Zoo Crew Basketball Program - The Zoo Crew Basketball Program accepts kids between the grades of K-12. Grades K-8 our program is year round. Grades 9-12 is from February-August.We will also offer Zoo Crew Basketball Clothing on this site.
 
 
 
 
 
Zoo Crew News

March 18, 2017

Congratulations to the Zoo Crew 12U team for capturing the Zoo Crew Winter League

March 6, 2017

Congrats to former Zoo Crew Player Patrick Cole on being named Player of the Year in the MEAC Conference. Cole is a graduate of Newark Central and is a senior at North Carolina Central University...... Congrats Pat

November 19, 2016

Zoo Crew 6th Grade Team defeated Cedar Grove 19-6 on the road.

November 15, 2016

Zoo Crew 4th grade team defeated Sports U 24-19 in a scrimmage game.

Zoo Crew 8th Grade team suffered a loss to the Orange Angels in a scrimmage.

August 16 2016

Congratulations to former Zoo Crew player Isaiah Williams who has signed a professional contract to play in Belgium. Williams graduated in May from Iona University
May 22, 2016

Congratulations to the Zoo Crew 12U team on winning the Junior Panther Tournament, 18-12 over Project Pride.

May 15, 2016

Congratulations to The Zoo Crew 17U team for winning the NJ Classic 89-75 over JSL @ Bloomfield College

September 3, 2015

Zoo Crew 17U team wins the Newark Recreation Summer League over Next Level.

May 27, 2015

The Zoo Crew 16U defeated Central Ward Boy's and Girl's Club 75-67

May 24, 2015

Congratulations to former Zoo Crew player Reggie Larry. He currently plays professionally over in Mexico. His team captured the League Championship this past weekend.

May 23, 2015

Zoo Crew 15U Team suffered a loss to the Newark Youth Games Team 55-50

Zoo Crew 17U Team suffered a loss to Team Elite

May 21, 2015

Zoo Crew 16U team defeated Project Pride 55-34 in a scrimmage last night. Soph Quoyon King-Williams (WestSide) led the Zoo with 15 points and 8 rebounds, Soph Yasim Hooker (WestSide) added 10 points, 5 steals, and 2 blocks, Jr. Irv Callendar (Franklin HS) handed out 5 assist. 

May 20, 2015

Congratulations to former Zoo Crew player's who have graduated College this month Allen Weathers (Benedict College), Joseph Nickerson (Brookdale Community College), Mimi Andrews (Loyoyal University), Chad Kelly (North Carolina A&T)

May 14, 2015

Zoo Crew 11U Team fell to NJ Crusaders 20-16

Zoo Crew 13U lost to the NJ Crusaders

Zoo Crew 15U suffered a loss to NJ Crusaders

Zoo Crew 17U lost to the Nj Crusaders

May 9, 2015

Zoo Crew 11U team suffered a 21-17 loss to Team 3D...

Zoo Crew 12U team suffered a 43-6 loss to Team 3D.

May 7, 2015

Zoo Crew 17U team defeated Science Park

Zoo Crew 8th Grade Team defeated Prestige Patriots

Zoo Crew 12U lost to Project Pride

Zoo Crew 15U defeated Prestige Patriots in OT

May 3, 2015

Zoo Crew 15U team wins the Championship game of the Hunger Games Tournament 49-29 over Team Blaze. The 15U was led by Shahidaquan Mcgee(Newark Central) and Dee'End McRae(Newark Central) with 11 points each, McRae also handed out 3 assist, Laquim Walker(St. Anthony) pulled down 6 rebounds and 2 blocks, Jaquil Wise(West Side) handed out 3 assist.

Zoo Crew 16U Team falls in the Championship Game of the Hunger games Tournament 17U Division to BBA 70-62.....Quoyon King-Williams(West Side) and Yasim Hooker (West Side) led the way with 13 points each, Williams-King also handed out 4 assist, Irv Callendar(Franklin HS) scored 10 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assist and 3 steals



April 16, 2015

The Zoo Crew 15U team lost in their first scrimmage to the Hilltopper Heat 15 U 50-44. Fr. Shahidaquan Mcgee(Central) scored 22 points in the loss. Fr. Dee'End McRae(Central) recorded 12 rebounds and Jaquil Wise(West Side) added 3 steals and 3 assist.

