The Jersey Shore Basketball League (JSBL) is set to premier at 7:15pm tonight at Wall Township High School when Sterns Trailer takes on T&T Coast. FindaBaller’s very own Blake Hamilton is excited to come back for another season.
“I have been playing for years and this historical league is a great way for the youth and community to build a strong relationship,” stated Hamilton.
Hamilton is known for his gracefulness on the court and is a local fan favorite. During his time at Monmouth, Hamilton was named the MVP of the 2004 Northeast Conference Tournament, the 2005 Northeast Conference Player of the Year and scored almost 1,500 points during his time as a Hawk. After graduating, Hamilton played professionally in Europe for the next four years, returning back to the JSBL to refine his skills as a a star forward for Sterns.
Hamilton is joined by fellow Monmouth University alumni Jesse Steele who graduated in 2013 and played professionally in Dominican Republic. Steele left Army to join the Hawks and worked hard in the offseason to perfect his game. While a member of the Hawks, Steele became senior captain. He was ranked 9th all-time in career three pointers, 10th in assists (286), and 14th in steals (110). Steele netted 939 points, 286 assists, and hit 157 out of 187 free throw attempts within two and a half seasons.
The Hawks alumni will be joined by current Hawks starters, junior Andrew Nicholas and junior Deon Jones. As a Junior, Nicholas ranked second on the team in scoring (a career high 14.3 points per game with 456 points), leading the team with 62 made three-pointers. He has played 969 minutes, the second-highest amount for the team and scored in double-figures 25 times, leading the team in points in 12 games. His teammate at MU and also on Sterns debuted at Monmouth this year after transferring from Towson University following his freshman year. As a Junior with two years left of eligibility, Jones appeared in all 32 games and led the Hawks in scoring at 15.1 points per game and 483 points as well as in rebounding (221 total rebounds). He scored in double-figures a team high of 26 times and posted eight 20 point games.
Another fan favorite, Jerome Hubbard, will be coming back for Sterns and will be joined by Hamid Rahman who currently plays overseas in Austria. Coach Ron Pastore and Assistant Coach Rich Brunsun will be joining the team for another season.
“I look forward to providing more exposure to the league as we hunt for this championship title!” said Hamilton when asked what he expects from the league this summer.
Sterns Trailer begins their hunt for the Championship tonight at 7:15pm. If you can’t make it tonight, be sure to check out Sterns Trailer on Wednesday, June 25th at 8:45pm when they play the NJ Tarheels. With so many great players, it’s one of the best places to be for basketball fans from Monday through Thursday!