It’s no secret that New England is becoming a nice little hot bed for basketball. For the past few years we’ve watched as some of the nations top college coaches walk into the regions local high school gym’s, to get a glimpse at some of the nations top prospects. Prospects like Shabazz Napier, Andre Drummond, Michael Carter-Williams, Alex Murphy, and Naadir Tharpe to name a few.
But no other class blew the New England basketball scene up quite like the class of 2012. The class boasted the over all consciences number one player in the county Nerlen’s Noel who was a Jordan All American, and three other All Americans Kaleb Tarczewski (McDonalds, Jordan), Kris Dunn (McDonald, Jordan), and Ricardo Ledo (Jordan). Also in that class was Jake Layman (Maryland), Georges Niang (Iowa St), Zach Auguste (Notre Dame), and Dominique Bull (GW by way Missouri).
The question now is can New England produce another class as acclaimed such as the 2012, maybe, maybe not. What can be said is that this years incoming freshman class sure looks like a special one. Here are seven players we feel are at the top of this 2017 class.
Thomas Murphy a 6’7” F possesses a great deal of skill for a player his age. Murphy has the ability to be a stretch four like his brother Eric Murphy (Chicago Bulls) but also has a nice post game. Running with the Mass Rivals this summer Thomas holds offers from Marlyand, URI, Boston College and the University of Florida.
6’6” Jermaine Samuels has tons of upside to his game. Samuel’s is an attacking guard who loves getting to the rim and can finish with either hand. He has a good enough jumper to keep teams honest and possess a nice feel for the game. Running with Expressions this summer Jermaine played both 14u and 17u. He currently holds offers from Dartmouth, Boston College, Providence, and URI.
6’6” Kimani Lawrence of Providence. Kimani is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. Doing it all for his Expressions Elite aau squad this summer, he played both forward positions banging down low and taking players off the wing with his guard skills. This year at Cushing Academy will allow him to play more on the wing where he belongs, to develop into a natural three. Lawrence currently holds offers from both Providence and URI.
Rounding out the top of the class are two natural point guards Tremont Waters and Jaycee Martin. Both are two tough playmaking guards that take care of the ball and can get to the basket whenever they feel. Waters is the better shooter of the two and is extremely dangerous when his jump shot is falling.
Two other combo guards to keep an eye out for are Shyheim Hicks (Commonwealth Academy) Jordan Hardwick (Commonwealth Academy) and Javon Taylor (Beaver Country Day School) , All possess lots of skills beyond their years. When they truly learn how to play the game and can maintain a proper level of aggression these three are going to be very special.