Tournament of Champions

1. Don't expect a repeat performance from Seton Hall Prep. With a rich tradition and solid coaching, Seton Hall Prep has been able to dominate teams with team play and mistake-free basketball over the past several years. Last year's ...

1. Don't expect a repeat performance from Seton Hall Prep. With a rich tradition and solid coaching, Seton Hall Prep has been able to dominate teams with team play and mistake-free basketball over the past several years. Last year's title run was fueled by stellar point-guard play from Chris Andrews and a monster year from Brandon Costner. While Ashton Gibbs is a very solid player, he doesn't have enough help to get over the hump.

2.  Is Bloomfield Tech really that good? All year the debate has varied from, no respect to they don't play everybody. Ladies and gentleman the monster in Casiem Drummond has risen out of his sleep. Desean Butler is one heck of an athlete and can get it done on both ends of the court. Can this team overwhelm people with talent as well as win a close game with x's and o's? Look for this team to make a run deep into the playoffs.

3.  Is Brian Zoubek capable of putting Haddonfield on his back and carrying them back to the RAC and beyond? He's the only legit 7 footer in the state, but is that enough? Last year scrappy guard play and a barrage of 3 pointer's kept them around for half the game against St. Patrick's. Zoubek didn't have enough in the tank last year, let's see what happens this year.

4.  Did St. Patrick's learn from last year? This year's team is definitely the favorite despite losing 6-9 and 280 lbs off their roster. The best defender against Corey Fisher is Corey Fisher. If he comes to play and scores when he needs to and hands out lots of assists this team will be hard to beat. There aren't a collective set of better 10 players in the state when you factor in the depth, however sometimes at this level team cohesiveness can sometimes mitigate talent particularly in a tight game on a neutral court. Together they win, divided they are looking at an upset.

5. Who is this year's Cinderella? There are a lot of one-hit wonder players out there. These players have the talent to dominate a game, unfortunately when you combine the lack of good coaching that most of these players get and their own lack of discipline and fundamentals you get maybe one break-out game followed by a smart coach who game-plans to stop that player. Look for a well-coached team that looks to exploit more talented team's weaknesses and you have your sleeper. Once you get to the RAC it's very difficult for the smaller schools to overcome the strength and depth of the bigger programs.

We are not in Vegas so I will not offer predictions, but I am looking forward to seeing all of the talent that New Jersey has to offer. See you at the RAC!

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