Early predictions: NY’s top ten teams


GrittyVibes Top 10 NY HS Basketball Teams (Early Season Predictions)

A wise man once said ‘’Teams improve during the season but players improve over the summer’’. With key NYC prospects taking leaps in their development on the AAU circuit, its only right to predict whats on the horizon for this upcoming HS season.

1.Molloy (If the Big three Stays)


Molloy made a deep run last season, in some ways living up to their huge expectations. With the hopes of 5 star PG Cole Anthony, 5 star Big Moses Brown and 3 star Wing Khalid Moore returning, Molloy without a doubt is the GrittyVibes top NY HS basketball team. Their championship run was cut short, so expect a hungry and experienced Molloy squad. Contributions  from senior guards Jade Tse and Joe Hoch will be key.

2.Cardinal Hayes


Hayes shocked the NYC basketball scene last year with a 64-62 win against a talented Archbishop Molloy squad in the CHSAA AA Final. The Champs are loaded with a slew of talented guards such as Tyrese Williams, Joe Toussaint and young phenom Jalen Naismith to name a few. Expect Hayes to be back in the mix of things next season.



It’s hard to bet against Donatas Kupsas and the LUHI Crusaders. After handling Mount Vernon in the semifinals, the 2017 L.I. Boys Basketball Player of the Year and his team took a heart breaking loss in the ‘AA’ Federation final to Lincoln. With an automatic bid to the Federation playoffs, Kupsas and the young yet seasoned Andre Curbelo returning, LUHI is definitely a favorite to win it all.

4.Christ The King


As of late, the Royals haven’t experienced the success that they’re accustomed to. With disappointing losses and early playoff exits, CTK is looking to get back to the powerhouse they once were. The departure of Jose Alvarado, an 18 ppg scorer and Georgia Tech commit doesn’t help. But with most of their core players returning including 4 star center Kofi Cockburn, who’s averaging close to a double double currently in the Nike EYBL the Royals look significantly better. With Alvarado gone, Tyson Walker and sharpshooter Jaylen Davis will be carrying the load in the backcourt next season presumably. Philips Joseph should have a go on the wing and Jared Harrison will be alongside Cockburn in the paint.



The Lincoln Railsplitters were the 2017 PSAL AA Champs, a feat that will be tough to repeat having lost 5 seniors including Donald Flores, Kclejuan Ferguson, and Michael Reid. With the highly touted Class of 2020 PG John Wilson returning and the basketball IQ and sharpshooting of Jasiah Smith the question is does Lincoln have enough to repeat? Lets just say Coach Tiny will have his boys ready to play.

6.John Bowne


If you haven’t heard about John Bowne, then you just don’t know NYC basketball. The squad is beginning to wreak havoc not only in the Queens AA but outside its division as well. Leading the team with 20 points a game is sharp shooter Alejandro Vasquez, who was only a sophomore last season. Him and his fellow Wildcat Kareem Reid are currently playing 16u for the NY Rens in the highly competitive Nike EYBL, and they will be more than ready for Queens next year.

7. St. Raymonds


With the departure of Minnesota bound Isaiah Washington the CHSAA’s leading scorer averaging 25.6 points last season, it’s safe to say theres a void to fill to. But replacing Washington shouldn’t be Raven’s goal this season. Being better than last season should be there main priority as it was a tough one. A rough 13-13 season the Ravens get the likes of Dallas Watson and Omar Siverio back, the talented young core of Demarco Watson and Gary Grant, senior guards Nicolas Rivera and Darius Lee returning. The Ravens should definitely improve.

8. Cardozo


A known PSAL powerhouse, ‘’Dozo’’ didn’t live up to their usual lofty expectations. With a 9-7 season, (13-13) overall, the Judges were young and played like it. Dejavaughn Utley’s 32 points against QHST on 2/2/17 and Taj Anderson’s 25 point outing also against QHST a few weeks later, showed flashes of this team’s potential though. Marcus Hammond will again be the floor general with Anderson and Utley on the wings and Javen Soto down low. The Judges are more than capable of getting back to where they were a couple season’s ago as PSAL AA champs.

9. Stepinac


Last year Stepinac was a bad call away from advancing to the CHSAA AA Finals. That being said, the Crusaders should come back next season with a vengence, backed by Alan Griffin and R.J. Davis. Davis, a supremely skilled guard, seems to play better with quality guys around him. Expect last season’s 15 ppg total should increase. Griffin on the other hand is a smooth 6’5 guard/wing that can take the ball up the court and routinely get the trey ball to fall. These two are the names you will hear about when Stepinac upsets your favorite team.



Although Curtis will lose seven guys to graduation, expect them to make their way back to the PSAL playoffs. Competing in the weaker Staten Island A division, Curtis went 14-0 taking teams to the woodshed winning by margins of 40 and 50 at times. Don’t get it twisted, Curtis can definitely ball as they have a talented Malik Martin who led and will be leading them on both ends of the floor next season, along with Amad Anderson running the point.

Honorable Mentions

Iona Prep


Souleymane Koureissi and Bryce Wills are both big and long 4 star guards. Looking to improve their 9-8 record from last year Koureissi and Wills could make there case for the best duo in the city. Koureissi has an impressive handle for his 6’8 stature and Wills is a very athletic PG at 6’6.

Our Savior Lutheran


With their basketball program on the rise back to prominence the OSL Falcons surely have enough talent to make some noise in NYC. With the likes of the number one freshman in NYC Posh Alexander and an immensely talented Jared Rhoden both playing 17u for the NY Lightning, Our Savior Lutheran should definitely be on your radar for the 2017-18 season.


  1. Do not sleep on Brooklyn Law and Tech. Recent transfer David Grady III gives them 3 potential division 1 players on their team with Larry Moreno and Victor Ogbo.