Best of the 2026 Guards MA pt.2

Dylan Thayer | Friday, September 15th, 2023

Best of the 2026 Guards MA pt.2

The Frosh/Soph Elite 75 Showcase returned in style this past weekend as both the Massachusetts event in Hanover, and the Connecticut event in Hamden sold out. It was the first time that we ran this event since the pandemic hit in 2020, and things picked back up right where we left off. New England basketball is in good hands with the group of underclassmen we got a chance to see this weekend.

To continue our write-ups on the standouts we witnessed, let’s take a look at more of the best guards the class of 2026 has to offer from our Massachusetts event.

Lucas McNally, a 6'1” shooting guard from Bishop Feehan, stands out as a knockdown shooter with impressive range. He's also showing promise as an emerging playmaker, adding versatility to his game. McNally's willingness to make hustle plays and get on the floor demonstrates his commitment and determination to the game. It's also worth noting that his father, Mike, has a basketball background as a former player at Bentley. As time passes, Lucas McNally has the potential to become a notable player in his own right.

Cole Simmons is a dynamic scorer who employs a combination of shot fakes and dribble moves to create scoring opportunities. This allows him to score effectively from various areas of the floor, with a particular strength in mid-range shots. Simmons is known for his high motor, relentless work ethic, and dedication on the court. His ability to generate scoring chances and his tireless effort make him an asset to a contending Milton Academy team.

Jayvian Cruz, a standout guard for Holderness, is distinguished for his basketball IQ and savvy decision-making. He possesses a versatile scoring ability, finishing plays effectively with both hands, making him a well-rounded offensive threat. Cruz's skills as a playmaker contribute to his team's offensive success, as he creates scoring opportunities for his teammates. Keep an eye out for him in the NEPSAC this season.

Lucas LeGage, from Portland High School in Maine, stands out for his effective offensive skills. He excels at filling lanes and finishing strongly at the rim. LeGage's commitment and work ethic are evident in his hustle plays that would contribute to winning. Additionally, he demonstrates accuracy in knocking down shots when catching and shooting.Traveling to Massachusetts for the event proves his determination to grow and compete against top-level competition in the region.

Chase Geremia is set to reunite with his brother, Hudson Geremia, at Newman this season. They previously played key roles in leading Daniel Hand High School in Connecticut to a championship victory in 2022. Chase Geremia brings his relentless athleticism and scoring prowess to the team, showcasing a determination to do whatever it takes to secure wins and consistently making intelligent plays on the court.

Eliezer Delbrey of Classical High School in Rhode Island is worth keeping an eye on. Known for his athleticism and physical strength, Delbrey possesses the ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates by finding the open man effectively. Additionally, he showcases a consistent three-point shooting ability, and is a major perimeter threat when he's on the floor. Delbrey's well-rounded skills and versatility on the court make him a player with considerable potential.

Sean Wilson from Trumbull High School in Connecticut, is a promising basketball prospect. He possesses a strong left hand and showcases versatility on the defensive end, capable of guarding positions 1 through 3 effectively. Wilson's unique ability to post up as a guard and his solid ball-handling skills make him a well-rounded player. With his skill set and defensive versatility, he is a player to watch closely as he continues to work on his game

Colten Pacheco is an impressive point guard who stands out for his high basketball IQ, which allows him to create scoring opportunities for his teammates and confidently knock down pull-up shots from beyond the paint. Pacheco made an early impact on the varsity level, earning a spot on Somerset-Berkley as a freshman. His skills and understanding of the game get him on our radar.

Nicholas Fein possesses a sharp long-range shooting ability, contributes on defense with impactful plays, and demonstrates an excellent feel for the game. We saw this forthcoming as his older brother Joseph Fein displayed promising skill at the College Showcase Elite 75 in June. The tandem seem to be notable names out of Norwell HS to know down the line.

Ryan Larsh is a versatile basketball player known for his shooting ability and energetic defense. Hailing from Scituate High School in Rhode Island, Larsh's high motor and relentless work ethic make him a formidable presence on both ends of the court. His well-rounded game and commitment to his craft make him a standout player to watch in the RIIL throughout the upcoming years

Jayden Goncalves of Boston Prep, is a confident and composed guard with untapped potential. His crafty ball-handling skills allow him to navigate defenses effectively and create scoring opportunities. With a clean shooting form, Goncalves has the ability to become a formidable perimeter threat. He is a player to watch closely as he continues to refine his skills.

Javier Lopez, a 6'1 guard, gained valuable experience while competing with the Mass Rivals 15U squad on the 3SSB circuit. He's recognized as a strong and proficient scoring guard, and his focus is on further developing his game as he prepares to represent Central Catholic in the upcoming season. Lopez's presence at Central Catholic adds depth to the team's backcourt with him looking to provide an offensive boost. 

Unfortunately, Aboubakar Nimaka suffered an injury. However, there is anticipation to see this acrobatic and athletic guard back in action for the reigning Division II champions, Malden Catholic, in the near future.

Andrew Chen, a notable sophomore from Needham High School, possesses exceptional ball-handling skills, demonstrating his ability to navigate through traffic and maneuver to the rim with precision. His impressive ball control and agility make him a player to watch closely on the court.

Jacob Bayer has been actively expanding his offensive skill set and is recognized as a versatile shooter. We will watch his performance with Austin Prep in the upcoming prep season.

Jason Philogene is a lengthy athletic guard we will add to our radar out of Brockton. Philogene made a positive impact on both ends of the floor and contributed to winning basketball at the showcase.

Jordan Joseph of Milton High came out to show off his athleticism. Joseph has an evolving feel for the game coupled with a solid offensive feel and high motor to make an impact on the game.

Peter Kumar is set to team up with Luke Lisciandra at Medfield High School in the MIAA this season. Kumar has a good long-range shot and the ability to execute stepback shots effectively in the paint.

Jackson Maurer is one to note from Pope Francis. He helped them to a Western Mass title and will look to grow in his role with the team as his skills develop.

Keep an eye out for Devin Sone in the RIIL this upcoming year at Classical. He’s an athletic and hard-working scoring guard with a bright future on the court.

Izzy Wane, the son of Souleymane Wane, a former national champion at UCONN, carries a notable basketball pedigree. As a dynamic guard, Wane looks to earn a sizable role at Brooks in the near future. 

Adam Fitzgerald made the trip down from Skowhegan Maine to attend Elite 75. He is a twitchy guard, and makes important plays when he steps foot on the court.

Bridgewater-Raynham's Bobby Louis looks to bring his offensive specialties to the court this upcoming season. The guard can knock down shots by getting to his spots from the perimeter and makes smart passes as a playmaker.

Dominic Taylor is looking to put his all-around scoring abilities to use this upcoming season for Somerset-Berkeley. The guard has defensive instincts to show off in-game as well. 

Connor McGowan of Bishop Guertin, has caught our attention as a skilled shotmaking guard. He demonstrated his ability to convert shots effectively, whether from beyond the arc or at the elbows, during the showcase.

Stay tuned as we continue with the best of the 2026 guards from Connecticut in the coming days.