DBA Fall League - Event Recap
The New England Recruiting Report was in Fairfield County this weekend for the DeSantis Basketball Academy’s fall league, annually one of the top pre-season leagues in the state of Connecticut.
The DBA fall league features many of the top programs from the CIAC, along with a few city based all-star type squads. Here’s a look at who stood out:
Paschal Chukwu, Fairfield Prep – He continues to get stronger and more assertive at the rim, and that’s a recipe that should strike fear into the rest of the CIAC, on both ends of the floor. His defensive dominance is totally unmatched in the state and his offensive impact should rise dramatically this year.
Arkel Ager, St. Joseph’s – He’s made a lot of noise on the recruiting front in recent months and figures to do the same in his first full season back in his home state. He’ll be one of the top juniors and best in the state association from day one while also taking over as the leader of this storied high school program.
Steve Enoch, Norwalk – Another of the top rising juniors in the state, Enoch should be on the verge of a breakout season. He started to make a name for himself with college coaches this past summer, and is only just beginning to scratch the surface of his vast potential with his size, length, athleticism, and soft touch.
Thomas Nolan, Fairfield Prep – He tends to fly under the radar for a talented Prep team but he’s a critical part of their success. Smart, skilled, and savvy, Nolan is the prototypical team player who gets all of his points within the flow of the offense and puts a premium on winning above all else.
Mustapha Heron, Wilbraham & Monson – Every Sunday local Connecticut fans get a glimpse of what it would be like if one of their own had stayed close to home to play his high school basketball. Heron is running with players from Weaver High School on a Hartford based team and making a big impact on a weekly basis.
KeAndre Fair, Weaver – He led Weaver to a state final in his freshman season, and after getting both bigger and stronger this off-season, looks poised to do even more as a sophomore. There are few guards with more versatile games as he combines lethal three-point range with a slippery slashing game.
Matt Turner, Trumbull – The big young guard appears poised to challenge Fair for the title of the CIAC’s top sophomore. He’s got great size in the backcourt, an instinctive ability to make plays, and the poise to pick his spots effectively and score the majority of his points within the flow of his team’s offense.
Roy Kane, Norwalk – He’s highly versatile at this level and capable of playing four different positions. While he’s dominant with his rebounding ability inside the paint, he’s also skilled enough to act as a big guard for this team, handling a variety of the playmaking and ball-handling responsibilities.
Raiquan Clark, Hillhouse – The defending state champions lost plenty to graduation, but return enough firepower to make another run at a title. Clarke is the do-it-all forward who can defend almost any position on the floor, attack off the dribble, and thrive along the baselines with his athleticism.
Ian Gardner, Kolbe Cathedral – Gardiner missed this weekend’s action but had previously been a staple of the “City Stitchers” squad. He’s an athletic live body who is at his best in the open floor. He can turn people over defensively and attacks the rim with strength and athleticism alike.
Patrick Racy, Ridgefield – With older brother Jeff and Kurt Steidl having both taken their games to the college level, look for the younger Racy brother to emerge as the focal point of this year’s Ridgefield team and establish himself as a prospect on the rise as a result.