2018 State Rankings Announced
Today we begin to roll out our updated rankings in the class of 2018 by announcing updated lists in all six local states.
As was the case last week in the class of 2017 rankings, these latest lists include first year prep products for the first time and so these are deeper and more comprehensive rankings than we have seen to date in the junior class.
Massachusetts' junior class has more depth than any other state in New England. The class is loaded at the top with a first five that features Cormac Ryan, A.J. Reeves, Nate Laszewski, David Duke, and Dana Tate. With 20 plus players in the class who already hold division I offers, we ranked an unusually high number (25) for this point in time, but the depth of the class dictated nothing less. Alex Christie and Davis Franks headline some of the first year prep products, but for the most part this list is populated with true local products.
After Massachusetts, Connecticut has the next best junior class in New England. It begins with one of the best in the region, Eric Ayala, but otherwise doesn't have quite the same star power at the top. Filip Petrusev, Anthony Nelson, and Malachi de Souza headline the first year prep products to crack the list while Nelson Boachie-Yiadom completes the top five. The rest of the top 15 features five CIAC products as the local state association is relatively strong in the 2018 class.
New Hampshire's class is characterized by a typically strong collection of prep school talent. Sidney Wilson is a first year prep product who sits in the top spot with already handfuls of offers from the highest levels while Marcus Zegarowski isn't far behind. Lukas Kisunas, Shandon Brown, and Philmon Gebrewhit round out the top five while the rankings include a total of ten players for the time being.
Rhode Island has one of the best local products atop their class as Cole Swider remains virtually unchallenged for the top spot. Tyrone Weeks headlines the local RIIL ranks while Marko Savic rounds out the top three.
It shouldn't be a spoiler to reveal that when New England's composite 2018 rankings are revealed tomorrow the top spot will reside in the state of Vermont as Simi Shittu, a top ten national prospect, is currently the man to beat. The rest of the top five is divided between two more Vermont Academy products along with another duo from the local state association.
Finally, the state of Maine has a highly talented newcomers in Jahbril Price-Noel but the local MPA also has some strong talent in the class of 2018 with the likes of Terion Moss, Taylor Schildroth, and Jesse Matthews among others.