St. John Vianney senior guard Teresa Manigrasso has made a verbal commitment to continue her career at St. Peter’s, according to Lancers girls basketball coach Dawn Karpell.
Manigrasso was one of the regulars in the rotation this past winter when the Lancers won the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title. She also is an honors student with a 4.0 grade-point average. A tenacious defender, Manigrasso is one of the leaders of the Lancers’ trademark, stifling full-court press.
“Teresa began playing basketball when she was in 7th grade so she came to SJV as a raw talent,” Karpell wrote in an e-mail. ” She literally was the last person to leave every practice because she was determined to improve in all aspects of her game. She has grown tremendously in each year of her high school career because of the work ethic that she has developed. I am really proud and excited that Teresa has earned the opportunity to play Division I basketball. She is a senior leader that sets the tone for our program with her work ethic.”
In other girls hoops news, the transfer of junior forward/center Chyna Golden from Red Bank Catholic to Neptune is still pending. The transfer papers were recently sent to RBC, which has to sign off on Golden’s transfer. Golden is currently at Neptune and attending classes and reportedly now lives with her parents at a Neptune address after they had previously lived in the Asbury Park sending district. That means that if RBC still wants to challenge the transfer it would most likely have to do so on the grounds of athletic advantage and that Golden was recruited to come to Neptune because Golden is going to a team that is loaded with talent, including Division I prospects Shakena Richardson, Syessence Davis and Sehmonyeh Allen. Adding Golden would give Neptune a strong argument to be the preseason No. 1 team in the state during this upcoming season. The Scarlet Fliers lost post presence Marley Mauvais to graduation, so Golden would slide right into her spot at center.