Connecticut 2024 Rankings
After the conclusion of the spring/summer grassroots season, we thought it was time to start putting out state by state rankings for the class of 2024, ultimately ending with New England as a whole. As always, these rankings are updated throughout the season as we get more eyes on players around the region. They also do not yet include players in the class who have just transferred in from other parts of the country.
Here’s a first look at the top ten players in the state of Connecticut’s class of 2024 rankings…
Coming in at Connecticut’s first overall spot is St. Thomas More/NY Renaissance 6’8” fluid all-around wing Tyler Betsey. Last summer, he transferred to St. Thomas More from Windsor High School to compete at the NEPSAC Class-AAA level, and it seemed to be a great fit. He earned Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year for his performance throughout the season, and he was also named to the All-NEPSAC Class-AAA First Team, one of only four non-seniors to earn the honor.
UMass-commit South Kent/PSA Cardinals 6’5” small forward Nate Guerengomba is up next in the list; a tough volume scorer with a college-ready body. The season before last was his first in Connecticut, and he was already seeing success as a sophomore, as he was the only player from the class of 2024 to earn a spot on the All-NEPSAC Class-AAA First Team. This past season, Guerengomba earned the honor once again for his performance in helping lead South Kent to a NEPSAC Class-AAA Championship.
Incoming Putnam Science/Expressions Elite 6’5” wing Que Duncan who has scoring prowess comes in at third. In 2021, Duncan helped lead Sacred Heart High School to an undefeated season and a Naugatuck Valley League Championship, earning a spot on the 2021 NVL All-Conference Team. The following summer, he transferred to Notre Dame West Haven and led the team to the Power 5 AAA quarterfinals, earning All-Power 5 AAA Second Team. His success continued through this past season, as he was named to the All-Power 5 AAA First Team.
Coming in at fourth is South Kent/BABC 6’9” wing Rashawn Tibby, who is a relentless defender with the versatility to guard multiple positions. Though transferring to South Kent this summer, Tibby saw success in his time at Windsor High School, earning a spot on the 2022 GameTimeCT All-State Second Team as a sophomore, as well as a spot on the Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association 2023 All-CIAC Division 2 First Team for his performance this past season. His success has continued in the off-season with BABC.
Rounding out the top five is recent Iona-commit St. Thomas More/Middlesex Magic 6’3” play-making guard Justin Menard. Menard began his high school career at Xavier High School, where he earned 2021 Team MVP, 2021 Southern Connecticut Conference-East Player of the Year, 2021 GameTimeCT Second Team All-State, and 2021 CIAC Division 2 All-State. After a year at Loomis Chaffee, he transfered to St. Thomas More before this past season, during which he earned All-NEPSAC Class-AAA Honorable Mention. Menard’s success continued in the off-season with Middlesex Magic.
At sixth is another recent Iona-commit in South Kent/Middlesex Magic 6’9” athletic big man Jacob Hogarth who possesses a high defensive IQ and alters shots. This past season, he helped lead South Kent to a NEPSAC Class-AAA Championship. He was a vital factor in the Middlesex Magic’s UAA title this summer as well.
Coming in at seventh is Yale-commit Conard High School/Expressions Elite 6’6” efficient shooting guard Riley Fox. Fox has spent his whole high school career at Conard, where he was already turning heads early, earning a spot on the 2021 All-Central Connecticut Conference Team as only a freshman. His success continued as a sophomore, as he was named to the 2022 GameTimeCT All-State First Team and the 2022 CIAC Division 2 All-State Team.
Quinnipiac-commit East Catholic/BABC 6’2” high-motor guard Samson Reilly who has elite scoring ability. Reilly has spent his whole high school career at East Catholic. This past season, he earned a spot on the 2023 CIAC Division 1 All-State Team for his performance throughout the season, helping to lead East Catholic to a CIAC Division 1 State Championship.
Coming in at ninth is Loomis Chaffee/Team New England 6’7” crafty wing Kingston Walker who has innate court vision and length. Walker has spent his whole high school career at Loomis. This past season, he earned All-Founders League Honorable Mention. His success continued this off-season, winning a HGSL Championship with Team New England.
Finishing the top ten is Putnam Science/Team New England 6’7” athletic guard Fallou Gueye who has a lengthy frame and elite defensive instincts. Gueye comes to Connecticut from New Hampshire, where he competed for New Hampton in NEPSAC Class-AAA. He was a major contributor to the Huskies’ 20-11 season. He transferred to Putnam Science Academy this summer for the upcoming year. His success continued this off-season, helping lead Team New England to a HGSL Championship.
Stay tuned as we continue to release our 2024 rankings.