Other than his mentality as a player and being undefeated at home through the first two years of high school basketball, Ben Roy takes great pride in being from Manasquan, New Jersey.
The community comes together and really gets behind us and that kind of gave us the momentum to really go out and play our game.
Manasquan finished with a 31-1 record last season before it was cut short due to COVID-19. Roy and his team were prepping to face Camden in a highly anticipated Group 2 state semifinal showdown.
Saturday, September 19, 2020. Afternoon.
Ben walks his long-time trusted bike, the one he describes as “hanging by a thread”, from Manasquan High School over to the local park and you can sense the support he feels from his environment.
We pass by an older couple that recognizes Ben as we turn the corner of a local restaurant with outdoor seating. Ben exchanges smiles and light banter with the couple as we cross the street towards the train station and outdoor park.
I think it’s just being able to go out there especially for basketball and compete with some of the best teams in the state. People are obviously gonna get behind you on that. We bring so much joy to so many people that we don’t even know of.
Ben is one of the craftiest guards in New Jersey and one of the coveted players in the class of 2021. He currently holds close to a dozen Division 1 offers from the likes of George Washington, Nebraska, Brown, Holy Cross, and more.
He’s been in contact with about 8-10 schools and was recently contacted by UConn and Kansas recently.
While his size and strength doesn’t blow you away, Ben’s general mentality is clear and it’s what makes him a special player. Describing himself as “a dog”, Ben plays with an extreme confidence in his ability.
I’ve always been told ever since a young kid to go and get yours… if you’re confident in yourself and if you have that certain mental toughness about yourself you’re gonna perform better.
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