When Chris Potash took over the program two years ago, the Peddie School was down in the dumps after a 5-15 campaign. Now the head coach is coming off a 16-7 turnaround season and looking to not only boost the final record, but also the talent level.
``We're playing the strongest schedule in the history of the Peddie School," said Potash, whose team will face the likes of Blair, Lawrenceville, Hun, St. Anthony's, Tabor Academy, Philadelphia Episcopal and St. Pat's. "This is the schedule we're looking at playing long-term." Peddie will welcome a pair of post-grads, including 7-foot, 270-pound Croatian Danko Barisic, who is getting interest from the likes of Rider, Weber State and Illinois-Chicago.
``He's got good skills around the basket and uses both hands well," Potash said. "He still needs to work on his strength and running the floor to be a solid college player."
The other post-grad is 6-5, 200-pound swingman Will Monica, who averaged 22 points per game last season at Langley High (Va.) and should be a Patriot or Ivy League player.
Then youth is served in Hightstown. A trio of sophomores could fill out the remainder of the starting lineup.
Myron Rolle, a physical 6-2, 205-pound forward from New Jersey, will likely play big-time college football. Trenton, N.J., native Josh Wearing is a 6-5, 180-pound wing who started as a freshman and could be a legitimate mid-major talent. The final soph is 5-8, 160-pound point guard Nasheed Linton, who also hails from Trenton.
A trio of seniors – 6-3 forward Billy Golden (Freehold, N.J), 6-2 guard Gerard Trapp (Hamilton, N.J.) and 5-9 guard Todd Roffman (Little Silver, N.J.) – will be joined by 6-4, junior forward Corey Phelps off the bench.
``Last year we were very athletic," Potash said. "We didn't have anyone over 6-7 so Danko gives us a lot more size. We'll be big and we'll have to play with a lot more structure than last year."