MEN'S BASKETBALL 2005-2006
Record: Overall 13-15 GSAC 5-7
Six losses by a total 14 points and two losses in overtime brought the first losing season in some time, but there was still a lot of success accomplished.
Sydir Mitchell was selected the player of the year by the coaches of Region XIX. He also was selected to the First Team for the Region and the GSAC. He ended a great career at Brookdale by being selected to the Third Team All-American.
Jamal Jenkins was also selected to the All Region Second Team and All Conference Second team.
The Blues battled every game with the enthusiasm and intensity that put them in every game and made them very competitive in a very difficult Region XIX.
With only one sophomore returning from last year’s team, the outlook for the 2005-2006 team is filled with uncertainty. Devin Gilliard, 6’2” shooting guard, brings shooting ability from deep and also will be called upon to be the leader of the young team. Joel Modestil, a 6’1” guard transfer from Middlesex, brings college experience that will be well needed. Paul Butler, 6’1” guard from Passaic, played in the 2003-2004 season which saw the Jersey Blues post a 20+ win season for the fifth season in a row. Omar Garrett, 6’4” slasher, will be an immediate impact player for the Blues. Jami McBride, 6’5” freshman with great jumping ability and physical play around the basket, will be called upon to anchor the inside. Jed Marquez, 6’2” guard from Jackson, will be the defensive stopper for the young Blues. Correy Haskins, 5’10” guard out of Red Bank, brings great athletic ability and quickness to the point guard spot. Sean Carter, 6’2” power forward, brings strength and power to the forward position.
The guard positions will be filled with some young but talented freshmen. Kevin Fallon, 6’1” guard from Roselle Park, brings great shooting range to the Blues. Theo Fujita, 5’10” point guard, will be called upon to run the up-tempo offense. Todd Eastmond, 6’0” guard, has great passing ability that will make the offense multi dimensional. Jeff Wedick, 5’11” Mater Dei graduate, brings great basketball knowledge to Brookdale. His court awareness and defensive ability will strengthen Brookdale’s pressure defense.
Derrick Truesdale , 6’3” forward, brings great athletic and rebounding ability to the front court. His ability to score in traffic will make him an important part of the inside game. Jason Miller, 6’4” forward, will also be a solid inside presence for Brookdale.
Sean Murphy 5’11” and Alex Henn 5’10” are two important guards that bring intensity to the Blues. The young and talented guards will be expected to contribute in all aspects of the program.
The Jersey Blues will be hosting their own Tourney once again which features Division II power Prince George CC of Maryland and two strong Division III opponents, North Country CC and TCI of New York. They will be setting their sites on the Region XIX final four which last year eluded them…the Blues have relocated into the North Division of the Region which at the pre-season poll showed Bergen CC and Passaic CC being honored in the top ten in the country. With 13 freshmen out of sixteen players on the roster, the Blues will build a powerful program that should be tough to handle for two years to come.
Excitement has hit the hardwood at Brookdale, so climb aboard the Jersey Blues Basketball Railway to the Region XIX Championship.