There are only a few teams in North Jersey this year who had pure centers. These are players who play the position of center consistently the entire game. They work on their trade and are able to create space. They can seal their defender from a variety of positions. They can also cut to the outside for a shot if they are doubled. They box out and dominate the rebounds.
One of the best centers in Bergen County (North Jersey), by far, is Saddle River Day’s Danielle Deoul. Deoul is only a sophomore, but can sweep across the lane and post up during ball rotation. She is able to clear space inside by sitting on her defender and creating a wide base. She has consistently strong finishes that square her up to the basket and enables her to draw fouls. She has a smooth jump shot and a very fast release. It is difficult for other post players to cut outside with her and defend her ability to catch and shoot. She works hard on defense to deny her player the ball and to box out. Deoul is a player that would make any high school team better.
There are a few other centers in Bergen County who excel at the position.
Westwood’s Jaide Hinds-Clarke is a junior who has verballed to Richmond. Hinds-Clarke’s speed and jumping abilities are incomparable to any other player. She has never lost a tip-off. She can reach the height of the rim which makes rebounding over her very difficult. She can attack the basket, score off put-backs, post up, and shoot a jump shot. She can also sprint past guards in order to contest fast break lay-ups.
IHA’s Katia Oge is a senior on her way to New Haven. She is the queen of the pick and roll. She knows how to position herself to set a good screen, rolls and seals the defender, and then finishes the roll with a perfect position to score a lay-up. She has quick footwork. She can draw fouls and finish from the foul line. She can also walk her defender up and take a quick step back to score a back-door lay-up. She also knows when to pass out to a guard.
Immaculate Conception’s Jasmine Gee is a junior who works hard inside for rebounds. Gee is a good passer who works well with other post players to set up scoring opportunities. She can also find a guard on the outside and swing the ball to assist in a three-point shot. She has a crowd-pleasing spin move that enables her to score and draw fouls. Gee can also play the small forward.
Northern Highlands’ Melissa Heath is a senior on her way to Brown. She is great at reading the defense and knows when to pass and when to shoot. She can drive in, post up, and can score three-point shots. She is good at playing defense and contesting shots. She can also play small forward.
Ramapo’s Emily Calabrese is a strong sophomore who plays well in the paint. She is fundamentally sound, has strong hands, and plays good defense. She is good at playing the foul line on offense. She can drive in, hit jump shots, and look for open guards who are cutting. She can also play small forward.
Paramus Catholic’s Nyree Grant is a senior who is athletic, fast, and strong. Nyree is more of a small forward, but plays where her team needs her. She can help handle the ball if needed. She is good at posting up and rebounding. Grant is confident and stays calm during high pressure games.