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Boys Basketball preview, 2021: Here’s what all 15 conferences will look like

NJ.com logo NJ.com 1/15/2021 Brandon Gould, Mike Kinney and Kevin Minnick, nj.com
a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Under the direction of coach Shawn Anstey, Moorestown won the Burlington County League Liberty Division title last season.\n © David Gard | For NJ Advance Media/David Gard | For NJ Advance Media/nj.com/TNS Under the direction of coach Shawn Anstey, Moorestown won the Burlington County League Liberty Division title last season.\n

The New Jersey high school basketball season is scheduled to begin its regular season on Jan. 26 and the NJ.com boys basketball staff is ready for the opening tip.

As part of our 2021 preview, check out the list below of what each of the state’s 15 conferences will look like this season.

Big North Conference

United Division: Bergen Catholic, DePaul, Don Bosco Prep, Paramus Catholic, St. Joseph (Mont.)

Independence Division: Fair Lawn, Lakeland, Passaic Valley, Wayne Hills, Wayne Valley, West Milford

National Division: Bergenfield, Demarest, Old Tappan, Pascack Valley, Teaneck, Tenafly

Liberty Division: Bergen Tech, Clifton, Paterson Eastside, Paterson Kennedy, Passaic, Passaic Tech

Freedom Division: Hackensack, Indian Hills, Northern Highlands, Paramus, Ramapo, Ridgewood

Patriot Division: Mahwah, Pascack Hills, Ramsey, River Dell, Westwood

American Division: Cliffside Park, Dumont, Dwight Morrow, Fort Lee, Ridgefield Park

Burlington County League

Bordentown, Burlington Township, Cinnaminson, Delran, Doane Academy, Florence, Holy Cross Prep, Maple Shade, Moorestown, New Egypt, Northern Burlington, Palmyra, Pemberton, Pennsauken, Rancocas Valley, Riverside, STEM Civics, Trenton Catholic

a man playing a game of basketball: Ridgewood claimed top honors in the Big North Freedom Division a year ago. © Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media/Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media/nj.com/TNS Ridgewood claimed top honors in the Big North Freedom Division a year ago.

NOTE: Burlington City, Medford Tech, Westampton Tech and Willingboro have opted out and there is no division play this season.

Cape-Atlantic League

North Division: Absegami, Atlantic Tech, Cedar Creek, Egg Harbor Township, Holy Spirit, Oakcrest, Pleasantville

East Division: Atlantic City, Cape May Tech, Lower Cape May, Mainland, Middle Township, Ocean City, Wildwood Catholic

West Division: Bridgeton, Buena, Hammonton, Millville, St. Augustine, St. Joseph (Hamm.), Vineland

Colonial Conference

Liberty Division: Collingswood, Haddon Heights, Haddon Township, Haddonfield, Sterling, West Deptford

Patriot Division: Audubon, Gateway, Gloucester, Lindenwold, Paulsboro, Woodbury

Colonial Valley Conference

Allentown, Ewing, Hamilton West, Hightstown, Hopewell Valley, Lawrence, Notre Dame, Nottingham, Princeton, Robbinsville, Steinert, Trenton, West Windsor-Plainsboro North, West Windsor-Plainsboro South

NOTE: There is no division play this season.

Greater Middlesex Conference

Red Division: East Brunswick, J.P. Stevens, Monroe, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, St. Joseph, South Brunswick

White Division: Carteret, Colonia, Edison, Iselin Kennedy, North Brunswick, St. Thomas Aquinas, Sayreville, Woodbridge

Blue Division: Dunellen, Highland Park, Metuchen, Middlesex, South Plainfield, South River, Spotswood

Gold Division: Calvary Christian, East Brunswick Tech, Perth Amboy Tech, Piscataway Tech, Somerset Tech, South Amboy, Timothy Christian, Wardlaw-Hartridge

Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic League

Bayonne, Dickinson, Ferris, Hoboken, Hudson Catholic, Kearny, Lincoln, McNair, Memorial, North Bergen, St. Peter’s Prep, Snyder, Union City

Note: University Charter has opted out this season. There is no division play this season.

