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New York City basketball news, leagues, tournaments, events, high school, rankings and more. Welcome to the home for NYC basketball news and info. Included will be New York City high school basketball leagues like the PSAL and CHSAA, NYC streetball leagues and tournaments like the Dyckman tournament, EBC at Rucker Park, West 4th Street basketball league and more.

June - August, 2009

Check out info for streetball in the Big Apple, including Nike Pro City at Hunter College in Manhattan, West 4 streetball on West 4th street in Manhattan, Rucker Park up on 155th street in Harlem (which is technically in the North part of Manhattan), Hoops in the Suns at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, NY and more coming.

December 6, 2007: The New York Post reports: The PSAL began its league basketball schedule yesterday - but still doesn't know whether its championship game will be back in Madison Square Garden following last year's melee in the stands during the final between Lincoln and Boys & Girls. It's clear that Garden executives are waiting to see how this season goes before making any decisions. So far, so good - for the most part.

December 3, 2007: Info on the upcoming Big Apple Basketball Challenge, featuring games between top Catholic League vs. Public League games. The event is at Baruch College on East 24th and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, New York. The dates are Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9.


Below are the official NYC basketball player ratings, by Marcus Henry, a local prep reporter and a recognized expert in local New York hoops. New York City Basketball Player Rankings
By Marcus Henry | Feb. 6, 2007


1. Malik Booth 5-9, Christ the King (St. John's)
2. Melquan Bolding 6-4, Archbishop Stepinac (Louisville)
3. Nathaniel Lester 6-4, Canarsie (Hofstra)
4. Mike Coburn 6-0, Mt. Vernon (Rutgers)
5. Andrew Gabriel 6-5 ,(Christ the King)
6. Andrew Bienert 6-2, Chaminade (Bucknell)
7. Markeys Dean 6-5, St. Dominic (Stony Brook - verbal)
8. Gerald Colds 6-0, St. Raymond (Drexel)
9. Jamie Harris 5-9 Wings Academy (Drexel)
10. Paul Scotland 6-1, Urban Peace Academy


1. Sylvan Landesburg 6-4, Holy Cross
2. Theodore "Mookie" Jones 6-6, Peekskill
3. Erving Walker 5-8, Christ the King (Florida - verbal)
4. Ryan Pearson 6-5, Christ the King
5. Kevin Jones 6-7, Mt. Vernon
6. Sean Kilpatrick 6-3, White Plains
7. James Southerland 6-6, Cardozo
8. Kemba Walker 5-10, Rice
9. Trinity Fields 6-1, Cardozo
10. Darryl "Truck" Bryant 6-1, St. Raymond


1. Lance Stephenson 6-4, Lincoln
2. Keith Spellman 6-3, Thomas Jefferson
3. Durrand Scott 6-4, Rice
4. James Padgett 6-8, Xaverian
5. Lamont “ Momo” Jones 5-10, Rice New York City Basketball Player Rankings
By Marcus Henry | March 17, 2006

These rankings are valid through August of 2006

1. Curtis Kelly (Sr.) 6-9 Rice – The Uconn-bound center is the best big man in the city. His footwork is second to none. To excel on the next level, however, Kelly will need to hit the weights and increase his stamina.

2.Edgar Sosa (Sr.) 6-3 Rice – Sosa has the speed and the range to play with any guard in the country. He’s just the type of guard Louisville needs.

3. John Mitchell (Sr.) 6-8 Florida – Mitchell’s body and footwork has improved to the point where he might make an impact his freshman year at Florida. His jumper could use a little wortk, though.

4. Larry Davis (Sr.) 6-4 Christ the King – This smooth operator who’s headed to N.C. State has a great midrange jumper and knows how to win. All he needs is a mean streak.

5. Malcolm Grant (Sr.) 6-0 Robeson – Few guards in the tri-state area can shoot with Grant. Grant, a four-year varsity letterman is leaning toward St. John’s.

