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John Oates

         John Oates is a 6'8'' 14 year old freshman who is projected to end up between 7'3” and 7'5”. He has played for Riverside Church since this past Spring.  John is a very good defender & shot blocker with a wide range of post moves including a good standup jump shot and a deadly “sky hook”.  John's body is growing rapidly and, as such, he's a bit on the slender side, which sometimes works to his disadvantage against “beefier” players, however, as his body matures (and with some time in the weight room) he will develop into one of the dominant big men in the City.  John will be playing Varsity this year for Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey. NJ Hoops has ranked John as the Number 2 Freshman in state of NJ. He will benefit greatly from the varsity level experience that he will gain this year as Don Bosco will be facing one of the toughest schedules in the state of New Jersey with games against seasoned teams like Teaneck, Hackensack, Bergen Catholic, Kennedy and Passaic. With the upcoming season behind him, look for John to become a major force for Riverside in the Spring and Summer leagues and tournaments.
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