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NY Jayhawks 2017 15U, 16U & 17U Tryout Date

In preparation for the upcoming 2017 AAU season, the NY Jayhawks will be holding their annual tryouts for 15U, 16U & 17U players. Beginning at 10am on Saturday, March 11th, all current 9th, 10th & 11th grade student-athletes are invited to come out to see if you have what it takes to be a Jayhawk! A $15 tryout fee will be collected prior to the beginning of each workout. Tryout times for each respective team are as follows: 15U - 10am-11:45am 16U – 12pm-1:45pm 17U – 2pm-3:45pm

Mar 8

18’ CG Charles Pride Eclipses 1K Milestone

Going into this season, 6’4 2018 CG Charles Pride (Liverpool) had high expectations for his Liverpool Warriors. After having a successful run at Christian Brothers Academy, Pride’s family moved and felt it would be best for him to transfer to a school closer to their new home. Coming in with a reputation for being a “Mr. Do-it-all” type of player, Charles was looked upon early to contribute such intangibles. One of those intangibles included him providing a scoring spark, in which proved to be beneficial as he did so in route to eclipsing 1,000 career points and leading his team to winning the Section III Class AA Boys Basketball title. Pride also earned sectional MVP honors. Liverpool will gear up to make a run at a state title with Pride leading the way. This spring/summer Charles will be a huge catalyst on a super talented 17U Jayhawks squad. As he currently holds two Division 1 offers (Stonybrook & Iona), he will be in route to acquiring many more as the spring/summer roles along.

Mar 7

Cooperstown’s Finest Continues to raise the Bar

This season, thus far, has proven to be one for the record books for Cooperstown Central High School’s 6’3 2019 G Tyler Bertram. Entering the season, Tyler held a target on his back as one the premier players in NY state, regardless of class. Despite such added pressure, Tyler began the season on fire from all cylinders and hasn’t cooled off since. With approximately a month remaining in the season, he reached several huge milestones. The first milestone came in an 81-70 win against Oriskany High School where Tyler set the school’s new career 3pt record at 218 3’s (and counting). Bertram followed up by breaking the school’s career steals record (169 and counting), single season 3pt record (81 and counting) and the all-time scoring record (1,728 and counting). As his team continues to roll through sectional and state playoffs, he will be looking to add on to his extensive resume as a Hawkeye.

Mar 7

Cooperstown Goes Back to Back

After recently breaking several individual records for the Cooperstown Central Hawkeyes, 6’3 2019 G Tyler Bertram had just a few more goals in sight that he was looking to accomplish. The first, in which was a team goal set in the beginning of the season, was to win another Section III Class C Boys Basketball title. Such a goal was met, and in high fashion, as he torched the nets in a rematch of the 2016 title game against Tully High School. Bertram finished with 39 points, 17 coming in the 4th quarter. As Cooperstown moves forward, Tyler will look to lead them to a Class C State Title. First up, they will have to get past Moravia High school in a rematch of last year’s regional final. Despite a 55 point effort from Bertram, Cooperstown lost a nail bitter to Moravia. This year he will look to execute his revenge, another remaining goal in which he’s determined to meet.

Mar 7

18’s Majur Majak & Samba Diallo Visit Rutgers

2018’s 7’1 C Majur Majak (Roselle Catholic) and 6’7 W Samba Diallo (Pope John) were invited by the head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Steve Pikiell, to attend their conference game vs. Michigan on Wednesday evening (2/22/17). As two of the premier “bigs/wings” in the Tri-State area, and teammates on a highly touted 17U Jayhawks team, Coach Pikiell and the Rutgers coaching staff were very fond of the two and super excited to have them on campus to watch the current Scarlet Knights in action. Majak, who already holds an offer from Rutgers, is someone who would potentially provide an intense defensive presence as he effortlessly uses his 7’6 wingspan to block/altar shots. His high motor and court awareness defensively continuously puts him at an advantage and allows him to be a major asset. Diallo, while a few inches shorter than Majak, makes up for the difference with his elite explosiveness and athleticism. From the wing position, Samba is a matchup nightmare as he uses his unique skill-set to blow past bigger/slower defenders and overpower smaller defenders. Thus, making him a huge asset as well. Moving forward, both will possibly be revisiting the Rutgers campus for another game as they continue to be potential prospects for the program.

Mar 7

Maceo Jack Commits to George Washington!

The beginning of 2017 couldn’t have started any better for Maceo Jack (6’5 W, St. Thomas Moore, ’17) as he recently announced his commitment to George Washington University. After a successful run this past summer with 17u, his recruitment began to heat up upon entering a post-grad year at St. Thomas More Academy. Alongside picking up an offer from GW, Maceo also held offers from Marist and CCSU. Jack credits his decision mostly to believing in the notion that GW will provide him with the best academic and athletic opportunity that best fits his mold as a student-athlete. He also developed a solid rapport with the coaching staff during his recruitment process. Moving forward, Maceo will look to lead his current team at St. Thomas More to a NEPSAC Class AAA Championship. Regardless of the outcome, GW will be getting a highly skilled and upstanding player in Jack next year who will look to make an immediate impact for the Colonials right away.

