By Alex Schiffer
It goes without saying that Princeton University is one of the world’s most academically elite schools, making New Jersey a proud state to call Princeton its home. But interestingly enough, as rich of a high school basketball heaven New Jersey is, the Tigers currently have no home grown talent on their roster, a surprise to many. That’s all about to change in the next few years with the arrivals of Amir Bell and Spencer Weisz.
Weisz is a 6’4 small forward at Seton Hall Prep that’s known for having one of the best basketball IQ’s around. Weisz is also an incredible passer, while also being able to score from behind the arc and through the lane. Weisz has played on some good teams at Seton Hall Prep, as he contributed to team’s that won the sectional title the past few years thanks to the help of Dallas Anglin and Sterling Gibbs as well. Weisz played AAU for Sports U. where he helped turn the program from being an “under-the-radar” team to a can’t miss name.
Weisz is also known for his personality on and off the court as he is one of the nicest guys around. Weisz is a team player and is willing to adjust his role if it means better success for his team. Weisz is looking forward to Princeton and what he hopes to achieve there saying “I definitely want us to be in contention for an Ivy League title every season and hopefully we can make it to the NCAA tournament a few times while I’m there.”
Bell on the other hand is a little farther away from playing for Princeton than Weisz is. Bell is a junior point guard on a red-hot East Brunswick team right now that currently stands at 11-0. While Bell has been a large part of his team’s success it’s also because of his teammate’s ability to trust in one another and be on the same page in high pressure situations. Bell is a point guard that could play great with Weisz as he to, is a team player and does a good job of running the point. Since his team trusts in one another, it’s easy for Bell to make smart basketball decisions because his team plays off one another very well. Bell can also shoot the three and hit the pull-up shots when need be.
Bell hopes to achieve the same things at Princeton as Weisz does as he to hopes to win a few Ivy League titles. Bell also hopes the Tigers continue to recruit in New Jersey and is willing to make himself a part of the process saying “I think they’ve been looking at a few kids in New Jersey and I know they’re trying to recruit in-state more and hopefully Spencer and I can help sell the program better because we’re in-state players.”
If Weisz and Bell can succeed at Princeton the same why they have in high school, then that shouldn’t be too hard.