High-SchoolNew-Jersey: All-State Stock Watch

Stock is rising for Aaman, Harris and Bembry

January, 5, 2012
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It's time to see which players ended 2011 with a bang and/or started 2012 off right.

You know the drill — each week, we'll take a look back at our New Jersey preseason All-State basketball team and update you on how some of those players are faring this year. There will be a Prime-Time Player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an Under the Radar (UTR) player who is making his case as one of the state's top ballers.

PTP: Mike Aaman, Raritan, Senior
The Wagner commit has been even more dominant, averaging 22.6 points and 10-plus rebounds while leading the Rockets to their first two wins of the year.

OTP: Sekou Harris, Plainfield, Senior
The Cardinals have shown why they finished second in the state last year and are major contenders again this season. Much of the credit goes to Harris, who averaged 16.7 points across three games in three days and dropped 11 in a big win against No. 8 Hudson Catholic.

UTR: DeAndre Bembry, St. Patrick, Junior
In the South, Bembry is a known star after holding his own for Rocky River, and it hasn't taken long for the junior forward to make a name for himself up north. Bembry is averaging 20.8 points to lead the decimated Celtics to a 2-2 record, including an impressive overtime win against Linden in which he had 29 points.

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

DeCosey, Mitola lead debut of NJ All-State hoops stock watch

December, 22, 2011
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The first New Jersey hoops rankings will come out next week, but we've still got you covered with as the season gets underway. Each week, we'll take a look back at our New Jersey preseason All-State basketball team and update you on how some of those players are faring this year. There will be a Prime-Time Player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an Under the Radar (UTR) player who is making his case as one of the state's top ballers.

PTP: Quenton DeCosey, St. Joseph (Met.), Senior
DeCosey broke the 1,000-point mark by dropping 30 in a win against Old Bridge. The senior swingman also had 12 rebounds for the Falcons, who are 2-1. (ESPNHS coverboy Kyle Anderson also surpassed the 1,000-point mark this past week when he scored 20 in St. Anthony's 78-21 win against Newark Central.)

OTP: Alex Mitola, Gill St. Bernard's, Senior
Playing against some of the nation's top competition, the Knights held their own with a 2-2 showing, thanks to the play of Mitola. The sharp-shooting guard knocked down 18 3-pointers in the final three games and is averaging 25.7 points this season.

UTR: Sayvon Williams, Union City, Senior
The speedy senior can hurt opponents with his quickness and outside shooting. This much was clear in a 73-60 win against Newark Vocational when Williams netted a game-high 27 points, including four 3-pointers.

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

WRs Tsimis, Monahan can't be caught in New Jersey football

October, 13, 2011
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It's time for the New Jersey All-State football stock watch, but from here on out, we're going to switch things up a little bit. Along with highlighting an All-State player who is ballin' out, we're also going to hand out the On The Rise (OTR) award for a player who didn't make the preseason list but is well on his way to earning postseason recognition.

UP — John Tsimis, Bergen Catholic WR
Crusaders coach Nunzio Campanile told me before the season that Tsimis was a tremendous athlete and playmaker. The junior has lived up to his coach's expectations, putting together two big weeks against stiff competition. Two weeks ago, Tsimis racked up 10 catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns in a close loss to top-ranked Don Bosco Prep. He continued his coming-out party this past week in a comeback win against Friendship Academy (Washington, D.C.), catching eight passes for 88 yards and one score.

OTR — Andrew Monahan, Wayne Hills WR
This guy has been all over the field this season. In just five games, he's racked up 12 touchdowns, scoring at receiver (six catches for 150 yard and two TDs in last week's win against Paramus), on the ground and via special teams. No wonder the No. 2 Patriots have outscored opponents 185-7 this season.


Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Stock is rising for Hughes, Davies on gridiron

September, 29, 2011
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"Lookin' at my rollie, it's about that time"... for the New Jersey All-State Football Stock Watch. This week, we feature two players who are living up to the hype and leading the state in production at their respective positions.

UP — Elijah Hughes, Elizabeth RB
He's listed as a running back, but Elijah Hughes is also doing work at wideout this year. Along with his 194 rushing yards and three touchdowns, the Elizabeth senior is leading the state with 14 catches for 339 yards and three scores. Most of that production came in a Sept. 16 win against Hunterdon Central when Hughes caught nine balls for 220 yards and two TDs.

