St. John Vianney star guard Michaela Mabrey has transferred to Manasquan, according to Lancers coach Dawn Karpell. Mabrey was the sixth man on the Lancers team that won the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title in the fall and was considered one of the top freshmen in the state. She was an All Shore Media third-team All-Conference selection in the winter.
It looks like Mabrey will have to sit 30 days instead of a year under the new transfer rules, as Karpell said it is her understanding that Mabrey is in the process of filing the proper paperwork. Here is the NJSIAA rule, right from the handbook:
“In order for a freshman to qualify for the reduced period of ineligibility for thirty (30) days rather than one year in a sport he or she participated in, registration at the new school must take place by September 1 of the sophomore
Mabrey, a combo guard who was one of the best 3-point shooters in the Shore Conference during the winter, goes from a nationally-ranked team to one that struggled last season. She instantly boosts a Manasquan program that went 8-14 last season and is currently hunting for a new head coach after taking a shot at getting former Colts Neck coach John Truhan before Truhan decided to go to Central. Adding some intrigue to the proceedings is that Manasquan competes in Class A Central, so it will face St. John Vianney at least twice in divisional games in the 2009-10 season. In 2010-11, Manasquan will become part of the new Class C Central division, which will include Jackson Liberty, Monsignor Donovan, Lakewood, Wall and Point Boro. Mabrey also has a younger sister entering seventh grade who is also a basketball talent, so there is the prospect that the two could play together at Manasquan when Mabrey is a senior.
Mabrey is also the younger sister of rising senior Christian Brothers Academy guard Roy Mabrey, who will be one of the Shore Conference’s top returning players this coming season.
Also, star eighth-grader Kelly Hughes is currently weighing a decision as to where to play in high school. If she goes to her local public school, she would be attending Point Boro, which could certainly make those Point Boro-Manasquan games in Class C Central interesting in another year.
On the surface, this looks like Manasquan could become the latest team that is essentially an AAU team in which the girls all decide to play for their local high school, as there are several other up-and-coming talented players in Manasquan’s sending district. Manasquan is the school Mabrey would have been attending had she not initially gone to SJV.
Mabrey’s departure certainly dents the defending TOC champion Lancers, but they still have the core of juniors Jackie Kates, Arron Zimmerman, Missy Repoli, and Katie O’Reilly and senior Teresa Manigrasso returning. There also are some incoming freshmen who should see time in supporting roles. Manigrasso, a guard, has received interest from NJIT and St. Peter’s, according to Karpell.
I’m also hearing that Mabrey looks to be the second high-profile transfer in the Shore Conference during this offseason, as Red Bank Catholic sophomore center Chyna Golden has reportedly transferred to Neptune, filling the hole for a post player left by the graduation of center Marley Mauvais on a team loaded with talent, including Division I prospects Shakena Richardson and Syessence Davis.
This is the reverse twist on the usual complaint that the parochial schools get all the best players. They now are all leaving parochial school to go back to public school.