The Zoo Crew 16U team knocked off the Hilltopper Heat 17U 29-28 as Soph Elijah Ford(Arts) knocked down a free throw with 0.3 seconds remaining to secure the victory. Quoyon King-Williams(West Side) scored 12 points in the victory and pulled down 6 rebounds, Soph Yasim Hooker(West Side) added 3 steals.

April 11, 2015

The Zoo Crew 9U team went up against the MSU Skyliners 10U and suffered a 29-2 loss. Curtis Crawford scored the only basket for the Zoo.

The Zoo Crew 11U team defeated the MSU Skyliners 11u team 21-17.

The Zoo Crew 14U team suffered a loss to the MSU Skyliners.
 
April 2, 2015
 
The Zoo Crew 9U team defeated Jersey City Boy's Club 17-4 as Michael Baguidy led the way with 7 points.
 
The Zoo Crew 8th Grade team defeated Our Lady Help of Christians 39-12 as Moussa Camara scored 10 points in the victory.
 
April 1, 2015
 
The Zoo Crew 16U Team put up a fight but lost a close game in OT to eventual Champion Newark Central.
 
March 31, 2015
 
The Zoo Crew 8th grade team was eliminated from the Tournament.
 
The Zoo Crew 15U Team and the Zoo Crew 17U both suffered losses in the 2nd round of action in the Newark Mayor's Tournament.
 
The Zoo Crew 16U team pulled out a victory over the Newark Ballers.
 
March 30, 2015
 
The Zoo Crew HS 15U team pulled out a victory in the Newark Mayor's Tournament and advanced to the next round 28-26 victory over Science Park
 
March 27, 2015
 
Zoo Crew 8U team defeats Our Lady help of Chrsitian 19-3 as Nicholas and Jaylen both scored 8 points in the victory. The 8U team improved to 2-0 on the season.
 
Zoo Crew 10U team defeated Our Lady Help of Christian 16-8 as Michael Dobbins put in 8 points in the victory. Our 10U team improved to 2-0 on the season.
 
November 8, 2014
 
Zoo Crew Basketball program played at The Waterfront this past weekend. Our 8U team picked up a victory over Project Pride to improve to 1-0 on the season. Our 10U team followed that game with a loss to NJ Give n Go. Our 10U team fell to 0-2 on the season. The final game our 8th graders played against the MSU Skyliners and dropped to 0-1 on the season.
 
October 25, 2014
 
We kicked off the Fall Season with our Zoo Crew 10U facing Project Pride in the Unity in the Community Basketball Tournament. The Zoo different fair well in the loss to Project Pride. Our 10U falls to 0-1 on the season.
 
Our 12U team faced Team NWK in the same tournament. The 12U put on a better showing but fell to 0-1 as well.
 
September 2, 2014
 
Congratulations to former Zoo Crew player Taji Williams who will leave for Monroe Jr College on September 6th to pursue his academics as well as play baseball while in college. Taji is a 2013 graduate of Newark Central HS where he played football. basketball and baseball.
 
August 17, 2014
 
Zoo Crew Basketball Program completed its' 16th Annual Zoo Crew Summer League. We had a record 94 teams participate this summer in the league. Our 8th grade girl's team was the only Zoo Crew team to advance to the finals, losing to S. 17th St. Former Zoo Crew player Dashuan Morris coached S. 17th st to victory.
 
June 5, 2014
 
Our 10U, 12U and 8th grade teams traveled up to George Washington Carver to go against the Shani Baraka All-Stars.
 
In Game 1 our 10U team dropped a 24-18 decision.
In Game Game our 12U team after being up 33-17 at the half held on to win 50-47.
In the final game the 8th grade team pulled out a victory 49-44
 
May 31, 2014
 
We held our Annual Zoo Crew Kid's Day at Central HS. We brouhg tin teams to play our Zoo Crew Teams. The 1st game was between our 5-8 year olds. We split the kid's up and they played against each other with the end result of the score 12-9.
 
- In the 2nd game our 10U team defeated Project Pride in a close game.
- In the 3rd game our 12U team lost to Project pride
- The 4th game our 8th grade team knocked off University
- Game 5 Central JV defeated the Uptown Knicks
- Game 6 Central HS Varsity defeated Science Park.
 
Thanks for everyone that came out and supported and also made donations to our program.
 
April 19, 2014
 
The Zoo crew 12U team held on to defeat the Boy's Club 35-29 to win the Spring Break Basketball Tournament the 2nd year in a row.
 
