Justin Cerasoli Continues To Come Up Big On The Basketball Court
November 30, 2003
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West Aurora’s Justin Cerasoli is off to a fast start in the early going of the high school basketball season. Cerasoli, who was outstanding this summer on the AAU basketball circuit with Ft. Sooy No Limit!, is considered by many to be a Top 50 prospect nationally.
Cerasoli, a 6-5 point guard, was named Most Valuable Player of the Rock Island Thanksgiving Tournament, after leading West Aurora to the title. With Illinois-bound Shaun Pruitt saddled with foul trouble, and Jaeh Thomas serving a suspension, Cerasoli stepped up with a 22-point effort to lead the Blackhawks to a 72-51 championship game victory over host Rock Island.
This summer, Cerasoli and Peoria Central’s Shaun Livingston formed one of the top backcourt duo’s in the country. Cerasoli’s play over the summer greatly enhanced his stock nationally. A number of national analysts now rate Cerasoli among the Top 50 players nationally.
Cerasoli has signed to play next year in the Big East Conference with the Seton Hall Pirates. With senior point guard Andre Barrett graduating, Cerasoli is expected to compete for the starting job as a freshman.