The basketball season in the Garden State is right around the corner as tryouts start in under a week. Teams across New Jersey are gearing up for big 2022-23 seasons, especially in the Big North. The conference is filled with talented duos who should make a lot of noise on the hardwood. Here are the Big North duos to watch this winter.
Don Bosco Prep:&
, and are all good post options to pair with Harper, but his backcourt mate Cabral is one to watch in Bergen County. The 6’2 senior is at his best attacking the basket as he knows how to get to the basket and can finish through contact. Harper can score the ball at all three levels and knows how to thread passes to teammates in the half court. Cabral is a tough on-ball defender as he makes it hard for opponents to get into their sets on offense. gives Don Bosco Prep a good guard trio, but Harper and Cabral’s ability to play off each other gives them the opportunity to make a deep run in the state tournament.
Freshmenand are an intriguing duo to watch, but the Crusaders will be led by their junior forwards this winter. Copeland is a physical post prospect who knows how to get position down low and has a nice touch around the basket. He is also a good passer, allowing him to pass out of double teams. Benjamin has a good face-up game as he can put the ball on the floor and finish around the basket. Copeland and Benjamin are both good rebounders and their ability to control the paint will be key for Bergen Catholic in 2022-23.
The Raiders took home the North 1 Group 3 title last season and should make a run for the sectional title this season with the return of its junior guard duo. Seals has a good handle, which he uses to get past his defender and finish around the basket. He has a smooth release on his jumper and can shoot either off the catch or dribble. Eglinton Manner does not get rattled by on-ball pressure as he knows how to get to his spot on the floor and rises up with confidence on his jumper. Seals and Eglinton Manner are a skilled scoring duo who should put up big numbers for Ramapo this season.
The Maroons captured the North 1 Group 4 title last season and has the potential to repeat as champions with the return of Rogers and Jackson. The former is a good defender as his combination of length and athleticism allows him to defend multiple positions. Jackson is a sniper from distance as he has a lightning quick release on his jumper and can knock down triples in bunches. Rogers moves well without the ball in his hands and is a good finisher around the basket. He and Jackson will be the go-to guys in Ridgewood’s offense with their ability to score inside and out.
The Highwaymen will be a team to watch in Group 3 behind the duo of Tejada and McKnight. The Towson commit can score at all three levels as he is comfortable taking his man off the bounce and shoots the ball with confidence from behind the arc. McKnight has a smooth release on his jumper and shoots the ball with confidence from behind the arc. He is more than just a shooter as he has a good handle and is a solid finisher around the rim. Tejada and McKnight are a tough duo to stop and will be making plays for Teaneck all season long.