The Zoo Crew 8th grade team dropped a 36-33 division in the Championship game of the Team heat Winter league Championship.
 
April 17, 2014
 
The Zoo Crew 8th Grade team lost to the Central Ward Boy's ang Girl's Club in the semi-finals of the Spring Break basketball Tournament.
 
April 16, 2014

The Zoo 12u team advanced to the Championship Game as we defeated Shani Baraka All-Stars 28-21. Moussa Camara scored 10pts and added 5 steals. Ishmael Perez handed out 4 assist.

The Zoo Crew 8th grade team defeated Ivy Hill 27-19 to advance to the semi-final round
April 15, 2014
 
The Zoo Crew 12U team defeated Central Ward Boy's and Girl's Club 26-25 as Ishmael Perez hit 2 free throws with 3 seconds to help the Zoo advance to the next round of the Spring Break basketball Tournament.
 
The Zoo Crew 8th grade team defeated Quitman St. 44-19 to advance to the next round.
 
March 29, 2014
 
Zoo Crew 12U played on Saturday vs Team Council and dropped a 52-37 decision at Weequahic HS. The 8th grade team pulled out a 51-40 decision over Rahway.
 
March 23, 2014
 
The Zoo Crew 11U team played 3 games finishing the day 2-1. In the 1st game the Zoo only had 5 players but played a good game vs Project Pride losing 26-22. In the 2nd game he Zoo avenged a loos from the previous day to Irvington coming out on top 36-31. In the final game the Zoo defeated Maplewood 34-26 to close out the day.
 
March 22, 2014
 
The Zoo Crew 12U team dropped a 33-31 decision to Irvington Pumas. BakirCleveland scored 12pts in the loss.
 
February 24, 2014
 
Zoo Crew 8th grade team advances to the Championship Game March 8th @ JFK. The team defeated Bayshore on Saturday as 7th graders Aziz Wilson scored 23pts, Manuel Bell Jr added 21pts and Nakwii Davis scored 16pts.
 
 
December 28, 2013
 
All three of our teams played today down at JFK. Each team took a loss. Girls (7/8), Boy's (7/8) and Boy's (5/6). Wwe will regroup and return next week.
 
December 14, 2013
 
Congratulations to the Zoo Crew 8th boys team for defeating team from NY on Saturday in the JFK Rec League 42-38. 7th grader Aziz Wilson led the way with12pts and 8th grader ManuelBell added 10pts. Zoo Crew improves to 1-0 in league play.
 
November 13, 2013
 
The Zoo Crew Basketball Family would like to send its' condolence to the Healy family on their lost this past weekend. Former Zoo Crew/Central Basketball player 27 year old Abdul "Hot Dog" Healy was killed on November 8, 2013. Abdul played for the Zoo Crew from grades 9-12.
 
October 23, 2013
 
Want to acknowledge for mer Zoo Crew player Reggie Larry who has been invited to the Reno, Nevada team of the NBA D-League to tryout. The Reno team is the farm team of the NBA Sacramento Kings.... Good Luck Reggie
 
October 17, 2013
 
Congratulations to former Zoo Crew Player Devonne Giles for being named player of the week in Japan. Devonne is currently playing professional basketball in Japan.
 
September 30, 2013
 
Our practice for the New Season will begin October 7th 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Central HS
 
September 17, 2013
 
Zoo Crew Basketball would like to thank those who came out on September 14th to register their children for our upcoming year. There will be another registration Saturday September 28th 9am-1pm @ Central HS for boys/girls grades K-8. Please note no child will be allowed to practice this year without being registered and proper fees being paid.
 
September 10, 2013
 
Zoo Crew Basketball would like to congratulate former Zoo Crew player Jamee Jackson who has signed to play professionally overseas in the country of Georgia. Jaime is a graduate of St. Anthony HS and a graduate of Quinnipiac University. Zoo Crew Family wishes you much success.
 
September 1, 2013
 
I am sorry to let everyone that Zoo Crew Basketball lost one of its' former player's Desmond Sanders who was killed on Sept 1st. Desmond started his basketball career in 1996 with Zoo Crew. He is regarded as one of the best player's to ever come out of the Zoo Crew Basketball Family.... R.I.P. Desmond Sanders
 
August 16, 2013
 
Congratulations to the Zoo Crew A 10U team for capturing the Zoo Crew Summer League Championship. In the 15 years of the Summer League this was the 1st Championship by any of our 10U teams. They defeated North Brunswick 16-11 in the final to finish the league (9-1)
 
July 24, 2013
 
Congratulations to former Zoo Crew player Taji Williams on his college commitment to Iowa Western Juco to further his education and play baseball. Taji is a 2013 graduate of Newark Central where played Varsity basketball for 4 years, capturing 3 Conference Championships and 1 State Championship. He is also a 4 year Varsity Baseball player where he won 1 Conference Championship. Taji was also the starting quarterback on the football team for the past 2 years. The Zoo Crew Family wishes him well.
 