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

American Division: Chatham, Delbarton, Mendham, Pope John, Randolph, Sparta, West Morris

Colonial Division: Hopatcong, Kittatinny, Lenape Valley, North Warren, Sussex Tech, Vernon

Freedom Division: Hackettstown, High Point, Jefferson, Morris Tech, Newton, Wallkill Valley

Independence Division: Boonton, Kinnelon, Parsippany, Pequannock, Whippany Park

Liberty Division: Dover, Hanover Park, Madison, Morris Catholic, Morristown-Beard, Mountain Lakes

National Division: Montville, Morris Hills, Morris Knolls, Morristown, Mount Olive, Parsippany Hills, Roxbury

North Jersey Interscholastic Conference

Division 1: Butler, Pompton Lakes, Eastern Christian, Hawthorne Christian, Hawthorne, Glen Rock

Division 2: Midland Park, Saddle River Day, Waldwick, Park Ridge, Cresskill, Emerson Boro

Division 3: Dwight-Englewood, New Milford, Bogota, Palisades Park, Ridgefield, Leonia

Division 4: Harrison, Secaucus, Lyndhurst, North Arlington, Rutherford, Weehawken

Division 5: St. Mary (Ruth.), Becton, Wood-Ridge, Wallington, Hasbrouck Heights, Bergen Charter

Division 6: Elmwood Park, Garfield, Lodi, Paterson Charter, Saddle Brook, Manchester Regional

Olympic Conference

Bishop Eustace, Camden, Camden Catholic, Cherokee, Cherry Hill East, Cherry Hill West, Eastern, Lenape, Paul VI, Seneca, Shawnee, Washington Township, Winslow, Woodrow Wilson

NOTE: There is no division play this season.

Super Essex Conference

American Division: Columbia, East Side, Irvington, Montclair Immaculate, Payne Tech, Seton Hall Prep, University

Colonial Division: Belleville, Bloomfield, Caldwell, Livingston, Millburn, Verona

Freedom Division: Cedar Grove, Montclair Kimberley, Nutley, Science Park, Shabazz, Technology, Weequahic, West Caldwell Tech

Independence Division: Arts, Barringer, Collegiate, Eagle Academy, Glen Ridge, Newark Academy, West Essex

Liberty Division: Central, East Orange, Orange, Montclair, Newark Tech, West Orange, West Side

NOTE: Golda Och and North Star have opted out this season.

Shore Conference

Pod 1: Christian Brothers, Freehold Boro, Freehold Township, Manalapan, Marlboro, Middletown South

Pod 2: Long Branch, Monmouth, Red Bank Regional, Red Bank Catholic, Rumson-Fair Haven, Shore

Pod 3: Colts Neck, Holmdel, Matawan, Middletown North, Raritan, St. John Vianney

Pod 4: Manasquan, Neptune, Ocean Township, Ranney, St. Rose, Wall

Pod 5: Asbury Park, Henry Hudson, Keansburg, Keyport, Mater Dei Prep, Point Pleasant Beach

Pod 6: Brick Township, Brick Memorial, Central Regional, Jackson Memorial, Howell, Lakewood

Pod 7: Donovan Catholic, Lacey, Southern, Toms River East, Toms River North, Toms River South

Pod 8: Barnegat, Jackson Liberty, Manchester Township, Pinelands, Point Pleasant Boro

Skyland Conference

Delaware Division: Hunterdon Central, Bridgewater-Raritan, Hillsborough, Franklin, Watchung Hills, Gill St. Bernard’s

Raritan Division: Ridge, Phillipsburg, Montgomery, North Hunterdon, Immaculata, Rutgers Prep

Valley Division: Warren Hills, Somerville, Voorhees, Bernards, North Plainfield, Bound Brook

Mountain Division: Belvidere, Manville, South Hunterdon, Pingry, Delaware Valley, Warren Tech

Tri-County Conference

Classic Division: Clayton, Gloucester Catholic, Pennsville, Pitman, Salem, Wildwood

Diamond Division: Glassboro, Overbrook, Penns Grove, Schalick, Woodstown,

Liberty Division: Cumberland, Delsea, Deptford, Highland, Triton

Royal Division: Clearview, GCIT, Kingsway, Timber Creek, Williamstown

Union County Conference

Mountain Division: Cranford, Hillside, New Providence, Oratory, Rahway, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Summit.

Valley Division: Brearley, Dayton, Gov. Livingston, Johnson, Roselle, Roselle Park.

Watchung Division: Elizabeth, Linden, Plainfield, Roselle Catholic, Union, Union Catholic, Westfield.

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Kevin Minnick covers South Jersey boys basketball. He can be reached at kminnick@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @kminnicksports

Mike Kinney covers North and Central Jersey boys basketball. He can be reached at mkinney@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeKinneyHS

Brandon Gould covers North and Central Jersey boys basketball. He can be reached at bgould@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrandonGouldHS

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