Boys Basketball – Antoine and Lewis Take National TV Stage at SC30 Select Game
Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis are only halfway through their respective high school basketball careers and they have both already reached a stature consistent with the best players in the country.
On Tuesday night, the Ranney School duo will be among the 30 participants in the Steph Curry Select Camp showcase game on ESPNU at 9 p.m. The game features mostly incoming high school seniors, with Lewis and Antoine accounting for two of the seven spots occupied by the Class of 2019. No players from the Class of 2020 were invited this year.
This year marks the second straight year Antoine and Lewis were invited to the Curry Camp in San Francisco. Tuesday's showcase is just the latest accolade for the two Ranney standouts, who both recently picked up offers from Duke, as well as a laundry list of other high-major college basketball programs.
Antoine and Lewis are two of four N.J. players who will be in action on Tuesday, three of whom currently reside in Monmouth County. Six-foot-9 Roselle Catholic senior and Asbury Park native Nazreon Reid will play in the game and fast-rising Hudson Catholic senior point guard Jahvon Quinerly rounds out the N.J. talent.
Ranney, Hudson Catholic and Roselle Catholic will be among the primary contenders for the No. 1 ranking in the state, both to open the season and when the calendar moves toward March and NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. Hudson Catholic returns a senior core that led the program to the Non-Public B championship game, where the Hawks fell to a powerhouse Patrick School team that went on to win the T of C title.
Ranney boasts a junior-heavy team that will hope to run with the more experienced Hudson Catholic squad. In addition to returning juniors Antoine, Lewis, Ahmadu Sarnor, Alex Klatsky and Chris Autino, the Panthers brought in 6-9 senior Savior Akuwovo, who played at St. Anthony last season and transferred to Ranney after the Jersey City school closed its doors.
Ranney Duo Highlights Worthy Causes
Chris Autino played his sophomore season at Ranney under emotional duress and he enters his junior year of high school trying to make the most of a bad situation.
Autino's mother, Theresa Autino, lost her battle with ALS on Memorial Day Weekend and now her son wants to honor her while raising money and awareness to combat the disease.
On Saturday, August 19, Autino - a Manalapan resident - will be hosting Theresa's 3v3 Throwdown, a 3-on-3 tournament at Victory Park in Rumson at noon. The event is open to both boys and girls in 13-and-under and high school, as well as men and women in a 20-and-up division.
The entry fee for each team is $50 and all money raised will be donated to the Joan Dancy & PALS Foundation. Anyone interested can email Christopherautino@gmail.com.
Lewis has an eye turned away from the court as well and will try his hand in fusing charity and basketball this coming fall. Lewis announced on Twitter that the Ranney School will be hosting the first Hoops for Homeless event.
The showcase is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 at Ranney and will feature the top boys and girls players from the Shore Conference. The festivities are set to include a boys and girls all-star game, as well as three-point shooting and dunk contests.
All proceeds from the event will go to charities chosen by Lewis and the players selected to participate in the game.