On any given weekday at Neumann-Goretti High School, you’ll find the boys’ basketball team practicing hard in their gym. The team has had a winning tradition, along with a tradition of producing D-1 college athletes – like Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson. Today, the team boasts two more nationally ranked players – Quade Green and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree.
Their stellar play has been turning heads both at the local and national level. Green has been averaging 20.8 points and 8 assists per game in his senior season. Cosby-Roundtree averages 16.3 points and 11.7 boards. Their coach, Carl Arrigale, had high praise for his boys, comparing them to Neumann-Goretti alumni Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson.
“Dada’s a shot blocker, he can come away from the basket a little bit, put the ball on the ground a little bit,” Coach Arrigale said. “Rick didn’t do much of that in high school. Scoop and Quade are a little similar. Quade’s a little smaller, a little quicker, maybe a little better shooter than Scoop was. But they’re both dynamic playmakers, and Quade’s a little quicker. And they play well together.”
And they’ve also both caught the eyes of two of the biggest college programs in the nation. Green has committed to Kentucky, and Cosby to Villanova. When asked what it was that stood out the most from their conversations with Coaches Calipari and Wright, respectively, both expressed that it was their sense of selflessness and character.
“Calipari was true from day 1. He wants the best for the kids and the program. He wants the kids to do big things. Life goes on,” said Green.
Cosby added, “He (Coach Jay Wright) always talked about family and working hard and trying to do everything for other people. He always told me, not to play for myself, but to play for my team; not just for me, for my team, help my team win.”
With all the hard work these young men have put in both on and off the court, their futures are looking very bright.