6.Jamine ‘Greedy” Peterson (Sr.) 6-6 Boys & Girls – Arguably the best finisher in the city, Peterson patrols the paint like a 7-footer and can’t be stopped one on one.

7. Lance Stephenson (Fr.) 6-4 Lincoln – He’s only a freshman, but he is smooth and his skill is unmatched. He can do everything. But his left hand needs work.

8. Rashad Green (Sr.) 6-3 St. Mary’s – The younger brother of North Carolina forward Danny Green is as fundamentally sound as they come. His range could use improvement.

9. Brian McKenzie (Sr.) 6-3 Xaverian  - Although slowed by a bad ankle, McKenzie is still one of the city’s top shooting guards with unlimited range. Improving his in between game will help him excel at Providence.

10. Stephen Wood (Sr.) 6-4 McClancy – Wood, McClancy’s all-time leading scorer is another do-everything guard. He has great range and can play both guard positions.

11. Justin Burrell (Sr.) 6-8 Our Savior Lutheran – Burrell, who verbally committed to St. John’s, has been an absolute terror in the paint this season.

12. Nathaniel Lester (Jr.) 6-4 Canarsie – Lester’s midrange game is as good as it gets. He’s also a great finisher. His ball handling skills could use some improvement.

13. Devan Ebanks (Jr.) 6-8 Bishop Loughlin – He’s 6-8 but he has the skills of a shooting guard. If Ebanks can add some meat to his frame, he could be the best in the city next year.

14. Sylvan Landesberg (So.) 6-4 Holy Cross – No Sophomore has had quite the impact Landesberg has. He’s another one of the city’s swingmen who has a great midrange game. The stronger he gets the more unstoppable he will become.

15. Alejo Rodriguez (Sr.) 6-8 Mt. St. Michael – The Iona-bound center is one of the city’s best defensive players. Offensively, if he continues to develop his 15-foot jumper he could make an impact in the MAAC next season.

16. Tyrone Nash (Sr.) 6-7 Lawrence Woodmere – Nash’s can match any player’s leaping ability. He’s also great in the paint and can finish with authority.

17. Anthony Stukes (Sr.) Banneker – Stukes is one of the best long-range shooters in the city. The fact that he’s a true point guard makes him that much more of a prospect.

18. Patrick Foley (Sr.) 6-0 St. Anthony’s (L.I.) – Few point guards in the area run the show as well as Foley does. The 6-foot Columbia-bound senior is one of the best to ever play for the Friars.

19. Wayne Turner (Sr.) 6-0 Grady – No one penetrates and dishes in traffic as well as Turner. His jumper is inconsistent, but he’s a streaky shooter who can explode when he gets on a roll.

20. Andre Tarver (Sr.) 6-3 Wings – Playing in the Bronx for a relatively unknown school has obscured Tarver a bit. But there’s no doubt the Manhattan-bound shooting guard is the real deal.

21. Mike Coburn (Jr.) 6-0 Mt. Vernon – A starter since his freshman year, Coburn is a pure point guard who knows how to win.

22. Kashif Pratt (Sr.) 6-3 Rice – Playing in the shadow of Kelly and Rice has limited Pratt’s exposure. But he’s one of the city’s top gunners.

23. Darryl Crawford (Sr.) 6-2 All Hallows – Crawford’s range and great quickness have made him tough to stop.

24. Malik Boothe (Jr.) 5-10 Christ the King – His on-the-ball defense and playmaking have gone unmatched.

25. Milan Prodanovic (Sr.) 6-1 PG Molloy – The Iona-bound point guard can shoot the lights out.

26. Rob Hampton (Sr.) 6-3 SF Christ the King – Hampton’s a great athlete who could’ve played football in college also.

27. Kevin Menner (Sr.) 6-6 SF Lincoln – The Railsplitters’ top post player, Menner has played in the shadow of Stephenson.

