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New Jersey: Home of First Collegiate Football Game Produces Stars

Donald Trump promoted the New Jersey Generals 30 years before running for president, Adrian Wojnarowski wrote the New York Times bestseller The Miracle of St. Anthony about the school with two big-time prospects, Hoboken boasts claims to the first baseball game, and New Brunswick hosted the first college football game between the College of New Jersey (Princeton) and Rutgers in 1869.

The Value Add Sports calculations and feedback from sports writers and other experts in New Jersey resulted in rankings listed here.

Bobby Hurley’s basketball players dominate, but St. Peter’s from across Jersey City won the football title.

The Big Ten’s Rutgers, Ivy League’s Princeton, and Big East’s Seton Hall get the big headlines. However, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) landed in the ASun after their shooting guard Winfield Willis led an upset of Michigan.

Baseball star Derek Jeter tops Carl Lewis and Shaquille O’Neal as the top New Jersey athlete, according to a December 23, 2012 Bleacher Report article.

  1. Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, Basket, C
  2. Rashan Gary, Paramus, NJ Paramus Catholic, football, DT
  3. Justin Robinson, Monmouth, Basket, PG
  4. Greg Caldwell, Princeton, Track/Field, 110m High Hurdles
  5. Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall, Basket, PG
  6. Tyus Battle, Gladstone, NJGill St Bernards School, Basketball, G
  7. Leonte Carr o, Rutgers, Football, Receiver
  8. Kareem Walker, Wayne, NJDe Paul Catholic, football, RB
  9. Casey Murphy, Rutgers, Soccer, Goalkeeper
  10. Jake Scinto, Princeton, Track/Field, Long Jump
  11. Marques Townes, Fairleigh Dickinson, Basket, SF
  12. Noah Kauppila, Princeton, Track/Field, 800m Run
  13. Desi Rodriguez, Seton Hall, Basket, PF
  14. Ahmir Mitchell, Egg Harbor City, NJCedar Creek, football, WR
  15. Deon Jones, Monmouth, Basket, SF
  16. Natalie Larkin, Princeton, Soccer, Defender
  17. Derrick Gordon, Seton Hall, Basket, SF
  18. Temple Gibbs, West Orange, NJSeton Hall Prep, Basketball, G
  19. Teddy Okereafor, Rider, Basket, PG
  20. Taurean Thompson, Jersey City, NJSt. Anthony, Basketball, F
  21. Jarrett Guarantano, Oradell, NJBergen Catholic, football, QB
  22. Bryce Aiken, Elizabeth, NJThe Patrick School, Basketball, G
  23. Deshawn Freeman, Rutgers, Basket, SF
  24. Jagan Mosely, Jersey City, NJSt. Anthony, Basketball, G
  25. Winfield Willis, NJ Inst of Technology, Basket, SG and Djwany, Rutgers, Football, DE (tied)

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