As Coach Mergin Sina welcomed his boys' basketball team back to the court this week for practice, he was well aware that teamwork will be his Knights' formula for success.
"It's a very talented team, with a lot of young players and some returning high-level players," he said. "Our better players will help the younger kids coming up."
His more seasoned players include Denver Anglin '22, a top D1 recruit named Third-Team All-Non-Public; Drew Kania '22, also a sought-after D1 prospect; and Mack Mgbako '23, ranked 19th on ESPN's Top-25 rankings for the Class of 2023.
Given pandemic precautions, Coach Sina said that this season will look much different than last, especially since spectators will not be allowed at games. And after the Skyland Conference competitions, the Knights will not participate post-season conference matchups. Instead, GSB will challenge five dominant New Jersey teams. "We added some high-level competition against teams ranked among the top 10 in the state to strengthen our team even more," said Coach Sina.
Over the past 15 seasons, Coach Sina has led the boys' team to unprecedented success. Under his guidance, the boys' basketball program has emerged as the top team in Somerset County and one of the best squads in New Jersey. For the last two years, he was named Coach of the Year by NJ.com.
The 2019-2020 GSB boys' basketball team recorded its fifth-straight 20-win season, while taking on some of the best programs in New Jersey and the country. Gill's perfect 10-0 in divisional play earned its unprecedented 10th-straight Skyland Conference Delaware Division title. GSB also reached the North Jersey, Non-Public B Sectional Finals for the second-straight year, and finished the season as the eighth-ranked program in the state.
Best of luck to everyone!