after averaging seven points off the bench. Elsewhere, a slew of transfers should shore up the depth chart, led by junior guard Richie Greaves, junior forward Zayon Marsh and sophomore guard Malcolm Eley. The Lions are also high on freshman Corey Floyd Jr., whose father played for Providence in the early 90’s and who has already made somewhat of a legend of himself on the AAU circuit.
Out of the gates, Roselle Catholic won’t be the favorites to repeat as TOC champs – that lead-dog honor likely belongs to Ranney (Tinton Falls, N.J.), led by its dynamic duo of Chosen 25 stars Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis. But the Lions will remain one of New Jersey’s most dangerous outs this winter.