Matt Stanmyre of the Star-Ledger of Newark, NJ, broke the story yesterday that PrepHoopsAssist.com’s 9 ranked team, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, NJ), may be prohibited from participating in the New Jersey state tournament this year, as a punishment for allegedly holding illegal practices prior to the season.
A source told the Star-Ledger that the Controversies Committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) is recommending the post-season prohibition. The article states that the final decision will be made Wednesday during the NJSIAA’s executive committee meeting.
Lawyers for St. Patrick, of course, are appealing the recommendation, as well as a suspension of head coach Kevin Boyle.
Should St. Patrick be banned from New Jersey post-season play, they may be a possibility to attend the 2nd annual ESPN RISE National High School Invitational. It’s unknown if they would be selected for the tournament by the organizers, if they were banned from New Jersey play.
St. Patrick would certainly be among the best eight teams in the nation eligible for the tournament, which is comprised of teams that generally don’t compete in post-season state tournaments, but it is unknown if the organizers would take on the controversy of selecting St. Patrick.
This issue raises of the question of whether St. Patrick or other top ranked high schools should skip their state tournament and play in the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational “national championship” event? That’s the current discussion question on our Facebook fan page. Become a fan by clicking on the button below to discuss this topic!