Tag: Jordan Summers

Falcons’ Josh Ingram finished strong for St. Joseph, earning him CJSR Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year honors

Josh Ingram – like a lot of other basketball players in Middlesex and Somerset Counties – had a very fine 2022-23 season. He averaged 22 points a game, nearly eight rebounds, nearly four assists, and shot just under 60-perccent from the floor, 37-percent from downtown, and a nice 83-percent from the free-throw line.

In the early season, he provided enough offense as St. Joseph-Metuchen – missing some key pieces for various reasons – tried to find itself. Later in the season, with things hanging in the balance, and starter Jeremy Clayville out, Ingram “turned it up to eleven.”

In his final ten games of the season, which included not one, but two wins over Rutgers Prep and a run to the Non-Public South A title game against Union Catholic – the eventual Group A winner – Ingram turned averaged 23.6 points a game, had 33 in the regular season win over the Argonauts, and cracked 30 points four times, including a wild GMC Tournament first-round win over Spotswood, where he notched a career high 38 points.

Those efforts have earned him Central Jersey Sports Radio Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year honors for 2023.

He was virutally unstoppable from the time Clayville went down January 27th to the point that when he returned, it was just gravy.

“It’s been a privilege to coach Josh and watch him grow into the player and person has become,” said Joe’s head coach Jan Cocozziello. “His talent is undeniable, but he’s also a leader with a team mentality. He’s a selfless player who steps up when his team needs him.”

Scroll down for honorable mention selections.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko talk with 2023 Boys’ Player of the Year Josh Ingram of St. Joe’s:


Deuce Jones, St. Thomas Aquinas: There was a lot of talent on the Trojans’ roster this season, but as head coach Bob Turco has said about Jones, “he’s the straw that stirs the drink.” He averaged six assists a game, while still scoring 16.5 points a game for the three-time GMC Tournament Champions. What made it more impressive is that the junior was playing just his first season in North Edison, a transfer from Trenton Catholic. But he fit seamlessly into a solid core that included players like Jalen “Pop” Pichardo, Terrell Pitts, Kamal Lee, and more.

St. Thomas Aquinas junior guard Deuce Jones (right) talks with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Justin Sontupe after a 69-46 win over Colonia in Edison on January 12, 2023. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Jadin Collins, Rutgers Prep: An outstanding two-year varsity starter for Matt Bloom’s club, he averaged 19.2 points per game in that span and four-and-a-half assists as the Argonauts’ point guard, while also racking up 224 steals. This year, he averaged 20.5 points per game for 22-8 Prep en route to the Somerset County Tournament Championship, a year after they won the 2022 Non-Public South B title on his then-career-high 33 point effort – kitting key bucket after key bucket down the stretch.

Jordin Collins of Rutgers Prep brings the ball up the floor in the second half against Gill St. Bernard’s on January 24, 2023. Collins finished with a game-high 22 points. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Jordan Summers, Bound Brook: Summers – who just signed on with Caldwell Monday – has been a stalwart from a great recent basketball family in The Brook. Summers finished with 1,456 career points, and scored 690 this year in 27 games, averaging an area-best 25.5 points per game – that’s tops among boys and girls in the CJSR coverage area. But it was the intangibles, leadership and unselfishness that made him most valuable to his team. “I have seen Jordan grow in front of my eyes since he was a kid, says head coach Anthony Melesurgo. “I am so proud of the young man he has become. The sky’s the limit for him!” He’ll also be playing in the North-/South All-Star game this Sunday at 2 pm at Rutgers Prep, the second player in as many years to do so; Quadir Harrell played last year.

Jordan Summers of Bound Brook – surrounded by teammates – signs on for a full scholarship with D2 Caldwell on March 6, 2023. (Photo courtesy Anthony Melesurgo)

Summers adds to his family’s legacy, joining the list of Bound Brook’s 1,000-point scorers

First, there was Janee’a Summers, who led the Bound Brook girls basketball team to the Tournament of Champions her senior year, finishing with 2,400 points even and with the title of all-time leading scorer – girls or boys, mind you – and a whopping 1,639 rebounds. This after the Lady Crusaders went 13-15 her freshman season.

Then, there was Cam’ron Summers, who – with his brother, as just a sophomore – led the boys’ team to a perfect 14-0 record in the COVID-shortened 2021 season, their first undefeated season in modern history, and the Skyland Conference Gold Pod Championship.


Now, there’s Jordan Summers. Averaging just under 26 points a game this season to lead the entire CJSR coverage area – which includes the GMC and Somerset County – Summers became the 16th Bound Brook boys’ player to score 1,000 points in program history.

And the way it happened tipifies the program under head coach Anthony Melesurgo, with a rousing, come-from-behind home win in front of a raucous crowd in The Brook. The scored his 1,000th in a 70-69 home win over Pingry, the Crusaders’ second win over the Big Blue by a single point this season. the first came on the season’s Opening Night up in Martinsville.


The Crusaders are ranked No. 8 in the Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten this week, and are 9-0, with a 6-0 record in the Skyland Conference Valley Division, two full games ahead of Pingry as they seek their third straight division title.

Bound Brook hasn’t lost a division game in any of the last three seasons, and has won 29 straight Valley Divison games. Their last loss in the Valley was on January 23rd, 2020 at Delaware Valley. Their last regular season home loss in the division came on December 27, 2018, also to Delaware Valley.

Summers stays hot to help No. 7 Bound Brook top visiting ‘Ville

Junior center Jordan Summers pumped in 27 points Tuesday night – and now has scored 58 in his first two games of the season – to help 7th-ranked Bound Brook get by Somerville 64-55, in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

And yet, the game wasn’t quite that close, as the Crusaders got a little sloppy in the end, and took their foot off the gas with Quadir Harrell and Jeremiah Williams in foul trouble, but head coach Anthony Melesurgo wanting to keep them in the game.

Harrell chipped in 15 points, including 7-of-8 from the foul line.

Bound Brook (2-0) has now won 16 straight games going back the start of its 14-0 season last year. That team was honored in pregame ceremonies, as Jordan Summers’ brother Cam’ron was in attendance, not only to be honored, but to watch his brother play.

Somerville was paced by junior forward Christian Dominguez, who scored 20 points, 16 of which came after halftime. He was perfect in 11 trips to the foul line, and also added a triple on the night.

Click below to hear the complete game audio of Bound Brook vs. Somerville