NO. 4 PATRICK SCHOOL
Location: Hillside, New Jersey
Preseason Rank: 4
2018-19 record: 17-10
Final 2018-19 Super 25 ranking: Not Ranked
The Celtics landed the biggest fish of the offseason when 6-foot-9 all-everything junior forward Jonathan Kuminga, the No. 1 player in Chosen 25, decided to leave Our Savior New American (Centereach, New York).
Kuminga is arguably the biggest matchup problem of any player in any class because of his size and versatile skill set. This summer, Kuminga, a wing, averaged 20.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game in the competitive Nike EYBL.
He’s joined in the frontcourt by talented tree-like centers Adama Sanogo and Bretner Mutombo. That should help the Celtics win most battles in the paint this season.
They also landed a talented backcourt veteran in point guard Noah Farrakhan, who played an integral role in IMG Academy winning its first GEICO Nationals title last season.
They’ll need to find their chemistry early with a merciless schedule ahead, but if the talented group gels quickly, they could challenge for the top spot.