With October comes the official start of the college basketball season as teams begin practices. Follow along as Pickin’ Splinters highlights the incoming classes of the MAAC that are “signed, sealed and delivered.”
Next up in the order: The Marist Red Foxes.
Marist’s 2010-11 campaign ended with a loss to Fairfield 55-31 in the second round of the MAAC tournament. The Red Foxes add four freshmen to this year’s lineup: T.J. Curry, Chavaughn Lewis, Isaiah Morton and Manny Thomas.
T.J. Curry 6’1″ 190lbs. G. Christ the King – Brooklyn, New York
Helped Christ the King to back-to-back city catholic league championships in his junior and senior years … Started at point guard role as a junior when Christ the King won the state federation championship … Christ the King then reached the state federation championship final in 2010-11 with Curry playing shooting guard … Ranked #38 on MSG Varsity’s Top 100 Boys Basketball Players in NYC in 2011 … Named to Third Team CHSAA All-League as a senior.
What they’re saying about Curry – Tom Sampogna/Team Frenji Grassroots Basketball: “He’s coming from a winning program. Because of their difficult schedule (Christ the King), he’s going to bring a level of intensity down the stretch.”
Chavaughn Lewis 6’5″ 185lbs. G/F St. Mary’s Manhasset – Queens, New York
|Averaged 23.9 points per game as a senior for a St. Mary’s Manhasset team which went 29-1 and reached the state federation final … Scored 30-points in the city championship and federation semifinals … Earned a spot on the NYSSWA All-State First Team … Considered one of the top rated players in New York State according to several scouting services, including a number six ranking from NYhoops.com.|
What they’re saying about Lewis – Tom Sampogna/Team Frenji Grassroots Basketball: “He’s a very good player. He will bring New York City toughness.”
Isaiah Morton 5’8″ 170lbs. G St. Augustine Prep – Richland, New Jersey
|Named the South Jersey Player of the Year for 2010-11 season and Second team All-State Non-Public as a senior … Finished his high school career with 2,289 points; the first player in school history … Averaged 21.1 points as a senior … As a junior averaged 25 points and nine assists … Led his team to the South Jersey Non-Public A final in 2009-10, and averaged 30 points in 11 assists in his team’s playoff games … Started all four years at St. Augustine Prep…A four-time All-Conference selection.|
What they’re saying about Morton – Allen Rubin/Hoop Scoop: “Can run a team. He has the ability to make plays. He’s a good defender. Good three-point shooter. He’s right-handed, but he scores with both hands.”
Tom Sampogna/Team Frenji Grassroots Basketball: “That’s New York City right there. Small guard with a high basketball IQ. You can see how Chuck Martin stockpiled small guys.”
Manny Thomas 6’9″ 190lbs. G/F Xaverian – Brooklyn, New York
Ranked #42 in MSG Varsity’s Top 100 Boys Basketball Players in NYC … Named to Second Team CHSAA All-League in 2010-11 … A co-captain his senior season.