28. Austin Wallace (Sr.) 6-9 PF Lasalle – Wallace is still raw, but he has the talent and potential to be a primetime player at Pittsburgh.

29. Dwight Hardy (Sr.) 6-1 SG John F. Kennedy – Hardy has been a one-man show this year. Scoring 40 points is just a drop in the bucket for him.

30. Rasheem Jenkins (Sr.) 5-11 SG Wings Academy - Jenkins’ game up to this point has been just to shoot. But he’s a better ball handler and passer than people think.



Top New York City high School Scorers:
1 devon richards (All City Leadership Academy) 521 points, 16 games
2 dwight hardy (John F. Kennedy) 470 points, 12 games
3 carl wardlaw (Robert F. Wagner Jr) 455 points, 17 games
4 tyree francis (Prospect Heights) 442 points, 14 games
5 john pressley (Manhattan Center/Science & Math) 411 points, 16 games
6 joshua nesbit (Chelsea) 410 points, 15 games
7 travis green (Seward Park) 389 points, 17 games
8 christo melendez (Aviation) 388 points, 17 games
9 thomas wilson (HS Economics & Finance) 388 points, 19 games
10 roberto colonette (Robert F. Kennedy) 370 points, 15 games
11 terrell lewis (Bedford Academy) 361 points, 14 games
12 nigel brown (Institute For Collaberative Education) 357 points, 11 games
13 ipyani grant (Richard Green Hs of Teaching) 345 points, 17 games
14 darnell chavis (Julia Richman Educational Center) 343 points, 14 games
14 nathani lester (Canarsie) 343 points, 14 games
16 ibrahim saccoh (HS Economics & Finance) 343 points, 19 games
17 barry latchman (Manhattan Village Academy) 335 points, 16 games
18 jamel edwards (Robert F. Wagner Jr) 333 points, 17 games
19 darryl burns (HS Of Art & Design) 326 points, 16 games
20 tyrek coleman (Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy) 319 points, 16 games

Top New York City High School Rebound Leaders:
1 roberto colonette (Robert F. Kennedy) 316 rebounds, 15 games
2 joshua nesbit (Chelsea) 292 rebounds, 15 games
3 alanzo george (Samuel J. Tilden) 282 rebounds, 14 games
4 tony oconnor (All City Leadership Academy) 279 rebounds, 16 games
5 richard walker (Information Technology HS) 257 rebounds, 14 games
6 jamel edwards (Robert F. Wagner Jr) 252 rebounds, 17 games
7 steven bolton jr (East New York Family Academy) 236 rebounds, 15 games
8 cordell marius (Bread and Roses HS) 228 rebounds, 19 games
9 armando murrell (Richard Green Hs of Teaching) 214 rebounds, 12 games
10 rondell thomas (Roosevelt Educational Campus) 211 rebounds, 12 games
11 averon matthews (Harry Van Arsdale) 211 rebounds, 13 games
12 corneli angus (Chelsea) 211 rebounds, 16 games
13 matthew collazo (John Bowne) 209 rebounds, 14 games
13 jamine peterson (Boys & Girls) 209 rebounds, 14 games
15 jonatha hagemeyer (Lab Museum United) 208 rebounds, 16 games
16 jonatha dixon (Seward Park) 207 rebounds, 16 games
17 edward jackson (Dewitt Clinton) 206 rebounds, 12 games
18 oshane martin (HS for Law Enforcement & Public Safety) 206 rebounds, 13 games
19 nigel severin (Urban Peace Academy) 206 rebounds, 16 games
20 reid samedi (Queens Vocational Tec.) 201 rebounds, 15 games

