Chimezie Commits to BU

Archbishop Stepinac High School’s Malcolm Chimezie verbally committed to play basketball in 2021-2022 at Boston University.

The 6-foot-8 rising senior averaged 10.7 points per game in leading the Crusaders to the 2018-2019 archdiocesan championship.

Chimezie was one of three Stepinac players in 2018-2019 to earn all-state honors, receiving a spot on the Class AA ninth team from the New York State Sportswriters Association. Teammate R.J. Davis was named co-player of the year and is off to the University of North Carolina for 2020-2021. Rising senior Adrian Griffin Jr. was a fourth-team all-state player and has verbally committed to Duke University.

Boston University is the defending Patriot League tournament champion, and finished the 2019-2020 season with a 21-13 overall and 12-6 Patriot League records. The Terriers, who finished third during the regular season, were denied the opportunity to compete in the NCAA tournament due to COVID-19.

 

on his commitment to Boston University of the Patriot League!

Kortright Signs with Quinnipiac

Luis Kortright of St. Raymond became the fourth member of Quinnipiac University’s 2020 signing class by recently signing a National Letter of Intent to play for the men’s basketball team, Quinnipiac head coach Baker Dunleavy announced this week.

Kortright earned first-team all-league and all-state honors after averaging 21.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game in 2019-2020.

“Quinnipiac Basketball is very excited to have Luis Kortright and his family join our program,” Dunleavy said in a press release from the university. “Luis is an athletic guard that can rebound, push the tempo and score at a high level. He has been well-coached throughout his time at St. Raymond High School. Luis was one of the best players this season in the CHSAA, one of the best high school leagues in the country. His game will fit in well with our style of play, and our program can’t wait to welcome him to campus ahead of the 2020-21 season.”

Quinnipiac competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with programs including Iona and Manhattan colleges.

19 Earn All-State Honors

Nineteen boys basketball players from Catholic high schools in the archdiocese received all-state honors from the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Senior R.J. Davis led the honorees by being named Class AA co-player of the year after averaging 26.5 points per game for Archbishop Stepinac. He’s signed to play at the University of North Carolina next season.

Here are the other honorees with name, school, height, year in school and points per game:

CLASS AA

First team: Luis Kortright, St. Raymond, 6-3, Sr., 20.1. Second team: Julien Soumacro, Cardinal Hayes, 5-10, Sr., 10.2. Third team: Liam Murphy, St. Peter’s, 6-7, Sr., 26.9; Malachi Smith, St. Raymond, 6-0, Jr., 19.2. Fourth team: Adrian Griffin, Jr., Archbishop Stepinac, 6-7, Jr., 17.3; Koby Brea, Msgr. Scanlan, 6-6, Sr., 19.0. Seventh team Shemani Fuller, Cardinal Hayes, 6-7, Sr., 18.1. Eighth team: Ibrahim Wattara, Mount St. Michael, 6-5, Sr., 16.7. Ninth team: Malcolm Chimezie, Stepinac, 6-8, Jr., 10.7; Joseph Munden, Msgr. Scanlan, 6-4, Sr., 16.3.11th team: Keeshawn Jones, Iona Prep, 6-2, Sr., 15.1. 13th team: Tyler Hawkins, Mount St. Michael, 5-9, Soph., 17.1.

CLASS A

Third team: Justin Zieris, Msgr. Farrell, 6-0, Jr., 20.2. Sixth team: Jarron Joseph, Albertus Magnus, 6-0, Sr., 20.2. 10th team: Blair Thompson, Xavier, 6-6, Jr., 19.1. 14th team: Ryan McPartian, Fordham Prep, 6-3, Jr., 15.9.

CLASS B

Fifth team: Joe Manfredi, Regis, 6-4, Sr., 22.6; Camar Neil, Salesian, 6-4, Jr., 16.9. 13th team: Brayson Reyes, Salesian, 6-5, Sr., 13.0.

PHOTO OF R.J. DAVIS

 

 

CYO Basketball Camp in Goshen

Orange County CYO is hosting boys and girls basketball camps this summer at John S. Burke High School in Goshen.

The boys camp is scheduled for June 29-July 2, and the girls camp follows July 6-9.

The camp, which is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, is for children entering grades 4 through 8. Registration is $95 per child.

Click here to learn more and to register.

 

Dr. Fauci: Regis Basketball Captain

You may be hearing the name or seeing Dr. Anthony Fauci quite frequently these days.

Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is on the nation’s task force for the coronavirus pandemic.

Did you know Dr. Fauci was once the captain of the Regis High School boys basketball team in Manhattan? Dr. Fauci, who grew up in Brooklyn, is a 1958 graduate of the school.

Dr. Fauci visited Regis in 2019.

Click here to read his story.

Davis Nets Another Honor

Archbishop Stepinac High School’s R.J. Davis was named Gatorade New York State Boys Basketball Player of the Year just days after being selected Mr, New York State Basketball by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.

Davis led Stepinac to the archdiocesan championship and an 18-9 record by averaging 26.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He shot 51 percent from inside the three-point arc, 34 percent from beyond the arc and 87 percent from the free-throw line.

Davis, who will play at the University of North Carolina, was selected to play in the 43rd McDonald’s All-American game in Houston. The game was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis (COVID-19).

Davis, Citron Net Honors

Archbishop Stepinac High School’s R.J. Davis and The Ursuline School’s Sonia Citron each received basketball for their play during the 2019-2020 season.

Davis was named Mr. New York State Basketball by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, and Citron received the Gatorade New York State Girls Basketball Player of the Year award.

Click here to read a full story from this week’s Catholic New York.

NYSPHSAA Cancels Playoffs

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has cancelled the remainder of its winter sports state tournaments, the NYSPHSAA announced Monday.

The NYSPHSAA was in the middle of state regional tournaments for boys and girls basketball, state semifinals for ice hockey and boys and girls bowling state tournaments.

The Ursuline School won the Section 1 Class AA championship, and was scheduled to play Monroe-Woodbury in a state regional semifinal when the playoffs were suspended.

CHSAA and CYO Practices, Games Suspended Indefinitely

All CYO and CHSAA practices and games have been suspended indefinitely, according to a release from archdiocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools Michael Deegan.

Among the events suspended by this release:

— Two quarterfinal CHSAA AA boys basketball games scheduled for Friday at Mount St. Michael Academy.

— State championship boys basketball games in Buffalo on Saturday for Salesian and Fordham Prep.

— The Catholic high school girls basketball tournament semifinal and championship games that were originally for this weekend and were moved to March 20 and 21.

— This weekend’s CYO basketball semifinal and championship games at Mount St. Michael Academy.

— CYO Cheerleading Championships at the College of Staten Island on March 21.

— CYO Indoor Track and Field Championships at Ocean Breeze on Staten Island on March 28.