Maine 2012: Top Ten Announced
Anthony Joseph Perez Cortesia may not have lived up to the hype in his first year at Lee Academy but there is still no denying his long term potential. A super skilled six-foot-nine forward with a tremendous skill set, his upside is through the roof if he can improve his motor and toughness and so the Venezuela native remains the top ranked player in Maine’s class of 2012.
Not far behind is Bridgton Academy’s Kareem Canty, who solidified his place as one of the best lead guards in the northeast this season. An aggressive scorer and playmaker with a distinct New York City type flair to his game, Canty has picked up right where he left off to start the AAU season, including a starring performance at the Northeast Hoops Festival.
Ranked third in the state is Jean Yves Toupane, another of Lee Academy’s heralded international products. The Senegal native arrived at Lee with a ton of hype after claiming MVP nods at the 2010 Jordan International game and continued to show signs of his ability and long term potential this season as he adjusted to the American game.
Making his final appearance in the Maine 2012 rankings is Chris Braley, who will transfer to Phillips Exeter Academy next year and join the class of 2013. The sharp-shooting guard put up huge numbers this year at Nokomis while developing his total floor game and finishes the year as the state’s fourth ranked player and best local product as a result.
Rounding out the top five is another Lee Academy product Rodell Wigginton. This international talent came to Lee by way of Canada, with last year’s stop at Boston Trinity Academy in between. A high level athlete with all the physical upside possible, Wigginton’s skill set and feel for the game both progressed this year.
The rest of the top ten is comprised by five New England natives and four local Maine products. Nolan Allen is coming off a big year at Windham High School and the six-foot-four swingman is first up, ranked sixth overall in the state and the top remaining public school player.
Bangor’s Patrick Stewart checks in at number seven on the most recent list. The six-foot-seven forward has made a big impression to start the AAU season showing a combination of size and skill that is sure to intrigue coaches from the next level.
Berwick Academy’s Harry Rafferty currently sits in the eighth spot. A five-foot-ten scoring guard who put up huge numbers this year, the southpaw is one of the best pure snipers on this list.
The final two ranked spots belong to York High School’s two-guard Liam Langaas who has shown himself to be a versatile player with a strong, college ready, body and Cheverus guard Louis Distasio who was instrumental in leading his team back to the state finals this year.