Top New York City High School Passers (Assists)
1 javon james (Grace Dodge) 181 assists, 15 games
2 gerald holloway (Bushwick) 166 assists, 14 games
3 lesly princivil (John Bowne) 160 assists, 14 games
4 luis perez (Evander Childs) 160 assists, 17 games
5 carl wardlaw (Robert F. Wagner Jr) 158 assists, 17 games
6 reginal hillard (Landmark School) 153 assists, 16 games
7 khaleef allicott (Midwood) 152 assists, 14 games
8 alshawn smith (All City Leadership Academy) 151 assists, 14 games
9 joshua spivey (Wings Academy) 144 assists, 14 games
10 adam sherman (Baruch College Campus) 133 assists, 19 games
11 nabiel bader (Fort Hamilton) 131 assists, 16 games
12 carl jr munnerlyn (Canarsie) 128 assists, 14 games
13 randy singleton (Seward Park) 128 assists, 16 games
14 dwan mcmillan (Boys & Girls) 122 assists, 12 games
15 levone sidberry (Herbert H. Lehman) 119 assists, 12 games
16 maurice dargan (Harry Van Arsdale) 118 assists, 13 games
17 tymel ambrose (William E. Grady) 112 assists, 16 games
18 kenneth newman (Aviation) 111 assists, 16 games
19 darren lewis (Brooklyn School/ Global Studies) 108 assists, 14 games
20 william snyder (Urban Peace Academy) 108 assists, 15 games


NYC Basketball Champions
| Updated Feb. 8, 2006

Overall PSAL Basketball Champions:
2004-5: John F. Kennedy
2003-04: Abraham Lincoln
2002-03: Abraham Lincoln
2001-02: Abraham Lincoln

May 11, 2005: NYC point guard Edgar Sosa (Rice) is going to Louisville.

May 5, 2005: The New York Daily News reports: Former St. Raymond's basketball coach Gary DeCesare, who spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Richmond, was named associate head coach at DePaul. DeCesare accepted the position on new DePaul coach Jerry Wainright's staff after being one of Wainright's assistants at Richmond since the 2002-2003 season. "DePaul has a great tradition and I think we'll really do well," said DeCesare, who was said to be in the mix for the vacant Richmond head coaching position had he not headed to Chicago.

Uptown Basketball League (UBL) in New York City and Nike Pro City at Hunter College are two summer leagues will create pages for soon.

Jan. 6, 2005: New York State Team Rankings: (1) St. Mary, (2) Rice, (3) Niagara falls, (4) Christ the King, (5) Rochester East, (6) Albany, (7) Mount Vernon, (8) St. Raymond, (9) Schenectady, (10) Holy Cross... Honorable Mention: Xaverian

Jan. 3, 2005: A big PSAL game is coming up. On Tuesday, Grady visits Lincoln. Lincoln's Kevin White used to play with Grady, but he transferred to Lincoln, and this is the first time he's going up against his former team. Both of these teams are undefeated in their division.... UPDATED: Lincoln won. Kevin White started the game off forcing the issue a bit, but then settled down and helped teammates make it happen.

Dec. 25, 2004: Any student who is ejected from a PSAL game, as a result of two technical fouls or otherwise, will receive a minimum two(2) game suspension.

Catholic Schools vs. Public Schools
[NYC / High School] The Big Apple Basketball tournament in New York City featured a weekend of top Catholic School teams facing some top Public School teams. [Dec 16]

Dec. 5, 2004: New York City Basketball Notes: Christ the King has not won a CHSAA championship since 1995... New Heights won the 1st Annual Peek -A - Boo Classic...

Apple vs. Empire Showcase Games
[Showcase Games] The Apple vs Empire Showcase Games featured many of New York's best basketball players. [Nov 5]

Oct. 31, 2004: Kevin White Jr. has transferred to Lincoln in Brooklyn... Street and Smith's released their top 25 high school boys teams, and these were the NYC/NJ area squads: 1. St. Anthony (Jersey City, NJ), 3. Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, NY), 9. Xaverian (Brooklyn, NY) and 13. Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, NJ)

CHSAA adds 35-second Shot Clock
June 12, 2004

The CHSAA (Catholic High School basketball in New York) has hadded a 35-second shot clock, reports the NY Post. THis is just for CHSAA AA, not the lower levels of the CHSAA. And according to the NY Post, the PSAL is not currently planning on following suit and adding a shot clock. They'll continue to go without.


