a.) St. Mary’s Elementary Assumption Grammar School in Ocean Township, NJ (now out of business but a learning disabled type of school has taken it over) under St. Mary’s of Assumption, Deal, NJ.
1.) Seventh Grade Basketball under Coaches Charlie Brown and Dr. Phillip J. Petillo (won parochial championship). We did excellent and I played the three position and learned to play the next level.
2.) Eighth Grade Basketball under Coaches Charlie Brown and Dr. Phillip J. Petillo (won parochial championship). We also did excellent and Matt Paine and Michael Petillo returned as starters from Seventh Grade. I was usually the top scorer and rebounder in at least over 22 points a game and 12 rebounds. All of my friends started: Jamie, J.P., Nick, and Matt from early years of grammar school education and basketball. I remember getting the St. Rose sportsmanship award, because we lost to St. Peter’s in the tournament game; both teams played very well and did excellent work.
b.) Wall Township, NJ Basketball (Wall Youth)
1. I am pretty my team always did well and we ended up in the finals, but also I was able t score like 30 points a game with other satisfactory skills in an overall game of excellence. I remember playing against Pete H. where we actually played at Brookdale Community College my first year. He was a good player but I think he could have played advanced basketball. It was a fun league to play in and where the president B.S. would reach out to kids.
c.) BYAA Tournament Team/BYAA League
1. The BYAA Tournament Team was under Coach John R. of Brookdale Community College where I tried out but I got deathly sick but they waited for me and I would come off the bench. We did very well as a team and all the players were notable basketball players who would not be content with a loss or displeasing the coach. I remember the coach gave our team’s plays to the other team, but we still wiped them in playing the game of basketball as far as I remember. I later went to the BYAA camp in basketball and won the three point contest, but I was able to grow as a basketball player.
2.) BYAA League was a great league where I played against the best around the area, but we went to the finals due to our great record. David Petillo and myself played on this team while it was under Coach D. We lost the final game to a very good team under a later player who played for Rum. High School where we played as a freshman in High School at least for the first game, but I wanted to go to MD High School in Middletown, NJ but we could not afford it but also the educational accommodations at Ocean T.H.S. seemed better for me at the time and the prospect of playing varsity as a freshman.
d.) Ocean Township Boy’s Basketball Club
1. As far as I remember, we had an excellent record and I was other good players was the main scorer and rebounder, but Tony R. who also played with me at the freshman level in varsity played on this team where he was able to be like a little Magic Johnson and provide great passes to everyone especially me underneath. The game that we all wanted to win, I was unable to go because we went to the wrong gym by mistake. LOL. But overall it was a good time in the game of basketball and a winning record and a good starting five for the most part.
e.) Dribbling in a Professional Public Gym
1. I was able to dribble in a professional public gym where everyone saw me where we would practice our skills but now it was on display for the public to see. Gym Rat Rick B. taught me later on that dribbling for tall players in the game of basketball is essential to being an all around basketball player. This is not in order but sometime as a wee little boy.
f.) The Park Ball Legend & Myth
1. We had great times in playing the game of basketball at the park in Interlaken, NJ (where now there is no courts because of a bad past crowd) but when Phil Petillo, Jr., Jamie Brown (or Trigani) was one team and than David Trigani and myself was another team. There is a dispute to this day on who wins or loses, but it was a good time in the game of basketball where everyone seemed to do a great job in excellence. 🙂
g.) Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior OTHS Basketball (Bad Record But Not Apart of It)
1.) Freshman Year: Started First Game of Varsity/Played Junior Varsity Mostly (Played Excellent)
2.) Sophomore Year: Started Sometimes on Varsity (Last Game Did Very Well and Started)
3.) Junior Year: High Scorer 15.5 points a Game (Interests of Men in Reformed Discrimination Started)
4.) (Asked Before Season to Forgo It): Senior Year: Played and Started First Game/Benched Entire Year
h.) Prep School Scrimmage in Basketball Game
1.) Played with Gym Rat’s friend as a Prep School and did excellent and enjoyed the game of basketball. (Before this played for Gym Rat games and Jersey Demons Games)…
i.) Tried out for N. College, NY and Mt. St. Mary’s
1.) I noticed at the D-2 level they are great sprinters but it was a good game of basketball.
