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February 24, 2013

State Tournament Picks

In the pre-season NJ Hoops November Newsletter we select all the state tournament winners.

This was originally posted February 9 but with tournament ready to tip-off we wanted to repost it.

NJSIAA State Tournament Brackets

With the brackets released yesterday we look at the sections once again:

PAROCHIAL A NORTH
PRE-SEASON PICK
Seton Hall Prep

CURRENT PICK
Seton Hall Prep

PAROCHIAL A NORTH COMMENTS
Will be challenged by St. Peter's Prep

PAROCHIAL A SOUTH
PRE-SEASON PICK
St. Joseph's Metuchen

CURRENT PICK
St. Joseph's Metuchen

PAROCHIAL A NORTH COMMENTS
In an interesting subplot, Coach Dave Turco's St. Joes will be challenged by his brother Bob's top seeded Notre Dame team.

PAROCHIAL B NORTH
PRE-SEASON PICK
St. Anthony

CURRENT PICK
St. Anthony

PAROCHIAL B NORTH COMMENTS
Still our favorite to win it all but must play their A game or a few teams can knock them off.

PAROCHIAL A SOUTH
PRE-SEASON PICK
Gill St. Bernards

CURRENT PICK
Roselle Catholic

PAROCHIAL A SOUTH
We know Gill beat Roselle Catholic last Friday night but RC was missing one of their top players in 5-foot-11 Sr. Hakim Saintil.

GROUP 4 NORTH 1
PRE-SEASON PICK
Hackensack

CURRENT PICK
Hackensack

GROUP 4 NORTH 1 COMMENTS
Paterson Eastside has the backcourt to spring the upset.

GROUP 4 NORTH 2
PRE-SEASON PICK
Linden

CURRENT PICK
Linden

GROUP 4 NORTH 2 COMMENTS
Undefeated Ridge has a shot but Linden has been tested against better competition.

GROUP 4 CENTRAL
PRE-SEASON PICK
East Brunswick

CURRENT PICK
East Brunswick

GROUP 4 CENTRAL COMMENTS
The Bears will be tested in a fairly competitive section.

GROUP 4 SOUTH
PRE-SEASON PICK
Atlantic City

CURRENT PICK
Atlantic City

GROUP 4 SOUTH COMMENTS
Eastern and Lenape have enough to give the Vikings a scare.

GROUP 3 NORTH 1
PRE-SEASON PICK
Teaneck

CURRENT PICK
Teaneck

GROUP 3 NORTH 1 COMMENTS
2nd seed Sparta the only team with shot at the Highwaymen.

GROUP 3 NORTH 2
PRE-SEASON PICK
Newark Eastside

CURRENT PICK
Newark Eastside

GROUP 3 NORTH 2 COMMENTS
Although young Eastside has size and quickness.

GROUP 3 CENTRAL
PRE-SEASON PICK
Neptune

CURRENT PICK
Colts Neck

GROUP 3 CENTRAL COMMENTS
Sr. Brandon Federici should carry the shore team.

GROUP 3 SOUTH
PRE-SEASON PICK
Camden

CURRENT PICK
Camden

GROUP 3 SOUTH COMMENTS
Not a particularly strong section.

GROUP 2 NORTH 1
PRE-SEASON PICK
Pascack Hills

CURRENT PICK
Pascack Hills

GROUP 2 NORTH 1 COMMENTS
Have a chance to return to Rutgers

GROUP 2 NORTH 2
PRE-SEASON PICK
Newark Tech

CURRENT PICK
Newark Tech

GROUP 2 NORTH 2 COMMENTS
Very good size and have been hardened by a tough schedule.

GROUP 2 CENTRAL
PRE-SEASON PICK
Roselle

CURRENT PICK
Lakewood

GROUP 2 CENTRAL COMMENTS
The Piners have been pushed by 6-foot-2 Sr. Tyrice Beverette all season.

GROUP 2 SOUTH
PRE-SEASON PICK
Middle Township

CURRENT PICK
Middle Township

GROUP 2 SOUTH
A well balanced Haddonfield team will provide a sturdy opponent.

GROUP 1 NORTH 1
PRE-SEASON PICK
Woodridge

CURRENT PICK
Woodridge

GROUP 1 NORTH 1 COMMENTS
Although only a four seed we like their firepower with two soon to be, 2,000 point scorers.

GROUP 1 NORTH 2
PRE-SEASON PICK
Dayton

CURRENT PICK
Dayton

GROUP 1 NORTH 2
The last two titles have been between Dayton or University. Looks the same this season.

GROUP 1 CENTRAL
PRE-SEASON PICK
Point Pleasant Beach

CURRENT PICK
Point Pleasant Beach

GROUP 1 CENTRAL COMMENTS
Undefeated Bound Brook a willing adversary in a strong small school section.

GROUP 1 SOUTH
PRE-SEASON PICK
Paulsboro

CURRENT PICK
Paulsboro

GROUP 1 SOUTH COMMENTS
Most years a good Pitman team would be a legit small school champ. But Paulsboro has a lot of weapons.

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