DOWN — Piscataway defense
The hope for Piscataway was that its Sept. 16 loss to South Brunswick was an aberration. But the Chiefs, who entered the season ranked fourth in the state, gave up 28 points for the second straight – this time in a loss to Woodbridge. What's surprising is that the defending North 2, Group 4 champs have no shortage of talent on defense, from Nadir Barnwell, Kyle LaPorte and Tevin Shaw at defensive back and Jonathan Kinslow on the line. But they, along with a special teams unit that surrendered two touchdowns last week, will have to turn things around in a hurry. The silver lining for the Chiefs is that their two losses came against solid squads and with the talent and experience on this team, chances are good that they will rebound.

UP — Ryan Davies, Howell QB
After throwing for 2,864 yards and 36 touchdowns in his first year as starter, most knew that Davies was a legit gunslinger. And not much has changed this season for the senior. Through three games, Davies leads the state in passing, completing 70 of 90 attempts for 907 yards, 12 scores and just one interception. Equally impressive are the five touchdowns he's thrown in each of his last two games, both of which resulted in wins for the 2-1 Rebels.

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Stock is rising for Don Bosco defense, Fuller

September, 15, 2011
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It's time for the New Jersey All-State Football Stock Watch, as we look at players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, broken his leg or just had an off game. (Hey, it happens to the best of us.)

UP — Don Bosco Prep defense
Yes, I know this is a player stock watch, but I had to make an exception for the Ironmen defense. Can you blame me? Four first-team players (Darius Hamilton, Elijah Shumate, Yuri Wright, Jabrill Peppers) and one honorable mention (Mike Strizak) showed why Don Bosco Prep is going to be a problem this year by easily beating No. 6 Mission Viejo (Calif.), 35-7. The Ironmen hauled in four interceptions and tallied six sacks for their 36th straight win.

DOWN — Delon Stephenson, Sayreville RB
The Bombers suffered a 14-7 upset at the hands of South Brunswick, and one look at the stat sheet can tell you why. Sayreville gained just 174 total yards, with Stephenson getting bottled up for 33 yards on seven carries. It won't be the last time defenses key in on the Bombers star senior RB, but based on last year's 1,089-yard production, it won't be long before Stephenson breaks out again.

UP — Devin Fuller, Old Tappan QB/DB/RB....
There's been constant debate over which position Fuller will play in college, and his all-around performance in Friday's 30-28 loss to Pascack Valley did nothing to settle it. The senior passed for 136 yards and a score, rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns, and had nine tackles as well as an interception on defense.

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Stock is rising for Lambert, Carroo

August, 24, 2011
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Each week, we'll take a deeper look into our All-State football team to see whose stock is rising and falling based on recent performance and news. I know some of you are wondering, how can you have a stock watch when football hasn't officially started? Easy. Every football fan knows that the season never truly ends.

UP — Quanzell Lambert, LB, Timber Creek
Between an impressive showing at Gridiron Kings this past summer and the relative silence concerning his hot recruitment, Lambert has shifted many eyes toward his upcoming senior season. The linebacker has a nose for the ball, racking up 188 tackles and eight sacks as a junior through aggressive play. Expect more big play from Lambert in the future.

DOWN — Sean Maguire, QB, Seton Hall Prep
Through no fault of his own, Maguire sees his stock take a dip. In June, the Pirates quarterback committed to Florida State, joining what's become one of the nation's top recruiting class. Yet, earlier this month, Hueytown's (Ala.) Jameis Winston, the Elite 11 co-MVP and nation's No. 1 QB in the ESPNU 150, also pledged to the Seminoles. As a result, the pressure is on for Maguire to show his worth this season. Fortunately for him, with record-setting tailback Kevin Monangai graduated, Maguire has the green light to put up big numbers in the Pirates' offense.

UP — Leonte Carroo, WR, Don Bosco Prep
Earlier this month, Carroo pledged to Rutgers, bringing great joy to those across the Garden State. Now with his college commitment out of the way, Carroo can focus on what's expected to be a big season for he and the Ironmen. Granted, the road to a sixth straight championship won't be easy, with the POWERADE FAB 50's fifth-ranked team in Mission Viejo (Calif.) coming to town Sept. 10. But Carroo looks ready to improve upon a junior campaign that included 45 catches for 1,005 yards and 14 scores.

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

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