2014 State Rankings Announced
Last week the New England Recruiting Report released our updated rankings in the class of 2013. This week it’s time to turn the lens to the rising juniors in the class of 2014.
The first step in that process is the release of the rankings in each of the six local states, which will be followed by complete New England rankings tomorrow.
New Hampshire is the land of giants when it comes to the class of 2014 with an absolutely loaded group of players. Despite incredible depth of talent in the state, Noah Vonleh is still the undeniable top player in the group. Ranked second is Chris McCullough, who is expected to transfer to Brewster Academy next year according to a variety of unsubstantiated reports. Abdul-Malik Abu sits in the third spot following his monster summer while running mate Jared Terrell checks in at fourth.
In the state of Connecticut the big fella reigns supreme as Paschal Chukwu is the top ranked rising junior in the state coming off his big summer during the July evaluation period. Jared Wilson-Frame and Makai Mason are in a tough battle for the second spot while Cane Broome and Quincey McKnight are in a similar battle for the fifth spot and seventh ranked Eric Long is one of the biggest stock risers in the state.
Goodluck Okonoboh now sits in the top spot in his home state of Massachusetts after his recent reclassification has made him one of the premier shot-blockers in the national class of 2014. Kaleb Joseph checks in at the second spot while a quartet of big men are all jockeying for position in spots three through six in Jacquil Taylor, Alec Brennan, Matt Cimino, and Kerem Kanter.
Aaron Calixte’s transfer to Lee Academy gives the state of Maine a new top ranked junior, although second ranked Dustin Cole is much closer than some might expect given his big summer on the AAU circuit. Third ranked Isaiah Bess is another guy who really opened eyes this summer with flashes of potential that got more consistent as the weeks went on.
2014 is a relatively strong class by Rhode Island standards and it all begins with a terrific trio at St. Andrew’s. Henry Bolton has solidified his division I stock after another big summer while Bonzie Colson was equally huge during the month of July. Recently reclassified Tom Hunt sits in the third spot while Kealen Ives is the RIIL’s top ranked rising junior in the fourth spot.
Dimitri Floras’ move to Vermont Academy earns him the distinction of being the top ranked prospect to play in the Green Mountain State. The next four spots all go to local products in the backcourt, all of whom are separated by only a slim margin.
To view the 2014 rankings in their entirety please be sure to browse the drop down menu on the NERR home page.