By Jerry Del Priore
ESPN’s top 100 high school boys basketball players in the country is well represented in the New York/New Jersey area, with four from the Graden State and four from Empire State.
Here is the list of the eight hoopsters:
31. Jabri Abdur-Rahim is a six-foot-six, 185-pound small forward from West Orange, New Jersey.
The top-rated player in New Jersey, Abdur-Rahim plays for Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey.
Abdur-Rahim, the son of former NBA player Shareef Abdur-Rahim, is committed to the Virginia Cavaliers men’s basketball program.
40. R.J. Davis is a five-foot-11 crafty point guard out of White Plains, New York.
The highest-rated player in New York, David attends Archbishop Stepinac High School and is undeclared at the moment, though several colleges are heavily recruiting him, including Georgetown, California, UCLA, Kansas, among others.
43. Lance Ware is a Camden, New Jersey native, who plays for Camden High School, is a power forward with decent size at six-foot-eight and 215 pounds. Ware is committed to Kentucky University.
47. Cliff Omoruyi is a six-foot-ten, 235-pound forward/center from Montclair, New Jersey, and plays for Roselle Catholic High School in Roselle, New Jersey.
Strong and determined, Omoruyi is uncommitted at the moment, but the four-star recruit should find a home in due course. He holds offers from the Kentucky Wildcats, Arizona, Maryland, Louisville, Connecticut, Florida, and Auburn, per ESPN.
50. Andre Jackson — From Albany, New York, and playing for the Albany Academy, Jackson, a small forward, is committed to UCONN.
54. Andre Curbelo is from Brookville, Long Island, and attends hoops powerhouse Long Island Lutheran High School in Glen Head, New York. Curbelo is committed to Illinois.
77. C.J. Wilcher — The Newark, New Jersey, native plays for Roselle Catholic High School, the same school No. 47 Omoruyi attends. The shooting guard is committed to the Big East’s Xavier University.
95. Kadary Richmond is a Brooklyn, New York, native who won back-to-back Public School Athletic League (PSAL) titles with South Shore High School in Canarsie before heading for an additional year of prep school hoops at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
The six-foot-four Richmond, a shooting guard, is undeclared at the moment but has Oregon, Penn State, Saint Louis, Seton Hall, and Texas after his hardwood services at the next level.