Iverson Remains Top of Class in Connecticut
The Connecticut class of 2013 has added some notable talent this year but Kuran Iverson is still relatively unchallenged as the state’s top player in the sophomore class.
Iverson, who is ranked second overall in the class of 2013 by ESPN, is a legitimate six-foot-eight guard who can do just about anything he wants on the court from a skill standpoint and is also capable of playing any of the five positions on the floor.
Hotchkiss’ new big man Mike Tobey is the second ranked player in the state. The skilled six-foot-eleven youngster has tremendous potential and already claims offers from Virginia, Pittsburgh, Miami, Xavier, Maryland, and Northwestern according to Hotchkiss head coach Fred Benjamin.
Filling out the top three is Travis Berry, a six-foot-four guard from the Kent School who made his debut at the New England Elite 75 Showcase – Frosh/Soph Edition, showing great versatility and potential in his own right.
Stratford’s Bernard Brantley was equally impressive at the showcase and has yet to disappoint in all the times we’ve seen him. He was a crucial part of Stratford’s state championship in just his freshmen season and was remarkably efficient this summer on the AAU circuit.
Capital Prep’s high scoring guard Kahlil Dukes rounds out the top five. Dukes is a pure scorer who put up huge points in his freshmen campaign and could be on track to score 2000 points during his high school career.
Hotchkiss has another frontcourt talent in the class of 2013 and Christopher Campbell could quickly climb this list as we see more of him. The six-foot-six forward is tremendously skilled with arguably the best fundamental base of anyone on this list.
Christian Heritage’s Bryan Jones and East Hartford’s Cane Broome are two guards who have consistently impressed this summer and fall. They come in at seven and eight respectively. Jones ran with the New York Gauchos on the AAU circuit and has taken his game to the next level in the last six months with noticeable maturity while Broome is a pure playmaker who gets to the rim at will and can also score from the perimeter.
Rounding out the top ten are Fairfield Prep’s Tim Butala and Avon Old Farms’ Jihaad Pretlow. Butala is a talented young frontcourt player who combines a strong frame with an emerging skill set while Pretlow is a playmaking guard who scored honorable mention all conference recognition in just his freshmen season in the Western New England Conference last year.