PARSIPPANY, NJ – The Parsippany Hills High School boys basketball team opens the season Dec. 14 at West Morris.
A season after finishing with a 13-14 record and getting to the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 tournament, fifth-year head coach Mike Herzenberg has a lot to build off of last season.
For one, the Vikings won a state game for the first time in over a decade – defeating Voorhees 70-68 in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 tournament back on Feb. 26.
There is plenty of experience on this season’s roster, too. Despite graduating two capable scorers in Arjun Nagendran and Jamaal Parker, Parsippany Hills return quite a bit.
Senior shooting guard Aidan Chao will be one of the top players for the Vikings this season. He played in all 27 games last year and was a team leader in points, also leading the team in three-point field goals. Senior guard Jason Reid joins him in the backcourt as another offensive weapon.
Senior forward Connor Fox returns as a weapon in the inside. Other notable returnees are senior point guard Dev Patel, senior center Awais Zubar, senior forward Tyler Lee and sophomore forward Jordan Thompson.
Zubar played limited minutes last year and will have an increased role this season.
“His size, agility and touch around the basket can be a big asset for us,” Herzenberg said.
Thompson saw significant minutes as a freshman and will look to make a leap as a sophomore.
Junior shooting guard Anthony Memoli had limited minutes last year, but his ability to shoot and contribute in the guard rotation will be beneficial to Herzenberg.
Jake Newell and Casey Gorczyca are both seniors who are new additions to varsity this season. They will look to bring energy and some senior leadership to the program.
“I am expecting leadership from all of my senior players,” Herzenberg said.
The Vikings coach said team goals are to have a winning record, get back to the state tournament and play competitive, team basketball in every game over the course of the season.
He also thinks his team can contend within the division.
“We have experience and talent – it’s just a matter of competing hard and playing inspired basketball,” Herzenberg added.
Along with a pair of games against West Morris this season, Par Hills takes us on opponents such as High Point, Montville, Lenape Valley, Mountain Lakes, Mount Olive, Roxbury, Newton, Morris Knolls, Morris Hills, Parsippany, Sussex Tech and Dover.
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