Roselle Catholic senior & Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney (H/T Johnnie Photography)
Roselle Catholic is coming off winning their third New Jersey Tournament of Champions Title. They had one of the most talented teams throughout the country and not much has changed with this year’s squad. They may be losing a five-star big man in Nazreon Reid, but Kahlil Whitney is returning to Roselle Catholic as one of top prospects in the class of 2019. While Whitney is a great talent, this is far from being a one man show. UNLV commit Josh Pierre-Louis, Richie Greaves, Colby Rogers and more will play significant roles in his lineup. Anything less than a T.O.C. title is a disappointing year for the Lions and there’s no denying they have the talent to bring home the trophy once again this year.
It comes as no surprise that Kahlil Whitney is Roselle Catholic’s star this season. Not many players had the summer that Whitney ended up having. The senior wing went from a four-star prospect to the 9th ranked player in the class of 2019, according to ESPN. Whitney was on a mission and outplayed some of the nation’s best. He has always been a bigtime athlete, but has now matched that with a much improved skill set. Coach Boff will look to Whitney to continue his play from AAU season and undertake a leadership role this year.
Roselle Catholic has had great depth on their teams for quite some time and this year the Lions will once again have plenty of options to turn to. Of course, the first two names that come to mind are Kahlil Whitney and Josh Pierre-Louis. Along with these two players, senior Colby Rogers, juniors Richie Greaves and Zayon Marsh, sophomore Josh Rivera and freshman Corey Floyd will play big roles. Rogers is an impressive shooter who is coming into his own and Greaves will be asked to run the show. Marsh, Rivera, and Floyd are players who should bring athleticism and grit whenever they’re on the floor.
Head coach Dave Boff will have a different make up with this year’s team. Roselle Catholic usually has an impressive inside presence but will rely more on their perimeter play this season.
“The group is definitely different this year from last year,” said Boff. “We almost always had a strong inside presence and size has always been something that has dominated our program. I think this year we are going to look more to our perimeter guys to lead us. I think both Kahlil Whitney and Josh Pierre-Louis are both looking forward to that opportunity.”
Whitney and Pierre-Louis will get a lot of the spotlight this year, but Boff sees this team as being more than just those two players.
“I think what people are going to find out is that we have a lot of good players,” he said. “It’s not just Kahlil and Josh, we have more than that. Both Richie Greaves and Colby Rogers are going to have great years. They are very good players and people who play at a high level of college basketball. They’ve been great and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do for us this year.”
Boff’s program has been dominant ever since he took over. It’s been a steady climb for Roselle Catholic to get to the place they are now.
“It all started with Jameel Warney who decided to give Roselle Catholic a chance when he was one of the better ranked kids coming out of eighth grade,” Boff said. “That led us to have the opportunity to coach Tyler Roberson, Malachi Richardson, Isaiah Briscoe, Nazreon Reid and of course now Kahlil Whitney. It’s been a great ride and something that we at Roselle Catholic have been very proud of. We set out to become one of the most dominant programs in the state and to see that all come together is something we are very proud of.”