Braley is Best in Maine 2012
Coming into the season there was little doubt that Chris Braley was the top player in Maine’s class of 2012, and the numbers he’s put up thus far this season have only further cemented his position at the head of the pack as this guy seems to be a virtual 20/10 machine in terms of points and rebounds…or more like 25/12.
While Braley projects as a swingman at the next level where his size, shooting touch, feel for the game, and developing strength will all be major assets he is able to produce inside and out at the high school level.
Ultimately, Braley is an easy choice as the top ranked player in the state because not only is he the best player in the class right now, but he is also the best long term prospect.
After the top spot things get much less clear. We’re keeping Portland’s Will Defanti at number two by virtue of his deep experience and history of productivity playing outside of Maine’s borders against a high level of competition. He runs the show offensively and is very solid defensively.
John Amabile cracks the top three for the first time. The undersized guard’s upside may be limited because of his size, but he can flat out score the ball and has been doing it in class A, against the best players and teams the state has to offer. He shoots it, he drives it, and he scores over bigger guys in the lane.
Liam Langaas had been out with a broken wrist to start the season and has only recently returned to the line-up. While he’s not quite yet in mid-season form he’s already showing signs of his very intriguing potential with a distinct European type flair to his game. He is in at number four.
Rounding out the top five is Cheverus’ Louis Distasio who has been right in the middle of Cheverus’ perfect 13-0 start to the season. Distasio has been scoring the ball consistently, shooting well from long range, and also doing his fair share defensively.