Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball coach David DeWeese had the fortune of seeing seniors Jordan Robertson and Eddie McWade develop in the four years they were together.
The two have made their decisions on where they will play college basketball. Robertson is heading to Colgate University on a full athletic scholarship while McWade will play at Chestnut Hill College on a full academic and athletic scholarship.
"These kids have grown up together and have gone from 14-year-old kids to young men," DeWeese said on the phone Wednesday. "They not only have been teammates for four years but best of friends, and that shows on and off the court.
"A lot of our success, especially the last two years, can be attributed to the closeness of this team."
The Crusaders finished this past season 23-5. They won the Cape-Atlantic League championship and lost in the quarterfinal of the South Jersey Non-Public B playoffs.
Robertson, The Press Boys Basketball Player of the Year, averaged 18.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this past season. He finished his high school career with 1,135 points.
Colgate, a Division I program located in Hamilton, N.Y., is one of the top academic schools in the nation, DeWeese said.
Last season, Colgate's men's basketball team, coached by Matt Langel, went 13-18. The Raiders play in the Patriot League.
"It was the first Division I offer I got," Robertson said on the phone Wednesday. "I went to visit, and I liked it a lot. It's well known for its academics. You say 'Colgate' and people say it's a good school."
Robertson also received interest from Temple, American, Philadelphia, Holy Family and Adelphia, he said.
Robertson is undecided as of right now on what he is going to study, but he's excited for the opportunities he will get there. He is also excited for the ability to play Division I basketball, calling his situation, "the best of both worlds."
With the NCAA tournament going on, Robertson is looking forward to the potential of participating in that in the next four years. He is also excited to acquire a new set of teammates and go through the whole cycle of a new school.
"I liked the program," Robertson said. "The coaching staff impressed me. They're young, energetic and enthusiastic. It really pulled me in, because I felt it could help me to the next level and improve."
McWade, The Press Boys Athlete of the Winter, is heading to Chestnut Hill, a Division II program in Philadelphia that plays in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference that has a very young team, McWade said. When talking with Griffins coach Jesse Balcer, he got a good sense of where the program was heading.
"He's looking to rebuild," The 6-4 forward said of the Griffins, who went 10-17 last season. "The whole team is young. He told me he would like me to come in and have an impact right away."
Heading to a program that's young and rebuilding was the biggest appeal to McWade, who is looking to major in mathematics.
"It's pretty much what we did in high school, having five or six guys coming in as freshmen and building all the way up to our senior season," the four-year high school starter said.
McWade, 19, became just the third player in Wildwood Catholic history to reach 1,000 points before his senior season. He averaged 15.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in 2013-14, finishing his career with 1,454 points.
McWade got interest from other Division II and III schools including Widener, Gywnedd Mercy, Cabrini and Rowan.
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