West 4th Street Basketball League
June 4, 2004

The West Fourth Street basketball tournament is one of NYC's main summer streetball leagues.

Four Divisions in 2004: Men's division, women's division, high school boys, and high school girls. Saturday, June 5th's opening day West 4th league schedule is in. Click link below.

More about the West 4th Street League.


IS8 championship
May 24, 2004

The 2004 IS8 championship, which took place in Queens, New York was Juice All-Stars vs. Mount Vernon. The entire game was close. At the end of the first quarter it was the Juice All-Stars up, 13-22. At halftime, Mount Vernon led, 42-41. At the end of three it was Juice with a 63-61 lead. But Mount Vernon's defense in the fouth quarter carried them to victory. The final score was Mount Vernon 91, Juice All-Stars 81. Mount Vernon's Jonathan Mitchell was too big and strong for Juice to handle. He scored 33 points and was named MVP. Vernon's Dexter Gray stepped up as well, blocking 6 shots. He had 14 points and 8 rebounds. For the Juice All-Stars, Eugene Lawrence scored 23 points, almost all of which came in the first half. Corey Fisher had 19.

How Mount Vernon and Juice All-Stars got to the championship: In the semi-finals, Mount Vernon beat Bingo's All Stars (AJ Price scored 25 points, Derrick Caracter only had 7) by a score of 76-72. And the Juice All-Stars beat the Playaz Club, 104-98.

_____________________________________ Rankings: NYC summer street leagues
May 18, 2004

1) Entertainer's Basketball Classic (EBC) at Rucker Park
2) Dyckman Basketball Tournament
3) West 4th Basketball League


Dyckman Basketball Tournament
May 7, 2004

One of NYC's main summer streetball leagues.

Starts June 14, ends August 14.

Divisions: College/Pro, High school, and biddy (11-13 years of age).

More about the Dyckman basketball tournament.


Brooklyn Basketball / Brooklyn Nets (?!?)
May 7, 2004

Charles Ratner, Jay-Z and the new owners of the New Jersey Nets are still trying to negotiate an evential team move to the middle of Brooklyn, and create the Brooklyn Nets But it'll take time. Years, in fact. If the new ownership group can't pull off a move to Brooklyn, their second option would be to move the team to Newark. But they really, REALLY want the Brooklyn Nets to exist.


ABA Basketball team comes to Harlem, New York
May 7, 2004

The ABA basketball league, which has expanded like crazy for next season, has added a team in Harlem, NYC. The team is owned by President and Founder Wray M. Wade, who runs a sports and entertainment marketing agency. More team info when it exists.


USBL Brooklyn Kings
May 7, 2004

The USBL season is underway. Only a month left. Hit our USBL page for info.


New York State Basketball Championship
March 27, 2004

Mount Vernon beat Lincoln for the NY state basketball championship by a score of 66-52.


2004 NYC PSAL Championship
March, 2004

Lincoln beat Cardozo 74-65 in Madison Square Garden to win their third straight PSAL championship. For Lincoln, Sebastian Telfair scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half. Lincoln's Eugene Lawrence finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals and 0 turnovers and was named MVP of the game.


2004 NYC PSAL Final Four
March, 2004

The 2004 PSAL basketball final four took place at St. John's University. Lincoln beat Grady and Cardozo beat Sheepshead Bay.


2004 NYC CHSAA Final Four
March, 2004

The 2004 CHSAA basketball final four took place at Fordham University. The Xaverian Clippers beat Rice by a score of 59-44. In the other game, the St. Raymond Ravens beat the Bishop Loughlin Lions.

So, in the 2004 CHSAA championship, Xaverian will face St. Raymond.

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