Connections, relationships bring Rutgers Prep games to Kean University Sunday, with revamped facilities providing the backdrop for big-time high school hoops

Kean University’s Harwood Arena in Union will play host to a Rutgers Prep-St. John Vianney doubleheader Sunday that will be broadcast on Central Jersey Sports Radio. (Source: Kean Athletics)

When the COVID pandemic hit, before the student-athletes started coming back to campus, Kean University administrators – from Athletic Director Kelly Williams all the way up to Dr. Lamont Repollett, the University President – wanted to “surprise” their kids.

The undertook a series of renovations to the school’s athletic facilites that continue to make it a leader among smaller D-3 schools in New Jersey.

The updated Harwood Arena is just one of the many facilities that have seen upgrades, and Sunday it will host a doubleheader between the girls’ and boys’ high school basketball teams of Rutgers Prep and St. John Vianney, with the first matchup being the girls’ tilt at 11 am, featuring the No. 1 (SJV) and No. 2 (Rutgers Prep) teams in the state.

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You can hear both games on Central Jersey Sports Radio, starting with pregame at 10:45 am. Click here to listen live.

The big connection to Kean is with Dr. Repollett, the former New Jersey Education Commissioner whose daughter Taylor is a junior on the Rutgers Prep squad. Repollett played high school basketball at Carteret, while Williams played at Ewing.

Ironically, each played future teammates at Rutgers: Tom Savage of Ewing, and the late Keith Hughes of Carteret.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko speak with Kean University Athletic Director Kelly Williams and school president Dr. Lamont Repollett:

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