Paul Mulcahy Looks to Become Vocal Leader of Gill St. Bernard’s

Paul Mulcahy gets mobbed by teammates after game winner at Hoop Group Fall Showcase

Paul Mulcahy is one of the main components to one of the most talented teams in New Jersey, Gill St. Bernard’s. The class of 2019 guard had a great showing at the Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase even with his team having the toughest schedule in the event.

“I think it’s cool to see how everyone stacks up because we have some of the best teams in the northeast here,” said Mulcahy. “We played Westtown, The Ranney School and The Patrick School so to go against all of those great players was exciting for us.”

With his improvement from last year, Mulcahy is excited for what is to come this high school season.

“I’ve think I’ve improved with my game a lot from last year,” he said. “I had a slow summer so it was hard to showcase that, but that’s why I’m excited for the high school season. I’ve gotten bigger and more athletic so I’m starting to fill out well.”

Gill St. Bernard’s Head Coach Mergin Sina expects a lot out of the junior standout this year, as he will have a much bigger role.

“I just need to be a vocal leader, I have to be another coach on the floor for Coach Sina,” he said. “I need to always be on the same page as him because I’m going to be the primary ball handler.”

Many schools will be following Mulcahy this year, but he pointed out that Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Joseph’s, Temple and Northwestern have made him a priority. Even with these top schools after him, he is focusing on one thing.

“The one thing on my mind for this year is the TOC without a doubt,” said Mulcahy. “Gill St. Bernard’s has always been at that level, but this year is really exciting. We have all the right pieces and I think many people will sleep on us. Everyone is going to buy in this year and play for each other.”

Alexander Rice Getting Better Situated at Mater Dei Prep

Alexander Rice made a good impression with his new high school Mater Dei at the Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase. The class of 2019 guard liked getting acclimated with his team at a big time event.

“It was good to get out there and get back in the swing of things,” said Rice. “It’s great to play against talented teams this early in the year. It was great to play together and run our stuff out there. We are still getting used to each other so events like this really help us out.”

Rice had the opportunity play under legendary high school coach Bob Hurley before St. Anthony’s closed down last year, forcing Rice to transfer

The transition to Mater Dei has been a smooth one for Rice thus far.

“I really like the guys on the team, we’ve known each other before from AAU and various events so it’s been a pretty easy transition for me,” he said.

He has been a high level shooter for quite some time, but Rice has added a lot to his game from last year to make him more than just a shooter.

“I think last year I was just a spot up shooter, but now I can score the ball better with one dribble pull ups, getting in the lane and getting my teammates shots,” Rice said. “I’ve just been working on being a well rounded player.”

He has received a lot of attention from the recruiting front recently as he went on visits, picked up offers and a lot of interest.

“This past summer I went on visits to Stanford and North Carolina,” he said. “I just received an offer from Tulane and Ivy League schools like Yale, UPenn and Princeton have been recruiting me hard.”

His father, King Rice, is the Head Coach at Monmouth University, but is also known for playing at UNC. Rice enjoyed visiting his father’s old stomping grounds this past summer.

“It was a really cool experience for me, it was a lot of fun,” said Rice. “My Dad showed me the places that he and my Mom used to go on campus. It was a special weekend because I got to see what he went through at UNC.”

Heading into his junior year Rice has his sights set on a couple of goals.

“I want to win another shore conference championship and make a run in the state tournament,” he said. “I just want to have a really good season by playing within the system.”

Kahlil Whitney Working to Make Roselle Catholic Best in New Jersey

The addition of Kahlil Whitney to Roselle Catholic last year proved to be a big one as the class of 2019 wing has emerged as one of the top prospects in New Jersey regardless of class. Whitney is a big time athlete, is becoming a much better shooter, and is a huge reason why Roselle Catholic is looked upon as one of the best teams in the area this season. Whitney and his teammates gave fans attending the Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase an idea of what to expect from them this year.

“It’s been great playing here and taking part in some high level games,” Whitney said. “Playing against teams like Westtown and Lincoln is always a good challenge. I think we played well as a team, but I do think we need towork on some things defensively.”

He has been working on a couple of key parts to his game in the off-season.

“I’ve just been working on playing hard and executing on defense at all times,” he said. “Every game I know that I will have to guard the best player so defense is important to me. I also have worked on my ball handling and shooting to become a well-rounded player.”

Georgetown, Oregon, Syracuse, UConn, Virginia Tech and Virginia have been in to watch Whitney during his fall workouts. These programs among others have been actively recruiting the class of 2019 standout.

“I would say Oregon, Georgetown, Syracuse, Illinois, St. Johns and a couple more have been after me hard,” he said.

