July’s 2019 Stock-Risers
Yesterday we examined New England’s top summer stock-risers from the class of 2018. Today we shift that focus to the class of 2019.
Being a stock riser, by its very nature, is more difficult for underclassmen because college coaches don’t typically watch them with the same frequency with which they do the rising seniors, and so it becomes harder to take your recruitment or reputation among coaches to new levels.
There were a select few, however, that took advantage of the looks they got and took their stock to unprecedented levels. Who were they? Here’s a look…
Jaiden Delaire, CBC – His emergence dates back to the spring. In fact, his reviews were as rave as they’ve ever been coming out of UAA session III in Los Angeles. He backed that up this summer, rising to the occasion in certain head-to-head match-ups, earning an invitation to the UA All-American Camp, and becoming a priority for an increasing number of high-major programs including Stanford, who followed him to Springfield on the last day of the month.
Gob Gabriel, D.C. Blue Devils – Wenyen’s little brother began to make a name for himself last month. It began at the Big Apple Showcase when he announced his arrival by hammering a dunk over a 6-foot-9 big man. From that point on, with eyeballs locked on him, he showed the same signs of potential we saw a few years ago from his big brother with a long body that is emerging as quickly as his skill set. He now owns offers from Rutgers and St. Bonaventure on a list that is bound to only grow.
Daman Tate, Expressions – Tate played through injury for much of the spring but as he gradually became healthier heading into this summer, he started to show just how far his game has come in a short amount of time. With newfound explosiveness this big guard was very impressive for Expressions throughout the month, beginning with a strong showing at the Nike Peach Jam. His recruitment quickly went to the A10 level after he scored an offer from Richmond.
Chris Herren Jr., New England Playaz – Being the younger brother of a successful local player is hard, but being the son of a famous person is probably much harder. To Herren’s credit, he too has gone about making a name for himself. The Playaz competed, and won, at the highest levels this spring and summer and Herren’s role and impact consistently grew throughout those four months. It culminated with an offers from Boston College and a spot in Under Armour’s SC (Steph Curry) Select Camp.
Mitch Doherty, BABC – He isn’t going to wow anyone with his length or athleticism. What he will do though is show tremendous hands, skill, and intellect, all while being perhaps New England’s best frontcourt passer in the class of 2019. That combination led him to an early offer from the new staff at UMass to start the month and was critical to BABC capturing their latest AAU championship at the Super Showcase in Orlando to end the month.
Tyler Burton – You could see his momentum starting to build this spring, first at the Memorial Day Super 16 and then with a breakout weekend at the Zero Gravity Finals. This summer, he played on the Rivals Select squad that was essentially their 10th grade team playing on the 11th grade level. Burton’s contributions led them to a championship in the first week of the month and then enabled them to win their pool in Vegas. Along the way, he became an increasing popular target for D1 coaches.
Alex Stoddard, WrightWay Skills – Charles Coleman and Noah Kamba’s recruitment both jumped off the board in June. They solidified that stock in July, especially in the first week of the month. The surprise though was Stoddard, who showed a combination of size, length, and shot-making ability to earn him an offer from Kennesaw State early in the month. He finished July on a strong note as well, getting hot from long range at the Fab 48 in Las Vegas.
Tyler Kolek, Middlesex Magic – After starring for the Magic’s 16u team all spring, Kolek got the call up to the 17u squad for July. Prior to that though he played at the Elite 75 Showcase in late June where he stood out as one of the best shooters and overall guards in the field, even while playing with a group comprised almost entirely of 2018 prospects. He kept that up in July and capped the month with a big week in Orlando as D1 and D2 schools took notice.