New Jersey Tip-Off Classic Standouts - Freemantle, Antoine & more

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The New Jersey Tip-Off Classic was a success once again this year and showcased some of the very best talent in the northeast. From high profile players to guys who boosted their stocks, the Tip-Off Classic had it all this year. Here were some of the players who stood out.

’19 Paul Mulcahy - Gill St. Bernard’s

The 6’5 guard led the Knights with 23 in a blowout victory on Saturday night. Mulcahy controlled the pace of the game on both ends and showed an improved jumpshot, knocking down two threes. Look for Gill St. Bernard’s to be a major contender in the state this year.

’19 James Lee - Montverde Academy CBD

Lee highlighted the action on Sunday with a huge dunk over a defender, highlights his high level athleticism. Over the course of two games, the 6’1 guard displayed a great feel for the game, creating shots for his teammates while also scoring when needed. He holds offers from 10+ Division 1 schools and that number may grow.

’19 Keenan Worthington - Blair Academy

The 6’7 forward for Blair led his team with 21 points and 15 rebounds in a gritty victory over Montverde CBD. Worthington knocked down timely threes and rebounded at a high level. Blair will be one of the toughest teams in the state of New Jersey if he can keep playing at this level.

’20 Zion Bethea - Immaculate Conception

The Lions are in a new era now that Jalen Carey is at Syracuse, and Zion Bethea has taken command of the new look backcourt. The Junior sharpshooter led his team with 15 points in an opening night victory over rival Seton Hall Prep.

’19 Brenden Kelly - Elizabeth

Kelly took over when it mattered most for Elizabeth, making big plays in their 4th quarter comeback and hitting the game winning three with under 20 seconds left. No one played harder on either end of the court all night.

’21 Justin Glover - Hudson Catholic

The sophomore was on fire from deep for Hudson Catholic, hitting 6 threes in a 20+ point victory. The 6 foot guard found the open spot in Pope John’s zone time and time again, proving to be a critical part of the Hawks win.

’21 Shane Dezonie - Hudson Catholic

Shane Dezonie came away with the MVP award in Hudson Catholic’s matchup against Pope John XXIII on Sunday. The class of 2021 wing has made big strides with his skill set with how he scored in a variety of ways. Hudson Catholic will be tough to stop with him playing at this level.

’19 Zach Freemantle - Bergen Catholic

Xavier commit Zach Freemantle came up clutch to say the least in Bergen Catholic’s 77-75 win over St. Mary’s Elizabeth. Bergen Catholic relies on Freemantle’s ability to deliver offensively and he did just that. Without his performance the Crusaders would have suffered an upset to the St. Mary’s Elizabeth.

’19 Bryan Antoine – Ranney School

The Ranney School had a tough opponent in Don Bosco Prep, but the Panthers came away with a 63-51 win and a huge reason why had to do with senior guard Bryan Antoine. Antoine scored 33 points and won the MVP award for the game. He not only provided them scoring, but scoring when it mattered the most down the stretch.