Conference Preview

Posted On: 11/18/21 9:34 AM

The Tournament of Champions has been the Garden State’s defining tool of determining which basketball team is best. The NJSIAA passed new rulings which could eliminate the tournament in the 2022-23 academic year, meaning this could be the last Tournament of Champions title. Camden, Roselle Catholic, Gill St. Bernard’s and Bergen Catholic are the top four contenders to take home, but there are a couple of dark horses that can make noise. Here are the top dark horse contenders for the TOC.

St. Peter’s Prep

The Marauders are not truly a dark horse contender as they should be one of the top teams in the state this season. Villanova signee Mark Armstrong Mark Armstrong 6'2" | PG St. Peter's Prep | 2022 State #39 Nation NJ runs the show for St. Peter’s Prep, but he is not the only player to watch on the perimeter. Tyler Lingham is the perfect compliment to Armstrong on the perimeter with his combination of length, shooting and talent.  Matt Kinzler Matt Kinzler 6'7" | SG St. Peter's Prep | 2023 State NJ  and  Jackson Tindall Jackson Tindall 6'7" | SF St. Peter's Prep | 2023 State NJ are a pair of talented 6’7 wings that should have big junior seasons. St. Peter’s Prep made the Non-Public A North Final in 2020 and is looking to get back to the sectional final this season.

St. Thomas Aquinas

The Trojans were upset

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