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New Jersey 2019 Rankings: Team Rio Duo Remains on Top
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (6:37 PM CT, Tue April 4, 2017)
Lewis & Antoine are both elite 2019 prospects.
Lewis & Antoine are both elite 2019 prospects.
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Jersey City, NJ (Future150) -- With the high school season winding down and AAU season being right around the corner, now is usually the time of year that the class of 2019 really starts to come into the forefront of the recruiting world. With that in mind, Future150 ranks the top ten sophomores in the state of New Jersey. Players who are from New Jersey, but play their high school ball in another state, were not eligible for this list:

1.| Scottie Lewis, SG, The Ranney School: Lewis may be the best athlete in high school basketball right now, and is one of the best slashers in the nation because of it. His ball skills and shooting ability have both improved over the past year and he could stay on the top of this list from now until high school ends if he continues to develop.

2.| Bryan Antoine, CG, The Ranney School: A talented combo guard, Antoine has fantastic size for the perimeter and is capable of putting the ball on the floor and attacking or knocking down shots from deep. His ability to handle allows him to create scoring opportunities for his teammates as well.

3.| Precious Achiuwa, SF, St. Benedict's Prep: The younger brother of former St. John's forward God's Gift Achiuwa, Precious is a very different player. At 6-foot-8, he has elite size for the position and is a very good ball-handler. Right now, the rest of his perimeter game is still rounding into form. 

4.| Khalil Whitney, SF, Roselle Catholic: Originally from Chicago, Whitney enrolled at Roselle this year and has had a number of highlight moments thanks to his freakish athleticism. He has come along as a shooter in recent months as well. The upside is through the roof for the former Windy City player. 

5.| Isaiah Wong, SG, Notre Dame: It appears as though Wong is just starting to understand how good he can be, which is a scary proposition. At 6-foot-3, he can score on all three levels and is capable of creating scoring opportunities for himself or his teammates. His wingspan and aggressiveness also make him a very good defender.

6.| Paul Mulcahy, SG, Gill St. Bernard's: A unique prospect, Mulcahy has an uncanny ability to make his teammates around him better every time he sets foot on the floor. At 6-foot-5, he is a very good passer and at times even too unselfish. Mulcahy is also very athletic and is more than capable of finishing above the rim. However, his play-making ability is what really sets him apart. 

7.| Al-Amir Dawes, PG, The Patrick School: Dawes has had to wait his turn a bit thanks to playing behind a talented back court featuring Jordan Walker. A very good shooter, he is also capable of creating for his teammates and is likely in line for a big AAU season.

8.| Josh Pierre-Louis, PG, Roselle Catholic: Pierre-Louis transferred to RC to be a part of a talented core and play alongside his older brother and Temple commit, Nate. The move has paid off, as he turned in a big perfornance in front of a national audience at The HoopHall Classic this year. With fantastic speed and vision, he is one of the more capable play-makers in the state.

9.| Khalif Battle, SG, Trenton Catholic: The younger brother of Syracuse Freshman Tyus Battle, Khalif has found his way at Trenton Catholic. A well-built shooting guard, he is also capable of putting points up in a hurry. 

10.| Xander Rice, SG, St. Anthony's: The son of current Monmouth coach King Rice, Xander has begun to make a name for himself this season. A knockdown shooter from beyond the arc, Rice is capable of exploding any time he sets foot on the floor. He isn't the strongest or most athletically gifted prospect, but with a high basketball IQ and skill level, he is very hard to account for. 


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