Jaquaye James and Teaneck Looks for Revenge Against GSB

Jaquaye James looks to help Teaneck take down Gill St Bernard after last year's NJ Tip Off loss. (photo from nj.com)

Jaquaye James looks to help Teaneck take down Gill St Bernard after last year’s NJ Tip Off loss. (photo from nj.com)

The Teaneck Highwaymen (NJ) will take part in the Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase once again this year. They will play a very talented team in Gill St. Bernard’s (NJ). The Highwaymen will look to sophomore point guard Ja’Quaye James for leadership on the floor. James and the rest of his team have set some goals to achieve for this upcoming season.

“Our team goals are to win the Big North Conference, Bergen Jamboree, and Group 3 State Title,” James said.

He has been working on his game in the offseason to prepare for what is to come during his sophomore campaign.

“I have done personal training, played high level AAU, and extra conditioning in the preseason,” he said. “Our team has played in two summer leagues, three team camps, and a fall league to prepare for the season. We have also done some work in the weight room.”

There are a couple of key factors to their success this season. James has pinpointed what is most important for this year.

“Good health for all our key players is always important,” said James. “We need to be in tip top shape from start to finish. We must play smothering defense and rebound effectively. We also need to convert on our layups and free throws because that is something that should be a constant.”

He watches Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving in the NBA to take away parts of their game to implement into his own. There is one college player he enjoys watching as well.

“This year I had the chance to watch Tyler Ulis and I enjoyed watching him,” he said. “I can relate to how he has to overcome his height disadvantage. I also can learn from how he leads his team as well as being a threat to score.”

The lightning quick Teaneck point guard played in the Tip-Off Showcase last year and taking part in it. He looks to have a better showing in this year’s event.

“Yes, I played in it last year and it was a great experience,” he told HoopGroup.com. “The atmosphere was a little different for me last year and I struggled in our game. This time I am looking forward to redeeming myself.”

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