John F. Kennedy (Bronx) Boys’ Varsity Basketball
The John F. Kennedy (Bronx) boy’s varsity basketball team is in the midst of a fine season at 17-2, atop the Bronx AA standings, and the player that makes the Knights go is its 16-year-old junior point guard, Naquan Pierce.
Things didn’t start that way in Pierce’s high school career, however. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Pierce played sparingly during his freshman year, averaging only 4.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game, coming off the bench.
Inserted into the starting lineup in his sophomore season, those numbers jumped to 10.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game.
Now, as a junior, Pierce has not only developed into one of the city’s best pure shooters both from the field and at the free throw line, but always the mark of a truly good point guard, he’s consistently shown the ability to effectively set up his teammates.
In Pierce’s capable hands, JFK started the 2008-09 season with eight consecutive wins, before losing two straight, the second of which was a tough 80-78 league contest to second-place Wings Academy back on December 16th.
The Knights haven’t lost since though, winning ten straight games, the latest, an 88-65 blowout, avenging the earlier loss to Wings Academy last Thursday night. Pierce led that victory with game-highs of 33 points, six three-pointers, and 8 assists, to go along with 7 rebounds (4 on the offensive glass).
Pierce, averaging 14.4 points, 5.7 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game this season, is the biggest reason JFK is ranked in all of the major New York City Top 10 polls, and he has the Knights poised to compete for a city championship this season, making Pierce and JFK… Ones To Watch.