2.) I noticed at the D-1 level they seemed skilled in their mastery of basketball.
3.) Conclusion: Both places were excellent but eventually decided to come to Brookdale Community College.
j.) Brookdale Community College Basketball Team
1.) Freshman: Great talent but okay victories.
2.) Sophomore: Great talent but won our conference. I was a major contributor in this game.
k.) I played in the J.S.B.L. (Seaview Buick):
1.) I feel like H. Basketball in Jersey is much better where my brother Phillip played under Bruce Johnson.
Michael Petillo’s Athletic Accomplishments Regarding Basketball:
1. 1999: BrookdaleCommunity College; The County College of Monmouth; Men’s Basketball.
2. 1999: All-Star Game for SeniorCollege Basketball Players at (BCC).
3. 1999: (BCC) Basketball Team won Garden State Athletic Conference Gold Division Crown.
4. 1997-1999: Played Basketball for 2 years at Brookdale Community College (BCC).
5. 1997: I played in the JSBL (Jersey Shore Basketball League) with Seaview Buick.
6. 1993-1997: In High School I was actively recruited by Division 1, 2 and 3 basketball teams.
7. 1993-1997: I played varsity for four years: freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year.
8. 1997: NJ Showdown Champions; Compliments of All-Star Trophies INC, Collingwood, NJ.
9. 1997: McDonald’s All-American Nomination.
10. 1996: Gym Rat All-American in Basketball Camp.
11. 1995-1996: OT High School Basketball Award High Scorer; 15.5 Points Per Game.
12. 1994: WallYouthCenter; Scoring Leader.
13. 1994: WallYouthCenter; Most Valuable Player.
14. 1993: MonmouthOcean Parochial League; All-Star Game 1993; MVP Northern Conference.
15. 1993: MonmouthOcean Parochial League Playoffs, 1st Place.
16. 1993: MonmouthCounty All-Star Game.
17. 1993: Monmouth-Ocean Parochial League All-Star Game MVP.
18. 1993: Central Jersey Storms; 1st Place Annual Hoops Tournament.
19. 1993: Rune for The Roses Tournament Sportsmanship Award.
20. 1993: All-Tournaments, Sponsored by National Community Bank; Run For The Roses.
21. 1993: Mt.Carmel Snowball Classic XV 1993 All-Star.
22. 1992-1993: Undefeated Record (15-0); Sept. 24, 1992 to Jan., 27, 1993.
23. 1992-1993: Ocean Boys Basketball Club; Outstanding Achievement; Best Overall Record (17-2).
24. 1992-1993: 3rd Annual Howell Hawks; Holiday Hoops; 1st Place Boys (13 yr. old).
25. 1992-1993: St. Mary’s Basketball.
26. 1992-1993: Monmouth Basketball League.
27. 1992-1993: Back-to- Back Monmouth-Ocean Parochial League Championship.
28. 1992-1993: Mid-Monmouth; Sr. Division; All Star.
29. 1992-1993: National Championship, Salt Lake City, UT.
30. 1992: MonmouthOcean Parochial League of 1992 Playoffs; Winner.
31. 1992: Sportsmanship Colt Stampede at ChristianBrothersAcademy.
32. 1992: MVP of Marlboro Tournament – 1992 Invitational Basketball Tournament Championship.
33. 1992: St. Mary’s Summer Classic Coach’s All-Star Award Presented to Michael Petillo.
34. 1992: BYAA Junior 1992 – 1st Place East Division.
35. 1991: Supersonics, Regular Season Camp (8-0).
36. 1991: Three Point Champion of BYAA Summer Camp