HoopRootz Sophomore Series Part 7
Makai Ashton-Langford - Hyper athletic point guard had a huge sophomore campaign is his first season at Cushing Academy. Has a combination of athleticism, length, and fluidity which is special and a ton of room still left to improve as he continues to craft his game. Makai is currently the #3 Ranked Sophomore in New England by NERR.
Strong-tenacius-athletic interior forward Hassan French was a beast on the inside for Commonwealth Academy this winter, averaging 13 points and 9 rebounds while anchoring the defense for a Sophomore & Under C.A. Squad which had a very impressive first-season as a NEPSAC AA Program. French is a real savage on the glass and has the ability to make plays above the rim. He is currently the #8 Ranked Sophomore in New England by NERR. and looks poised to be recruited at a very high-level this spring/summer.
Long-athletic sophomore forward Greg Kuakumensah has provided a highly versatile front-court presence for Worcester Academy this season; scoring the ball in multiple ways, pounding the glass, defending multiple positions, and getting out in transition with his speed to make high-altitude plays on the fast-break on both sides of the ball. Kuakumensah is currently the #18 Ranked Sophomore in New England by NERR.
Another player to emerge for Commonwealth Academy this season is floor-general Derrick Ellis, whose ability to put heat on the opponent both off the dribble and on the defensive side of the ball while also elevating the level of his teammate's play and packing a scoring punch makes him a valuable commodity at the point guard position.
Not sure if anyone's stock has gone up more in New England this winter than Commonwealth Academy off-guard Malik Pouncy, a hard-nosed off-guard from New York who attacks the basket with physicality off the drive and has a remarkable ability to consistently knock down long-range shots at a high-percentage. Scored 11 point/game for the Tornadoes on the season.
Navin Cruz is an athletic break-out sophomore guard with skills and instincts who moves with fluidity and explosively changes directions. Cruz was a 1st Team Merrimack Valley League All-Star for Haverhill High School this winter and looks poised to establish himself on the grassroots circuit this spring.
Cat-quick guard Alijah Rue was a back-court bright-spot throughout the season for Nobles. Rue sees the floor, takes good care of the ball, and has a tight handle which he uses attack the defense off the bounce and create offense for his squad.
High-IQ floor-general Chad Dicenzo was instrumental for Pingree this winter as he did an excellent job of engineering the offense for Head Coach Steve Gibbs Sr. while averaging 8 points and 6 assists on the season. Could make a great backcourt with Jordan Mello-Kline this spring on the Middlesex Magic sophomore team.
Versatile sophomore combo-forward Jacob Randolph is a good-athlete that brings a lot to the table in the front-court at both ends of the floor. He had a strong season for Exeter High School in New Hampshire.
Strong-bodied energy-guard Kingsley Cockburn had a nice sophomore campaign in the back-court for East Hartford High School and had a number of big games over the course of the season.