JERSEY STRONG: North Jersey Trumps NYC in NBA Talent Produced


St. Patrick's Michael Gilchrist in 2007

New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Balt/D.C. have long been considered the regions of the country with the most high school basketball talent. NBA rosters are littered with players from these areas.

It’s time to talk about northern New Jersey in the same light. 15 NBA players  prepped in North Jersey, highlighted by big names Andrew Bynum; Al Harrington; Loul Deng; Joakim Noah; J.R. Smith (as soon as he gets back from China); and exciting rookie Kyrie Irving.

In contrast, the NYC area is only represented by 8 players.  

If you’re a hardcore hoops head, you know all about the St. Anthony’s/St. Patrick’s/St. Benedict’s North Jersey basketball factories. However, 10 of the 15 guys in the league came from schools OUTSIDE of those three programs.

In addition, six of the top 100 recruits in the class of 2013  hail from North Jersey.

In the face of consistent disrespect from their NYC neighbors, it’s time for northern New Jersey to STAND UP and take their well-earned place alongside L.A., CHI, & BAL/D.C.


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8 Responses to “JERSEY STRONG: North Jersey Trumps NYC in NBA Talent Produced”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    That’s Jersey Son!!!

  2. Neal Says:

    You know I might have ran into one of stars. JC!!!

  3. Mike M. Says:

    I am not so sure that NYC would claim Sebastian Telfair at this point.

  4. Mojah Fukweh Says:

    As much pride as I want to have in Jersey it must be pointed out that NYC, CHI, LA, BAL, and DC are cities and Northern New Jersey is not

  5. Trev Says:

    For these purposes, NYC was manhattan-queens-brooklyn-stat isl;
    CHI & LA included surrounding areas, and BAL/DC was grouped together.

    Most of those Jersey guys played HS ball within 20 miles of eachother, geographically a small area

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Point made

  7. Mariam Says:

    Thanks, that was interesting! A moerdn . Of course he just wanted to sleep.That is interesting too about the psychologists (though my first thought is wow, must have lots of psychologists in Milan!), bet they are better for it. One thing is certain, many don’t understand bed bugs until it’s their own skin. It’s a little sad. At this rate, however, we may get everyone in that category eventually.

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