Former P-Way Tech Standout Earns All Tournament Team Honors in Post-Grad Season in North Carolina
PISCATAWAY, NJ—After a senior season with over 700 points to become the second all time leading scorer in Piscataway Tech boys basketball history, Sergio Rodriguez decided to go the post-graduate route, and headed to Combine Academy outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. Rodriguez, who averaged 26.3 points per game, and accounted for 46.7 percent of the Raiders scoring in 2018-19, did impress on the post-grad circuit in the Tar Heel State.
Playing for the Combine Academy Gray Post-Grad team, Rodriguez was a 2nd Team selection to the Big Shots Prep Nationals 2020 Post Grad All Tournament Team back in March. During the Big Shots Post Graduate Tournament in Charlotte at the end of February, Rodriguez connected on 16 field goals including three treys while adding two foul shots for a total of 37 points, or 12.3 points per game over the three games his team played in the tournament.
Earlier in the season, Rodriguez collected 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists in a 70-62 loss versus DME Sports Academy Select on November 2, 2019. After scoring 16 points in a 66-52 loss to Franklin Prep on the first day of the Big Shots Prep Nationals Tourney on February 27th, Rodriguez turned in a 17 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist, and 3 steal effort in a 67-54 loss to ABI Prep of Georgia on February 28th.
Following a 6 point game in a 64-41 defeat to Potters House of Florida on February 29th, Rodriguez collected 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in a 120-74 loss to Brunswick Community College on March 1st. Brunswick Community College of North Carolina finished the season at 22-9 overall, and lost in the opening round of the NJCAA Region 10 playoffs.
At Piscataway Tech, Rodriguez scored just under 1,300 career points (1,297) to finish second behind all time leading scorer, Chuckie Jackson (Class of 1983). Rodriguez was the second P-Way Tech player in as many years to go over 1,000 for his career. The year before, during his junior season in 2017-18, teammate Branden Barnes, who is now playing football at Wagner College, also reached the 1,000 point plateau, and finished with 1,037 for his career.
Rodriguez tallied his 1,297 points on 544 field goals including 106 threes, and 230 foul shots in 84 games for an average of 15.4 points per game over his four year varsity high school career with the Raiders according to stats compiled by nj.com. During that time, Piscataway Tech was 58-48 overall including a mark of 45-15 in the Greater Middlesex Conference’s Gold Division. The Raiders qualified for the state tournament in each of those four seasons under head coach, Lenny Reyes.
As a senior during the 2018-19 campaign, Rodriguez scored in double digits in all 27 games for Piscataway Tech including at least 20 points in 25 of those contests. He scored at least 30 points on 9 occasions including a stretch of six consecutive games where he scored 31 points or more. Topping it all off, Rodriguez scored a career high 40 points on 15 field goals including two threes along with 8 free throws in a 68-45 win versus Henry Hudson on February 6, 2019. He finished with a season total of 709 points to earn All GMC Gold Division and All GMC Conference Team honors.
During his junior season, Rodriguez, who is ranked 35th out of 122 players currently on the GMC Hoops Grand Club, scored in double figures in 22 of P-Way Tech’s 27 games. On seven occasions, Rodriguez scored at least 20 points including a season high of 28 on 11 field goals including 4 threes, and 2 foul shots in a 64-60 win over J.F. Kennedy on February 6, 2018. He wound up leading the Raiders in scoring with 390 total points, or an average of 14.4 points per game.
After playing in only 7 games as a freshman, Rodriguez played in 23 contests as a sophomore, and scored in double figures 9 times including a season high 19 points at South Amboy on January 30, 2017. In that game, Rodriguez made 9 field goals including a three pointer. He finished fifth on the team in scoring as the Raiders suffered through its only sub .500 season during his tenure at P-Way Tech.
Congratulations Sergio on your All Tournament Team selection, and best of luck at the next level.