Whitney sees Roselle Catholic having another successful year as long as he plays on a high level.

“I think that as long as I improve on rebounding the ball and creating for others we’ll be the best team in the state,” Whitney said.

Khalif Battle: GSB’s Back Court Can Lead to Special Season

Junior guard Khalif Battle has made a name for himself in the past year. The Gill St. Bernard’s prospect shined at the Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase. Battle liked what he saw out of his team at the event.

“I love taking the court with my team, they are an exciting group of guys to play alongside,” Battle said. “We all share the ball well and it’s just the beginning for us. We are still growing as a team and I’m looking forward to the season.”

Talented class of 2019 guard Paul Mulcahy joins Battle in the backcourt. With players like Mulcahy he thinks Gill St. Bernard’s can go far this year.

“I think Paul deserves more attention and is underrated,” he said. “With me and him in the backcourt it’s going to be a special year especially with Alex SchachnePeter Sorber and the other guys. I think we have everything to be successful this year.”

Multiple college programs have been into his high school to watch him workout.

“Wake Forest, Temple, UConn, Miami, Virginia, Villanova, Butler, Rutgers, Seton Hall have been in to see me,” said Battle. “Indiana and Oregon will be in soon to see me.”

His older brother Tyus Battle is a sophomore guard at Syracuse University. Khalif received an offer from the Orange in July and they have made him a priority ever since. Tyus has let his brother know about the intriguing aspects to his school.

“Tyus loves it there, they have great fans and a great coaching staff,” he said. “He has learned a lot from one of the best in Jim Boeheim. He’s been around forever and has coached the best of the best. I love what they have to offer and they are looking at me as a prospect that they want to recruit not just Tyus’ little brother.”

Like most players at top-notch programs in New Jersey, Battle has one goal in mind.

“My goal is the same as the rest of my teammates, win the TOC,” Battle said. “We are talented and capable of taking it this year.”

#HGBuzzerBeater Classic AM Spotlight, Day 1

Division I schools La Salle University from the A10, Robert Morris from the Northeast Conference, and a multitude of Division II and III schools were in attendance to watch the morning matchup between the Crusader Nation and New York Havoc. With a trip to the winner’s bracket on the line, both teams showed some early game jitters to start.

Team Havoc jumped out to a quick 17-5 lead behind the energy and hustle of their point guard number 12, William Aybar.  Aybar set the pace of the game from the opening tip, extending the defensive pressure 94 feet and advancing the basketball by passing ahead.  Crusader Nation eventually acclimated to the frenetic pace of play, but consistently trailed double digits throughout the game’s first 10 minutes.  The Nation never looked comfortable in their half court sets, struggling to execute against the extended pressure of Havoc.  Skilled 6’8” forward Joe Delollo (#33) provided a perimeter, threat stretching the defense and opening driving lanes for Havoc’s lighting quick Aybar.  Crusader Nation eventually found a way to put up points up through second chance opportunities and fast break chances. They went on a 10-2 run and cut the lead to seven to close out the half.

The Nation continued their aggressive play to start the second half, finishing contested shots around the basket and creating and-1 opportunities.  With momentum on their side and foul situations softening up Havoc’s defensive pressure, the Nation began to convert on open jump shots. Although he showcased a soft touch around the basket and consistent face up game outside the paint, Delollo was unable to guard the perimeter on defense.  Delollo was forced to soft contest on screen and roll switches and gave up easy driving angles to Crusader Nation’s guards. Havoc trailed by two points going into the game’s final four minutes.  

The game came down to the final possession in regulation, tied at 60 with a little over eleven seconds remaining. Crusader Nation was set to take the ball out on a side out of bounds.  The ball was inbounded, and a down screen was set away from the ball in an effort to free up their team’s leading scorer for the game, number 0-Nick Parrish.  He was denied but eventually caught the ball out near half court under duress.

With three seconds remaining he stepped into a 30 foot pull-up jumper that seemed to hang in the air for an eternity before swishing through the net; ending the game and advancing the Nation to the winner’s bracket.  When asked about what was going through his mind in the closing seconds, Parrish responded, “I won’t lie to you, I practice that shot a lot…a hesitation to a pull up three—so, to see it finally come to work, it’s a blessing man. It felt great”.  Parrish continued on to speak about his team’s togetherness, “I’ve played with these guys for four years now–with these guys they go out and give it a hundred percent every game. It’s more like a family than a team.  We all just play together, and play for each other”.  

Crusader Nation will look to build upon this momentum going into their next matchup.  Joe Delollo for Havoc led the team in scoring with 15 points, while Parrish finished with 12 points, 10 in the 4th quarter and the game winner.