2012 State Rankings Updated
Lots has changed since the pre-season with new prospects arriving to the region and others taking their games to newfound levels. Consequently, there has been plenty of movement in the now updated state rankings in the class of 2012. Here is a breakdown of each of the six New England states:
Not much changes at the top as it isn’t going to get much better than Andre Drummond and Ricardo Ledo but there is a newcomer in the third spot as the Hotchkiss School’s Virginia bound big man Mike Tobey has tremendous long term potential. Clyde Smith slides down a spot to four to welcome his new teammate while the fifth spot belongs to the CIAC’s top junior in Timajh Parker-Rivera. Sixth ranked Kris Dunn has New London ranked as the top team in the state while the rest of the top ten features South Kent’s Egi Gjikondi, Choate’s John Papale, Fairfield Prep’s Terry Tarpey, and Salisbury’s Ryan Frazier.
Alex Murphy and Kaleb Tarczewski remain ahead of the pack as the top two ranked players in the state while Notre Dame Prep’s Myles Davis is the top ranked newcomer at number three. Northfield Mount Hermon’s Evan Cummins, King Philip’s Jake Layman, and St. Mark’s Nikolas Stauskas have all seen their stock soar up in the last six months while Sam Cassell Jr. is another highly talented newcomer from Notre Dame Prep. Akosa Maduegbunam is one of the top prospects in the MIAA while we return to Northfield Mount Hermon to complete the top ten with Tommy Carpenter and Ethan ODay.
The top five is full of new names in the state of Maine as local prep schools continue to bring in talent of the highest caliber. Lee Academy’s Anthony Joseph Perez Cortesia is a skilled and versatile six-foot-nine forward with world of potential and consequently the state’s top ranking. Bridgton’s point guard Kareem Canty comes in at number two followed by Lee Academy’s six-foot-seven forward Jean Yves Toupane. Nokomis’ Chris Braley has leapfrogged Rodell Wigginton with his strong start to the season as the pair comes in at four and five respectively.
The Granite state is another that is typically dominated with prep talent and while this year is no different, the majority of that talent comes in the form of local New England residents. Brewster Academy big man Mitch McGary is the exception as the Indiana native is an absolute monster inside the paint. New Hampton’s Zach Auguste continues to improve by leaps and bounds and so comes in at number two while Tilton’s Georges Niang jumps up a few spots by continuing to put up huge numbers. Teammate Domonique Bull is in at four while New Hampton’s Olivier Hanlan rounds out the top five.
There hasn’t been an overwhelming amount of movement in Rhode Island as St. Andrew’s Cedric Kuakumensah and North Kingston’s Rob Hazard remain the top two ranked juniors in the state. Kalusha Ndoumbe Ngollo is the only newcomer on the list while Gunner Bjornson and Cesar Mejia round out the top five.
Similar to Rhode Island, Vermont hasn’t changed much since the pre-season, that is with the exception of a new top ranked player in newcomer Martin Dixon-Green, who has Vermont Academy off to their best start in recent years. Twinfield’s Chad Copeland is a six-foot-six power forward with some upside while Eric Suder and Andrew Shuman both have some size and tools of their own. Rice’s Jake Maynard rounds out the top five.