By Christian Mordi (@Mordi_TheComeUp)
Team: Bergen Catholic
Record Last season: 20-7, 6-2 in conference play
Key players: Taj Benning, senior;Gabriele Stefanini, senior
Potential emerging stars: Rhona Eseyade, senior;Mason Foreman, senior;Doug Edert, sophomore
Team analysis: Bergen Catholic is back as one of the top tier schools in NJ Basketball. The Davidson-inspired offense is intricate and very hard to stop due to the dynamic skill sets of many players on this roster. The team is led by All Non-Public guard Taj Benning. Taj possesses a good frame and attacks the rim relentlessly in transition and in the half court.
BC also boasts a lengthy and athletic frontline. Rhone Eseyade and Mason Foreman are both 6’7 and hold down both front court positions for the team. Their size allows them to not get dominated on the glass when facing top tier opponents in the state.
Boasting a junior laden roster in 2016, BC returns 4 out of 6 of their top scorers last year in 2017. The team is battle tested and has the potential to be a top 10 team in New Jersey.
Stat to know: Senior Taj Benning is on pace to break the 1,000 point mark in 2017.