2011 Rankings Expanded Massachusetts
Massachusetts has the deepest class in New England with 40 scholarship level prospects ranked in the class of 2011. Sitting atop the list is Khem Birch who was previously the second ranked junior in the country before announcing his intention to head to the University of Pittsburgh next year.
The MIAA’s top player Pat Connaughton is in at number two backing up his breakout summer with a solid fall campaign, a commitment to Notre Dame, and his debut in ESPNU’s Top 100.
Todd Mayo is the best available prospect as O.J.’s little brother has his family’s trademark scoring ability and is the third ranked player in the class. Milton Academy’s Dennis Clifford is in at number four as he has continued to improve following an early verbal commitment to Boston College. Louisville bound forward Angel Nunez falls a couple of spots but still maintains a top five ranking thanks to his natural talent and long term potential.
Rounding out the top ten are Northfield Mount Hermon’s Aaron Cosby who signed with Seton Hall, Wilbraham & Monson’s big man duo of Braeden Anderson and Enosch Wolf (who remains included in the rankings despite heading to UConn for the second semester as has always been NERR’s policy), Notre Dame Prep’s Grandy Glaze who is headed to UNLV, and Worcester Academy Drexel bound forward Tavon Allen.
After Connaughton the MIAA is next represented by Jules Tavares who cracks the list at 17, followed by Andover’s Joe Bramanti at 29, New Mission’s Kachi Nzerem at 30, Manchester Essex’s Joe Mussachia at 37, Samir McDaniels at 38, and Central Catholic’s Jimmy Zenevitch at 39.
Despite the low number of players playing within the state association ranks there are plenty of other local Massachusetts natives including Clifford, Penn State bound big man Patrick Ackerman at 12, Fordham bound big man Ryan Canty at 14, future Boston University power forward James Kennedy at 16, scoring guard Marco Banegas at 20, future Brown Bear Joe Sharkey at 24, Lawrence Academy’s Marcus Grant at 27, Brimmer & May’s Chris Sherwood at 31, and Notre Dame Prep’s Tyler Strange at 34.
Other New England natives on the list include Allen at 10 and Cushing Academy point guard Kyle Callanan from Vermont at 40.