2012 Stock Risers
With the spring grassroots season all but over at this point, a number of players in the 2012 class have sent their stock soaring upwards heading into the July evaluation period.
Mitch McGary, Brewster Academy – From his first performance this spring up until this weekend’s NBA Camp, McGary has been nothing short of dominant at every stop. He’s showing different components to his game, exerting his physical strength inside and soaring up national rankings as a result. He’s the fourth ranked player in the country right now but the bottom line is if rankings were based on sheer productivity alone, you would be hard pressed to find another number one.
Kris Dunn, New London – Those who were watching closely saw it coming as Dunn dominated the state championship game and was equally good at the Northeast Hoops Festival. His subsequent breakout on the national level has been a three tiered process with step one coming at the Real Deal on the Rock, step two at the Pangos All-American Camp earlier this month, and step three this weekend with another starring performance at the NBA Camp.
Zach Auguste, New Hampton – Auguste has been solid at all three sessions of the EYBL by all accounts and the bottom line is he is one of only a handful of players in the country who can combine size, length, and inside-out skill. High-major offers have continued to flow in over the last few months as a result with the New Hampton four-man expecting to have a long list of trailing coaches this summer.
Jake Layman, King Phillip – All it takes is one big performance at the EYBL to get people excited and that’s exactly what Layman produced at session III. A high level athlete with a long build and complimenting three-point range, Layman has two Big East offers to his name right now but has several more set to watch him this summer.
Ethan ODay, Northfield Mount Hermon – He’s always had good bounce around the rim but O’Day is now showing pure explosion in the lane to finish above the rim, rebound, and block some shots. That’s been enough to push his recruitment to the next level with St. Joseph’s becoming the first Atlantic 10 School to offer the Connecticut native a scholarship.
Kareem Canty, Bridgton Academy – Truth be told Canty’s breakout spring might have come in 2010 when he led the Long Island Lightning to the Tournament of Champions title and had coaches and scouts alike raving of his leadership and toughness. His stock is nonetheless on the rise now as the lack of high-major point guard options in the 2012 class makes him a rare commodity.
Other 2012 Stock Risers: Alex Furness, Cushing Academy; Darren Payen, Hamden Hall; Ed Lawrence, Canterbury; Zach Lewis, Northwest Catholic; Joe Glynn, Cardinal Spellman; Maurice Taylor, Cambridge Rindge & Latin; Jesse Chuku, Kimball Union; Wol Majong, Trinity.