Guards Lead Way in Connecticut 2013
Putnam Science Academy guard Dayshon Smith came out of the summer as the top ranked prospect in Connecticut’s class of 2013, and now almost two months into the prep school season, all he’s done is solidify that status.
Smith, who signed with Dayton in November, has added to his arsenal by playing the point on a consistent basis and showing the ability to make plays for himself and others off the dribble, while continuing to be a top-notch three-point threat.
He’s joined atop the Connecticut rankings by two more guards. First is South Kent’s Shane Rector, who actually came up the AAU ranks playing side by side with Smith in the New York Gauchos program. Rector, who played with the Playaz Basketball Club this summer, is as dangerous a creator as New England has off the dribble, and becoming more of a pure point guard all the time.
The same can be said for Capital Prep’s Kahlil Dukes, who is well known for his ability to put points on the board, but has continued to evolve into more of a true point guard this season at Capital Prep. Dukes is also the top ranked player in the CIAC.
South Kent’s Xavier bound swingman Kamall Richards may have as much long-term upside as any player on this list as a well built six-foot-six lefty swingman. He checks in at number four while Duane Notice, the fifth ranked player in Connecticut, has been a model of efficiency for St. Thomas More to start the season.
Reggie Agbeko is another player who has shown especially well since the prep school season began, and could very well continue to climb up this list as the season continues. He’s followed by a trio of St. Thomas More players in: Denzel Gregg, a highly athletic forward who signed with Fordham; Dylan Haines, a super skilled big man with a very high upside; and another playmaking guard from New York in Marquis Moore.
Marianapolis Prep big man Greg Senat has continued his commitment to changing his body and he appears to be both a steal for Wagner as well as a top ten player in Connecticut as a result.
Another St. Thomas More product, forward Gabe Levin, is next up at eleven while future Yale swingman J.T. Flowers, sits in the twelfth spot followed by Green Farms Academy big man Sean Obi, who signed with Rice on the last day of the early signing period.
Ridgefield’s Kurt Steidl and Bethel’s Daniel Garvin, who are committed to Vermont and Bryant respectively, round out the top fifteen list while joining Dukes among the top three seniors in the CIAC.
To view the Connecticut 2013 rankings in their entirety, click here.