ESPN Announces New Rankings
New national rankings were updated last week by ESPN and the new numbers included some movement for some of New England’s top prospects. Here’s a look at how things shook out.
Will Barton remains uncontested as the highest ranked player in the region, although he drops a spot on the national list, falling from 5th to 6th after Kyrie Irving and Tobias Harris both jumped over him.
Maintaining his position as the second ranked player in the region is Nate Lubick. The St. Mark’s forward is also the only home grown New England player to crack the top 50 as he checks in at #48.
Gerard Coleman moved up a few spots to 54, and although we still think it’s hard to believe that there are 53 players in the country better than the Tilton star it’s good to see him get a well deserved bump.
A trio of New England products comes in succession between spots 62 and 64. First up is Brewster Academy’s Syracuse bound forward C.J. Fair, next is Hotchkiss swingman Jason Morris, and finally Middlesex swingman Rod Odom.
The ESPNU Super 60 list has never been one that has been overrun by talent in the class of 2011, and this set of rankings isn’t much different.
The first New Englander listed isn’t really a New Englander at all as New York native and Winchendon junior Angel Nunez finds his mark at 44th on the list. Two of the top point guards in our region come in back to back at 52nd and 53rd with Naadir Tharpe and Shabazz Napier respectively.
The nation has a new number one as Connecticut native Andre Drummond is now the second ranked player in the country. But many New England fans are also plenty familiar with the new number one as New York native DaJuan Coleman suited up with the New England Playaz last spring.
As for Drummond, the move to #2 has little significance as he still has his choice of college basketball programs and remains the top ranked player in the country on several other national lists.