Get To Know The HGSL: SJ Hoops

Social Media Handles: @SJHoopsEliteAAU

Coach: Matthew Cloud

Notable alumni:
Jason Thompson (Rider and NBA)
Ryan Thompson (Rider and Overseas)
Chris Duckrey (Fordham)
Julian Sanders (IUP and Overseas)
Clarence Jackson (Siena and Overseas)
Steve Vasturia (Notre Dame and Overseas)
Brian Zoubek (Duke)
Zach Martin (Harvard)
Blake Wilson (Princeton)
Nate Cooper (Howard)
Dean Noll (Cornell)
Eric Kessler Jr (Stevens Institute Of Technology)
Pat Vasturia (Ursinus)

Key players:
2019- #10 Corey Blackwell 6’3 Guard St Joseph Hammonton
2019- #5 Taye Koch 6’0 Guard Washington Township
2019- #23 Aidan Flavell 6’8 Center Shawnee
2019- #25 Billy McCrae 6’6 Forward Washington Township
2019- #11 Carl Swensen 6’1 Guard Lacey Township
2019- #1 Ethan Tarte 6’2 Guard Camden
2019- #53 Dan Swallow 6’3 Wing Bishop Eustace Prep
2019- #4 Marcus Truell 6’2 Wing Cherry Hill West
2019- #12 Ryan Ems 6’6 Forward Eastern
2019- #13 Ryan Makaila 6’0 Guard Bishop Eustace Prep
2020- #44 Aseem Luckey 6’8 Center Lincoln (PA)

Team analysis: The SJ Hoops Elite made a bit of noise last year and is ready to set the HGSL on fire this spring. “Last year was a great experience in the HGSL and our 17U team this year is ready to make some noise in this upcoming season,” said coach Matthew Cloud. “This year we have our deepest roster to date where all 11 players will end up playing college basketball.” This team is led by Camden high guard Ethan Tarte. Tarte is a super tough kid with an appetite for getting to the basket and locking up on defense. His back-court partner is Carl Swensen. The crafty combo guard can score in bunches and leaps out of the gym. He’s being courted by numerous division one programs. Ryan Ems is a is a hard working kid who can bang underneath the basket but, also stretch the floor as well when needed. He’s currently being looked at by numerous Ivy league schools. Marcus Truell is a hybrid wing who is a lockdown defender.

Stat to know: Matthew Cloud will be coaching the 17U team this year in the HGSL. Matthew Cloud is a Seneca High School graduate and has been coaching basketball at all levels for 11 years now.