June 8, 2013
 
Our 4th Annual Zoo Crew Fun Day went well. We played 7 games beginning with our 5-8 year olds @ Central HS. This event was a fundraiser for our program.
 
In the 1st gameour 5-8 year old team went up against Network in their 1st organized game and dropped 25-14 decision.
 
Game 2 provided some end to end action as the Zoo Crew 10U team lost on a shot in the final seconds to the NJ Pirates 20-18.
 
Game 3 also provided some good play. The Zoo Crew 12U team went up agianst Orange recreation and needed a shot at the buzzer by Akil Domino to give the Zoo their 1st victory of the day. The Zoo pulled out a 24-23 victory.
 
Game 4 had the Zoo Crew 8th grade team going up against the Runnin Rebels. The Zoo had no problem dismantling the Rebels winning 28-19.
 
Game 5 had Newark Central going up against Science Park. Central defeated Science Park 38-32.
 
Game 6 we had the 1st of 2 Alumni Games where we brought back some of the older guys who used to play in the program and put them up against each other. The Maroon team prevailed 59-53 as Naim Jeffery scored 13pts and Terrell Prince added 10pts. In a losing effort Charles Smith scored 13pts.
 
Game 7 In the final game of the night In a close contest the Maroon team prevailed over the Grey team 51-49.
 
June 2, 2013
 
I want to recognize our Zoo Crew 8th grade girls team who played this weekend in the Boundless Sports tournament at Bloomfield College. Our girls lost 27-19 to Hilltopper Heat on Saturday and 28-27 to Lincoln on Sunday. It was their 1st tournament together and they played very well.
 
May 15, 2013
 
Congratulations to former Zoo Crew player Patrick Cole as he transfers from Coppin St to Siena. Cole averaged 10pts, 2 reb and 2 assist in his freshman season. Cole will sit out the 2013/14 season and will have 3 years eligibilty remaining. Cole is a graduate of Central HS.
 
March 30, 2013
 
Congratulations to the Zoo Crew HS Team and the Zoo Crew 12U team for capturing the 2013 Spring Break Tournament played at JFK Rec Center in Newark. The HS Team defeated Tri-City 38-35 and the 12U Team defeated the Boys's and Girl's Club 30-16.... CONGRATS ZOO
 
March 21, 2013
 
Zoo Crew 12U team dropped a 40-27 decision to Network yesterday at West Side Park gym in Newark.
Zoo Crew 8th grade team defeated Network 44-32 yesterday in a scrimmage game.
 
March 18, 2013
 
Congratulations to Zoo Crew Soph Yasim Smith for being named SEC Colonial Division 1st Team All-Conference.
 
March 11, 2013
 
Zoo Crew Small Fry Team defeated Belmont Runyon 46-41 yesterday to remain undefeated in league play and improve to 4-0.
 
March 10, 2013
 
Congratulations to former Zoo Crew player's Will Joyce and Stephon Mcnair on winning the Group 3 State Championship with Newark East Side yesterday. Also congrats goes out to Stephon Johnson on winning the Group 2 State Championship with Newark Tech yesterday. Both games were played at Rutgers New Brunswick.
 
March 4, 2013
 
Zoo Crew Small Fry Team defeats Speedway School 52-15 to improve to 3-0 in the Small Fry League. 
 
Congratualtions to former Zoo Crew Player's Omar Cheatum and Joseph Nickerson and their Brookdale Community College Team for going 30-1 on the season and Capturing the Region 19 Division 3 Championship with a 89-59 victory. Brookdale advances to the National Tournament in Upstate, NY
 
March 2, 2013
 
Congratulations to former Zoo Crew Player Kameen McPleasant a freshman at Essex County College as they captured the region 19 Basketball Championship with a 58-54 victory over Mercer Community College. Essex advances to the Junior College National Tournament.
 
