Goodluck Leads Mass 2014
Wilbraham & Monson big man Goodluck Okonoboh is the top ranked prospect in Massachusetts’ 2014 class. Okonoboh, who is one of the premier shot-blockers in the entire country, has seen his recruitment pick up as of late, landing an offer from Marquette and new interest from Duke.
Duke has also recently reached out to Cushing Academy point guard Kaleb Joseph, the state’s second ranked prospect, who continues to add new high-major offers to his list with Syracuse being the most recent to make their pitch.
A trio of big men continue to be grouped together as Jacquil Taylor, Alec Brennan, and Matt Cimino remain among the top frontcourt prospects in all of New England and round out the top five in Massachusetts.
Taylor had the look of a prospect who was on the verge of a breakout over the last few months. Unfortunately that breakout will now be delayed after last weekend’s injury. Despite the setback there is still no denying his tools and talent, which is why he is currently ranked third overall in the state.
Brennan and Cimino are two similarly skilled forwards who can operate both inside the lane or beyond the arc. Brennan picked up offers from Purdue and Northwestern among others this fall while Cimino has had his fair share of high-major coaches in to watch him this year as well.
Beaver Country Day’s Jeff Spellman is the second ranked guard and sixth best overall prospect in Massachusetts junior glass. Already the owner of a handful of division I offers, Spellman has overcome an early fall injury to show well this season.
The next two spots belong to two players who have both been among the state’s top stock risers of the last six months. Sammy Mojica and Miles Wright weren’t even known by most at this time last year, but are now among the top swingmen in the region.
NMH big man Sem Kroon makes his debut in the ninth ranked spot, but is certainly capable of climbing the list in the months to come as he learns to combine all of his natural tools and talent.
Kerem Kanter’s recent reclassification to the class of 2013 leaves one final spot unclaimed in the state’s top ten list. Ultimately there were a variety of qualified candidates including Patrick Benzan, Elijah Rogers, Nick Cambio, Josh Jones, Malik James and others, but Central Catholic’s Tyler Nelson earns the spot, only days after landing a division I offer from Dartmouth.