Jan 20

Jayhawks 17u Qualify For The Adidas Gauntlet Gold

The Jayhawks 17u have qualified to play in the Adidas Gauntlet Gold Finale this July in SC after a dominant showing in the Atlanta qualifying round. The 17\'s went 5-0 in Atlanta with impressive victories over OBC White, D1-Houston Ambassadors, D1 Minnesota Prospects, M33M and Ball4lyfe United. They were lead by the superb guard play of Jaheam Cornwall (6\'0 PG Putnam Science Academy 17\'), Chris Coalman (6\'7 F) and CJ Kelly (6\'5 G QHST 17\'). 17u is 8-1 overall in the gauntlet and will be matched up against the best of the best on the Adidas circuit in the finale. They have the pieces necessary to get the job done and will look to show how talented they are in July!

Jun 19

Offers Pile In For Super Talented Duo!

6\'7 W Frankie Policelli (New Hartford 18\') & 6\'7 W Samba Diallo (Pope John 18\') have been on a tear thus far both bringing in a handful of Division 1 offers due to their superb play with the Jayhawks 16u team. Frankie is a big athlete who can create for others from the wing, but also battles for rebounds inside and has lethal range from the 3-point line. On the defensive side, his length and quickness gives him a huge advantage as he\'s able to effectively guard 1-4 positions. Samba packs a lot of explosive athleticism along with good size, speed and strength for the wing position. He excels as a slasher, but is extremely comfortable handling the ball, finishing at tough angles and pulling from deep. So far this spring, Frankie & Samba both have earned offers from Iona, StonyBrook and most recently Hofstra and VCU. With the way they\'ve both been playing more offers and interest are guaranteed to continue to roll in as the July live period approaches.

Jun 19

Shane Gatling Commits To Niagara University!

2016 G Shane Gatling (Baldwin HS) has signed his national letter of intent to play for coach Chris Casey and the Purple Eagles of Niagara University next fall. Shane, who was proving to be a force on the 17u circuit this spring, is a lights out shooter from any spot on the floor. Alongside his elite shooting ability, he\'s a confident floor general who looks to create for others while displaying tremendous leadership qualities from the guard position. Right before he announced his commitment, he was a huge factor in helping the Jayhawks 17u qualify for the upcoming Adidias Gauntlet Finale in SC. Niagara is getting a huge talent in Shane next season and he will definitely play a major part in their future success. He will be missed here with the Jayhawks and we wish him nothing but the best and will continue support him in all of his future endeavors!

Jun 19

16u G Charles Pride Receives First Offer From Iona

6\'4 G Charles Pride (Christian Brothers Academy 18\') received his first Division 1 offer this spring from coach Tim Cluess of the Iona Gaels. Charles, who stars on the 16u team, has had a great showing so far on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit. He\'s a crafty guard who can score on all 3 levels. To complement his scoring ability, he\'s a lock down defender and is always the go to choice in covering the opposing teams best guard/wing. Along with his offer, Charles has recently garnished interest from NJIT, Monmouth and Colgate. As we approach summer play, things will surely continue to heat up for him!

Jun 19

15u Star Kareem Reid Receives An Offer From Iona!

6\'8 F Kareem Reid (John Bowne 19\') recently received an offer from Iona this spring as he\'s been a force to be reckoned with on the Jayhawks 15u team. Kareem is a versatile forward with the ability to score with his back to the basket, putting the ball on the floor and even stretching his range to the 3-point line. His athleticism and length prove to be highly beneficial on both ends of the floor on a consistent basis. Looking ahead, Kareem\'s stock will only continue to rise and he\'ll be seeing a lot more offers coming his way. Tons of potential and upside for the Queens native!

Jun 19

2016 Class Produces 7 Division 1 Student Athletes

We are proud to announce that 7 of our players from the Class of 2016 will be playing Division 1 basketball next season! Our motto has always been \"Building Men\" and the young men who will be moving on to play for their respective schools next season have only given us even more incentive to continue out our mission for years to come. The players that make up this years graduating class include Mamadou Diarra (UCONN), Jair Bolden (George Washington), Jose Martinez (San Jose), Gerald Blount (St Joseph\'s), Ray Jerome (UPENN), Clive Allen (Robert Morris) and Shane Gatling (Niagara). What these young men exemplify is that academics and athletics go hand in hand. Their dedication to basketball and hard work in the classroom have given them the key to success and will be the driving force to the success of their future. We will continue to support them in all facets of their lives and wish them nothing but continued success! #WeAreTheJayhawks!