March 1, 2013
 
Congratualtions to former Zoo Crew player's SR Taji Williams, Soph Yasim Smith, Soph JaquanHanson and Fr. Ibn Saadiq who on this years Central team helped captured the SEC Colonial Division Conference Championship with a 12-0 record for the Blue Devils
 
fEBRUARY 26, 2013
 
Zoo Crew Small Fry Team defeats Project Pride Rookies 44-38 to improve to 2-0 in league play.
 
February 25, 2013
 
Zoo Crew Small Fry Team defeated Rafael Hernandez 38-29 to open the league 1-0
 
February 21, 2013
 
The Zoo Crew Small Fry Team will begin play in the Project Pride Small Fry League on Monday Feb 25th. Please not all Zoo Crew player's will not be playing in this league only selected player's by the Zoo Crew Staff.....(Grades 5th-8th)
 
 
January 21, 2013
 
I would like to congratulate our 12U team for winning the Rising Stars MLK Tournmanet played at Union Boy's and Girl's Club. Zoo Crew defeated NJ Give n Go 49-40. The team was given trophies and t-shirts. The team consisted of Keith Rogers, Sherrod Richardson, Al-Mahdi Bey, Aziz Wilson, Akil Domino, Bakir Cleveland, Dahjae Green and Ishmael Perez....
 
November 19, 2012
 
The Zoo Crew Basketball Program took 3 teams up to West Side Park recreation to scrimmage Network on Monday evening. Our 9U, 11U and 12U teams.
 
In the 9U game which ended in a tie at 11-11 our team played pretty good. The game didn't go extra sessions due to the gym having 4 games scheduled and they needed to stay on time. Idris Williams led the 9U team with 5pts and Ibn Foster added 4pts and 2 steals. Kaijhe Hall and Omari Jones pulled down 4 rebounds The 9U team dropped to 0-0-1 on the season.
 
In the 11U game our inexperience showed as we had numerous player's playing in the 1st game. Network defeated Zoo Crew 41-4. Ishmael Graham and Zarique Nutter both scored 2 pts in the loss. Tahir Flournoy pulled down , 2 blocks and Graham added 5 steals. The 11U team dropped to 0-1 on the season.
 
In the 12U Game - The size advantage of Network gave Zoo Crew problems as we dropped a 41-15 decision. Javon Anderson and Zarique Nutter both dropped in 6pts in the loss. Nutter also added 4 rebounds and Al-Mahdi Bey added 2 rebounds and 2 assist. The 12U team dropped to 0-2 on the season.
 
November 15, 2012
 
The Zoo Crew 12U team opened up with their first game vs Project Pride. The team played well in spurts but dropped a 27-22 decision to fal to 0-1 on the season. 6th grader Dahjae Green(Miller St.) and 7th grader Keith Rogers(Avon Brick Academy) shared the scoring league with 7pts. Rogers also pulled down 5 boards along with Constance Jones. Rogers also recorded 2 assist and 2 steals. Omar Austin added 2 steals in the loss.
 
November 12, 2012
 
Congratulations to former Zoo Crew Player Patrick Cole for being named Co Rookie of the week at Coppin St. University. Cole scored 25pts and 6 staels in his 1st College game vs USC.
 
October 7, 2012
 
Congratultaions to former Zoo Crew Player Devonne Giles who has signed a professional basketball contract to play overseas in Finland. Giles is a 2001 graduate of Shabazz HS and also graduated from Texas Tech University where he played for the legendary Bobby Knight.
 
October 5, 2012
 
Congratulations to former Zoo Crew player Reggie Green a senior at Cranford HS, he has given a verbal committment to attend the University of Pittsburgh on a Football scholarship in the Fall. He is currently the QB for Cranford and led his team last year to a State Football Championship.
Reggie played with Zoo Crew in 2010 and helped the Zoo capture the Keystone Blazers Championship in Philadelphia in June 2010. Zoo Crew wishes Reggie well!!!!!
 
September 22, 2012
 
- Congratulations to Zoo Crew Coach Malik "Lil Seymour" Jones, he completed his first children's book "The Kick the Can Kidz. The book is for Grades K-4. The book can be purchased on our site to the left. SUPPORT Coach Malik!!!!!
 
- Our first Zoo Crew Practice went well as we had 37 kids participate in our 1st practice of our 17th year.
 
- In a week our enrollment has reached 58 kids. I'm sure we will top last years enrollment and we still have 11 months to go....
 
 
 
 
 
 
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