10 Fall Stock-Risers in 2020
It’s been a busy fall with the Battle for the Belt set to culminate the Zero Gravity circuit this weekend, both the Elite 75 Frosh/Soph and the Elite 75 Academic Experience having now passed, and numerous open gyms at schools throughout the region.
During that time, we’ve seen some prospects take the next step in their development and others stagnate some. With that in mind, next week we’ll begin to update New England rankings before a larger overhaul in December that will include first year prep products for the first time.
As a precursor to that, here’s a look at ten 2020 prospects that have taken their games to new levels this fall:
Miles Brewster, Hotchkiss – After missing the summer with an injury, Brewster has already been on a pair of D1 campus in recent weeks and is poised for a breakout fall. We’ve seen him star both in open gym as well as at the Elite 75 Academic Experience. He has a charismatic personality and an attacking game that, in conjunction, brings great energy to the game.
Reece Brown, Loomis Chaffee – A high level athlete who has made significant strides since last year, Brown continues to expand his skill set and get more aggressive. As he continues to develop, and adds efficiency to that mix, his game will make yet another significant jump.
Bryant Ciccio, Attleboro – Week in and week out he’s been arguably the most reliable point guard in the Zero Gravity Path to the Belt. He’s running the show, making plays for others, defending the ball, and yet still scoring himself with a combination of drives and jumpers.
Max Edwards, Bunnell – He delivered arguably the loudest breakout performance at the recent Elite 75 Academic Experience as he was a match-up nightmare on the perimeter with his strong body, athleticism, and downhill style on full display.
Aaron Gray, Springfield Commonwealth – Reclassifying back to 2020 has proven to be just the right move for Gray, who missed almost a full year with a knee injury. While his physical profile continues to be very intriguing he’s playing with more IQ, scoring in different ways, and earning rave reviews for his work-ethic.
DeMarr Langford, Putnam Science – No 2020 prospect in New England has raised the level of their recruitment more this fall than Langford, who picked up three high-major offers on the same day in September, as his aggressiveness and offense are now catching-up with his physicality, defense, and winning intangibles.
Tyler Kolek, St. George’s – Already known as one of the more lethal shooters in New England, Kolek is now adding a playmaking dimension to his game and proving he can step-over and play as a big point guard if needed. The newfound versatility has taken his game to the next level and his recruitment is likely to follow.
Josh Menard, Loomis Chaffee – Menard isn’t the best long-term prospect on his Loomis team, but one visit to their open gym and you see it is his team. He’s emerged into a true leader all while polishing a very advanced skill set and starting to sculpt his frame.
Michael Rabinovich, Worcester Academy – Things are starting to click for this late-blooming big and now he has recent division I offers to show for it. Rabinovich has good size at 6-foot-9, soft hands and touch, and the ability to change ends well.
Symir Torrence, Vermont Academy – His recruitment surged over the summer, and his ranking already reflects that, but the growth in Torrence’s game from last year to this year is nonetheless still obvious. Opportunity might have a lot to do with it too as he’ll be the focal point of Vermont’s attack this season.