E75 Frosh/Soph - Best of the 2023 Guards
Last weekend’s Elite 75 Frosh/Soph showcased the best young prospects from New England and beyond with over 300 players making their way to either Saturday’s North Session or Sunday’s South session.
By the time it was all said and done we had seen an incredible amount of young talent come through the doors. The process of recapping all of that talent began last week as the new regional format allowed us to better evaluate, and ultimately recognize, a wider crop of prospects.
After previously breaking down the big men, forwards, wings, and sophomore guards, today we’ll conclude our recaps with a look at the freshmen guards.
Preston Murphy Jr, St. Andrew’s - Murphy made his New England debut and lived up to his reputation as his instincts, feel for the game, and playmaking ability were all well-beyond his years. He was super shifty with his dribble, able to change speed and direction on demand, to create for himself and others.
Jonathan Guerrier, Cushing Academy - A big, power guard, Guerrier may be young but he’s already well-known throughout the region and making notable strides across the board. He played with good energy, utilized his physical tools, and showed off an improving skill set as well.
Christian Jones, St. Thomas More - Jones made it clear he is one of the top prospects in New England’s freshman class. He has all the physical markers - positional size, length, broad shoulders, and explosiveness. He got to the rim when he wanted, had good vision off the dribble, and was very polished with his mid-range pull-up.
Walt Andrews, Springfield Commonwealth - Another big lead guard who made a huge impression in his debut performance, Andrews has a great early combination of size, athleticism, and playmaking ability with a world of upside still left to discover.
Gavin Carter, Milton Academy - Carter is a throwback style pure point guard and coach’s dream who sees the floor, plays the right way, and has an advanced basketball I.Q. at a young age. He looks poised to play an immediate role in Class A and also appears to still be growing and developing physically.
Justin Menard, Xavier - The younger brother of Loomis’ Josh, Justin Menard has a similar combination of ball skills, toughness, and confidence along with a solid foundation of length and athleticism to tap into moving forward.
David Ayles, Nobles - A hard-working and fundamentally sound young player with plenty of physical upside still left to discover, Ayles best offense comes off the bounce right now as he handles it well and attacks hard.
Kourosh Fattahy, Hopkinton - A budding big guard who is transitioning to the perimeter on a full time basis after playing mostly inside as a youngster because of his good early size at 6-foot-3, Fattahy has clear tools and potential moving forward.
Cole Decker, Archbishop Stepinac - This New York native traveled east to Connecticut and made an impression with his size at the guard spot, ability to shoot the ball from the outside, and early finishing ability in traffic.
David Desouza, Everett - Desouza is a scoring guard who bases his game around his jumper and can be electric from beyond the arc once he gets going. He has a complementing handle to match and also a pretty instinctive I.Q. for a high-volume scorer.
Jayden Cersosimo, Manchester - The undersized guard turned heads on Sunday as he was all over the court, making plays left and right, dropping dimes off the dribble, and even hitting the open three.
Tyson Wheeler Jr., St. Bernard’s - Does history repeat itself? It’s an unfair question given just how special his father was but when you see another ultra-shifty southpaw making plays on any court in New London you can’t help but wonder.
Ryan MacLellan, Andover - He has a rare ability to create pace at a young age without getting out of control. He can push the ball hard himself but will also throw it ahead with his dribble. There’s also a quiet confidence about him that resonates when you watch him play.
Rhandyn Bair, Northwest Catholic - A skilled guard who can both shoot it and handle it, Blair made a variety of plays on Sunday as we was quick, aggressive, and active from start to finish.
Best of the Rest
Peyton Mullins, Sacred Heart - growth spurt away from taking his game to next level; already smart and skilled with shooting range
Ralph Enoyo, Everett - stood out as one of the best pure passers in the freshman class at Saturday’s north event
Christopher Ward, Kennedy Catholic - NY native and coach’s son showed good court vision and ability to stretch the floor
Malachi Hooks, Shea - one of the top 2023 guards from the Ocean State that we saw throughout both weekend events
Harrison Stanwood, Worcester - undersized right now but a growth spurt away from being a player with clear ability with the ball
Travis Cobain, Wheeler - confident scorer who can make shots off catch or dribble and is comfortable operating at full speed
Trevor Labrecque, Nashua North - one of the Granite State’s best, Lacrecque is a good point guard prospect with an advanced early I.Q.
Ray Johnson, Wilbraham & Monson - floor general of WMA’s exciting young core, Johnson was confident with the ball & advanced running a team
Flynt Whitworth, Tabor Academy - well-built with smart floor game and polished pull-up series in the mid-range area
Quinton Pincoske, Concord - coach’s son with heady floor game and already a feathery touch from behind the three-point line
William Winfield, St. Raymond’s - natural feel for the game and just knows how to flat out score the ball. Great poise and decision making.
Daniel Slatkavitz, Needham - consistent outside shooter with evolving playmaking tools and a bright future
Leon Corriera, Moses Brown - another lead guard from Rhode Island, Corriera is a great on ball defender and an unselfish teammate.
Michael Feroci, St. John’s - good size & build along with lay-up making package; in process of transitioning to perimeter on full-time basis
TaQuan Williams, Catholic Memorial - shot-maker with deep range and a skill set that will translate levels