Jun 18

CJ Kelly Garnishing Offers & Interest This Spring

6\'5 G CJ Kelly (QHST 17\') has been showing and proving that he is a major talent this spring for the Jayhawks 17u. CJ is a savvy guard that is excellent attacking the rim in the open court and half court setting, but also displays a solid shooting stroke from mid-range and beyond. While he\'s considered a big time scorer, he can also make plays for his teammates if moved over to the PG position. So far this spring, CJ has earned offers from Canisius, Stony Brook, LIU Brooklyn and Quinnipiac. He also has a slew of interest from other schools in the ACC, A-10 and Big East conferences respectively. Be on the look out during the July live period for his stock to rise tremendously!

Nov 30

Unofficial Visits Begin

To culminate the end of a successful AAU campaign, a handful of our 16u student-athletes began their unofficial visits to respective schools of the Ivy, AAC, A-10, MAAC, CAA & AEC conferences. 5’10 PG Alex Schachne (Gill St. Bernards, ’18) & 6’3 G Tyler Bertram (Cooperstown,’19) led the charge with an unofficial visit to Columbia University. 6’4 G Charles Pride (Liverpool, ’18), 6’7 W Samba Diallo (Pope John, ’18) & 6’8 W Frankie Policelli (New Hartford, ’18) followed suit with unofficial visits to UCONN, Iona, Hofstra, Stonybrook, Temple & St. Joseph’s. Accompanied by our Executive Director, Jay David, the guys were able to tour the campus’ facilities to learn more about the rich traditions of each respective program. Charles, who already holds an offer from Iona, was offered by Coach Jeff Boals and the Stonybrook staff on his visit. Looking ahead, our guys will be in full preparation for their upcoming high school seasons. With continued hard work and dedication, on and off the court, they will look to garnish more interest in hopes of continuing to turn such interest into offers.

Nov 30

Policelli Takes Off

6’8 W Frankie Policelli (New Hartford, ’18) has landed himself in the realm of national rankings after a stellar AAU season starring on our Super 16u team. Frankie is now the 97th ranked player in the class of 2018 via HoopSeen National Services. He’s earned such notoriety after displaying an exceptional scoring ability and improved defensive effort throughout the summer. At 6’8, Frankie is a matchup nightmare as a wing as he’s able to score on all three levels. Using his guard abilities, he’s able to blow by taller/slower defenders. He’s also a knock-down shooter, helping to spread the floor for consistent dribble-drive action. On the defensive end, he’s able to guard 1-4 positions which also adds to the progression of his versatility. Frankie currently holds offers from St. Bonaventure, VCU, Hofstra, Stonybrook, Towson, Iona & Manhattan with interest from Virginia, URI & St. Joseph’s. With his continued progression the offers will only continue to roll on. As high major talent and character guy, the sky’s the limit for Mr. Policelli.

Nov 30

Program Growth in Las Vegas!!

Las Vegas is the premier destination for AAU teams to visit to end their respective seasons. Elite teams from all over the country make the trip with one common goal, end the season as champions. This was definitely the case for our 16u team as they embarked on the 6-hour plane ride across 3 time zones to participate in a showcase game at the Fab48 and the Adidas Summer Championship. Due to strong performances during the beginning of the July live period, and over the course of the spring/summer, our 16u team was invited to play in a primetime showcase game at the Las Vegas Fab48 Tip-Off Tournament against Earl Watson Elite (EWE-14th ranked 16u team in the nation, UAA circuit finalist). Going into the game, our guys were super excited about the matchup. Coming up short-handed in previous tournaments against nationally ranked opponents, after dominating numerous of the games, they knew that a win against a team of EWE’s on a national stage would show that they were one of the top 16u teams in the nation. As the game began, signs of jitters were present as EWE came out the gate fully charged and looking to dismantle our guys. We soon gained our composure and eventually the game turned into the dogfight until the final buzzer. Consistent play on both ends from players such as 6’4 G Charles Pride, 5’10 G Alex Schachne, 6’7 W Samba Diallo and 6’8 W Frankie Policelli gave us a winning shot down to the wire and ultimately resulted in 78-77 victory after Frankie sank 2 clutch free-throws with 2seconds remaining in the game. The main portion of the trip was spent competing in the mega-talented Adidas Summer Champions. Overall, Adidas put together a spectacular event as there were several social events (Concert, lounge, barbershop, live photoshoot, etc.) that gave the players a top of the line experience to coincide with a highly competitive tournament. We finished the tournament with an overall record of 3-3, losing in the championship game of the silver bracket after a stellar performance in the semi-final game against the Utah Prospects (Exum Elite). What may have been the most entertaining and memorable game of the trip saw us down by 14 with 3:30 left in regulation, only to go on to win by 6 in OT. That game was the epitome of this team’s identity, as they were a group of guys who consistently competed at a high level until the final buzzer. All in all, progression was made and our guys grew as individual players and a cohesive unit. A ton of offers were given and even more interest developed as the trip concluded. It not only set up their journey’s going into their junior year of high school, it also added to the progression of the bonds made and set precedence to something to look forward to next season.

Nov 30