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Gill St. Bernard’s School (11‑3)

Gladstone, New Jersey

SKYLAND CONFERENCE SEMIFINALIST

Top Players

  • 6-8 JR Mackenzie Mgbako … #3 (Rivals, 247 Sports) … #5 (ESPN) … #8 (PrepHoops)
  • 6-7 SOPH Naasir Cunningham … #1 (ESPN, Rivals)
  • 6-2 SR Denver Anglin (GEORGETOWN) … #79 (247 Sports) … #92 (ESPN) … #97 (Rivals)
  • 6-8 SR Drew Kania (BROWN)
  • 6-6 JR Geancarlo Peguero

Knights At A Glance

BALLISLIFE PRESEASON NATIONAL RANKING: No. 11
MAXPREPS RANKING: No. 14

On paper, Coach Mergin Sina’s squad should contend for a Tournament of Champions title in New Jersey, but the biggest challenge for Gill St. Bernard’s – like most teams in the COVID-ravaged Northeast – has been to simply step onto the court. The Knights boast three high-major recruits in 6-8 JR Mackenzie Mgbako (14.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg as a freshman in 2019-20), 6-7 SOPH Naasir Cunningham (12.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Georgetown-bound, four-year starter 6-2 SR Denver Anglin (27.9 ppg, 6.4 apg, 53% from 3-point range in 2020-21), one of the best shooters in his class nationally. But Mgbako played only one full game as a sophomore (31 points, 10 rebounds vs. Hunterdon Central) and forward 6-8 SR Drew Kania (12.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg), a Brown commit, is recovering from a torn ACL. There is also a big-time sleeper to watch in 6-6 JR Geancarlo Peguero. … Anglin started the season with 30-plus points in three of Gill’s first five games, including 33 against Bergen Catholic and his best performance – 30 points, 10 assists and five boards – in a win over Watchung Hills. Mgbako averaged 17.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg in this summer’s Nike EYBL Peach Jam. … If the Knights can put it all together, they could become the latest in the long tradition of City of Palms darkhorses.