Top 10 New Jersey High School Basketball Teams Since 2000

New Jersey has featured some of the best teams in the country over the past 22 seasons, with three teams finishing atop the national standings and 25 teams finishing the season in the top 10.

Despite closing its doors after the 2016-17 season, St. Anthony has been Garden State’s most dominant team, claiming five of the state’s top 10 teams since 2000. The impact of legendary Bob Hurley will last for still while the Naismith Hall of Fame coach finished his career with a 1,185-124 record with 26 state titles and four national titles.

New Jersey was topped by two programs as St. Patrick joined the Brethren on the roster three times. By evaluating resumes, national rankings and roster talent, we’ve put together a list of New Jersey’s top teams since 2000. See the full breakdown below.

File photo of Denis Gostev

Kyle Anderson drives to the basket during his junior year at St. Anthony.

Top 10 New Jersey teams since 2000

Registration: 32-0

National Ranking: No. 1

Notable players: Dominic Cheek, Jio Fontan, Mike Rosario, Tyshawn Taylor, Travon Woodall

Tiredness: This resulted in perhaps legend Bob Hurley’s best team of the 2000s era, with a backcourt with five major guards. Rosario, Taylor, Woodall, Cheek and Fontan all had successful college careers and led the Brothers to total dominance, outscoring opponents by nearly 40 points per game with one of the most stifling defenses of the 2000s.

2. St. Anthony (Jersey City) 2010-11

Registration: 33-0

National Ranking: No. 1

Notable players: Kyle Anderson, Jerome Frink, Lucious Jones, Myles Mack, Jordan Quick

Tiredness: The Brothers left no doubt as to who was the best team in high school basketball in 2010-11, dismantling the No. 1 and undefeated St. Patrick 62-45 in the North Jersey final. No Public-B. The game was billed as one of the greatest games of the decade and the Friars used a dominating fourth quarter to pull away from an ultra-talented Celtics group. They were the group that kicked off the incredible 83-game winning streak that ended in 2013.

3. St. Anthony (Jersey City) 2011-12

Registration: 32-0

National Ranking: No. 1

Notable players: Kyle Anderson, Josh Brown, Tariq Carey, Hallice Cook, Jerome Frink

Tiredness: MaxPreps National Player of the Year Anderson averaged 14.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists to guide the Friars to a 65-0 record with a pair of national titles in his two years with the program. St. Anthony won its second straight NJSIAA Tournament of Champions crown, beating its six playoff opponents by an average of more than 36 points while allowing just 37.7 points per game during that span.

Registration: 30-3

National ranking: #3

Notable players: Paris Bennett, Kyrie Irving, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Dexter Strickland

Tiredness:
Two of their three losses came during the Irving transfer’s 12-game absence at the start of the season. One of the most talented groups in state history also had to battle injuries as Strickland suffered a knee injury and Kidd-Gilchrist battled a sprained ankle. Despite the odds, St. Patrick won its third NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title in the past four seasons in dominant fashion.

5. Saint Anthony 2003-04

Registration: 30-0

National ranking: #3

Notable players: Barney Anderson, Otis Campbell, Sean McCurdy, Derrick Mercer, Marcus Williams

Tiredness:
Despite facing off-court issues and not having a single senior graduate in a Division I program, the Brothers finished an unlikely undefeated run with the third NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title. program in four seasons. The team became the subject of “The Miracle of St. Anthony”, a bestseller written by Adrian Wojnarowski which chronicles the 2003–04 season.

6. St. Patrick’s Day 2006-07

Registration: 30-2

National ranking: No. 2

Notable players: Paris Bennett, Corey Fisher, Jeff Robinson, Dexter Strickland, Quintrell Thomas

Tiredness: Led by New Jersey Player of the Year Fisher, the Celtics beat three teams ranked No. 12 or higher in the final national standings. At the end of the year, St. Patrick beat fellow top-10 player Huntington (W. Va.) despite 47 points from OJ Mayo in a 78-76 overtime thriller. Fisher had 37 points and six assists in the signing win. They then beat Bloomfield Tech 85-61 in the Tournament of Champions title match.

7. Saint Anthony 2001-02

Registration: 29-1

National ranking: No. 2

Notable players: Donald Copeland, Elijah Ingram, Dwayne Lee, Obie Nwadike, Terrence Roberts

Tiredness: Won the program’s second consecutive NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title and eighth overall after defeating Neptune 69-49 in the championship game behind 18 points from Ingram, who was named tournament MVP for the second straight season. After splitting their previous two encounters against Neptune and losing 60-58 in their last encounter, the Brothers dominated on the bigger stage.

8. St. Patrick’s Day 2010-11

Registration: 27-1

National ranking: #5

Notable players: Derrick Gordon, Dakari Johnson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jarrel Lane, Chris Martin

Tiredness: Although the Celtics suffered a 62-45 season-ending loss to eventual national champion St. Anthony in the NJSIAAA North Jersey non-public B title game, an impressive national resume included capturing the City of Palms title Classic with victories over nationally ranked Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Milton (Ga.). St. Patrick was ranked No. 1 in the nation ahead of their highly anticipated showdown with the Brethren before falling through.

Registration: 30-1

National ranking: #5

Notable players: Andrew Pulsar, Chris Andrews, Brandon Costner, Darrell Harvey Jr., Alex Wujciak

Tiredness: After suffering their only loss of the season to East Hall (Gainesville, Georgia) 76-73 seven games into the season, the Pirates rallied to win 24 straight games to close out the season. Seton Hall Prep edged a talented St. Patrick team 63-60 in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title game led by 31 points, 10 rebounds and five assists from McDonald’s All-American Costner.

Registration: 29-2

National Rankings: Number 4

Notable players: Jamarques Lawrence, Christian Pierre-Louis, Akil Watson, Tarik Watson, Simeon Wilcher

Tiredness:
The Lions avenged their only state loss of the season in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title game, beating fellow top-10 Camden 61-58 in overtime led by 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists. decisive first-team MaxPreps Junior All-America selection Wilcher. With the bulk of its core expected to return from last season, expect Roselle Catholic to have the opportunity to add another team to this roster next season.

To note: Academies were not on this list.