PATERSON, NJ - The boys basketball at John F. Kennedy High has been in three leagues in three years. Two years ago, they played and won the title in the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League. Shortly after that the NNJIL was dismantled. Next was the Tri –County league and the JFK Boys won that as well. The Big North Conference LIBERTY DIVISION is this year’s new league and with new challenges.
Head Coach Jim Ring is very confident that this team will not get out- worked this year even after losing star guard Shondel Stewart to graduation. After 15 years, Coach Ring doesn’t count championships, he counts wins. His team is ranked as high as number two in some other news outlets’ region Top 10. The Knights will defend much better than last year’s squad.
JFK has three returning starter from last year - Dawan Lightly, Jr. Sammy Singletary, and Rahmir Hayes. The knights look for big thing from sophomore point guard and transfer from Paterson Catholic Jhamir White. White should stabilize the backcourt. "I’m a leader,” White said " I just want to be a better player every year I play."
The Knights will play a very strong schedule in the Big North this year which also includes Passaic, Eastside, and Passaic Tech.
Ring needs helps from senior forward Ethan McMillan and senior swingman Mikel Dixon, the only two sports player on the Knights. Dixon started at cornerback for the Knights football team this past season. “Football really got me ready for year,” Dixon said. “The drills we do make my foot work on the court much better”.
Others to look for are junior forward Jayquan Campbell and senior Kaheem Davis.