Bedstuy Native, United Faith Christian Academy Forward Anjay Cortez Headed to Divison-1 Alabama A&M


Anjay Cortez played hoops for the Brooklyn Kings and Brooklyn USA, plus on the Bedford Stuyvesant playgrounds as a youth. But he left the “Brough of Kings” to attend United Faith Christian Academy, in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the age of 14. 

That move has helped Cortez reach the next level, as he announced Saturday on Tweeter that he has accepted an offer from Divison-I Alabama A&M and will play for head coach Dylan Howard.

“What drove me to the school was the academics, athletics, and the coaching staff,” Cortez said. “Plus, it’s a historically black school.” 

The 6-foot-6 small forward/power forward had Clark Atlanta and Eastern Washington recruited him as well, according to United Faith basketball coach Josh Coley.

While he continues to develop his solid skill set, Cortez, who played for Team Charlotte, is a good three-point shooter when given a measure of room and space. 

Additionally, high school and college basketball insiders describe him as a long and wiry hoopster who utilizes his length well when rebounding or defending the point of offensive attack, per phenomhoopreport.com.

A solid overall athlete, Cortez plays well in transition, ideal for run and gun offensive moments. 

The Bulldogs finished with an 8-22 overall record and a 5-13 mark in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). 

— Jerry Del Priore 

 

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