Simi Valley, California.
2005, Stoneridge Prep didnít have a prep school
basketball team, coach, or game schedule. That is why the
enthusiasm is now so high regarding the schoolís first year prep
school basketball program. To be playing at all, let alone
ranked #14 in the latest
school poll (Feb. 8, 2006), is like icing on the cake for the
school and its basketball program.
leadership of Coach Babacar Sy, the team has made great
strides since its first games in early November. Forced to
travel a minimum of 2,000 miles to play each of its games, the
team has responded to the challenge. Playing arguably one of the
toughest prep school schedules in the nation, Stoneridge Prep
has traveled to the Midwest, Northeast, metro New York area, and
the Southwest to play the countryís best teams.
Prepís transition and performance has been strong and steady.
The team has turned the corner during the month of January
finishing with a 7-4 record. This stretch included big wins over
Our Savior New American (Centereach, NY), Cornerstone
Christian (San Antonio, TX) and New Creations
(Richmond, IN). The team has also won 5 of its last 6 games
heading into the toughest part of the schedule in February.
Getting the team to gel has been no small feat as Stoneridge
players represent three different countries (France, Senegal,
Mali) and span 3 US states (Massachusetts,
California, New York)).
The College System
The players have
adapted to Coach Syís college system and are now starting to see
the benefits of his approach. Making this streak and being
recognized in the rankings has been even more improbable given
that arguably the teamís best player, 6-11
has only played in 2 of the 11 games during this stretch.
Picking up the slack at the center position has been 6-11
During January he averaged 15 ppg while also grabbing 7.7 rpg.
Hoopscoop, a national recruiting service, believes that
his recent performance makes him the fastest rising senior in
the Class of 2006. Shooting guard 6-4
continues to pace the team in scoring, averaging 15.2 ppg for
the year with a high of 32 points against Redemption Christian
Academy (Troy, NY) in January.
6-1 point guard
continues to provide steady leadership for the team averaging
close to 10 ppg and 5.5 assists for the year. However in the
last six games he is averaging close to 8 apg, which mirrors the
teamís strong record. Point forward 6-9
has also had an outstanding month, putting up big numbers (7.3
ppg, 3.5 apg, 5.9 rpg) across the board. His 5.9 rpg for the
year leads the team in that category. Although injured for the
better part of January, 6-11 center NíDiaye showed why is
one of the best post players in the Class of 2006. In the
victory over Our Savior New American, NíDiaye just barely
missed a triple-double, scoring 15 points, grabbing 8 rebounds
and blocking 10 shots.
The stock has
also been rising for Junior combo-guard
Since being inserted into the lineup due to injuries, he has
averaged 9.4 ppg with the majority coming on 3-point shots.
The team has also received solid contributions both offensively
and defensively from a trio of guards. 6'-7"
brings toughness and versatility to the teamís equation. He can
play a variety of positions and is averaging close to 5 rpg.
and Peter Schroeder
have also contributed by making key baskets during the run. Jr.
big men 7-1
Boubacar Sylla and 6-10
have also played quality minutes filling in for the absence of
NíDiaye. Their rebounding and shot blocking have been
instrumental in the teamís performance during January.
will need to be at its best during the month of February playing
some of the best prep school teams in the nation including #1
ranked Notre Dame Prep (MA), Lawrence Academy (MA), Harmony Prep
(OH), New Creations (IN), Boys to Men (IL), The Patterson School
(NC) and Laurinburg Prep (NC).